Born to Darkness

Born to Darkness

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781469229768
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Publication date: 08/28/2012
Series: Eternal Youth Series , #1
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.00(h) x 1.37(d)

About the Author

Since her explosion onto the publishing scene more than ten years ago, Suzanne Brockmann has written more than forty 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 in 2000, 2001, and 2002 - two RITA awards, and many Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Awards. Suzanne Brockmann lives west of Boston with her husband, author Ed Gaffney.


Boston, MA

Date of Birth:



Attended Boston University

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The man had taken his own family hostage.

Mac Mackenzie could feel the fear and hear the joker’s wife and three children crying as she quickly scaled the side of the house, all the way up to the roof. Her destination was a small third-­floor window, around the back, that was open a crack.

Stephen Diaz’s evenly modulated voice came through her radio headset as he and their team leader, Dr. Joseph Bach, waited on the ground below. “Whenever you’re ready.”

Subtext: Tick tock, bitch. We’re waiting on you. . . .

Although, okay. The bitch was her own embellishment.

In the entire twelve years that Mac had known Diaz, he’d never once addressed her with anything other than respect. Including the night—­a long time ago—­when she’d embarrassed them both by planting herself, naked, in his bed.

Here and now, Mac didn’t bother to answer him. She just quickly and soundlessly crossed the rain-­slicked roof—­which was actually slate.

No doubt about it, someone who spent a truckload of cash on the freaking roof of their house in these trying times had money to burn. And/or money to buy expensive illegal drugs—­especially the kind that came with the claim that the user would live forever.

Yeah, that whole never die, always look twenty promise that the drug oxyclepta di-­estraphen—­known by its street name, Destiny—­brought to the table was hard for a lot of people to turn down. Especially those who already had all of the cars and fancy houses and pairs of shoes that their billions of dollars could buy.

Although it wasn’t always the case that the addicts she and Bach and Diaz helped contain were über-­wealthy. Some of them had been using the needle for so long that they’d sold off everything in their lives that had any kind of value. Homes, cars, exotic pets. Yachts, jewelry, designer clothing—­none of it worth more than a miniscule fraction of its original price in this craphell economy.

Except for their weapons.

These days, a Smith & Wesson or a SIG Sauer—­even in shitty condition—­was worth more to most people than a Beemer. Especially considering the skyrocketing price of gas.

But eventually the frequent fliers even sold off their guns and ammo, and the cash went into a vein. But damn, they sure looked good, because Destiny gave them youth and good health, as long as you could ignore the whole violent addiction thing. Although looking hot didn’t prevent them from accidentally ODing or worse: hitting the joker-­point and going noisily insane.

Some users jokered earlier than others—­like their current hostage-­taker, who apparently still had enough money to keep the heat on and the lights burning in this three-­story mansion here in the richie-­richest part of one of Boston’s few remaining still-­posh ’burbs.

“Okay, I’m finally there,” Mac breathed into her lip microphone, knowing that everything she told Diaz would be heard by Dr. Bach, too, even though their leader didn’t wear a headset. She dipped her head down over the edge of the roof to get a peek into that partially open window. As they’d suspected, it led into a small bathroom. The shade was up and the light that spilled through came from a fancy fixture out in the third-­floor hallway. She reached over and unfastened the screen, pulling it from its frame. “Status?”

“All inhabitants are still on the second floor,” Diaz informed her. “In the master bedroom. Dr. Bach thinks our guy’s dosing again. What are you picking up? And please don’t do it if you can’t block the fear.”

Fear and confusion from the family was a given. And since, in this case, there were four of them, that fear was a powerful force that left a strangely metallic taste in Mac’s mouth when she lowered her mental shields enough to let it in. But three were children, and even though she didn’t know for sure, she would bet her life savings on the fact that at least two were under the age of ten. Because, from them, she felt a still-­strong blast of hope. This can’t be happening. Daddy loves us—­this must be a mistake. . . .

As for their joker . . .

