Born To Darkness (Fighting Destiny, #1)
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Born To Darkness (Fighting Destiny #1)

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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 - ca...more
Hardcover, 513 pages
Published March 20th 2012 by Ballantine Books (first published January 1st 2012)
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Mimi Smith
3 stars

I was disappointed with this one. It seems like forever since Suzanne Brockmann published a book-and it definitely has the feel of Troubleshooters, with several plot lines, lots of action and bad guys defeated by SEALs. Only we're in the future and in a world where such a thing as mental integration is possible. Basically, using more than 20% of your brain is possible, and people who do, have awesome, individual powers. They're called Greater-Thans.

So, the story follows three couples, th...more
Regina
3.5 Stars. This book was highly anticipated for me. I really enjoy Suzanne Brockmann's Troubleshooter series and while irrelevant, I think her public persona is pretty amazing. I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair review. The first 270 pages of the book was really good and I couldn't put the book down. But the last 240 pages dragged for me. I think it may be a first book in a series issue. The passion is there, the romances are believable and the world created...more
Laura
Born to Darkness was a pleasant surprise. In fact, it was fantastic! One of the best science fiction books I’ve read since Ready Player One . The world building was well developed, the plot kept me guessing and the romantic interludes were steamy! Did I mention that the story was told from seven different perspectives? SEVEN! At first it was confusing, but once I learned who everyone was I had no problem following the different storylines. The transitions from one perspective to the next were fl...more
MandyM
3.5 stars. Interesting start to a new series from Suzanne Brockmann. The setting is the near future and a small part of the human population, called Greater-Thans, have developed special abilities including telekinesis, super strength, and reversal of the aging process. At the same time a dangerously addictive drug called Destiny has been created, giving its users special powers that mimic the Greater-Thans' abilities.

Shane is an ex-SEAL who's been blacklisted from the Navy and is desperate for...more
Allison6876
Disappointing - The heroine was extremely unlikable. With so many couples there was not enough character development so that you cared about any of the characters. Tired of so much focus on the gay couple when they are not the primary relationship in the book. Get off the soapbox already. I understand that the author's personal life is hugely focused on PFLAG but I'm tired of it bleeding through to her books. I'm fine with gay characters in the books (it would be nice to see the occasional lesbi...more
Jacqueline
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Feminista
Rating: 5 out of 5.

Whoa... I am really happily surprised. The last time I gave a five was more than a month ago. And that is saying something as I usually read a book a day.

I picked this book up because it looked like something I might enjoy. Yeah, I judged the book by its cover. :) And now I am really happy.

Scientists say that humans use only 10% of their brain. What if there was a small fraction (Greater-Than) who could use more than that, and as such, would have their own unique special power...more
Catherine
*3 1/2 Stars*

This was my very first experience with Suzanne Brockmann. I have heard her name mentioned quite a lot, both because of her Troubleshooters series popularity and because of various discussions in Romancelandia about her political views and how they relate to her series, but I have never gotten around to trying her out. I saw that she was trying her hand at PNR, so I figured this was my chance. I took the plunge. :)

The setup of this world was very interesting. There are Greater-Thans,...more
Felicia
Won from Library Thing Early Reviewers
Challenges: Men in Uniform, Mystery/Thriller
Overall Rating 5+
Story Rating 5+
Character Rating 5+

First thought when finished: This packed a punch and it's one that I won't recover from lightly!

What I Loved: Born to Darkness is like 2.5 romances in one with some kick ass action and a little paranormal ability to increase it all! I don't know if it was my mood (Moody Reader Alert) or just the shear genius of Suzanne Brockmann (my first time reading her)but this...more
Mollie *scoutrmom*
Mar 22, 2012 Mollie *scoutrmom* rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of paranormal romance
I liked these warriors with paranormal abilities, a lot better than those written by Lora Leigh. The main theme here seems to be the question of how one knows the feelings of another are real. The experience of one couple with complete ability to read each others' minds does not necessarily make for smooth sailing. Another character has a paranormal ability to attract and has difficulty accepting that anyone could be attracted to her without such otherworldly intervention.

