Level 26: Dark Origins (Level 26 Series #1)

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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 ...

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Overview

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

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Professional homicide watchers habitually categorize killers on a 25-point scale of depravity; from Level 1 (naïve, impulsive opportunist) to the pathological BTK-type monsters who inhabit Level 25. That investigative tool sufficed until the arrival of Sqweege, a systematic torturer and killer so maniacal and effective that he was given a new niche; Level 26, the title of this book. Please note: Level 26 isn't a conventional book. This multimedia "Digi-Novel" utilizes features of books, film, and interactive digital technologies to create a storytelling experience of disarming immediacy. One intense experience.
Publishers Weekly
Law enforcement categorizes killers on a scale of one to 25, with 25 being the sadistic psychopath. However, one brutal serial killer, code-named “Sqweegel,” has earned his own special designation of Level 26. Only one man—federal agent Steve Dark—has ever gotten close to catching him, but the effort cost Dark the lives of his foster family and drove him into self-imposed retirement. Now the agency wants him back on the case and, it would seem, so does Sqweegel. John Glover has a wonderful time narrating Zuiker's debut thriller; his committed delivery runs the gambit from serious to lighthearted, maniacal to deadly serious. Even if the story leans toward the cliché and the breaks directing listeners to webisodes are intrusive and irritating, the delivery is engrossing. It should be noted that some sections of the book are disturbing, and Glover's performance only makes them doubly so. Not for the fainthearted. A Dutton hardcover. (Sept.)
Library Journal
In this brutal thriller by CSI creator Zuiker, billed by the publisher as "the world's first Digi-Novel™," listeners are periodically prompted to pause the audio and go online (www.level26.com) to view "cyber-bridges," i.e., short video clips designed to enhance the story. "Level 26ers" are encouraged to join an online social community and participate in a contest to win an appearance in the cyberbridges for the next Level 26 novel; further, an accompanying DVD contains Marc Ecko's artwork for the Dutton hardcover and ebook. Somewhere beneath all these extras and gimmicks lies the story: serial killer Sqweegel rapes, dismembers, burns, strangles, and tortures his way through 50 victims before the one man who's ever come close to catching him is dragged back into the hunt when his pregnant wife becomes Sqweegel's target. Actor/narrator John Glover's performance is sublime, and coauthor Swierczynski (The Wheel Man) creates some really suspenseful moments, but the narrative's shifting points of view, combined with the need to stop and view the 20 video clips, result in a rather disjointed listening experience. For hardcore serial killer/horror fiction fans. ["This experimental crossover novel," predicted the review of the Dutton hc, "will attract a diverse following and could change the future of publishing," LJ 8/09; see also Audio NewsBriefs, LJ 10/15/09.—Ed.]—Beth Farrell, Portage Cty. Dist. Lib., Garrettsville, OH
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101079560
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 9/8/2009
  • Series: Level 26 Series , #1
  • Format: MP3
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Ships to U.S.and APO/FPO addresses only.

Meet the Author

ANTHONY E. ZUIKER is the creator and executive producer of the most-watched television show in the world, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, as well as CSI: Miami and CSI: New York. Zuiker is a visionary business leader who speaks professionally about the future of entertainment and storytelling on multiple platforms. A mystery aficionado since childhood, Zuiker’s lifelong dream has been to write a crime novel. He lives in Las Vegas and Los Angeles with his wife and three children.

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Prologue

the gift

Rome, Italy

The monster was holed up somewhere in the church, and the agent knew he finally had him.

He removed his boots as quietly as he could and placed them beneath the wooden table in the vestibule. The boots were rubber soled, but even those could make some noise on the marble floors. So far, the monster didn't know he was being followed—as far as the agent could tell.

The agent had been chasing the monster for three years. There were no photos of the monster, no physical evidence at all. Catching him was like trying to capture a wisp of smoke in your fist. The force of your action would cause it to dissipate and re-form elsewhere.

The hunt had taken him all over the world: Germany. Israel. Japan. The United States. And now here, Rome, inside a seventeenth-century baroque-style church christened Mater Dolorosa, which was Latin for "sorrowful mother."

The name fit. The interior of the church was gloomy. With his gun in a two-hand grip, the agent moved as silently as possible along the yellowed walls.

