I have mixed feelings about this book.
To begin with, I have to state that I am a big fan of CSI, especially the Las Vegas series. I am probably one of Gil Grissom’s biggest fans because he reminds me a little of Hercule Poirot. That is why when I saw this book and that its author is Anthony E. Zuiker, I was hooked.
And here comes the but part. As much as I would like to love the book I cannot bring myself to actually feel it. The first problem I had with the book was the videos. I have a very vivid imagination, and I kind of imagine the characters, but the videos robbed me of that. Moreover, not all videos are retold in the chapters so there is no going around them. I felt a little lied to since I felt like an observer to someone else’s dream no as a participant in the story as I usually do.
It was not all bad though. I have to confess that I am impressed with the villain, although he reminds me of someone I cannot quite remember. Sqweegel is just amazingly fucked up. Something in his head had gone very wrong. I would have loved to see what was the reason for his actions, what made a man so mad and pervert. Sadly there were just a few hints about his past, but nothing really concrete.
So, after all that talk it time for the rating.
The rating I am giving “Level 26: Dark Origins” by Anthony E. Zuiker
Idea: 3 out of 5
Storyline: 3 out of 5
Editing: 5 out of 5
Twists: 4 out of 5
Total = Willingness to read more from the same author 3.75 out of 5. I would probably read the next book out of pure curiosity but I if would not be right after this one.