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Predators of Darkness (Darkness Series #1)

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Fear What Lurks In The Shadows
The desolate streets of downtown Pittsburgh in 2073 are a reminder of the missile attack that forever changed the lives of the surviving scientists and students hidden in the fallout shelter of Helmsby's Genetic Research Center. Believing themselves to be the only survivors, they station themselves inside the center until food supplies near d
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Paperback, 340 pages
Published April 11th 2007 by Outskirts Press
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Leanne Bell
I'd like to start by thanking Mr Hilley for asking me to review his novel and for allowing me to publish my review on my blog. I will now go on to say that this is a brilliant read and definitely one for lovers of sci-fi and horror, oh, and talking cats!
Before going on I'll give you a brief spoiler-free synopsis and I am also going to warn that this book contains content of an adult nature and some bits that some teenage or younger readers may find upsetting.

Following a missile strike, the inhab
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Avery
Apr 30, 2011 Avery rated it it was amazing
I think that if "Æon Flux", the "Resident Evil" films, and "Shade's Children" by Garth Nix were to have a child, this would book would be the result.

When I first started reading this book I found myself growing increasingly frustrated with it because it was so far removed from what I typically read (YA UF/ PNR) and I seriously considered not finishing it. However, I decided to press on (because I hate to not finish a book) and as I delved deeper into the book, I found myself enjoying the book m
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Kelly
Apr 03, 2011 Kelly rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone who enjoys a good exciting ride!
Recommended to Kelly by: The Author, THANK YOU!
I’m going to start this review by telling a little story of my own. Grab a cup of joe, this might be a little wordy. Via e-mail, I received a request from Mr. Hilley to review this book. I’m assuming he saw our Book Lover’s Hideaway blog from a blog tour or something, and wrote requesting the review. In my Cinderella world though, I’m going to say that he saw some of my reviews posted on Goodreads or on the blog and was so stunned by my book-reading-and-reporting capabilities, that he just HAD ...more
Tai
The plot premise got me through but it was a challenge not to give up on this book.

Why I struggled with this book?

For a first in series I understand that there will need to be some build-up and back story so I can understand what is going on but in this book I felt as if the back story was an after thought thrown in to explain why the author decided this course was taken. The story didn’t flow for me an obstacle would need to be overcome, a build-up in anticipation for how the obstacle would b
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John
Jul 08, 2015 John rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting plot, but sometimes too many details

If you like post-apocalyptic stories mashed up with sci-fi, this book is for you. It's about the aftermath of a supposed nuclear attack on Pittsburgh in the near future, which caused some creatures to evolve into predatory beasts.

The main characters were fairly well-drawn, but a lot of the supporting characters were superfluous. Basically they were cannon fodder, for lack of a better term. This is fine. Not all characters can have large parts in b
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Jennifer Chase
Aug 26, 2010 Jennifer Chase rated it it was amazing
What happens after a nuclear missile strikes the downtown Pittsburgh area in the year 2073? Daniel Hutchinson and his best friend Lucas Ridale are the only link to survival and finding food for a small group of people taking refuge in a research building. To make matters worse, there are bloodthirsty shifters ready to tear humans apart if they leave their indoor safety.

Predators of Darkness is the epitome of what you want in a sci-fi thriller with plenty of action, adventure, suspense, science
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Ashley
Apr 07, 2011 Ashley rated it it was amazing
Wow! That's all I have to say. Wow! This book completely took me by surprise. A very pleasant surprise at that. I was captivated from the very first sentence, all the way to the very end. And of course it's left open for another book! I am so happy for that! It was really hard for me to put this book down. The book is very well thought out, so many twists and turns you don't have time to get bored. The way he goes into detail just blows my mind. Predators of Darkness played like a movie running ...more
Elishia
Mar 31, 2011 Elishia rated it really liked it
What would you do if you survived a nuclear fallout? How would you survive?
Predators of Darkness is prefect for sci-fi lovers. The world Hilley has created is devastating, which leaves you only to imagine how you could survive in world filled with genetic monsters caused by what appears, at first, to be a nuclear fallout. You are taken on ride with Hilley's characters as they try to uncover what happened to their world. Sometimes I found the dialog between the characters to mechanic and lacking
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Heather
Sep 24, 2015 Heather rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dystopia
As I read the first couple of chapters I couldn't help but think this book was Jurassic Park meets Resident Evil meets 28 Days...the further into the book I got the more I wondered if this author knows something we don't know, is he trying to warn us? The premise of this story could well be based on truth. Is this really a work of fiction? The possibilities are astounding and quite frightening. I couldn't put Predators of Darkness down for several minutes after I finished reading it.
Now to clos
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Jackie
May 09, 2011 Jackie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Sci-Fi fantasy lovers who have a strong stomach and also enjoy "spicy" romantic side plots....
Recommended to Jackie by: The Author and cannot thank him enough!
Fear What Lurks In The Shadows

