Kill Process by William Hertling

Kill Process

byWilliam Hertling

Kobo ebook | June 20, 2016

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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 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?

“Awesome, thrilling, and creepy: a fast-paced portrayal of the startup world, and the perils of our personal data and technical infrastructure in the wrong hands.” —Brad Feld, managing director of Foundry Group

“His most ambitious work yet. A murder thriller about high tech surveillance and espionage in the startup world. Like the best of Tom Clancy and Barry Eisner.” —Gene Kim, author of The Phoenix Project

“Explores the creation and effects of the templated self, the rise of structured identity and one-size-fits-all media culture, and feasible alternatives.” —Amber Case, author of Calm Technology


Title:Kill ProcessFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:June 20, 2016Publisher:liquididea pressLanguage:English

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Worth the read, even for non-techies like me 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 or not. She's had a heck of a lot thrown at her in her 45 years of life but she is determined to overcome her past and bring about some good in the world. I love how she did not allow her physical disability to stop her from doing anything she set her mind to. I enjoyed several other characters in this book as well, especially the strong female characters. If you're like me and don't know anything about bitcoin, hacking, or onion routers, keep reading anyway. Even if it takes months, the ending makes everything worth it.
Date published: 2018-02-20