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Darker Things (The Lockman Chronicles #1)

3.70  ·  Rating Details  ·  708 Ratings  ·  108 Reviews
Craig Lockman—no one had called him that in fifteen years.

Not since his days at the Agency. Not since he was trained to kill creatures that were supposed to exist only in nightmares.

Yet the teenage girl on his doorstep not only knows his real name, she claims she's his daughter.

Before Lockman can learn how the girl found him, he's attacked by a black-ops team of assassins.
Kindle Edition, 273 pages
Published 2011 by Paradox Publications
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Agatha Raine
Jan 25, 2012 Agatha Raine rated it it was amazing
Craig Lockman–no one had called him that in fifteen years.
Not since his days at the Agency. Not since he was trained to kill creatures that were supposed to exist only in nightmares.
Yet the teenage girl on his doorstep not only knows his real name, she claims she’s his daughter.
Before Lockman can learn how the girl found him, he’s attacked by a black-ops team of assassins. But these aren’t ordinary killers–they’re heavily armed vampires sent by his most hated enemy.
In Darker Things, we come in r
Apr 27, 2015 J.D. rated it it was amazing
This book is fast-moving, violent, dark, and engrossing. There are some highly original twists on the standard "demon hunter" tropes, leading to some cool surprises. A solid addition to your urban fantasy/paranormal suspense collection. Highly recommended.
Simon Okill
Darker Things (The Lockman Chronicles, #1) by Rob Cornell is a guns blazing take no prisoners kill 'em dead blast of a paranormal thriller that grabbed me by the scruff of my shirt and tore right off way before I got to the breathless ending. The author pulls no punches here with crisp dialog, sharp narrative that does not stray from the frantic-paced storyline. I was hooked from page 1 and am now a fan. His style is so addictively potent.
Craig Lockman has been hiding a dark secret for 15 years,
May 22, 2016 Debra rated it really liked it
Craig Lockman is in for a shock when thirteen-year-old Jessie shows up on his doorstep, asking if he’s her father. That she’s been followed by a group of vampires isn’t as shocking as the prospect of having a daughter. Monsters are nothing new for this ex-agent of a paranormal ops unit, but parenting sure is. When it becomes clear that the man who ordered the vampires to kill Lockman is an old nemesis, Lockman will do whatever it takes to keep himself and Jessie, and her mother, alive.

Darker Thi
Invested Ivana
Mar 03, 2016 Invested Ivana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Main characters: The relationship between Craig and Jessie is the highlight of the book! Craig, Jessie, and Katy are mostly fleshed out and worth the investment.

Other characters: The side characters are pretty shallow. The villain is a megalomaniac out to take over the world (yawn). All the characters from Craig’s past get killed off right away. There’s just nothing here to invest in, except for the ogre and his wife.

World: Set in modern California and Detroit, most of the world is normal. There
Jason Kristopher
Jul 11, 2011 Jason Kristopher rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Horror, supernatural, or magic fans
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Rob Cornell does a good job guiding us through the premise of this book, presumably the first in a series called The Lockman Chronicles.

I thought it was an interesting take on the whole supernatural "genre", for lack of a better word, and was drawn into the story immediately by the strong action and questions raised in the prologue/preface.

As Alice said, "curiouser and curiouser!"

The action was good, but didn't get in the way of the story's development (at least to me). The teenager in the book
Joyce McKune
Aug 25, 2014 Joyce McKune rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal
Craig was minding his own business when a young girl came to his door. Soon they were set upon by a group of nasty vampires. The daughter he didn't know he had had led them right to his door.
Jul 30, 2014 Lyndl rated it really liked it
Not bad. Lots of action right from the start , but it felt too short. I would have liked more character depth but that may come with the sequel.
Troy Lefman
Jan 12, 2013 Troy Lefman rated it really liked it
This was pretty good. I liked the ideas here. Vampires, werewolves, ghosts, and other darker things. I thought Jessie was a good character to throw at Lockman even though it took me a bit to shake the Matchstick Men imagery - mine not Rob's. The chapters ended making me want to move to the next. The variety of characters was nice and the POVs were consistent with character. Better than Twilight. I did need more uncertainty from Lockman; he seemed a bit too sure of himself when he should have bee ...more
Travis Luedke
DARKER THINGS, a brilliant beginning to a Dark Fantasy Series

Craig Lockman is a man with a dark wicked past he thought he'd left behind. When the daughter he never knew existed comes knocking, she unwittingly brings the darkness straight to his doorstep.

