Starting Down a Dark Path

*blows dust off keyboard* Been quite a while since I’ve been here. Good to see typoattack still keeps it active.

BUT!! I have read quite a bit in all the spare time I’ve had. Well… that is…. when I haven’t been playing video games… or watching anime… or sleeping…

Anyway, I just recently finished a really good book. And it was the first in a trilogy. Which means that there are two more to keep me happy, once the paperbacks come out.

Now, by this point I’m sure you’re wondering just what book could have gotten me so excited. I’m going to tell you, don’t worry. And there’s a good reason for it too.

Anthony E. Zuiker is the author of this amazing book. You may know his name if you watch any of the CSI television series. That’s because he created the show. He wrote this book with Duane Swierczynski, who is an accomplished writer in his own right, having published several novels and penning Cable and The Immortal Iron Fist for Marvel Comics. A pair like that couldn’t fail to hit on gold.

The book is called Level 26: Dark Origins. At first glance, be it at the back of the book, or from actually reading a bit of it, one can find a helluva lot of similarities to Thomas Harris’ Hannibal Lecter books, especially Red Dragon. A couple of things you can see within the first few chapters: Squeegel, the killer, clearly has a god complex (should sound familiar to anyone who knows Red Dragon’s Dolarhyde); he also video tapes his murders, though he does so in his own lair rather than in the victims’ homes. But as you get deeper into the book, you’ll notice far fewer similarities and a whole helluva lot of twists that even I never expected. And I read a lot of these kinds of books.

Aside from a fantastically written story, though, what really sets this book apart from the rest of the shelf is the “digi-novel” feature. Every 20 pages or so, you’ll be given a password. If you go to http://www.level26.com and make an account, you can then put in these passwords to access short videos that expand on the story — and bring it frighteningly to life.

Overall I cannot give this book enough praise. If you like Thomas Harris or anything in that vein, or just want a new reading experience, Dark Origins is definitely worth your money and time.

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