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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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 ...more
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.
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 ...more
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.
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 ...more
For mature audiences
Very limited strong language
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
On social media people say things they most likely would never say in person. Same is true on the dark net but now it's actions. Being so far removed Nate finds himself doing things he never thought he was capable of. I really can't stand the guy. He's narcissistic and greedy. Kept hoping he might see he left all that was good and traded it for a lie. I would have given it a five but the ending seemed rushed as if the author was trying to fit another chapter into only a couple o ...more
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 ...more
I enjoyed this book more than I expected. Especially since, for much of the book, nothing really happened. It unfolded slowly and deliberately, with a hefty dose of action as it came into the end. I'm not thrilled with books about drugs. And I'm not an internet expert. So the fact that I enjoyed this book so much said something. I wasn't really thrilled with how it ended, but that's okay. Overall. I did enjoy the book. And I would read more by this author.
I got the book because it was advertised as about the dark web. Well I t was what I learned is that web and it's denizens are not a place I am interested in returning to. Assuming the a author accurately describe the attitude and of the geography it is not to be admired The story is well told. I am glad I reading it if you don't already know of the down sides involved.
Overall, enjoyable. Well written. Well handled technical details, good suspense. This is a world of complexity with plenty of opportunity for other actors and events to bend and fold the sequence of events. Specifically, the FBI agent needed an early small success to keep the story from lagging about 1/3 of the way in. The type of reader who would love this story crave the details and logic twists.
I wasn’t sure I was going to like a book about computers and computer espionage. I read the reviews on this book and many of them were highly positive. Several people referred to this book as “a page turner”. I found myself quickly engrossed in the book. The story moves right along and I liked the flawed characters. I really liked this book and I highly recommend it.
I really enjoyed reading this story. I kept trying to guess the final outcome but failed miserably. It wasn't due to lack of clues or poor development of the story. Maybe it was the unique nature of the characters and original story line.
I liked the way the story created anticipation without using unjustified violence so common in the thriller genre.
This is an interesting reveal into how the Dark Web works and how hard it is to po!ice. Nate Fallon, a grad student, created an online forum to sell drugs online. Rookie FBI agent Lisa Tanchik gets herself assigned to the task force to try to stop him. Immersing herself into the Dark Web she makes undercover contact and begins to create leads. The story moves quickly and remains interesting thru out.
Nothing makes you feel older than a genre of book that goes right over your head. When my phone goes berserk, I still go get the grandcritters. So you can judge my familiarity with computers. This book is so full of characters and plot lines that held my interest even though the technology sometimes left me behind that I think anyone will enjoy it.
Disclaimer: This was a free book of the month selection.
A surprisingly fast and satisfying read. Both the protagonists, as both main characters believe they are the hero, are flawed and in their own way, frighteningly normal. Very glad I picked this up, will be looking for the author.
VERY few books make me pull back and do the whole "put 'The Shining' in the freezer" move, but halfway through, I was just, can't even! Real life , bloody cartels burning you from the neck up?! Uh uh. Haven't been able to finish this yet. Last time I did this was Koontz's "Intensity". You just KNOW it's gonna hurt...
Lisa, FBI agent, specializes in cyber crime. She lost her sister to drug addiction. Trolling through the Dark Web, she comes across Kyte , a website selling illegal drugs. She wants to find out who runs it. Perhaps payback for her sister. It is dangerous selling drugs even on the internet. People get rich and people get hurt.