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Black Nowhere

(Lisa Tanchik #1)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  1,535 ratings  ·  129 reviews
Chasing a cybercriminal into the pitch-black heart of the Dark Web.

Special Agent Lisa Tanchik is the best at taking down cybercriminals. So when the FBI discovers a multibillion-dollar black market online, she’s tasked with finding the creator and bringing him to justice. Donning one of her many digital disguises, Tanchik goes undercover into the network.

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Hardcover, 314 pages
Published September 1st 2019 by Thomas & Mercer
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Dee Arr
Aug 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, crime-novel
Described as a thriller, “Black Nowhere” lives up to its advance billing. Reece Hirsch has crafted an excellent story that offers a quick, entertaining read. I found most of the book to be reality-based, without the usual over-the-top gimmicks normally employed by authors in this genre.

The story is told by two people, Lisa Tanchik and Nate Fallon. Lisa is an FBI Agent who has been “exiled” due to an unfortunate event early in her career, but the opportunity arises for her to help with a case inv
Aug 13, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
What started out so amazingly, fell right down midway. Reece Hirsch’s Black Nowhere really does start juicy—we have a twenty five year old man creating a black market for drugs and weapons sales, with a FBI hacker following his every move. Black Nowhere starts off “distant” but it’s interpreted as dark and mysterious, however after halfway through the novel, we still have little to no characterization of the main character. I felt “distant” throughout the story and once the mystery faded, it was ...more
Tanja ~ T's Book ~ KT Book Reviews
Did you say FBI And cybercriminals? Yes, you did!! If you know anything about me you'll know that with this setup, I'm all in. A multibillion-dollar black market is running online. Special Agent Lisa Tanchik is tasked with trying to find who's running the scheme and shut them down. She's a master of online discuses and personas. She'll have to pose as a criminal to find an even bigger one.

This is a dual POV read and I sincerely enjoyed the back and forth. I found Black Nowhere to be a compelling
Cathy Ryan
Sep 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nate Fallon is an idealist who believes everyone is entitled to buy drugs without government interference. To that end he has set up Kyte, an experimental marketplace on the Dark Web, where illegal drugs are bought and sold. Kyte is well planned and has made drug sales very cost effective. Nate is making a lot of money, but the FBI are on to him and so are the big cartels.

FBI special agent Lisa Tanchik is an expert in cybercrime with a detailed knowledge of the Dark Web. An anonymous message on
Two and half stars

A fictionalized account of the take down of Ross Ulbrict founder of the dark website, Silk Road, this book fails to add anything worthwhile to the mix. Since this is labeled, "Lisa Tanchik #1", presumable this is meant as an introduction to a new series lead. Sadly, Lisa Tanchik is a complete non-entity. We are told at the start that she deals with hereditary depression with pills and alcohol and brags about getting into the FBI anyway because although they knew about the depre
Aug 08, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Don't waste your time on this fictionalized version of "American Kingpin: The Epic Hunt for the Criminal Mastermind Behind the Silk Road" by Nick Bilton. The real life story is far more captivating and enjoyable.
This book was not a good fit for me.

This was probably a better book than I am giving it credit for. I just don’t follow all of the internet “happenings” and don’t understand it when I try. The criminal procedural part was interesting and I did like the main character. This book was not a good fit for me.
Ashley Noelle Lewis
This is more like 1.5 stars. The .5 star is simply because I feel like the author is skilled at writing...but the story and characters were not good.

This book follows both an FBI agent and a cyber drug criminal. We go through the investigation and also get to see how things play out from the criminal side of things, which is a great concept. However, I did not get attached to either character. I did not root for either one to "win" in the end, because I honestly did not care.

Overall, this was a
Aug 13, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Amazon free book. Totally boring.
martin hansen
Well written, very readable, but...

It appeared to be a fictionalised account of the Silk Road investigation, which I am already familiar with, therefore I found my interest flagging quite early. Because the true SR story is so fascinating, this account came across to me as a pale imitation and it became a DNF @ 20%.

I guess the plot may fork from reality later on in the book, but I'm afraid it didn't hold my attention long enough to find out.
Aug 05, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Didn’t make it very far before giving up on this novel. Would have scored it zero stars if that were an option. The free books on Amazon are seldom great, this experience will make me more cautious about what I download in the future.
Aug 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent Plot that was inspired by true events!