“I got some serious no-­fear from our guy,” Mac reported to Diaz. “Just a shitload of rage.” She sent the window screen silently flying, like a giant Frisbee, well into the neighbor’s yard. “Beneath that? Jealousy, to the point of hatred. He’s gone.”

“We believe he’s double-­dosing in an attempt to read his wife’s mind,” Diaz reported. “Dr. Bach’s picking up signs of the vill’s increasing telepathic power, but it’s bouncing all over the place.”

“Maybe he’ll do us all a favor and OD,” Mac said as she reached down again and pulled up on the bottom half of the double-­hung window.

The damn thing jammed.

True, she wasn’t in the best position to muscle it up, hanging over the edge of the roof with virtually no leverage.

And even if she got it open all the way, it was still freaking small—­just as narrow as they’d all imagined it would be from down on the ground.

And that was why she’d been sent up here instead of Diaz, who was nearly twice her size. Usually, she backed up Dr. Bach as he made a first-­floor entry, while Diaz climbed the outside walls and gained access through an upper-­floor window, easily unlocking and opening it with his mind.

But every other window in this Victorian monster of a house was painted tightly shut. And not even their esteemed leader Dr. Bach had the power to break that kind of seal without making a shitload of noise.

Of course, there were times when a shitload of noise came in handy. Sometimes this kind of takedown went more quickly and easily when she and Diaz followed Bach’s command to use good old shock and awe. Forget gaining entry by breaking the hundred-­and-­fifty years of paint that glued the windows shut. Just combine their mental powers to blow all of the glass out of the entire structure while flames erupted from the air-­conditioning vents, balls of lightning exploded from every power outlet, and every piece of furniture in the place got up and danced.

Out-­freak the frequent flier.

But this time, Bach didn’t want to go that way, and Bach knew best.

And that wasn’t Mac being snarky, that was Mac being real. Dr. Joseph Bach did know best. She wouldn’t be a member of his weird little freak-­show commando team if she didn’t believe that with all of her heart and soul.

She strained to move the window, trying to gain traction on the slippery roof.

“Need help?” Diaz’s voice murmured in her ear, just as she finally pushed the window back down and got it realigned.

It went up much easier now.

“Thanks,” she said as she rearranged herself, preparing to slip inside.

“That wasn’t me,” he said.

“I was talking to Dr. Bach,” Mac came back. “I’m good to go. Anything else I should know?”

“Joker’s name was Nathan Hempford,” Diaz replied. “That’s all we’ve got.”

And that meant that this particular freak didn’t have a file—­at least not one that Dr. Bach had been given access to as they’d rushed over here to step in and save the day, after the local Boston SWAT team had already failed to the tune of two body bags.

The villain-­formerly-­known-­as-­Nathan was a bullet-­bender—­they all knew that much about him. Thanks to the absurd quantity of Destiny pumping through his veins, he had developed the undeniably impressive mental power to stop a bullet in its path, and return it to the shooter with deadly results.

It was a very rare skill-­set. Unfortunately, it wasn’t quite so rare among the handful of addicts who’d jokered in the past few months. Must be something in the current local batch of Destiny—­something that targeted a particular neural pathway.

And that was unusual. No two individuals had exactly the same powers—­even those Greater-­Thans like Bach, and Diaz, and Mac herself, who’d all spent countless hours studying and training and practicing, practicing, practicing to control their individual mental talents—­talents they’d come by naturally, without sticking a needle in their arms.

Mac’s own skills were decidedly different from Stephen Diaz’s even though they both had achieved mental integration of a very high and very rare fifty percent. On paper, their skill levels were dead even. But their skills were individual and unique—­which was why they shared the job of Dr. Bach’s second-­in-­command. Together, their combined talents made them nearly unstoppable.

And while Mac had talents Diaz couldn’t touch, that didn’t stop her from being envious of his.

The grass was always greener.

One of Diaz’s talents was his ability to maintain telepathic contact with Bach from a relatively longer distance than Mac’s erratic two-­to-­ten-­feet, without a SAT signal or a headset. And these days? The SAT towers went down or the signal got jammed more often than not. That was why, also more often than not, Mac was usually the one entering the building alongside Bach, where she was able to communicate silently via hand signals while Diaz did the upper-­window shuffle with Bach securely nestled, all snug in his head.

