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Bad Traffick: Leine Basso, Book 2 | [D. V. Berkom]

Bad Traffick: Leine Basso, Book 2

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2012 D.V. Berkom (P)2014 D.V. Berkom

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    A. Mosa Puget Sound, WA 07-06-14
    A. Mosa Puget Sound, WA 07-06-14
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    "Action Packed"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, Berkom has done an excellent job of weaving the thriller plot with interesting characters while maintaining a fast paced story.


    What other book might you compare Bad Traffick to and why?

    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.


    What does Kristi Alsip bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She was exactly how I imagined Leine Basso would sound. Loved her inflections and emotions brought to life.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes, when the actor Leine works for briefly discusses his childhood. It's not what the reader expects he'd reveal.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Brian Bremerton, WA, United States 06-14-14
    Brian Bremerton, WA, United States 06-14-14
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    "Great narration for a great thriller"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Bad Traffick to be better than the print version?

    I enjoyed both versions of Bad Traffic, but I really enjoyed this narrator.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Bad Traffick?

    When the Sponge Bob rescues Mara from the streets.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    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.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jenni Port Orchard, WA, United States 05-04-14
    Jenni Port Orchard, WA, United States 05-04-14
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    "Another great suspense from DV Berkom"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Fact paced thriller with page turning action and a unique storyline.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Leine. Who doesn't love an ex-hit woman :)


    Which character – as performed by Kristi Alsip – was your favorite?

    Leine. She is such a great heroine.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Human trafficking is such a hot button topic right now. This story has its finger on the pulse.


    Any additional comments?

    Great exciting book to listen to. Didn;t want to turn it off!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    madmrl 04-27-14
    madmrl 04-27-14
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    "Good thriller"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    K. April Holgate Moosic, PA, United States 09-16-14
    K. April Holgate Moosic, PA, United States 09-16-14 Member Since 2012

    Take a look it's in a book...Reading Rainbow!

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    "A real nail-bitter!!!"

    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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