August 10, 2019

Format: Kindle Edition

I realized, very quickly that Black Nowhere was inspired by the real Silk Road saga and it's incredible run on the dark web, as a place where EVERYTHING illegal was being bought and sold anonymously. The brighter it burned, the more government resources were applied to ensure it was taken down. Like Silk Road, the incredible success of the fictional KYTE, is also what brings it the wrong kind of attention from m
Jathan Fink
Sep 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
She’s smart. She’s devious. And she’s the best at what she does. When someone creates a vast online network of crime and vice, she will do everything she can to hunt down the Internet’s latest criminal mastermind, even if it means searching the deepest recesses of the dark web. Enter Reece Hirsch’s mind bending thriller, Black Nowhere.

Special Agent Lisa Tanchik has a knack for catching bad guys, especially those who try to get away with bad deeds in the nethermost shadows of the Web. When she c
Sep 08, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Nate Fallon creates KYTE, a website on the dark web that offers illegal products, like drugs, for sale. Nate considers KYTE “an experiment in a violence-free, coercion-free economy”. All of a sudden it’s making $1 million a day in sales. Nate discovers that the growth is due to an online article “Dark Web’s Online Drug Bazaar” with screen shots of available products and prices.

FBI Special Agent Lisa Tanchik brings the growing presence of KYTE to her supervisor SAC Pam Gilbertson and finds herse
Darcia Helle
The problem with writing novels based on current events is that, by the time the book is published, the events are no longer current. Black Nowhere features a Darknet site called Kyte. The author has clearly copied the real Silk Road Marketplace, a Darknet site launched in 2011 and shut down by the FBI in 2013. In this fictionalized story, the FBI is clueless about this sort of site existing on the Darknet, and so everything that happens in the story feels dated. If you don't know anything about ...more
Jessica Bronder
Sep 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nate Fallon starts a marketplace called Kyte on the dark web to provide drugs to users. He is quickly successful and is quickly making lots of money. But the more money he makes the more people he attracts. The FBI are watching him along with some cartel people that are not very happy with Nate. Lisa Tanchik is a FBI agent that has issues and a past and is given this case. She has some personal demons but is determined to catch Nate before the cartel does.

This was an interesting read. I admit th
Sep 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Intriguing and Interesting Thriller

After the author develops the first few chapters, the book's fast-paced story grows with each chapter as an engaging reading experience, combining the dark web and the illegal drug market. Enter the FBI's newest cybercrime expert---she's not only smart but strong willed too. So glad I had the time to finish it in less that two days of spare time.

Once the storyline and characters are fleshed out, the entertaining tale is a compelling read with focused action ru
D. Starr
Aug 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mature audiences
How a Young Man's Values Get Compromised

For mature audiences
Very limited strong language
No sex
Violence, but if you can stomach the TV show "Bones" you'll be okay

Plot - no spoilers:
Lisa, a young cybercrime expert, discovers a new, sophisticated site on the dark web that comes to be called the eBay of illegal drugs and weaponry. She makes it her mission to figure out who has created it and to get it taken down.
Nate, the creator of the site, sees his new business as an avenue for all people to buy
Sep 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was my first Reece Hirsch book but it won't be my last! FBI agent, Lisa is a whiz at cybercrime solving so when she is surfing the Dark Web and comes across the site Kyte, she realizes it's a hub of illegal activity as its mastermind has set it up to sell drugs and firearms. Of course it's encrypted and she has no way to discover the IP address so she must use several tricks to appear legitimate and gain information. Next we have Nate, the young college student behind the site who is a Libe ...more
Charles T Thoennes
Torn between antagonist vs protagonist

This was one of the rare reads where I was hoping the "bad guy" would get away, and I very much enjoy when a book creates that feeling. But note, I didn't want the bad guy to get away "with it," (he caused some awful acts to occur) only that he would give up his venture and allude capture.
While this book is centered on an online criminal venture, there wasn't too much tech jargon or geek speak. There was plenty of real life action and drama.
One last aspect
Mary Black Rose
Not Bad At All

I read a lot of mystery and crime novels and admittedly this was my first cyber-crime novel. It was quite good.

I only have two things I would have liked to have seen more of. I feel Nate's character was developed more than Lisa's. considering this series is about Lisa I would have liked to have seen more of her internal struggle, and her character more developed in this story and less of Nate. Honestly it was hard for me to root for her because she was just underdeveloped.

