Kill Process

By day, Angie, a twenty year veteran of the tech industry, is a data analyst at Tomo, the world s largest social networking company by night, she exploits her database access to profile domestic abusers and kill the worst of them She can t change her own traumatic past, but she can save other women When Tomo introduces a deceptive new product that preys on users fearsBy day, Angie, a twenty year veteran of the tech industry, is a data analyst at Tomo, the world s largest social networking company by night, she exploits her database access to profile domestic abusers and kill the worst of them She can t change her own traumatic past, but she can save other women When Tomo introduces a deceptive new product that preys on users fears to drive up its own revenue, Angie sees Tomo for what it really is another evil abuser Using her coding and hacking expertise, she decides to destroy Tomo by building a new social network that is completely distributed, compartmentalized, and unstoppable If she succeeds, it will be the end of all centralized power in the Internet But how can an anti social, one armed programmer with too many dark secrets succeed when the world s largest tech company is out to crush her and a no name government black ops agency sets a psychopath to look into her growing digital footprint
Kill Process By day Angie a twenty year veteran of the tech industry is a data analyst at Tomo the world s largest social networking company by night she exploits her database access to profile domestic abuse

  • Title: Kill Process
  • Author: William Hertling
  • ISBN: 9781942097037
  • Page: 292
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Kill Process”

    1. I've been overwhelmed with a great number of recent novels that deal directly with hacking lately, and what do you know? It's a blast!Not only is it stuffed to the gills with 0-Day exploitz and customized onion-router networks now that Tor has been hacked, but we've also got a masters-view of the process from within the tale. It's great. But this is hardly all!The character twists before we even begin the story are worthy of a novel all on its own.I mean, how many accolades can you give a woman [...]

    2. I really, really, really liked this book. This being a technothriller, I was expecting a fun book with a straightforward plot and lots of technical jargon. However, I was pleasantly surprised to have found so much more than that in this novel. Angie Benenati, the novel’s protagonist, is not your typical technothriller main character. She is a complex character, she has depth, she has a background story, she has motivations and limitations. She feels real. I wish I could meet Angie and become h [...]

    3. This is a major improvement for William Hertling from his previous Singularity series. It obviously lives in the same general universe as Avogadro Corp, but it's not clear if their futures will converge, or this exists as a kind of "parallel universe". In any case, I'd like to see where this goes. I give it 4 1/2 stars.The book touches on several major themes:* The loss of the open web to giants such as Avagadro/Tomo (read Google/Facebook),* The plight of female programmers in the technical worl [...]

    4. I really enjoyed this book a lot. It starts out with main character Angie killing wife abusers she finds by using her access to data at a social media company that seemed an awful lot like Facebook. Then it switches to Angie creating an alternative social media company. Then we learn that someone wants Angie ruined. We also learn about Angie's past. The story moved along at a quick, easy to read pace and I hated having to put it down. Now I anxious to read more by this author.

    5. Brad here nailed it. There's nothing to add.Some personal remarks regarding this book.As a person with a comparable background and profession to the MC, I can testify to the realism of the procedures + software described. This is not sci-fi. This is real. It's one of the reasons I don't have a Facebook account and hide behind as much protection when online, as possible. The technology described and used isn't even "new" or exotic, it's practically standard.There was a number in this book, namely [...]

    6. This is a fantastic book! If you do not have it on your "to read" list then I highly recommend you add it!

    7. This reminds me of the Daniel Suarez books. It's written by someone who clearly is a techie -- Hertling describes himself on Twitter as being a Web strategist (which seems OK, since I'd probably call myself the same thing) and a Ruby developer (nobody's perfect). It's from a small press rather than a major, which is nice because it means I can get it DRM-free from Smashwords.Hertling is writing about today's world, but all the big companies have alternate names. So, the hero of this story works [...]

    8. Most excellent! My favorite Hertling book thus far. My introduction to William Hertling's writing was Avogadro Corp (book one of the Singularity series), a speculative fiction novel set in the near future that postulates on the rise of true Artificial Intelligence and the impact on humanity. What I really enjoy about Mr. Hertling's books is the authenticity of the technical material that provides the backdrop to his stories and makes his books so captivating to me. Kill Process is an excellent e [...]

    9. “What made you decide to build Tapestry?” Where do I begin? I can’t say killing people eats away at the fragile remains of my humanityWow. I started reading this and fell into the mindset of "another heroin with traumatic history?" but it really and 100% worked. She's cool, and the world of geek somehow fits around the corporate like it was meant to. Snappy sentences like “You haven’t committed any code in five days. You’re not fine” and “There’s a second copy of the video on a [...]

    10. A fascinating and engaging thriller that will have you thinking twice about whatever cybersecurity solutions you might THINK you have in place on your phone, computer, and toaster. A very fun read, I almost read all the way through in one sitting (but it was actually two sittings). If you are at all interested in computers, security, internet startups, and/or the IoT then you will enjoy this eye-opening book.

    11. Books sounds very interesting but really wasn't for me.Its very very technical and I feel most of the time the author is trying to show off his knowledge than deliver a great story. If I wan something technical I would pick up a textbook so nope

    12. A well-written book full of fascinating tech stuff, which ultimately suffered from being too uneven for me. The heroine is a damaged woman, the victim of a former abusive relationship, who now works quietly in the heart of data analysis at a huge Facebook-like social network. The story kicks off like dynamite as we meet her in the process of using her own custom search algorithms to ID suspected abusers online. She then investigates them, determines if there is real abuse happening, and if so, s [...]

