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Posted August 8, 2011
This one was action-packed, more then the other. It tied up lose ends and made me enjoy characters that I hated from the first.It's great to see old friendships thrive and new ones come about. I do enjoy Hilley's writing style, he keeps me entertained and on the edge of my seat with excitement.I cant wait to find out what happened to Lucas clone and that new FBI agent.. Im ready to see her KICK butt!!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 3, 2011
First let me say thank you to Leonard Hilley II for letting me review the 2nd book in the Darkness series. I really enjoyed first book Predators of Darkness.
So the big question - did it live up to expectations? Oh hell yeah!
It's 3 years after those who survived were rescued from Pittsburgh. The main characters are trying to live happily ever after, but each of them has their own emotional scars to deal with. Daniel feels it the heaviest, the guilt and the fear that it isn't really over. I really felt so bad when he was right.
The biggest conflict with a character I feel is Lucas' clone - he has his own name in this book - Lucian. I love it! He's not really a bad guy, but he's controlled by bad people. I truly can't wait to see what is done with him in the final book.
I think you would be better off reading Predators of Darkness first, but if you don't Mr. Hilley puts enough back-story in that you wouldn't be completely lost if you started here.
Another 5 star winner. And I'm off to read the final installment. :)
Posted May 16, 2011
Predators of Darkness: Aftermath was a unique introduction into the Darkness Series and when it ended I was very happy to start reading Beyond the Darkness book #2 which picks up 3 years where book 1 ended!
Three years have passed since TransGenCorp and it's nefarious scheme of producing super humans was exposed and it's mastermind was thought to have been killed! Now while the other survivors of the Pittsburgh experiment have moved on and started their lives over Daniel Hutchinson is still having nightmares and cannot seem to shake the strong feeling that there is more to come.... He, his wife Julia, their daughter Felicia, the genetically engineered talking shifter cat Morton and their friends soon find out that Daniel's fears are not unfounded but indeed a reality!
The ball starts rolling when the news of his friend Lucas Ridale being caught on camera at the scene of a murder comes to Daniel's attention, shortly after he finds out Lucas calls to tell him that it was his clone that has been killing people... Before they know it Daniel, Julia, Johanna, Dr. Helmsby, his daughter Nancy, Lydia, Lucas and Morton are all fighting to survive again!
There is a saying Paranoia will destroy you but in the case of Daniel and his friends it proves to be one of the things that helps them stay alive!
Beyond the Darkness is another thrilling example of a body of work that gets better as it goes along, not only are the multiple plot lines intriguing and keep you wanting more page after page but they are easy to follow as well! The characters are all well drawn and by the time this second book comes to a close they are also pretty much like the family members you would most want to spend time with!
I truly enjoyed all the twists and turns that this book took on it's journey to the ending and can tell you that after finishing it I am really looking forward to continuing on with book #3 The Game Of Pawns!
I have to disclose that this was an E-ARC copy provided by the author for me to read for an honest review... I have received no compensation from the publisher or the author for this other than the sheer pleasure of reading the book.
Posted April 7, 2011
Another great read from Leonard D. Hilley II. This author has a way with words, they come to life on the page. This story continues three years after they escape Pittsburgh. Everyone has moved on, started living life again. Everyone except Daniel. He knows this isn't over. The next morning he gets a call from Lucas saying he's in jail for murder. Everyone knows Lucas is a dare devil but he would never murder anyone. Daniels fears are coming true..
There is no down time with his stories, he jumps right into the good stuff, and keeps you on the edge of your seat the whole time!
In Predators of Darkness you meet Lucas' clone, Lucian. He doesn't seem like a bad guy to me. He's like a child. He just wants someone to love him. He's tired of the way Idris treats him. I kind of felt sorry for him in this book. When he tries to get close to someone they always turn on him. I think he wants to be good he just needs someone on his side.
Morton.. I absolutely love that cat! I love his smart alack remarks. And It broke my heart when he gets shot at the apartment, and he knows he dying. He just wants to see Felicia one more time. That part definitely made me cry. He still kicked some major butt, If I was in trouble I would want someone like Morton on my side!
I feel like I know these people. When they set off in the story and you're following them you have to urge to yell at the book to let them know that something bad is about to happen. Ugh, I was so nervous I bit all my finger nails off.
And just when you thought this series couldn't get any better, Leonard D. Hilley throws this book in you face!
To top it all off there's a book number three! It makes you wonder if he knows something and he's trying to warn us?? A little Dr. Helmsby going on here? If you like the review, go read the first chapter here! This is an amazing series, we need to spread the word. As long as Leonard keeps writing, I will keep reading what he puts out there!
This novel begins three years after Predators of Darkness ends. Daniel struggles with the fear that shifters still exist, and his fear is heightened by the news that Lucas' clone is still alive and has framed Lucas for murder. As Daniel investigates, he soon discovers that TransGenCorp is still operating and producing clones/shifters.
The characters literally leap off the page and the compelling plot will keep you turning pages until the very end. If you want a read that will keep you up into the night, this is a book you must read.
Posted March 15, 2009
Beyond the Darkness by Angie Fenimore is a compelling story of Angies near-death experience. A woman haunted by her past, and suffering from depression and regret. In 1991 she committed suicide hoping to escape from it all and finally find peace. Expecting to find a bright light and a way out, her clinical death only brought her into a nightmare of darkness. She describes it as if her soul was disconnected from her body, as if there was a calling that became louder and louder, and the vibration of death puller her deeper into nothingness. Her 27 years of life played out before her eyes, and every part of it brought her into a new sense of understanding. She finds herself surrounded by a group of people, their faces cold, with no expressions. She is sure that the people surrounding her had committed suicide as well, she could feel and knew about everything around her. By the emptiness was terrifying, the possibilities for learning were endless but she had no books, no television, no love, no sleep, no friends, no light, no happiness, no relief, no knowledge to gain and now way to use it. She was completely and utterly alone, which was even more terrifying that the world she had known before. Not after long she felt herself in the presence of God, her spirit life became apparent to her. After her conversation with him, she finds that her dept of sadness and sins has been paid for. That through her children came her happiness, and that she was in fact harming the ones around her that she loved instead of appreciating was God had given her in the first place. When we die we are bound by what we think, and the more solid they become the more believable they become. But when we die our mind grows with others who feel the same, which makes one realize what a crucial moment of truth our turning point can make, it determines how our spirits will exist forever. Thinking of this made Angie want to live, and change the way her spirit would affect the world for the future.
The major theme to this book, is to appreciate what you have. No matter how dismal things may seem, there is always a way out, and that way is not death. The hell that you know now can become darker that you would ever imagine if you take the same way out as Angie did. Sometimes all it takes is a change in perspective.
I liked that this book followed the Authors life from childhood to her near death experience. A childhood of confusion putting her in a dismal dark life, in which she never found her peace until it was almost to late.
I would recommend this book especially to those who find their lives having no purpose. To those who cannot find happiness any longer in the things around them, but rater find themselves living in a hell that they cannot imagine to get any worse than it is now.
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Posted October 4, 2008
Plan on reading this book in one day! I started reading and was on the edge of my seat reading until the wee hours of the morning because I could not put this book down. It was thrilling and clever, very well written. Easy to read. I cannot wait until the third book comes out!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.