A prophetic and frighteningly realistic novel set in present-day New York, Darknet is the story of one man’s odyssey to overcome a global menace pushing the world toward oblivion, and his incredible gamble to risk everything to save his family.
Jake O’Connell left a life of crime and swore he’d never return, but his new life as a stock broker in New York is ripped away when his childhood friend Sean Womack is murdered. Thousands of miles away in Hong Kong, data scientist Jin Huang finds a list of wealthy dead people in a massive banking conspiracy. Problem is, some of the people don’t stay dead. As Jin begins her investigation, she’s petrified to discover her own name on the growing list of dead-but-alive…
On the run, they race across continents to uncover a dark secret spreading like a cancer into the world. Why was Sean killed, and how is the list of wealthy dead connected? Are some of them really coming back to life? But all this becomes irrelevant when Jake’s wife and daughter are attacked…
Point of view:
3rd person. Multiple perspectives.
This had a lot of the elements I loved from the movie Enemy of the State. I enjoyed the mix of psychological & action thriller elements. What’s creepier than knowing your personal information is available to anyone with skills and a computer? How about that info being used to predict your every move, frame you for horrible crimes, or hunt you to your death?
The beginning was a little slow due to the number of main characters and foundational info, but once it got going I really enjoyed it. There were twists and turns as each side tried to predict and thwart the other. I liked that the main characters were every day people who worked together to solve the mysteries and keep each other alive.
The ending was solid and I liked the epilogue-ish chapter. I’ll definitely be checking out more from Mather.
I specifically chose this because Tom Taylorson narrates. As always, he does a good job giving all the characters unique voices & accents consistent with the writing. Delivery was seamless. Gripping listen.
About the author:
Matthew Mather is the best-selling author of CyberStorm, recently acquired for film by 20th Century Fox, and the six-part hit series Atopia Chronicles. He is also a leading member of the world’s cybersecurity community who started out his career working at the McGill Center for Intelligent Machines.
He went on to found one of the first tactile interface companies, which became the world leader in its field, as well as creating a major award-winning brain training video game. In between he’s worked in a variety of start-ups,everything from computational nanotechnology to electronic health records, weather prediction systems to genomics, and even social intelligence research.
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About the narrator:
Tom Taylorson is a veteran voice actor with decades of experience in commercials, video games, animation, and audiobooks. His clients range from Hyundai to McDonalds, from Blizzard to Warner Brothers Games, to Disney and LucasFilm Animation and beyond. He’s also an award winning audiobook narrator.
My Favorite Quotes
On her screen glowed a connected trail of wealthy dead people that stretched all across China. – Darknet by @PhutureNews #Audiobook narrated by @taylorson #NarratorMotivated #Thriller #Mystery #SuspenseTweet
Whatever or whoever this is, it’s going to catch up, no matter where you go. – Darknet by @PhutureNews #Audiobook narrated by @taylorson #NarratorMotivated #Thriller #Mystery #SuspenseTweet
Then we’re all in this together. – Darknet by @PhutureNews #Audiobook narrated by @taylorson #NarratorMotivated #Thriller #Mystery #SuspenseTweet