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81 of 90 people found the following review helpful
on January 15, 2011
I give 5 stars to all John Locke books, but I would give 6 stars to this one if I could. Not only is it a page turning thriller - it's the kind of book that forces the reader to have an opinion from page 1. And that's hard to find in thrillers and crime novels. Sure, he'll keep you on your toes - and you better be ready for a surprise - but this is also a novel to read with your friends. It's ripe for a fun, light hearted moral debate. I read the whole thing on the beach in an afternoon - couldn't put it down.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on April 11, 2011
I'm not sure what to make of this book. It has some great ideas and snippets of great writing, but overall it's a tossed salad.

It starts out as a tight thriller, but after about the half-way point the story dissolves into meandering sub-plots and pointless cartoony characters.

If this book had a story editor who could weed out some of the dead-ends and filler...it could be a great read.

I don't want to sound too negative. I'll definitely try another book by John Locke.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on April 3, 2011
These 5-star reviews were planted, or this book just isn't my style. While I do enjoy a good mystery, this book just had too many chaotic plot turns. I enjoyed the first one of the series, Lethal People, but they rapidly go downhill from there.
This novel, at best, appears to be a poor, cobbled-together product of the Infinite Monkey Theorem. The plot (and I use the term loosely) is an ADHD snarl of preposterous suppositions that aren't connected and lead nowhere.
On the plus side, it was a short read and it only cost me .99, BUT FREE would still be too much.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on January 26, 2010
For those of you who have read my reviews of John Locke's other works featuring Donovan Creed, "Lethal People" and "Saving Rachel", you know that I am a major fan! I had high expectations for my third in the series and author John Locke did not disappoint!

"Lethal Experiment" is both a great story on its own as well as fascinating follow-on to the Donovan Creed storyline. Locke fills in some background as a part of this new novel about his principal characters that makes them even more interesting. I am surprised at how well he keeps the continuity of the brand together from book to book. It's so much more than most author's repetition of the basics about the character that are copied and pasted as each way-to-similar novel is released, it's Locke's ability to support the current novel with interesting detail about his characters that adds to the enjoyment of having read the previous works! If you haven't read any of Locke's books featuring Donovan Creed, I might suggest that you read them in the following order: "Lethal People", "Lethal Experiment" and then "Saving Rachel."

In "Lethal Experiment", Locke asks the ultimate question, "Would you take money, in this case $100 large, with the only stipulation that someone would be murdered?" The deal is softened somewhat by the assurance that the person to be killed is himself or herself a murderer. To accept this offer, you would have to not only accept responsibility for the death of another, but also throw out any belief that no man or woman should be both judge and jury. As in all of Locke's books, you ask yourself uncomfortable questions and find it difficult that you just might be going along with Creed. What would you do? What would your friends do in the same situation? This would be a great topic for a party conversation. You might learn something about your friends that would surprise you.

And in this installment, just when you think you have Creed figured out, he surprises you again. There is an underlying person of good conscious hidden underneath!! It's just that you might find his methods outrageous!!

Read "Lethal People!"
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on April 27, 2011
If the genre of crime/detective novels were not already filled with hackneyed cliches, there would still be no justification for this adolescent wet dream of disjointed purple prose. The author should meet Creed in a dark alley sometime soon.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on April 5, 2011
Picture this: You take a whole bunch of thoughts and ideas, put them in a jar, seal the lid, shake it up, take off the lid, and throw them up against the wall in completely random order. And that's your book.

I read Wish List and though it was OK, at first. Then it just got too bizarre. This one was similar, but left me feeling even more dissatisfied at the end.

In both cases, the author starts off with an interesting idea, and then it sort of fizzles by the middle of the book, and then the idea is completely irrelevant and boring by the end. Especially in Lethal Experiment. The entire premise of the book (the "Lethal Experiment") relates to maybe 10% of the book. Maybe. The rest of the book is just random escapades of Mr. Creed.

I give it two stars because the book is readable. I did finish it, after all.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on April 9, 2011
This sounded great from the reviews but I thought it was very average. Started well then seemed to meander into fragments story line. Won't read any more of these.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on March 26, 2010
Donovan Creed has a different view of the world. His philosophy is that everyone is just one phone call away from a life changing event. He has good reason for this view of life since he frequently receives phone calls that result in life changing events for the people he deals with. He is kills people for a living.

He works for Homeland Security killing potential terrorists and when business is slow he works for the mob or other people in need of his expertise.

It's a good life but it does have its complications. How do you do this type of work and carry on a home life without letting your family know what you really do for a living? How do you keep people from finding out and killing you and your friends and family in return? As Donovan goes through his daily life there are no end of complications to face and conquer.

This book gives the reader a different view of life and death and how people cope with unusual situations. I found "Lethal Experiment" by John Locke to be a good book that made me think about life, possibilities and be thankful for my mundane existence.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on January 24, 2011
Donovan Creed is the man: plain and simple. Creed is a trained assassin, a lady-killer, the epitome of cool. However, he has found himself in a committed relationship and is possibly willing to settle down. Possibly. Maybe. Sort of...

Along with this dilemma, Creed is being faced with an even larger question: to kill or not to kill? He begins to question the ethics behind his long time profession, and what kind of "code" he is living up to. Overall, Lethal Experiment has an interesting premise with tons of smaller action-packed escapades. However, the best part of the book is getting a closer look at the man behind the witty humor and the .45s. Enter the world of Donovan Creed: you won't be disappointed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on February 28, 2012
I ordered and read five of Locke's books and didn't complain, they were worth .99 but not this one. It started off with an unbelievable opening and became progressively worse.
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