Dark Origins : Level 26: Book One Book 1, Paperback

Dark Origins : Level 26: Book One Book 1 Paperback

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Steve Dark is in retirement. Two years ago, as a member of elite crime squad Special Circs, he came close to putting an end to a psychopath's killing spree.

But not close enough. In revenge, the killer destroyed Dark's family. Dark quit, vowing that he'd never go back. He'd seen enough carnage and death. But now the killer's back. The same psychopath who has shot, raped, maimed, poisoned, burned, strangled and tortured 50 people - the man who took away Dark's family. And Special Circs are convinced that only Dark can stop him.

Is Dark prepared to risk everything - his new life - to once more hunt a monster?


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9780141044552


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Honestly, if this is the future of books I really want none of it. I kept wondering how much detail I was missing as I lay in bed and the text instructed me every 20 pages or so to go to LEVEL26.com and enter a code word. Maybe if I was reading it on a web enabled device I may have found it less irritating but I doubt it, it jarred me out of the suspension of disbelief that I find makes a book good. Maybe that was a good thing as being immersed in a book with a serial killer that's worse than before would have possibly made me a lot squicked.And how was he worse? Yeah he killed a lot of people and was determined to kill but I just didn't get a feeling that he was in any way worse than many of the killers you see on CSI and Criminal Minds. I should have been an ideal audience for this story (I'm addicted to crimd drama) but it fell flat for me, I've read grittier and scarier with a better feeling of suspension of disbelief.It gets 3* for being readable but it was nearly 2.5*, and while the sequel also sounds right up my alley (it involved Tarot!) I won't be pursuring this series any further.

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