In fact, their current SAT signal now crackled with static as Mac announced, “I’m going in.”

Diaz came back, “We’ll give you ten. Nine . . .”

It was a tight squeeze through that little window, even for someone as small as she was. Mac went in feet first, which left her feeling vulnerable, particularly when the button at the waist of her cargo pants caught. But she wrestled herself free and in doing so scraped her face on the window’s rough bottom edge.

But then she was inside and moving silently toward the hallway, taking a quick scan of the landing and swiftly finding the stairs leading down.

She could hear Nathan, their joker, his voice tight with anger—­ a common side effect of the drug. “You think I didn’t see the way you looked at him? You think I didn’t notice? You think I didn’t know?”

His words were punctuated by what sounded like blows, and what were definitely screams and more crying.

“Don’t, Daddy, don’t!” one of the younger kids sobbed, as Mac moved faster, as Diaz went straight from four to one.

“Go. We’re go,” Diaz told Mac, adding, “Incoming,” as Dr. Bach chimed in.


He wasn’t talking to Mac and his voice wasn’t coming through her earpiece. It was inside of her head, and definitely in the joker’s head, too. Reverberating, it echoed and permeated, and even though she’d shielded against it, she felt it all the way through her skull and down her spine. It was scary as shit—­or it would’ve been, had she not been on Bach’s team.

“I’m gonna fucking kill you, you lying bitch!” Their joker was back on his feet and threatening his wife sooner than Mac had expected, which was way not good.


Bach got louder and stronger, and this time there was no warning from Diaz—­only a sharp crackle of static. And Mac thought she was fully prepped and shielded, but she must not have been, because the force of the word hit her, too. It lifted her up off her feet and she hung there for a moment with her brain on fire.

Scrambled and on fire, so that when Bach finally let go, she couldn’t snap back quickly enough to keep herself from tumbling down the stairs. She should have tucked and rolled. Instead she flailed her legs like a cartoon character building up speed to run away from an anvil dropping on her head. She felt something in her ankle give as she landed wrong on the edge of one of the stairs.

