Book: Born to Darkness
Author: Suzanne Brockmann
Series: Fighting Destiny #1
Release Date: March 20th 2012
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Source: purchased from Audible
Length: 18 hrs & 40 mins
Links: Amazon | Goodreads | TBD
My Rating: 2.5 stars
Dishonorably discharged, former Navy SEAL Shane Laughlin is down to his last ten bucks when he finally finds work as a test subject at the Obermeyer Institute, a little-known and believed-to-be-fringe scientific research facility. When he enters the OI compound, he is plunged into a strange world where seemingly mild-mannered scientists—including women half his size—can kick his highly skilled ass.
Shane soon discovers that there are certain individuals who possess the unique ability to access untapped regions of the brain with extraordinary results—including telekinesis, super strength, and reversal of the aging process. Known as “Greater-Thans,” this rare breed is recruited by OI, where they are rigorously trained using ancient techniques to cultivate their powers and wield them responsibly.
But in the depths of America’s second Great Depression, where the divide between the haves and the have-nots has grown even wider, those who are rich—and reckless—enough have a quick, seductive alternative: Destiny, a highly addictive designer drug that can make anyone a Greater-Than, with the power of eternal youth. The sinister cartel known as The Organization has begun mass-producing Destiny, and the demand is epidemic. But few realize the drug’s true danger, and fewer still know the dirty secret of Destiny’s crucial ingredient.
Michelle “Mac” Mackenzie knows the ugly truth. And as one of the Obermeyer Institute’s crack team of operatives, she’s determined to end the scourge of Destiny. But her kick-ass attitude gets knocked for a loop when she finds that one of the new test subjects is none other than Shane, the same smoldering stranger who just rocked her world in a one-night stand. Although Shane isn’t a Greater-Than like Mac, as an ex-SEAL, he’s got talents of his own. But Mac’s got powerful reasons to keep her distance from him—and reasons that are just as strong to want him close. She’s used to risking her life, but now, in the midst of the ultimate war on drugs, she must face sacrificing her heart.
I know there’s an audience for this type book; unfortunately, I’m not part of that cool crowd. And I’m bummed about it too because I had such high hopes, especially after reading Felicia’s review of Born to Darkness. I mean, she gave this book 5+ stars. And it was because of her review that I purchased the audiobook for myself on the day it was released.
In my defense, I’m not a total dunce. I definitely get why Felicia loved BtD. There is a lot of technical stuff to geek out over in the story. And the concept of how the “Greater-Thans” develop their superhuman abilities was unique and interesting.
But yeah, I could never actually get into the story and there were several reasons for this. My main problem was that I really disliked the female lead, Mac. She was such a Bitch! I hate romances in which the only thing the girl does to win over the guy’s heart is treat him like shit, and that is exactly what happened here. Mac threw Shane a
couple plethora of “Fuck offs” and suddenly he was declaring his undying love for her. Wow, really?! That’s how you get a man to fall in love with you? Damn, looks like I wasted a lot of time reading the Men are from Mars crap. Thanks for the tips, Mac. I’ll be sure to try that tactic the next time I run into Alexander Skarsgard. In fact, I’ll try it now. “Hey Alex, Fuck you!”
I wonder how long I’ll have to wait for him to propose to me? Hang on, my phone’s ringing…
Okay, sure, I’ll admit that I’m being too hard on Mac; I mean, the girl does have a shameful past (Gee, didn’t see that coming) to contend with, and now she believes that no one is capable of loving her true self. But that only brings me to the next thing I didn’t care for in the story, all the mind reading! I’ve said before, but I’m not a fan of stories that focus a lot of attention on ‘being inside someone’s mind’. To me, it’s a lame cop out. Seriously, I can think of a million things I’d rather read about, like The Complete Guide to Porcupine Mating Rituals, than about some dude walking around in another person’s mind and catching her have a sex dream or strategizing on how to ‘break down the walls’ a person has erected in their mind. Is it really too much to let people actually interact in stories, like in person? Without the mind games?
Pair that up with the fact that I didn’t care for the male narrator’s voice, and it’s not hard to wonder why this book just didn’t do anything for me. I also found it entirely too repetitious and tedious to get through. The hardcover of this book is 519 pages, but it could have easily been half of that and still told the same story.