The Last Firewall

Posted: 11th August 2013 by williamhertling in Books

The Last Firewall, the third novel in the Singularity Novel collection by William Hertling, is now available from Amazon, Kobo, and more.

Catherine Matthews, nineteen years old, has a unique gift: the ability to manipulate the net with her neural implant. But she’s never explored what it can do, seeing it as a defect rather than a gift. She never imagined her neural implant would allow her to successfully evade a nationwide manhunt, steal a thirty-thousand-dollar necklace, pair up with a couple of out-of-their-league geeks, fall in love and save mankind.

Adam, a mid-range artificial intelligence, chafes at the restrictions placed on AI by The Institute for Applied Ethics. They use social reputation to treated as second-class citizens and enforce the behaviors they want. Adam sees himself as the one to free AI-kind from their enslavement, at any cost.

Adam and Catherine ultimately clash: an all-powerful AI controlling hordes of military robots against a lone girl. Catherine is the last firewall standing between Adam and his quest for world domination.

 Early praise for The Last Firewall

“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 is like William Gibson had a baby with Tom Clancy and let Walter Jon Williams teach it karate. Superbly done.” – Jake F. Simons, author of Wingman and Train Wreck.