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Dakota Burn

(Leine Basso #8)

4.82  ·  Rating details ·  79 ratings  ·  50 reviews
A kidnapped girl. A ruthless criminal who preyson the innocent. Two killers who will stop at nothing to bring him down.

Former assassin Leine Basso was supposed to be in sunny LA, watching the first class of operatives graduate from the new anti-trafficking academy. Instead, she’s in North Dakota in the middle of a brutal winter, helping ex-poacher Derek van der Haar track
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Published September 27th 2019 by Duct Tape Press
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Sherry Fundin
Dakota Burn by D V Berkom reads like a true story. Frightening.

From the hot temperatures of Africa to the cold tundra of North Dakota, Derek follows his mission in life, but he can’t do it alone. Sooooo, he calls Leina Basso for help…and here she is.

Few understand their brand of justice, but sometimes rules need to be broken for the better good.

Jinn…saved and mentored by Leine, I so wanted her character to grow and be shared in one of Leine Basso’s stories. It’s like you read my mind, D. She is
Oct 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another exciting story full of suspense. Leine as always gets the tough jobs, and this one is no exception. Once you start reading, you won’t be able to stop. Outstanding.
Charles Ray
Oct 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Jerked away from sunny L.A. to the bitter cold of North Dakota, Leine Basso, former assassin, and now fighting human trafficking for SHEN, joins Derek van der Haar, former poacher, now also on the hunt for those who traffic in children, in an operation to bring down a notorious child sex trafficker in one of the oil boom towns of the Dakotas. The closer they get to their prey, the more dangerous it becomes, as they learn that high-powered men all over the country are behind the heinous ...more
Oct 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Here she is again: Leine Basso, taking you on a roller-coaster ride, making your heart stop, taking your breath away and giving you the odd tummy-wobble...without leaving the comfort of your best reading spot: sofa/bed/sun lounger!

Number eight in the series, there's no letting up in thrills, spills, action, shoot-outs and despicable, evil criminals: child sex-traffickers this time and Leine pairs up with old colleague, Derek, to take down this dangerous ring of unscrupulous, amoral, disgusting
Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle, read-2019
If you’ve read a few books in the Leine Basso series and liked them, odds are good you’ll like the others including this one. You’ll also have an idea of what you might expect. Someone will be involved in sex trafficking. SHEN, the association Leine works for will send her to investigate. There will probably be a few people shot. Some of those could be by the bad guys, some could be by the good guys and even though the legality of what happens is questionable, you’re not at all upset to see it ...more
Sep 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another electrifying adventure with Leine…

As an armchair adventurer, I have been enthralled by each of the Leine Basso books and I am happy to say that this one was no exception. In this installment, Leine braves the frigid cold of North Dakota to dispense her unique brand of justice to a truly loathsome villain who makes his fortune by exploiting children and contributing to the ever-burgeoning plague of human trafficking. It seems that the citizens of North Dakota, like much of the United
Sep 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2019
Reading Stuff 'n' Things

I seem to have run out of superlatives to describe this series of books by D.V. Berkom and containing the awesome Leine Basso so will just say it's another fantastic read and a must-read addition to anyone's bookshelf be it a physical one or electronic.

With an extremely disturbing but, tragically, all too realistic story line, this book contains subject matter which is distasteful and abhorrent to the majority of the "normal" population however, it is treated with respect
Andrea Stoeckel
Sep 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“I wish more people would pay attention to what’s happening—not just in Hansen, but all over the United States. We need more people like you two.” He nodded at Leine and Derek. “Child sex trafficking—trafficking, period—is a cancer that needs to be eliminated. Law enforcement can’t do it alone. We need people who care to get involved.”

Isn’t Leine supposed to be in L.A? Instead we see her in cold and frozen North Dakota helping Derek van der Haar find a group of sex traffickers and save the
Judy Johnson
Sep 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A great action thriller that will keep you swiping your Kindle way past your bedtime! The subject matter addresses a sensitive subject in teen trafficking and gives you the thrill, mystery, and drama you are seeking when looking for a sure thing thriller. Never a spoiler in my reviews, just pick up this book and start reading for the page-turning, action-packed story you are anticipating when you finish these reviews and the blurb! Great character and story development, twists and turns; ...more
Dawn Gill
Sep 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another great read by DV Berkom.
I love the Leine Basso books, so I made sure I signed up to the author's mailing list to be notified of the next in the series. This didn't disappoint.
Emails come out rarely, and with only with pertinent information, enabling me to a) anticipate the new novel (just what I wanted at the end of a summer) and b) preorder so it downloads painlessly to my Kobo.
The book itself brings a couple of characters from Leine's back story into play, and fleshes them out
Sep 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Dakota Burn, Leine Basso’s latest gripping adventure, is set in the icy, bleak winter landscape of North Dakota devastated by the oil industry. The frozen land, the omnipresent oil rigs, the countless oil trucks create a stark, vivid picture of what the industry has done to land and people.

