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Kill Switch

(Kill Chain #2)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  279 ratings  ·  31 reviews
Igloo and Angie are the co-founders of a new social network, Tapestry, based on the principles of privacy and data ownership. Two years later, with Tapestry poised to become the world’s largest social network, their rapid growth puts them under government scrutiny.

Tapestry’s privacy and security is so effective that it impedes the government’s ability to monitor routine
Kindle Edition, 506 pages
Published October 20th 2018 by liquididea press
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Dec 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4,5 stars
This second installment in the Kill Chain series also worthily carries the name "techno thriller", which belongs to my favorite genres. I've started to take a liking to William Hertling and will read his Singularity series next.

This series is about the internet, ownership of data, social networks, privacy, hacking and operational security (and BDSM!). From my superficial knowledge about hacking I can say that the technical aspect of the book is realistic and uses existing technology, wh
Fahad Naeem
Jun 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
I was always a fan of William Hertling and always enjoy reading his books; they stick to their end goal i.e. keeping readers glued to them.

The book was a sequel of Kill process another master piece and somehow better than it. It started with lots of kinks and sexual scenes that I had to stop pacing through it but then eventually it started building and I loved the way William introduced suspense in a Tech-Thriller. I spent 2 complete days reading it and I tried to enjoy so I read it slowly.

I c
Jaroslav Urban
Dec 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi, 2018
This is really kind of book I read with great pleasure. All the IT jargon, the conflict between personal and state freedom. How the government sees their citizens and the secret services are enforcing the government vision and bend the rules to their needs.
I was bit perplexed with all that BDSM part, but I understand that it takes part o main plot. It made me almost to stop reading the book at the beginning, but glad I continued. The book was after all very enjoyable.
Chris Riddick
Nov 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Was initially surprised by the heavy emphasis spent on BDSM and kink, but as the story progressed, this theme was used creatively to add to the story and develop storylines. I ended up looking forward to the next twist in the story.

The technology concepts presented are entirely believable and worth exploring on their own merits.

Another well-done Hertling thriller. I keep buying his books!
Jul 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The only reason I won’t rate this book 5 stars is because of the BDSM soft porn chapters. It was a weird surprise to find somewhat explicit sexual content in a technothriller. I know why he did it, it is part of the story but what really bothered me was that for a few chapters the book turned into basically an erotica book, which is not a genre I'm into. But that’s my only issue. The story was very entertaining, as in the first book, the author gives us enough background on the main characters f ...more
Dec 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Initially I was going a little slower reading this book. I've read all of Hertling's other books, and really enjoyed them. The BDSM stuff just wasn't all that interesting to me (it was educational, and I could care less what folks are into, so definitely not a case of being repulsed or whatever). I found reading his note about all this after changed my opinion a bit, and I sort of wish I'd read first. That said, around halfway through, the pace picked up for me, and I read the last half of the b ...more
Miro Adamy
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was ok
Mixture of great content: the technical part - story of distributed social network that solves issue of censorship and data ownership - unnecessarily mixed together (about 65:35 %) with psychology drama of lesbian pair that is active in BDSM scene, borderline soft-porn.

For me, I could not care less for the later but had to endure it :-(. Good narration.

The technical part and Tapestry story is great, on par with #1. As software developer I would say: this is good Alpha version, but kinda cat-dog
Nov 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Tech crossed with BDSM

As Kill Process mixed a dozen murders by the heroine with a technical thriller about the Internet, Kill Switch mixes kinky BDSM with a continuation of the same story. It offers you a lot to think about, both from the perspective of individual proclivities and the importance of keeping our data private and safe. I found it to be a great read, and don’t forget to read the end notes.
Sean Randall
Mar 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I wasn't sure just how I'd feel about the kink and the BDSM stuff, but I actually found it fascinating and interesting, more than repulsive. The tech, of course, is the point of the book, and hertling doesn't disappoint. It's a feel-good, power to the people story, yet with enough grey areas and backdoors that you can't ever forget the power of government surveillance. and I loved the Openssl thing. ...more
Barbara S. Fetty
Dec 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Excellent Read

I throughly enjoyed Kill Switch as I have all his books. Always thought provoking and gives glimpses of things that are possible or probable.
Dec 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
Far too much repetitive stuff about people working on relationships, while they're desperately trying to change the world and survive. ...more
Alain Tramblay
Jan 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
I LOVED the technothrill - That part, the intrigues and the plot - simply amazing.

The sex part was too developed and too long. I got it that she needed to be different. I got it that it would become useful in the plot but I ended up skipping over several pages at a time - not an easy task on an eReader.

