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Darker Things (The Lockman Chronicles #1)

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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.
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Kindle Edition, 273 pages
Published 2011 by Paradox Publications
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Jason Kristopher
Jul 11, 2011 Jason Kristopher rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Horror, supernatural, or magic fans
Recommended to Jason by: www.coffeemugged.net
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
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Agatha Raine
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
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Joyce McKune
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.
Lyndl
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
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
J.C. Cauthon
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
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Trish
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.
Pat
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
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.
Keri Salyers
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
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Joshua E. Bigger
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
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Brian Jarrett
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
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Donald
Oct 02, 2012 Donald rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
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Sharon Stevenson
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!
Kathy
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.
Laura
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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Mary Roya
Craig Lockman, our hero, a man with secrets that he doesn't even know.

Enter Kate, former lover, and Jessie his daughter. Now add ghosts, vampires, and werewolves that want to kill him but have to capture alive. Otto, the bad guy! And he is bad.

All of this together make a very exciting story. Great read. On to the next one.
amber
New Series

New Series

Gritty start to a new series. Quite a bit of action packed into this introduction. I would like to see a little more character development. Consider this for a summer read.
Deb Grantham
fogotten past ... unknown child ... secret gov agency set up for para normal critters ... non- stop action in a paranormal thriller ... good read ... and yet another series to get into if you are so inclined.
Delta
Jul 11, 2014 Delta marked it as to-read
Recommended to Delta by: poached from Paris' shelf
Free 07-09-14 (UF: Vampires)

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Robert Isaac Akin
'Twern't bad. It's pretty dark and some of the plot elements are hokey even by modern paranormal fiction standards. Still, I enjoyed it enough to see it through to the end which makes it better than a few of the epic fantasy jaunts I've taken recently.

Julia
Kindle freebie - and the start of what I think could be a long series - but a good story in its own right. Lots of the usual scary elements: vampires, pixies and rogue humans, plus a paranormal-fighting agency.
Sherry Olds
Hard to put down!

This book keeps you interested from the beginning it starts off with a fight for there lives and keeps going I really enjoyed it.
Gita Sturtevant
Super great

good plot great characters marvelous story line. read read and move on to the next one.couldn't put it down. wow.
Elizabeth Cribb
This ia an amazing book. There were so many twists and turns, then surprises. What a brilliant mind Rob Cornell must have to write this book.
jennifer latour
Moves along

Moves along at a stead pace but get a little lost with to many caricatures to follow. but good read
Trevor
A good introduction to the Lockman Chronicles, the family dynamic was very good and looking forward to reading more.
Christopher Hill
Kind of a Cotton Malone (with elements of Jason Bourne) meets Harry Dresden story. There is probably a better pairing for the analogy, but you get the point. Craig Lockman is thrust back into fighting the supernatural world as he had so many years ago with the Agency...except he has also learned that this is personal! I enjoyed this story, a bit of the variation from other books in the urban fantasy genre. It had a couple of twists I guessed and I couple I didn't. This could go some new and inte ...more
Danielle Martin
To describe this book in the smallest way possible is to say that it was and is.. Bad Ass.
I usually read books were the main character is female (not that I seek them out, but it just happens that way) and to have Craig Lockman as the well...hero, lets just say Lockman is THE man.
I can't wait to get the rest.
Darker Things is what ever fantasy girl could want, kick ass main character, things that go bump in the night, add in some violence and love and BOOM you've got yourself a genius series! Wel
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Tracytastic
Really roped me in. Now I have to read the others.
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An accidental nomad, Rob Cornell grew up in suburban Detroit, then spent five years living in Los Angeles before moving to Chicago to receive a BA in Fiction Writing from Columbia College. He has traveled full circle, now living in rural southeast Michigan with his wife, three kids, and dog, Kinsey—named after Sue Grafton’s famous detective. In between moving and writing, he’s worked all manner of ...more
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