The race for survival is on. Craig must figure out who gave up his location and why, while trying to protect his trouble-making daughter from the marauding vampires, werewolves and other nasties that are hunting them both. Lockman's nemesis wants
Jun 17, 2012 Robin rated it liked it
Shelves: no-more, 2012
This is the first in Rob Cornell's Craig Lockman Series. I really wanted to like this but no. I just couldn't connect with any of the characters. Not near enough depth and even the good guy is just too creepy for me. I got 3/4 of the way through and just didn't care. The world's full of too many good books to waste time o bad ones.

***In thinking back I think this might have been one that was too graphically violent for my taste.
J.C. Cauthon
Jul 29, 2014 J.C. Cauthon rated it really liked it
When Craig Lockman opens the door to come face to face with a daughter he did not even known he had, let's just say his whole world turns upside-down. And not just because he suddenly realizes he has a daughter. That would do it for most people, but for Craig Lockman, within those few minutes of his daughter showing up, his protective identity is destroyed, he and his daughter are attacked by vampires sent by the man Lockman has been hiding from, and things just keep getting weirder.

Within the f
Jan 04, 2013 Trish rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
OMG what a ride this book was!! I was hooked from the first page and couldn't put it down. I read it in two days. Non-stop action, twists and surprises. Great character development and story line.

It literally felt like a great action/scary movie. A couple of times I was so scared by what I was reading I almost put it down because it was so intense and real. If you like action and scary you have to read this book.
May 01, 2013 Pat rated it it was amazing
Brilliant supernatural thriller full of non stop action, twists and double crosses.Its many supurb characters draw you in and keep you fully absorbed from the very beginning.Once you start this book you wont want to put it down - so be prepared for a long night.I loved it
and can't wait to get the next one.
Anne Odom
Sep 16, 2012 Anne Odom rated it really liked it
Excellent book for those who like urban fantasty (fiction with supernatural elements in a modern setting). Don't look for your romantic vampire or salivatingly muscled werewolf here. No, here there be monsters. A well crafted plot and enjoyably robust characters make Darker Things a fun read.
May 23, 2015 Jagged rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle
3.5 Stars.

This starts with action that keeps up the whole read.

I liked the plot. I liked Lockman's and Jessie's relationship and how it all transpired.
I wasn't really keen on his relationship with Kate, but I still enjoyed how things went down with her--aside from how she was saved. I would have preferred had things not worked out, because it would have been better.

This read lacked emotional attachment and turmoil. That's why it's only 3.5 stars for me. If I would have been emotionally invested,
Keri Salyers
Aug 24, 2014 Keri Salyers rated it really liked it
Possible 4.5 for me. Now see it IS quite possible to write UrbFan without sexy vamps and gratuitous sex scenes; this book is an example. It would also in my opinion be a good place to start for guys who might want to enjoy UrbFan but are afraid all UrbFan is as I described it. Not that this book is tailored to men, it is enjoyable by any who like the genre.

I might be a little off but this book reminded me of the movie The Professional except instead of an assassin you have an ex-supernatural enf
Joshua E. Bigger
Apr 09, 2014 Joshua E. Bigger rated it it was amazing
Rob Cornell is a gifted, engaging storyteller. His prose is intelligent, well-detailed, smooth, and natural. The glamour is complete, no smoke and mirrors, no feel of artifice, or wasted words.

DARKER THINGS is imbued with a menacing and ominous tension which is maintained until the very last scene. The pacing is tight, and the world impeccably considered and believable.

As effortlessly as the imagery flows through the reader's mind, however, I was also conscious of the immense amount of care and
Jennifer Carr
Aug 15, 2012 Jennifer Carr rated it it was amazing
This book was like Jason Bourne and the X-Files in one. It was really good and I enjoyed it immensely.
Sandy Grissett
Apr 21, 2016 Sandy Grissett rated it it was amazing
Awesome read

This is a great book by Rob Cornell. It is about a 13 year old girl named Jessie who goes out searching for her father, named Craig Lockman. She locates him in NY yet he denies being Craig. He hasn't used that name in a long time and no one should have been able to find out where he was. However, they get thrown together when the vampires come to the house. He realizes Dolan must be behind this and had Jessie followed. Craig has to protect his daughter from the vamps as well as other
Apr 15, 2016 T. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: freebies
I downloaded Darker Things as a free book from Amazon. This started out as a bad read for me, only because I could barely stand a petulant teen. I liked the plot, so I stuck it out-- thankfully, things got better. Great characters and a good story kept the pace going at a steady clip. I was sometimes rolling my eyes at the stupid things people did in order to draw out tension or cause conflict (you're being chased and go back to your house. Seriously?) Overall, I liked the book, skimming over th ...more
DNF @ 20%

I find that free books from Amazon can be hit or miss. And this one wasn't bad as in quality of writing or typos (though there were a few). I just didn't care. About anything.

