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Dark Prophecy (Level 26 #2)

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Steve Dark is a man on a mission. He is ready to embrace his destiny, and has nothing to lose . . .

Steve Dark was once a lost soul, torn between his family and his one-of-a-kind talent for hunting down serial killers - especially those so-called 'Level 26' killers whose depravity exceeds law enforcement's official scale of evil. In his reluctant pursuit of justice Dark onc
Paperback, 383 pages
Published January 20th 2011 by Penguin (first published 2010)
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Oct 11, 2015 Laura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, fiction
This is the second instalment for the Level 26 novels...When I bought the first Level 26 I had no idea that this was going to become a 3 part (so far) series.

What to say....I enjoyed this novel...It's still got at thriller/crime theme going on but I didn't feel the spookiness of the first novel..That one had me seriously creeped out!! This felt like it was more written for the TV screen whereas the last novel belonged only in your head where you're imagination could taunt you.

At one point I was
Mauoijenn ~ *Mouthy Jenn* ~
Not as good as the first one, but still enough suspense to keep me interested. Took a while also to get things going in this second book of the triology. Hoping the third is better.
The second book follows Dark's saga after 5 years.
Now with a daughter and been a professor we think he is calm and don't wanna do anything with FBI.
Well, think again.
Dark is more obsessed with murders, assassins and serial killers. And now given a new propose that gives him absolute power as to kill the assassins he is more than willing to do it the job himself 'cause he knows he is the best.

The storyline was more enigmatic and most of the book there is no action. Just Steve following the places
Mar 10, 2012 Helen rated it liked it
Decent escapist crime thriller. Nothing amazing, but good entertainment ideal for when you don't feel like taxing the brain cells too much.
Charlotte (Buried in Books)
May 26, 2013 Charlotte (Buried in Books) rated it liked it
Shelves: crime
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Diane Perry
Oct 05, 2014 Diane Perry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This one did not creep me out like the first one, but I still stayed glued to the story. I am so glad we got a chance to learn more about Steve's past. I want to learn more about Lisa Graysmith. I guess that will come in the next book. Another great thriller in the series!
Cheryl Cooper
Oct 02, 2014 Cheryl Cooper rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book. Couldn't put it down. Steve Dark is the hero who puts it all together and gets the job done. Certainly did not see the ending coming. Two down one more to go.
Reese Copeland
Nov 14, 2011 Reese Copeland rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was my first Level 26 book. I really enjoyed it. I'm usually not into this kind of book, mystery involving government agency stuff. But, it was very compelling, you gain real sympathy for Steve Dark and are able to see his growth from the beginning to end. It was quite difficult to put the book down, and was frustrating to have to stop reading because my break at work was over. I would recommend it. It may have made more sense had I read the first book, however, I do plan to do that soon an ...more
Abby Brauner
Interesting turn this one took. I loved the twist at the end of the first book and how they slowly introduce it into this one. I can't wait til dark finds out about it! Definitely keeps you on your toes and is a page turner, once more!
Jan 02, 2012 Lissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2012
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Lutine Bonnemaison
Une légère pointe de déception à la lecture de ce second tome.
Difficile en effet de retrouver la magie du premier, avec son tueur particulièrement cintré et imprévisible, et l'angoisse que celui-ci nous procure.
Dark Prophecy reste cependant un bon thriller, dans lequel on retrouve les enquêteurs du premier opus, de cinq ans plus âgés, plus alourdis.
La mise en scène des meurtres est impressionnante, visuelle, et révèle sous le macabre une certaine poésie.
Steve Dark reste un personnage fascina
Apr 29, 2015 Edwin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After reading Dark Origins: Level 26, I figured that this next book should be read. Although not as thrilling and unpredictable as the first, I wasn't left with disappointment. Dark Prophecy did have its own unique twists and turns, although how the killers changed up their tactics to please the media was a poor substitute to what was planned. Poor schlubs.

The book was still great overall hence the 4 star rating. I would recommend this book to my friends for two reasons.

