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Nick Lake

Author of In Darkness

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Works by Nick Lake

In Darkness (1767) 461 copies
Blood Ninja (2009) 232 copies
Satellite (2017) 221 copies
There Will Be Lies (2015) 204 copies
Hostage Three (2012) 197 copies
Whisper to Me (2016) 141 copies
Nowhere on earth (2019) 66 copies
Locked Out Lily (2021) 4 copies
Luna 2 (2018) 1 copy


Common Knowledge



Well, friends, this book made me do a little research on Haitian history and I can tell you I got really angry about it. Did you know a U.S. government-funded agency called the International Republican Institute contributed to the ousting of Haiti's democratically elected president in 2004? Just, ugh.

Anyway, this is a powerful book. It's dark, disturbing, and gripping. It has a mix of modern and historical characters. If you want to read a great review of it, try Patrick Ness' take in the Guardian: http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2012/jan/20/in-darkness-nick-lake-review

The audiobook was very good. Not recommended for the squeamish or highly sensitive.
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LibrarianDest | 33 other reviews | Jan 3, 2024 |
3.5 Stars

What a great follow up to Blood Ninja! It was dark and gritty at times as Taro faces some challenges that threaten those he cares about. I like that we got to see some more character development with the main characters. There were quite a few story arcs to keep a track of but they came together smoothly. I really hope I manage to locate an audiobook of number 3 so I can continue on with the series.

CW: references to seppuku
Mrs_Tapsell_Bookzone | 1 other review | Feb 14, 2023 |
3.5 Stars rounded up to 4

That was a really interesting and creative take on the legends of the Japanese Ninja and Samurai. I mean vampire ninjas is a pretty cool concept. This is slightly on the longer side but as I know there is a shortage of YA action adventure books with male protagonists I would still encourage high school librarians to give this one a read and see if it would work in their library. It's a really engaging story with a blend of fantasy, action, supernatural, mystery and historical fiction. There are also some really good supporting characters in this heroes and heroine's journey.

CW: There are references to seppuku and a lot of bloody fights (including beheading) and blood drinking incidents.

On a side note, I listened to it as an audiobook and I was really disappointed that the voice actor did not pronounce some of the frequently used Japanese words correctly.
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Mrs_Tapsell_Bookzone | 6 other reviews | Feb 14, 2023 |
What a different type of sci fi story. Not just sci fi, but a love story. Fighting for what you love and discovering that the future is what you make it...that someone from another world has to help open your eyes and find that truth. I wasn’t sure what to expect but after two chapters, I didn’t want to stop reading. Emily was a kick ass and one who can hold her ground if backed up against a wall. Makes me have hope for the future.
Z_Brarian | 2 other reviews | Dec 12, 2022 |



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