Nate was
Sep 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nate Fallon is enrolled in Stanford’s graduate program in physics and is bored with school. He has started small companies that fizzled out but got an idea of setting up an internet site for the sale of all kinds of drugs to buyers in return for his 7% fee. He names the site Kyte and sales skyrocket and he is soon earning $70,000 per day in fees. The site attracts FBI agent Lisa Tanchik and she is concerned when she sees what is offered on the site. She knows the site needs to be taken down and ...more
Aug 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reece Hirsch has written a fun and compelling novel about FBI cyber sleuth, Lisa Tanchik, and how she takes down the eBay of the drug industry and puts a dent in a Mexican drug cartel. After getting her ass kicked in Quantico, Tanchik uses her geek cyber skills to her advantage. Despite the tech talk, the novel was very understandable.
However Lisa herself is not a very compelling heroine. She has no social life, no romantic interests, and very few inner conflicts. Lisa's bouts with depression an
Greg Kerr
Aug 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good Page Turner

I was not sure about the book at first: too many books today have down in their luck, self-destructive protagonist. Sure, they all manage to overcome their social ineptness to save the day, but today's hero's are no longer the ordinary people that overcome unusual circumstances.

That said, the story started to click and was an enjoyable read. I gave the book only 4 stars because there seems to have been several times that one of the two main characters indicate that they are not g
Jerry Walch
Sep 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This story was a little too slow moving and drawn out for my taste but it definitely rates a five star rating. Perhaps it was written more with the ladies in mind than us hard core blood and guts type of readers in mind especially since the heroine has a drinking problem along with her battle with depression. Special Agent Lisa Tanchik of the FBI comes across as being all too human with her weaknesses and strength. She's a character that's easy to like and root for T
Black Nowhere, the title, I t
Maureen Boyle
Aug 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book. A bit off the beaten path (the Dark Web) with an FBI hero who's not stereotypical. She's a closet alcoholic and not-so closet F×#!-up, trying to resuscitate a career stalled by a CLM (career limiting move) made early in her career. Fortunately for her, she is able to get inside with the bad guy, who is also not stereotypical- he's an all- American suburban white kid who has set his feet on the slippery slope that allows him to keep justifying increasingly bad choices in orde ...more
Aug 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I definitely dug on this story. Simple, yet extremely terrifying, just the notion and idea that something like Kyte exists is very scary. Agent Lisa Tanchik is a compelling character and I look forward to seeing how her story evolves and she continues to investigate cybercrime for the FBI. Nate, the antagonist was very interesting in his philosophies and motivations. I just thought the story was well thought out and intriguing, but there were some holes here and there and that was a little annoy ...more
Sep 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Despite the name of the book Black Nowhere, the special agent who is our hero in this engaging who done it is going to have a brilliant career. The story involves technology but not to the point where the reader begins to doze. The plot and the characters and the premise are all spectacular which produces a terrific story. What I also liked about the story is that it posed philosophical questions about the use of technology that is so pervasive in today's world. Our female special agent is a cha ...more
Lauren Williams
Aug 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Everyone's a critic, right?

In all honesty my review means nothing in the grand scheme of things. This is just me seeking to acknowledge what has been created here. Those stars better represent the emotion that I feel after completing this book than anything else. I'm just missing a small bit of closure that I would have liked. I encourage anyone reading this to buy this book themselves. Perhaps I'm not the only one to feel this way. They say exceptional art moves you. Or maybe I'm just an overly
Jon Spriggs
Aug 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I selected Black Nowhere as my August Amazon First Reads selection.

Let's get the great stuff done first. It's a well written book. It's not such a techno-bath that you couldn't give it to a teenager to read and understand, and it's got a compelling and well written story that pulls you through. The main characters are compelling and understandable and have a reasonable backstory.

Now, there is a downside to this story. It's basically a loosely rewritten story of the real-life take-down of Silk Ro
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Reece Hirsch is the author of five thrillers that draw upon his background as a privacy attorney. His first book, The Insider, was a finalist for the 2011 International Thriller Writers Award for Best First Novel. His next three books, The Adversary, Intrusion, and Surveillance, all feature former Department of Justice cybercrimes prosecutor Chris Bruen. Hirsch is a partner in the San Francisco of ...more

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