1) To continue reading
Aug 22, 2014 Irina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just finished reading Dark Prophecy and I loved it. I wound up picking the book up randomly from the small swapping library my co-workers keep. At first the cover art attracted me, it seemed like a suspense/crime kind of novel which is what i was looking for. As soon as i started reading, i couldn't stop. I know nothing about the first novel and only found out this is a series of books after reading some of the reviews here on Amazon. Regardless, you don't need to read the first novel to under ...more
Dec 14, 2014 Bell-s rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pour plus de détails, n'hésitez pas à lire ma chronique sur : http://theimaginariumdiary.blogspot.f...
Dark Origins et Sqweegel avaient mis la barre tellement haute, que je fus comme obligatoirement "déçue" par ce second tome. Mais cela ne veut pas pour autant dire que ce n'est pas une histoire très plaisante à lire, au contraire ! Il met en place la révélation du troisième livre, laisse des blancs et des interrogations aux lecteurs. Nous enfonce encore un peu plus dans son univers, laissant en s
Mira Sun
Oct 10, 2011 Mira Sun rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-2011
Harte Fakten:
Level 26: Dunkle Prophezeiung – Anthony E. Zuiker – Duane Swierczynski
ISBN: 978-3-7857-6035-2
Verlag: Bastei Lübbe
Seiten: 444
Veröffentlicht: August 2011

Steve Dark kann sich in jeden Killer hineinversetzen. Doch diese Fähigkeit hat ihren Preis: Bei seinem letzten Fall hat Dark die Beherrschung verloren und den Killer brutal hingerichtet, anstatt ihn festzunehmen. Die Tat nagt so sehr an ihm, dass er den Dienst quittiert. Kurz darauf treibt ein neuer Killer sein Unwesen. Se
Sep 26, 2012 Ru rated it really liked it
Zuiker is the creator of "CSI", & this second entry in the "Level 26" series is an exciting game of cat-&-mouse between a serial killer & the world's greatest manhunter. The first book tied into the "Sqweegel" episode of "CSI", whereas this book stands alone several years after the events of the first story.

This book (and its predecessor) are very un-"CSI" - it is more about the pursuit & anticipation than the analysis. Steve Dark is analytical, but not written to be overwhelming
Dec 20, 2011 Robbie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those seeking dark characters, quick read
After reading half of Dark Prophecy, I was convinced that it was far and away better than its predecessor, Dark Origins. That feeling unfortunately fell by the wayside as the plot disintegrated into an unsatisfactory explanation of the antagonists, their motives, and their means to accomplish their actions. The protagonist Steve Dark is back, still struggling from the fallout from the first book, still unable to stop his urge to bring justice to killers. The formulaic structure and stereotypical ...more
Jan 24, 2011 Zooey rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Those who read the first L26 and would like to see Stevie's softer side
This is the second installment of Zuiker's diginovels, and it was good, but not perfect. I have read the first Level 26 book and I was totally horrified! What sickminded person could come up with such twisted murder scenes?! This book though...not too shocking. And not very Level 26 either. Which is why it did not completely blow me away.

The concept of the diginovel is original: you read a number of pages and than you enter a code online to watch a movie that enhances your reading experience. Wh
Jun 08, 2012 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is by the creator of the CSI franchise, and it's fairly obvious. Like CSI, this book is heavyhanded with its use of metaphor and awful puns, and it has loopholes that anyone with a vague knowledge of law will throw their hands up after reading. But the darndest thing is - they're actually kind of fun. There's a reason CSI has high viewership: it's just interesting enough to keep you coming back, just vaguely plausible enough that you don't change the channel. These books are kind of li ...more
Jan 23, 2013 Josh rated it liked it
Shelves: own, crime, read_2013
*This review is for the book only. Unlike DARK ORIGINS, I choose not to watch the cyber bridges of DARK PROPHECY in order to streamline the text.

DARK PROPHECY is James Patterson like, almost two-dimensional cardboard characters slightly balanced by high octane thrills and hard hitting action sequences. This book felt very much like a TV episode (perhaps due to Zuiker’s CSI?) with condensed characterisation and an emphasis on the quick thrill. In DARK ORIGINS, the authors (Zuiker and Swierczynsk
Nov 04, 2011 Crini rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2011
Da fand man den ersten Teil der Trilogie so genial und freut sich extrem auf den nächsten Teil, die Erwartungen sind hoch, denn die Idee war super, da konnte doch im zweiten Band gar nichts schief gehen und dann… kam das hier.

Alles, was im ersten Teil noch so extrem toll war, was mich total vom Hocker gehauen hat und mich von diesem Buch so begeistert hat, wurde hier leider total in den Sand gesetzt.

