September 8, 2009

Review & giveaway - Level 26: Dark Origins by Anthony E. Zuiker with Duane Swierczynski

Currently there are 25 levels to categorize serial killers. One is someone who just stumbles into killing. Twenty-Five would describe the sadistic psychopaths who find pleasure in suffering. Now imagine that one person has become even more evil than the serial killers you've heard about in the past? Imagine someone who has absolutely no compassion, no feeling, not even a soul. A person lacking all these characteristics is out there and because he doesn't seem to show any of the "normal" traits of a killer it impossible to catch him. This psycho has a name. It's Sqweegel.

The one person who has the ability to catch this criminal is Steve Dark. In a state of mourning, thanks to the psycho, Dark is through with law enforcement and wants no part of the chase. But when the lives of his friends at the department are threatened, Dark decides to step in again. Will he be able to stop this madman before several other murders take place? Or will the world live in fear of Sqweegel until the day they die?

To sum up this book in one word, is impossible. But for some reason, I'm the type of person that loves the impossible and do everything I can to try and make it possible. So as you've probably guessed, I've been doing some hardcore thinking (I know what your thinking, and yes it caused a massive headache, LOL) so as I pondered and looked through the dictionary (no I didn't really look in the dictionary but shhh, it's our secret) and the word that jumped out at me was: WOAH! Yes, all caps and an exclamation point.

This is really difficult to review. Not only is there a book to read but at about every twenty pages, you can log onto and enter a password & watch a clip that will tie in with that section of the book. If you're a CSI fan, this book is probably shouting at you through your monitor, right now, saying "BUY ME, READ ME, LOVE ME". The author Anthony E. Zucker is the award-winning creator, producer, and writer of CSI, CSI: Miami, and CSI: NY.

So, to be completely honest, this book scared the crap out of me!

Book Information:
Level 26 - Hardcover
Dutton (member of Penguin Group.)
Sept. 8, 2009 $26.95 (Hardback)
ISBN: 9780525951254

Level 26 - Compact Disc - Unabridged, 7 CD's, 9 hours

Amanda over at Dutton has given me permission to give away 4 copies of this book *clapping while jumping up and down*
Open to residents of the US
Must be 18 years of older
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The books will be mailed out by the publisher


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  1. This sounds like my kind of book even though it isn't about vampire ;)

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  2. This sounds like the perfect book for me! Great review and I am so excited you are offering a chance for me to win a copy. Thank You!
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  3. Squeegal? My first thought is-this is not something I would read. My second thought, after reading your enthusiastic review is-hmmmm, maybe this would be worth the read. I love that you can see clips as you go along, that must really add to the scare factor!!
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    Very interesting review! This sounds like a book I think I'd enjoy a lot :)
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  7. This sounds like a real interesting and dark novel. Thanks for the chance to win it!

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  10. Just forget about the other entries, and send me a copy immediately!!!!

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  11. Ohhhh, I want to read this one so badly! Please count me in to win!

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  19. Great giveaway, sounds like an excellent book.
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  20. Sounds like a fascinating read. I am a CSI junkie.

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  21. I heard this book is so scary!
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  24. Wow! When I clicked your link I was thinking Sci-Fi although I knew the author from somewhere--of course CSI! Having take criminology in college years agio I am not up on the new categorizing of serial killers but this sounds intriguing. Not for everyone, of course.Count me in!

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  26. This looks fascinating! Please enter me!

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