Born to Darkness (with bonus short story Shane's Last Stand)
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In the near future, as America endures its second Great Depression, former Navy SEAL Shane Laughlin finds work as a test subject at the Obermeyer Institute, only to be plunged into a strange world where mild-mannered scientists can kick his highly skilled ass. These “Greater-Thans” undergo rigorous training to master unique abilities—including telekinesis, super strength, and reversal of the aging process—by accessing untapped regions of the brain. But for the rich and reckless, there’s a quick, seductive alternative: Destiny, a highly addictive designer drug that can make anyone a Greater-Than—for a lethal price.
Michelle “Mac” Mackenzie is determined to end the scourge of Destiny. As one of OI’s crack operatives, she’s learned to wield her powers responsibly. But she’s knocked for a loop when she meets the new test subject: Shane, the same smoldering stranger who just rocked her world in a one-night stand. Mac’s got 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.
closing door had awakened him, so he rolled out of bed and ran to the door and opened it and … No one was out there. She’d been gone for a while. Shane retraced his steps into the bedroom, scanning the dining table and the kitchen counter for any sign of a note. Just stepped out for coffee or Went to get doughnuts … As unlikely as that was, it wasn’t until he checked the bed and the pillow she’d been sleeping on that he gave up hope. No note. Not that big of a surprise, considering how
hole in the wall. TWENTY-EIGHT Bach couldn’t find Nika. She’d been caught in the swirling chaos of nightmares and fear that was a side effect of the sedative she’d been given. He could hear her—as if from a distance—calling to him. And it was breaking his heart that he couldn’t reach her. But in truth, he was afraid of that total lack of control. He was managing—somehow—to cling to the periphery of her mind, and thus escape most of the numbing and confusion-creating sensation. But of course
be responsible for the deaths of hundreds of civilians, including children. That X identified her as someone who had intentionally targeted a school or a bus or the pediatric wing of a hospital. That X meant that Shane’s mission was to find her and mark her—and anyone who harbored her—for elimination via stealth missile. His team was to move in as close as they could, and take pictures that would be used to identify other members of her terrorist cell. Then, after calling in the coordinates,
as he gave himself another healthy dose of the local and pulled himself up to his feet. His ankle still ached like a mother, and it felt weird as shit, but it held his weight. He didn’t need Magic’s glower and dire words to know that walking on an injury like this could make the damage permanent. But his choices were limited, and he had to do what he had to do. “I figured I might as well take out as much of the minefield as possible—two birds with one stone.” The noise of the attack was like a
know. Only the special girls do. But if you stop being special—and you will, if you don’t keep your strength up—you won’t come back here. And then they’ll just use you up.” “Use me for what?” Nika asked, trying not to cry. “I don’t understand—” “Try,” the girl said, her arms now wrapped protectively around her belly. “To understand this: That all you need to know is that when you are in this room, you must eat and you must sleep. You must focus on your health.” She pointed to the bed. “Lie