The Dark Net

The Dark Net

Book - 2017
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"The dark net is real. An anonymous and often criminal arena that exists in the secret, far reaches of the Web, some use it to manage Bitcoins, pirate movies and music, or traffic in drugs and stolen goods. And now, an ancient darkness is gathering there as well. These demons are threatening to spread virally into the real world, unless they can be stopped by members of a ragtag crew: Twelve-year-old Hannah, who has been fitted with the Oculus, a high-tech visual prosthetic to combat her blindness, wonders why she sees shadows surrounding some people ; a techno phobic journalist named Lela has stumbled upon a story nobody wants her to uncover ; Mike Juniper--a one-time child evangelist who suffers from personal and literal demons--has an arsenal of weapons stored in the basement of the homeless shelter he runs ; and Derek, a hacker with a cause, believes himself a soldier of the Internet, part of a cyber army akin to Anonymous. They have no idea what the dark net really contains"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017.
ISBN: 9780544750333
Characteristics: xii, 256 pages ; 24 cm


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May 29, 2019

Given the title, I thought this would be more of a paranoid techno thriller, but it has more supernatural elements and not as much to do with the Internet as you might think. It does have epigraphs from Milton and William Gibson, so you can't fault its ambition. It's a decent genre read, but the elements don't really come together. I did like the Portland setting. There's a non-fiction book with the same title.

May 30, 2018

Good read, hi-tech with a bit of Stephen King thrown in

sit_walk Nov 08, 2017

Enjoyable although lots of disbelief suspension required. I expected more. It reads like a movie pitch or comic script more than anything. The quote from Dean Kootz on the book cover says, "Written in vivid, often lyrical prose." Um... not so much.

Oct 05, 2017

I gave up on this book half way through. Weird and dull. Oh, and as far as I had read... had NOTHING TO DO with the internet ... ?!?!?!

Aug 06, 2017

Kind of a cross between Dean Koontz, F. Paul Wilson with a sprinkling of Clive Barker - - entertaining read and interesting synthesis, fictionally speaking.
[Thought the Publishers Weekly review was overly critical and somewhat inept.]


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