Anthony Zuikers Idee, in ein Buch kleine Filme zur Unterstützung einzubauen fand ich genial. Vor
Feb 26, 2011 Silvia rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-mystery
Although I like a good entertaining mystery, I usually shy away from books that seem to focus on the evil side of humanity without any depth or redeeming aspects. So I debated whether or not to read this book, since the writing wasn't anything special and it's a bit too much on the dark and heavy side for my tastes in mindless reading.

The one thing that did draw me to this book is that it calls itself a digi-novel, "an experience" that includes "digital cyber-bridges" (short motion picture scen
Dec 08, 2015 Etienne02breton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un tueur bien moins in téressant et original que dans le premier tome, ce qui est le principal point négatif de ce livre. Point faible, les personnages sont un peu stagnés et ils évoluent très peu même si plus de cinq ans s'écoulent entre les deux tomes. Finalement, le rythme haletant est toujours présent et nous tien du début à la fin. Ce qui fait qu,on le lit très rapidement, mais qu'après coup, on n'en retient pas grand chose. Bref, un roman policier efficace, mais sans plus (verdict de 3,5 s ...more
Joe Hempel
Feb 24, 2011 Joe Hempel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a series that I really don't want to end. The internal struggles of Steve Dark and his balance of going over the edge is interesting to read.

As with the last one, there are video "bridges" that you can go watch that have been written and directed by Anthony E Zuiker (CSI Creator). While it takes away a little bit from the book to go and watch, they add a whole level of immersion into the story. This books' series added Justine Bateman as Hilda, the Tarot Card reader.

The killers in this b
Dec 31, 2010 Christine rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010-reads
From the creator of CSI comes the second “digi-novel” in the Steve Dark series. Although Steve Dark has left Special Circs, but is having trouble getting on with his life. Still trying to feel secure enough to reclaim a life with his daughter he somehow gets drawn into another series of grisly murders. Officially off the books and with a mysterious partner who has unlimited sources for everything, Steve runs a toe to toe footrace with Special Circs to stop the killers.

It is what it is, an entert
Apr 03, 2014 Phillipa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-mystery
I definitely preferred the first book, but this is definitely a series I'll keep reading. This one was just a little too disconnected for me, I wasn't afraid or remotely involved in the bad guys (if that makes sense), they weren't scary and certainly didn't seem to warrant "Level 26" status. Still, I'd recommend the series as a whole and look forward to the next one :)
Jun 15, 2011 Dufour rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, ipad-books
Terrible, terrible, TERRIBLE novel. Which is so disappointing given the interesting way the book unfolds as a "digi-novel" on the iPad. I bought this primarily to experience Zuiker's take on integrating multiple forms of media into a single storytelling experience. The presentation is extremely innovative.

Unfortunately the story itself is written at the quality of a mass market grocery store aisle paperback. It's cheesy, overwrought, and outright stupid in many places. The drama is retarded and
Linda  Branham Greenwell
I haven't read the first in this series yet, but after reading Dark Prophecy, I will certainly be catching up on the series. The characters are as flawed as the killers they hunt, yet somehow they rise above it all to catch these dregs of our society.

Throughout the book, the author adds little snippets of Dark's former life, and why he quit his job as a manhunter. Dark is such a fascinating character that I can't wait to see how his story starts out. This is the kind of book you take on a plane
Mar 13, 2014 Cessa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
eigentlich würde ich dem Buch sogar nur 2,5 Sterne geben aber ich will mal nicht so sein. für mich reicht der zweite Teil dieser reihe leider überhaupt nicht an den ersten ran. ich finde es nicht besonders spannend und sehr konstruiert. ..ich denke nicht dass ich den dritten Teil noch lesen werde
Andrea Salayová
I liked this book more than first one (Dark Origins), but only until the part, where killer/killers identity was uncovered. After that it was just long, boring and predictable. It was like a reverse gradation, which is probably the worst thing you could do while writing a book (which Edgar Allan Poe would definately tell you as the creator of this genre).

The method of the murders and theme od tarot cards was so strong, that it would really need some twist of the events at the end to surprise th
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Anthony E. Zuiker is the creator and executive producer of the American television show CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. He produced all three editions of the CSI franchise: CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, CSI: Miami and CSI: NY. Besides his work on CSI, he also founded the murder mystery show Whodunnit?. He also assisted in the writing of Terminator Salvation. He is currently involved in Blackbox ...more
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