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Serial Date: Leine Basso, Book 1 | [D. V. Berkom]

Serial Date: Leine Basso, Book 1

Determined to leave her old life behind, retired assassin Leine Basso accepts a job working security at one of television's most popular reality shows, Serial Date. When a contestant is found dead in the prop closet, it appears the killer is one of the 'bachelors' on the show - an ex-con billed as a serial killer - but the detective in charge of the case isn't so sure. When Leine's estranged daughter is abducted by a man claiming to be the real killer, she's forced to rely on old skills to find her, and must come to terms with who she really is.
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Determined to leave her old life behind, retired assassin Leine Basso accepts a job working security at one of television's most popular reality shows, Serial Date. When a contestant is found dead in the prop closet, it appears the killer is one of the "bachelors" on the show - an ex-con billed as a serial killer - but the detective in charge of the case isn't so sure.

When Leine's estranged daughter is abducted by a man claiming to be the real killer, she's forced to rely on old skills to find her, and must come to terms with who she really is. She soon realizes the murderer may be a grisly remnant from her past and she'll need to use all of her cunning to stop him…and rescue her daughter.

©2012 D. V. Berkom (P)2013 D. V. Berkom

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    Brian Bremerton, WA, United States 01-20-14
    Brian Bremerton, WA, United States 01-20-14
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    "Great Satirical Suspense Novel"
    What made the experience of listening to Serial Date the most enjoyable?

    The audio quality was very high, and the fast paced story was suspenseful and satirical at the same time.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Absolutely. The combination of action, personal stakes, and just the right amount of romantic interest really held my attention. I loved the sardonic humor.


    What about James Killavey’s performance did you like?

    The narrator enunciated very clearly, his voice was moderated well and his expressiveness was entertaining but not distracting.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, I almost looked forward to my 40 minute commute!


    Any additional comments?

    I can't wait for the next audio book by DV Berkom!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jenni Port Orchard, WA, United States 01-10-14
    Jenni Port Orchard, WA, United States 01-10-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Great Action with a Dark Sense of Humor"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes! The story keeps up the pace from the beginning to the end. With this countries strange obsession with reality TV shows, why not take it one step more! Creepy with laugh out loud moments. I love Leine, she is a kick butt character.


    What other book might you compare Serial Date to and why?

    Dave Barry or Carl Hiaasen's Sick Puppy (one of my favorite books) DV Berkom has the same fast pace and wacky characters that keep you listening.


    Have you listened to any of James Killavey’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, I haven't. It takes about 10 minutes for him to really take off with the characters and get into their heads.


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

    Both, which is great. DV really fleshes out her characters to make them come alive in the eyes of the listener. Even sub characters you develop a love/hate relationship with them.


    Any additional comments?

    I can't wait to hear more audiobooks in this series from DV Berkom.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    A. Mosa Puget Sound, WA 06-29-14
    A. Mosa Puget Sound, WA 06-29-14
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    "Realty Show Nightmare"
    Would you listen to Serial Date again? Why?

    Yes, the plot is so unusual yet believable, which makes it both intriguing and a bit scary. The possibility of this type of show eventually turning up are incorporated well into the story. It resembles Hunger Games in that way.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Serial Date?

    The climactic end with the police detective, Santa fighting to get to Leine in time to save her life. And also, the many moments between the two as their relationship grew.


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

    I enjoy the way he brought the characters to life. The reader has a certain vision but the "hear" the characters speak in a way that sounds right to the ear is especially fun.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    Serial Date is fast paced with an interesting cast of characters. I look forward to reading the rest of the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sires Chesapeake, OH, United States 01-21-14
    Sires Chesapeake, OH, United States 01-21-14 Member Since 2004

    I like mysteries (particularly British ones, historical fiction and nonfiction, science fiction and fantasy.

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    "I Thought It Would Be Funnier"

    So I stopped listening about 20 chapters in because I decided I didn't want to waste any more of my life listening to it when I have other. more interesting books in my TBR list. The set up sounded like it would be quite funny and someone else might think it is. I was just thankful that I got this at a reduced price because it's not bad enough to return.

    There's a reality show in Los Angeles run by corrupt men. The twist is that attractive women are dating ex-cons. The punters (and the women until they sign a contract with the show) are led to believe that the men are serial killers. Then a woman involved in the show is found dead and one of the show runners brings in someone he knows who was an ex governmental assassin as special security. The assassin who is retired also has a daughter that she is estranged from who is kidnapped by someone presumed to be the killer. The kidnapper tells her that in order to have proof that her daughter is alive she needs to engage in a sort of scavenger hunt with him naming the objects or tasks she has to perform.

    Meanwhile the cops think they have the killer and the show runners try to hush up another murder.

    The set up sounds like it would be good and maybe with another author or another reader it would be. However, the narrator was competent but that was about it. Ditto the writing. By chapter 20 out of 42 I had decided that I didn't care who did what to whom and what would happen to them so I stopped and deleted the audiobook from my iPhone.

    Life's too short.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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