Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Review Tour: Yucatan Dead by D.V. Berkom

The author will be awarding a $50 Amazon GC to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour

Yucatan Dead
by D.V. Berkom


" unrelenting thriller of a tension-filled novel...Yucatan Dead is the stuff of which blockbuster movies are made...very highly recommended..." ~ Midwest Book Review

"...Yucatan Dead is a gripping thriller with a gutsy heroine and a tightly woven plot; it will no doubt please Berkom's current fans and gather more." ~ Pacific Book Review

"...Yucatan Dead ratchets up the tension from the start as Kate deals with hit women, warring Mexican drug cartels, and unofficial paramilitary organizations. Survival is never a given..." ~ Big Al's Books 'n Pals

She was a dangerous man's she's his dangerous enemy.


For Kate Jones, being on the run from her former lover--the vicious leader of a Mexican drug cartel--was never going to be easy. But with a new identity, a new lover, and a new life in Arizona, she was beginning to believe she'd made it through the worst.

Then, in an act of twisted revenge, Kate's kidnapped and imprisoned by her deadly enemy, his intention to force her to pay back the money she stole before he kills her.

Fate intervenes and she finds herself working against the cartels deep in the Yucatan with a group of off-the-grid commandos. From peaceful northern Arizona to the steamy jungles of Mexico, Kate Jones must decide for herself if she'll continue to run...

...or turn and fight the evil that pursues her.



THE STENCH OF DECAY ROSE from the unforgiving mattress as I shifted to a sitting position. My breath caught as sharp pain lanced through my body from the effort. I ran my hands over my torso, checking for injuries.

Good, no blood.

The watery gray light from a high window covered in metal bars illuminated the block walls that formed my prison. Musty air gave way to a whiff of mold and mildew, reminding me of an old flooded cellar. The thugs who brought me here had masks over their faces and smelled of stale cerveza and garlic, a familiar and unwelcome aroma.

Judging by what I saw in the short trip from the cargo van to the hulking concrete building, I was somewhere in the tropics. Dieffenbachia and philodendron grew in wild profusion while aggressive vines climbed stately royal palms, choking the life out of them. The air oozed damp.

How the hell did you wind up here, Kate? Abduction wasn't an entirely foreign event in my life, it's just that it hadn't happened in a while. Groggy from drugs and a vomit-inducing flight tied up in the back of a Cessna, pictures of a woman with short, blonde hair and familiar green eyes skated through my mind. Tired and disoriented, I couldn't catch and hold the images to remember her name.

That didn't stop the incipient panic sliding up my throat.

Footsteps broke through the fog in my brain and a curious cockroach I'd been watching disappeared through a hole in the bricks. I wished I could make myself that small and follow it, but it appeared my fairy godmother had taken the day off.


My Review: 

This book would make a wonderful movie. It has all the best components of my favorite kind of action thriller. You have a gutsy, determined heroine trying to survive having turned in a leader of a drug cartel. The settings and descriptions in the story are so well written that you almost feel like you are there. The twists and turns keep you thrilled up to the very end. 

I enjoyed reading this story. I felt like the author really took time to make the characters feel real and to make the reader become emotionally invested in them. I know that I found myself wanting to read quickly to find out what would happen, while at the same time I was reading slowly enough to be thoroughly engaged by the story. If that makes sense at all! Sometimes I'm not too good at putting my feelings into words.  

I recommend this book to anyone that enjoys a good action filled story that is well written, has great characters, and keeps you reading without wanting to stop.


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

DV Berkom is a slave to the voices in her head. As the author of two bestselling thriller series (Leine Basso and Kate Jones), her love of creating resilient, kick-*ss female characters stems from a lifelong addiction to reading spy novels, mysteries, and thrillers, and longing to find the female equivalent within those pages.

Raised in the Midwest, she received her BA in political science from the University of Minnesota and promptly moved to Mexico to live on a sailboat. Many, many cross-country moves (and several years) later, she now lives just outside of Seattle, Washington with the love of her life, Mark, an ex-chef-turned contractor, and writes every chance she gets.

For more information, please visit her website at

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  1. Great review and I agree Yucatan Dead sounds like it should be a movie, and my opinion just comes from reading the tour excerpts!

  2. I'd travel to Ireland, then back to Australia to live. Tired of all the snow.

  3. Thank you for the review, I can't wait to read the book.

  4. What a great review This story sounds like a heart stopping thriller. My kind of book.

  5. Sorry for chiming in so late here. THANK YOU for hosting and for the fabulous review! I'm glad you enjoyed YD :-) I always hope my books are entertaining...

    Good luck on the raffle, everybody!

  6. I love a kick ass heroine and a good action story. The review sounds great.

  7. It's the last day of your tour and I have to say I've enjoyed meeting you and reading about book. Good review here today too.

    1. Thanks, Karen! And thank you for following the tour :-)
      Take care,

  8. Congratulations to Stephanie W, who won the $50 Amazon gift certificate! Thanks everyone for participating in the giveaway. It was great fun :-) And a special thanks goes out to Amanda and My Tangled Skeins Book Reviews and Goddess Fish Promotions--you guys ROCK.

    All my best,


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