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.
"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!
"Bait and Switch at its finest"
The opening is so strong and intriguing I was excited to start this. Then a few chapters in it turns into a tech speak borefest. Good overall story I guess...just too much jargon and filler.
"Good start, decent finish, lots of yawns in the middle"
I liked the description enough to try this book. It started out good with a lot of action but soon bogged down into a lot of technical detail, jargon and acronyms that I guess a computer programmer might appreciate. It almost felt like a "how to" book for funding a startup business. I had almost given up before the villain showed up. He made the last few chapters much more interesting but I'd still not recommend this to any friend.
Only a computer hacker will enjoy this.
Completely boring put it on fast forward.
Got lost. Too much technical and too little else.
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