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Born to Darkness (Fighting Destiny #1)

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In the not-too-distant future, the Obermeyer Institute (OI) has made a revolutionary discovery: with special training, humans can tap into the brain's hidden powers. The training is strenuous, though, and it works only for those with natural potential. Tough girl Mac has that potential, and she's a devoted member of the OI.
Hardcover, 513 pages
Published March 20th 2012 by Ballantine Books (first published January 1st 2012)
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Mimi Smith
Jul 16, 2014 Mimi Smith rated it liked it
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
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
Mar 17, 2012 Laura rated it really liked it
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
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
Apr 05, 2012 Allison6876 rated it it was ok
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
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Jun 22, 2013 Feminista rated it it was amazing
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
*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,
Mar 13, 2012 TheGeekyBlogger rated it it was amazing
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
Mollie *scoutrmom*
Mar 22, 2012 Mollie *scoutrmom* rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 08, 2012 Laurie rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
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
Apr 12, 2012 Xenos rated it liked it
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
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
Jan 21, 2016 Zarah rated it liked it
I seriously almost loved this. Brockman can write. I liked the characters and the plot is an interesting one. But the fact that kept me from loving it and, in fact, coming to really resent large chunks of it is unfortunately so common in modern fiction it's hardly worth commenting on...except that we should all be commenting on it all the time.

The whole book hinges on cliched female terror. Almost every single female in this book, adult and child, is either raped or threatened with rape at some
Mar 22, 2012 Kate rated it really liked it
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
Feb 17, 2012 E. rated it it was amazing
Shelves: paranormal
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
Apr 11, 2012 Suz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pnr, dystopian
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
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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
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
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
Feb 12, 2012 Bmquiram rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
I received Born to Darkness by Suzanne Brockmann as an advanced read through Good Reads. Thank You. : )
If you like paranormal, romance, and action you will love this book. The paranormal isn’t vampires, witches, and werewolves like the popular paranormals books, but characters have x-men or superman like qualities.
When I first started reading this book it was a little difficult to sort which characters were interacting with a particular other character. It was also difficult to remember which c
Feb 20, 2012 Lisa rated it it was amazing
The test of a great book is how drawn I am to the book when I am not reading it and how immersed I become into the book when I am.

This book passed both tests with flying colors. The whole idea of the story was new and intriguing- people with special powers, superhero like powers, some gained from drugs and some naturally that require training to improve.

It also gained a five star review because I couldn't predict what would happen next. There were twists and turns that I didn't anticipate, and
Sep 16, 2012 Li rated it did not like it
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
Apr 03, 2012 Andaleigh rated it it was ok
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
Sue Moorcroft
Feb 01, 2016 Sue Moorcroft rated it liked it
I have to admit that I'm not a near-future or dystopian fiction reader, as a rule, but I don't think that these elements are what made me find this book less enjoyable than every other Suzanne Brockmann I've read (and I've read a lot). It was that the setting and period were given centre stage. The romantic relationships didn't sizzle as I'm used to, when reading this author.

The characterisation was everything I expect from SB, with natural dialogue and great character interaction but I doubt I'
Brenda (b)
I really got caught up in this book each time I picked it up and it was hard to put down when real life insisted on intruding on my reading time. Suzanne Brockmann again managed to write a gripping story and wonderfully realistic characters.

Side note: this takes place in the not-too-distant future--per the author, mid-twenty-first century. No exact date is given but at one point a reference is made to over forty seasons of American Idol.

ETA: After recording my initial thoughts about this story a
Carl Alves
May 12, 2013 Carl Alves rated it did not like it
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
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, wh
Mar 09, 2012 Colette rated it it was amazing
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
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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
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