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Darker Things

(The Lockman Chronicles #1)

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  937 ratings  ·  116 reviews
Alternate cover edition of ASIN B004YQCC3E

Craig Lockman...

No one had called him that in fifteen years.

Not since his days at the Agency. Not since he was trained to kill creatures that were supposed to exist only in nightmares.

Yet the teenage girl on his doorstep not only knows his real name, she claims she's his daughter.

Before Lockman can learn how the girl found him,
Kindle Edition, 322 pages
Published January 12th 2011 by Paradox Publications (first published January 1st 2011)
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Apr 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is fast-moving, violent, dark, and engrossing. There are some highly original twists on the standard "demon hunter" tropes, leading to some cool surprises. A solid addition to your urban fantasy/paranormal suspense collection. Highly recommended.
Simon Okill
Darker Things (The Lockman Chronicles, #1) by Rob Cornell is a guns blazing take no prisoners kill 'em dead blast of a paranormal thriller that grabbed me by the scruff of my shirt and tore right off way before I got to the breathless ending. The author pulls no punches here with crisp dialog, sharp narrative that does not stray from the frantic-paced storyline. I was hooked from page 1 and am now a fan. His style is so addictively potent.
Craig Lockman has been hiding a dark secret for 15 years,
Troy Lefman
Dec 21, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was pretty good. I liked the ideas here. Vampires, werewolves, ghosts, and other darker things. I thought Jessie was a good character to throw at Lockman even though it took me a bit to shake the Matchstick Men imagery - mine not Rob's. The chapters ended making me want to move to the next. The variety of characters was nice and the POVs were consistent with character. Better than Twilight. I did need more uncertainty from Lockman; he seemed a bit too sure of himself when he should have bee ...more
Jun 17, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: no-more, 2012
This is the first in Rob Cornell's Craig Lockman Series. I really wanted to like this but no. I just couldn't connect with any of the characters. Not near enough depth and even the good guy is just too creepy for me. I got 3/4 of the way through and just didn't care. The world's full of too many good books to waste time o bad ones.

***In thinking back I think this might have been one that was too graphically violent for my taste.
Jan 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
OMG what a ride this book was!! I was hooked from the first page and couldn't put it down. I read it in two days. Non-stop action, twists and surprises. Great character development and story line.

It literally felt like a great action/scary movie. A couple of times I was so scared by what I was reading I almost put it down because it was so intense and real. If you like action and scary you have to read this book.
Anne Odom
Sep 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book for those who like urban fantasty (fiction with supernatural elements in a modern setting). Don't look for your romantic vampire or salivatingly muscled werewolf here. No, here there be monsters. A well crafted plot and enjoyably robust characters make Darker Things a fun read.
Jennifer Carr
Aug 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was like Jason Bourne and the X-Files in one. It was really good and I enjoyed it immensely.
Brian Jarrett
Oct 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can't remember exactly how I ran across this book. I liked the cover and the blurb, and the sample caught me. I bought it immediately.

The story starts right off with serious action (which I like). It plants a solid hook in the first few pages. As I continued reading, the story became more and more elaborate. I wanted to know who Lockman was and why he was important. The cast grew larger yet the characters remained unique. The plot was easy to follow, but not too predictable. I was even surpris
May 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Craig Lockman is in for a shock when thirteen-year-old Jessie shows up on his doorstep, asking if he’s her father. That she’s been followed by a group of vampires isn’t as shocking as the prospect of having a daughter. Monsters are nothing new for this ex-agent of a paranormal ops unit, but parenting sure is. When it becomes clear that the man who ordered the vampires to kill Lockman is an old nemesis, Lockman will do whatever it takes to keep himself and Jessie, and her mother, alive.

Darker Thi
Jason Kristopher
Jul 01, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Horror, supernatural, or magic fans
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Rob Cornell does a good job guiding us through the premise of this book, presumably the first in a series called The Lockman Chronicles.

I thought it was an interesting take on the whole supernatural "genre", for lack of a better word, and was drawn into the story immediately by the strong action and questions raised in the prologue/preface.

As Alice said, "curiouser and curiouser!"

The action was good, but didn't get in the way of the story's development (at least to me). The teenager in the book
May 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant supernatural thriller full of non stop action, twists and double crosses.Its many supurb characters draw you in and keep you fully absorbed from the very beginning.Once you start this book you wont want to put it down - so be prepared for a long night.I loved it
and can't wait to get the next one.
Jul 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not bad. Lots of action right from the start , but it felt too short. I would have liked more character depth but that may come with the sequel.
Joyce McKune
Aug 25, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal
Craig was minding his own business when a young girl came to his door. Soon they were set upon by a group of nasty vampires. The daughter he didn't know he had had led them right to his door.
Jan 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Craig’s enemy, Dolan, has a lot of resources to draw upon–not just vampires, but werewolves, ghosts, and more. Apparently all these things are real, but most people aren’t aware of their existence. They come from some sort of other dimension, and a few sensitives in our world know how to summon and control them. One of the more common urban fantasy themes is that in recent years humans became aware of supernaturals and the two have had to start learning to live together–this comes before that st ...more
Jennifer Wadsworth
This review is for the print version. Originally posted on 3/13/2015 at One Book Two.

Main characters: 4. The relationship between Craig and his daughter, Jessie, is the highlight of the book. Craig, Jessie, and Katy are mostly fleshed out and worth the investment.

