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Interesting gimmick, bad book, worse execution.,
This review is from: Level 26: Dark Origins (Hardcover)
I picked this up because it was "the first diginovel", and I'm a technophile, so why not. Here's why not: Imagine watching a movie. The main character is a detective chasing one of the most dangerous serial killers ever. The serial killer sends a movie clip on a USB stick for the detective to watch. Just as the detective goes to put the stick into her laptop, she turns, looks directly into the camera and says "if you want to know what was on the USB stick, turn to page 43 in your book." The movie waits for a few seconds and the picks up with the detective talking to her partner about how incredibly awful the images in the movie were.
That's the way this book goes. You read the text until it comes to some point and then you're supposed to go online to watch a short film clip. Even if you happen to be near a computer at the time (and not, say, reading while on a break from work), the clips are not that insightful. But the book is consistently written so that you will get the impression you're missing something important unless you view the clips.
So, the diginovel thing didn't work out. What about the story itself? Meh. The author is the original creator of CSI. This story should have been saved for one of the CSI episodes as a long running arc (like the miniature killer from the original CSI). There is enough development in the story and pacing to sustain that. The book itself just seems to fall flat.
The good news is it's a quick read and won't take more than a few days to work through. The bad news is the ending is a desperate hope to be the start of a series.
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Initial post: Sep 22, 2009 5:40:12 AM PDT
Reading the phony 5 star reviews, this was my complaint exactly. The scariest part of this book is the publisher paying "reviewers" to plant great reviews.
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