Dishonorably discharged, former Navy SEAL Shane Laughlin is down to his last ten bucks when he finally finds work as a test subject at the Obermeyer Institute, a little-known and believed-to-be-fringe scientific research facility. When he enters the OI compound, he is plunged into a strange world where seemingly mild-mannered scientists - including women half his size - can kick his highly skilled ass.
Shane soon discovers that there are certain individuals who possess the unique ability to access untapped regions of the brain with extraordinary results - including telekinesis, super strength, and reversal of the aging process. Known as “Greater-Thans,” this rare breed is recruited by OI, where they are rigorously trained using ancient techniques to cultivate their powers and wield them responsibly.
But in the depths of America’s second Great Depression, where the divide between the haves and the have-nots has grown even wider, those who are rich - and reckless - enough have a quick, seductive alternative: Destiny, a highly addictive designer drug that can make anyone a Greater-Than, with the power of eternal youth. The sinister cartel known as The Organization has begun mass-producing Destiny, and the demand is epidemic. But few realize the drug’s true danger, and fewer still know the dirty secret of Destiny’s crucial ingredient.
Michelle “Mac” Mackenzie knows the ugly truth. And as one of the Obermeyer Institute’s crack team of operatives, she’s determined to end the scourge of Destiny. But her kick-ass attitude gets knocked for a loop when she finds that one of the new test subjects is none other than Shane, the same smoldering stranger who just rocked her world in a one-night stand. Although Shane isn’t a Greater-Than like Mac, as an ex-SEAL, he’s got talents of his own.
But Mac’s got powerful 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.
©2012 Suzanne Brockmann (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
Curled up with a good book in my corner of the world on Sweet Grass Farm, it doesn't get any better than that!
Yes! I've already listened to it a second time. The story is terrifyingly plausible in its plot.
No one can give you an adrenaline rush like Suzanne Brockmann. She takes you from 0 to 100 miles an hour in seconds with heart pounding action and rapid-fire dialog. I met a whole new cast of characters of diverse paranormal talents from telepathy, telekinesis, to dream projections and beyond. But, most importantly, Suzanne Brockmann creates characters of toughness and tenderness, strength and vulnerability, integrity, tenacity and compassion. Characters I can't help but love. And woven into all this are three very sweet, very different, love stories. So I feel like I've been double (triple) dipping!
Patrick and Melanie are exceptionally talented narrators. They have the ability to increase the adrenaline by ramping up the action scenes and then dialing it way down for a tender love scene. Each character is infused with their own special personality. I don't know how they work their magic, but that's exactly what it is! They both seem to have a particular gift for understanding Suzanne Brockmann's wit and humor and give an excellent performance, especially in delivering the snappy dialog and the irreverent banter of the characters. In my opinion, Patrick Lawlor is one of the most gifted narrators available today. I will frequently shop for audiobooks by looking for what he has available. And I am so glad to see that Melanie Ewbank has returned. She is a strong and talented narrator and I look forward to hearing more of her work.
I loved Born To Darkness. I can't wait for the next installment in the Fighting Destiny series.
I would definitely recommend this book - there was a lot going on. 3 separate romances, trying to figure out a new "world". I am not usually a fan of sci-fi but I really enjoyed this book and was disappointed when it ended - because it totally left us hanging and somewhat confused.
I loved the vulnerability of the characters
Can't really say without giving away too much
Are you Greater than.........
Hated the ending - it just left you hanging. I realize there will probably be a sequel but I like the first book to actually have an ending. This had a to be continued.
I was really suprised with how much I liked this book. I love the Troubleshooters series. I easily relate to the military lifestyle and jargon etc. Her characters are awesome and very relatable. Nothing has changed here. What kind of threw me was the sci-fi addition of the story. Brockmann did an excelent job there too. The narrators did their usual fantastic job. You will recognize the voices of your favorite characters from Troubleshooters in here too, that might throw you for a minute but these characters are solid also. I won't give away any spoilers here. If you are a Brockmann fan you won't be disappointed.
Among the top, as Brockmann is a favorite author, this is not surprising. What is, however, is the supernatural in the novel. I was a little leery of how it would work, but have to admit it was done to perfection. I hope to enjoy this new Series as much as I have the Trouble Shooters so far. I cannot wait until the next Fighting Destiny book is out.
I wanted nothing more than to keep listening until the end in one sitting, but the story was too long for such an endeavor.
Edit it by 25 percent. Move the plot of finding the young girl forward.
Mac and Shane
I wasn't ready for the gay sex and the men spooning. I'm fine with gay characters in the story, but this could have been a very interesting science fiction boo. It got off on graphic sexual tangents. I felt there was too much nuance on the various psychic powers. I abandoned the story about 8 hours in. The main plot was the rescue of a kidnapped teen, and I kept waiting for that plot to move forward, but it kept dwelling on how various touching and sexual contact increased the powers of the characters. I was in the middle of a research study. To me, that got old.
Born to Darkness ranks in the Top 10% of all of the Books I have read or listen to.
Elliot - Honest, smart, caring, and a true person. Not imposing or afraid to take a risk.
Mac was my favorite character. Mac really cared about the young girls in trouble, and would risk her life for them and her friends.
Several scenes were great. The one where Elliot and Steven discovered the attraction and need for each other was special.
Great book. I can't wait for the next book in this series. I will be waiting.
I always enjoy Brockmann's stories. However, this one was not to my liking. I love contemporary/urban paranormal romances, but due to the unbelievable paranormal characters that just never convinced me to like or believe in them, the storyline failed to draw me in. With all the Navy Seal headlines the past year, I can't believe she has abandoned that series for this. I think Brockmann has missed the boat starting such a series.
Perhaps Tone down the gross violence and sex, it would make a great 'young people's' series. Let's have more Navy Seals and Black Ops stories. Go back to your successful roots! I own all Brockmann Audible books BUT I would not recommend wasting a credit on this one.
I would say this is a book I will listen too again and again. I am sure I missed things with so many twists and turns.
Shane! he did not give up no matter what. Mac is a tough women to love she is a bit like a hedgehog, prickle until you can get her to open up and feel the soft underbelly.
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The story in this novel may be solid, but it's difficult to even find it amid all the vulgar language, the cursing, and the imbalanced preoccupation with sex scenes. It's so distracting that I couldn't get past the first hour. A huge disappointment in what looked to be a potentially promising novel.
So many twists and turns in the plot.
This book brings the Troubleshooter's Series to the table.
The 'waking up
Yes but impossible to do.
This could be as great a series as the Troubleshooters.
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