The focus however, is not on the rough-neck labourers, or the down-trodden farmers, but on the evil gang of child traffickers and their enforcers who steal and use children as young as eight or nine for their
Julie Howard
Sep 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another excellent book by a great author, I always look forward to new releases by this author and this book was everything I would expect lots of action.....and a great read. I like Leine as a character as she is she tough but we also see a soft side to her as well but she is definitely the character I would want to recuse me if I was kidnapped.
Leine gets a phone call from an old friend asking for help. He has stumbled on a young trafficked girl that needs her expertise and he thinks there
Sue Olexa
Sep 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Dakota Burn evokes many emotions with DV Berkom at the helm as great Author which shines a beautiful light on such a sad dark ugly topic of child trafficking and child exploitation. DV Berkom uses well developed character Leine to deal out her own form of justice for the problem. Leine, former assassin, definitely uses another type of light to deal that justice too! Such a beautiful story and well written, for such a dark sad worldly issue which is all too real. Kudos to DV Berkom for ...more
Thomas Hart
Sep 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Dakota Burn

Our friend and protagonist - Leine Basso - and her good friend from South Africa - Derek - get caught in another case of sex trafficking of teen and preteen victims.

I can’t think of anything that enrages me more than even the thought of such vile, heartless, and disgusting animals. Not to mention their clientele.

This time our heroes fight the good fight - the oh so necessary fight- in a North Dakota Winter.

You cannot possibly stop reading till you have finished. Nor can you manage
Lee I. Fenicle
Oct 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In my mind, Dakota Burn is D.V. Berkom’s fastest paced and action-packed Leine Basso novel. It is simply one of those books that have you making up excuses to stay up later, to postpone meals or to get some work done. In an earlier review I said that the reading was like riding a roller coaster: Building suspense is the click-click-click of the cars climbing the hill. The climax come in the freefall at the top. Dakota Burn is not that at all. It is a balls-to-the wall wild ride from beginning to ...more
HornFan2 (Mike)
I received a free advance ARC copy from the author for my honest review and I also purchased a copy from Something I like to do, to support one of my favorite authors.

"Dakota Burn" starts with a bang, with a storyline that could be ripped right out of the headlines. Which D.V. expertly sets up from the first paragraph in Lucky's, in frigid cold North Dakota winter, with ex-poacher Derek van der Haar impatiently waiting for someone. He ends up rescuing a young runaway, then makes a
Sep 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another well done Leine Basso thriller from DV Berkom. This time, Leine goes to the freezing cold of N. Dakota. She reconnects with an old friend and they try to take down the main guy doing the sex trafficking. Leine meets some of the girls that had gone missing. Despite not being the emotional type, she cares for these girls. Jinn, from a previous book, has been trained and is sent on this mission to help Leine figure out what's going on.
DV is an excellent writer, writes "unputdownable"
Ken Robson
Sep 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Leine is back in action, in the USA this time. Dakota is in the spotlight.
Child molestation and slavery, prostitution and murder. All are to be found in these pages. What is also found is hope. Hope that someone can help these children and let them escape from the slavery and degradation.
Hope's helper is Leine Basso. Be ready for a real action packed novel, be appalled at some of the scenes, rightly so, and root for Leine and her companions to remove the stain and the corruption.

