Monday, November 10, 2014

Level 26: Dark Prophecy by Anthony E. Zuiker

Level 26: Dark Prophecy by Anthony E. Zuiker with Duane Swierczynski

Review by Lauren

Source: copy from library; all opinions are my own

Official Summary: Steve Dark is a man with a unique talent for catching serial killers. Now he's on a mission to embrace his destiny, unbound by authorities, moral or otherwise, and supported by a mysterious benefactor with unknown goals of her own.

Review: I read the first book in this series, Dark Origins, last year and really loved it. It took me awhile to read the sequel, but I'm definitely glad to have finally grabbed a copy. Now I just need to read the third and final book!

Back to Dark Prophecy though...this is a series about a man named Steve Dark who worked for a government department named Special Circs who hunted down the most horrific killers. Dark Origins was the first book in the series, as I stated above, and introduces you to Dark and his family. He is dealing with a psycho serial killer that seems to have it out for Dark. In Dark Prophecy, Steve is trying to change his life but it's not easy for him to walk away from his life's career.

Level 26 means a serial killer that is off the normal 1-25 chart the FBI keeps. They do not seem to kill for a particular reason; they change methods and places. I think the killer in Dark Origins was more freaky than Dark Prophecy, but it was still very interesting. Dark Prophecy deals with a killer the media soon dubs the Tarot Card Killer because they are staging the murders to look like the images on the cards. I thought this was really interesting and I was curious as to why this was done. Don't worry, you do find out in the end.

One of the most interesting aspects about these books is that they are digi-novels. You can visit the Level 26 website, click the book you read, and it takes you to a playlist on Youtube where you can watch videos. Throughout the book there are moments where they tell you to watch a video, so you know when to do so. I tried to keep up with the videos for the first book, but with the second book, I never really had time. I watched part of the first video, but so far, I have not checked out the rest. This doesn't take away from the book, of course. It's just an additional aspect for those that like something visual to go along with your books! Plus, the videos are really well done and have wonderful actors. These are not amateur videos.

I'm loving this series, and with only three in all, I do hope some of you will dive in and check these out!


Melliane said...

Oh it's great you're having a wonderful time with the whole series. This one sounds really good again. I think I heard about the author but I'm not sure. I forget too easily... *sighs*

Melanie said...

Girl, you had me at psycho serial killer! I dunno, I'm really interested in these kinds of people in books and movies, currently lol.

Lovely review, Lauren! <33

Kindlemom said...

SO happy you are loving this series, it sounds fantastic!

Heidi@Rainy Day Ramblings said...

Wow that is interesting that you have to stop and watch videos while reading, I haven't seen anything like that before.

Jasprit said...

I'm glad to see you're having such a great success with this series! Also how cool is that additional feature of having the youtube videos to watch too! Fab review as always! :)

Liviania said...

I always think digital parts of novels are cool, but I never remember to go to the site.

Allie @ Little Birdie Books said...

I LOVE the idea of the book being interactive in that way, watching the videos and everything. Seriously. THAT'S AN AWESOME IDEA.

I've never read anything like that before! I think that'd be perfect for dystopians and the like

Medeia Sharif said...

Wonderful review and you've made me interested in this. I'll add the book on Goodreads.

Tracy Terry said...

Ooh I like the sound of this and despite being determined not to begin any more series of books I think I could cope with a trilogy.

Brandi Kosiner said...

Havne't heard much about this but good to hear you've enjoyed the three