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Darker Things (The Lockman Chronicles Book 1) by [Cornell, Rob]
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"Imagine if James Patterson wrote about vampires....Dark and thrilling, brisk and brutal." -- Will Entrekin, author of The Prodigal Hour

"Great read for fans of dark fiction. Plenty of action, intrigue, and supernatural beasties to suit every taste." -- Marc Paoletti, author of Scorch

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Books of the Lockman Chronicles
Darker Things (The Lockman Chronicles #1)
Dark Legion (The Lockman Chronicles #2)
Darkest Hour (The Lockman Chronicles #3)
Darkness Returns (The Lockman Chronicles #4)
Darkening Dawn (The Lockman Chronicles #5)

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  • File Size: 1363 KB
  • Print Length: 322 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Paradox Publications (January 12, 2011)
  • Publication Date: January 12, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004YQCC3E
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,443 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Fairly good rainy afternoon diversion if you like the genre. Nothing heavy but if you enjoy television programs in such as Grimm and Being Human, you'll probably enjoy this for what it is. The relationship between the protagonist and the teenage daughter he has only recently learned he fathered is a welcome twist to the usual hard boiled, I've seen things that would drive most men and women nuts, worldview of the emotionally gaunt anti-heroes who typically inhabit similar fictional worlds. I would have liked more back story concerning both the mysterious agency that formerly employed the main character.
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Rob Cornell introduces us to the world of Craig Lockman. A world inhabited by vampires (non-sparkly, definitely not warm and fuzzy), werewolves (you won't be feeling sorry for these four-footed killers), ogres (whom I have a feeling would make great side-kicks), ghosts (ain't no friendly ghosts here), and the sleaziest of humans. Throw in a secret, paranormal-battling government agency that put Lockman out to pasture years before and you've got all the makings of a shadowy world.

Lockman's got a daughter he never knew existed. When she hunts down her birth father, it sets in motion a chain of events that threatens the very fabric of our world. In a journey to return his daughter, Jessie, to a safe, normal life with her mother, Kate, they will be way-laid by bad guys of the human and non-human persuasion.

There's a secret hidden in the brain of Craig Lockman, one that an evil man from his past, and all manner of paranormal being are hot to unlock. A secret that could destroy the world as we know it.

With well drawn characters, snappy dialog, thrills, chills, and enough twists to keep you guessing to the end, this book is one you won't put down until you've read the last page.
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OK WHILE I DIDN'T THINK I GAVE THAT MUCH AWAY THERE MAY BE SPOILER ALERTS IN THIS REVIEW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I was prepared to give this 5 stars until I reached about 3/4 of the way through. That is when the story started to become contradicting. I will try not to spoil the story but you can't state in one paragraph how a supernatural can be killed and then have them shot center mass 3 x just to have them get up to attack again. A dead body cannot be considered a sacrifice (that is the whole point behind SACRIFICE). One other point I would like to make is that I find it very irritating when characters are not made to learn from their mistakes, to continually be captured and released or escape just to be captured again is irritating (and boring). I also hate it when all of the good guys are killed and the only one left standing is 'the Hero'. That being said I am going to continue on to the second book because one thing the author did do was make you care about Lockman. I have read some of the reviews for the second and have higher hopes for the series as it develops.
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This was a really funny and satisfying book. Craig Lockman gets drawn into a complicated and evil plot by the arrival on his doorstep of his long-lost 13-year-old daughter. He had been ready to bury the past, but the past comes and finds him.

Unfortunately for him, evil supernatural creatures have followed the girl to his doorstep. The bullets start flying before she is even through the door. While running from these creatures and killing them in gloriously brain-splattering fashion, father and daughter have the chance to get to know each other. He has to return his daughter to her frantic mother on the other side of the country, but they have a hell of a time just getting there.

One of the best qualities of Darker Things is the dialogue between this adolescent girl and her Dad. Cornell does a masterful job at developing these characters even as they fight for their lives and struggle to understand what they're up against.

The ending is hugely satisfying. I am looking forward to reading another book in the Lockman Chronicles.
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A young girl sets out to find her father and what she finds will throw her into a whole new world. While vampires and ghost and werewolves chase them down she is learning that her father is not who she thought he was.
There is never ending action in this book and the story flows nicely. It is easy to follow the Authors mind while he takes you on an adventure of a lifetime. I enjoyed this story so much that I bought more of his work.
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I purchased this book from Amazon.com.

Main characters: The relationship between Craig and Jessie is the highlight of the book! Craig, Jessie, and Katy are mostly fleshed out and worth the investment.

Other characters: The side characters are pretty shallow. The villain is a megalomaniac out to take over the world (yawn). All the characters from Craig’s past get killed off right away. There’s just nothing here to invest in, except for the ogre and his wife.

World: Set in modern California and Detroit, most of the world is normal. There are vampires, werewolves, ghosts, and something Cornell calls imps, and though they aren’t your standard Halloween creatures, we never learn much about them. We don’t learn much about the blood magic the villain uses, either. I hope the rest of the series dives more deeply into describing the world.

Story: The book starts off with two kick-ass chapters right out of an action movie! There was a neat twist to the story, and Cornell did some good foreshadowing of things to come.

Overall: Probably won’t make my A-list of books from the first installment, but I’ll pick up the second book and see how it goes. If the world and the secondary characters get richer, I'll be a happy camper.
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