The Last Firewall

The Last Firewall

by William Hertling


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The Last Firewall by William Hertling

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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780984755769
Publisher: Liquididea Press
Publication date: 08/05/2013
Pages: 322
Sales rank: 381,108
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.67(d)

About the Author

William Hertling is the author of Avogadro Corp: The Singularity Is Closer Than It Appears, A.I. Apocalypse, and The Last Firewall.

Brad Feld, cofounder of TechStars, called his first novel, Avogadro Corp, "a tremendous book everyone must read."

A twenty year veteran of the technology industry, he holds ten patents on software and internet technology and is a frequent speaker at technology and writing conferences. When not writing, he works on web and social strategy.

He's been building online communities since 1986 when he ran seven phones lines into the back of his Apple //e to create an online chat system. An active blogger since 2002, his website,, receives more than 50,000 visitors a year.

He resides in Portland, Oregon.

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The Last Firewall 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
Anonymous 7 days ago
Great read with a unique premise.
Anonymous 3 months ago
Great read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great read. Engaging and interesting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hertling has a gift for AI fiction that is both frightening and fascinating. This book will not disappoint.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Although not a,true "geek", I do have enough knowledge to have processed all of the computer/AI portions of the book. I think it is too full of computer/AI information for the casual reader. I commend the story. Editing errors; what there were of them I didn't notice. This is the first book that I have read by this author. A good read for the tech geek.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldn't put it down
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed being able to get immersed in the story. Would like to read more in this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book has an interesting plot but the story is not well written. The are numerous chapters that are boring and do not advance the story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great science fiction. Believable with today's computer technology . Loved thestory.
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Heart pounding and mind blowing read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I didn't read read the first two but just jumped in and read this one. May have made for a different experience than some others had but I was pleasantly surprised. Basic AI equal rights struggle plus some girl meets AI/boy save the world/puppen story. (Puppen: a puppy/kitten genetic hybrid)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read.  All three books of the series are worth reading.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed the story. Could use some editing but it was an enjoyable story. A little scary.
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Great read. Highly imaginative
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it! Kept me interested........a good read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I nearly quit during the first 50 pages, not because it was a little slow in the beginning, but because the male author wrote a shero who cried at the drop of a hat. Very annoying! She got over it, finally, and I'm so glad I kept reading. The IT detail was fascinating, and the action was believable (speaking as a non-geek). It left me wondering what might be possible for human implants and IT in general in the next 20 years. The last third of the book was a little rushed (it's also where the editing fell short), but it was certainly good enough to keep me reading into the wee hours of the morning. I just had to find out how they saved us from an AI run amok!
Baseballman54 More than 1 year ago
I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. I highly recommend it if you enjoy Sifi action adventure
SamH45 More than 1 year ago
I wish rhe first book had been free and then this could be the much awaited sequel. Pretty well written although rife with typos. Story held my interest and the characters were compellingfor the most part. Definitely a good read.