A notice posted on the church door said it was closed to the public for renovations. The agent knew enough Italian to understand that the four-hundred-year-old fresco on the interior dome of the church was being restored.

Scaffolding. Gloom. Shadows. It was a natural habitat for the monster. No wonder he'd chosen it, despite its being a sacred place of worship.

The agent had come to understand that the monster knew no boundaries. Even in times of war, churches and temples were considered places of sanctuary—safe havens for those seeking the comfort of God during their darkest hours.

And as the agent made his way around the metal poles and underside of the scaffolding, he knew the monster was here. He could feel it.

The agent was no believer in the supernatural; he did not claim to have psychic abilities. But the longer he hunted the monster, the more he found that he was able to tune in to his savage wavelength. This gift brought the agent closer than any other investigator to catching the monster—but it came at a cost. The more he tuned his brain in to the monster's insanity, the more he lost touch with what it was like to be sane. He had recently begun to wonder whether his single-minded pursuit might soon kill him. He'd discarded the thought.

His focus had returned when the agent saw the most recent victim, just a few blocks away. The sight of the blood, the torn skin, the viscera steaming in the cool night air, and the marbled beads of fat hanging from exposed muscles would later send the first responders outside to vomit. Not the agent, who had knelt down and felt a thrilling burst of adrenaline when he touched the body through the thick latex of his examiner's gloves and realized it was still warm.

It meant the monster was nearby.

The agent knew he wouldn't have gone far; the monster loved to hide himself and enjoy the aftermath of his work. He had even been known to secret himself within the scene while law enforcement cursed his name.

So the agent had stepped into the small courtyard near the victim's body and let his mind wander. No deductive logic, no reasoned guesses, no gut, no hunch. Instead the agent thought: I am the monster; where do I go?

The agent had scanned the rooftops, then saw the glittering dome and knew immediately. There. I'd go there. There was not a seed of doubt in the agent's mind. This would end tonight.

Now he was moving silently among the wooden pews and the metal poles of the scaffolding, gun drawn, all of his physical senses on high alert. The monster might be smoke, but even smoke had a look, a scent, a taste.

The monster stared down at the top of his hunter's head. He was positioned on the underside of a paint-splattered wooden plank, clinging to the gaps between the wood with his skinny, strong fingers and equally powerful toes.

He almost wanted his hunter to look up.

Many had chased the monster over the years, but none like this one. This one was special. Different.

And somehow, familiar.

So the monster wanted to look at his face again, in the flesh. Not that he didn't know what his hunters looked like. The monster had plenty of surveillance photos and footage of all of them— at work, in their backyards, on the way to fill their vehicles with gasoline, bringing their children to sporting matches, and purchasing bottles of liquor. He'd been close enough to catalog their smells, the aftershave they wore, the brand of tequila they drank. It was a part of his game.

Until recently he'd thought this one was merely average. But then the man had begun to surprise the monster, making leaps no one ever had before, coming closer than anyone else. Close enough that the monster had let the other hunters fall away, focusing in on the one photo he had of this one, staring at it and trying to imagine where his weakness lay. But a photograph wasn't the same as real life. The monster wanted to study this one's face while he still tasted the air, gazed at his surroundings, drew its smells into his nostrils.

And then the monster would slay him.

The agent looked up. He could have sworn he saw something moving up there, in the shadows of the scaffolding.

The dome above him was a strange quirk of seventeenth-century architecture. It was fitted with dozens of stained-glass windows that took all incoming light and shot it to the peak of the dome, as if exalting God with his own radiance. In the sunlight it would be breathtaking. Tonight's full moon gave the windows an eerie glow, but everything below the dome, from the vaults down, was draped in dramatic shadow. A stark reminder of man's place in the universe—down in the unknowing dark.

The dome itself was adorned with a panorama of heaven, with floating cherubs and heralds and clouds, as if to taunt man even more.

Wait.

Out of the corner of his eye, the agent saw a flittering of white and heard the faintest pull of something that sounded like rubber.

There. Over by the altar.

This hunter is goooooood, the monster thought from his new hiding space. Come find me. Come let me see your face before I rip it from your skull.

The silence was so absolute, it was almost a pulsing, living thing, enveloping the church. The agent moved swiftly, hand over hand, climbing the scaffolding as silently as possible, gun tucked in his unsnapped side holster, ready to be drawn at a second's notice. The wood was rough and sharp beneath his searching fingers; the poles felt dusted with motes of dirt and steel.

