By day, Angie, a 20-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?
©2016 William Hertling (P)2016 William Hertling
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"IT'S NOT ABOUT THE MONEY"
I GROK IT
I really enjoyed this book. I could have loved it for the tech, which it is chock full of. I could have liked the education we got on how men abuse and how they premediate their abuse. I could have really gotten in to the black ops and the government conspiracy. I might have liked learning what it is like to live one handed. You have to carefully plan eating at restaurants for one. It is very hard to cut steak or even eat a sandwich with one hand. I might have enjoyed the shark tank aspect of starting a business and keeping it going. These were all good reason to love or like the book, but for me it was Angie.
Angie is the main character. At first I did not think I was going to like her, since she had made herself judge, jury and executioner. Using her super abilities as a hacker, she finds abusers from all over the world and finds ways to kill them, such as hacking the computers in their cars. It is scary the harm that can be done through computers in this day and age. One guy had even managed to rape girls through the internet. He would find a way to blackmail them and then force them to pose and do things in front of their computers. Even though Angie was killing scum bags, it still bothered me. That is only the first hour. Later she starts her own business to compete with a facebook type company. She has some weaknesses, such as being an introvert and hating men, after having suffered from an abusive marriage and than their is the one hand thing. She does not use these as excuses. I love how this shows just how hard and how much work it takes to start a business. She must raise money, she must overcome her PTSD and she even has to fight the government. The cards are constantly stacked against her, but every time she gets knocked down she does not cry, she gets back up and fights. I gained a lot of respect for her and she was a character worth my time. NO cookie cut out here.
I strongly recommend this engaging, scary, motivating book.
"Great on Many Levels"
A story about the monopolistic practices of Facebook and Google type companies mixed with a a tech assassin, a super hacker, and the emotional damage done by men who like to dominate and abuse their partners. It is exciting, makes you realize how much social media seeks to manipulate us, and shows how little privacy we have in the modern world. Very different from his other novels which were mainly about AI. Would make a great TV series. The readers good but didn't give it some of the hard edge it should have had. This are one of those novels that you learn a lot while also enjoying a wild ride.
"Not exactly the thriller I expected"
I was looking forward to more of a cyber crime thriller of some sort, but was disappointed. Sure, the first part met that expectation, but the thrills gradually subsided. I persevered and found the book to be fine overall; some interesting ideas. Probably not something I would otherwise choose. I did give it 3 stars because the story held my interest enough to finish, and because this is one of the few semi-realistic media portrayals of a therapist I've encountered. Contrary to popular media opinion, most therapists aren't out sleeping with clients, prescribing meds, or forming inappropriate relationships.
"Angie Stumps Goliath: 15 Stars!"
Okay, I profiled William Hertling and yeah, he does know all about what he writes all about. Which is a whole lot to know about... Stuff like culture, economics, politics, management, IT, AI, communications, domestic abuse, entrepreneurs, paranoia, murder, and deviant plus social psychology. Moreover he knows how to code all of that into a hell of a story.
Jane Cramer speaks IT engineer and maniacally-troubled Angie Benenati's story about battling the amoral might of a Facebook monopoly's.... WAIT... Did I write "Facebook"? Ooops, sorry. Of course Hertling's writing about Toma - the world's largest social networking company. Why did I think "Facebook" there? How stooooopid of me.
With a "Dexter"- like flavoring Angie, (one) armed with a start-up's slingshot, comes onto the virtual battlefield to stump the Toma-Goliath. And Jane Cramer interprets the ensemble cast as powerfully as any Audible reader I've heard. Why is this the first time I've listened to Cramer? She kicks it!
This book needs to be assigned to every Management 101 student along with classes in entrepreneurship. It digs at the strengths and fragilities of competitive markets, and it raises pesky questions about the monopoly might of the big three; Facebook, Youtube, and Twitter. In a competitive market, the customer defines the business... the opposite happens when monopolies control. To what end?
That is the primal question that Hertling makes Angie (and us) confront. "Kill Process" asks that question with so much energy - that I've already purchased "Avogadro Corp: the Singularity is Closer Than It Appears" the first in Hertling's "Singularity" series.
I hope it's not better than "Kill Process". How can I give away more then 15 stars?
"Fast paced with complex characters"
I loved that this story is fast paced, the main character feels real and all the technical details are accurate.
Angie Benenati, the novel’s protagonist, she 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 BFF :)
She makes the characters feel alive. She's a great narrator.
too long too much computer lingo detail and explanation. made my head hurt. there is an ok story buried in about 8 hours too much detail
"wonderfully accurate on hacking, startups, psycolo"
really good and realistic knowledge of many areas tied into fast moving story. NSA, Hacking, Domestic Abuse, Startups and more.
"Good. As a programmer there's a cringe factor tho"
All by this author
yes. Great! it's j•son not jason though. and LINUX (pronounced i/ˈlɪnəks/ ) not LINE•X
nah. Tech is not heading in the way this book suggests. Also, the author is missing some fundamental web programming techniques that are standard. It makes it hard to believe that some elite hacker doesn't know how to utilize class tags, PHP, and JSON.
overall it's a great story and fun to listen to!
"A one arm female computer geek!!"
First, thanks to Audible listener Ted of Lancaster PA whose review persuaded me to listen to this marvelous novel.
Angelina “Angie” Benenati is a 45 year old one arm computer programmer and hacker since her early teens. The setting is Portland OR where she is head of security for TOMO, a social networking website similar to Facebook. She lost her right arm in a car "accident" in which she killed her emotionally and physically abusive husband. She uses her job at TOMO to find other women who are being abused so that she can then creatively kill their abusive husbands/boyfriends. She becomes very effective at killing the men in a large variety of ways always without leaving any evidence of murder.
Angie does not like the way TOMO treats its customers and their data, so she decides to build a system to compete with and ultimately destroy TOMO. But she has signed a non-compete agreement with TOMO which she finds in her personnel records and destroys all traces.
This novel is about Angie's efforts to fund and build a technical startup company to take on TOMO. The odds against her are huge especially as her old boss at TOMO seeks to destroy her company and her.
Kill Process contains a lot of technical jargon which many listeners will not understand, but it does not detract from the story. Angie, with her many murders and other illegal actions, would seem to be a protagonist with whom the listener has little empathy. But she does have an strong ethical system of boundaries she will not cross, so the listener finds that she is empathetic. The novel includes flashbacks to earlier parts of her life which helps to explain her ethical system and her history. Kill Process deserves more than 5 stars!!
Narration by Jane Cramer is outstanding.
"Great Plot, Character, & Tech"
This book was a joy.
Getting did a great job on getting the computer hacking details right and was also insightful as to how search and social media giants fundamentally shift the balance of power in society. I'm hoping that someone will build the alternative network he proposes.
The main character suffers from PTSD from domestic abuse. I have no personal experience with that and don't understand how a male author could either, but I appreciate that it causes the reader to develop empathy/understanding. (Also curious if he got it right.)
Great plot and some interesting characters through and through. Spoken in first person narrative, secondary characters are not nearly as well developed.
Excellent narration and voices. I did notice 3 occasions where the narrator must have read the word wrong because the sentence otherwise would not make sense.
A clever ending, but the disregard for physics (Glock/Roomba) stretches believability.
I worry that this review appears overly critical. just to be clear, I loved the book, I highly recommend, and I will seek out other books by Wm. Hertling in the future.
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