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FlamingoLady More than 1 year ago
I have a hard time finding an author I enjoy reading so when I find one I stick with him or her and read everything they write. I've read all of the books from Brockmann's seal team series and thoroughly enjoyed them. I enjoy futuristic books also which this series is. I read to escape and this was a good book to escape with. I enjoyed the characters and cannot wait to see want happens next with them. I've read all of J.D. Robbs futuristic crime series and love those too. I hope this helps you, I dislike writing reviews.
SmittenWithReading More than 1 year ago
My Review: When I first started this blog, it was because I was completely immersed with Suzanne Brockmann's Troubleshooter world and NEEDED to share that passion with someone...and so a book review blog was born. This is her first book she's released since she finished the Troubleshooter series and I wasn't sure how it would go. Why did I ever doubt this author's brilliance? I'm a little scared to say it, but I could maybe just love this world even more than I loved the Troubleshooters. OMG, this book was so good!!! What surprised me most is that there is a paranormal aspect to this series and I absolutely LOVED it. This world is set in the near future...and the future isn't so great for most people. Jobs are scarce, basic services like healthcare and police protection are non-existent unless you are part of the very exclusive rich. In this new world, it's been discovered that people can use more of their brain power. Some have the capability to do it naturally, called Greater-Than's, and other's use incredibly expensive, addictive, and dangerous drugs, called Destiny, to do so. Not only is the drug dangerous, but it has to be made from the blood of those who can naturally use those extra parts of their brain so there is a very lucrative slave market for those people. There is a whole team in this book who are from the Obermeyer Institute. The OI is a privately funded organization which is made up of Greater-Thans who work to find the Destiny distributors and do their own research into these new skills. The bulk of this book is about Mac and Shane. Mac is one of the top 3 Other-Than's at the OI. Her power is empathy and she can switch everything about her aura and appearance to appeal to others. She uses this skill to draw in men...both on missions and when she needs an extra boost. She's discovered when she's hurt, she can boost her healing powers by having sex. Shane is a former SEAL who's been dishonorably discharged for doing the right thing within a corrupt government. As a result, he's been blacklisted and has no opportunities for other employment. He came on OI's radar as a potential Greater-Than and is slated to go in for testing which requires a lock-down and loss of freedom. As a result, he decides he needs one last fling and meets Mac just when she is in need of some healing mojo. When they get together, literally sparks fly and it turns out Shane does more than just boost Mac's healing power. At the time, she has no idea he's slated to become a new OI potential. And that's the way it starts... Whoa! OMG, this book was so good. Not only do you have these two incredible characters with Shane and Mac. Mac is scarred and wounded from the chaos her powers have wrought. Shane is just...YUM, incredible. Mac keeps pushing him away and he just keeps pushing her right back. He refuses to give up on her and their relationship no matter how many times she pushes him away. Gah, he was awesome!!! Then there are the other amazing characters in this book: *Bach- who is the most powerful Greater-Than at OI. He is such an amazing being, but so freaking vulnerable. I think his scenes in this book are absolutely the most emotional. My heart just ached for him...over and over again. *Diaz- he shares second in command with Mac. He's been with OI for 15 years and unlike Mac has taken all their edicts to heart...including their push towards abstinence...15 years, people!!! This was an absolutely fantastic story line becau
Ozzy12 More than 1 year ago
Great book. Shane was my favourite character. I couldn't stop reading and was sad when it was finished
lanalucy More than 1 year ago
Got this one at the local library after quite the wait. lol Born To Darkness is dystopian futuristic paranormal romance, for lack of a better category. Its US is a dark and dreary place; the US in which these events happen is one I can see coming, and hope like hell I'm wrong about. I loved this! Brockmann's other books about the SEALs had kinda reached a point where the number of people who merited at least a brief mention was getting just a bit unwieldy. I look forward to seeing more about some of the main characters (I do love my military men and my Troubleshooters!), and it still seems like she's reached a pretty decent resting place for now. It might be interesting if at some point in the future of this series, she's able to tie it back in some way to previous characters. The cast of this book is fairly large, too, with eightish main characters and nearly a dozen secondary/supporting characters. The characters were written in such a way that they interacted with each other frequently enough that getting to know the characters (and not just as couples) was easy and the transitions between events were mostly seamless. The friendships were wonderfully-written. Establishing the couples as couples was a bit rushed, particularly in the case of Dr. Z and Diaz. That one went from less than zero to eighty in a matter of seconds, it seemed like. Despite this, each of the couples was believable to me, and I want to see where they go from here. The sexual/physical intimacy these couples experienced was a little off for a Brockmann book. Not that the chemistry felt forced, as another reviewer mentioned, but not as hot as I've