It was good that in thi...more
Laurie
Mar 08, 2012 Laurie rated it 3 of 5 stars
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ARC Review
I received this ARC from Goodreads. Overall rating 3.5

This is the first book in a new paranormal romance series by Brockmann. The story takes place in the near future, mid 21st century. Life is pretty much the same but there have been major advancements in medical technology. Along with that has seen the ability of some people to integrate their brain function to the point of superhuman abilities, i.e. telepathy, telekinesis, self-healing and more. The few people who can do this natura...more
Xenos
I'm torn, I tell you...TORN!!! I SO wanted to fall in love with Suz Brockmann's new "Fighting Destiny" series. She's one of my favorite authors who writes consistently great stories. (Even her fluffy, strictly romance books are good.) But I had a really hard time with this one...especially because of the depressing and paranormal future world SB has created. If BTD had been written by anyone else, I would've set it aside after the first chapter. I stuck with it, however, cuz it IS Suzanne Brockm...more
Cherise
3.5 Stars

Suzanne Brockmann has created a world where sometime in the future people have the ability to utilize a larger percentage of their brain and because of this the lucky few also have some supernatural abilities. These people are known as Greater Thans. The Obermeyer Institute (OI) helps train the people with Greater Than potential and harnesses their powers for good. Naturally there are other clinics and people who want these special people for nefarious reasons, including making and manu...more
Kate
Okay I needed a SB fix and I got one. We addicts (and addictions a big deal in this book) can never really think straight but once we have a good shot of our drug, then we do better.

A lot of this book felt too close to eventually possible, a la Handmaid's Tale. When Anna went into the police station and had to pull out her credit card to get real attention..... Ugh. jesus. Yup. And when someone mentioned that obvious fourth branch of the gov't (executive, judicial, legislative and corporate) GG...more
E.
Wow! Great read! Ms. Brockmann has the best characters...strong in some ways and vulnerable in others which allows the reader to establish a rapport with individuals that one would normally be uncomfortable with due to their uncanny abilities. This book is an introduction to a new series ("Fighting Destiny") that focuses on the ability to utilize the brain to do all kinds of amazing things, such as telekinesis that can involve using one's brain for a task as fine tuned as locking a lock or as la...more
Suz
3.5 to 4. Hard to choose. My first Suzanne Brockmann. I liked the pacing of the story. It was action packed and fast without being so quick that it was unbelievable. I liked that there were several relationships and dynamics happening and multiple points of views going at the same time. It lent a sense of depth to the story that is often lacking to writings that focus on only one couple and story line. It was handled well and never got confusing at all.

The world is a lot of semis. Semi-dystopia...more
Francesca the Fierce (Under the Covers Book Blog)
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It seems like I've been hearing about this author since forever, but I've been intimidated to start her Troubleshooters series because it's already so many books in. So when I saw this brand new series by her I was very excited to give this a try. Now I just have mixed feelings and I don't think they are about the author herself but they have more to do with the structure of this book. Let me explain.

The plot and world building are very interesting! I wa...more
Lynsey   • The Demon Librarian
This is only my second book by Suzanne Brockmann (I've also read book one in her long established Troubleshooters series about a Navy Seal team) but I'm going to go ahead and assume that she follows the same pattern in all of her books of running three simultaneous romances in each novel. There's a main one, the one mentioned in the blurb, but there are also two others that get almost the same amount of page time. I have to confess, I don't love this approach. The laws of probability state that...more
Jennifer
I've admitted to myself that I'm not going to finish this book -- at lest not right now. I LOVE the Troubleshooters and the Tall, Dark and Etc books she did for Harlequin but I found I didn't connect to this book. I was skipping large swatches of text and my mind kept wandering away. Since I have a pile of other books to read, I put this aside.

I have a couple theories on why I couldn't keep my attention:
1) There was a lot happening in this first book in a series. I approach it as a romance so I...more
Li
I'm a long-time Suzanne Brockmann fan, so I hate the fact I almost DNF'd this.

