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LEINE BASSO

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Full Name: Leine Basso
Nationality: American
Organization: CIA
Occupation Agent

Creator: D. V. Berkom
Time Span: 2012 - 2020

ABOUT THE SERIES

       Leine Basso is a security consultant.
       Well, there has to be some term that can describe what the woman is doing these days and that works better than most. She needs to eat and put a roof over her head so she has to earn money somehow and there is not a whole lot of careers that call for a background in being a government assassin taking out known terrorists around the world.
       That is what Basso has been doing for far more years than she would like to remember and she was very, very good at it. When we first meet her she had some time before given up that career and was looking for the next phase of her life but later we are given a brief recounting of her final days in her previous profession.
       Back then she had worked for a man named Eric who ran a small department called the Agency (almost certainly not the CIA) who took assignments to have certain people eliminated. "Her targets were the lowest of the low. She used to eliminate criminals who, if allowed to continue, would gladly take down the United States and her allies, or kill innocents in their quest for power." She had been doing this work for at least 15 years and was certainly one of Eric's top agents. "Leine thought through every action, treating each job like a chess match she was determined to win. By staying several steps ahead of her competition, she minimized blowback."
       She had tired of her career and was starting to suspect that Eric was no longer on the up-and-up when it came to her recent set of targets. She needed a change and she needed a chance to be a better mother to her now teenage daughter, April. Things did not end will with Eric but they did end and suddenly she was in need of something else to do.
       Which takes us back to her being a security consultant. Or insurance investigator. Or bodyguard. Or private detective. She was really none of those or all of them as she took whatever gig seemed interesting. Up until she found out first-hand how prevalent and how disgusting human trafficking was and she became a part of Stop Human Enslavement Now (SHEN), an organization devoted to putting an end to modern slavery. In that new career she will restart her journeying around the globe going up against many of the same sort of low-lifes her previous life had her eliminating. While for SHEN she was not expected to be that extreme in her solutions, old habits do not go away easily.

BOOKS

Number of Books:9
First Appearance:2012
Last Appearance:2020

1 Serial Date Serial Date
Written by D. V. Berkom
Copyright: 2012

Wanting very much to leave her old life as a government assassin, Leine Basso takes a job handling security for a very popular television reality show, Serial Date. Then a contestant is found dead on the set and it looks like one of the so-called bachelors might be the killer. That's when Basso's estranged daughter get kidnapped and Basso knows her former skills are going to be needed.
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2 Bad Traffick Bad Traffick
Written by D. V. Berkom
Copyright: 2012

Leine Basso has eliminated more than her share of people in her old life but now she is the prime suspect in three cold case murders she did not do and cannot leave L.A. While working for a popular actor as a security specialist, she is asked to help when a woman shows up claiming to be the actor's long-lost sister whose young daughter has been snatched by human traffickers.
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3 The Body Market The Body Market
Written by D. V. Berkom
Copyright: 2015

A wealthy and influential Beverly Hills couple hired Leine Basso to learn what happened to their daughter when the young woman and her boyfriend disappeared while partying in Tijuana. Basso finds their missing car with a mangled body inside it and is then warned by the local cartel to drop the case. Then things get tricky.
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4 Cargo Cargo
Written by D. V. Berkom
Copyright: 2015

Leine Basso heads to Bangkok to locate a missing female backpacker. There she discovers that the man responsible is just a small cog in a larger human trafficking mechanism and Basso gets herself snatched and sent to Africa as part of the human cargo.
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5 The Last Deception The Last Deception
Written by D. V. Berkom
Copyright: 2017

The old life as a government hit person will not let Leine Basso go. An old friend calls her with an urgent plea for help and Basso is suddenly deeply involved in a mission taking on arms dealers.
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6 Dark Return Dark Return
Written by D. V. Berkom
Copyright: 2018

After Leine Basso rescues an American teenager from a terrorist group in Libya, she stops the murder of a young street girl in Tripoli which in turns gets her involved in kidnappings in a refugee camp. Then someone decides she should stop looking by dying.
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7 Absolution Absolution
Written by D. V. Berkom
Copyright: 2019

Leine Basso had not planned on going up against the terrorist named Salome but when she is forced to do so, she must break off all contact with those she loves to keep them safe even as she gets more and more into the middle of fight to stop the latest attack that person has planned in L.A.
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8 Dakota Burn Dakota Burn
Written by D. V. Berkom
Copyright: 2019

When she thought she would be in L.A. enjoying nice weather teaching at an anti-trafficking school, Leine Basso is unhappily in the the cold of North Dakota helping a friend, former poacher Derek, hunt down one a criminal gang who are fulfilling a wish-list of young kidnapped girls.
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9 Shadow of the Jaguar Shadow of the Jaguar
Written by D. V. Berkom
Copyright: 2020

An expedition into the Amazon is looking for lost tribes but also finds evidence of a reputed city of gold. A ruthless drug lord wants that wealth and kidnaps a woman in the group and threatens death unless the location is revealed. Leine Basso and her daughter are hired to get the woman free but the Amazon has its own unique set of dangers.
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NOVELLAS AND SHORT STORIES

Number of Stories:1
First Appearance:2016
Last Appearance:2016

1 A Killing Truth A Killing Truth
Written by D. V. Berkom
Copyright: 2016

A prequel to the adventures of Leine Basso after she left her career as a government assassin taking on terrorists, this tells of an adventure where things go strangely wrong and her fellow operative and ofttimes lover, Carlos, is certain that their boss is trying to get them both killed. Then Carlos goes missing and Basso starts believing his theory.
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MY COMMENTS

       From the first moment I met Leine Basso, I liked her.
       I did not like the premise of the first adventure - a reality show about women dating serial killers - but that was only because it was such a stupid idea for a television show I was afraid some channel would steal the concept. Obviously the author thought it over-the-top enough to have Basso comment on it so but, golly gee, I hope it never comes to pass.
       But I like Basso. She is the kind of character that always sits well with me. She is serious but does not take herself or others too seriously. She is not afraid of danger but she has no great desire to get into it, although she admits to loving excitement she is invariably going to put herself in peril. She is the kind of character I would love to see in a television series although I do not know if the person on the screen would be as much fun as the one in my head from reading the books.
       The adventures seem to just get better and better as Basso goes all over the place fighting trafficking. And I cannot imagine where she will head to next, which is something else exciting about the series.

GRADE

My Grade: A-

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