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Darkness at Dawn

3.54 of 5 stars 3.54  ·  rating details  ·  160 ratings  ·  29 reviews
A threat to the Himalayan Kingdom of Nhala unites Army Captain Mike Shafer and Lucy Merritt, an expert restorer of manuscripts. A deadly ancient prophecy of the world's end is manifesting-and so is their attraction to each other. Can they save the world and their chance at love?
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Published July 1st 2011 by Berkley Books
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Jul 04, 2011 Auntee rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Romantic suspense
I absolutely loved this book! I know it's had some mixed reviews, but any book that has me reading all day (without succumbing to a "nap") and neglecting anything I should be doing is a keeper in my book. Forget the lack of romance (or at least romantic/sex scenes, of which there was only one *sigh*), the book more than made up for that in the pacing, the plot, and the overall suspense. I was entertained, I was horrified, and I was worried. The plot about biological warfare had me wondering how...more
Darkness in Dawn was in one word AWESOME. There wasn't dull moment in the book. With a massive conspiracy from a General wanting to stage a coup in the kingdom of Nhala, to a bio-weapon designed to wipe thousands in Israel, India and US that can literally liquefy a human-being to meat. And the only people standing in the way Mike, a captain in the army air-lifted from his training exercise in Alaska and Lucy, the daughter of two CIA operatives killed in Nhala and wanting nothing to do with that...more
Review posted: Happily Ever After - Reads

Lucy craves her quiet, orderly life. She has no family, few friends and wants to distance herself as far away as possible from her how her past was lived. Her parents were spies and Lucy lived much of her childhood near their missions or in the middle of them, she provided a great cover for her parents, no spies would be carting a young child around with them. But Lucy’s parents did and when they were killed on a mission in Nhala, she was brought back to...more
Jul 26, 2011 Jan rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommended to Jan by: Dear Author
This book started deliciously over the top. It had a crazy smart art historian heroine with a sad past ( including the death of her two CIA parents in a violent revolution in a made up country, and a plane crash); a Military Mountaineer Man hero, who specialized in special ops on high altitude in the snow.

The both of them are whisked away by the CIA (or Uncle Edwin for the heroine) because a bioweapon of mass-destruction (based on Ebola) has apparently been discovered in Nhala (the aforemention...more
Wow! A fast-paced, action packed romance with two terrific characters. I absolutely loved this book and could not put it down. Started it late Saturday and read the rest of it the next day.

Lots of suspense, CIA, military, terrorist, biological weapons, past and present meet up, terrific tension between H/h. The only thing I would have liked more was for the one intimate scene to have been "more" in every sense of the word. More descriptive, more often....

Loved the, "yes, no, yes, no, yes no..."...more
This is the book that's making my break up with Elizabeth. Shoddy editing, unrealistic situations and no chemistry between the main couple makes this DOA.

Shoddy editing in the sense that the passive use of the word "was" WAS used for too many times and at one point there was a major change from past tense into present tense and head hopping throughout between the hero and heroine.

I think my main problem is that I've read everything Elizabeth has written. And because of that I have a bad case of...more
Jeannie Walker
This is one of those books that entertains and keeps you reading! A real suspense romantic thriller.
Enjoyed it immensely.
It was okay-- it might have made it to 3 stars, but I felt the ending was a huge cop-out and a few plot points sort of stretched the suspenders of my disbelief.

Lucy Merritt is the daughter of two deceased CIA operatives. When she was a little girl, they dragged her all over the world with them on their missions; now that she's older, she's created a haven of peace and quiet for herself as a manuscript restorer, and wants nothing to do with adventure and saving the world. Unfortunately, she's doe...more
Darkness at Dawn
4 Stars

Following the revelation of an existential threat to the United States, Lucy Merrit, the daughter of famed CIA agents, is recruited to return to the country of their death to retrieve vital information. Lucy, together with Army Captain Mike Shafer, infiltrates the Kingdom of Nhala where a megalomaniac dictator is on the verge of annihilating humanity. Can Lucy and Mike save the world and their new found love?

