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Lethal People (A Donovan Creed Novel) [Kindle Edition]

John Locke
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (251 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Donovan Creed, a former CIA assassin, is a very tough man with a weakness for very easy women. Meet him in LETHAL PEOPLE a relentlessly entertaining crime novel that's often LOL - bizarre funny! The action is fast and furious, the dialogue smart, savvy and sexy. The story is filled with quirky characters and clever surprises.

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'Locke reminds me of a cross between Jim Thompson and Carl Hiaasen' Mike Shatzkin.

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!

Every 7 seconds, 24 hours a day, a John Locke novel is downloaded somewhere in the world!

Product Details

  • File Size: 772 KB
  • Print Length: 339 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1935670832
  • Publisher: Telemachus Press, LLC (March 5, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,698 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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168 of 187 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A killer with his heart in the right place. April 23, 2010
By Roger Y
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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85 of 101 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly Disappointing June 8, 2010
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not lovin' Donovan 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/ cute!!! Sorry Donovan I'm deleting you from my kindle app.
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40 of 48 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars One star is being kind February 3, 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very overrated by others February 27, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Superb Satire of Post 9-11 Thinking April 21, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
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.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars 0.99 is too expensive March 15, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars A problematic protagonist
Guess I should have gotten an inkling by the title, but it didn't occur to me that the protagonist would be quite so blasé about killing people. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Betty Joos
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it
Quick and exciting read. Well thought out characters and plot. Donovan Creed is a lovable and funny psychopath. Read this in a day, couldn't put it down.
Published 28 days ago by M. Friedman
2.0 out of 5 stars Very scattered plot
I started out enjoying the book but as it went on it seemed as if several different people contributed chapters that were pieced together. The story line was very scattered. Read more
Published 1 month ago by JKMom
5.0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining
I loved the idea of the midgets ,The x wife and the human feeling I got for all the ugly and disfigured people this book had good reading kept my imagination going. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Nellie Gomez
5.0 out of 5 stars Offbeat, funny, and supremely entertaining!
Donovan Creed is a superhero, with one significant flaw...he is an unabashed assassin. Once you swallow that anomaly, the book just takes off and you are sure to enjoy the ride! Read more
Published 1 month ago by LWH
4.0 out of 5 stars laugh a minute
Hysterically funny! A real page turner. Donovan Creed is one multi -talented guy. Loved it! You will love it too.
Published 2 months ago by James Siewers
1.0 out of 5 stars Disgusted
This book was recommended to me but I couldn't bring myself to read past the killing of Monica. This has to be the worst book I have ever read. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Miss N. BERG
1.0 out of 5 stars The first 100 pages
Reminded me of the old adage "there's a sucker born every minute." I definitely feel suckered. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Randall Griffin
5.0 out of 5 stars Literary bags of potato chips :)
I downloaded this book just to see what all the fuss was about and now I know. And now I'm addicted. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Melissa Helm
5.0 out of 5 stars very Donald Westlake with some Robert Crais thrown in!
Excellent, twisted read! Do Donovan Creeds really exist? When was the last time you were rooting for the assassin? Hm?
Published 2 months ago by William C. Waller Jr.
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Hi John. Awesome books. I've gotten anyone who will listen to me hooked on your work as well. Can you add me to your list of people you notify when a new book comes out? Thanks!
Bill asked Nov 5, 2012
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Hi Bill! Thank you for helping me share the word about my books! I don't have your email address, but if you go to and click on the Contact Me button, I will be thrilled to add you to the list. New book coming out in about a week, so please sign up! All people on my notification list get to buy my books for 99 cents during the first few weeks after publication. Please tell your friends to sign up, too! --Best wishes, always!

John Locke answered Nov 6, 2012

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