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That would have done it for Melanie had she been fighting solely for her own life, but she was fighting for Greg and the twins, and she refused to let them down. Melanie shrieked again, this time in anger. She got to her hands and knees, made her way through the doorway, crawled to the base of the stairs, and looked up. The stairwell was an inferno, and the bottom half of the staircase was virtually gone.
She screamed for her family, listened for a response. There was none. Then, as if an angel had whispered it, Melanie had an idea. She got to her feet and made her way to the powder room. She turned on the faucets, soaked the guest towels. She staggered back to the area where the steps used to be. Emergency personnel arrived just four minutes after the call was logged.
Neighbors, hearing sirens, gathered in the street and watched in horror. This is what saved their lives that night, they decided, though one of the twins died later on, in the hospital. It took a while, but Donovan Creed staggered to his feet, a vantage point from which he now grinned at the hideous giant manning the torture device. Creed supposed that for Quinn it was all business.
Creed had paid his friend to administer the torture, and Quinn was expressing his opinion about continuing. Did he even care if Creed died tonight? Creed thought about that for a minute. Effective up to a quarter mile, ADS fires an invisible beam that penetrates the skin and instantly boils all body fluids. The idea was simple: you point the weapon at a crowd, flip the switch, and everyone falls to the ground in excruciating pain. You flip the switch off, collect the weapons, and sort out the terrorists.
Moments later, everyone is back to normal. Unfortunately, during the testing phase, word got out about soldiers suffering irreversible heart damage and ruptured spleens. When human rights organizations got involved, the public outcry was so severe the weapon had to be scrapped. Donovan Creed had been among the first to test the original ADS weapon without receiving permanent organ or tissue damage. From the first exposure, he believed the weapon held enormous potential as a field torture device, provided it could be modified to a handheld size.
To that effect, Creed had persuaded the military to allow one of the original prototypes to go missing long enough for his geek squad to turn it into a sort of ham radio project.
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The weapon currently aimed at Creed through the prison bars was one of a set of three that had been produced to date. The other two were locked in a hidden closet twenty feet away. These three weapons were second generation, meaning they were much smaller than the original but not as small as they would ultimately need to be for his purposes. Still, each phase required human testing. Quinn ignored the remark. Quinn turned to face the video camera. They were the place mirth went to die. Quinn shrugged.
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Paperback or Softback. Lethal People. Seller Inventory BBS Book Description John Locke, New Book. Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days. Established seller since Still, its a good read. Fast paced and clever. And also 99 cents! So you can't beat that! May 20, Ed rated it really liked it. Watching the movie "Singing in the Rain" requires suspension of disbelief because most people don't really sing and dance in the rain but it's still a fun, classic movie. John Locke's Donovan Creed and his diverse cast of characters also require suspension of disbelief to fully enjoy and appreciate this quite original creation.
This book has the characteristics of what I most prize in a mystery - a successful attempt at originality and wit. Now that I'm hooked, it's onward to the rest of the ser Watching the movie "Singing in the Rain" requires suspension of disbelief because most people don't really sing and dance in the rain but it's still a fun, classic movie. Now that I'm hooked, it's onward to the rest of the series. View all 4 comments. Jul 25, Larry H added it. I've found a new crime anti-hero to worship—Donovan Creed, the protagonist in a series written by John Locke.
I absolutely flew through the first book, Lethal People, in little more than a day, and found the characters to be interesting yet quirky, and the action virtually nonstop. As I've said after I've read other tremendously satisfying crime novels, I don't know why Hollywood keeps making movie adaptations of television shows, comic books and fairytales, or remaking classic movies, when ther I've found a new crime anti-hero to worship—Donovan Creed, the protagonist in a series written by John Locke. As I've said after I've read other tremendously satisfying crime novels, I don't know why Hollywood keeps making movie adaptations of television shows, comic books and fairytales, or remaking classic movies, when there are some tremendous books that would make great films.
Like this one, for example.
