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.
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.
Love Romance, Suspense, strong character development a must. Authors I go to: Erik Larson (NF), Stephen King, Suzanne Brockmann, Susan Elizabeth Phillips,
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!
I LOVE books. And dogs & quilting & beading & volunteering.
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.
For me neither narrator was a good performer it really took away from the book. I guess i will have to read it because I hated both of them,
I???ve never read Suzanne Brockman before, but I liked the basic idea of the book, so I took a chance. So freakin??? glad I did. This book gives you three different romantic possibilities and artfully portrays the point of view of many of the book???s characters along the way. All of the homophobes out there can take a flying leap and move on to just another boring romance. This author took just as much care in portraying the emotional aspects of the homosexual relationship as the heterosexual relationships. I was emotionally involved in all of them and the author caught hold of my heart strings and tugged hard enough to make me tear up a few times. I will definitely try another book from this author. If you believe in love no matter what sex you???re attracted to and love a little kick-ass revolutionary paranormal storyline???you can???t go wrong. NOT the boring-hum-drum-same-old-story-line-and-characters and not everyone in the story ends up with the typical happy ending. Definitely one of the ten best I???ve ever downloaded from Audible.
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