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Lethal People (Donovan Creed #1)

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In the first of an exciting new series, Donovan Creed, former CIA assassin and a smart-aleck tough guy with a heart of bronze, faces his biggest challenge ever.

While pursuing a budding romance with the beautiful Kathleen Gray, Creed stumbles upon a plucky, but horribly burned, little girl named Addie Dawes. Creed's suspicion about the fire that killed Addie's family puts h
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Published July 7th 2009 by (first published 2009)
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Let's be honest... I would never have picked up Lethal People if I hadn't read this article on the L.A. Times. The first self-pubbed author to join the Kindle Millionaires Club? Of course I had to check him out! (Also, I'm trying to diversify my reading beyond the YA genre I'm currently addicted to!)

So, Lethal People. Surprisingly, I liked it. It's filled with gratituous violence, absolutely no character development, zero literary pretentions, and yet... there were times when I did find myself l
Meg ♥
Dec 17, 2011 Meg ♥ rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-books, z-2011-reads
This is not a book I would normally read, but I was pleasantly surprised with it.

Donovan Creed is our main character, and he works for homeland security killing terrorists. During his spare time he tests out torture devices for the mob. He's an assassin that will basically kill anyone for money, although Locke states that he won't kill kids...often. He's definitely psycho, but likeable somehow. He can go from killing a random woman to talking on the phone with his daughter, Kimberly and being co
Franco  Santos

Un libro que no me gustó. Tiene una buena idea en la que partir y una buena trama, sin embargo, le encontré bastantes puntos flojos:

-El protagonista: Un personaje que no me cayó para nada bien. Una mierda de persona.
-En muchas partes la historia hace agua.
-Es muy pesado y repetitivo.
-Algunos capítulos están de más.

-He arrancado un trozo y adivina qué he visto.
-¿Una mancha con forma de Jesús en triciclo?

Al principio le había puesto 3 estrellas. Como verán, ahora tiene 2. Decidí cambiarle el
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May 13, 2011 Eric_W rated it really liked it
I haven’t made up my mind yet about how to classify the Donovan Creed series. They are part spoof, part comedy, part James Bond, and part warning of Homeland Security egregious power plays. Donovan lives in a cell where he experiments with new torture weapons (“When I’m in Virginia, I sleep in a prison cell. When I’m anywhere else for more than a day or two, I generally break into the homes of strangers and sleep in their attics,” seeing how much he can take and survive, has a giant friend, Quin ...more
Ken Rossignol
Nov 13, 2011 Ken Rossignol rated it it was amazing
I decided to read the 16 worst reviews on Amazon of this book before deciding to buy it. First, the cost is but 99 cents. Second, those who didn't like the book are silly and wrote silly reviews. I bought the book, read it and kept the repugnant aspects of the character, Donovan Creed, in perspective. He is a killer. Should one expect that killers really have a good side? Get over it, you twits. This is FICTION! The purpose of an escape like reading this book is to cast off from the safe lines o ...more
Giovanni Gelati
Jan 17, 2011 Giovanni Gelati rated it it was amazing
What constitutes the elements of a good read for you? Do you need to have a gigantic seven foot, disfigured, complex hero type? Aggressive and violent mob bosses? An ex-wife that totally hates the main character? A quadriplegic midget who wants to dominate the world and has dreadlocks that hang to the ground? A main character that is an assassin for Homeland Security and also does work on the side? Wait, how about a group of trampoline using knife throwing circus midgets? I forgot to mention tha ...more
J.F. Penn
Apr 24, 2011 J.F. Penn rated it really liked it
Shelves: thrillers
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You need a kind of black humor to enjoy Donovan Creed, but I seriously enjoyed this fast read! From the opening scene where Creed is self-testing a torture device that boils you inside out, you realize this is no ordinary character. The plot then seriously thickens in several directions, with gangsters, secret government assassins and all kinds of ways to dispose of people. Add in some midget clowns and a love interest plus Creed's hear
E. Kelly
Apr 18, 2011 E. Kelly rated it really liked it
Due to my fascination with the Bourne trilogy, I had high hopes for this book – an assassin ridding the world of evil. Cool. That was the image I had in my head, and, for the most part, I was not disappointed. As far as the story line goes, Lethal People was inventive, complex, intriguing, exciting, and engaging. My hat’s off to the author who managed to take a familiar story line, good versus evil, and make it new. Unlike the days of old, though, the good were not always good and the evil were ...more
Continuing with my pursuit of the lone Hero (see reviews for Joe Pike novels, John Rain novels, and Jack Reacher novels) Donovan Creed is probably the most unique character I came across.

