The Last Firewall by William Hertling

The Last Firewall

By William Hertling

  • Release Date: 2013-08-08
  • Genre: Adventure
Score: 4.5
From 157 Ratings
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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


  • Phenomenal ending!

    By Yin13
    This 3rd book in the Singularity trilogy was absolutely riveting! I could not wait to read through this book. Will written, intriguing and simply a great read. This series just improved with each book!
  • A good read

    By KatHarvey
    This book kept me intrigued the entire way through. A really good outside view of AI and future events that could occur as technology gets more advanced.
  • An Instant Classic

    By TheSRut
    As someone who enjoys reading new works and finding authors, there is the unspoken quest for the Unicorn.. The one work that stands out as something special and rare.. The Last Firewall is that Unicorn.. The book starts out a little too formulaic, but in no time is blazing a Philosophical, Technical, and Cinematic Trails.. I have not been so moved by a novel in years
  • Hertlings books

    By Rayzenman
    I can't wait for a future like the one William presents...
  • Exciting!

    By the Muse08
    Well written & an exciting read from the first page! Great book!
  • Insane

    By TyTyTYTy7
    I rarely write reviews but this book and series is now my favorite of all time. Being a computer nerd, the detail and terminology used was amazing and it shows how knowledgeable the Author really is. For all computer nerds, scifi geeks, and everyone else you need to read this book and series. I bought the digital version and I'm going to buy the paperback books also just to have and support the author. Please keep writing and make another series similar to this one. Thank you!
  • The Last Firewall

    By j milton
    I loved the story. It kept me mesmerized or totally involved in the story. Well done!!
  • Avogadro Corp

    By clueless366
    I read all three books in this series and thoroughly Enjoyed all of them. Great adventure and a real thrill ride. I highly recommend all three, keep up the good work. Looking forward to more great stories. CE
  • Cybernetics

    By LDS Sailor
    This is a very entertaining read...nothing given away to spoil the ending...
  • Really enjoyed it and highly recommend it but...

    By Enio108
    ...seriously. So many mistakes. Spelling, words missing or misused, verb tense, etc... Pretty sure his arm wasn't "snacking" out at her. Sheesh. Get a better editor/proofreader. Otherwise, I really enjoyed it and look forward to reading more work from this author, especially as it continues to improve.