Other characters: 1. The side characters are pretty shallow. The villain is a megalomaniac out to take over the world (yawn). All the characters from Craig’s past get killed off right away. There’s just nothing here to invest in, except
Éric Kasprak
Urban Fantasy... What can I say. I had so far avoided reading urban fantasy like the plague. Once my friend's girlfriend loan me the first 3 seasons of the show Supernatural, it stayed on my TV shelf for close to a year when I finally cave in and watch it. I loved it and since then I have watched 11 seasons of the dam show. I have also watched 3 seasons of Grimm, another urban fantasy show. So I guess I like urban fantasy on TV, but I still would not touch it in novel format. After reading many, ...more
Sandra Holladay
Loved Jessie, she was well fleshed out and pretty much acted like a 13 year-old would. Craig and Kate were well fleshed out and other than Craig's dark side a few times, were pretty like-able. The story was good, a bit on the dark side; the supernatural's were not what one would expect them to act like, which made a decent twist. I liked the ghost ending with his wife Millie. That was handled well.

I didn't understand the standing still and arguing when Craig, Kate, and Jessie should have been ge
CJ Jones
Aug 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is excellent for what it is--a dark and crazy secret agent urban fantasy. It opens with ninja vampires armed with automatic weaponry and flashbang grenades descending upon the lonely Los Angeles house of a former agent (from The Agency). From there it flips to Detroit and asks "Can we ramp up the crazy a little bit?" The relationship between The Agent and his family is smart and makes the characters all interesting. Even Chaz, who only gets a few pages with you.
Dec 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Craig Lockman discovers that he has a daughter after she finds him. However, others were tracking her for just such a scenario. Lockman, a former agent, had been in hiding for 15 years. So who ratted him out? That is one of the mysteries. This book is non stop action. If you want the paranormal infused with lots of action, this is the book for you.

May 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You definitely want to read the next installment of this series

Well crafted story with characters you get to know and that you want to find out what happens to them in the future. The supernatural element just adds to the overall great story line.
Jan 18, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not bad. Story had a bit of supernatural things. Alright, a lot of supernatural things.
Mar 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Extremely hard to put down once I started reading this novel, an awesome opening to a series. One of the best supernatural books I've ever read.
Debra Barstad
Jun 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Different take on vampire fiction. overall a good read
Kenn Anderson
Jan 24, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantacy

Lots of killings and monsters. A father and daughter meeting for the first time.

Lot of detail in the fights so the author new whatvwas what.
Nov 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Darker Things (The Lockman Chronicles) by Rob Cornell is an action-packed urban fantasy thriller. It was not what I was expecting when I began reading it, but it was a good read. I saw that it had vampires in it and thought, Cool! However, this is not your sparkly, warm & cuddly, brooding, I-want-to-suck-your-blood vampire story.

Craig Lockman is the main character's alias. He's been retired from "The Agency," a secret, paranormal-battling government agency, and has been hiding for 15 years. Unti
Feb 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Action packed adventure without a dull minute. Some parts were extremely scary with a large choice of supernatural creatures invading our world. The great thing was (to me) that these creatures do not follow their expected stereo-typical actions, they are much worse

I enjoyed reading this well written book. It has a heck of a twisted shocker. I joined the author's newletter and I hope that a new story with the same protagonist will be announced soon. In the mean time I will check out everything
Graham Downs
Jan 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
That was pretty cool - if not exactly what I was expecting.

I read the description and thought, "Hey, cool. Vampires. I like vampires!"

Oh, there are vampires, all right. And werewolves. And ghosts. And demons.

It was a great story, and if I were asked to describe this book in three words, I'd say "Supernatural spy thriller".

Craig Lockman is an ex-spy. He used to be part of "The Agency", a super-secret government organisation tasked with keeping supernatural creatures in check. The Agency was shut
J.C. Cauthon
Jul 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When Craig Lockman opens the door to come face to face with a daughter he did not even known he had, let's just say his whole world turns upside-down. And not just because he suddenly realizes he has a daughter. That would do it for most people, but for Craig Lockman, within those few minutes of his daughter showing up, his protective identity is destroyed, he and his daughter are attacked by vampires sent by the man Lockman has been hiding from, and things just keep getting weirder.

Within the f
Sep 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
I liked this one. The subject matter could easily have gotten corney or cliche riddled, but that didn't happen. And like so many stories dealing with vampires, it could have gone into the soft porn realm—but it didn't go there either. This is just a solidly written thrill ride.

I usually rip a story for bad editing and this one has its issues (the car had brakes, not breaks) but I found the issues to be less like speed bumps and more like cracks in the pavement.

The vampires here do not sparkle. W
Travis Luedke
DARKER THINGS, a brilliant beginning to a Dark Fantasy Series

Craig Lockman is a man with a dark wicked past he thought he'd left behind. When the daughter he never knew existed comes knocking, she unwittingly brings the darkness straight to his doorstep.

The race for survival is on. Craig must figure out who gave up his location and why, while trying to protect his trouble-making daughter from the marauding vampires, werewolves and other nasties that are hunting them both. Lockman's nemesis wants
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Rob Cornell is the author of The Lockman Chronicles, a five-book urban fantasy series featuring ex-government agent and monster hunter, Craig Lockman. He also has a new book series that starts with Branded, about a sorcerer with a serious vampire problem.

Raised on a steady diet of Star Wars, He-Man, G.I. Joe, and Transformers, he has always spent much of his time wandering the halls of his imagina

Other books in the series

The Lockman Chronicles (5 books)
  • Dark Legion (The Lockman Chronicles #2)
  • Darkest Hour  (The Lockman Chronicles #3)
  • Darkness Returns (The Lockman Chronicles #4)
  • Darkening Dawn (The Lockman Chronicles #5)

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