“She was a dangerous man's lover…now 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 northern 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.”
“The author of two bestselling thriller series featuring strong female
protagonists, Berkom grew up on a steady diet of spy novels, James Bond movies
and mysteries. Her natural inclination is to keep the reader on the edge of
their seat and guessing until the last page.
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.
Several years and at least a dozen moves later, she now lives outside of
Seattle, Washington with her sweetheart Mark, an ex-chef-turned-contractor, and
writes whenever she gets a chance.”
For more, visit her website.
I enjoy books with kick-ass female protagonists and Kate Jones fits
the bill perfectly. When the going gets tough, she keeps going. 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.
However, what stuck out for me, even more than Kate’s kick-assed-ness
(yeah, sometimes I make up words, I wonder if this will get past Amazon’s
censors) is the sense of humor, often in the descriptions. I found myself
laughing, even as I was on the edge of my seat, wondering what would happen
next. This isn’t typical of a thriller and I’m not sure many authors could pull
it off, but Berkom does. One example was explaining that “Kidnappers R Us
wasn't known for their customer service.” Another was this description which
was just over the top enough to get a chuckle from me:
metal bunk squatted against the right side of the tent, its sheet stretched
tight across the top and tucked under the mattress with precision. Try bouncing
a quarter off of that and it'd end up embedded in the roof.
A fun read and, for those just hearing about the Kate Jones Thriller
Series, one with a healthy backlist to keep you in reading material for a while.
Some adult language and mild adult content.
Although the sixth book of the Kate Jones Thriller Series, what back
story was needed to understand Kate and the story was included, so I didn’t
feel like I was missing anything. Reading this as a standalone isn’t a problem.
Reprise Review: Yucatan
Dead by DV Berkom was a nominee in the Thriller category for B&P 2014
Readers' Choice Awards. Original review ran September 6, 2013.
No significant issues.
***** Five Stars
Approximate word count: 60-65,000 words