“A former assassin makes a new start in a small town on the coast of Italy, but puts herself squarely in the sights of an old enemy when she helps the townspeople fight back against the local crime boss.
No good deed goes unpunished.
Leine Basso is settling into her new life in a quiet village in Italy when a small-time crook threatens the town. Leine steps in to help, drawing the attention of an old adversary who she thought was long gone.
When her enemy learns that Leine is still alive, he orders her assassination. But Leine is not an easy target, and she eliminates the hired guns sent to kill her. Frustrated by his failed attempts, her adversary vows to take vengeance and kill her himself.
As tension builds and the threat escalates, Leine's past collides with her present, blurring the line between friend and foe. In a breathtaking showdown, Leine unleashes her deadly skills to protect not only herself but the tight-knit community she has grown to love. Will she succeed--or will her enemy destroy everything she holds dear?
With adrenaline-pumping action and a formidable female lead, D.V. Berkom takes readers on a thrilling ride as Leine fights to protect her new home and herself from the ultimate terminal threat.”
“DV Berkom is the USA Today bestselling author of action-packed, riveting adventure and crime thrillers. Known for creating resilient, kick-ass female characters and page-turning plots, her love of the genre stems from a lifelong addiction to reading spy novels, action/adventure stories, and thrillers.”
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Lene Basso, one of DV Berkom’s kick-ass female characters, is the star of this book, her thirteenth in the series. Lene’s life has gone through a few phases. First, she was an assassin. Then she turned over a new leaf, using the skills she gained as an assassin to do good, going after those involved in human trafficking and other such evil things. Now she feels that the time has come to settle down. She’s convinced her partner in life, Santiago “Santa” Jensen to retire and join her in a small town in Italy. They’ll run a bookstore and take it easy. Sounds perfect.
However, the world has other plans. Someone familiar with her past who thought she was dead spots her and things blow up. In many ways the story reads like fans of Lene’s past adventures have come to expect. Lene’s superior skills, ability to anticipate contingencies and plan well all help. But unlike many instances in the past, Lene doesn’t have an organization with skilled people and equipment to back her up. How she deals with that and how it works out are a twist to the typical Lene Basso adventure. In the end, I’m left wondering if Lene’s retirement is going to work out. If not, I’m okay with that, as I’ve enjoyed every adventure of Lene’s thus far. If you’re a thriller fan, you should too.
Some adult language.
No significant issues.
Rating: ***** Five Stars
Reviewed by: BigAl
Approximate word count: 65-70,000 words