I'd never heard of John Locke until I received my Kindle DX in the mail. Locke made his fame and fortune self-publishing his books in the Kindle world. For the Kindle, his books are ridiculously inexpensive (around $0.99 to $1.99). I was surprised at what I read and hooked from the start. Unlike my other series
Feb 04, 2010 Cbrett60 rated it really liked it

-Perfect Ending

-Dragged on a little

The book is well written, so as to keep you entertained throughout most of the book. And it does. Each moment you can see what is going on and you feel like you are there watching.

Characters: The book follows, assassin and special agent Donovan Creed. This in itself is a confusing, but the way Creed moves through out the book you know his motives and how and why he can be an assassin and a special agent. The supporting cha
Julie Johnson
Apr 11, 2011 Julie Johnson rated it really liked it
This is my second Donovan Creed novel that I've read and I can't quite figure out why I like them so much. There is so much contradiction, with a character who is amoral/moral, lover/fighter, superficial/deep--and a plot that can be so outlandish it verges on parody, yet somehow manages to keep it all believable and 'real'.

I'm quite mystified on why I should like this series. They are like good adventure movies ramped up a notch (or ten), have great plot twists, and I guess the Donovan character
May 29, 2013 Ed rated it really liked it
Watching the movie "Singing in the Rain" requires suspension of disbelief because most people don't really sing and dance in the rain but it's still a fun, classic movie. John Locke's Donovan Creed and his diverse cast of characters also require suspension of disbelief to fully enjoy and appreciate this quite original creation. This book has the characteristics of what I most prize in a mystery - a successful attempt at originality and wit. Now that I'm hooked, it's onward to the rest of the ser ...more
Mark Chisnell
Mar 12, 2013 Mark Chisnell rated it liked it
I didn’t like this book to start with, not least because I'd just read The Detachment, a very authentic-feeling thriller by Barry Eisler about assasin John Rain. Locke's central character, Donnie Creed is also an assassin, but that's where the comparison ends. Creed has himself tortured to build up his resistance to pain, sleeps in other people’s attics to build up his skills at undetected intrusion, and otherwise lives in a prison cell so he’s used to it when he inevitably goes to jail. Right. ...more
Larry Hoffer
I've found a new crime anti-hero to worship—Donovan Creed, the protagonist in a series written by John Locke. I absolutely flew through the first book, Lethal People, in little more than a day, and found the characters to be interesting yet quirky, and the action virtually nonstop. As I've said after I've read other tremendously satisfying crime novels, I don't know why Hollywood keeps making movie adaptations of television shows, comic books and fairytales, or remaking classic movies, when ther ...more
Crystal Lee
Sep 07, 2012 Crystal Lee rated it it was ok
As much as I respect John Locke and admire his ability to sell books like crazy, I could not get through this book. His mechanics were severely lacking. His prologue started out in 3rd person, and then in an amateur move -- BAM!-- he jumped into 1st person with the first chapter. What the . . . ? Um . . . that's a rule you simply don't break.

And if that mistake didn't make the writer in me squirm uncomfortably, he took it further by then proceeding to pop in and out of tensess every other page.
Jan 22, 2012 Melanie rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle
I must say that I am actually impressed with this book. This isn't the kind of thing that I would normally read and not the kind of book that would draw my attention. But it did, and I'm glad I read it. It was a friend of mine who recommended me the book and when he did, he didn't give me many details about it other than "in the worst case scenario, the book is very cheap. The electronic version of it costs only .99 cents". Well, for a cheap book, it was actually more than I could have expected. ...more
Aug 22, 2015 Andrew rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
This may be the most fucked up book I’ve read so far. It was not particularly well-written and I finished rather quickly because it kept me interested and engaged, but it was just…weird. Lethal People was sometimes disturbing, sometimes hilarious, and very action packed and exciting. The biggest issue(?) for me was the protagonist, Donny Creed. I couldn’t figure out if I was supposed to be cheering for the guy, or loathing him. One second he’s a super good guy, and the next, he’s a remorseless d ...more
Lia Fairchild
Sep 24, 2011 Lia Fairchild rated it it was amazing
I downloaded this book to see what all the fuss was about and really didn’t know what to expect. The description on Amazon described it as a crime novel that was “often LOL – bizarre funny!” That part was true as I literally found myself laughing out loud. Donovan Creed, the main character in Locke’s series of books, is a hired assassin for the government but takes on free-lance work from interesting and unusual characters. There was always some sort of action or mishap going on to keep your att ...more
May 04, 2011 Becky rated it really liked it
I'm not sure if it is wise to tell people I really enjoyed this book or if it's just because the author did such a great job with plot that it had me from the get-go.