I received an
Hope Gerhardstein
Sep 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another great Leine Basso thriller by D. V. Berkom. This one takes place in North Dakota and again Leine and her counterpart Derek are on the trail of child sex traffickers. Very fast paced and exciting. It’s a shame that these stories are so real! There was 104 arrested in my hometown this week for sex trafficking. The character are very real and you feel their pain. Looking forward to the next book in the series! I received an advance copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest ...more
Deb Le
Sep 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is a fantastic read. Leine Basso is defintely a protagonist that I love. She's strong, knows what she wants, what she won't put up with and doesn't need any help to do it. The duo she formed with Derek gels beautifully, and I really appreciated the fact that a love interest wasn't explored as it would have taken away from the story. I was rooting for Chloe and Derek the whole way through and Gloria was a good character. Fantastic read, this is probably my favourite in the series so ...more
Jay Williams
Sep 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In my view this is the best of the Leine Basso stories to date. The location is different and exciting, and very well described. The exploiters that follow a boom town are portrayed well, and the interaction as Leine attempts to save her friends and take the criminals down are great in themselves. I received an advanced copy of this book, and it is one of the best I have received. The characters, the plot, the writing, it is all there! I did got back and re-read the book before writing this ...more
Sep 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Thriller Fams
Once more this series delivers on all its promises, a great plot, great location descriptions, fabulous characters and lots of mayhem and excitement.
There are difficult subject addressed around child trafficking and prostitution and some characters don't survive to the end, but this just makes it more realistic.
A great exciting thriller, Leine Basso is a great character and the books about her never disappoint, roll on the next one!
I received an advance copy of the book, but have voluntarily
Kenneth Lingenfelter
Sep 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another Leine Basso thriller from D.V Berkom. This one does not disappoint. Leine gets involved in finding a kidnapped girl, Mimi. She joins Derek to try to take down the leader and the organization that is involved in human trafficking. Jinn joins her in an under cover role to take down the leader of the organization. This is a thrill ride and a page turner. I am anxiously awaiting the next Leine novel.
Oct 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Out to save the innocent no matter where. In the middle of a wind and snow whipped small town in North Dakota, Derek discovers what he believes is an illegal operation in the middle of a new oil rush in the area. He calls in Leine to verify his suspicions. Derek and Leine discover an operation larger than they expected. The intrigue of discovering where all the puzzle pieces are hidden takes the help of some locals. Finding the perpetrators, especially the higher ups, is a difficult task. This ...more
Rita Sheppard
Sep 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This story is populated with strong characters Derek, Leine, and Lucky who influence others like Chloe and Jinn to become more confident in their abilities to help bring down the child sex traffickers who reside in their town. Add in a bunch of mobsters and there’s a lot of trouble coming their way in Hansen, North Dakota. Of course, there is a lot of shooting, killing, and blowing things up action to keep the suspense up over who will win.

It was definitely hard to put this book down so I kept
Sep 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own-it, have-read
I have enjoyed this series very much. D.V. Berkom keeps coming up with fresh, new storylines that makes the reader sit back and think, WOW! That really could be possible. There is plenty of action and tight situations in this book. Thank you, D.V. for another great story! I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book.
Jim B.
Sep 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Leine Basso hooks up with an old friend from Africa and her young protege from Tripoli to fight child sex trafficking in the frozen cold of North Dakota. Lots of action and mayhem. A great read and a wake up call for readers regarding child trafficing that has been here a long time and getting worse.
Sep 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Leine Basso is on another action-packed adventure starting from page one to the satisfying conclusion. D.V. Berkom's Dakota Burn is filled with adventure, intrigue, a human storyline, and well-developed characters. The action is intense, and the writing by Berkom is masterful. I highly recommend this author, and I recommend starting this series from book 1, so you don't miss any of the incredible storylines and action. I can't wait for the next installment.
Sep 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Dakota Burn is one of the best books from D.V. Berkom that I have read.
The action doesn't stop and Leine Basso is a very real and likable character
Once I started this book, I could not put it down.
It is a fast and furious read.
I was given an advanced copy to read and I am doing this review without compensation.
Thank you D.V Berkom for another great story.
Sep 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was thrilling. I enjoyed every bit of it. I loved how the author writes and kept me on the edge of my seat throughout the book. I loved the characters and their quest for stopping the abuse of children. The plot was unique and riveting. I want to read more from this author of course!
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DV Berkom is the USA Today bestselling author of two action-packed thriller series featuring strong female leads (Leine Basso and Kate Jones). Her love of creating resilient, kick-ass women characters stems from a lifelong addiction to reading spy novels, mysteries, and thrillers, and longing to find the female equivalent within those pages.

DV currently lives in the Pacific Northwest with her

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Leine Basso (8 books)
  • Serial Date (Leine Basso Thrillers, #1)
  • Bad Traffick (Leine Basso Thrillers, #2)
  • The Body Market (Leine Basso #3)
  • Cargo (Leine Basso, #4)
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