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"Serial Date was a surprisingly entertaining read with witty writing and dark humor.The author has a distinct style that is witty, smart, and darkly humorous. Theprose is sharp and gritty. I love satires and this one was no exception...I kept chuckling as I read...In short, I highly recommend Serial Date tothose who enjoy murder mysteries with a touch of satire." ~Seattle Post Intelligencer
"Now this, this is what thrillers are made of: grit, spunk, no-nonsense and 100% unputdownability....Quite simply: Brilliant." ~Cath 'n' Kindle Book Reviews
"If you like fast-paced action, great lead characters, and don't mind a fewF-bombs and the occasional gore, DV Berkom is the author for you..." ~Bloodwrites
"This book is without a doubt one of the most engaging, complex andenthralling mysteries that had me totally in its grip..." ~Confessions of a Reader
"...Serial Date is one of those rare books full of rich sub-plots and interesting, well-developed characters..." ~Night Owl Book Reviews
Serial Date has been rated a TOP PICK by Night Owl Reviews and was awarded the AIA Seal of Quality.
From the Author
I hope you enjoy reading Serial Date as much as I enjoyed writing it. If you do, then you should pick up Bad Traffick, the next book in the Leine Basso series, now available.
All the best,
The Leine Basso Crime Thriller Series:
The Kate Jones Thriller Series, Vol. 1:
- ASIN : B0076RXI1S
- Publisher : Duct Tape Press (February 28, 2012)
- Publication date : February 28, 2012
- Language : English
- File size : 1650 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 245 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #285,241 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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I liked the strong female character of Leine and the lengths she would go to save her daughter. The story was believable for this type of genre and with all the reality shows produced, I would imagine that some of these things actually occur!!
I will be reading more of the Leine Basso series and D.V. Berkom books to see how the characters develop and what happens next in the main characters’ relationship dynamics.
Enter former contract killer Leine Basso. Her life’s a mess. She’s given up killing people for pay for an unnamed government agency and is trying to go straight (as it were) and she takes a job as added security for Serial Date when it’s offered to her by a contact from her old days who is now working as head of security on the show.
If the plot had continued to revolve around a killer on Serial Date, I think I would have liked this book a lot more. Instead, the story takes a left turn. Leine’s estranged daughter arrives and is promptly kidnapped by the man killing Serial Date actresses and all he’s really interested in is Leine with whom he has a sick obsession.
That’s not a bad storyline. Leine’s an interesting character and I enjoyed her adventure. But I felt like Berkom had this great setting that wasn’t properly taken advantage of. The big diversion away from the reality TV show made me impatient with the rest of the plot.
But I live in the real world, so it didn't bother me. I was surprised a woman author dug so deep.
It's sort of a formula story line, "Former black-ops assassin retires and tries family life until called in to save....yada-yada."
This story line was ripped from the silly reality TV shows. Starlets dating ex-cons.
Big TV hit until the starlets begin to die off in grisly fashion. The producer's brother has a history of cutting up animals and is off his meds. But since we're thrown that bone so early, I knew he wasn't the killer. Nobody is safe, including our heroine.
Fast read, 4 stars.
The writing is clunky and distracting. (An example: "Badges and yellow crime scene tape crisscrossed the attractively landscaped grounds. Lukewarm sweat ran in rivulets down Leine's back, made worse from the short walk from her rental car, staining her cream colored blouse.") New characters and settings keep getting introduced every few pages, each with too much attitude and extraneous detail. It was a chore to try to parse everything so I just put the book down.
There is a reality tv show where ex-cons date hot girls. The first time the ex-cons are introduced, they are portrayed as straight up thugs, and drug addicts to boot. Who would want to date these guys? I can't envision at all what this show would actually look like..
The book starts off with action, but there's no hook. Many characters were introduced, but all seem full of negativity. I don't want to get to know them better and I don't care what happens to them.
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So, by now you'll have realised that I really liked this book. I just love picking up a book by an author I've not read before, thoroughly enjoying the book and then finding that s/he has many more books tucked under his or her belt for me to enjoy. I can't wait to feast on this author's collection.
This was the first in the Leine Basso thrillers. Unusual reality show Serial Date hits a bit of a snag when a contestant is murdered...seemingly by one of the other contestants. Leine Basso joins the show as a security officer. Which is rather handy for the killer, who seems hell-bent on revenge on her. The skills she learnt in her former capacity as an assassin are not allowed to rest. She has to draw on every single one of them when he abducts her daughter to lure her to him.
Cleverly threaded through the story is Leine's back story. Subtle snippets here and there until you realise you know a whole lot about her, her marriage, her daughter, her dramatic past, without being overly aware of the information fed to you. Throw in a bit of love interest with the detective on the case, a seedy senator, the show producer with a mentally ill brother, a sadistic killer, quite a lot of blood, and you've got one vindaloo of a thriller: hot, spicy, eye-watering, fiery, strong and sharp.
Quite simply: brilliant.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in order to review it.
The main character Leine is hired as security for a reality TV show and that's where her problems start.
The story moves along at a fast pace and I found myself keeping the owls company as I kept reading, wanting to reach the next twist in the tale, and learn how Leine would deal with it. Far from being a killer with psychopathic tendencies she is an all too real person with a deadly past, one which continues to haunt her dreams. On top of that her strained relationship with her daughter adds to her problems.
The different strands becomes tangled as her past, present and possible future all come together in a great final chapter with all the loose ends very neatly tied up.
So, the book is about a former assassin who is a female and unafraid of anything. There are hints throughout the book of Leine's former like which I hope are going to follow her into the next books. There is a killer loose on a TV set of a new programme. Leine is asked to look at security on the TV set. Leine finds that that the killer is after her, after the killer abducts her daughter.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and am now off to look for more by the same author.