171 of 191 people found the following review helpful
on April 23, 2010
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.
29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
on March 23, 2011
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.
88 of 104 people found the following review helpful
on June 8, 2010
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.
45 of 53 people found the following review helpful
on February 3, 2011
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.
23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on February 27, 2011
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.
29 of 37 people found the following review helpful
on January 19, 2011
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.
12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on February 11, 2011
Once again, I learn that you get what you pay for. It was $.99 at the Kindle store. It's $.99 too much. I got through about 1/3 of the book before quitting, which I don't like to do.
The book, its pacing, and especially the main character are awful. Hey, Mr. Locke, here's a suggestion: Make your protagonist have at least some redeeming characteristics.
I bought this thinking that since the main character, Donovan Creed, was a CIA anti-terrorist agent, I'd like him. Problem is, Creed's also a hit man on the side. Does he take jobs on bad people? No. In fact, so long as someone's willing to pay him his fee, he could care less who he kills. He figures if his client is mad enough to take out a hit on the person, then the target must have done something wrong. Logical, huh?
The plot, as far as I got, goes something like this: Creed goes looking for an ex-wife who was beaten by her then husband because Creed's ex-wife is about to marry said wife beater. When he meets this woman, he's introduced to a little girl who lost her family in a fire and was severely burned herself. So now Creed's off looking for the arsonist because he learns the family had recently won $10 million in a lottery. Of course, in going after that crime, some guy gets wind of it and tries then to kill Creed. All within a 4-5 hour span. Huh? Absurd.
17 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on March 9, 2011
This was my first experience with the author John Locke. It might be my last. I am an vid reader of all the Scott Harvath, Mitch Rapp, and Jack Reacher book series. I was directed to this author by some online suggestions of books of a similar genre which couldn't possibly be more off basis!
First off all the story is all over the place. It moves fast without much scene buildup, almost as if the author is ADD and cant focus. To me, reading should move you through a scene like a movie only better with character development, descriptions of surrounding etc so that your brain creates the imagery. I just can't do it with this book it's too "scatterbrained" for lack of a better term.
Secondly there is no hero of the story. Creed is an evil, morbid, and twisted individual. The first part of the book is basically a buildup to the brutal and graphic murder of a women who is kidnapped while jogging and thrown into the back of a van by the main character Creed. Creed then kills her after bashing her head into the floor. Creed will kill anyone for money no questions asked. He figures if someone wants you dead enough to pay for it then you probably are guilty of something. That's our "hero's" motto! Creed even eludes to killing children though he prefers not to. What kind of a story is this? Creed just happens to kill for the CIA on the side (terrorists of course), likes to pay hookers to allow him to physically abuse them when he's not paying them for sex, but some get drawn into caring that a mob boss is burning down houses to collect lottery winnings because he feels sorry for a child burn victim?
I can't believe anyone to be honest would find any reason to write a character like this. I also can't believe anyone would read this with any interest at all. I suppose if you enjoy playing Grand Theft Auto, killing cops, beating hookers, and running down people at random in a sports car as part of your daily fantasy, I could see how this book might interest you. I could go on, but I'd rather read a GOOD book.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on April 21, 2011
This is the only Donovan Creed novel that I have read so can't speak for the others, but this book is laugh out loud hilarious and spoofs the paranoia that swept the country following the terrorist attacks of 9-11. The main character works for the department of homeland security as a member of team of highly skilled assassins killing terrorists. The team is necessary to protect Americans from terrorists but just as often kill innocent American citizens to protect themselves, their identities or the department itself. The author, John Locke, hilariously satirizes the "we must destroy the village to save the village" thinking. I think Howard Zimm would approve. It is certainly worth 99 cents.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on March 30, 2011
The plot of this book makes no sense. SPOILER ALERT - An army of midgets clowns helping a rouge CIA agent and his partner battle a crime boss in the final climatic scene? And surprisingly that's not the most outrageous scene in the book (how about a hotel being blown up with an over sized MP3 player?) Read Lee Child's Jack Reacher novels if you are looking for a hero who is gentle with his friends and ruthless with his foes in plots that actually make some sense.