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What lies underneath

The Dark Net Book Cover The Dark Net
Benjamin Percy
Fiction, horror, contemporary horror, thriller, crime
Hodder & Stoughton
November 2, 2017

The dark net is an online shadowland for criminals to operate anonymously, but when a demonic force begins to hack the minds of its users there is nowhere left to hide. Twelve-year-old HANNAH has been fitted with a high-tech prosthetic that restores her sight, but can't understand why she can now see shadows surrounding certain people. LELA, an emotionally shut-off, technophobic journalist stumbles onto a story nobody wants her to uncover. A story someone will kill to keep hidden. A former evangelist, MIKE, suffers demons - figurative and literal - and keeps an arsenal of weapons stored in the basement of the homeless shelter he runs. And DEREK is a hacker who believes himself a soldier, part of a cyber army dedicated to changing the world for the better. With the virus spreading throughout the net and an ancient evil threatening to break lose on the real world, it falls to these strangers to stop the rising darkness. THE DARK NET is a cracked-mirror version of the digital nightmare we already live in, a timely and wildly imaginative techno-thriller about the evil that lurks in real and virtual spaces, and the power of a united few to fight back. **************** Praise for THE DARK NET 'THE DARK NET is a megawatt defibrillator to the reader's heart' - Dean Koontz 'An impressive, propulsive narrative velocity at work here' - Metro 'THE DARK NET kicked my ass with its deft mash-up of both blackhat hacker culture and black magic. A fast, fantastic, throat-punch of a read' - Chuck Wendig, New York Times bestselling author of Blackbirds and Zer0es

A very scary read. A Stephen King for the digital age.

Now I already knew that there was a Dark Net, and I knew something about what happens there, so for me, this story just extrapolated its possibilities.

As it says: “Everything is Code”, Everyone is Code”. And just as computers and humans have viruses so in this novel they have worked out how to transfer a computer virus to a human. A dark and deadly virus. A lot of death then ensues.

I am not really a horror story person, I avoid them usually including all the post-apocalyptic stuff, but take computers and add networks and I get interested. I wouldn’t say that I loved the writing style, but the story itself was compelling in the battle between light and dark, and the premise that All Souls Day is the easiest day for Dark to escape into the world. I would have thought All Hallows Eve – the night before, but all the various religions agree that it is this time of year that the skin of the world is thinnest for things to ‘break through’ and for death to enter.

Lela as a character was interesting in a semi-disgusting way – her obsession with getting into print. But Hannah one empathises with, and her final destination is different and interesting.


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