The desolate streets of downtown Pittsburgh in 2073 are a reminder of the missile attack that forever changed the lives of the surviving scientists and students hidden in the fallout shelter of Helmsby's Genetic Research Center. Believing themselves to be the only survivors, they station themselves inside the center until food supplies near depletion. Thinking the fallout has lessened, they emerge three years later to discover strange creatures patrolling the street
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David King
Nov 30, 2011 David King rated it really liked it
When Leonard D. Hilley II sent me an email and asked me if I would like to read and review "Predators of Darkness" along with the next two in the series I wasn't sure at first if I should do it. This is because taking on three books from an author I hadn't read was a bit of a risk, but the synopsis and premise drew me in and in the end I was unable to say no. Now that I have finished this first book in the series I can honestly say that I am glad I took the risk as I loved the story and am happy ...more
Bea
There's a lot to like about this book - an intriguing plot, filled with conspiracies and twists and turns, that's an intriguing blend of mystery, thriller, science fiction, dystopia, and urban fantasy, with some romance mixed in; lots of action; and dialogue that can be sharp.

There were also a fair number of things that didn't work - the dialogue and prose could be stilted; copy editing issues that by themselves were mostly minor but occurred often enough to be annoying; an utter inability to wr
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Diana (Offbeat Vagabond)
Review posted here: http://offbeatvagabond.blogspot.com/2011/07/indie-book-review-predators-of-darkness.html


I didn’t know what to expect when I got this book from the author. Again, just wanted to read it, didn’t bother reading the summary. Well that wouldn’t have made a difference because the description isn’t enough to show how incredible this was. I don’t think I have come across a book with this many layers. You think you have things figured out until you are given a curveball out of nowher
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TheBookAddictedGirl
May 05, 2011 TheBookAddictedGirl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone! Escpecially 15+ Teens Who Want An Amazing Thriller-Action-Horror Read!
4*

I was lucky enough to get an email from the author asking if I would like to read this book, the other two in the series, and then if I’d like to interview him. Of course, how could I say no? The blurb drew me in, the premise was brilliant. And, after finishing the book, I can honestly say that I loved it! So thank you, Leonard D. Hilley II!

From the first sentence, I was hooked. This was mainly because I wasn’t sure whether I should laugh or not. The sentence was:
“Dropping a cat from the top l
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Emily
Aug 12, 2011 Emily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Have you ever read a book that, when you finished it, you had to check all the doors and windows? Reading Predators of Darkness: Aftermath was like that. It's a post-apocalyptic thriller where nightmarish creatures hunt human survivors in the streets and nobody knows where their next meal or breath is coming from.


These creatures that are so problematic and endemic in the story are referred to as shifters, but don't let that term imply some kind of cuddly secret society or misunderstood group of
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Literary
Mar 21, 2012 Literary rated it liked it
Everyone's worst nightmare has come true: a nuclear attack is taking place and they must run for cover to the nearest fallout shelter. Many did not survive the attack. Those that did were changed forever.

The year is 2073. Location: Pittsburgh.

Even though this book was futuristically set, the people and technology felt familiar and now. The shifters were new, but they derived from cloning which not many people think about anymore ... at least nobody I know.

After surviving three years in a fallout
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Julie Witt
Sep 06, 2011 Julie Witt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
From Goodreads: The desolate streets of downtown Pittsburgh in 2073 are a reminder of the missile attack that forever changed the lives of the surviving scientists and students hidden in the fallout shelter of Helmsby's Genetic Research Center. Believing themselves to be the only survivors, they station themselves inside the center until food supplies near depletion.

I'm kind of torn on how to review this book. I would probably give it more of a 3.5 review if they had that. To begin with, the ac
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Julie Witt
Sep 04, 2011 Julie Witt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
From Goodreads: The desolate streets of downtown Pittsburgh in 2073 are a reminder of the missile attack that forever changed the lives of the surviving scientists and students hidden in the fallout shelter of Helmsby's Genetic Research Center. Believing themselves to be the only survivors, they station themselves inside the center until food supplies near depletion.

I'm kind of torn on how to review this book. I would probably give it more of a 3.5 review if they had that. To begin with, the ac
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Kim
Aug 15, 2011 Kim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Predators of Darkness: Aftermath is a book that made me not want to leave my house! The opening line below had me hooked from the very beginning,...


"Dropping a cat from the top ledge of a ten-story office building was not the best way to remain hidden, but it was necessary."

