The Dark Net

The Dark Net

A Novel

Book - 2017
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Hell on earth is only one click of a mouse away…

“Thrilling . . . one of the best Stephen King novels not written by the master himself. . . . The setup promises furious action, and Percy delivers, like [Richard] Matheson, like King. . . An awfully impressive literary performance.”—New York Times Book Review

“[An] imaginative, spooky, swiftly paced tale threaded through with dark humor.”—Dean Koontz
 
“Percy’s blend of cyberpunk-style SF and occult horror is a perfect combo for summer chills.”—Library Journal


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 unless it 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 journalist, 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.

Set in present-day Portland, 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.


Baker & Taylor
When the criminal underworld of the internet gives way to the viral spread of ancient demons, an adolescent with visual prosthetics, a technophobic journalist, a former child evangelist, and a cyber hacker activist become the world's unlikely defenders.

Baker
& Taylor

When the criminal underworld of the internet gives way to the viral spread of ancient demons, an adolescent with visual prosthetics, a technophobic journalist, a former child evangelist and a cyber hacker activist become the world's unlikely defenders. 40,000 first printing.
"Hell on earth is only one click of a mouse away in acclaimed writer Benjamin Percy's terrifying new horror novel

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. Andnow, an ancient darkness is gathering there as well. These demons are threatening to spread virally into the real worldunless 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 technophobicjournalist 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 Netreallycontains"--

Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, c2017
ISBN: 9780544750333
Branch Call Number: FIC PER
Characteristics: 256 p. ;,24 cm.

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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.

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amylee290
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 ... ?!?!?!

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StarGladiator
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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