Born to Darkness Hardcover – Mar 20 2012
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PRAISE FOR SUZANNE BROCKMANN
“Brockmann strikes the perfect balance between white-knuckle suspense and richly emotional romance.”—Chicago Tribune
“Brockmann is a master of adventure, drama, passion, and suspense.”—The Tampa Tribune
“[Brockmann] brilliantly combines superbly crafted, realistically complex characters with white-knuckle plotting.”—Booklist
About the Author
Since her explosion onto the publishing scene more than ten years ago, Suzanne Brockmann has written fifty books, and is now widely recognized as one of the leading voices in romantic suspense. Her work has earned her repeated appearances on the USA Today and New York Times bestseller lists, as well as numerous awards, including Romance Writers of America’s #1 Favorite Book of the Year (three years running), two RITA Awards, and many Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Awards. Suzanne Brockmann lives in Sarasota, Florida, with her husband, author Ed Gaffney. Find Suz on Facebook at Suz Brockmann’s Troubleshooters World, and visit her website at www.suzannebrockmann.com.See all Product Description
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P.S. Regarding the promotional video that just went up, why did someone waste their time on this? It seems pointless.
In the not too distance future (no date is given) a new highly illicit drug name Destiny is making its rounds. It promises to reverse aging and to bring strength and vitality. However, because of its rarity, it is extremely expensive. What they also don't tell you is that it is instantly addictive....and there's also a good chance to spontaneously and violently lose your mind (aka Jokering) at any moment. What they also are not going to tell you that the main ingredient for their drug comes from the hormones found in the blood of specially selected young girls strapped to hospital beds kept in a constant state of horrific terror.
The future is grim indeed.
Born to Darkness is a entertaining action romance that tells of the story of not one but three couples, each couple having a strong focus of their own.
There is Shane/Mac: Shane is a blacklisted unemployed Navy Seal looking for a job. Mac is a strong-willed, high-strung, rough talking covert agent with the special ability to seduce men. (She reminds me a lot of Starbuck of the new Battlestar Galactica series.) Shane is convince that he loves Mac, even after only a one-nighter. Mac is convinced that it's only her power blinding him and there is no way he could actually "like" her. I wanted more from Shane, but I think the book would've exploded in my hands.
There is Anna/Joseph: Anna's little sister, Nika, has been kidnapped and is desperate to find her. Joseph is a rare Greater Than with mental powers at 70%, which is very powerful. Joseph vows to Anna to help her find and rescue Nika, but he slowly starts to lose his heart to Anna. This was my favorite romantic story line, but there wasn't enough of it and had a surprise twist that left me wondering.
There's another couple as well, but I'm resistant to disclose this one as it's better off being a surprise. However it's fast and furious once it is revealed to not only the readers but for the book characters as well.
Born to Darkness explodes with three avid love stories, a lost and endangered girl, people with incredible mental abilities, deranged and diabolical perpetrators, and - of course - explosives. When the madness ends, you'll be relieved and yet you'll be wanting more. Born to Darkness (#1 in the Eternal Youth series) was a great joy ride and I look forward to more in the series.
2. The ladies on the "good side" are all victims of rape or attempted rape too. In one long scene, we watch one woman loop through repeated nightmares of her remembered rape.
If this is not enough to turn you off, the writing may. I've read every other Brockmann at least twice, but this is just nowhere near as good as the others. It's as if Suze mashed together adolescent distopian dramas, Wall Street protesters and Comic-Con. By the time I quit cringing and started to track which super powers were being granted or not granted to which people under what conditions, I just didn't care.
I finished the book because I kept faith with the author. I got cheated.