Black Mail


A teenage boy travels across the country to see his favourite rock band. On the way, he mistakenly gets in the path of some cyber criminals and meets an amazing girl… Will he finally make it to the concert alive?


Black Mail

by Thomas Feibel
Translated by Penny Black

Johnny is 17 and the biggest Darlis Diller fan in Germany. Having tricked both his school and his parents, he follows his rock idol on a national tour. But things don’t go to plan when he has all his money stolen and the people around him end up dead – all because of an email he’s mistakenly received from a criminal gang! Soon he has nowhere to hide and nobody to turn to – except Pola, his new best friend, that is. Unaware that both the criminals and the police are after him, Johnny tries to track down his elusive rock idol. But his idol seems to be hallucinating about a demon called the Dhuul…


“In amongst search engines, downloads, murderers, concerts and designer labels, Thomas Feibel has written a thriller for readers aged 13+ that reads like a road movie.” Ostthuringer Zeitung

“Thomas Feibel has written a tense, pacy thriller about crime on the Net… one of the three best thrillers for young people for the year.” Buchkultur

“What Feibel does perfectly in this novel is combine demonic tension – i.e. pure entertainment – with a moral underlay.” Buch & Maus

“An entertaining (albeit quite short) novel in which it is more or less about a chase in cyberspace. This is told in an exciting way and leads you to read on further.
A teenager travels to see his favourite heavy metal band for their comeback concerts. On the journey, he has a mishap and then gets to know a nice girl whom he falls in love with. In addition, by a stupid coincidence, he has attracted the attention of “The Firm”, which from then on tries to kill him. An exciting hunt begins… At Dhuul ;-)” ****–HD, Amazon

“Interesting and exciting book for boys (and girls) aged around 14 in the fields of computers, hackers, crime and rock music. It takes a while to get started, but then you don’t want to put the book down.”  *****–Hardi, Amazon

“My 12-year-old son bought the book for school. He stopped playing PSP the last few days, but he’s reading this book!”  *****–tbru18, Amazon

About the author

Thomas Feibel (born 1962) is the leading journalist on children and computers in Germany. The media expert heads the Office for Children’s Media in Berlin and publishes for, Stiftung Warentest, c’t,Tagesspiegel, Stafette, Dein Spiegel and many others. He works for Deutschlandradio, WDR and RBB television.

In 1995, he established the Feibel mice as a recognized seal of approval for good children’s software. Since 2002 he has been awarding the German children’s software prize TOMMI.

Feibel also writes books for children and young people, which often deal with topics such as cyberbullying, social networks and growing up in the digital world.
To this end, he gives readings and lectures, organizes workshops and seminars.
In 2014, Thomas Feibel was awarded the Karl Preusker Medal by Bibliothek & Information Deutschland (BID) for his work on promoting reading and communicating electronic media for children and young people.
He lives in Berlin.


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