come to expect. I think this was due more to the need to build this world and these relationships, and I'm willing to be in this for the long haul. I truly believe that the chemistry will build with subsequent stories as the characters deepen their emotional connections with one another. Brockmann subscribed to the strength-through-adversity school in creating her heroines, as each has faced and triumphed over some dark and scary stuff. Having said that, those women still have ISSUES, which are bound to come up in future books. I like that these women are real for the future in which this is set, not for today's US or today's science; they are not one-note perky pollyannas but complex women. Fair warning: there is frank sexual abuse, sexual intimacy without emotional connection and male/male sexual interaction. If any of this bothers you, move along. Born To Darkness does not give us a happily ever after. When it's done correctly, I sometimes prefer the happily enough for now which we get in this book. It's apparent to me that there will be more to this story, and I for one am looking forward to it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed her Tall, Dark and Dangerous and Toubleshooters series, but not this one so much. Why is it that so many authors portray the future as being dark, dangerous, and corrupt? I know that she still loves her son, so I don't mind the homosexual stories, call me a prude, but I really don't need to know about their open mouth kisses. I have also learned not to purchase via pre-order. I was expecting this book to come out in paper back, like her others, there fore I was really disapointed to find I paid over $12 for this book, to me it was more likely to be a $7.99 book, but I still think I would have over paid at that..
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Paranormal is not my usual thing, but I usually like Brockmann. I probably won't read BtD again, but it was an OK weekend read - despite being overly verbose and hyperbolic. All the romances seemed rushed and some of the characters (Mac most consistently) bordered on unlikeable at times. The ending was a bit unresolved, a rather blatant lead-in for a sequel. Shane's (ex) SEAL status was constantly brought up but his skills were never showcased, to my disappointment - he just kind of hung around the periphery. That said, when a sequel comes out I will almost certainly read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As an enthusiastic fan of Brockmann's I picked up this book without reading reviews on the strength of my previous experience with her work. I was heartily disappointed. I enjoy the depth of her characters and was not impressed with either the hero or heroine in BtD. The premise and world she created was an excellent addition to the paranormal genre but it fell flat for me. For a true sample of her literary excellence pick up any of the Troubleshooter's series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Have read this author many times and enjoyed this one but found it to be dragged out in parts.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A good read. Fast paced and interesting characters. Looking forward to the next in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wasnt my favorite book by this author.... Nor was it my favorite paranormal world BUT I still enjoyed the novel and recommend it to any Brockmann fans out there who enjoy the twist and turns of watching multiple romance develope throughout a novel. Maybe I'm just picky as this didnt bother me in some of her other works AND I think the paranormal aspect of the book may have magnified this problem for me but I felt like there was just way too much down time in the middle of the book for the lead couple. In fact It got to the point that I was more excited to read about the side romance. Good book : ) cant wait for more
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good book. I enjoyed reading it and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys books with a futuristic twist to a romantic suspense. This book will keep you in suspense till the very end and leave you wondering what will happen in the next book in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed the trip through this book. Shane is true to the navy seal image. Mac is very special. If you are a suzanne brockman fan this is a winner. If you have never read her books this is a great one to start with. Imagine a future where big corporations rule the government. Funding is cut for social services. Drugs are readily available. Birth control is banned in most states. P Yet at the pause (end of this book. Not the end of the story). Good wins over evil.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the book. Again! Can’t wait for the next one.
mschweer432 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I didn't love this book as much as I had hoped to. I loved the story line between Shane and Mac. I felt it was complex and interesting. I did not like the story line between Elliot and Diaz as much. I didn't feel like there was sufficient ground to base their feelings on which made it hard for me to care one way or the other about their relationship.I did enjoy the suspense side of the book. The story flowed and was easy to read. I was left wondering what was going to happen next without the events being so unpredictable that the book was ridiculous. I will most likely read the next book in this series.
kayceel on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A super-sexy, fast-paced thriller! As Mac, Diaz and Bach race to save a 13-year-old girl from a powerful drug cartel, they struggle with their suddenly increasing mental powers and suspect that their burgeoning relationships may have an unexpected affect to their ability to manipulate their surroundings with their minds.
grammyellen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