Not your everyday start to a novel and it had me wanting more. After a missile attack on the city, a group survivors have lived in the well-prepared fallout shelter of a genetic research center, not leaving it for three years
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Sarah (Workaday Reads)
Daniel is the leader of a group of survivors living in Helmsby’s Genetic Research Center in Pittsburgh in 2073. They survived a nuclear missile attack by hiding in the fallout shelter in the basement of the past 3 years. When they emerged, they discover predators roaming the streets with the ability to shift form and attack with a brutal bloodlust. Daniel's latest expedition for supplies has revealed some startling questions about whether they are really are the last survivors, and where the ...more
Sparklybearsy
Aug 23, 2011 Sparklybearsy rated it liked it
rated 3.5 out of 5

A sci fi book is never my first choice of reading material. I'm a girl who likes a lot of romance mixed in with her demons and creatures that go bump in the night and i find Sci Fi doesn't deliver that for my needs. Yet i was intensely intrigued by the synopsis of Predators of Darkness when the author wrote and asked me for a review. So i hiked up my big girl pants and ventured into waters i rarely went into.

And was pleasantly surprised with Predators of Darkness by Leonard D
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Austine (NovelKnight)
Sep 26, 2016 Austine (NovelKnight) rated it liked it
Shelves: for-review
A slow beginning: I struggled to get through the first several chapters and questioned if I was going to finish the book. Everything seemed to move... not slowly, but not a lot of action either. That could just be my personal taste though. I enjoy a good bit of action to really get you into the story and it wasn't really there. Tension was high and the conflict clear, but there wasn't that hook to really capture the reader.

Proven wrong: It took me about halfway through the book, but I really got
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Albert
Jul 08, 2013 Albert rated it it was amazing

Overall Feedback: From the start I was enthralled by this book. This is a definitive twist on what at first seems like a recycled plot. I promise you that you will not be disappointed about picking up this gem. Read on.

Point of View: Although we are introduced to many characters the main event lies with Daniel. A strong, caring individual who seems to really want to escape the current events.

Voice: This book is full of darkness, thrills and eroticsm. If any of these are not your cup of tea then
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Birgit
Sep 27, 2011 Birgit rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Admittedly I was already smitten after reading the opening line "Dropping a cat from the top ledge of a ten-story office building was not the best way to remain hidden, but it was necessary." and if you need to know the fate of the cat (or the one who dropped it), let's just say both stick around a little longer.
Predators Of Darkness: Aftermath presents itself as science fiction thriller, but there's also a fair amount of horror involved. Leonard D. Hilley II has written quite a page turner, off
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Kelly
Apr 30, 2011 Kelly rated it really liked it
While I ultimately liked this book and thought it was an interesting take on shifters and other genetically enhanced creatures, I had a bit of a hard time suspending my disbelief over a few of the points. The first one being that even if part of the city had been fenced off and isolated, wouldn't there be air traffic and such to alert the survivors that maybe things weren't quite as they seemed? A relatively minor point, to be sure, but it was something I kept thinking about.

Okay. I said points
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While doomsday and missile attacks aren’t a new plot, the genetically changed humans to shifters is. The way it was written was well done. I could see were it could happen. The book is really well written, with the pace being steady. We learn the back story of a lot of characters because there are scientist and students. There were just too many. It took away from the depth put into each character. I never truly felt that I got to know anyone other than Da
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Peace Love and Reviews
Pittsburg, PA 2073 was the location and the year of the story. Per synopsis above, the missile attack somewhat created creatures that can shift and no they are not that ones we read in our paranormal novels. They do not turn into Jacob nor other hunky man that a heroine can fall in love with. A cute cat that can turn into a monster that uses their talons and teeth to rip you apart. These creatures are like those mutated monsters made by the Umbrella Corporation, vicious and predatory. Another ...more
Lilac Wolf
Jul 26, 2011 Lilac Wolf rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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There is so much I want to tell you all, I want to talk about the amazing ride that this book was. So much excitement, sadness, fear, happiness...a real roller coaster!

Honestly I have to bite my tongue, I don't want to give anything away. As you read, the survivors are locked in a research center, and have been for 3 years. 2 men, considered the leaders are the only 2 to leave now because of the very real danger of the "shifters." These creations are so very
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Amber Adamchuk
Apr 10, 2011 Amber Adamchuk rated it liked it

I was given the opportunity to read this book from the author himself, which is an honor. I am not normally a reader of end of the world, or disaster books. However I have found this book to hold my interest throughout. I find my self picturing the creatures described and the living conditions, and hope this never happens but knowing it’s not that far fetched with science. Once you hit he middle and start to the learn the who, what, when, and some of the why...you don’t want to put the book down
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Troy Mic
Apr 12, 2011 Troy Mic rated it it was amazing
The opening of this book immediately grabbed me and pulled me right into the story line. Leonard Hilley does an excellent job of capturing emotions and made me feel the fear and tension of the characters. The story is well written with just enough details to give the reader a good sense of the situation these survivors are thrust.

The characters are believable and real, the monsters are incredibly creepy and cunning. Just when you think this is a story about the end of the world as we know it yo
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