Born to Darkness

Born to Darkness

by Suzanne Brockmann
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Born to Darkness by Suzanne Brockmann

In the near future, as America endures its second Great Depression, former Navy SEAL Shane Laughlin finds work as a test subject at the Obermeyer Institute, only to be plunged into a strange world where mild-mannered scientists can kick his highly skilled ass. These “Greater-Thans” undergo rigorous training to master unique abilities—including telekinesis, super strength, and reversal of the aging process—by accessing untapped regions of the brain. But for the rich and reckless, there’s a quick, seductive alternative: Destiny, a highly addictive designer drug that can make anyone a Greater-Than—for a lethal price.
 
Michelle “Mac” Mackenzie is determined to end the scourge of Destiny. As one of OI’s crack operatives, she’s learned to wield her powers responsibly. But she’s knocked for a loop when she meets the new test subject: Shane, the same smoldering stranger who just rocked her world in a one-night stand. Mac’s got reasons to keep her distance from him—and reasons that are just as strong to want him close. She’s used to risking her life, but now, in the midst of the ultimate war on drugs, she must face sacrificing her heart.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345521286
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/28/2012
Pages: 608
Sales rank: 645,189
Product dimensions: 4.34(w) x 6.72(h) x 1.01(d)

About the Author

After childhood plans to become the captain of a starship didn’t pan out, Suzanne Brockmann took her fascination with military history, her respect for the men and women who serve, her reverence for diversity, and her love of storytelling and explored brave new worlds as a New York Times bestselling romance author. Over the past twenty years, she has written more than fifty novels, including her award-winning Troubleshooters series about Navy SEAL heroes and the women—and sometimes men—who win their hearts. In addition to writing books, Suzanne Brockmann has co-produced a feature-length movie, the award-winning romantic comedy The Perfect Wedding, which she co-wrote with her husband, Ed Gaffney, and their son, Jason. She has also co-written a YA novel, set in the world of her paranormal Fighting Destiny series, with her daughter, Melanie. Find Suzanne Brockmann on Facebook, follow her on Twitter, and visit her website to find out more about upcoming releases and appearances.

Hometown:

Boston, MA

Date of Birth:

1960

Education:

Attended Boston University

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Born to Darkness 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 83 reviews.
FlamingoLady More than 1 year ago
I have a hard time finding an author I enjoy reading so when I find one I stick with him or her and read everything they write. I've read all of the books from Brockmann's seal team series and thoroughly enjoyed them. I enjoy futuristic books also which this series is. I read to escape and this was a good book to escape with. I enjoyed the characters and cannot wait to see want happens next with them. I've read all of J.D. Robbs futuristic crime series and love those too. I hope this helps you, I dislike writing reviews.
SmittenWithReading More than 1 year ago
My Review: When I first started this blog, it was because I was completely immersed with Suzanne Brockmann's Troubleshooter world and NEEDED to share that passion with someone...and so a book review blog was born. This is her first book she's released since she finished the Troubleshooter series and I wasn't sure how it would go. Why did I ever doubt this author's brilliance? I'm a little scared to say it, but I could maybe just love this world even more than I loved the Troubleshooters. OMG, this book was so good!!! What surprised me most is that there is a paranormal aspect to this series and I absolutely LOVED it. This world is set in the near future...and the future isn't so great for most people. Jobs are scarce, basic services like healthcare and police protection are non-existent unless you are part of the very exclusive rich. In this new world, it's been discovered that people can use more of their brain power. Some have the capability to do it naturally, called Greater-Than's, and other's use incredibly expensive, addictive, and dangerous drugs, called Destiny, to do so. Not only is the drug dangerous, but it has to be made from the blood of those who can naturally use those extra parts of their brain so there is a very lucrative slave market for those people. There is a whole team in this book who are from the Obermeyer Institute. The OI is a privately funded organization which is made up of Greater-Thans who work to find the Destiny distributors and do their own research into these new skills. The bulk of this book is about Mac and Shane. Mac is one of the top 3 Other-Than's at the OI. Her power is empathy and she can switch everything about her aura and appearance to appeal to others. She uses this skill to draw in men...both on missions and when she needs an extra boost. She's discovered when she's hurt, she can boost her healing powers by having sex. Shane is a former SEAL who's been dishonorably discharged for doing the right thing within a corrupt government. As a result, he's been blacklisted and has no opportunities for other employment. He came on OI's radar as a potential Greater-Than and is slated to go in for testing which requires a lock-down and loss of freedom. As a result, he decides he needs one last fling and meets Mac just when she is in need of some healing mojo. When they get together, literally sparks fly and it turns out Shane does more than just boost Mac's healing power. At the time, she has no idea he's slated to become a new OI potential. And that's the way it starts... Whoa! OMG, this book was so good. Not only do you have these two incredible characters with Shane and Mac. Mac is scarred and wounded from the chaos her powers have wrought. Shane is just...YUM, incredible. Mac keeps pushing him away and he just keeps pushing her right back. He refuses to give up on her and their relationship no matter how many times she pushes him away. Gah, he was awesome!!! Then there are the other amazing characters in this book: *Bach- who is the most powerful Greater-Than at OI. He is such an amazing being, but so freaking vulnerable. I think his scenes in this book are absolutely the most emotional. My heart just ached for him...over and over again. *Diaz- he shares second in command with Mac. He's been with OI for 15 years and unlike Mac has taken all their edicts to heart...including their push towards abstinence...15 years, people!!! This was an absolutely fantastic story line becau
Ozzy12 More than 1 year ago
Great book. Shane was my favourite character. I couldn't stop reading and was sad when it was finished
lanalucy More than 1 year ago
Got this one at the local library after quite the wait. lol Born To Darkness is dystopian futuristic paranormal romance, for lack of a better category. Its US is a dark and dreary place; the US in which these events happen is one I can see coming, and hope like hell I'm wrong about. I loved this! Brockmann's other books about the SEALs had kinda reached a point where the number of people who merited at least a brief mention was getting just a bit unwieldy. I look forward to seeing more about some of the main characters (I do love my military men and my Troubleshooters!), and it still seems like she's reached a pretty decent resting place for now. It might be interesting if at some point in the future of this series, she's able to tie it back in some way to previous characters. The cast of this book is fairly large, too, with eightish main characters and nearly a dozen secondary/supporting characters. The characters were written in such a way that they interacted with each other frequently enough that getting to know the characters (and not just as couples) was easy and the transitions between events were mostly seamless. The friendships were wonderfully-written. Establishing the couples as couples was a bit rushed, particularly in the case of Dr. Z and Diaz. That one went from less than zero to eighty in a matter of seconds, it seemed like. Despite this, each of the couples was believable to me, and I want to see where they go from here. The sexual/physical intimacy these couples experienced was a little off for a Brockmann book. Not that the chemistry felt forced, as another reviewer mentioned, but not as hot as I've come to expect. I think this was due more to the need to build this world and these relationships, and I'm willing to be in this for the long haul. I truly believe that the chemistry will build with subsequent stories as the characters deepen their emotional connections with one another. Brockmann subscribed to the strength-through-adversity school in creating her heroines, as each has faced and triumphed over some dark and scary stuff. Having said that, those women still have ISSUES, which are bound to come up in future books. I like that these women are real for the future in which this is set, not for today's US or today's science; they are not one-note perky pollyannas but complex women. Fair warning: there is frank sexual abuse, sexual intimacy without emotional connection and male/male sexual interaction. If any of this bothers you, move along. Born To Darkness does not give us a happily ever after. When it's done correctly, I sometimes prefer the happily enough for now which we get in this book. It's apparent to me that there will be more to this story, and I for one am looking forward to it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed her Tall, Dark and Dangerous and Toubleshooters series, but not this one so much. Why is it that so many authors portray the future as being dark, dangerous, and corrupt? I know that she still loves her son, so I don't mind the homosexual stories, call me a prude, but I really don't need to know about their open mouth kisses. I have also learned not to purchase via pre-order. I was expecting this book to come out in paper back, like her others, there fore I was really disapointed to find I paid over $12 for this book, to me it was more likely to be a $7.99 book, but I still think I would have over paid at that..
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Paranormal is not my usual thing, but I usually like Brockmann. I probably won't read BtD again, but it was an OK weekend read - despite being overly verbose and hyperbolic. All the romances seemed rushed and some of the characters (Mac most consistently) bordered on unlikeable at times. The ending was a bit unresolved, a rather blatant lead-in for a sequel. Shane's (ex) SEAL status was constantly brought up but his skills were never showcased, to my disappointment - he just kind of hung around the periphery. That said, when a sequel comes out I will almost certainly read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As an enthusiastic fan of Brockmann's I picked up this book without reading reviews on the strength of my previous experience with her work. I was heartily disappointed. I enjoy the depth of her characters and was not impressed with either the hero or heroine in BtD. The premise and world she created was an excellent addition to the paranormal genre but it fell flat for me. For a true sample of her literary excellence pick up any of the Troubleshooter's series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Have read this author many times and enjoyed this one but found it to be dragged out in parts.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A good read. Fast paced and interesting characters. Looking forward to the next in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wasnt my favorite book by this author.... Nor was it my favorite paranormal world BUT I still enjoyed the novel and recommend it to any Brockmann fans out there who enjoy the twist and turns of watching multiple romance develope throughout a novel. Maybe I'm just picky as this didnt bother me in some of her other works AND I think the paranormal aspect of the book may have magnified this problem for me but I felt like there was just way too much down time in the middle of the book for the lead couple. In fact It got to the point that I was more excited to read about the side romance. Good book : ) cant wait for more
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good book. I enjoyed reading it and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys books with a futuristic twist to a romantic suspense. This book will keep you in suspense till the very end and leave you wondering what will happen in the next book in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed the trip through this book. Shane is true to the navy seal image. Mac is very special. If you are a suzanne brockman fan this is a winner. If you have never read her books this is a great one to start with. Imagine a future where big corporations rule the government. Funding is cut for social services. Drugs are readily available. Birth control is banned in most states. P Yet at the pause (end of this book. Not the end of the story). Good wins over evil.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Page turner!  I enjoyed this book so much that as soon as I was finished I looked to see if the next installment was ready.  I'm a huge J.D. Robb fan.  This book reminded me of those.  Might have to re read it!
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SO disappointed! Just garbage
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I loved, loved, loved this book!!! What an exciting start to what, I hope, is a new series!
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was a great book...kept me on my seat....would love to have some of the stuff they are able to do
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I own and treasure all of Suz's other books. Favorite all time author. I love her brain. I love her charscters. I love her views on life. She has challenged me to become more accepting of those around me. Can't say enough good things about her. I need a Jules fix like other people need coffee. So I hate having to give a thumbs down to this. I never came to care about the characters. In fact, I didn't like them. I have already pre-ordered the next book in the Trouble Shooter series, but this series is a no go.
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