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Donovan Creed is an ex-CIA assassin who still works as a hit man. He spends his days straddling both sides of the law—he's employed by several different Mob figures sometimes playing one against another , and in his spare time, he tests weapons for the federal government. On himself. But Creed is sensitive, too; when he finds out his ex-wife is engaged to a man who brutally abused his previous wife, he uses his brains and a little brawn to protect her without running the man out of town.
When he visits a children's burn ward and finds himself drawn to a severely burned young girl, his investigation into the fire that killed her family nets him a lady friend and a whole lot of danger. And then throw in bombs, hijacked spy satellites, a dreadlocked paraplegic who is a criminal mastermind, a social murder experiment and circus midgets seriously , and you have a book that is both gripping and entertaining. I read a lot of crime novels and mysteries, so I look for books that compel me to turn the pages with action, plot and character development.
Lethal People has no shortage of all three—Creed is an appealing anti-hero similar in some respects to TV's Dexter and many of the other characters were far more than one-dimensional stereotypes. While some of the plot may be a little far-fetched although do we really know what goes on behind the government's closed doors , I never felt like I had to utterly suspend my disbelief while reading.
I'm definitely going to get further into Locke's series, and I recommend this to anyone who likes a good action-packed crime novel. You won't be disappointed. Dec 20, Melanie rated it really liked it Shelves: kindle. I must say that I am actually impressed with this book. This isn't the kind of thing that I would normally read and not the kind of book that would draw my attention. But it did, and I'm glad I read it. It was a friend of mine who recommended me the book and when he did, he didn't give me many details about it other than "in the worst case scenario, the book is very cheap.
The electronic version of it costs only. Well, for a cheap book, it was actually more than I could have expected. The plot is not anything mindblowing, the characters are not completely out of reality. The story is fast-paced. You know, those kinds of stories that chain one occurrence to another one and, when you realize it, everything is connected. The main character, Donovan Creed, is a contract killer, former FBI agent and awfully sarcastic, which gives the book an interesting sense of humor.
In spite of initially looking like "the perfect man" in the best of any of Dan Brown's main characters style, he is very easy to like.
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The story is very enjoyable even though it's not the kind of thing I would want to read twice and simple. If you're looking for a nice action book, just go for this one! Mar 12, Mark Chisnell rated it liked it. Locke's central character, Donnie Creed is also an assassin, but that's where the comparison ends. Of course he does. And then, with the help of a Goodreads friend, I got it.
Nevertheless, Locke has created a very engaging character in Donnie Creed, and his first person narrative voice does keep you turning the pages. Sep 11, Lia Fairchild rated it it was amazing. There was always some sort of action or mishap going on to keep your attention and half-way through I pictured Bruce Willis in an eighties style movie. Creed was tough, caring, sensitive yet insensitive, rude, crass, fun, cute and sexy all at the same time; you just had to like him.
I really enjoyed this book and found it to be a breath of fresh air. It was not particularly well-written and I finished rather quickly because it kept me interested and engaged, but it was just…weird. Lethal People was sometimes disturbing, sometimes hilarious, and very action packed and exciting. The biggest issue? Overall though, Lethal People was absolutely ridiculous but quite the fun and entertaining read. Oct 01, Misha rated it it was ok. This book is gimmicky and stupid. I felt like I was actively loosing my brain cells as I read it.
The main character is an unlikable Gary Stu with a ridiculous backstory that made me roll my eyes every time it was brought up. The side characters are obviously supposed to make us say "hey, wait a minute! A midget who wants to take over the world? How delightfully kooky! Why actually have a fresh, ori This book is gimmicky and stupid.
Why actually have a fresh, original plot when you can just tack on a couple of quirky characters that still manage to be cardboard cutouts and call it a day? This book's only saving grace is that I was able to turn off my mind long enough to enjoy the action. Like some kind of stupid 90s action movie.
The explosions are pretty and the guns are cool, but everything else is shit. May 02, Becky rated it really liked it. I'm not sure if it is wise to tell people I really enjoyed this book or if it's just because the author did such a great job with plot that it had me from the get-go.
I was not sure I would like this book. The main character in the book is an assassin. Okay now that we all got the defintion of an assassin, lol! Anyway, the book was action packed, which really had no impact for me, but it was so page-turning! I couldn't wait to see what happened next I believe the author has more books out with the character and for some reason I think I'll read them.