mac and shane work for the obermeyer institute. mac is trying to find kidnapped girls that someone is using to make a drug called destiny. mac and shane have an immediate sexual connection when they meet and are forced to work together to find these girls. this one is a little different that usual brockmann books, but she delivers none the less. with just the right amount of sex and intrigue it keeps you turning pages and hungering to find out what is going to happen in the end.brockmann fans will enjoy this one.
24girl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The philanthropic organization Obermeyer Institute is doing incredible research working with Greater-Thans, people who can use more of their brain than normal people. In fact these elite individuals can use anywhere from 30% to 70% of their brain and have special talents like telekinesis, the ability to heal their own bodies, super seduction and empathic powers. Part of what the OI does is seek out Potentials who have an elevated brain function and show potential for more with their specialized training. Dr. Joseph Bach heads up OI with 70%, Dr. ¿Mac¿ Mackenzie and Dr. Stephen Diaz are second in command with 50%. Enter dishonorably discharged and blacklisted former Navy SEAL Shane Laughlin and suddenly there are mysterious spikes in their numbers. While looking into this further, another potential that was on OI¿s radar, Nika, is kidnapped by The Organization, an evil group that is draining the life out of young potentials to create a drug called Destiny which gives the user Greater Than powers and is instantly addicting. Can the team save Nika and figure out how to manage these spikes in their Greater Than powers without losing anyone?Phew! That was a longer than usual description but there is so much going on in this book and I wanted to touch on a little bit of it all. Basically Born to Darkness is a love story between three main couples but there is so much more going on throughout the whole book. I love the characters and their quirks. They are written so well that I wanted to reach into the pages and take one or two of them by the shoulders and shake some sense into them. When a book has you that hooked you know it¿s a winner. This is book one in the Fighting Destiny series and I will definitely be reading the next installment as soon as it hits the shelves. I highly recommend this one for all urban fantasy lovers.
lucky11 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Suzanne Brockmann is one of my favorite authers to read, but "Born to Darkness" was really disappointing to me.  Maybe I'm just used to her romantic suspense novels, that I just couldn't get into this one, even though I enjoy science fictions stories also.  " Born to Darkness", is about a furturistic society, in which a small number a people train/can you use a higher percentage of their brain, from which they then gain superhero type powers.  In this story they are tasked with rescueing a young girl, who is a potential traniee. Who was kidnapped by drug dealers who use potential's hormons to create a toxic, but powerful drug.  This was the first in a new series for Suzanne Brockmann, not sure if I'll be reading the next.
lulu150 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was completely surprised by this book!!! I was a little unsure of the book in the beginning but I quickly began to really enjoy the book. I thought the paranormal aspect of the book was great! The book was also packed with a lot of action and romance. I think it all fit very nicely together and I cannot wait for the next book in the series!!!
LauraKCurtis on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An excellent series opener to Brockmann's new series. I have to say I found her world-building a little weak. Some parts of it were easy to imagine--the corporate influence, the health issues, the gangs--but there were some that were hard to take. And I don't mean the psychic stuff...that's so commonplace now you can't swing a dead cat in romantic suspense without hitting someone with paranormal powers. No, I had a harder time with some of the reactions to powers and stuff that I considered less well-thought-out. But that's relatively minor.The storyline was vintage Brockmann fun with tons of action and plenty of hot romance. The main romantic couple was wonderfully well-developed and explained and their problems were realistic. You could really understand why Mac wouldn't believe someone could love her, even if she whined about it a bit much for my taste. And because she refused to believe he loved her, you could see how Shane might have some problems, too.The secondary romances didn't work as well for me, particularly that between Elliott and Diaz. It went zero-to-sixty in a nanosecond. I understand that Diaz was supposed to have been in love with Elliott all that time, but Elliott accepts it so quickly and just like that they're a couple. Maybe in future books they'll have some problems that will make the romance more...I don't know how to put it, but make it stronger through work, I suppose.All in all, I think this is a great entry to a new series that I hope will develop depth as Brockmann writes further books.
