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Synopsis:

“Hell on earth is only one click of a mouse away…

The Dark Net is real. An anonymous and often criminal arena that exists in the secret for 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  journalist, has stumbled upon a story nobody wants her to uncover.

Mike Juniper, a onetime 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.”

Review:

*This book was sent to me for review by the publisher. All opinions stated are my own.*

This book was a very interesting read for me.

As someone who doesn’t read a whole lot of thrillers, I went into this book not knowing a whole lot about what it was about. When I got contacted about possibly reviewing this book, I thought it was time to give the genre another shot.

I must say that the hopes that I had going into this book were met and I definitely had a great time reading this book.

I loved all of the characters featured in this book. I think that my favorite character has got to be Hannah. I think what she was able to do despite being blind was incredible. All of the characters had this kind of aura about them that just made me enjoy them even more. Their combined personalities and abilities made them a perfect match for one another.

The plot of this book is where I had a lot of problems. I did really it for the most part but there were some parts that I had some issues with. I found it very hard to get interested in this book. It moved at a very slow pace and it seemed like it took forever for the plot to really pick up. Once it did start moving at a faster pace I did start to become more interested in it. I also found that there was a lot of info-dumping featured in this book. It seemed like I would be reading about one thing on one page and then be reading about another topic on the next. It is one of my biggest pet-peeves in books. I think that if this book was the first book in a series, I might have enjoyed the plot more.

Overall, I have a lot of mixed feelings about this book. It was a great read and I think it had it strong suits despite the problems I had with the plot. I am very interested to see what the author puts out next.

RATING: 3/5

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