We have vampires! Car chases! Secret societies! All non-stop from the first chapter. And while that might sound exciting, in reality it was exhausting. And boring. I care if these people live or die why again? I felt as though I was being held at a distance, viewing events from outside and never did get into the
Nov 11, 2015 Abby rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
I really enjoyed this book. It had a plot with unexpected twists that kept my interest. BUUUUUT...spelling and punctuation errors abound. "Scrapped" instead of "scraped." "Angels" instead of "angles." "Dessert" instead of "desert." And so many more. And one thing that REALLY got under my skin was the author's calling a 56-year-old woman "elderly." Oy. A little copyediting/proofreading would have done a world of good.

All that being said, I am now reading the second book in the series. If I contin
Brian Jarrett
Dec 17, 2011 Brian Jarrett rated it it was amazing
I can't remember exactly how I ran across this book. I liked the cover and the blurb, and the sample caught me. I bought it immediately.

The story starts right off with serious action (which I like). It plants a solid hook in the first few pages. As I continued reading, the story became more and more elaborate. I wanted to know who Lockman was and why he was important. The cast grew larger yet the characters remained unique. The plot was easy to follow, but not too predictable. I was even surpris
Oct 02, 2012 Donald rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
I liked this one. The subject matter could easily have gotten corney or cliche riddled, but that didn't happen. And like so many stories dealing with vampires, it could have gone into the soft porn realm—but it didn't go there either. This is just a solidly written thrill ride.

I usually rip a story for bad editing and this one has its issues (the car had brakes, not breaks) but I found the issues to be less like speed bumps and more like cracks in the pavement.

The vampires here do not sparkle. W
May 07, 2015 Viccy rated it really liked it
Shelves: paranormal
Wow! Great set-up for a series. Craig Lockman is retired from a government agency investigating intrusions into this world from supernatural terrorists, including vampire, shapeshifters, werewolves and ghosts. But when his daughter appears on his doorstep, things go downhill rapidly. A vampire hit squad shows up but Lockman takes them out. He tries to hook back up with this old contacts and discovers, to his horror, that the memories that were taken from him previously entail some horrendous act ...more
Shih-tzus Happens
Mar 05, 2015 Shih-tzus Happens rated it it was amazing
A young girl sets out to find her father and what she finds will throw her into a whole new world. While vampires and ghost and werewolves chase them down she is learning that her father is not who she thought he was.
There is never ending action in this book and the story flows nicely. It is easy to follow the Authors mind while he takes you on an adventure of a lifetime. I enjoyed this story so much that I bought more of his work.
Sharon Stevenson
May 04, 2014 Sharon Stevenson rated it really liked it
This is an action thriller with a supernatural twist. The fast-paced storyline keeps things exciting while the characters find out things they didn't know and are chased by dangerous entities. I felt like it started out like an action thriller that just threw in some supernatural stuff for the hell of it but towards the end it all started to make sense and gel together. Recommended for those who like their urban fantasy action-packed!
Jul 10, 2014 Kathy rated it really liked it
I would give this a 3.5, but I bumped it up to 4 because I enjoyed it even though I don't normally enjoy vampire stories. This is a fast-paced adventure that makes sense and has a clear plot - you never stop and ask how something happened, which is a problem I've found in books lately. The characters are believable and engaging. Not deep, not earth shattering, but a fun read.
Aug 29, 2011 Laura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A thrill ride from page one. I'm not one who normally reads paranormal books, but this one sounded interesting, so I thought I would try it out. I am so glad I did!

From the first page of the book I was hooked. Just when you think there is a break from the action, it takes a turn and keeps going! The plot twists are just enough to keep you from being bored and not too much to make it unbelievable.

Even though this book is all about the paranormal, it was all believable to me. I am a skeptic when i
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Rob Cornell is the author of The Lockman Chronicles, a five-book urban fantasy series featuring ex-government agent and monster hunter, Craig Lockman. He also has a new book series that starts with Branded, about a sorcerer with a serious vampire problem.

Raised on a steady diet of Star Wars, He-Man, G.I. Joe, and Transformers, he has always spent much of his time wandering the halls of his imagina
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Other Books in the Series

The Lockman Chronicles (5 books)
  • Dark Legion (The Lockman Chronicles #2)
  • Darkest Hour  (The Lockman Chronicles #3)
  • Darkness Returns (The Lockman Chronicles #4)
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