The Dark Net Paperback – 3 Aug 2017
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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)
This is one hell of a body of work. Red Moon is about the rise of extremist, The Dead Lands about the decline of the American Dream, The Dark Net about privacy, surveillance and our technocratic state. They have nothing to do with one another, except that they're all dark mirrors to the now: genre fiction used in its hardest-hitting and most daring way. (Pornokitsch)
Simply a cracking read. It is fast paced, and left me reeling in places. I highly recommend The Dark Net. (Brew & Books Review)
An impressive, propulsive narrative velocity at work here (Metro)
Verdict: A truly dark urban horror tale (Sci-Fi Bulletin)
Simply a cracking read. It is fast paced, and left me reeling in places. I highly recommend The Dark Net (Brew & Books Review)
Percy's narrative is as lean as a jaguar, and it sprints ahead with a clean, swift motion . . . Restrained yet lyrical, his prose raises his characters off the page, while making Portland more than a generic urban setting. (Locus)
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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.
Written in – at times – a rather terse, urgent manner, it is a pacey, fast-moving and rather pulpy tale; characters are introduced with a degree of background story in each case and the technological scenario is quickly established; it appears set-up for one type of thriller then quickly becomes something more akin to Dennis Wheatley (a reference I'm sure Percy would appreciate) with demons, black magic and all the trappings of the occult.
A relatively straight-forward good versus evil scenario, the tech. twist will appeal to just about all readers, as it is topical and even (within rather obvious limits) plausible.
A fairly fast and enjoyable read; an undemanding mixture of tech/horror/fantasy that perhaps isn't all that original in places, but is entertaining and absorbing as a whole.
My personal rating is 3 ½ stars, but it is worth checking out if you like any of the aspects of horror fiction I've mentioned above.
The Dark Net is a gutsy, gritty and alarming Techno-Thriller about facing the darkness surrounding us from all sides. Encompassing technology, action, horror and religious elements, Percy has created a story akin to Constantine that is part metaphor and part kicking evil’s arse. The plot follows several characters that are brought together to face the rising threat of a hostile take-over of evil entities.
The story mainly follows techno-phobic Lela, a sensationalist journalist, who is constantly looking for the next huge story and Mike Juniper, an ex-evangelist who came face to face with darkness and lived… just. Lela stumbles upon a story that will cost her everything, she wanted the story of a lifetime and now she may die because of it, her distaste for technology might be the only thing that could save her. Mike’s confrontation with the shadows changed his life and when he survived he knew he needed to help those in need. He is blessed with the light and is prepared for the shadows that will eventually come knocking at his door. There are other key characters but their inclusion is limited and I don’t want to give too much away. These unlikely comrades band together to go head-to-head with pure evil.
The modern twist in The Dark Net is the medium of the internet. The Dark Net is a truly twisted place, even in real life, and a digital plain filled with viruses and criminals is the perfect setting for evil to begin world domination. In these modern times you can’t outrun technology and an ancient evil is planning to use it to possess the world. The quality of technology included in this novel is not far from what is available to us today which brings a concerning tinge to the narrative 😆.
I loved the concepts explored in this novel, it is what kept me reading to the end. I feel that there was so much more that Percy wanted to do with this but couldn’t for some reason. Percy built up the scenario and the characters really well but there seemed to be that extra-depth missing that could have taken this great novel to another level. Percy’s writing style is gritty and dark but it is also focused on humanity and redemption. His open and descriptive writing meshes well with dark tones and atmospheres. It is just spread too thin. This could have done with being at least 100 pages longer with more elaboration and depth. But that is my own personal opinion, if you like curt, rapid and bold stories that doesn’t dwell too much on the detail then this novel will suit you better than I.
With fantastic and horrific imagery, a well thought out plot centred around modern technology and great ideas focused on demons, rituals, possession, runes and war, The Dark Net is a success. This novel will please all thriller and horror readers, but to what degree it is hard to say. I want to be clear that I enjoyed what I read but I just wanted more of it. Percy has managed to balance plot and characters well, his two main characters are smart, cunning and suited the plot perfectly. There seems to be a bit of a fad, mixing evil & technology in 2017 but I can say that The Dark Net has passed the test, I am just hoping there is more to come.
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