Neither of the main romances worked for me - one pairing was too saccharine-sweet and sappy to the point of making me cringe at times, while the second was just OTT on the physical front. Not that that's a bad thing in itself, but as I had trouble believing in Mac/Shane's connection in the first place, the sex-sex-sex all the time just didn't work, and I missed the humour and banter that have been a prominent character...more
Andaleigh
Suzanne Brockmann is one of my favorite authors and so when I heard she had a new book coming out I was excited. When I heard she was jumping on the paranormal bandwagon with both feet, I was a little less excited. Still, I decided that if anyone could attack this overworked genre from a new direction, it would be her and so I bought the book. What a disappointment. To me, this book was formulaic and predictable. I found the writing to be sub-par and couldn't relate at all to her characters. I u...more
Carl Alves
When I saw the jacket cover to Born to Darkness and saw that it was a futuristic novel featuring "greater thans" that can use a greater portion of their mind, which in essence gives them super powers, I thought well that's a cool idea. Unfortunately, that was the only redeemable aspect of this novel. In a time of economic depression where corporations have taken over much of government's role, at the Obermeyer Institute, their greater thans are combatting people "Jokering", as in acting like the...more
Quinn
Suzanne Brockmann's dedication in Born to Darkness was written for readers like me:
"For my readers, who are always willing to boldly go."

I must say, this was definitely an occasion where I was 'boldly going', because sci-fi? Not my thing. And to walk away from her magnificent Troubleshooters to pursue a new sci-fi series? My itty bitty heart was breaking. But then again, her acknowledgement was also written for readers like me:
"Last but certainly not least, I want to thank you, my readers, who
...more
Colette
I really enjoyed this book. The basic idea is in the near future, there is a drug, the street name of Destiny, that is very addictive and deadly to take, but the promise of eternal youth and powers of the mind is a great lure. Some people in this future world, have learned to harness the unused neural pathways in their brain to become Greater-Thans. They have studied and trained to integrate their brains, so they can use these special powers in the battle against jokers, people who have gone ins...more
Katrina (Kindred Dreamheart)
I won this book on GoodReads FirstReads!

I was so excited, because come on, this cover looks pretty bad ass! I'm asshamed to say, this was my first Suzanne Brockmann.

If this book wasn't so long and intricate, one would say the synopsis says too much. At first glance it looks like a mini story all in it self. Because of this, I didn't read it until after I finished the book.

Let me just say, "WOW, what an emotional ride!"

This book was able to create a Dystopia world jam packed all the elements of...more
Christi Snow
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, thi...more
Megatherium
Oct 24, 2012 Megatherium marked it as did-not-finish
It is a very, very rare occurrence indeed for me to make it to page 320-something of any book before giving up. If I've made it that far, by gum I'm gonna finish. But give up I did. And in a sense I'm sorry I did. The setting was intriguing, the characters were reasonably well done, the dialogue was a tad on the hokey side, but it always is in this sort of book, and never came near being the giggle-fest that the dialogue in many of its "cousins" is.

No, I'm afraid my problem was too much sex, an...more
Vorbis
I want to give this three stars because it is well written - but it's another crappy paranormal romance. It's like authors think that falling in love is such an impossibility that why not make the world completely ridiculous. I don't like it in Nora Roberts (whose JD Robb books I love) and I don't like it here.

But if you can personally get past that, this book goes into some really weird places. I'm going to go into *SPOILER* territory here...

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Lynn Spencer
3.5 stars - I'd give it a B- This book is first in a new series set in a future United States. Corporations have actively taken over parts of government, and given current conditions in this country, some of the creepy parts of this story feel chillingly real. Cash-strapped police departments charging more to investigate a case more quickly, poor people selling the use of their bodies to drug testing companies so that they can have meals and a warm place to sleep, and so on.

It is in this world t...more
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Suzanne Brockmann was born in 1960. Married with Ed Gaffney, a lawyer and published writer. They have two grown children: Melanie, who is a personal trainer and author, and Jason, who is an actor and tap dancer. They divide their time between Boston, Massachusetts, Sarasota, Florida and New York City.

Published since 1993, Suzanne is widely recognized as one of the leading voices in suspense romanc...more
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