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Dead of Winter (Kate Jones Thriller Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

D.V. Berkom
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Book Description

The second novella in the Kate Jones Adventure Series, DEAD OF WINTER, picks up where BAD SPIRITS leaves off-

Kate Jones is hiding out in small town Alaska when she witnesses an execution-style murder. Convinced the killers are Salazar's men and desperate to stop them from finding her, she reports the crime to local law enforcement, hoping to put them off her trail so she can escape.

What she gets is Sam, an enigmatic officer with a mysterious past who's been assigned to watch over her as the hunt for the killers deepens.

Sam and Kate's obvious attraction to each other becomes a dangerous complication as Kate realizes the only way she can stay alive is to leave Alaska, trying to keep one step ahead of Salazar.

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Other books by DV Berkom

The Kate Jones Thriller Series:
Bad Spirits (novella)
Death Rites (novella)
Touring for Death (novella)
Cruising for Death (novel)
Yucatan Dead (novel)
A One Way Ticket to Dead (novel)

The Leine Basso Thriller Series:
Serial Date (Leine Basso Thriller #1)
Bad Traffick (Leine Basso #2)
The Body Market (Leine Basso #3) 

Product Details

  • File Size: 125 KB
  • Print Length: 32 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: D.V. Berkom (May 7, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #197,370 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice Continuation of the Series August 3, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
If you haven't read the first five books in this series, you need to read them first or a lot of the stuff in this episode will not make sense as it really can't stand on its own. Here is a link to that series: Bad Spirits - Books 1-5 (Novella) (A Kate Jones Thriller)

Without having a spoiler, the author does a good job of continuing the story - the action pretty much starts within a minute of starting the story and literally doesn't end. As a stereotypical guy, I usually don't enjoy, or read much of, fiction that has a female as the main character - mainly because I can't relate to them. However, D.V. Berkom is one good storyteller and I am looking forward to reading the continuing saga of Kate Jones.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Since turning against her boyfriend, a Mexican drug lord, Kate has been on the run. Unable to trust the FBI's witness protection program, she relies on her wits. After moving to small town in Alaska and changing her identity a few times, she begins to relax. Then she witnesses an execution style murder and knows she's been discovered.

She goes to the local police and tells them everything. The Sheriff, knowing he is out of his depth calls in reinforcement. Meanwhile, he assigns Sam, an officer, to protect her. Kate's well-honed instincts tell her to run. She is trying to do just that but the bad guys are making it hard.

I love the Kate Jones series. Kate is a woman I can identify with and in this installment we are treated to a bit of a romance between her and Sam. I can't say enough about Sam's character. This is a short story not focused on him, but his character development is superb. He's not the typical hunky hero who feels a bit like a cardboard cut out, he's three dimensional and believable. I wanted these two people to get it on!

D.V. Berkom does a fantastic job keeping Kate level headed and focused on keeping herself alive while developing the doomed romance. Add to that the non-stop action and you have a story that's impossible to put down. Excellent! More, give me more!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Getting more of the story September 23, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Kate is hiding out in Alaska. Of course she will stumble upon a murder, that is her luck. She is smart enough to look for help and hooks up with dishy detective Sam. I am not going to classify it as a romance, down and dirty time on the sheets does not equal love. I do see great potential for them in the future.

The story is engaging and connects with the first book. I am anticipating this will be a thread through this series. Kate hoping from location to location running from the bad guys. I can deal with that, it has huge potential. I do wish the book were longer.

Kate is as always spunky and sweet at the same time. She is getting smarter about hiding out and it will be interesting to see how thing progress.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kate Jones, my hero May 24, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Wow, I'm hooked on Kate's Jones exploits. I haven't found a series that has pulled me in so quick in a long time. In Dead Winter Kate's chemistry with Sam, is steamy. Unfortunately, Kate has to leave the cold of Alaska when hit men show up to take her life. Please keep writing about Kate and I'll keep reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The action continues! April 7, 2012
By S
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is the second part in the series and picks up where 'Bad Spirits' left off.
The format is basically the same but in this one but there is a bit of romance included. It doesn't overshadow the 'thrilling' aspects however. It's much shorter but still edge of the seat. About to read the third part 'Death Rites'. Hope this one is as good as the other two.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bad Spirits in the Alaskan Wilderness December 11, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Dead of Winter - Bad Spirits in the Alaskan Wilderness

Rating: 4 of 5
Author: D.V. Berkom
Format: Kindle

Hiking alone in the wintery Alaskan wilderness, Kate Jones witnesses an execution style murder. It is then she realizes that the life she had escaped five years earlier had caught up to her. Running out and stealing money from her south-of-the-border drug-lord boyfriend had turned into a life sentence of constant moving and looking over her back. How he had found her she didn't know, but what she did know is that to stay alive she would once more have to stay one step ahead of her fate. But can she save those around her as well as herself?

D.V Berkom's Dead of Winter is the first book in the second series of books that pick up where the Bad Spirits series left off. Berkom's writing is crisp and fast paced. Her descriptions are so refined and precise I could almost fell the chill and tension Kate experienced each step of the way. Action packed with a heart pounding rate, this brief novel is like a episode of 24 and keeps the reader on the edge of their seat.

I enjoyed this series even more than the first as Berkom has added to the action by introducing some depth through a romantic interest. The pacing is balanced well with no hint of the dues ex machina elements that were occasionally found in the first series of books. The Kindle price is an unbelievable value. You won't be disappointed if you check out this series.

Note: A complimentary copy of this work was provided in return for a review.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Forever on the run July 9, 2011
By A. Mosa
Format:Kindle Edition
If you've been following the exploits of Kate Jones, you know she's on the run from Roberto Salazar, her ex-boyfriend and Mexican drug lord. Salazar is not a man to forgive and forget, especially since Kate didn't just leave, she left with a sack full of his cash.
Dead of Winter finds Kate in Alaska, where she's found a nice job and safety from Salazar, she thinks. That hope ends as the pursuing Salazar has discovered her whereabouts. His men leave a trail of death behind them as they zone in on her.
Sam is the local deputy assigned to protect her until she can escape from Alaska. Sam is both good for her and good to her. They have what might've been a wonderful love affair but in her heart she knows she has to keep him relegated to a man she had a fun fling with. Even as she does this, a part of her wishes circumstances were different because he could be so much more to her. For now, she has to keep on running.
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More About the Author

DV Berkom is a slave to the voices in her head. As the author of two popular thriller series (Leine Basso and Kate Jones), her love of creating resilient, kick-*ss female characters stems from a lifelong addiction to reading spy novels, mysteries, and thrillers, and longing to find the female equivalent within those pages.

Raised in the Midwest, she received her BA in political science from the University of Minnesota and, putting her training to good use, promptly moved to Mexico to live on a sailboat. Many, many, many (did we mention many?) cross-country moves later, she now lives just outside of Seattle, Washington with the love of her life, Mark, a chef-turned-contractor, and several imaginary characters who like to tell her what to do.

For more information, please visit her website at

Other books by DV Berkom:
The Kate Jones Thriller Series:
Bad Spirits (1-5)
Dead of Winter
Death Rites
Touring for Death
Cruising for Death
Yucatan Dead
A One Way Ticket to Dead

The Leine Basso Thriller Series:
Serial Date
Bad Traffick
The Body Market
Leine Basso #4 (coming soon!)

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