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Born to Darkness Hardcover – March 20, 2012

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A Message from Suzanne Brockmann

Born to Darkness, like many of my books, has a Navy SEAL hero. And I know what you're thinking. Hey, Brockmann, what's with the SEAL obsession?

My answer: Have you seen these guys?

Seriously though, I think a large number of Americans are fascinated by the men who serve in the teams, particularly after SEAL Team Six took out Osama bin Laden last year. But I've been writing books with SEAL heroes since the mid-1990s, and although Born to Darkness is my 26th book with a SEAL as the hero, the truth is that I just don't get tired of creating strong, complex characters who are passionately driven to become part of that elite group of the best-of-the-best, the U.S. Navy SEALs.

First of all, you have to be very intelligent to be a SEAL, so that's a plus for a romance writer, because I think that many women agree with me--smart men are sexy. I also believe that you have to have a sense of humor to survive the punishing BUD/S training that all SEAL candidates endure--and smart, funny men are even sexier.

I also love to write about the loyalties, friendships, and frictions that occur when smart, funny men work together in a team. I'm a long-time lover of the "buddy movie" (my big favorites are Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, and Midnight Run), and writing a series of books that lets me use some of those same elements has been extremely fun to do.

But I've been writing my Troubleshooters series about fictional Navy SEAL Team Sixteen for 13 years. After 17 books, I found myself wanting to stretch a bit--to write something different, hence the futuristic paranormal world of my new Fighting Destiny series. But when I sat down to plan and plot Born to Darkness, the hero of the book, Shane Laughlin, turned to me and said, "Oh, by the way? I'm a Navy SEAL."

I gazed back at him--he's smart, funny, driven, and honorable, with the shiny, golden gleam of a SEAL officer who leads by saying, "Follow me!" And I said, "Yes, you certainly are, aren't you?"

But Shane is a former Navy SEAL. In Born to Darkness, he's been dishonorably discharged and blacklisted--and he's intentionally staying far from the men who served beneath him in his SEAL team, so as not to tarnish them, too. He's been unable to find work for about a year, and he's getting pretty desperate when he's dropped into the heroine's rather fantastic world.

Shane's a SEAL without a team, and in Born to Darkness he connects with a group of rather odd people who are on a mission to rescue a kidnapped little girl. He wants to help, but it's not easy for him, since he's used to being in charge. And despite his skill and training as a SEAL, he's also the weakest link in this unusual team's chain--which is an eye-opening experience for him.

I've also written an e-short called Shane's Last Stand so that readers can meet Lt. Shane Laughlin and see him in his "natural habitat" as I tell the story of his final, fateful mission as a SEAL.

Happy reading!

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PRAISE FOR SUZANNE BROCKMANN
 
“Brockmann strikes the perfect balance between white-knuckle suspense and richly emotional romance.”—Chicago Tribune
 
“Brockmann is a master of adventure, drama, passion, and suspense.”—The Tampa Tribune
 
“[Brockmann] brilliantly combines superbly crafted, realistically complex characters with white-knuckle plotting.”—Booklist
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; 1st edition (March 20, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345521277
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345521279
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.7 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (218 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,393,323 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Raquel VINE VOICE on January 29, 2012
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I've read Suzanne Brockmann's books in the past and have been entertained by them. Born to Darkness is shot forward into a dark future with not one but three sizzling romances and plenty of action - Brockmann style - that kept me reading the book to the end.

In the not too distance future (no date is given) a new highly illicit drug name Destiny is making its rounds. It promises to reverse aging and to bring strength and vitality. However, because of its rarity, it is extremely expensive. What they also don't tell you is that it is instantly addictive....and there's also a good chance to spontaneously and violently lose your mind (aka Jokering) at any moment. What they also are not going to tell you that the main ingredient for their drug comes from the hormones found in the blood of specially selected young girls strapped to hospital beds kept in a constant state of horrific terror.

The future is grim indeed.

Born to Darkness is a entertaining action romance that tells of the story of not one but three couples, each couple having a strong focus of their own.