Would I read his next book - HELL YEAH!
Apr 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
The kinky shit was just that, complete shit. I had to skip entire chapters of the book to back to what actually mattered. No, I'm not against any of the kink, I simply don't want to read about people doing it/beating each other up/etc/etc in a damn book, especially since it really didn't serve any purpose other than to make it longer/increase chapter and page count. The tech was interesting, especially since most of it is possible, if you tried hard enough/cared enough to build it. Overall, very ...more
Mar 19, 2019 rated it it was ok
I'm confused and to some degree even a little disappointed.

I read the first installment and was blown away by the themes discussed (namely: advanced technology and ingenious people all exploited by corrupt politicians / end-stage capitalism); the professional engagement and courage of abused women taking their expertise to the next level and actually triggering change.

This sequel starts where the previous left off. However, instead of following the plot and taking it to the end-game, we're get
Gregg Kellogg
Oct 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
This turned into a great techno-thriller, for those that are into the history and details of the Internet, social networking and hacker culture.

The author chooses to introduce the Kink/BDSM and Polyamory communities as a motivation for the main character. While helping to normalize this in such a novel is a laudable goal, I think it gets too bogged down in details in the early part of the book. The main reason to show up is to see how the character's deal with the consequence of actions in Kill
Oct 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio, 2020
3.5 stars - Interesting story, well developed, as are most of William Hertling's work.

Kill Switch is the sequel to Kill Process and continues the story of Angie and Igloo, co-founders of Tapestry, a new social network based on data privacy and ownership. Tapestry's security is so good that the government is seeking an order to force Tapestry to provide a backdoor so the government can monitor in-the-clear traffic going in and out of Tapestry.

Besides violating the very principles that drove the d
Dec 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sf, 4-5
Kill Switch is the sequel to Kill Process by William Hertling. It continues with the same main characters, hackers Igloo and Angie, who are co-founders of the social network Tapestry. One of the key tenets of Tapestry is keeping all data private, something which the government goes to extreme methods to stop.

It's a fast-paced, well written tech thriller (like the first book), with some interesting commentary on privacy and data ownership.

Another aspect the novels explores deeply is judging peopl
Craig Corbin
Oct 28, 2020 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book. I didn't mind the BDSM, although it was quite a surprise to have the author focus on it like a kid with a new puppy. What was really off-putting was the Author's note at the end...

"If this book made you feel uncomfortable, if it caused you to judge any of the characters, and if you’re still reading this now, I hope that the exposure will help you be more open-minded in the future, and more accepting of people who seem to be very different from you on the outside. On the insi
Aug 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
After much thought, I think I would have advised the author to write two books separately: a kink thriller, and a technothriller. The two themes weren't connected enough to justify the jarring switches between the themes.

The first book in the Kill Chain series, "Kill Process," was innovative, fast-paced, and engrossing. This book has a blistering pace for the Tapestry plot line, followed by a clunking sound as it throws a gear into the alternative story, then back to the blistering pace. I know
Hazel Bright
Feb 06, 2021 rated it it was ok
The kink stuff took up like half of the book, and was unnecessary shock sex that could have been limited and still served the plot's purpose. On and on and on about whips and bondage and orgies and blah blah blah. If the plot point had required stories about rescuing puppies, it still would have been annoying to hear about every single detail of every single puppy and every single rescue. Whether it's sex or puppies, you've got to know when to call it quits. The remainder of the book was not so ...more
Dec 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Engaging on many levels

I read this on soon after finishing book 1 and found it much more gripping both from a technical point of view and from the character development. I've read Hertling's Singulaity series and this is at least at that level.
Claudia Goodman
Jan 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A refreshing concept in a tumultuous time!

A fast paced techno thriller keeps the reader on the edge of their seat! Excellent character development and a twisting plot. Hard to put down!
Jamie Trimmer
May 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing

I don't even know what to say, I loved every page! There are so many important messages included from the importance of privacy to the acceptance of "alternative" lifestyles, and on top of that there's a real page turner of a story. More of this please!
Pat Dant
Jan 15, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: science-fiction
Disturbing reading. too much of the dark side of people's lives. Not enough science fiction. ...more
Brian Lally
Jan 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Love the tech and story. The kink and BDSM was unexpected so watch out if it's not your thing or you senses are easily offended. ...more
Arnon Rotem-Gal-Oz
Jun 11, 2019 rated it did not like it
too much BDSM for my taste
Jun 19, 2019 rated it did not like it
Your book is bad and you should be ashamed
Renny Barcelos
Jan 29, 2021 marked it as dnf_not-for-me_skimmed
I liked book 1 so much but this was boring me to tears so I just DNF
May 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Another amazing book by Hertling

The book is amazing. I can’t wait for him to publish more. Such an amazing author with thrilling plot twists.
May 24, 2021 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2021-read
Couldn't finish the book. I loved the techno thriller aspect of the first book, but I didn't sign up for the direction this book went. I am not interested in "50 Shades of a SysAdmin" ...more
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