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In Jon Evans' Dark Places, modern vagabond Paul Wood leaves the comforts of San Francisco to spend months backpacking through some of the world's most challenging terrain. While hiking in the Himalayas, Paul gets more than he bargained for when he finds the body of a murdered hiker with Swiss army knives embedded in both his eyes. The police in Nepal, anxious to quell a scandal, close the case and declare the death a suicide. Paul reaches out to his far-flung tribe of fellow backpackers for help and his discoveries lead him to a terrible conclusion: a killer is stalking the international backpacker trail. Finding the murderer becomes an obsession that leads Paul from the Himalayan peaks through the jungles of Indonesia, across the bleak Sahara desert and into some of the darkest places imaginable.

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I liked the international theme of this book, it was a quick and easy read. I didn't find the plot very deep, and most of the characters seemed a little flat, but that was fine. Overall I found it enjoyable.

All of the technological aspects of Dark Places were very accurate. Evans didn't dumb the technology down, and I really like the privacy aspects raised by the story, where Woods is tracking down the killer based on little bits of digital information that are left on the Internet.

A site like 'The Bull' could easily exist on the Internet without being detected by the police. You could set up a server in some small country under an assumed name, and only give it an IP address - don't tie it to a domain name. That way, in order to even find the site in the first place you'd have to enter the exact IP address into your web browser. The server would remain hidden probably in perpetuity. The first people likely to stumble on a site set up like that would be hackers, because of how hackers find computer systems on the Internet.

The theme of personal privacy really stood out for me. In this book, the good guy tracks down the bad guy using a digital trail left on the Internet. People need to realize that everything they do on the Internet is logged and tracked. Other people are looking at what you do with your computer. The day where there are no secrets is here.