The agent slowly crept around another platform, climbing higher now, looking for any kind of reflection or hint of the monster. But there was little available light. He took a quick, sharp breath and lifted himself to another level, desperate to see over the edge as he exposed his head and neck to the unknown. If only he could see . . .

I see you, the monster thought. Do you see me?

And then he did.

The agent saw the monster's face for the first time. Two beady eyes looking out from a blank visage—as if someone had taken a hot iron and pressed away all of its features . . . except for the eyes.

Then it was gone, scurrying up the side of the scaffolding like a spider ascending its webbing.

The agent abandoned stealth now. He tore after the monster with a speed that surprised him, pulling himself up the crossbeams of the scaffolding and around the edges of the planks as if he'd been practicing on an FBI course back in Virginia.

There he was again—a glimpse of a pale white limb, whipping around the edge of a platform, just two levels above.

The agent climbed even harder, faster, more frenzied. The monster was moving closer to the heavenly dome. But heaven was a dead end. There was no way out other than the exits below.

For the first time in decades, the monster felt true fear. How had this hunter sensed him? How was he so fearless as to pursue him up here?

The face of his hunter looked different now. This was no mere law enforcement officer who'd followed a hunch and caught a lucky break. This was something new and wondrous. The monster would have tittered with excitement if it wouldn't have slowed his ascent.

For a glorious moment the monster had no idea what would happen next. It reminded him of being a child. Just a few square inches of pressure on his hunter's trigger and the right trajectory could end everything. The monster was many things, but he was not bulletproof.

Will it end up here? Are you the one who will bring death unto me?

The agent had him.

He felt the trembling of the wooden plank above him—the last bit of scaffolding before the dome. The agent whipped past the last two crossbeams. He pulled his gun.

There he was—pressed flat against the uppermost plank. A moment passed as the agent stared through the gloom into the monster's eyes and the monster stared back. What passed between them was the length of a heartbeat, impossibly short and yet unmistakable—a primal recognition between hunter and prey in the climactic moment just before one claims victory and the other collapses in death.

The agent fired twice.

But the monster didn't bleed. It exploded.

It took only a split second for the agent to recognize the sounds of splintering glass and identify the mirror he'd shattered with his bullet—no doubt meant to help the experts with their restoration work. The mistake could have been fatal. But as he whipped around to fire again he knew the monster was already gone, could hear him smashing his way through a stained-glass window and out onto the rooftop of the church. Colored glass rained down, opening a gash under his eye as he lifted his gun and fired blindly through the jagged hole in the glass. The bullet hit nothing, soared away into the heavens. A scampering sound could be heard running down the outside of the dome . . . and then nothing.

The agent raced down the scaffolding, but in his heart he knew it was futile. The monster was loose on the rooftops of Rome, an invisible tendril of smoke wafting up and away, nothing but the faintest lingering trace left to prove he had ever really been there at all.

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  • Posted September 26, 2009

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    Twisted

    If you're wanting a read that will make you look over your shoulder, underneath your rugs, behind your curtains and anywhere else that someone could hide, then this is the book for you. The villian in this book was probably the most deeply disturbing character I've read since Hannibal Lecter. And the hero is someone that your heart goes out to. The writing was not exceptional, but the plot was definitely good. I did not participate in the "Digi-Novel" features, mostly did not want to see a Hollywood portrayal of this creature they dubbed Squweegel. I read enough horror and suspense novels and didn't need anything else that would keep me awake at night!! This is definitely a good read and it will leave you hanging at the end. With no news about a 2nd novel yet, I will be waiting anxiously to see what happens from here...

