SERIAL KILLERS AREN T MADE, THEY RE BORN It is well known among law enforcement personnel that murderers can be categorized as belonging to one oflevels of evil, from the na ve opportunists starting our at levelto the organized, pre meditated torture murderers who inhabit levelWhat 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 accountable to no government and accounted for in no official ledger 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 ANYTHING HIS ALIAS SQWEEGEL HIS CLASSIFICATION LEVELClick here for a sneak peek Know on the website I regret that I have to say I finished this book I don t particularly like slasher torture books, for the same reason I don t go to slasher movies I should have stopped at the book cover Unfortunately once I start a book, I almost feel compelled to finish it Sigh Oh, well warning there is a spoiler later on in this review.The bad guy is creepy, extremely so The good guy, named Dark, is an emotional wreck, based on a previous encounter with the bad guy How s that for a natural set up I regret that I have to say I finished this book I don t particularly like slasher torture books, for the same reason I don t go to slasher movies I should have stopped at the book cover Unfortunately once I start a book, I almost feel compelled to finish it Sigh Oh, well warning there is a spoiler later on in this review.The bad guy is creepy, extremely so The good guy, named Dark, is an emotional wreck, based on a previous encounter with the bad guy How s that for a natural set up Of course, something the bad guy does forces Dark to join in the chase.So, the only thing that makes Dark part of the human race is his new wife, who,just happens to be pregnant Can you guess what the plot is What I don t get, is how these sick twisted freaks, who spend all their time plotting and performing gruesome murders, can be so loaded with money, they can have several places, or homes, hire private jets to fly all over the worldThere are a few inconsistencies in this novel We are expected to believe there is an secret organization in our government whose job it is to assassinate American citizens well, on the other hand with the Obama administration, maybe that isn t too far fetched In one sequence in the story., the good guy seems to magically appear to thwart one of the torture scenes, but the bad guy escapes it s not explained how Dark knew where to go, etc And then when Dark s wife is kidnapped, and tortured and killed, there is almost no reaction, other than he killed the creep And then he goes to the next case Wow From emotional cripple to fully functioning crime solver I don t get it, his foster family killed by the serial killer he collapses into booze and self pity but the love of his life is killed, brutally, and he becomes a mighty crime fighter Won t read the next in the series After finishing the whole series I still think that the first book was the best one And I loved the videos those were super awesome Would love to havebooks like this Still, remember when I brought it to school with me and talked about it with my friends One of the catchy phrases on the book cover was Chat with the killer Which meant that there is a video of the detective chatting with the killer And my friends were like you should be really careful Chatting with a killer What After finishing the whole series I still think that the first book was the best one And I loved the videos those were super awesome Would love to havebooks like this Still, remember when I brought it to school with me and talked about it with my friends One of the catchy phrases on the book cover was Chat with the killer Which meant that there is a video of the detective chatting with the killer And my friends were like you should be really careful Chatting with a killer What are you thinking D Fun times Dark Origins hit the world at just the right time, when overdramatic FBI depictions on television like Criminal Minds were all the rage It s not bad but I felt like it was trying too hard to push itself as this incredible psychological horror akin to Silence of the Lambs or Session 9 when really it was just recycling the same pattern of similar stories that we ve all seen time and time again Its dialogue felt way too over the top and cheesy, and its characters were unbelievably ridiculous for Dark Origins hit the world at just the right time, when overdramatic FBI depictions on television like Criminal Minds were all the rage It s not bad but I felt like it was trying too hard to push itself as this incredible psychological horror akin to Silence of the Lambs or Session 9 when really it was just recycling the same pattern of similar stories that we ve all seen time and time again Its dialogue felt way too over the top and cheesy, and its characters were unbelievably ridiculous for the most part I don t ask for any kind of literary high mindedness when I read throw away modern crime novels This book, however, has some of the worst prose I have ever read, but the scene where the killer flenses the hair in his anus was a treat.Duane Swierczynski writes amazing comic books He does You should go out and pick up his runs on Immortal Iron Fist and Werewolf by Night In the Blood What you should absolutely avoid is this interactive novel that he co wrote with the creator of, ugh, the tel I don t ask for any kind of literary high mindedness when I read throw away modern crime novels This book, however, has some of the worst prose I have ever read, but the scene where the killer flenses the hair in his anus was a treat.Duane Swierczynski writes amazing comic books He does You should go out and pick up his runs on Immortal Iron Fist and Werewolf by Night In the Blood What you should absolutely avoid is this interactive novel that he co wrote with the creator of, ugh, the television show CSI.I feel like the scripts and teleplays from episodes of CSI, the worst crime drama recreation ever to air on television, would make forliterary read than this book The hack writing of the show would be easier to follow and only half as convoluted The premise drew me in enough to make me pick the book up instead of straight out selling it onwhen it came in the mail from a book club I belong to A Level 26 killer, a new kind of killer that surpasses all other killers ever known to man This is a new breed of killer because the scale stops at 25 Problem with this premise No killer ranked currently surpasses level 22 currently and the killer in the book is no exception There is nothing that this killer does that outranks Gacy or Gary Ridgway I m not saying that this isn t brutal, but it doesn t match the premise The killer only eludes the police for nearly 30 years, which, as most people know, Ridgway almost did as well so yeahWhat makes this killer different Absolutely nothing It couldn t be sold on it s own merit so it had to come up with a selling point and I admittedly fell for it But about 30 pages in I began to realize that the book wasn t what it had claimed So instead of getting something new, we get a rehashing of Thomas Harris Red Dragon, and that is really all this book is What I would have preferred was a very single minded killer and an in depth analysis of the killer and motives Instead, he kills anyone he wants This is supposed to make himdangerous What it makes him is unbelievable and cartoonish You want a good serial killer book, or at least a decent one Read Red Dragon Better yet, watch serial killer movies like Henry Portrait of a Serial Killer and Maniac Or read one of the many non fiction books on actual serial killers because they are actually worth the time and energy and all theshocking for being REAL.Take this book and flense someone s anus with it