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Kill Process

(Kill Chain #1)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  1,655 ratings  ·  206 reviews
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' fears
Kindle Edition, 306 pages
Published June 18th 2016 by Liquididea Press
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Dec 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi, 2016-shelf
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
Aug 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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 her ...more
Janet Newport
Apr 18, 2018 rated it did not like it
Thank you Netgalley and KOBO Writing Life for this arc.

It must be me..... This book has gotten great reviews, but I just couldn't handle it. I made it 43% of the way before giving up entirely. There was so much hacker slang and coding technobabble that I was reminded of the 5 longest years of my life supervising new hires at a CPA firm. I couldn't say "Good Morning" to some of them without them babbling IRS Code Sections and FASB Statements -- VERBATIM --back to me. Yet, if I asked them to DO so
Gregg Kellogg
Sep 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
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
Terence M (Spring is in My Step!)
Audiobook - 12:45 hours - Narrator: Jane Cramer
Listened to: 04:43 hours - Balance: 08:02 hours.
Nominated as a "sci-fi thriller", not one of my usual genres, the blurb was intriguing enough for me to try this novel as a break-out because of its "kick-ass" one-handed heroine protagonist.
During the first two hours or so, the heroine uses her super fantastic hacking expertise to profile and identify domestic abusers and ultimately kill the worst of them.
Interesting enough I thought, and I was most
❤Marie Gentilcore
Sep 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
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.
Dec 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, fiction
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
Aug 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
DUDE this book needs more hype it's the perfect, rich tech thriller I needed for my blood.
Stuart Langridge
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 stor
During one of my first jobs, some 40 years ago, I worked in a ‘computer department’, where the computer was a very big machine, tended to by serious looking guys in white coats. I was only allowed to handle the kilometers of printed paper the thing spewed out every morning.
Skip to 1982 and hey, enter the word processor – some sort of a computer anyway. I was immediately hooked and wanted nothing more than to work with the machine. Two years later, and personal computers were introduced at my wor
Fahad Naeem
I don't have words to describe Kill Process. It was too good. Mind boggling. Great writers have low budget to come into the limelight. I thank bookhub to recommend me this splendid book. I know many of my friends will not like it but it was my type of book as if it found me.

I enjoyed it this much that I deliberately slowed it down; afraid of losing the joy if read in one night.
I tried to find any discrepancy in it but found none. How can you find it from this type of awesome literature? This is
Feb 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: five-stars
This is a fantastic book! If you do not have it on your "to read" list then I highly recommend you add it!
First of all let me say that this book contained some of the most realistic descriptions of PTSD, panic attacks and thought patterns of people who suffer from a mental illness that I have read in a long time. I have a high respect for Hertling's effort to portray these things as realistically and honestly as possible. Add to that the quite realistic tech and hacking angle as well as some well laid out criticism of the monopolization in the tech sector and I really wanted to like this book.

May 08, 2017 rated it liked it
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 ...more
Sep 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sean Randall
Aug 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
“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 humanity

Wow. 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 an SSD in the freez
Jun 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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.
Attack Salmon
Feb 02, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf
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
Mar 07, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, ebook
Though coding/programming is my least favorite aspect of engineering, it didn’t keep me from enjoying this story. I’m actually quite proud of what I do remember *tiny pat on back*
Mar 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: tech-novels
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
Jun 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
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. ...more
Feb 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
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!
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Kate Stafford
Oct 16, 2019 rated it did not like it
This book is bait and switch. You’re lured into picking up the title with an interesting premise- serial killer hacker whose victims are abusers. But then, with no build up, character struggle, or any reasoning whatsoever, the main character decides she doesn’t want that life, quits cold turkey, and spends the next 2/3 of the book boring us with the minutiae of building an internet startup. It makes a 180 degree turn from “thriller” to the longest and most boring Shark Tank pitch mixed with an e ...more
Dec 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sf
I picked up Kill Process by William Hertling on a whim after seeing it short-listed as a Goodreads 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
Feb 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Bryan Ewert
May 12, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Kill Process starts off with an interesting premise: A programmer at a monopolistic social network uses her access to users' private information to feed her compulsion for justice. To capital ends.

And then suddenly this whole story is shoved to the background as the novel becomes a "how to build your own tech startup" guide. Or cautionary tale. I'm not sure which. With all of the tech stack design, project planning and budgetary meetings it honestly felt a bit too much like I was at work. The pr
Oct 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
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 ...more
Jul 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
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
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