Dangerous obsessions take center stage when an ex-assassin and a homicide detective race against the clock to find a missing girl before she's sold into slavery.
Bad Traffick named a 2012 Top 5 Indie Pick by BloodWrites and a Top Pick by Night Owl Reviews.
Be sure to pick up Serial Date, the best-selling first novel in the Leine Basso series.
Identified as a person of interest in three cold case murders she didn't commit, retired assassin Leine Basso accepts a temporary position as a security specialist for A-list actor Miles Fournier. Leine finds she has her hands full trying to protect the head-strong celebrity, while at the same time fighting her desire for Detective Santiago Jensen; a game she knows she can't win.
Soon, a woman contacts Miles, claiming to be his long-lost sister. She confesses her 12-year-old daughter, Mara, has been abducted by human-traffickers and she's desperate to get her back, hoping that Miles will use his considerable resources to find her.
Leine learns from a contact at a rescue organization that Mara escaped and is alone on the streets in the sprawling city of Los Angeles. The traffickers are determined to track her down and deliver her to the powerful client who purchased her for his twisted ends. Running out of time, Leine must find Mara before they do, or she will be lost forever.
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The little girl
Bad Traffick is the 2nd book in the Leine Basso series by bestselling and award-winning thriller author D.V Berkom and it’s one of those stories that will grab you from the first sentences and it won’t let go until the last word.
In Bad Traffick we follow the adventures of ex-CIA female assassin Leine Basso as she tries to distance herself from her previous profession. Unemployed, a mother and in love with a Police Officer, she has to figure out her future. When Leine gets a temporary job providing protection for one of Hollywood’s most successful actor, she finds herself assaulted on multiple fronts. She has to keep the Star safe, as he fears kidnapping, she needs to keep away impostors and in no time she is pulled into a serious situation involving a human trafficking ring and a missing girl. On top of that, some secrets from Leine’s past come to haunt her.
D.V. Berkom has that rare talent to write an intriguing story where things happen so fast and from all sides that you’ll not be able to put the book down or to stop listening. There are a few heart wrenching moments, one of them being the scene of a rape that I found very disturbing. I know the World is full of monsters capable of doing such things, I know the statistics at the end of the book are real, but sometimes I don’t want to believe such things exist, but hey, I’m the guy who doesn’t watch the news exactly because of these reasons. I prefer to keep the distance, to enjoy my books and to see it all as fiction.
Bad Traffick has it all: Gunfights and car chases, movie stars and assassins, beautiful women and powerful men, heroes and scumbags, love and sex. My first book written by D.V. Berkom ended up as a very enjoyable, suspenseful and unputdownable thrilling experience. I rooted for the good guys and hated the traffickers, I really enjoyed the actor’s character arc and I’ll start very soon with the next book in the Leine Basso series, hoping that it will be at least as good as this one.
The audiobook is performed by Kristi Alsip and she does a great job bringing all the main characters and the supporting cast to life. She reads very fast, amplifying the suspense,adding even more urgency to the already tense story. She uses different voices and accents to keep the most important characters differentiated for the listener and I can say that it was a very nice surprise to discover a new, talented, narrator. She is perfect for this series and I’m looking forward to listen to more books performed her.
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Yes, Berkom has done an excellent job of weaving the thriller plot with interesting characters while maintaining a fast paced story.
Serial Date. Bad Traffick brings back some of the favorite characters from Serial Date and fleshed them out even more. Each book sheds more light on them and peeling their personalities, the good and bad, like an onion.
She was exactly how I imagined Leine Basso would sound. Loved her inflections and emotions brought to life.
Yes, when the actor Leine works for briefly discusses his childhood. It's not what the reader expects he'd reveal.
Berkom shines a light on the grim sex trafficking trade. This is fast paced with an interesting plotline. She doesn't shy from exposing the business and that happens here and just in faraway places.
I enjoyed both versions of Bad Traffic, but I really enjoyed this narrator.
When the Sponge Bob rescues Mara from the streets.
I loved the scene when Leine and Santa's eyes met across the street. I also really loved Miles, the wacky movie star, in all his scenes.
Leine Basso must track down a missing 12 year old girl before the sex-traffickers get to her. Hampered by a feckless movie idol, his would-be sister, and her forbidden obsession with homicide detective Santiago Jensen, Leine faces challenges she had never imagined.
Yes. Fact paced thriller with page turning action and a unique storyline.
Leine. Who doesn't love an ex-hit woman :)
Leine. She is such a great heroine.
Human trafficking is such a hot button topic right now. This story has its finger on the pulse.
Great exciting book to listen to. Didn;t want to turn it off!
I would recommend this audiobook. The narrator is easy to listen to and the story is fast-paced and interesting. It's about a former assassin who is assigned as a bodyguard for a well known actor. His long-lost sister shows up out of the blue and asks for his help locating her daughter who has been kidnapped by traffickers. The assassin goes after the little girl to try to save her and has to deal with attempts on her life (from an old adversary) among other things. Lots of suspense and some romance. Interesting information on human trafficking at the end.
If you like thrillers, you;ll like this book.
I enjoyed Leine Basso's no-nonsense, kick-butt personality. Being a mother and an empathetic person, it's disturbing to think and read about child sex-trafficking. I do appreciate Ms. Berkom for bringing the problem to light. SPOILER ALERT! I was really glad the good guys won as well.
Leine was my fav character. She is the most developed, and as such, is more complex and interesting. She's very driven and holds her own against men.
Well, I love audio books in general. I'm completely pulled in, but am able to do other things. I don't know that Kristi stood out from other readers, but she did a fine job. Her voice fit the mood and the main character.
One woman who stands for justice, takes on a world of crime and corruption.
Wow!! What a great second book, really involved story line. Warning: There is a very raw scene of a rape. It is a tough bit to read.
Again, there is a bit going on in the story other than the main plot of the sex traffickers. That main plot is actually a fantastic plotline. There are plenty of different angle coming at Leine. Good thing she has all that experience from her old life. Too bad that past is catching up with her too.
The narrative is mixed going from several points of view. It is a terrific device for letting the reader in on all the intricacies of the plot. The switches are very well done and always clear when a new narrator is driving the tale. It is in large chunks, which keeps things from getting jumpy.
There is a bit more smexy time with Leine and yummy Santiago. A fair amount of detail to make a gal hot! Not as much as an erotic romance, but no where near closed bedroom door. While the love seems rather quick, I am willing to follow the lust and attraction between them. I can believe love later on in the series.
I really liked the supporting cast and all the dynamics between them. I can not say I was surprised by any of the turns in the plot. Sometimes that doesn't matter in a great story. I was riveted from beginning to end. I fell in love with shallow actor Miles, especially as he grew and found depth. It is really easy to feel for him and Mara the young runaway. You even feel for Selena, she isn't bad, just doing what she has to in order to survive.
I listened to the audiobook narrated by Kristi Alsip, who was fantastic. I was very happy with the change of narrator. She has a swift pace that adds energy to the read at key moments. I loved her voices and the consistency in them. She had great accents and choices to keep the voices distinct. I really hope she stays with the series. Her tone is slightly raspy and hold all the jaded world weariness of the lead character.
Overall, I was thrilled with this book. I did not want it to end. I was on the edge of my seat at the end of the book! Seriously a nailbitter! I hope there are more books to come!
Disclosure - I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts, opinions and ratings are my own.
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