The Dark Net by Benjamin Percy

The Dark Net

Hell on earth is only one click of a mouse away… 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. This force is threatening to spread virally into the real world u...

Title:The Dark Net
Author:
Rating:
ISBN:0544750330
Edition Language:English
Number of Pages:272 pages

The Dark Net Reviews

  • Zuky the BookBum

    I really think that the synopsis for this book is not up to scratch! Although, yes, the synopsis is what initially drew me to this book, after reading it I can say that the book is

    better than the synopsis would make you believe!

    This book tackles the subject of good and evil, with references to demons and black magic… which I didn’t get at all from the synopsis! I was expecting this to have a much deeper involvement with the dark net, what’s on it and how it’s used. While yes, there is tha

    I really think that the synopsis for this book is not up to scratch! Although, yes, the synopsis is what initially drew me to this book, after reading it I can say that the book is

    better than the synopsis would make you believe!

    This book tackles the subject of good and evil, with references to demons and black magic… which I didn’t get at all from the synopsis! I was expecting this to have a much deeper involvement with the dark net, what’s on it and how it’s used. While yes, there is that to the book, it’s not necessarily it’s main focus.

    To begin with, this lack of talk about the dark net actually made me hesitant about the book. I was expecting something so much different to what I was reading, I felt really disappointed. But, that feeling didn’t last for long. This is so unlike anything I’ve ever read before and that made everything about this book really exciting. Not to mention, this is a super clever book! It uses real life scenarios that we can all relate to, or at least know about, and explains it with a black magic twist.

    For example, when talking about demon possession, it explains how small demons can take over and that causes a man to plow a lorry through a busy crowd, or a school shooting – a one off awful occasion in history. But when a big, strong demon comes along, it can posses not only a person, but a nation. It uses examples of the Holocaust and the Rwandan Genocide, which I thought was really smart!

    Characters in this book were excellent, but there were quite a lot of them that we needed to get to know. Juniper was by far my favourite of the bunch, Sarin coming in at a close second. I loved that there was a strong, bad-ass female character who wasn’t irritating (Lela, I’m looking at you!).

    As for the story, I will say that it feels a bit all over the place at times. It’s not difficult to wrap your head around but there are a lot of things pulled in to the story at different times and this sometimes got a bit manic. This is classed as a horror novel, and for me, there definitely were some creepy bits. The hounds especially made my skin crawl.

    Overall, I ended up really loving this novel. It was short and sweet (although it almost took me a whole 7 days to read), and it was exciting, creepy and fast-paced! A great novel for anyone who likes a darker thriller. Lots of gruesome deaths and bad-ass characters.

  • Blair

    Reading this book was like riding a somewhat shoddy rollercoaster. You get on, and at first it's exciting, but after a while you realise it's similar to one you rode a while ago, and that one wasn't very good. Then you decide that, since you can't get off the thing, you may as well try to enjoy it anyway. And in the end, although it's not a great experience, you have to admit that you had a

    amount of fun.

    reminded me why I usually avoid this type of lurid fantasy-horror: to m

    Reading this book was like riding a somewhat shoddy rollercoaster. You get on, and at first it's exciting, but after a while you realise it's similar to one you rode a while ago, and that one wasn't very good. Then you decide that, since you can't get off the thing, you may as well try to enjoy it anyway. And in the end, although it's not a great experience, you have to admit that you had a

    amount of fun.

    reminded me why I usually avoid this type of lurid fantasy-horror: to me it feels like the trashiest of trash, more intellectually bankrupt than a whole pile of identikit thrillers and chick lit. Books like this inevitably hook me at the start, when they're all about atmosphere and creepiness and establishing character, but when they begin their slide into the ludicrous, my interest wanes. That said, there's something inescapably compelling about such over-the-top tales, and as you might doggedly watch a daft horror film through to the end (while rolling your eyes at every new, ridiculous development) I

    want to finish it.

