Today I am presenting a review and a giveaway for The Kate Jones Thriller Series, Boxed Set, books 1 – 4, by D. V. Berkom. Additionally, here you can enter the Rafflecopter (at the bottom of the tour schedule page) giveaway to win one of 7 eBook copies of Cruising for Death (Kate Jones Thriller #5) or Serial Date by DV Berkom (Winners choice) Ends Dec. 17th , or find the other Tour Stops and find out what other people had to say about the book.
Title: The Kate Jones Thriller Series Boxed Set
Series: The Kate Jones Thriller Series, Novellas 1-4
Author: DV Berkom
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime, Mystery, Romance, Suspense, Thriller
Purchase: Amazon | Amazon UK
Book Description: “…Great story, fast-paced, quick read and all around fun!”
“…it’s a non-stop thrill ride…” “…It’s fast-paced from the get go and the action continues through to the end. This is how I like my books!”
Kate Jones Thriller Series Vol. 1 includes the complete text for the following four novellas:
BAD SPIRITS : Kate Jones is on the run with a backpack full of money, intent on finding her way back to the United States from Mexico. Unfortunately, a ruthless drug lord named Salazar is just as intent on finding her, retrieving his stolen money, and making her pay for ever having left him. Is there anyone she can trust?
DEAD OF WINTER: Kate Jones is hiding out in small town Alaska when she witnesses an execution-style murder. Convinced the killers are Salazar’s men and desperate to stop them from finding her, she reports the crime to local law enforcement, hoping to put them off her trail so she can escape.
DEATH RITES: When Kate has to leave Alaska (and Sam) behind, she runs to the last place she remembers feeling safe: the North Shore of Oahu. Against her better judgment, she re-establishes old connections, and soon faces a new problem in Alek, a gifted carver and avid surfer.
Then a brutal murder and theft of a priceless artifact from a museum is discovered, and Kate’s thrown into the middle of what appears to be a violent ancient sect come to life. Her only chance of survival is to rely on her wits…
…and the ancient gods of Hawaii.
TOURING FOR DEATH: Kate Jones is hiding out from her shady past driving jeep tours through the rugged high desert of northern Arizona, determined to stop looking over her shoulder and find peace from her mistake of a gun-toting, former life. Testifying against a Mexican drug lord and a dirty DEA agent didn’t turn out to be a life enhancing choice and she’s been on the move ever since.
Now, five years have passed with no sign of trouble and Kate’s finally starting to believe she’s safe. Her current goal is to make enough money so she can get lost in the tropics when the tourist trade dies off. Unfortunately, it’s the tourists that are dying off and she may be next.
My Review: A compilation of 4 novellas, each containing about 80 pages, this is one sure-fire thrill ride as we follow Kate through a series of misadventures and close-call escapes. I haven’t, even after 4 novellas, decided if Kate is exceptionally lucky, clever or just cursed with an impulsive nature and a really bad sense of potential danger. But, to be honest, if each of the upcoming adventures are as well conceived and written as the four contained in this volume: I don’t care.
The author has created a main character that is easy to both understand and appreciate, with humor, grace and the ability to think on her feet, with a take no prisoners attitude that is very clearly based in her struggles for independence and survival. Each adventure is fast-paced and tightly written, the situations are entirely plausible and all too possible, crafted to create a tension in the reader that mirrors the pace of the action and the increased danger levels.
This is a compilation that you will breeze through, turning page after page to reach the end – with the full impact of each story arriving after you are entangled in the next. These are delightfully sized and instantly engaging stories, perfect for a quick escape into another world, or a slightly longer one as you devour each of the four stories, unable to put the book down. I look forward to Kate’s next adventures – I only hope they are available soon!
I received an eBook copy from author for purpose of honest review for Full Moon Bites tours. I was not compensated for this review, and all conclusions are my own responsibility.
About the Author: DV Berkom grew up in the Midwest, received her BA in Political Science from the University of Minnesota, and promptly moved to Mexico to live on a sailboat. Several years and at least a dozen moves later, she now resides outside of Seattle, Washington with her sweetheart Mark, an ex-chef-turned-contractor, and writes whenever she gets a chance. You’re welcome to email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or chat with her on Facebook- she loves to hear from readers as well as other writers.