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2012

    Amazing

    This was definitely a great read. I couldn't take my eyes from the pages.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2011

    I am a level 26

    Great book for all horror lovers. There is nothing like having a good chill go down your spine from all the graphicly detailed scenes. I was looking over my shoulder and around corners for a week after finishing this book. Horror galor baby!!!!!!!!!!!!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 9, 2010

    Amazingly Brilliant

    This is my first Digi Novel and I can't wait to read more. Zuiker is the brilliant mind behind my favorite show (until William Petersen left), CSI Las Vegas and he's showing his talent here. This serial killer book has been more terrifying to me than Silence of the Lambs or Kiss the Girls. That is saying a lot. I can't wait to read the other Level 26 books. Don't miss this if you love serial killers, crime, horror and a great read.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 11, 2009

    INCREDIBLY EXCITING, SCARY, AND CONSUMING NOVEL. GUARANTEED TO INCREASE YOUR BLOOD PREASURE AND HEART RATE. NOT FOR THE FAINT HEARTED OR WEAK

    This is the first audio book I've read that supplies links throughout the story to internet mini videos showing scenes from the book. I was immediately and inescapably captivated, and once I watched the first scene on the internet, it became almost real. After each reading session, I found I had anxiety, and needed some time to calm down.

    Squeegal is by far the most evil, and unstoppable villian ever. Sibby and Dark capture your heart.

    Best thing I've read in a long time. Be prepared to slide into their world, and have the s**t scarred out of you.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2013

    AliciaB

    I got lucky and found this book at dollar tree for a dollar! I would definetly pay the 9.99 on here, very worth it! It has easily became one of my favorite books. It sucked me in from the begining, I could'nt put it down! I highly suggest you give this book a try it has everything!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2013

    Bearclan47

    Thriller! A must read hard to put down book! Loved it and crazy scary at the same time. Seen a plot to it on csi
    Great way to introduce the character to the world! Best digital book and 1st to achieve it!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2012

    I Love this Book Series! Very well written. Couldnt put it down

    I Love this Book Series! Very well written. Couldnt put it down and now sad that i have finished all 3

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 1, 2011

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    Lacks Depth & Believability

    If you are looking for a fast-paced, graphic thriller, then you might love this book. If you are looking for character depth and believability, I would not recommend this one.

    I had several problems with this story. The main character, Steve Dark, is fairly young with a pregnant wife. They live in a million dollar home with no financial worries, yet neither of them appear to work. Sqweegel, the serial killer, also has total financial independence. We are never given explanations for how any of them live so well without ever working.

    I felt Sqweegel's character was far too superhuman. He is omniscient, able to know everything and sneak everywhere without ever once slipping up even a tiny bit. He has access to all sorts of technology and, apparently, is able to easily infiltrate the lives of high ranking government officials. None of this is ever explained.

    There are other aspects I thought were too convenient for the story or too over-the-top. I won't name them all because that would give away too much of the story.

    This book offers little in the way of hope and pretty much no happiness. It is nonstop action, graphic violence, and emotional turmoil. The end leaves us hanging, nudging us on to book two in the series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2010

    Horrible waste of time

    The most shocking thing about this book is that two people would put their names on it as authors.

    I am willing to suspend some disbelief when reading fiction but the tasks undertaken by the villain in the final day of this book were so far fetched that I found myself embarrassed for the authors. I kept waiting for them to pull it back from the edge of insanity but instead they pushed it over the cliff.

    I cannot get my time spent reading this book back, but hopefully I can save at least one B&N reader from wasting their time.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 9, 2010

    YOWZA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    The best serial killer book I have ever read! I want more, more, more! Sqweegel is the scariest of them all. A must read for those that love serial killer books. I actually cringed when I read some parts of this book. I can't wait until the movie comes out! Haven't done the interactive videos yet but who cares if they are lame or whatever you want to call it. The book is awesome and an absolutely fun read. It is superbly evil!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 26, 2009

    Level 26: Dark Origins. A bright Beacon for the Future of Reading in the Digital Age

    Anthony Zuiker, the creative mastermind behind the incredibly successful CSI (Crime Scene Investigation) television franchise, has just made literary history! With the release of Level 26: Dark Origins, the first digi-novel ever and Book 1 of the Level 26 trilogy, Zuiker has merged the written word, digital cinema and an active cyber community into an innovative work of creative genius. With the literary assistance of Duane Swierczynski and artistic touch of pop culture illustrator Marc Ecko, Anthony Zuiker has released an innovative novel whose impact upon common perceptions of what it means to read a book in the digital era will transform the process of story-telling. This new step in the evolution of writing has opened a new realm for aspiring authors as they determine the future of literature for following generations. Level 26: Dark Origins is a historical work in this context and Anthony Zuiker the inventor of a new and brilliant method of narration.

