The Last Firewall

· SINGULARITY Book 3 · William Hertling
276 reviews

About this ebook

 In the year 2035, robots, artificial intelligences, and neural implants have become commonplace. The Institute for Ethics keeps the peace, using social reputation to ensure that robots and humans don't harm society or each other. But a powerful AI named Adam has found a way around the restrictions.

Catherine Matthews, nineteen years old, has a unique gift: the ability to manipulate the net with her neural implant. Yanked out of her perfectly ordinary life, Catherine becomes the last firewall standing between Adam and his quest for world domination.


“Awesome near-term science fiction.” – Brad Feld, Foundry Group managing director

“An insightful and adrenaline-inducing tale of what humanity could become and the machines we could spawn.” – Ben Huh, CEO of Cheezburger

“A fun read and tantalizing study of the future of technology: both inviting and alarming.” – Harper Reed, former CTO of Obama for America, Threadless

"A fascinating and prescient take on what the world will look like once computers become smarter than people. Highly recommended." – Mat Ellis, Founder & CEO Cloudability

“A phenomenal ride through a post-scarcity world where humans are caught between rogue AIs. If you like having your mind blown, read this book!” – Gene Kim, author of The Phoenix Project: A Novel About IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win

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276 reviews
N.A. Matillano
October 19, 2014
It was a good read but expectations were too high after reading the first two books, Avogadro Corp. & AI Apocalypse
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James Tate
November 9, 2016
Really exciting, gripping and incredibly imaginative. No problem suspending disbelief - it all seemed so plausible. Great writing, great concept, great story.
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Bob Clarkson
February 4, 2015
William Hertling has created one of the best science fiction novels ever written. I put 'The Last Firewall' on the same shelf as my Bob Heinlein novels, Sir Issaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury and the other Giants of our Science Fiction Universe. I also include in this group the great Gene Rodenberry for envisioning many of the things we now take for granted. I'm forwarding a copy of this review and a link so they can get a book of their own to every science fiction fan I've stayed in touch with for the past 55 years. Mr. Hertling, you have definately blown through my firewall with this novel!
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About the author

 William Hertling is the author of the award-winning novels Avogadro Corp: The Singularity is Closer than it Appears, A.I. Apocalypse, and The Last Firewall. These near-term science-fiction novels explore the emergence of artificial intelligence, coexistence of humans and smart machines, and the impact of social reputation, technological unemployment, and other near-future issues. His novels have been called "frighteningly plausible," "tremendous," and "must read."

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