Dec 13, Simon Jenner rated it really liked it. You either like this stuff or you hate it. In a world where far too many people take themselves far too seriously this story allows the reader to enjoy a crazy ride in the world of a larger than life character. Unlike 'Saving Rachel' this book is written in the past tense which I think makes it better than the 3rd book in the series. Strange, unbelievable, fast paced and violent could all be used to d The first in the Donovan Creed series is much the same as the third one I read 'Saving Rachel'. Strange, unbelievable, fast paced and violent could all be used to describe this book but 'forgetable fun' sums it up best for me.
Great for what it is. Apr 17, Donna Craig rated it it was ok. I read this book for a reading club prompt. However, the constant action kept me with it. My attention only wandered occasionally. The main character was truly an idiot. As were many of the other characters. There was no one in the story I could related to. Lots of gratuitous stuff. If you just want action, this is your book. I have to admit, on the other hand, that I am impress I read this book for a reading club prompt.
I have to admit, on the other hand, that I am impressed by the achievements of this indie author. Jan 17, Byron Washington rated it it was amazing Shelves: detective-novels. Aug 29, Gerald rated it liked it. I read Lethal People to see what all the fuss is about. John Locke has been a top-selling Kindle author and his name is frequently mentioned by the self-promoters of self-promotion webinars that promise to help you scramble to the top of the e-publishing slag heap.
To start with, some readers complain about main character Donovan Creed's profession, namely assassin for hire. Comparisons with Dexter are irresistible, along with the complaint that Dexter's presumably redeeming sense of remorse is I read Lethal People to see what all the fuss is about. Comparisons with Dexter are irresistible, along with the complaint that Dexter's presumably redeeming sense of remorse is totally absent in Creed. Ho hum. What's old is new again. Remember that "" meant "licensed to kill. They deserved to die? Consider the formula for the Charles Bronson revenge movies: Visit unspeakable horrific violence on innocents usually, his family early in the first reel, and give him a license to deliver every kind of mayhem to the perpetrators before the last fade-out.
Creed's motivation begins with the toasting of an innocent family in an arson fire. Avoid the read or skip the chapter if you're squeamish about boiling flesh.
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At the time of his own death, Charles Bronson was the biggest-grossing actor the world had ever paid to see. Unlike talky drama or comedy, graphic violence transcends language and geographic borders. Donovan Creed also kills women, and he hints that he's finished off children, too. But if you read closely, you find that the women somehow "deserved it," and the children were unfortunate collateral damage. Nothing new, unless you don't read the news. So, look out. Donovan Creed will be in your home very soon. The only question is whether you'll be seeing him in p or i. Mar 23, MsFolio rated it did not like it Shelves: ebook.
Got it? Locke is very good at dialogue, but poor at characterization. Of one of the female protagonists, he says "Paige was pretty cute, but she didn't look like an aspiring actress. She didn't look like a hooker either. Creed is an unlikable character who spends most of his time womanizing and hunting down bad guys. He is seldom in any personal danger - he is too skilled, with access to a bevvy of helpers.
The dull story line relies on a set of quirky characters and unlikely plot twists to pull it along. One of his employers, is a speech-impaired, quadriplegic, billionaire midget of course! When Creed asks him why he should work for him, he is told "because you are going to help us take over the world". The climax to the story is an assault on a heavily guarded secluded mansion involving a knife-throwing troupe of circus dwarves and the Army's latest secret weapon, a pulse ray. No contest, really. Oct 29, Kirkus MacGowan rated it really liked it.
We meet Donovan Creed right away and a small group of friends or associates, depending on how you look at it. He is an assassin working for a couple different groups with differing agendas. There are twists and turns throughout, and you never know what will happen next. The characters are quirky and interesting, especially Creed. Locke has an uncanny ability to create unique characters. Each has something about them that makes it hard for the reader to forget, sometimes physical, sometimes emotio We meet Donovan Creed right away and a small group of friends or associates, depending on how you look at it.
