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Lethal People: A Donovan Creed Crime Novel Paperback – July 7, 2009

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About the Author

John Locke is the international best-selling author of seven Donovan Creed novels, all of which have made the Amazon/Kindle Top 20 Best Seller's List! Saving Rachel held the #1 spot for more than three weeks and remains one of the all-time best selling ebooks in history! Locke has had four books in the Top 10 at the same time, and six in the Top 20! His Emmett Love western, Follow the Stone, has been ranked #1 Western since the first week after release. John lives in Kentucky, where he is working on his second Emmett Love Western, Don't Poke the Bear!

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse (July 7, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781440151712
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440151712
  • ASIN: 1440151717
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (294 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,861,864 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

New York Times best-selling author John Locke is the international best-selling author of 28 books in six different genres. He is the 8th author in history to have sold one million eBooks on Kindle, which he achieved in only five months. Locke has had four books in the top ten at the same time, including #1 and #2. Foreign rights to his books have been acquired by major publishing companies all over the world. Translations include: Spanish, Catalan, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Hungarian, Russian, and Lithuanian.

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171 of 191 people found the following review helpful By Roger Y on April 23, 2010
Format: Paperback
This is a novel dealing with a primary character named Donovan Creed. In his primary job, he 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 when dealing with people in "normal" situations.

In Lethal People Donovan gets a call from his daughter who is concerned about the man who is engaged to his ex wife. Donovan finds out the man is a "reformed" wife beater and while investigating him meets a young burn victim whose family died in a house fire. He likes the girl and checks out the fire and finds that it was arson. He figures out why the fire was set and who was responsible and sets out to find justice for all involved.

"Lethal People" by John Locke is a book that shows us that just because you kill people for a living doesn't necessarily make you a bad guy.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Bluetooth Rookie on March 23, 2011
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My first Donovan Creed read was Saving Rachel. I thought maybe I had found me another Jack Reacher type character. After reading a few chapters of Lethal People I am thoroughly disgusted with Donovan and his pals. I don't find the happenings in this story "smart" ,"funny" or "sexy". Luring a young girl for sex with the intent of using her as a body double he may have to kill...a real scream!!! Murdering an innocent women and describing how she pees on Donovan's pants in fear...couldn't stop laughing!!!! He lives in people's attics and spies on them 24/7....how cute!!! Sorry Donovan I'm deleting you from my kindle app.
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88 of 104 people found the following review helpful By L. Wilson on June 8, 2010
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After reading numerous reviews that said this was a great read I downloaded it to my Kindle and dove in. Interesting characters for the most part but then he gets a little too far-fetched and it is a distraction from the story and dialogue. Kept waiting for a twist or a surprise but it never happened. Not even much of a climax in the plot. Could have been better, more thought out and more entertaining. It never really drew me in. I finished it just hoping for some kind of redemption in the ending but it did not happen.
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45 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Alan E. Gesler on February 3, 2011
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Creed is a psychopath. There is no moral play in this book, ala Dexter. No ambivelance, ala John Rain. The bedroom in Creed's residence is a jail cell unless he sneaks into stranger's homes and sleeps in the attics or basements. He has himself tortured just for the sport. He has sex with a girl barely older than his own daughter and is untroubled that he thinks about his daughter during the event. He considers it no more than a tough day at the office when more than a hundred innocent people including women and children die in bombing meant for him. He kills, or at least does his best to kill, a woman who is innocent of wrongdoing proclaiming that it's not his job to judge. He and his cronies participate in a "social experiment" where murder victims get to name other people they'd like to be killed. In his job as a killer for mobsters or midgets with delusions of grandeur he receives massive welfare from the federal government in the form of jet transportation, clean up crews, and secret weapons. But we're supposed to like him because he's good with kids and can bake popovers. That this author is free to walk the streets gives me the creeping willies.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 27, 2011
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I also downloaded this because it was highly rated, and I have not read any of the Donovan Creed novels. I will not read any more. The novel was not challenging or interesting, and I don't actually know why I even read to the end. The language is not interesting or exciting, and the plot and characters are so far fetched that they are not even realistically near possible. Seriously, they all have their own private jets waiting for them?

Check your brain cells at the cover if you really want to "read" this nonsense, but I would say go buy another book worthwhile. This is a waste of time to read.
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29 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen W. Hayward on January 19, 2011
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Happened onto this book, and loved its humor and fast paced action.

The book's formatting (done, I assume by Telemachus Press) could use a redo, however. Odd
word breaks and senseless indents break up what should otherwise be a smooth Kindle experience.

Of course, for $0.99, I guess I got what I paid for.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Douglas P Thom on March 24, 2011
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That's how I feel after reading this book. Amoral characters for whom we are supposed to feel what? Compassion? Congeniality? A waste of paper or electrons. Very disappointing that this series is so highly rated. I'm embarrassed that I couldn't find something better to do with my time.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By E. Rosen on March 15, 2011
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This book is so bad that if Amazon GAVE you 0.99 you should refuse the deal! It's so poorly written that I actually suspect the author is a group of fifth graders taking turns, sentence by sentence, writing a "novel." It is gratuitously violent and the story is so convoluted that I defy the reader to figure out what he/she has read. Find something else to occupy the time you would otherwise spend reading this book-I'd suggest self-torture water-boarding; you'd be better served. (and by the way, the author's other book, "Saving Rachel," believe it or not, is even worse!)
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