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Dead of Winter: (Kate Jones Thriller #2) by [Berkom, D.V.]
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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)
Cargo (Leine Basso #4)
A Killing Truth (Leine Basso #5-prequel)

About the Author

DV Berkom is the award-winning author of two action-packed thriller series featuring strong female leads (Leine Basso and Kate Jones). Her love of creating resilient, kick-ass women 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 earned a BA in political science from the University of Minnesota and promptly moved to Mexico to live on a sailboat. Several moves and a multitude of adventures later, she now lives in the Pacific Northwest with the love of her life, Mark, and several imaginary characters who love to tell her what to do. Her most recent books include A Killing Truth, Cargo, The Body Market, A One Way Ticket to Dead, and Yucatán Dead.

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  • File Size: 940 KB
  • Print Length: 38 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: D.V. Berkom (May 7, 2011)
  • Publication Date: May 7, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004ZUJIDQ
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #196,194 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Michael Gallagher HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 3, 2012
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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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The continuation of the Kate Jones Adventure Series in Dead of Winter was just as good, if not better, than the first five.

Ms. Berkom captures the readers attention from the beginning and maintains that captivating tension throughout the entire story. Kate is a brave and self-reliant person, but life on the run can be lonely.

She has made it a point never to get too close to anyone, until she meets Sam. Ms. Berkom's characterization of Sam is perfect and I found myself as taken by his character as Kate was.

The imagery in Dead of Winter was amazing with the location being in Alaska and the research I'm certain Ms. Berkom put into this book was extensive. She described the trees, shrubbery, and details of Kate's surroundings in this beautiful, though harsh territory, with such detail and vividness that I could almost smell the surroundings.

What is in store for Kate next, as she continues her life on the run looking over her shoulder in hopes that she can see death coming and avoid it at all costs.

I look forward to the next instalment of these wonderful stories from Ms. Berkom.
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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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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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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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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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