Top positive review
Great story, compelling and, beautifully researched
26 March 2019
This is a really well written and fully researched non-fiction story of a remarkable young man. Ross Albricht was a natural genius who chose to use his gift for extreme criminality. He set up the most famous online secret marketplace in the world, The Silk Road, which allowed people to trade anything. Drugs, guns, poisons, even body parts. The story tells of a sensitive, caring young man who has a passion for making a massive impact on the world. His main initial interest is in the area of libertarianism and his extreme views in this direction lead him, with no previous computer experience, to set up the ultimate 'libertarian' (for which read 'anarchic') web site in the world where anything goes. Unfortunately, this leads him to intense criminality including ordering torture and murder when crossed. The story tells, also, of the clever intricate work of the investigative law enforcement agencies of the 'States, most of whom work tirelessly to bring down the Web site and find its creator. Some of the officers, however, cannot resist placing their own hands on the till.
This is a page turner and a wonderful story which kept me fascinated right to the obvious final conclusion which you know is coming but just have to watch unfold in all of its rich details. A great book!