    13. Kill Process is a thrilling, creepy and modern-day story of Angie, a data analyst by day and vigilante hacker and killer by night.Angie is a one-armed, anti-social and extremely talented data analyst (and secretly a hacker) who works at Tomo, the world's biggest social media company (suspiciously similar to Facebook but obviously the name cannot be used in the book!) who later decided to leave Tomo to create her own Social Media startup to destroy the centralized power of the Internet and Tomo a [...]

    14. 4.5, an amazing story. This book is about social networks, big data , cyber security, privacy, startups, venture capitals etc. It's about a data analyst/hacker who got fed up with abusive FB like social network and decided to build a distributed social network but first she must win over her inner demons and the biggest social network.I really enjoyed it. Highly recommended!

    15. It's a 4.5 rating, really. Strong female character with a disability & PTSD. Great representation. It even includes the word 'intersectional' ;) I was impressed. The story was interesting and engaging. There was a lot of "hacker lingo" to quote Mr. Robot but I could still follow the story without understanding everything in detail.

    16. I picked up Kill Process by William Hertling on a whim after seeing it short-listed as a best book in SF.I'm glad I did because it was a surprisingly great read. Angie's an experienced employee in the tech industry, working for a large social networking company. She decides to quit and create her own company, but one that's made of individual companies integrating their platforms so that there's no one central multinational controlling people's data - but the owners of the old company don't lik [...]

    17. I really enjoyed Kill Process. I had the opportunity to interview Will a little more than a month ago for the Robot Overlordz podcast. At the time I hadn't read the book so we mostly talked generally about the themes of the book, including security and privacy. Those being interests of mine, I was intrigued enough to add the book to my "to read" list. I'm really glad I did started it yesterday afternoon and couldn't put it down. I thought the story was compelling and loved that Will grounded suc [...]

    18. You think you know what's happening when you watch the news, when you hear special reports, when people around you are talking about technology. Read this book and you will find out we don't know nearly as much as we think. Angie, not only use this technology to seek justice, but to do so much more! If you are in and abusive relationship, or know someone who is, you will really be on Angie's side. If you look at this book from the standpoint of most people, no matter what we feel, we should not [...]

    19. The author, William Hertling, really stepped up his game. The main protagonist, Angie Benenati, is a very complex and well thought out character. I don't know if this is in part of the Singularity Series universe, or not, but Avogadro is in here. Also, the way the corporations in the book are similar to ours, just named different. (Avogadro == Google/Android & Tomo == Facebook). There is a lot of hacker/hacking related stories in this book, which brought back memories when I was a kid back i [...]

    20. That was a scary book. A lot of evil actions in this one and our pov character is far from wholly good. What made this one tough was not just the obvious - the description of partner abuse primarily wife abuse. But the parts of our technological society that makes us all vulnerable was just as bad but in a different way. It's one thing to read from Snowden what's possible. It's another thing to see those items and more shown in a fictional way but completely in your face. The software developmen [...]

    21. Quite a good book. A great, modern dive into hacker culture *and* founding a tech startup *and* the dangers of social networking silos *and* government surveillance *and* women in tech *and* domestic abuse survival. There are so many different angles to this book, and it delivers on almost all of them.Only reason for less than 5 stars is that the story gets kind of slow in the middle with a lot of exposition on running a lean business while searching for angel funding. However, the novel starts [...]

    22. Great book! A fast paced technothriller with many unexpected plot twists and a lot to think about. Sadly todays internet is really moving away from an original idea of decentralized and opened nodes to a few big corporations that share personal data with other institutions, from advertisers to governments. Even is own by one)

    23. Whoa, such a roller coaster of a story! I was convinced something else was going to happen, but NOPE, she out thought everyone and everything. Great story and super cool characters and plot twists, definite worthy book to read.

    24. I enjoyed this a lot. A couple plot twists felt forced, but he moves it along briskly and the technical detail is dead-on (and there is a lot of it). Recommended.

    25. I loved it. The breadth of the topics and actions makes it hard to explain why it is so good. This book deals with nerds, hackers, abuse, murder, social media, and starting a company. The technology felt right, the people were pretty OK, and I hope none of the events happen in real life. Like Lizabeth in "Girl With The Dragon Tattoo", Angie is a woman who is great with technology but damaged emotionally (and physically) by past events. I was really stunned to find out a couple of pages after her [...]

    26. This was a page-turner for me: entertaining and an easy read. It is a techno thriller but I am not sure about its target audience (probably it has too many technical terms for someone who is not working in IT but could be jumping the shark in the eye of the IT expert? Anyway, I was the perfect audience for this book as I work as a programmer so the technical jargon and some of the technologies described were not a barrier for me but I don't know (almost) anything about security so I could still [...]

    27. What do we know about the social media we use? Or the privacy we give up to the companies that run those services? What about the cell phones or the wireless networks that we use? Do you have a Facebook account? an email account? a smartphone? Then do not read this book. It'll scare the bejeesus out of you unless you're already a conspiracy theorist, in which case this book will confirm ALL your suspicions and then add on some new ones! An aside: About 10 years ago I was in Washington DC for a c [...]

    28. After a mildly shaky start, this book powered through to become something special. I hope I'll be remembering this book later on in the year, because it was a shockingly good technothriller that reminded me strongly of something by Cory Doctorow, but without the whole "young hero's journey" thing that seems endemic to Doctorow's books.The hacking was really enjoyable and never got so dense and technical that you lost the thread. The protagonist goes weirdly from one archetype to a vastly differe [...]

    29. I started this book last year but had to put it down for a few months. I know so little about technology that the jargon and information dumps just had me on info overload. I couldn't keep my mind on it. Picked it up again this week, thinking that I would just read a bit and put it down again. Once I got through the first half, I couldn't do that. I had to keep reading to find out what happened to Angie. Angie is such a grey character, you're sometimes not sure if you should be rooting for her o [...]

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