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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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  • Carl
  • West Palm Beach, FL, United States
  • 07-20-16

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.

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  • Ted
  • Lancaster, PA, United States
  • 04-11-17

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?


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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
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.

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A Curveball from the First Chapter.

The opening line lets us know our hero is a vigilante killer. And for the first hour or so I almost gave up for that reason alone. But Kill Process is about much, much more. In truth, the killings become a very minor, inconsequential part of the story.

The real theme revolves around privacy. Our privacy. Specifically what social media is really capable of and how it really works. Our hero is a known, white hat hacker, employed by a giant like Facebook. She is disenchanted with her company's disregard for privacy and sets off to form a new start up to compete.

We are introduced to the origins of hacking, how monies are raised for Silicon startups, the lives and sacrifices of the geniuses involved with net technology, and the fragility of the giant companies who deal in technology.

So while I was not impressed with the killings, the rest of the story is a 5 star experience,

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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.

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Fast paced with complex characters

What did you love best about Kill Process?

I loved that this story is fast paced, the main character feels real and all the technical details are accurate.

Who was your favorite character and why?

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 :)

What does Jane Cramer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

She makes the characters feel alive. She's a great narrator.

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Good. As a programmer there's a cringe factor tho

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Yeah

What other book might you compare Kill Process to and why?

All by this author

Have you listened to any of Jane Cramer’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

yes. Great! it's j•son not jason though. and LINUX (pronounced i/ˈlɪnəks/ ) not LINE•X

Do you think Kill Process needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

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.

Any additional comments?

overall it's a great story and fun to listen to!

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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.

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Just as Good as Other Reviews State!!

It may have even been better than professed by other reviewers! Everything surrounding computer security and the lack of privacy today, this book illustrates in great detail. This was published back in '16, yet sounds like it was written from recent headlines [concerning Fb]. And Hertling doesn't just settle on the current state of security, but takes the reader on a hacking journey throughout the past three decades.

I also loved the programming aspects. This may be the first book I've heard incorporate Git repos and actual SQL queries -- alongside Raspberry Pis, [a comprised] Tor, and Doxxing -- into well-flowing fiction. This scratches that itch that Mr. Robot can't reach in being confined to an hour! Even the introverted tendencies and Angie's thoughts towards therapy are spot on! I'm actually tempted to re-listen before moving on to another of his works, or anything else for that matter. Keep it coming, Hertling!

My only criticism was the narrator, who I first thought was a computer-generated voice; that's just how stiffly she started off. She pulled it together with the other female leads and Angie's exasperations, but it was often difficult to tell who was speaking when a male was present.

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  • Brian
  • Niagara Falls, NY
  • 11-19-18

What A Thrill

Kill Process was like 5 books rolled into one. It was one of those books that I had to take in bite-sized chunks because I didn’t want it to end. I found this book because of Hertling’s Avogadro Corp books. I must have bought it months ago because when I saw the second book in this series while prepping my weekly New and Notable posts I was surprised and thrilled to see it in my library.

Kill Process tells the story of Angie, a 45-year-old hacker/programmer with lots of problems. She works for Tomo (basically a fictional Facebook) by day and at night she kills off domestic abusers in mysterious ways. That’s just the first part of the book (and what could have been its own book). She’s introduced to a new product that Tomo wants to introduce and decides that she can no longer work for such a disingenuous company and strikes it off on her own to try and compete with the tech giant. What follows would be a spoiler but is full of a wild ride of a story from beginning to end.

Kill Process is Hertlings best book I’ve read yet. He fills the pages with perfect examples of tech, white and black hat hacking, real SQL database queries, and lots of other techno-jargon that would give people who work in the industry that “feel good” feeling knowing how much Hertling knows and is able to shove into the book. Think The Martian for space/science but for computers and tech. It definitely had a Mr. Robot feel (without the distinctive split personalities) especially when it came to the hacks that Angie described. It also had a bit of a Fight Club feel (also without the same distinctive split personalities) but the “take down the man” feel. It throws in a lot of other things from a lot of other sources but the biggest thing that it felt was real. Sure, Tomo is not Facebook, but it is. They know everything about us, the way that Hertling describes the way that they keep users, not because they want to stay, but because it’s where all their friends just hit a little too close to home. Throw in the recent data breaches and other similarly pitched products by Facebook and it’s a terrifyingly real depiction of where we could be right now without even knowing it.

I work in the tech industry (specifically in and around online advertising) and the scene where Angie talked about using data to figure out that moving an ad 3 degrees in Cincinnati (I think that was where she said) caused a higher click-through rate hit a little too close to home for me (but also made me realize just how good Hertling’s research and knowledge of the industry is.

Another thing that I think Hertling hit on the head with Kill Process was the psychological feelings, reactions, and inner thoughts that Angie had after enduring what she endured with her husband. Even the conversations with her therapist were definitely taken from real therapy sessions and ways that people can calm anxiety among other issues. The repeated scenes of flashbacks, reactions, and irrational thoughts that Angie describes feeling were absolutely perfect. So perfect that I wonder if they would cause a real trigger for others who have been abused (physically or emotionally). My wife was never in anything that rough, but there are still things that she does (where she sits in a restaurant is a good example) that Hertling perfected with Angie.

I know that the second book in this series was just released, but I need to take a mental break for a few days. I will hopefully read it before the end of 2018 (but no promises). Hertling is on the top of his game interweaving the Avagadro world with the Tomo/Tapestry world mentioning Avagadro numerous times and spurring that little memory bank from reading some of the Avogadro Corp books.

A fantastic technothriller that will stick with me for a long time. Hertling’s Kill Process is one of the best books in the genre I’ve read in a long time.

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  • R. ODELL
  • 09-28-17

Awesome start to the (should be) series

This is a great story with an excellent introduction to the series that should be, can't wait for the next read.

Unfortunately, there is no book series at the moment... come on William :-)

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  • Lawrence Mcbride
  • 04-03-18

Great read

I've been a fan of this author since his first sci-fi novel and read all of his books thereafter. I've seen his writing mature and branch out and this continues the trend.