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Born to Darkness Hardcover – March 20, 2012
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A Message from Suzanne Brockmann
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!
“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
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
P.S. Regarding the promotional video that just went up, why did someone waste their time on this? It seems pointless.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This story line took me by surprise. It is completely different from Brockmann's Troubleshooters series, which I love. It's more in the realm of psychology and Neural Integration. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Cari
I seriously almost loved this. Brockman can write. I liked the characters and the plot is an interesting one. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Sadie Forsythe
I didn't want to stop reading. Always impressed with a Brockmann book, this definitely delivered. Hope their are more, something to investigate.Published 6 months ago by Kindle Customer
Loved the premise of the future evolution of the human mind juxtaposed with the continued messiness of our mind-heart-soul. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Brooke
I really enjoyed this book. Well written. A little twisted with the right amount of detail as not to be morbidPublished 7 months ago by Jill M FOWLER
I checked Born to Darkness out from my local library. I wasn't sure if I should rate this 4 or 5, but I went with the higher score due to plot complexity and character development. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Tina
Great story. The book has good character development and really pulls you into this alternative future reality. One you will enjoy.Published 14 months ago by telbanev
Most of the time, reading an author's entire body of work, you run across at least one book that you just don't love. This hasn't yet happened. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Roberta McBroom