There is Shane/Mac: Shane is a blacklisted unemployed Navy Seal looking for a job. Mac is a strong-willed, high-strung, rough talking covert agent with the special ability to seduce men. (She reminds me a lot of Starbuck of the new Battlestar Galactica series.) Shane is convince that he loves Mac, even after only a one-nighter. Mac is convinced that it's only her power blinding him and there is no way he could actually "like" her. I wanted more from Shane, but I think the book would've exploded in my hands.

There is Anna/Joseph: Anna's little sister, Nika, has been kidnapped and is desperate to find her. Joseph is a rare Greater Than with mental powers at 70%, which is very powerful.
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This was a return to Suzanne Brockmann for me. I was intrigued by the futuristic, paranormal plot about heroes with neural integration powers. The opening chapter was terrific and had me eagerly anticipating the rest of the story, but unfortunately it wasn't long before I was reminded why I had taken a hiatus from Ms. Brockmann's books. Sometimes her characters are so raw that I find them neither likable nor sympathetic. This is the case with the first couple in this story: Mac and Shane. They're bad-asses who go to the same bar for a hook-up, spend 5 minutes negotiating sex, another 5 minutes having sex, and then Shane doesn't want to be without her. Mac is manipulative and nasty throughout most of this story. She uses her powers to manipulate Shane's feelings for her - and even enhances her boobs for his enjoyment (no kidding) - so maybe that explains Shane's attraction to her, but in any case, I never cared for these two. The other characters are more likable. The paranormal interactions between Bach and Anna were for me the highlight of the book and the only thing that kept me engaged. Some reviewers here would have you believe it's a spoiler to reveal a homosexual couple in the story, but Ms. Brockmann has included homosexual relationships in her stories for years and this one will be no surprise to her regular readers. I anticipated it, murmured "here we go again," and started skimming. I don't enjoy reading it, but some readers might enjoy it. Whatever your cup of tea, the point of a review is to help others make informed choices, so I have no qualms about revealing this aspect of the story here. The final comment I have is that, true to its title, this story is dark. The setting is a future where none of us would want to reside. If you're looking for feel-good romance, this isn't it.

P.S. Regarding the promotional video that just went up, why did someone waste their time on this? It seems pointless.
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I'm a huge fan of Suzanne Brockmann. I'm not liking the new Brockmann. This book was all over the place. I never connected to any of the characters. Mac & Shane never connected with each other. The homosexual story lines are fine but I'd don't want to read about their encounters I skim through these pages. I'm sure other people enjoy them but it's not for me. Will not be ordering Brockmann's next book as an automatic will wait to see reviews. Overall just couldn't get though this book. Sorry Suzanne but I really miss the heart tugging stories you used to write.
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I've loved Suzanne Brockmann's many SEAL and Troubleshooter novels, but this one left me feeling blah. I got the prequel short story and enjoyed it greatly; it left me wanting more. I thought this story would have the same kind of great characters and action as her previous novels, but I was disappointed. While I really liked Shane in the short story, I think he was very one dimensional in the book. His character offered a great outsider's view to the often bizarre environment in which the story is set, but we got very little of his viewpoint. I would say a good portion of the book was tied up in sex scenes which, frankly, I could have done without. I didn't like many of the characters and those I did were not very well developed. When the next book in the seris comes out, I will probably not buy it, but rent it for my Kindle.
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1. The on-going bad guys terrorize, rape, breed and kill adolescent and pre-adolesent girls to get them to secrete a money-making chemical. The reader gets long detail about these scenes.

2. The ladies on the "good side" are all victims of rape or attempted rape too. In one long scene, we watch one woman loop through repeated nightmares of her remembered rape.

If this is not enough to turn you off, the writing may. I've read every other Brockmann at least twice, but this is just nowhere near as good as the others. It's as if Suze mashed together adolescent distopian dramas, Wall Street protesters and Comic-Con. By the time I quit cringing and started to track which super powers were being granted or not granted to which people under what conditions, I just didn't care.

I finished the book because I kept faith with the author. I got cheated.
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