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Dexter- The Book, The Series, The Story-A Review Part 3

Updated on November 4, 2010

Warning-Spoiler Alert!

Again, I will be reveling major plot points from the book as well as season three. Proceed with caution.

Moloch appears in the Hebrew of 1 Kings 11:7

"Then did Solomon build a high place for Chemosh, the abomination of Moab, in the hill that is before Jerusalem, and lmlk, the abomination of the Sons of Ammon."

Dexter In The Dark- Season 3

The third installment finds Dexter in a new mess. Still working as a Blood Spatter Analyst for the Miami Metro Police Department, Homicide Division; the plot is so far beyond comparative in any shape, form or fashion. The plots couldn't be more different.

In The Book...Dexter is gearing up to start his new married life with Rita and the kids. Dexter's Dark Passenger is the main character in this story. Starting off it gives the back-story of where the Dark Passenger came from, going the supernatural route. In the series I grew to know Dexter's Dark Passenger as the dark part of Dexter. The thing inside him that makes him have the urge to kill. In the book the Dark Passenger is treated as a completely separate entity and not just the darkness inside him. Dating back to the beginning of time we follow the Dark Passenger as it tries to decide what it is looking for and what it is. Referred to only as IT, It realizes that it can inhabit other creatures and it enjoys making its host kill.

Present time, it follow Dexter through a series of crime scenes at a college campus where bodies are burned, beheaded and the head replaced with a ceramic ornate bull head. Dexter finds that the way the bodies are treated makes his inner Dark Passenger retreat. He spends the book trying to find out why this has happened while trying to teach Cody and Astor a few things. Centering the rest of the plot around Moloch and the story of King Solomon in the bible, Dexter somehow makes the connection that Moloch is actually a kind of Dark Passenger himself.

In The Series...The television series takes a completely different route for season three. We find Dexter recovering from his close call in season 2 on the hunt for a new kill. In the process he kills an innocent by accident, the brother of the district attorney Miguel Prado.(Played by Jimmy Smits)

While caught in the act of his next kill, Freebo (the man assumed to be his brothers killer), by Miguel a new relationship is formed. Miguel is brought into cohorts with Dexter, while attempting to teach him the Code of Harry, he realizes that Miguel Prado is not the controlled killer that Dexter is. The season follows their story through Miguel's first kill, his betrayal to Dexter, his rogue kill and on to his death. All while Dexter tries to maintain his job, his wedding plans, a new killer on the loose, and his Dark Passenger.

The Main Plot

The main plot is obviously very different in these two. The book has taken off in a completely different direction from the series. The similarities really stop beyond the main plot of Dexter being a lovable serial killer, his relationship with Rita becomes more permanent in both the book and the series. His relationship with Astor and Cody aren't even the same. From here on out the books are pretty much on their own path, intersecting only slightly in a few areas.

The Major Plot Differences

 In The Book... Dexter is left without his Dark Passenger while he confronts a supernatural force that is the beginning of his own Dark Passenger.

In The Series...Dexter fights to keep himself afloat as he tries to juggle his family, his job and his new "friend" Miguel Prado.

The major plot differences is just about all the plot in both the series and the book. The main plot running through the series and the book is the wedding of Dexter to Rita. The differences in that run through the need for Dexter to get away in the book. He finds he wished he never had accidentally proposed in the first place but comes across as if he is "taking it like a champ" by marrying her so not to lose his cover. He also doesn't want Cody and Astor to stray from the path he plans to lay down for them to tame Cody's Dark Passenger as well. In the series Dexter actually proposed more then once, trying to win Rita over after she continually said no. When he was finally capable of laying out a heartfelt proposal (lovingly snagged words from a murderer), she finally caved and said yes. 

A Quick Review

The Book: Dexter In The Dark. I give this book 3 out of 5. The book is well written as a stand alone story plot, but I dislike the direction it was taken with the children. Dexter to me seems more aloof in the books and not as easily connected with. 

The Series: Season 3 was another season that didn't disappoint. I would give it a 4 out of 5. It was a fantastic fast-paced season with a crazy plot. You never know what will happen next.


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      SognoPiccolo 6 years ago from Wilmington, Ohio

      I had a hard time swallowing this one compared to the others. I feel really bad that I haven't had the chance to read and review the other books yet as I've been moving a bazillion times since I last wrote this one. I hope I can get excited about the next book though. Maybe some fresh eyes will renew me in the series again. I think I just burnt myself out on them reading them all so quickly while watching the series at the same time lol. =)Thank you for reading and commenting! =)

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      Catnalf 6 years ago

      I absolutely love both series. I just finished Dexter in the Dark. I love that he's training Cody and Astor. I wish they would have at least kept that with Cody's character in the tv series. I think it adds to the story.

      I was pretty interested with the King Solomon angle. I wonder where Lindsey did his research to come up with that one. I give the book a 4/5. It's kind of boring without Dex's shadow, but I really liked it beyond that.

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      SognoPiccolo 7 years ago from Wilmington, Ohio

      the book and the series are nothing alike in plot really after the first book except a few key plot points and most/all the characters. I have not read the fourth or the fifth book as of yet as of being so unimpressed with the supernatural twist the plot has taken on. I hope to be able to find time to do so in the near future though so I can continue the reviews as a whole. Thank you for reading! =)

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      Cassandra Mantis 7 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

      Wow, I feel embarrassed at being a huge fan of the TV series and yet I have not read the books! Now you have really whetted my appetite here! Cheers! Thanks for the great review here too.