    In this particular case, gigantic hellhounds, possessed serial killers and a Portland secretly riven by turf wars between keepers of the 'Light' and 'Dark' are all thrown into the mix well before the dark net demons of the title make an appearance. (In fact, the blurb is kind of misleading – the dark net element becomes crucial in the last act, but prior to that, most of what happens has nothing much to do with the internet. The protagonist is a woman whose defining characteristic is that she's a technophobe who can barely send an email.) In a style that seems to be typical of the genre, actions are very kinetic in this book. Nobody ever presses or opens anything, they 'punch', 'snap' and 'thumb'; nobody ever writes, they 'scratch down notes' – a persistent detail that makes it sound like all the characters are using cheap fountain pens.

    I hoped this novel would fulfil my cravings for clever, subtle digital horror, something like Alexander Weinstein's

    or Luke Kennard's

    with a little more of a horror edge. I've read some good short stories on this theme: 'Feature Development for Social Networking' by Benjamin Rosenbaum, 'The Game' by Joanne Harris, 'Friends' by Richard Crompton and (as mentioned in

    ) an episode of the podcast

    titled 'Binary'. But this has more in common with the likes of Joe Hill's

    David Wong's

    and Grady Hendrix's

    – which is to say that it's entertaining, but too far-fetched and blood-spattered for my taste.

    This would have been a two-star book, but a couple of things bumped it up for me towards the end: 1) there wasn't any romance in it, despite a fairly obvious pairing – kudos for that – and 2) I loved the epilogue.

    The Dark Net

    |

    |

    |

  • Paromjit

    This is a book that turned out to be different from what I expected it to be, it is more fantasy and horror than a straight forward technological read. Set in Portland, Oregon, Lela is a luddite workaholic reporter, with a remarkable dog, Hemingway, writing for The Oregonian, always looking for that exclusive story with the help of Josh. Her niece, 12 year old Hannah is blind but finds herself fitted with The Mirage, a trial experimental device that allows her to see, and gives her the gift of s

    This is a book that turned out to be different from what I expected it to be, it is more fantasy and horror than a straight forward technological read. Set in Portland, Oregon, Lela is a luddite workaholic reporter, with a remarkable dog, Hemingway, writing for The Oregonian, always looking for that exclusive story with the help of Josh. Her niece, 12 year old Hannah is blind but finds herself fitted with The Mirage, a trial experimental device that allows her to see, and gives her the gift of seeing the dark shadows of evil. Mike Juniper runs the homeless shelter, The Weary Traveller, he is a man who came back from the dead to became a lucrative evangelist, contracting terminal cancer only to be saved by Sarin. Derek is a cyber genius hacker, akin to Anonymous. Lela, Hannah, Mike, and Derek with the help of Sarin, Lump, Josh and Hemingway find themselves working together to battle demons and all the ancient evil darkness that spills out through the dark net to wreak horror in Portland.

    Lela is investigating an odd company, Undertown, which has purchased The Rue Apartments, on which there is precious little information. Finding red right hands at a macabre murder scene, just like those at the crime scenes of serial killer, Tusk, but he is a dead man. Lela finds herself on a construction site taking pictures of the men working there, and escapes with the relic of a deformed skull. This brings dark forces on her tail, and endanger the life of her sister, Cheryl and Hannah. Roaming the streets of Portland are strange hounds. Lela, Cheryl and Hannah find themselves at Mike's place under the misplaced idea that they have found a safe place only to encounter death and destruction. In a story that takes in astral travel to fight demons and efforts to close the open doors that feed the never ending horror, we see Mike once again return from the dead, as this group of people, and Hemingway, are willing to die to put an end to all the overflowing darkness threatening to destroy the world through the dark net.

    This is an entertaining read with a technological side that really comes to the fore in the latter stages of the novel. Benjamin Percy has put together a great set of eccentric and weird characters, along with the child, Hannah, wise beyond her years, adding a new and pivotal front to the ancient battle between the forces of light and dark in the world. There is plenty of suspense, tension and thrills to keep the reader enthralled and gripped. The epilogue sees the possibility for most of the characters to return in a potential sequel. Many thanks to Hodder and Stoughton for an ARC.

Free Books is in no way intended to support illegal activity. We uses Search API to find the overview of books over the internet, but we don't host any files. All document files are the property of their respective owners, please respect the publisher and the author for their copyrighted creations. If you find documents that should not be here please report them. Read our DMCA Policies and Disclaimer for more details.