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Darker Things (The Lockman Chronicles Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Rob Cornell
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Book Description

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, he's attacked by a black-ops team of assassins. But these aren't ordinary killers--they're heavily armed vampires sent by his most hated enemy.

Forced on the run, Lockman protects his daughter from an onslaught of dark creations while searching for who betrayed him and why. The investigation leads him to Detroit, where he unwittingly sets a plan into motion that could trigger a paranormal apocalypse and cost him his soul.

Darker Things presents a new breed of urban fantasy, paced like a thriller and filled with gritty action. "Imagine if James Patterson wrote about vampires." -- Will Entrekin, author of The Prodigal Hour.

Editorial Reviews


"Imagine if James Patterson wrote about vampires....Dark and thrilling, brisk and brutal." -- Will Entrekin, author of The Prodigal Hour

"Great read for fans of dark fiction. Plenty of action, intrigue, and supernatural beasties to suit every taste." -- Marc Paoletti, author of Scorch

From the Author

Darker Things starts off the adventures of Craig Lockman, ex-government agent turned paranormal vigilante.

Dark Legion, available now, is the next book in The Lockman Chronicles.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1357 KB
  • Print Length: 322 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Paradox Publications (January 12, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004YQCC3E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #487 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad supernatural thriller February 13, 2013
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Fairly good rainy afternoon diversion if you like the genre. Nothing heavy but if you enjoy television programs in such as Grimm and Being Human, you'll probably enjoy this for what it is. The relationship between the protagonist and the teenage daughter he has only recently learned he fathered is a welcome twist to the usual hard boiled, I've seen things that would drive most men and women nuts, worldview of the emotionally gaunt anti-heroes who typically inhabit similar fictional worlds. I would have liked more back story concerning both the mysterious agency that formerly employed the main character.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Paranormal Fantasy Served Piping Hot March 14, 2013
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Rob Cornell introduces us to the world of Craig Lockman. A world inhabited by vampires (non-sparkly, definitely not warm and fuzzy), werewolves (you won't be feeling sorry for these four-footed killers), ogres (whom I have a feeling would make great side-kicks), ghosts (ain't no friendly ghosts here), and the sleaziest of humans. Throw in a secret, paranormal-battling government agency that put Lockman out to pasture years before and you've got all the makings of a shadowy world.

Lockman's got a daughter he never knew existed. When she hunts down her birth father, it sets in motion a chain of events that threatens the very fabric of our world. In a journey to return his daughter, Jessie, to a safe, normal life with her mother, Kate, they will be way-laid by bad guys of the human and non-human persuasion.

There's a secret hidden in the brain of Craig Lockman, one that an evil man from his past, and all manner of paranormal being are hot to unlock. A secret that could destroy the world as we know it.

With well drawn characters, snappy dialog, thrills, chills, and enough twists to keep you guessing to the end, this book is one you won't put down until you've read the last page.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Almost 5 stars July 10, 2014
By jspence
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OK WHILE I DIDN'T THINK I GAVE THAT MUCH AWAY THERE MAY BE SPOILER ALERTS IN THIS REVIEW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I was prepared to give this 5 stars until I reached about 3/4 of the way through. That is when the story started to become contradicting. I will try not to spoil the story but you can't state in one paragraph how a supernatural can be killed and then have them shot center mass 3 x just to have them get up to attack again. A dead body cannot be considered a sacrifice (that is the whole point behind SACRIFICE). One other point I would like to make is that I find it very irritating when characters are not made to learn from their mistakes, to continually be captured and released or escape just to be captured again is irritating (and boring). I also hate it when all of the good guys are killed and the only one left standing is 'the Hero'. That being said I am going to continue on to the second book because one thing the author did do was make you care about Lockman. I have read some of the reviews for the second and have higher hopes for the series as it develops.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Supernatural Beings Meet their Match July 19, 2011
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This was a really funny and satisfying book. Craig Lockman gets drawn into a complicated and evil plot by the arrival on his doorstep of his long-lost 13-year-old daughter. He had been ready to bury the past, but the past comes and finds him.

Unfortunately for him, evil supernatural creatures have followed the girl to his doorstep. The bullets start flying before she is even through the door. While running from these creatures and killing them in gloriously brain-splattering fashion, father and daughter have the chance to get to know each other. He has to return his daughter to her frantic mother on the other side of the country, but they have a hell of a time just getting there.

One of the best qualities of Darker Things is the dialogue between this adolescent girl and her Dad. Cornell does a masterful job at developing these characters even as they fight for their lives and struggle to understand what they're up against.

The ending is hugely satisfying. I am looking forward to reading another book in the Lockman Chronicles.
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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic read! May 21, 2011
By S
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Darker Things is a wonderful read, well written and planned out. The storyline is gripping and exciting, and the characters were believable and honest without being too dramatic or false. Can't wait to read more in the series!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! January 15, 2012
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What a great book! The action was non-stop. The characters were believable. The tension was drawn out. The thrills kept coming. I can't say enough good things about 'Darker Things'.
I absolutely can not wait to read the next 'Craig Lockman' book!!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid supernatural story.. December 4, 2011
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Exciting para supernatural read that is fast paced and interesting. The main character Lockman is suddenly confronted with a child he never knew he had and now someone is using that same child to try and get to him. I enjoyed the read, although the last chapter or so it seemed as if the ideas were piling on top of each other to reach a super climax, which it didn't need because the story was solid as it was. The only things that caught my attention that I think may rattle one or two sensitive cages was the reference to the well known dictators murder technique, which I thought was borderline risque and I think some readers may find it offensive as it glorifys the idea as a good one. The other thing I found unnecessary was a comment made by the ghost about how women feel when in a certain state of arousal. It didn't have anything to do with the storyline. Aside from that I recommend both the story and the writer. I received a free copy of this book for my review.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fast paced action!
Great story with interesting characters. Nice fast paced introduction to the world of the supernatural and magic. Can't wait to read more!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Darker Things
Fabulous read and gr8 adventure,looking forward to reading the rest of the books and continuing the adventures with them, and reading how they save the world.
Published 2 months ago by CATHERINE
4.0 out of 5 stars and good character chemistry that you won’t want to put down
Mr. Cornell introduces us to Craig Lockman, and what a character he is. A story written with humor, sarcastic dialogue, and good character chemistry that you won’t want to put... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Melissa
3.0 out of 5 stars Solid start to a series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved series
Another great series. Each book is great. Won't be disappointed. Like father daughter concept. Get it now. Going to read his other stuff
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More About the Author

An accidental nomad, Rob Cornell grew up in suburban Detroit, then spent five years living in Los Angeles before moving to Chicago to receive a BA in Fiction Writing from Columbia College. He has traveled full circle, now living in rural southeast Michigan with his wife, kids, and dog, Kinsey--named after Sue Grafton's famous detective. In between moving and writing, he's worked all manner of odd jobs, including lead singer for an acoustic cover band and a three-day stint as assistant to a movie producer, after which he quit because the producer was a nut job.

He is the author of eight novels, and is best known for the urban fantasy series, The Lockman Chronicles, featuring ex-government agent turned paranormal vigilante, Craig Lockman. He has also penned three mystery novels about private-eye and karaoke bar owner, Ridley Brone, as well as a stand-alone thriller, RED RUN.

Rob's latest release is SAVING SASHA BROWN, a Ridley Brone mystery. The fifth book in The Lockman Chronicles is due out this spring.

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