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Darkness by Karen Robards


by Karen Robards

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I read this book in one sitting. Loved it! Yes, as some other reviewers have said there was a little too much description, especially in the beginning, but a lot of it was necessary. I could almost feel myself being lost in that frozen landscape, fighting for survival against the elements.

The plot raced along, taking me with it.

A great read. ( )
  CathyCole | Nov 7, 2017 |
Darkness is the story of Gina Sullivan who is an ornithologist studying on a remote island in the Bering Sea. She is tracing the path of an eagle when she spots a plane that is about to make a crash landing near her boat. Gina saves one survivor, Cal, who seems more than a little dangerous as well as attractive. Gina discovers that Cal's plane was shot out of the sky and that those involved are now intent upon killing them both.
I was more than a little disappointed in this book. In the first three quarters of the story, we learn that Gina's family was killed in a plane crash in which she survived, Cal is carrying important information that might change the balance of power between the US and Russia, and most of Gina's team has been killed. The last quarter of the book seems rushed in that we get the solution to all of these problems as well as a relationship between Gina and Cal. The story just felt like so much was missing. It was a decent story with a good premise, but that's about all it had going for it, and it could have been so much more. ( )
  Mrslabraden | Jun 28, 2017 |
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  Lvkidsbooks | Nov 11, 2016 |
Karen Robards is a master at writing romantic suspense. No matter how ludicrous the situation may seem as fodder for romance, somehow she makes it work. "Darkness" is no exception.

Dr. Gina Sullivan witnesses a plane crash on the remote island of Attu, where she is performing ornothological research. She rescues the sole survivor, Cal, only to realize that whatever Cal was involved in has put her in grave danger. As Gina and Cal run from people bent on killing them, they find themselves irresistibly attracted to each other. Is it because of being placed in an adrenaline-spiking situation together? Or is there something more?

I would characterize this novel as more romance than suspense, but that's ok. It's par for the course when reading romantic suspense; you never know whether the novel will lean more toward romance or suspense.

I give this novel 4 stars for solid writing, good character development, and strategically placed, non-superfluous sex scenes. The book was not un-put-downable (which would have warranted 5 stars), but it came close. ( )
  niaomiya | Sep 1, 2016 |
Really good Karen Robards. Gina is a professor who survived a plane crash and is working in Alaska when Cal is involved in a plane crash and she saves him. He's messed up with CIA etc and they have to run for their lives. Good story and good romance. ( )
  afarrington | Jul 3, 2016 |
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"New York Times bestselling author Karen Robards continues her penchant for "fantastic storytelling" (RT Book Reviews) with this next heart-pumping romantic suspense novel, the tale of a brilliant ornithologist trapped on the remote Attu Island in Alaska, fighting for her life--and that of a handsome stranger--before they're swallowed up in darkness forever. BOOM. That's the sound that changes everything for Dr. Gina Sullivan, a renowned ornithologist on a group research grant trip on the remote island of Attu, Alaska. When an everyday outing turns sinister at the onset of one of Attu's infamous storms, Gina expects thunder and lightning--but what she doesn't see coming is the small jet plane that drops out of the sky and into the water mere feet from her boat. Even more unprecedented: there's a sole survivor from the crash, and he needs Gina's help. But it turns out that rescuing the stranger and getting them both out of the oncoming storm is just the beginning. Because the more Gina learns about James "Cal" Callahan, he of brooding eyes and muscled frame, the more she fears--for herself, and for him. Cal has made a career of trading on government secrets and emerging unscathed--until a routine pickup goes horribly wrong and lands him in ice-cold water. Literally. He knows the plane crash was no accident and that there could very well be an enemy force currently combing the Alaskan island ensuring there were no survivors. Now if only the arrestingly beautiful bird-watcher with the clear-blue gaze would stop watching him, well, like a hawk. Cal convinces Gina to return to base camp and help him covertly get off the island. But when Gina makes it safely back to camp and finds her entire team murdered, all bets are off, and as darkness envelops the island, she must decide: trust a man she barely knows, or go it alone and risk running straight into the arms of a killer?"--… (more)

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