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.
I love Suzanne Brockmann and her whole SEAL team series, and now I hope here's a whole new parapsych fantasy series. Besides her amazing imagination and great story-telling skills, she does an excellent job of including same-sex LOVE scenes. I hope these will help some of those unfortunates that suffer from homophobia. Don't get me wrong, she includes plenty of non-stop action/adventure, fascinating para-psych futuristic fantasy, and plain old hetero romance, too! dsh*
tone and emphasis, plus so much of the dialogue is internal or projected thoughts, it somehow helps keep it all straight in my head.
I bought this book because it was narrated by Patrick Lawlor - and because I liked most of Suzanne Brockmann's Troubleshooters (hey - they are mostly narrated by PL - what's not to love!) - even though I knew going in that the story/genre of this book is not my thing. Sadly, even Patrick Lawlor couldn't save the book for me. If you are into the fantasy genre of super-powers doing mind control and taking over other people's bodies, then it's probably a really great book. I'll have to get my Patrick Lawlor fix somewhere else.
Something about yourself.
This story has the fantastic writing by Brockmann of drama and action and romance with the dynamic duo of Lawlor and Eubanks. I was hesitant to buy this because of some negative reviews plus I have been in a historical phase (Thanks to Downton Abby).I loved the Troubleshooters and saw JR Ward' s cover blurb about how she loved this book, I was sold, I really liked all the characters and their pairing and there is enough plot for this length of book and then some. I cannot wait for the next one. I loved how long this book was and didn't want it to end. Such a kick butt heroine and her band or heroes. The M/M romance was enjoyable for me. not preachy or porn. I was sad to see the Troubleshooters on (permanent) hiatus but have no fear a new series is here.
The story, plot and character development was well done. Shane and Mac are perfect together and Mac is a good ole fashion hero living in modern times.
I am always looking for new and different versions of scifi/fantasy love stories that maintain a good story despite the "love". Born to Darkness did this better than most!
Give me water to swim and surf in. That with a glass of white wine and the sun. That's heaven.
From the beginning to the end, you cannot guess what's going to happen until you get there. The plot of this book isn't predictable and with the two narrators, it never gets dull. It was a pleasure to read and I couln't wait for the grownups to help the kids. I said te last because I felt I could without giving the plot away. It was a really fun journey.
Susan Elizabeth Phillips is my go to for fun. Harry Potter - just because. Loved the Magic of Tidying Up and Shakespeare
Truthfully, I liked the Elliot Zerkowski & Stephen Diaz romance. Their relationship is so genuine and caring. They were my favorite couple!
I'm grateful Suzanne Brockmann has another series!!! I have read or listened to every book she has ever written.
Futuristic concepts are presented with such realism. Sometimes I forget that we can't just scan ourselves. She uses language the listener can easily understand.
Melanie Ewbanks and Patrick Lawlor are fabulous together! I'll listen to anything Lawlor narrates!
ELLE aka PlantCrone of the Great Pacific Northwest. I enjoy almost every genre-S/F, Action, Biographies and Histories & Romance
My headline is a 'warning' for those readers who aren't familiar with Suzanne Brockmans hot writing. I've read all her "Troubleshooters" series and my favorite returning character was Jules, the gay FBI agent..and I'm a straight grandmother not a gay man. Still Brockman manages to put good enticing sex into an acceptable but stimulating manner for those of us who enjoy reading this type of fiction. If you find the thought of gay sex uncomfortable, this isn't a book for you. If you don't enjoy steamy hetero sex scenes this isn't a book for you. It's a key part of her writing and one those of us who do enjoy her work count on.
I'm thinking this is the start of a new series with a para-normal bent to it-and it's a good start. It introduces quite a few characters and begins several relationship lines, not all of which are finished in the book.
Character development is one of Brockmans key feature in her work-she made me interested in what happened to quite a few different characters and the primary non sexual plot line was well written..it kept my interest.
I'm looking forward to future Brockman books in this series-if she's new to you the "Troubleshooters" books are a great place to start-they are all 'Navy Seals retired and working as bodyguards' . These books give equal time to female servicewomen in many plot lines..this is another thing I like about Brockmans writing-she develops strong women who are competent. "Born to Darkness" has one such woman and I like the way she is written.
I recommend this book with those couple of caveats.
The novel was way too graphic sexually.
Anger that I was expected to listen to this stuff. I just chose to delete.
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