- Paperback: 322 pages
- Publisher: Liquididea Press; 1 edition (May 31 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1942097034
- ISBN-13: 978-1942097037
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.1 x 22.9 cm
- Shipping Weight: 358 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #650,602 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
William Hertling is the author of Avogadro Corp: The Singularity Is Closer Than It Appears, A.I. Apocalypse, The Last Firewall, and The Turing Exception. His near-term science-fiction novels about realistic artificial intelligence have been called "frighteningly plausible", "tremendous", and "must reads". Born in Brooklyn, New York, William Hertling grew up a digital native in the early days of bulletin board systems. His first experiences with net culture occurred when he wired seven phone lines into the back of his Apple //e to build an online chat system. He’s been influenced by writers such as William Gibson, Charles Stross, Cory Doctorow, and Walter Jon Williams. He currently resides in Portland, Oregon. Follow him on twitter at @hertling or visit his blog williamhertling.com.
Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon.com
She is fighting a megalith of a corporation with Elliot's (Mr. Robot) bag of kit and in a totally surprise ending - well, you just have to read it. I couldn't put my iPhone (Kindle App) down.
I was totally blown away when I had just ordered a Raspberry Pi from Amazon while on vacation in Maine only to read about Angie's Raspi-based Onion router made from solar-powered, rooftop-chucked, micro-linux systems that snag bandwidth from random WAPs around Portland. Awesomely creative, Wm.
Whether you are tech or not, this is highly stimulating stuff. What this author does is veer very close to believable reality especially in the area of A.I.
Kill process had a little A.I. but mostly hacker-fi which again was extremely close to the real thing. When I worked for a Finnish security company, they had a secret lab where genii spent day and night with white hats tracking down Stuxnet. and other Zero-Day exploits. This takes the 'embedded system hack' to new levels of surrealism. Especially in this age of IoT.
Ok, Hertling - we want more. Lots more.
In his 2016 release, "Kill Process," William Hertling moves from the technology-based world of science fiction he explored in the "Avogadro" quartet of futuristic novels (see my five-star Amazon 2013 - 2015 reviews) to more contemporary battles for survival among technology developers in Portland, Oregon. While some plot twists are clever, though you can see them coming, others are downright creepy because of their believability.
Angelina “Angie” Benenati is a one-armed computer programmer and security manager at Tomo, the largest social network company presumably in the world. That’s during the day. At night she uses her considerable technology skills to avenge her past experience as an abused woman at the hands of her now deceased husband.
Using cyber world hacker resources and probability modeling, she looks for women in abusive relationships and targets their male partners for elimination in devious, undetectable and unexpected ways. Stage One of running a “kill process” to terminate annoying out-of-control programs.
Let's just say, if you're a man driving a car, you don't want to cut off Angie on the highway, especially if she's feeling grumpy.
This motive is transformed when Tomo decides to take advantage of their users’ concerns about Internet privacy with a program that gives the illusion of identity screening but will actually be a tool for maximizing revenue through unsolicited offers to these subscribers.
Soon Angie is hot on the track to build an alternative decentralized network, Tapestry, with users as developers to destroy Tomo. Stage Two of running a “kill process” though now the target is an abusive company, not misogynist men.
Along the way, they come up with the idea of creating “chat bots” who are computer-generated characters that real people can have exchanges with about their feelings, dreams, fears, etc. on their interface of choice. Think emoticons backed by a lot of programming. This is familiar territory for anyone who has read Hertling’s earlier books with more expanded cyber programs and personalities.
Pretty soon, Angie and her merry band of stalwarts are making serious headway and becoming a nuisance for Tomo. Enter Lewis Rasmussen, the Tomo leader and sinister figure in this episode. He employs an even more despicable lieutenant, Chris Daly, a rogue Federal agent who is persistent and psychopathic.
Stage Three of running a “kill process” but now Angie is the target. At least it’s consistent with the original male abusers theme.
The plotting is initially a little slow, though the pace picks up, and the technology descriptions can be overwhelming. Angie is a little hard to feel empathy for. She is a driven personality with a need to succeed with whatever she’s doing. Her love interest doesn’t seem very genuine because she’s more into hunting big game with a ruthless efficiency.
As Fyodor Dostoyevsky wrote in “Crime and Punishment“, “To go wrong in one's own way is better than to go right in someone else's.”
Perhaps this is Angie’s creed. You can admire it, even be entertained by its executions. But by the end, you may be scratching your head.
It engages from the beginning with a hacker committing physical crimes via cyberspace. Yes, it sounds odd and made me wonder if I wanted to read the full novel. I am glad that I did!
His character development was flawless. It wasn't too detailed yet provided the information necessary in order to pull the reader in more fully. The pacing of the story is good - again, not so detailed as to be slow, but detailed enough to get the reader to the next plot point without any fuss. The characters are believable and the story is compelling.
Anyone that has been involved in cyber security or deeply involved in application or database development will find no flaws. It speaks volumes about the research that went into this novel. Coupled with the entertaining references to contemporary SciFi novels and quips most developers would (or have) thought to voice make the story even more engaging.
A great work, IMHO, right up there with some of the works of Card, Gibson, Heinlein and Stephenson.