Kill Switch

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Igloo and Angie are the founders of Tapestry, a new social network. Tapestry’s privacy and security is so effective it impedes the government’s ability to monitor communications. Fearing Tapestry's effect on America’s surveillance abilities, the government will stop Angie and Igloo by any means possible. Igloo and Angie must risk everything in the ultimate battle for control of the Internet. More

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About William Hertling

William E. Hertling is a digital native who grew up on the online chat and bulletin board systems of the mid 1980s, giving him twenty-five years experience participating in and creating online culture. A science fiction writer and digital strategist, he lives in Portland, Oregon.

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About the Series: Kill Chain
Corporate and government control over the Internet and people's data calls for a new solution to privacy, data ownership, and social media. One woman has the answer: a revolutionary new platform called Tapestry.

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Meg Stone reviewed on Oct. 24, 2019

Kill Switch, by William Hertling, is billed as a sequel to Kill Process, but can certainly stand on its own. That doesn't mean you shouldn't read Kill Process, (one of Hertling's best works), it just means it shouldn't be an impediment. Both of these books, in the Kill series, shine a spotlight on thorny social issues, but Kill Switch doesn't pull any punches. Personally, I admire that. This book had me so close to calling it violent porn that, had I not read (and loved) Hertling's previous books, I would've given up. I am glad that I didn't. In my case, there was definitely payback for enduring passages that really pushed my boundaries. The payback? Learning that my boundaries are social conditioning, prejudiced misconceptions and programming. I look back at his characters, that when I started reading made my skin crawl, but now, I would be honored to call my friends. I might not love how they love, but I certainly wouldn't want to miss out on knowing someone because of that. So I went from thinking, Hertling had gone ruby off the rails to, he has taken a huge risk with this novel, and finally to wanting to thank him for breaking down some of my personal barriers/prejudices.

That said, Kill Switch is packed with what I love about Hertling's stories. Nonstop action and loads of geeky tech stuff. The terrifying abuse of it by corporations, not hackers, and a wake-up call that this isn't so much fictional as it's actually happening. You might give your social media accounts a second thought, late at night when you should be sleeping, and you finish Kill Switch, and turn out the light.
(reviewed 29 days after purchase)
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