I was not sure I would like this book. The main character in the book is an assassin. he literally takes money to kill people. (Okay now that we all got the defintion of an assassin, lol!) Anyway, the book was action packed, which really had no impact for me, but it was so page-turning! I couldn't wait to see what happened next...e
Simon Jenner
Dec 13, 2011 Simon Jenner rated it really liked it
The first in the Donovan Creed series is much the same as the third one I read 'Saving Rachel'. You either like this stuff or you hate it. In a world where far too many people take themselves far too seriously this story allows the reader to enjoy a crazy ride in the world of a larger than life character. Unlike 'Saving Rachel' this book is written in the past tense which I think makes it better than the 3rd book in the series. Strange, unbelievable, fast paced and violent could all be used to d ...more
Ronald Dahle
Apr 21, 2012 Ronald Dahle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great for what it is.
Max Rudenko
Jan 02, 2014 Max Rudenko rated it did not like it
A few of my GR friends highly rated this novel. Unfortunately, I can't say the same. I didn't like this book mainly because of this protagonist's attitude towards murdering other people. When I read assassin thrillers I don't expect the protagonist get depressed and mourn over each victim. But I like him to at least partially value human life. Because even a prostitute's life is still a human life. Call me a prude or a hopeless romantic, I don't care.Take for example Barry Eisler's John Rain. He ...more
Mar 23, 2012 MsFolio rated it did not like it
Shelves: ebook
John Locke (2009) Lethal People: A Donovan Creed Crime Novel

Donovan Creed, masochist, father, ex-husband and ex-CIA assassin now freelances as a hired killer and in his spare time tests the Army's secret weapons on himself. Got it?

Locke is very good at dialogue, but poor at characterization. Of one of the female protagonists, he says "Paige was pretty cute, but she didn't look like an aspiring actress. She didn't look like a hooker either." He has more to say of her vehicle, "Her silver Honda Ac
Jul 15, 2012 Bill rated it really liked it
If you need to have your 'hero' be completely likeable, you may not enjoy this book.

On the other hand, if you like a book with non-stop action, a ton of characters where you'll find yourself wondering what will happen next, you may really enjoy this book, as I did.

"Lethal People" is the first in the author's Donovan Creed series, assassin for Homeland Security, a former CIA operative and part time contract killer for a midwest crime boss (and anyone else with money).

Creed is a total killing mach
Kirkus MacGowan
Oct 29, 2011 Kirkus MacGowan rated it really liked it
We meet Donovan Creed right away and a small group of friends or associates, depending on how you look at it. He is an assassin working for a couple different groups with differing agendas. There are twists and turns throughout, and you never know what will happen next.

The characters are quirky and interesting, especially Creed. Locke has an uncanny ability to create unique characters. Each has something about them that makes it hard for the reader to forget, sometimes physical, sometimes emotio
Aug 29, 2011 Gerald rated it liked it
I read Lethal People to see what all the fuss is about. John Locke has been a top-selling Kindle author and his name is frequently mentioned by the self-promoters of self-promotion webinars that promise to help you scramble to the top of the e-publishing slag heap.

To start with, some readers complain about main character Donovan Creed's profession, namely assassin for hire. Comparisons with Dexter are irresistible, along with the complaint that Dexter's (presumably redeeming) sense of remorse is
May 24, 2012 Theresa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Amazon review by Roger Y (shortened a bit by me):
Donovan Creed works for homeland security killing terrorists. Since this doesn't fill all of his time he also tests out torture devices for the military and sometimes does contract killings for the mob. Not necessarily the type of person you think of when you want to have a fun time or a romantic evening. Donovan really is a nice guy though. It is just that his work tends to give him a different outlook on life and this makes him sometimes awkward
This book made me cringe in disgust and laugh at the same time. This is a thriller starring professional killer-for-hire Donovan Creed. While there are many books in this genre, one of the things that makes Creed unique is that he kills for any reason, good or bad. Creed is a most unusual protagonist...I spent the entire book trying to decide if I like him or not. He runs the gambit from snatching an innocent woman and killing her in cold blood to rescuing people from a burning building. If you ...more
Mar 08, 2013 Kimbo rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-a-copy
Yay!!! finally finished this book!!! It went forever, and I kept getting sidetracked... I put this book down about three times to read other books, it just couldn't keep my attention for long. Which is sad. I really wanted to enjoy it, because I'd heard good things about it, but it was just so much different to what I normally read and I couldn't get into it. This sounds really bad for me lol, but I think it was because I had to think too much, when I normally just like to get lost in books. The ...more
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