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Zak Bagans' 'Dark World' : A Review
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For many people, Bagans is becoming a pioneer in the world of paranormal investigating. If you're a skeptic, nervous about ghosts or just living under a rock, let me fill you in just a little bit of who Bagans is and what he's all about. Bagans is the lead investigator of the Ghost adventures Crews, Travel Channel, where he and his cohorts Nick Groff and Aaron Goodwin go into the world's most haunted hot spots looking for proof of the spiritual world. Where Ghost Adventures differs form other ghost shows, is that it's just three guys with three cameras inside a location. Without any production teams or camera crews, the show feels more genuine. Organic. Using provocation, Zak does all he can to try and draw out any spirits, demons or lost souls that lurk in each dark, cob web choked corner. With that said, I know what you're thinking, (and believe me, I thought it too) that a book based on a TV series is just a ploy to cash in on their ten minutes of fame. I couldn't have been more wrong. While the book does focus a lot on the (mis)adventures of the crew, the book actually gives readers a new perspective about the world of paranormal investigations and the details of what goes on behind the scenes.
It's true that the meat of the book are Zaks's recounts of some of the more popular and controversial investigations, but you also find out about some of the paranormal evidence gathered that didn't make it on air. It's quite interesting to see how different events affected Zak. I also felt like the book filled in some of the blanks of certain investigations. Proveglia Island is a perfect example. The episode shuts itself down just as Zak starts personally feeling affected by a spirit and we're left wondering what happened. Zak retells the event, what happened, how he felt and how Nick and Aaron reacted as well. We also get a deeper look at such infamous investigations as the Goldfield Hotel and Bobby Mackey's. The book isn't all ghouls and goblins, but there is a surprising amount of science discussed. Zak goes on to detail the equipment he uses and the science as to how they work. He also details different theorys as to why the spirit plane exists, each one fascinating and thought provoking in it's own way. So there is really a little something for everyone here.
I have no doubt that Zak is an intelligent man and the working inside the text proves it. However, in my mind, I hear his voice narrating the book just like he does on the show. Interesting, intense but verging on the edge of corny. The only real issue that I had with the book is the amount of product dropping throughout. He mentions plenty of films and products, and I wonder if maybe it was a ploy to make a few extra bucks. Or maybe it's just a personality thing, who knows...
I read the book because I am a fan of the show, but as it turns out, there's a little something for everyone in it. For the nice mix of science and paranormal presented in a rather intelligent manner, Zak earns a very respectable four stars from me.