Dark Prophecy (Level 26, #2)
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Dark Prophecy (Level 26 #2)

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Dark Prophecy: Book 2 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. Full description
Paperback, 383 pages
Published January 20th 2011 by Penguin (first published 2010)
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Reese Copeland
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
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Irina Lak
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
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)
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Mira Sun
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...more
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...more
Dec 20, 2011 Robbie rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  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 4 of 5 stars
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...more
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
*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...more
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...more
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...more
Joe Hempel
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...more
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...more
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 :)
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...more
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...more
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...more
Tom Brown
This is your standard escapist type of story. Personally, I felt like the characters in the first book had more likeability to them. This one seemed like no matter what, everyone was a villain to someone.

I'll likely read the third book out of respect for number one.
It's not that I didn't like the story line. I actually liked the idea of a tarot card killer (although not nearly as fascinating as Squeegal). What I didn't like about this sequel was the online clips. In the first book, you got to see Squeegal and various action shots and killing scenes. I felt like I was being shown something that wasn't in the book. But with Dark Prophecy, all the video clips were of Steve's tarot readings (with some flashbacks). That's just boring. I didn't feel that it gave...more
Vera VB
There are killers and there are serial killers, but among the last there are different levels. If the killer belongs to level26, he or she is smart, cruel, likes to torture, plays games with the police force, thinks he or she is untouchable. And then there is Dark, he is also smart, tortures if necessary, uses blunt force if necessary. He is suspected to be the killer he says he is hunting for. Is he?
This is the second novel in a series about Steve Dark who is a member of an elite government task force specializing in serial killers. The book is fast paced, if a little flat and mundane. Most of the characters seem rather ordinary for this genre, and the killings by The Tarot Card Killers are not as frightening as one would expect. I thought the most compelling aspect of the book is how deeply involved in our private lives the government has become after the events of September 11,th 2001. Th...more
Wan Ni
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Laurie O'shea
I did not think this was as good as the first book. Sqweegel was a classic , iconic killer along the lines of Hannibal Lecter. In this new installment, the focus was on Dark and his inner demons. There wasnt the build up or tension of hunting down a killer, it was more an introspective on Darks life. I was also very disappointed with the digi films. The first set were creepy and like little dark bites of what Dark was dealing with. The digi films in the second book were simply replays or filmed...more
Absolutely fabulous book! If you like a good serial killer book, this series is great. I highly recommend it. Now on to the third and final book.....
Terrible book. Why do some authors sell their main characters as heroes when they get them to act so dum.
The writing leaves a lot to be desired and some plot elements are just too unrealistic or plain stupid. For example: a female FBI agent is unable to shoot (misses) a large villain running up the stairs towards her, however, with the same villain on top of her, choking her out, she is able to shoot and destroy the mobile phone he dropped at the bottom of the flight of stairs... Yeah, right!!!...more
Petra Psohlavcová
Nějak moc věcí mi tam nesedělo - jako třeba vyložené tarotové karty pro hlavní postavu a série vražd podle stejného schematu vyložených karet... Jestli to tam bylo někde vysvětlené, tak asi dost mizerně... a ty filmy tentokrát dost poklesly s kvalitou.
I liked the first book in this series, Dark Origins, enough to proceed to this second one. The murderer is less creepy than Sqweegel, but the story as a whole is just as good, if not slightly better. The video clips that support the text are less punchy, less or a requisite to enjoying the tale, but better made and their interspesion in the book is more accomplished than it was in Dark Origins. Hughly recommended. I read it in a day, including viewing all the clips.
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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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