Level 26

Level 26

Dark Origins

Book - 2009
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Unlock a new level of fear. It is well known among law enforcement personnel that murderers can be categorized on a scale of twenty-five levels of evil, from the naive opportunists starting out at Level 1 to the organized, premeditated torture-murderers who inhabit Level 25. What almost no one knows - except for the elite unnamed investigations group assigned to hunt down the world's most dangerous killers, a group of men and women accounted for in no official ledger, headed by the brilliant but reluctant operative Steve Dark - is that a new category of killer is in the process of being defined. Only one man belongs to this group. His targets: Anyone. His methods: Unlimited. His alias: Sqweegel. His classification: Level 26.
Publisher: New York : Dutton, 2009.
ISBN: 9780525951254
0525951253
Characteristics: 406 p. ; 24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Swierczynski, Duane
Alternative Title: Level twenty-six

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b_schweig Jan 06, 2014

Thrilling, gruesome, and blatantly insane. I loved this book, and do not agree with some of the comments posted. I think the protagonist is crafted well, and brought to life within the cyber bridges. I think the antagonist is beyond my realm of obscene. If you need a book to get back into this genre then do not hesitate to read.

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FredC
Jan 04, 2011

Not all sequels are created equal. And, sadly, this is the case for Dark Prophecy. The first book, Level 26 Dark Origins was masterfully well crafted, edge of the seat mystery into depravity and twisted to the core of the villain. It was dark and grungy and made me cringe. The sequel made me want to sip a pina colada on a beach while relaxing, as the hero tackles his difficulties and gets involved, years later, into a series of gruesome murders. But, minus the psycho mindset, minus the tension, minus the squeamish cringes, minus, minus so much that it lacked the forceful debut of the first book.

The ONLY saving grace to this sequel is that the end is left in sequel mode once again, and with the promise of a more tantalizing follow up, as a new organization is about to be created to handle the Level 26 murderers (the most depraved type of serial killers) that pervade our world, with the hero as the leading investigator.

Otherwise, any more of the series' books should be Level 26'd thereafter.

clay Jan 12, 2010

Outstanding book, the website gives this book a new level of creepiness.
I can't wait for book two, what will happen to Steve Dark?

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puih123
Dec 22, 2009

It's ok, and the cyber bridges are a good idea, althougnh not useful in anyway. Not being a fan of CSI in the first place, this book didn't appeal to me much either.

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sgw74
Dec 12, 2009

Alot like a car wreck. Terrrible, but you want to know what happened...

Plot is predictable and characters are thinner than the pages they were written on. Take elements from all the major thriller/horror movies from the last 20 years throw them into a blender and you have level 26.

The Cyber-bridges are useless and overacted. Whatever happens in the link is revealed a page or two later in the novel. Overacting? Michael Ironside--need I say more? Yes, the guy playing Sqweegel is flexible, but he was showing off his movements served no purpose--far more comedic than eerie or scary.

Far more annoying than intriguing. Why did I listen to it as a book on cd? I have an hour commute each way everyday.

Lorna Oct 20, 2009

National Post article:
http://www.nationalpost.com/related/links/story.html?id=1960571

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