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.
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 ...more
This is a dual POV read and I sincerely enjoyed the back and forth. I found Black Nowhere to be a compelling ...more
FBI special agent Lisa Tanchik is an expert in cybercrime with a detailed knowledge of the Dark Web. An anonymous message on ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
I didn't realize until the afterword that this was inspired by the Silk Road ...more
I won this as a Goodreads giveaway ...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.
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 ...more
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 ...more
FBI Special Agent Lisa Tanchik brings the growing presence of KYTE to her supervisor SAC Pam Gilbertson and finds ...more
This was an interesting read. I admit ...more
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 ...more
This story was surprisingly interesting. It kept me interested every single moment I just could not wait to see what was going to happen next. This is is outside my usual genre but now I'm looking for more books by this author and other books in this jonra. I chose this rating because it was worthy of it. I will be thinking about the story throughout the day and even when I didn't have time to pick up and listen or read not too many books do that to me ...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
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 ...more
This story is an adaptation of the Silk Road case. The way Hirsch developed Nate into this full blown idealist with blinders on was epic. I understand Nate. In the bubble that is youth we are afforded the time and opportunity to think and feel deeply about our passions. We can read and developed heroes and role models. Our parents seem ordinary maybe even boring. We are ten feet tall and bullet proof with all the answers. These answers to the world's problems were ...more