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Born to Darkness | [Suzanne Brockmann]

Born to Darkness

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

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    Patricia 06-17-13
    Patricia 06-17-13

    I started out listening to books for work and now have become addicted. Every where I drive is a new adventure...

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    "I WANT MORE"

    I loved all the characters in the book. Diaz and Mac as partners completely balanced each other out. Diaz was intense and focused. Mac was a smart ass and worked in controlled chaos. Their leader Bach was always the embodiment of control and even temperament. All changes when one little girl needs rescued and they discover their new strengths which comes from ...

    I really enjoyed the interaction of the team with the addition or Anna and Shane along with Bennett. The book is so descriptive and makes it easy for you to have a complete vision of what is occurring. You can feel all the emotions that Mac goes through and how each character has so much to gain from their new alliances. I don't think I would ever had enough of Shane and would be using every form of persuasion that Mac has at her disposal in the pursuit of MORE!

    I hope that the next book focuses on Bach. I love his character and I think I understand what happened in the end ... So excited for more! Great book and excellent narration! Melanie brought Mac to life and made you feel every emotion with such intensity. Patrick was the perfect navy seal and then was able to switch the compassionate Bach making both characters completely believe able. highly recommend!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    D 07-17-12
    D 07-17-12 Member Since 2001

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    "Save your money"
    Would you try another book from Suzanne Brockmann and/or Melanie Ewbank and Patrick Lawlor ?

    The characters in this book were so two dimensional I didn't care about them. This was basically a romance novel with a shaky sci-fi element thrown in: I don't care how "integrated" your brain is, it won't allow you to suddenly breathe fire! It wasn't that there were so many sex scenes, but that they were poorly written--Diana Gaboldon she is not--with characters repeatedly described as "so beautiful" and "ruggedly handsome", but little more. So, no, I won't be reading any other books by this author.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    The Passage of Power by Robert Caro


    What about Melanie Ewbank and Patrick Lawlor ’s performance did you like?

    They were fine as narrators, although Patrick Lawlor got a little over dramatic at times, probably trying to improve the story.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Well, at least I finished it.


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    Fiona 06-24-12
    Fiona 06-24-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Good characters, awful detailed crimes"
    Where does Born to Darkness rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The story is hard to listen to due to rape, torture and murder of little girls - usually enjoy Suzanne Brockmann books but the villians were just too awful.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Suzanne Brockmann? Why or why not?

    I would buy another book but not in this series (it seems it will be a series as questions were left unanswered)


    What does Melanie Ewbank and Patrick Lawlor bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I like these 2 narrators and have enjoyed them narrating previous SB books.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I kept taking my headphones off to let the story continue without me listening - never want to hear little girls tortured and screaming.


    Any additional comments?

    Sexy characters and would have enjoyed this much more without all the details of the crimes being committed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kim Hutchinson, MN, United States 06-02-12
    Kim Hutchinson, MN, United States 06-02-12 Member Since 2015

    Say something about yourself!

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    "I loved the book."
    Any additional comments?

    I loved this book. It was a bit long in some places but worth it. I was a bit off on the things that happened in parts of the book. Such as graphic upsetting parts on what happened to the young girls. The graphic sex parts was fine with me as I have listened to other books by SB. I know some would find it too much. So it would be nice if audible would add something to say there is such things as graphic sex talk. Same sex love senese. So some people would know what's ahead for them. I was OK with all of it. And as always Suzanne Brockmann did not disapoint me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    joann 05-01-15
    joann 05-01-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Scary view of a very real possibility"

    One of the scariest books I've ever read. Not because of the story, which is good, but because of the setting. It takes place in a not to distance America. An America where not only are corporations people but the rulers and everything is privatized and the people are second class citizens. Something I see happening right now.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michele M Corpus Christi, TX 04-26-15
    Michele M Corpus Christi, TX 04-26-15

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    "Addictive sci-if"

    Don't start this unless you have some free time. But it's perfect if you're headed out for a long drive. I especially appreciate that she uses proper grammar!

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    Ebmit 04-13-15
    Ebmit 04-13-15 Member Since 2010
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    "A new world begins for me, yay!"

    I was looking for something different to read and this was the perfect story! Loved the paranormal touch (which I believe is very plausible) and that the story is set in the future as well. I am a big fan of dystopian future worlds and I'm always looking for the next good story to listen to. Of course the love stories were the cherry on top!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah 03-15-15
    Sarah 03-15-15

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    "Extremely juvenile!"

    I don't know who gave this a good review, but I'll be checking for future reference. I was very disappointed.

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    Juan Hernandez 11-11-14

    Books books books

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    "Different"

    Not at all a bad book. I don't think I've ever read anything like this. Action packed and entertaining.cover looks cheesy but not a cheesy book.

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    Heather 09-21-14
    Heather 09-21-14
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    "Why two Narrators?"
    Would you try another book from Suzanne Brockmann and/or Melanie Ewbank and Patrick Lawlor ?

    Author: yes...TWO Narrators? NO


    Any additional comments?

    The male narrator Patrick Lawlor when he gets excited sounds like the actor who plays 'Booger" in the "Revenge o the Nerds" movies, its REALLY annoying and why would you have two narrators? Just stick to one PLEASE its too darn confusing!

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