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Lethal People (Donovan Creed Book 1)

Lethal People (Donovan Creed Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

John Locke
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)

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'Locke reminds me of a cross between Jim Thompson and Carl Hiaasen' Mike Shatzkin.

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Would you let a child die if your family were threatened?

When the government wants someone to disappear without a trace, they put in a call to Donovan Creed. Creed is a man of many identities, a ruthless assassin with access to all the technology that the military can offer. You don't want to take on Creed. But then again, most don't even see him coming.

When Creed meets an orphaned girl, she reminds him of his own daughter, and he swears to protect her from the men who killed her parents. But when his involvement becomes public knowledge amongst the criminal fraternity, Creed and his family also become targets...

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 796 KB
  • Print Length: 339 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1935670832
  • Publisher: Head of Zeus (25 Oct 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009LI4S5K
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #20,995 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars First in Donovan Creed series, new author to me 27 May 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Well, I have read hundreds of crime/murder genre books, so am always on the lookout for a new author. I have been given a Kindle for my birthday recently, so set about acquiring books to install. I always read reviews when available & thought I'd give these a try, so bought the series. First novel in the series, Lethal People, was an enjoyable read. A different style, a very different lead character & a very easy, quick read. Liked the theme of the book & the novel characters. A stretch of the imagination & an unbelievable (as in unlikely) story, but I read for escapism so can expand from the norm.

I would recommend this book for people who can enjoy an easy read, who aren't too pedantic about crime "fiction" & can accept something different. Started the next novel in series straight away.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Struggled with this one! 7 Mar 2011
By Speaks
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I read a lot of books of this genre, and most of the time I can understand the motivations of the characters.

With this one, however, not only did I not really understand the motivations of Donovan Creed, I didn't "get" him at all. I couldn't really connect on any level with the character, which completely spoilt my enjoyment of the book.

The book itself was adequately written, no great shakes to be honest, not sure whether this is part of a series of books, or the first, but the covers of the following books completely turn me off - they look cheap. I will not be reading any more in the series, even though they are currently Kindle price 70p.

All in all, not a wholly enjoyable read - I've read worse but not interested enough to shell out less that a pound for any of the next books.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I'm not sure how I feel? 24 Mar 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Mmm, where to begin. Firstly, if someone tells you this is something like Lee Childs Reacher novels, it isn't true.

But did I like the book? And I must admit I'm struggling with this. The lead character isn't someone to sympathise with, in fact, he isn't very pleasant. He works for the CIA and works in counter terrorism, which seems fine, but then he also takes on contracts to wack people from crime bosses. It's the latter of these which causes the issue, he's killing "nice" people, just for the money.
Somehow, it does make it rather unpalletable, especially after the extreme opposite of the way he treats his daughter.
I don't want to give too much away, but it's a bizarre story, hard to love, but entertaining at the same time.

I think it's like marmite, you'll either love it or hate it. Perhaps try the sample first to see if it's to your taste.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Really dire! 17 April 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
John Locke is a very successful author who has publicly stated that he likes it when people trash his books. Good, because there is nothing positive I can say about this one. He likes to make out he writes "cool" books, and that people who like his work are "cool" people. This is his first mistake. This book is laborious, long winded, badly written, derivative and dull. He takes a page to tell us what a better writer could tell us in three lines. I downloaded this because I realise he is very popular. But why? Please someone tell me why. I wasn't expecting Spillane, but I was expecting a fun, swiftly moving crime story that would entertain, unfortunately my expectations were dashed.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great entertaining read 23 Feb 2011
By Drew
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I enjoy action type books and when I read previous reviews on John Locke's Donovan Creed Novels I thought why not?

It did stretch the boundaries on a number of occasions with regards to some of the characters and the fact that his employers knew he was contract killer in his spare time but it is a spanking good read.

I could not put it down and getting for my kindle for pence made it a great buy.

I have downloaded all the others in the series and am raring to go.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well written disposable fiction 7 Jun 2011
By RLTiow
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Reading other reviews, you will probably have an idea of what you're getting. Hovering just outside the boundaries of plausibility, this is nonetheless a very entertaining read.

Perhaps best read for the ride rather than for any literary reasons but don't underestimate the ability of the author. He can write and does write very well, the story is enjoyable, characters and plot are both well developed and it is no less believable than a Bond movie. It's certainly true that his day-job is easier on the mind than his little extras but you still end up routing for him and perhaps the best recommendation is that I have downloaded the second novel and intend to work through them all.

The cover photo leads you to expect something a little different, it's not a very sexual novel, and the official product review really does no favours at all. However, two facts to close the review - firstly at this price you will certainly not be disappointed and secondly, one of John Locke's book is downloaded every 7 seconds apparently so something must be right.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read !! 28 Jan 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I purchased this book, the first in the Donovan Creed series, after reading the reviews on this and the other Donovan Creed novels. I was not disappointed.
The book has numerous unexpected twists and these, combined with the humour scattered throughout. kept me riveted until the end. I have purchased the rest of the series and can`t wait to get started.
Give this book a chance ........ you wont be disappoined !!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
At first glance I thought it was to much vidleness but got better
Published 11 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars fast pacedand fun but outrageously unrealistic. a good beach read.
As above. A good read but not one you' d remember. I like Creed but it' crazy to like a killer like him, unbelievable story line.
Published 1 month ago by letsgopolly
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great Action and humour livedit
Published 1 month ago by Irene Riordan
4.0 out of 5 stars Mr Locke delivers
There’s been so much press about John Locke (both positive and negative) that I thought I’d download this book, the first in the Donovan Creed series, to see what all the fuss is... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Trevor Thomas
4.0 out of 5 stars A bit of fun
A real great read, I like the ethos and thinking of the main character Donovan. Doing all those things you wouldn't consider.
Published 3 months ago by Nic Thomas
1.0 out of 5 stars None sense.
Creed is a total nonsense character. The book lacks any substance. Would not recommend to anyone.
Published 3 months ago by Robert E Davies
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Just not my cup of tea. Subject matter not to my taste
Published 3 months ago by Teeen
5.0 out of 5 stars hit man comedy
Really enjoy locke's novels & this one was no exception.

Kept me captivated throughout & wanting to read the rest of series. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Tantrumworld
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
I wasn't sure I was going to like it when I first started reading it as I wasn't sure I would like Donovan Creed. But the character grows on you. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jenny Drew
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