Each has something about them that makes it hard for the reader to forget, sometimes physical, sometimes emotional or psychological. I felt the characterization was also a weak point. The female characters were unique as well, but sometimes I felt their motives were a little off. They did things and responded in ways that I'm not sure a woman would.
I mean this from a psychological standpoint. Obviously, if a woman in his book is an assassin she will probably kill somebody. It was in the subtleties, the slight differences that makes a woman a woman. I believe this was one of his earlier books so I'm sure he only gets better. The plot and pacing were great. His writing wasn't extravagant but it didn't matter. It was a page turner, and simple to read, perfect for the price. The series isn't what I usually look for in a book, but for the price, and the quality of the story he told, it's hard to beat.
Nov 08, Max rated it did not like it Shelves: audiobooks , gave-up-on , thriller , assassin.
A few of my GR friends highly rated this novel. Unfortunately, I can't say the same. I didn't like this book mainly because of this protagonist's attitude towards murdering other people. When I read assassin thrillers I don't expect the protagonist get depressed and mourn over each victim.
But I like him to at least partially value human life. Because even a prostitute's life is still a human life. Call me a prude or a hopeless romantic, I don't care. Take for example Barry Eisler's John Rain. He A few of my GR friends highly rated this novel. He kills for money but he chooses his targets and doesn't take killing lightly. Whereas here Donovan Creed kills the woman and then in 5 minutes jokes about her death and now killing some hookers. As if he just swatted a fly. No regret, no remorse, no compunction. At least show some respect, you just ended a human life.
And his general approach toward killing: you pay me and I'll kill whomever needs killing, no questions asked and I don't give a damn why. I like protagonists in my books to have at least some morals.
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Otherwise, a book has no meaning for me, is hollow and a waste of time. View 2 comments. Jul 13, Bill rated it really liked it. If you need to have your 'hero' be completely likeable, you may not enjoy this book. On the other hand, if you like a book with non-stop action, a ton of characters where you'll find yourself wondering what will happen next, you may really enjoy this book, as I did.
Creed is a total killing mach If you need to have your 'hero' be completely likeable, you may not enjoy this book. Creed is a total killing machine, no remorse, no second thoughts, but one with a heart. Few books from other authors I've read in a long long time grab you as fast and make it very hard to turn the Kindle off. The book is intriguing, smart, funnier than hell, and creates some very interesting psychopaths and equally insane situations most other authors couldn't possible dream up.
One measure of a really good book for me, is that when I read the last page, I'm actuall sorry the story is over, this was one of those books for me. Amazon review by Roger Y shortened a bit by me : Donovan Creed works for homeland security killing terrorists. Since this doesn't fill all of his time he also tests out torture devices for the military and sometimes does contract killings for the mob.
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Donovan really is a nice guy though. It is just that his work tends to give him a different outlook on life and this makes him sometimes awkward Amazon review by Roger Y shortened a bit by me : Donovan Creed works for homeland security killing terrorists. It is just that his work tends to give him a different outlook on life and this makes him sometimes awkward when dealing with people in "normal" situations. In Lethal People Donovan gets a call from his daughter who is concerned about the man who is engaged to his ex wife. Donovan finds out the man is a "reformed" wife beater and while investigating him meets a young burn victim whose family died in a house fire.
He likes the girl and checks out the fire and finds that it was arson. He figures out why the fire was set and who was responsible and sets out to find justice for all involved. It went forever, and I kept getting sidetracked I put this book down about three times to read other books, it just couldn't keep my attention for long. Which is sad. I really wanted to enjoy it, because I'd heard good things about it, but it was just so much different to what I normally read and I couldn't get into it. This sounds really bad for me lol, but I think it was because I had to think too much, when I normally just like to get lost in books.
The Yay!!! There was so many different parts to this book and I had to keep thinking back I'd say the fact that I was reading other books in between plays a big part in this, but there was so much to remember. I give this book a 3 because even though I personally didn't like it, it was fantastically written and the main characters are perfect and well thought through in relation to the storyline. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Readers also enjoyed. About John Locke. John Locke.