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Born to Darkness [Hardcover]

Suzanne Brockmann
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March 20 2012 Fighting Destiny
As the New York Times bestselling author of the Troubleshooters series and a “superstar of romantic suspense” (USA Today), Suzanne Brockmann has an acclaimed history of taking readers’ breath away with her novels of hot passion and high adventure. Now she takes her talent for sexy, action-packed storytelling in a thrilling new direction: forward—into a future, both fantastic and frightening, that only the brilliant Brockmann could envision.
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.

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“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

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5.0 out of 5 stars Wishing for more of this series June 30 2014
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A really strong beginning to a new and intriguing world. I'd love to see more of this series. I heard she's writing a YA set in the same universe but I'd love Brockmann to give us more of the adult books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Suzanne Brockmann Jan. 26 2013
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I have all the Troubleshooter books except #3 and #4. I was enthralled with the storylines and the characters. I could hardly wait until I got a copy of the next book. These books kept me mesrised from the first page. I highly recommend the series for anyone who enjoys stories about the Navy Seals.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Whole new world to explore Nov. 30 2012
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As a long term fan of Suzanne Brockmann, I was looking forward to the first book in what will be a new series. Not only did Suzanne introduce two great characters who struggled with accepting both their own capabilities but also the relationship between them but also laid the ground work for a whole new world and complex situation for them to interact in. I'm looking forward to see who gets their story told next and how the world unfolds.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars Sept. 24 2014
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3.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing Storyline, Predictable Characters Feb. 9 2012
By Gizmo - Published on
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This was a return to Suzanne Brockmann for me. I was intrigued by the futuristic, paranormal plot about heroes with neural integration powers. The opening chapter was terrific and had me eagerly anticipating the rest of the story, but unfortunately it wasn't long before I was reminded why I had taken a hiatus from Ms. Brockmann's books. Sometimes her characters are so raw that I find them neither likable nor sympathetic. This is the case with the first couple in this story: Mac and Shane. They're bad-asses who go to the same bar for a hook-up, spend 5 minutes negotiating sex, another 5 minutes having sex, and then Shane doesn't want to be without her. Mac is manipulative and nasty throughout most of this story. She uses her powers to manipulate Shane's feelings for her - and even enhances her boobs for his enjoyment (no kidding) - so maybe that explains Shane's attraction to her, but in any case, I never cared for these two. The other characters are more likable. The paranormal interactions between Bach and Anna were for me the highlight of the book and the only thing that kept me engaged. Some reviewers here would have you believe it's a spoiler to reveal a homosexual couple in the story, but Ms. Brockmann has included homosexual relationships in her stories for years and this one will be no surprise to her regular readers. I anticipated it, murmured "here we go again," and started skimming. I don't enjoy reading it, but some readers might enjoy it. Whatever your cup of tea, the point of a review is to help others make informed choices, so I have no qualms about revealing this aspect of the story here. The final comment I have is that, true to its title, this story is dark. The setting is a future where none of us would want to reside. If you're looking for feel-good romance, this isn't it.

P.S. Regarding the promotional video that just went up, why did someone waste their time on this? It seems pointless.
25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sex, drugs, and little girls. Jan. 29 2012
By Raquel S. - Published on
Format:Hardcover|Vine Customer Review of Free Product
I've read Suzanne Brockmann's books in the past and have been entertained by them. Born to Darkness is shot forward into a dark future with not one but three sizzling romances and plenty of action - Brockmann style - that kept me reading the book to the end.

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.
23 of 27 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars 529 pages of sex abuse, poorly written March 30 2012
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Format:Kindle Edition
1. The on-going bad guys terrorize, rape, breed and kill adolescent and pre-adolesent girls to get them to secrete a money-making chemical. The reader gets long detail about these scenes.

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.
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Wanted to Like It but, just...couldn't March 26 2012
By Pat K - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
I've loved Suzanne Brockmann's many SEAL and Troubleshooter novels, but this one left me feeling blah. I got the prequel short story and enjoyed it greatly; it left me wanting more. I thought this story would have the same kind of great characters and action as her previous novels, but I was disappointed. While I really liked Shane in the short story, I think he was very one dimensional in the book. His character offered a great outsider's view to the often bizarre environment in which the story is set, but we got very little of his viewpoint. I would say a good portion of the book was tied up in sex scenes which, frankly, I could have done without. I didn't like many of the characters and those I did were not very well developed. When the next book in the seris comes out, I will probably not buy it, but rent it for my Kindle.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing April 8 2012
By Chap - Published on
This is the first Suzanne Brockmann book that I almost didn't finish. It was very dark. The characters were not likable and I have no interest in learning any more about this future world or these characters. Another reviewer compared this series to the J.D. Robb In Death Books. However, I think that a better comparison would be to Christine Feehan's Carpathian series or Jayne Ann Krentz's paranormal books since sex is used to enhance paranormal powers. The sex encounters written by Brockmann are very graphic and lack intimacy. The author's personal social agenda gets in the way of providing entertainment.
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