    The digi-novel concept is the creative merging of the written word with digital motion pictures (cyber-bridges), which enhance the "reading" experience. While engrossed within the pages of Dark Origins, the reader is presented with codes that can be submitted on Level26.com to unlock a new cyber-bridge every twenty or so pages. While the book can be read without watching any of the cyber-bridges, these cyber-bridges work to visually "fill-in" and enhance the story as well as attribute a professional cast with the persona of the main characters. They furthermore raise the reader's awareness of the digi-novel as an interactive experience with brilliantly executed footage featuring a compelling soundtrack, stunning costume and set design, and established actors from film and television. The cyber-bridges, created under the visionary eye of Anthony Zuiker, are comparable in quality to some of the more innovative and memorable sequences in feature-length television and cinema.

    Level 26: Dark Origins introduces the reader to the most nefarious serial killer in CIA history. As a level 26 killer, 'Sqweegel', is in a class of killers all by himself (when reading the book, you will soon learn the disturbing story behind the name 'Sqweegel'). The authorities of several countries seem helpless in tracking down a serial killer who wears a forensic-proof full-body suit and who can contort his body to hide in the smallest and most impossible of places (in the cyber-bridges, Sqweegel is brilliantly portrayed by 'Rubberboy' Daniel Browning Smith, also known as 'the most flexible man alive'). Only one agent, Steve Dark, has ever come close to catching Sqweegel, and the experience and its aftermath nearly destroyed him. This first novel masterfully introduces Sqweegel, his heinous murderous beginnings and his brilliantly wicked plan to force Steve Dark out of his retirement. Through well-crafted riddles, gut-wrenchingly disturbing acts of violence, nail-biting suspense, and pulse-pounding intensity, Anthony Zuiker draws us into the madness as Steve races to catch Sqweegel before he can strike again.

    The entire experience is extraordinary as readers are pulled into the genius that is Anthony Zuiker's imagination. From the first page, to the last scene of the last cyber bridge, to the detailed discussions in the forums on Level26.com, the sensation of Level 26 is a triumph of creativity, and the newdigi-novel concept a gift to the literary world that is hopefully here to stay.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2009

    Blech

    There were too many inconsistencies and plot holes to name. I expected more from the creator of CSI. I thought the online movies would be better than they were. Really disappointing.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 22, 2009

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    Level 26: Dark Origins

    "Level 26: Dark Origins" is a concept novel, where you can log onto the internet to catch glimpses of what is happening in the story. I choose to read my books and not interact with the internet. As a book, it was an interesting (if not grotesque) story. It is graphic and violent and one can easily be turned off. The book was written by a filmmaker and not a novelist so details were almost non-existent.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2009

    Bad Novel, Worse Movie

    I don't usually post reviews here, but this was such a terrible reading experience, I couldn't help it. I am a voracious reader of horror fiction, and a good bloody movie really gets me going. This, however, was neither. I will disclose that I am not a fan of CSI, but even that has to be better than this formulaic nonsense.

    Meet your standard alchoholic dark cop gone mad with the intimacy of tracking serial killers, and his name is (get this) Steve Dark. Really? And them meet our body condom outfitted serial killer, who is the only decently creepy thing in the book, and they name him Sqweegel? Sqweegel?
    The whole thing reads like it was written for (or perhaps by) 12 year olds; there is little to no character development, and the plot is worn out at best.

    Then you have to consider the "digi" part of this much-hyped "digi-novel." Now every 20 pages you have to hop up, run to your computer and watch a little snippet of a movie. Annoying. This might have been ok if the movie part was in any way consistent with the novel part. For instance, Sqwee spends hours shaving himself ritually, and then he has obviously hairy legs & arms in the movie. We're not supposed to notice this? I can't even ennumerate the other inconsistencies. I won't even go into the horrific acting and unfortunate casting (except for Sqweegel, who is a master contortionist & scary all by himself).

    All I can say is that I hope the digi-novel gets better than this...