chickey1981 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I have had this book on my to read list for months now. I went to look at the reviews, ready to read it at last, and was a little disappointed to see relatively low ratings for all the hype that it had gotten. As I made my way through the book, I was more and more confused as to the low ratings because the book is fascinating and well written. I will get more into these other reviews in just a bit.Born to Darkness by Suzanne Brockmann is definitely not her first novel, but the first time she dabbles in the paranormal. She introduces several very interesting characters called Greater-Thans, including Mac, Diaz, and Joseph. These characters can use a larger percentile of their brains at a time, allowing them to develop "supernatural" powers such as telekinesis. This group is using their powers for good but a drug called Destiny allows Fractions (those who use the normal 10 percent of their brain at a time) to elevate themselves to higher levels-- but at a great cost. After the gang meets Anna, whose sister has been kidnapped, a sinister underworld of evil is revealed.I rate this book 4.5 stars. I had fully intended to rate it five stars until the end because the characters are fully developed and the description rich, and the relationships even richer (I will get to the reasoning of the rating soon). Halfway through the book, I took a look closer at some of the negative or less than happy reviews. First issue: this book is too dark. I disagree. The whole intent of this book is to be dark. Perhaps coming from a medical background, I see the dark underbelly of society more than I would like. Just yesterday, I helped interview a mom whose 6 month old was sexually abused. How is this possible? Unfortunately, it is, and evil like this exists in our world. I admired that Brockmann looked at this darkness in the face and put it starkly on the page. Second, this book is not like her usual navy SEAL romance novel and has paranormal elements. I really don't like when people pan a book because they detest a whole genre or because it isn't exactly what the author has done before. I admit I have not read her other books, but I do love that Brockmann has tried something new-- she is taking a risk, and I feel she does a wonderful job at creating this atmosphere and supernatural world. At the same time, this creation of the new world does not detract from the development of her characters. Third, some people were very turned off by the character Mac because she is a very angry character with a terrible past. I get that. However, after having read two books in the recent past in FIRST PERSON of an angry person like this, I actually had no problem with Mac. This book is written in third person and she is one of 6 (or 7) main characters, which balance her out. And it's quite clear to me why she is the way she is. Lastly, some people are very against homosexual relationships being written about in books. The fact people had such a problem with this was actually quite disturbing, especially since to me, this relationship was probably the sweetest one in the entire book.The reason I docked it at all is because there didn't seem to be as nice of a resolution of that particular relationship-- we barely get to see them in the final pages, which would have been nice since ever other character gets space to end their respective stories.This said, this novel is extremely compelling, a worthwhile read with fantastic characters that will stay in your memory for a long time. I can't wait to see the next in this series.
Aronfish on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Well, it was a great quick read, good action and good sex.
bookbeat on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a hard review for me to do because I love Suzanne Brockmann. She is an amazing storyteller. I especially love her Troubleshooters series and when I requested a copy of Born to Darkness, I was interested in where she was going to take this. While I did not like it as much as her romantic suspense books, I believe readers who like urban fantasy will probably enjoy it.
awssis on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Wow, Suzanne Brockmann's new book is AWESOME!! As always, she draws you into her characters until you feel like they are your friends. I was sucked into this book and failed to come up for air until I was done. Super excited she started a new series. This book is about a group of "super humans" that use their extra abilities to try to stop a group of people capturing young "potentials" to manufacture a powerful new drug. There is lots of suspense and enough romance to round it all out. I recommend this book highly!
Conkie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Whoa... How does she do it? How does Ms. Brockmann take me from "Hmm...?" to "YES!!" in 3 chapters? It's been a LONG time since I was willing to stop at the end of a chapter (3, to be exact) and tell myself not to pick it up until I have a significant amount of available time to read and enjoy. Anyone taking time to peruse my LT account (minus the 'Detangled' collection), knows I'm not particularly fond of futuristic/fantasy/scientific/paranormal stories, so even though S.B. is one of my favorite authors, I was skeptical/leery/mystified when reading about this story's premise. NOT NOW. I guess that's what separates those authors with talent from those who have a true gift. I'll post updates as I continue to read...but I'm giving it a 5 star rating for now!

That significant amount of time never materialized, so I found myself having to read in bits and pieces. The story really deserves to be read in big chunks in order to stay on top of it.
Overall, I really enjoyed this story and the change from Ms. Brockmann's previous story lines. She's able to get the reader inside each character's mind [pun benefit] so we can feel/see/hear what they do. Even better though, is her ability to extrapolate current national woes into a scarily possible scenario for Boston in 2038 (date estimate is mine).
Where I was less sold on this work is in regards to her handling of the characters time lines. "Couple-dom" was almost 3 for 3 until the final pages of this book; which would have almost made future OI books impossible. Fear not, this didn't happen for all 3, but I'm left wondering if the "uncoupled" characters will carry my interest through another book. Ultimately disappointed enough that I bump this book from 5 stars to 4, but Review Reader [that's you], this book DOES rate a SOLID 4 stars.