Cargo is a page turner. Author Berkam snatches you out of your chair and immerses into the scenes with her characters.
The fear of people held in captivity and the stench of their prisons assault your senses.
Cargo is a bit of an expose as well as a crime thriller. The plight of young women and children abducted or sold into slavery comes to light. Human trafficking as well as the illegal poaching and sale of endangered species are described in scenes that are also based in modern day facts.
DV Berkam deftly weaves the story of two women with that of a reluctant ivory poacher who agrees to help them.
A lot of twist and turns will keep a reader riveted. I highly recommend Cargo and give it A four and a half star rating on my Book-O-Meter.
I was sent this book as part of book blog tour in exchange for an honest review.
GENRE: crime thriller
Haunted by memories of an op gone bad, former assassin Leine Basso travels to Bangkok in search of a missing backpacker. With help from an old contact, she discovers the man responsible for the girl’s disappearance is connected to a violent Hong Kong triad and is the linchpin of an extensive trafficking network—both animal and human.
Making enemies isn’t new for Leine, but making one in the triad is—she soon finds herself a prisoner onboard a cargo ship headed for sub-Saharan Africa. To ensure her survival and to continue her hunt for the missing girl, she must join forces with Derek, an ivory poacher who promises to help her.
For a price.
The backyard light was burned out, which worked in their favor. The neighbor’s light from across the alley didn’t reach Derek’s gate, leaving them in shadow.
He bent down, turned over a flat rock near the base of the wall, and retrieved a key. “Doesn’t look like it’s been tampered with,” he muttered, inspecting the lock.
Leine kept watch as he opened the padlock with a crisp snick. He quietly removed it and hung it on the hasp before easing the gate open just wide enough for them to squeeze through. With one last scan of the alley, Leine followed him into the courtyard.
They paused by the wall, taking in their surroundings. The curved brick driveway was bathed in darkness, except for a small area where a next-door neighbor’s dim light encroached. A windshield glinted in the carport, the rest of the Rover a large black mass.
The storm intensified, pelting them with cold rain. The runoff flowed past them in a muddy river, searching for escape through the holes at the foot of the wall. Leine followed Derek across the driveway, narrowing her eyes against the wind as it whipped past, kicking sand and gravel up into her face. They took shelter in the alcove near the back door.
Derek leaned in close so he didn’t have to shout over the sound of the driving wind. “Looks like we’re clear.”
An instant later, a round slammed into the wall beside Derek, sending pieces of stucco flying. Leine dropped to the ground and rolled to the other side of the alcove, coming to her feet in a crouch, her back flat against the wall.
DV Berkom is a slave to the voices in her head. As the bestselling author of two award-winning thriller series (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.
Raised in the Midwest, she earned a BA in political science from the University of Minnesota and promptly moved to Mexico to live on a sailboat. Several cross-country moves later, she now lives just outside of Seattle, Washington with the love of her life, Mark, a chef-turned-contractor, and several imaginary characters who like to tell her what to do. Her most recent books include Cargo, The Body Market, Bad Traffick, A One Way Ticket to Dead, and Yucatán Dead.
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