The Dark Net by Benjamin PercyThe Dark Net by Benjamin Percy

The Dark Net

byBenjamin Percy

Hardcover | August 1, 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&nbspnow, an ancient darkness is gathering there as well. These demons are threatening to spread virally into the real world&nbspunless they can be stopped by members of a ragtag crew: Twelve-year-old Hannah, who has been fitted with the Mirage-a high-tech visual prosthetic to combat her blindness-wonders why she sees shadows surrounding some people. Lela, a technophobic&nbspjournalist, 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.
&nbspThey have no idea what the Dark Net&nbsp really &nbspcontains.
BENJAMIN PERCY has won a Whiting Award, a Plimpton Prize, two Pushcart Prizes, and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. He is the author of the novels The Dead Lands, Red Moon, and The Wilding, two story collections, and an essay collection, Thrill Me . He also writes the Green Arrow  and  Teen Titans  ser...
Title:The Dark NetFormat:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.02 inPublished:August 1, 2017Publisher:Houghton Mifflin HarcourtLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0544750330

ISBN - 13:9780544750333

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Different from what I thought When I first stumbled across The Dark Net by Benjamin Percy on a list of summer releases, it jumped right up to the top of my TBR pile and became one of my most anticipated reads for August. After reading a few other novels that discussed the dark net and the secret underbelly of the web, I couldn’t wait to dive into this one and creep myself out reading about this anonymous and criminal arena. This book ended up being 100% completely different from what I was expecting. The novel follows several characters: a young girl, Hannah, who is blind. She is being fitted for a high-tech visual prosthetic that is supposed to help her see. There is a journalist, Lela, who stumbles across a dark story that should have been kept hidden. There is Mike Juniper, a man who runs a homeless shelter to try and make up for the sins of his past and Derek, a hacker. This random array of people comes together to try and fight literal demons that are hiding within the web. Marketed as a horror novel, I was completely shocked to find out this one read more like paranormal sci-fi; I didn’t expect actual demons (who appear sometimes are dark orbs and other times in physical manifestations) to be plaguing these characters. The first place my mind jumped to was that episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer where the demon is using the school’s computers to manipulate students and try to gain power (anyone else remember that one?). Now, just because this one was completely not was I was expecting, didn’t mean I didn’t enjoy it. This one did have an Ania Ahlborn vibe; sort of that manipulation and the walk of the fine line between paranormal and realism. It also sort of reminded me of The Twelve by Justin Cronin. The Dark Net had that ominous tone; it felt like something was always lurking around the corner or that doom was approaching. I was thoroughly entertained throughout as I watched all of these mismatched characters come together and I felt like Percy did a great job at creating their connections. Fast paced and addictive, it didn’t take me long to fly through the pages and it had several spine-chilling moments that I relished in; there was a particular moment on page 144 that had me creeped right out. Overall, I feel like whoever wrote the synopsis of this book did it a disservice and I feel like there will be several readers who will feel mislead, but, if you are able to get around that and read this novel for what it is: which is deliciously addictive and creepy fun, then I would say you will enjoy it!
Date published: 2017-08-01

Editorial Reviews

A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice Minnesota Book Award finalist An Indie Next Pick An iBooks Most Anticipated Mystery & Thriller Selection A Powell's Books Staff Pick An Amazon Best Book of the Month, Mysteries and Thrillers A rare cyber thriller that will keep your eyes focused as you turn pages breathlessly." - The Washington Book Review "Percy's greatest strength- and he has many- has always been his world building? those who only know of Percy's work through his meteoric success in comic books will find THE DARK NET to be the perfect crossover work to his novels. Action packed, fast-paced, and incredibly imaginative, THE DARK NET is yet another feather in Benjamin Percy's cap." - Crimespree Magazine "Of all the things that The Dark Net is, the greatest is that it's a Blob-swallowing thing? if you're into Benjamin Percy's work, you'll love this, and if you don't even know who Benjamin Percy is, this book will make you want to devour his other books." - PANK Magazine "Maybe you've read it before. But you haven't read it like Percy can write it."- The Lewiston Tribune "Fast-paced demonic cyber-thriller? Percy keeps it suspenseful and compelling from the first page. The authentic Portland, Oregon, setting with a pivotal scene in Powell's Bookstore is also a draw. Think twice before accessing this on an e-reader, unless you think can handle the extra layer of terror." - Booklist "Percy ( The Dead Lands ) turns in a fast-paced thriller with crisp, honest dialogue and well-imagined characters. His premise is fanciful yet anchored in believability." - Library Journal "Percy takes the darkest conspiracy theories you can imagine and makes them the stuff of nightmares? .humankind is held responsible for its irresponsibility, paying the price for all the convenience we take for granted, for our obsession with the digital world? the message is effective and scary? there's something undeniably creepy about the thought that your smartphone can possess you. A gory cautionary tale." - Kirkus "Percy's blend of cyberpunk-style sf and occult horror is a perfect combo for summer chills." - Library Journal "Benjamin Percy's distinctive brand of horror fiction? is on full display in The Dark Net . The novel blends aspects of techno-thrillers with supernatural horror for page-turning results. Percy is no stranger to unlikely genre fusions, but The Dark Net 's idiosyncratic brew is particularly enticing."- Shelf Awareness "Written in vivid, often lyrical prose, but with exhilarating comic-book energy, THE DARK NET is a megawatt defibrillator to the reader's heart. Quirky but very human characters confront an explosive emergence of the supernatural into our world, in this imaginative, spooky, swiftly paced tale threaded through with dark humor." - Dean Koontz "THE DARK NET kicked my ass with its deft mash-up of both blackhat hacker culture and black magic. Percy reveals an upgraded, rebooted battle between good versus evil - a fast, fantastic, throat-punch of a read." - Chuck Wendig, NYT bestselling author of Blackbirds and Zer0es "Benjamin Percy's THE DARK NET channels the spirit of your favorite sprawling and epic, 1980's horror/thriller novels into a tightly paced, nasty, unrelenting 21st century nightmare. An addictive and frightening read." - Paul Tremblay, author of A Head Full of Ghosts and Disappearance at Devil's Rock "Beautifully written, as extravagant as the night sky but way more cool, The Dark Net demonstrates Benjamin Percy's soft-footed yet industrial-strength imagination, storytelling mastery, deep curious infatuated humanity, and his total willingness to throw himself off one narrative cliff after another. This is horror literature's bebop, bold, smart, confident in its capacity to redefine its genre from the ground up. Read this book, but take a firm grip on your hat before you start."-Peter Straub"