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 11, 2009

    creepy read

    got my hands on an advance copy and the 'cyberbridges' make a lot of difference. No spoilers, but they are not just bonus content. this is really cool. worth checking out for sure.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 25, 2013

    ¿Level 26¿ by Anthony E. Zuiker is a great book¿as long as ¿gros

    “Level 26” by Anthony E. Zuiker is a great book…as long as “gross” is your thing. The protagonist, Steve Dark, is sort of a dark and depressing character. His whole life has been a weird rollercoaster of unfortunate events, the most recent being the murder of his entire foster family. Basically he already has a lot of internal conflict to deal with, and now the agency he was working for wants him to come back to catch the most dangerous criminal they’ve ever faced:  Squeegel.
    Squeegel is a dark, twisted, sadistic, masochistic man who serves as the antagonist of the story. On a danger scale of 1-25, he is the only person to ever be ranked a 26. He has no boundaries, and he lives by a set of rules that he’s made up for himself. The dude is insane. Nobody has ever encountered him and lived to tell the tale, except for Dark. Squeegel likes games, he likes fun, likes to show off some of the crimes he has committed, just to taunt Special Circs, because he knows that they can’t catch him. Yah, until they got Dark involved I guess. He has never left a single piece of physical evidence for the police to track him with.
    In this book, Zuiker uses a massive amount of imagery to detail exactly what’s going on, and where someone is. You can’t help but just immerse yourself into the book, save for a dull moment or two. The book is actually kind of scary because you can picture all of the things happening. You can feel Squeegel’s joy, or glee, when he is watching his victims suffer. It really is no more than a game to him, and it’s freaky.
    A really cool plus side of this book is that it’s a “digi-novel”, meaning that certain parts of the book can be watched online, just by typing key words into a search bar on the book’s website. You can watch black and white 8mm films that show you what Squeegel looks like (if you can’t fill it in with your imagination) and shows you some of the crimes he committed. Although some of the clips have little relevance to what’s going on in the book, it adds on to the experience. Even without the films, though, this book is really good and it just gets you thinking about all the different types of crazies.
    Overall, it’s just a really great book okay? 

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  • Posted January 22, 2013

    ¿Level 26¿ by Anthony E. Zuiker is a great book¿as long as ¿gros

    “Level 26” by Anthony E. Zuiker is a great book…as long as “gross” is your thing. The protagonist, Steve Dark, is sort of a dark and depressing character. His whole life has been a weird rollercoaster of unfortunate events, the most recent being the murder of his entire foster family. Being the only person to have encountered Squeegle, the only killer to be classified as a level 26(the most dangerous killer), and lived, Special Circs wants him back on the team to capture him. With agent Riggins by his side, Dark takes the case, and his nightmares become a reality.
    Squeegel, the antagonist, is like the weirdest villain to ever set foot in literature. The mere fact that he outranked all other villains in his dangerousness is enough to let you know he’s crazy, but the fact that they had to create a whole ‘nother class just to have somewhere to rank him? That’s crazy. Basically he is a masochistic, sadistic freak that moves like a ninja and is never caught. He enjoys what he does so much that it’s scary. He always has everything planned out, 10 steps ahead of any law enforcement, so he’s impossible to catch. Or is he? The perpetual suspense created because of the uncertainty of it all is so intense that, sometimes, it was scary.
    Steve Dark retired from his job at Special Circs a while back, but he continued to chase Squeegel. Eventually he gave up and got himself a honey, moved into a nice home and now they have a baby on the way. Maybe everything is over now, right? Wrong. Once you get into special circs, you don’t get out (sane). He could’ve had a happy life from then on, but no, Squeegel isn’t going to let that happen. He doesn’t get to have a happy ending just like that. He’s bored, so why not bring back his favorite plaything? 
    Different combinations of the same 26 letters To make sure you are enjoying this book to the fullest, Zuiker uses a lot of imagery to describe what’s going on and where a character is. This, accompanied by the video clips that are available to watch online, makes reading the book kind of like watching a movie in your head. The book itself is written in alternating viewpoints, so instead of only getting the thoughts and ideas of one person, you get them for multiple people, which really helps with the overall experience of reading the book.
    This book, overall, was just amazing. It was chilling, disgusting horror that made you want to read it again!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2012

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    creepy as all hell....

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  • Posted June 7, 2011

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    So Expected!!

    I've been looking this book for several months but now that search is over finally I found it.

    I just received the package by mail with the so expected book and I'm so happy that I could not wait until tonight to start reading it however I know for fact that this book is an excellent one; as soon as I finish the book I will return and write down my review.

    Thumbs up!!

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