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Publisher's Summary

Unlock a new level of fear. It is well known among law enforcement personnel that murderers can be categorized on a scale of 25 levels of evil, from the naive opportunists starting out at Level 1 to the organized, premeditated torture-murderers who inhabit Level 25. What almost no one knows - except for the elite unnamed investigations group assigned to hunt down the world's most dangerous killers, a group of men and women accounted for in no official ledger, headed by the brilliant but reluctant operative Steve Dark - is that a new category of killer is in the process of being defined. Only one man belongs to this group. His targets: Anyone. His methods: Unlimited. His alias: Sqweegel. His classification: Level 26.
©2007 Anthony E. Zuiker; (P)2009 Penguin
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4 out of 5 stars
By Katie on 09-22-09

People are being way too harsh...

I really liked this book. I will admit that I enjoy my share of Koontz, Patterson and Coben, however. I was really in the mood for a book that wasn't too, too deep (you know the kind...the ones you put in your living room to make yourself look intelligent) and this definitely fit the bill.

Everyone is reviewing it as terrible. Listen, the genre is what it is. I loved the narration and I was in the mood for the gore. If you don't like books like that don't read this one. Don't crucify it, though, for not being a crappy romance novel.

It's good. Obviously he left it open for a sequel. When it comes out, I'll read it.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Mobilis on 09-15-09

Cyber-bridges give creepy depth

Level 26 is a cross-platform experience; it's a book backed up by some wickedly creepy online content. Honestly, though, without the cyber-bridges, I probably would have given this book only three stars.

The book was created by the same guy who created the CSI television shows, and since I tend to like dark, gritty fiction, I liked this very much. That said, there wasn't a lot of character development, and everyone fits neatly into one little box; the good guys are all good, and the bad guys are bad, and the government is shadowy and cruel.

If you like books that are both creepy and gory, you'll like this. If you like police procedurals, you probably won't, because it requires a very strong suspension of disbelief, both in the abilities of the antagonist and the ham-handed attitudes and overall incompetence of law enforcement.

This book is the gory equivalent of chick-lit; light in plot and character development, heavy in timekilling fictional fun. I enjoyed the book and the online content VERY much, and look forward to the sequel.

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