The Last Firewall by William Hertling

The Last Firewall

By William Hertling

  • Release Date: 2013-08-08
  • Genre: Adventure
Score: 4.5
From 38 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


  • The Last Firewall

    By Glassman12
    While I found it a bit slow at the start, I was soon hooked and had trouble putting it down. Late night last night because I just had to finish it!
  • This book will appeal to...

    By tomorrowtools
    The Last Firewall will allow any jacked-in & Mindful reader to expand into a wider world. You will be like a blind person extremely skilled at echoLocation - others will see you as sighted! Most of you won't have the discipline to be Mindful, and this book will drive you to practice that discipline. Then you'll re-read this book. THEN you'll grok. Looking forward to your success, Paul
  • The Last Firewall

    By vitrohon
    Couldn't tear myself away.
  • The last firewall

    By Unsavy
    Overall, a very good read. The story moved at a good pace. The plot was relatively straightforward with no intricate twists or turns that might have earned it a higher rating. I do recommend this book as it was entertaining.