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2.0 out of 5 stars Underwhelming at best - Should be called "Beginners Guide to Kali", December 19, 2013
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This review is from: Hacking with Kali: Practical Penetration Testing Techniques (Paperback)
I'll go through my thoughts as the book is laid out:

Chapters 1 though 3. Essentially it's talking about the basics of how to install and use a debian/ubuntu based OS. This information contains more screen shots per page than actual text, and fairly useless screenshots at that. If someone needs this level of help to simply install the OS, then you would think it would be in a more beginner level book. There is literally pages of discussion on how to use dpkg and apt.

Furthermore, the book is about 185 pages, excluding appendices. This information spans about 35 pages. Seriously, I didn't expect 1/6 of this book to be this level of basic information.

It's also poorly laid out. One chapter jumps from how to update with apt and use tarballs to how to use Nessus. What? Those topics aren't remotely related to each other. Even better, the "practical guide" to Nessus as the section is named, isn't even a full page of information.

For a book that claims on the cover "Practical Penetration Testing Techniques" I'm highly underwhelmed.

I'll have to update later with more info.
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Initial post: Dec 24, 2013 12:19:18 PM PST
J.M says:
Why not try this book "Kali Linux Cookbook"? It may be what you are looking for in the way of more advance topics.

Posted on Dec 26, 2013 4:57:22 AM PST
D W, Thank you for the feedback.
It is important to set expectations and you have voiced a valid concern. This book is targeted for those just entering the field, and therefore has a lot of content that is useful as an introduction but may not be useful to those that have been working in this area for a while and it seems that you have some experience in the field. Your comments should help others in understanding that this book is a starting point in using the Kali distribution. Thank you again for taking the time to comment and help others select the correct book. Please let me know of your future feedback as your opinion matters to me.
Jim
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