Born to Darkness 2017-05-20T21:42:40+00:00

Born to Darkness

Fighting Destiny Series, Book #1

Ballantine Books
First published 2012
New York Times Hardcover Bestseller
560 pages
Hero: Shane Laughlin, former SEAL
Heroine: Michelle “Mac” Mackenzie
Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Timeframe: the future

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As the New York Times bestselling author of the Troubleshooters series and a “superstar of romantic suspense” (USA Today), Suzanne Brockmann has an acclaimed history of taking readers’ breath away with her novels of hot passion and high adventure. Now, she takes her talent for sexy, action-packed storytelling in a thrilling new direction: forward–into a future both fantastic and frightening, that only the brilliant Brockmann imagination could envision.

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 cultivatetheir 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 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 growing. 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 discovers one of the new test subjects is the same smoldering stranger who just rocked her world in a one-night stand. And although Shane quickly discovers he 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 Shane-and reasons to want him close. She’s used to risking her life, but now she faces sacrificing her heart in the ultimate war on drugs.

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“The drama pulls readers in from page one.”Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

“I love everything about this book. A dangerous paranormal world, with amazing alpha heroes and women who kick butt, written by the queen of romance!”-JR Ward

Cast Photos

I’ve cast six talented actors as the six main characters in the Fighting Destiny series!  Meet Shane Laughlin, Mac Mackenzie, Joseph Bach, Anna Taylor, Elliot Zerkowski, and Stephen Diaz — and see them exactly as I picture them!


The cast of Born to Darkness: From left to right: Michelle “Mac” Mackenzie, Shane Laughlin, Dr. Joseph Bach, Anna Taylor, Stephen Diaz, and Dr. Elliot Zerkowski. (Photo: Shirin Tinati)

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Photo Credit: Shirin Tinati



With Elliot busy, Mac abducted, and Diaz out of commission, someone had to take command. So Shane stepped to the nearest comm-station and logged in.

“Computer, connect me with Analysis,” he ordered. “I want all satellites tracking the gunship that just took Anna Taylor and Michelle Mackenzie. I want any new information on the location of Nika Taylor, and I want to find and alert Dr. Bach — immediately.”

“Dr. Bach is in his office,” the computer told him. “He is not to be disturbed.”

“Disturb him anyway,” Shane commanded.

“Dr. Bach is not to be disturbed.”

Fuck that. Shane knew where Bach’s office was, and he took off for it at a run.