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Most Helpful Favorable Review

11 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

A wild ride down a winding road

A review by Author Duane Schwartz

If it is true that a writer is someone who has been given a gift, then it is also true that this writer's benefactor was a generous one. Her characters are alive. I see them. I feel for them. And although my senses fall short of smel...
A review by Author Duane Schwartz

If it is true that a writer is someone who has been given a gift, then it is also true that this writer's benefactor was a generous one. Her characters are alive. I see them. I feel for them. And although my senses fall short of smelling perfume or cologne, or sweat, that is not to say I do not perspire with them in tense scenes. And you will too. It cannot be helped. Ms. Berkom's craft has been honed to that level.

Within the pages of Bad Spirits 1-5, Berkom's principal character, Kate, is a feisty, adventurous, albeit naïve-following the heart more than the head-full speed ahead, high energy, fast thinking and acting character once she comes to her senses. She is out maneuvered at every turn, it seems, by a superior advisary, a relentless Mexican drug lord named Salazar, yet she holds true to her commitment to defeat him. Courage. That is what separates Berkom's characters from those created by others. A realistic kind of courage. I give this work four out of five stars, the fifth missing only out of a selfish desire on the part of this reviewer for more from this talented author.

As the author of five novels, Cobb's Landing, Calumet, Little Cicero, Fetchenko, and the soon to be released The Winds of Change, I appreciate good writing and there's only one conclusion I can come to about Ms. Berkom: she is a credit to the profession. Read her work. You won't be disappointed. I promise.

posted by Duane-Schwartz on June 28, 2011

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2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

Anoymous April3,2012

It was okay. Not the total and complete best, but had a little spunk to it. It was one of those books that sucked, but you still wanted to find put what would happen in the end

posted by 15485531 on April 3, 2012

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  • Posted June 28, 2011

    A wild ride down a winding road

    A review by Author Duane Schwartz

    If it is true that a writer is someone who has been given a gift, then it is also true that this writer's benefactor was a generous one. Her characters are alive. I see them. I feel for them. And although my senses fall short of smelling perfume or cologne, or sweat, that is not to say I do not perspire with them in tense scenes. And you will too. It cannot be helped. Ms. Berkom's craft has been honed to that level.

    Within the pages of Bad Spirits 1-5, Berkom's principal character, Kate, is a feisty, adventurous, albeit naïve-following the heart more than the head-full speed ahead, high energy, fast thinking and acting character once she comes to her senses. She is out maneuvered at every turn, it seems, by a superior advisary, a relentless Mexican drug lord named Salazar, yet she holds true to her commitment to defeat him. Courage. That is what separates Berkom's characters from those created by others. A realistic kind of courage. I give this work four out of five stars, the fifth missing only out of a selfish desire on the part of this reviewer for more from this talented author.

    As the author of five novels, Cobb's Landing, Calumet, Little Cicero, Fetchenko, and the soon to be released The Winds of Change, I appreciate good writing and there's only one conclusion I can come to about Ms. Berkom: she is a credit to the profession. Read her work. You won't be disappointed. I promise.

    11 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2012

    Bookworm

    Very good series. Great quick read.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2012

    Fun read

    Didnt want it to end.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2012

    Excellent!

    Very good story!

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2013

    Very good

    Great story, well written

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2012

    Pretty good

    I liked the suspensefulness.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 15, 2014

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    Review originally posted at Romancing the Book

    Feisty Kate Jones made a big mistake three years ago when she became the mistress of Mexican drug lord Roberto Salazar. Now she’s on the run with a backpack full of drug money that turns out to belong to yet another kingpin even more vengeful and viscous than Salazar. It’s hard to know who to trust in her desperate flight, because even the “good guys” might not be quite what they seem.

    This face-paced thriller doesn’t lack for action or believability. Readers can follow Kate’s attempted escape-turned failure-turned dubious success with the added flavor of excellent (but not overdone) setting and character descriptions.

    As a character/heroine, Kate will elicit your admiration as well as your disgust as she makes a series of very bad, ill-timed decisions. Still, you’re rooting for her all the way–anybody that gusty deserves a better fate than what apparently awaits her in the Sonoran Desert.

    Bad Spirits is a quick, fun read, and you’ll finish with anticipation of Kate’s further adventures–or should I say entanglements?

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2012

    Was an ok read

    Short and sweet. A plot used before but still an ok story.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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