An impressive and gripping plot with well-develop...more
Darkness at Dawn by Elizabeth Jennings
Romantic Suspense - July 5th, 2011
4 stars

Lucy Merritt is beautiful, wealthy, and smart. Her life looks perfect and she has arranged her environment to her exacting standards. So when she is pulled, politely if firmly, from her job as a restorer of manuscripts to a secret meeting with the CIA, she is angry. Her 'Uncle Edwin,' the Deputy Director of Operations, wants her presence for unknown reasons. But Lucy refuses to be pulled into his schemes. Her parents...more
Darkness as Dawn has a really interesting and different beginning that quite shocked me and I was undecided whether or not to keep reading or to just stop, however it took me so long I was still reading it and continued. I’ll state this up front Darkness at Dawn starts off with a rather interesting but gruesome death that kick starts the whole ordeal for Mike and Lucy and what they are facing and what they have to deal with. Lucy lost both her parents when she was a child living in Nhala, they w...more
Lee Ann
If you like romantic suspense action adventure books featuring smart, courageous women and military heroes, then this is the perfect summer read for you. After constantly being exposed to a life of danger by her CIA parents (and no, I ain't talking the culinary school), and watching them die in a small country's revolution at the top of the world, Dr. Lucy Merritt has crafted a life of beauty and calm for herself. But her skills as a restorer of manuscripts and a threat to world safety has calle...more
Lucy is the daughter of two former CIA agents who passed away in the county of Nhala. She lives an isolated life , well that is until her Uncle sends her back uncover to the place she lost her parents.

Something is brewing over in Nhala that has the United States wanting to get to the bottom of it. Lucy just so happens to have been invited by the Princess of Nhala. The Princess wants her to examine and authenticate a manuscript. The princess is hoping Lucy can finally set things straight and hav...more
4 stars

This book was amazing. Very well researched. It definitely filled my adventure movie craving with a little sprinkling of romance to create a yummy balance. I would love if this book was made into a movie since that was what it felt like to me as I was reading. Very intense.

It was very realistic and the reactions are just what one would expect from all parties concerned. However as some reviewers mentioned, it should have been made clear by the author that the way some parties were depicte...more
3 1/2 stars. Lucy Merritt lost both her parents in the line of duty and has done her best to keep a low profile at the CIA. She keeps a rigid control on her life until she gets conscripted to help combat a horrific biological weapon. Captain Mike Shafer is assigned to help the document expert return to the source of her childhood trauma while they try to investigate and stop the people behind the terrible weapon. The two of them must learn to work together and survive long enough to prevent wide...more
This one is hard to rate. While I love Jennings writing, especially little details that she describes, I kept wishing there was more dialog. And the ending was dreadful. I mean the H/h go thru so much drama and then there is 3 pages to sum up their happy ending? What the heck?

This book would have been wonderful if 1) LESS human suffering details 2)More dialog 3) more pages in ending 4) Less pages about the bad guys (I cant believe they got chapters)

What I liked 1) The research the author did (...more
There was just too much to suspend belief on that I had to give this one up. I can believe that Lucy was dragged along with her CIA parents, however I have a hard time believing in some of the scraps she got into, never mind being calling in to be the point person for a super secret mission. Oh and add in that the man that is going with her heard about her antics as a child, just too much for me. This one just wasn't for me.
I must say, the author's last two entries seem to be more like tamed down LMR entries, particularly with regards to the H's thought processes. Odd, somewhat humorously self-depreciating thoughts about his state of arousal, etc., seem to be calculated to lighten the mood but the theme of the book is so serious, they seem out of place. It's a minor quibble though in an otherwise intense and...engrossing book.
Pretty good book. Very descriptive, but I found myself skipping through pages. Wish there was a little bit more romance. Many books can wait until page 200 before the characers make love, but this book seemed to be missing SOMETHING. Not a bad book by any means, but I've been reading a lot of Pamela Clare, and so far, the other authors in this genre pale to comparison.
this author never fails to disappoint, both as elizabeth jennings and as lisa marie rice. i think this book was exceptionally good as to plot development and characterization. it was riveting for the entire book and i can't wait to see what jennings comes up with next time
I absolutely love this book.
It has made me read it non-stop and even miss a sports-club session (which is a really big deal, 'cause I'm a sports buff!)...
It was exactly what I needed to read right now! Definitely a keeper!
This was a very suspenseful and engrossing read for me. Yes, there was romance but the suspense is really what kept the book going til the end. I did have a few issues with the ending but, ultimately, it was the HEA I wanted.
Not a lot of romance in this book, which was disappointing. However the story more than makes up for it with a extremely plausible scenario of a biological WMD.
Apr 02, 2011 Mitzi marked it as wishlist  ·  review of another edition
LMR under pen name Elizabeth Jennings.
Glenda Bettin
this was my next fav one
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