Audiobook narrated by Melanie Ewbank and Patrick Lawlor
Set in an exceedingly grim near future, Suzanne Brockmann has created a world where the US government has given up, the economy is broken, and law enforcement is in corrupt private hands. The Obermeyer Institute is a privately funded entity actively engaged in a war against a deadly drug epidemic. The drug wreaking havoc is known as Destiny, lab-concocted by eeee-villll scientists from the blood of kidnapped adolescent girls who are regularly terrorized and raped by their captors. It’s a very risky and ugly premise to hang a plot on unless you’re a skilled crime writer. There are several disturbing, repulsive graphic scenes that Brockmann does not have the chops to pull off. You’ve been warned.
Launching a new paranormal series, Born to Darkness is heavy on world building, setting up a large cast of continuing series characters, including an endless glossary of Very Special Words Required Because I the Author Have Created A Very Special Unique New World. With this audio running over 18 hours the Very Special Vocabulary just about drove me crazy in its repetition. In addition to the (unintentionally funny) Very Special Vocabulary, the book is overstuffed with a full-blown thriller plot as well as three (3!) romances. The Obermeyer Institute personnel talk the talk with the Very Special Vocabulary excitedly and incessantly while my eyes glazed over and my ears cried at having to listen to hours of it.
It wasn’t easy, but I managed to ferret out the main storyline. The Obermeyer Institute commando team plans and executes a raid on the drug cartel in order to save the captive children. Mac (don’t-call-me-Michelle) Mackenzie and Shane Laughlin are the couple pictured on the cover and featured in the blurb. They meet in a bar where each is trolling for a one night stand. Mac is a commando in OI’s drug enforcement unit and Shane is a new recruit slated to report for duty the next morning. When Mac realizes she’s slept with her new recruit she freezes him out, displaying her macho nasty-to-everyone-but-especially-you side. That’s pretty much all there is for this couple until well past the halfway point when they indulge in another decidedly unromantic bang.
SLIVER MOON. I heartily disliked the book and the narration.