The Last Firewall

The Last Firewall
A Singularity Novel
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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.

Advance Praise for The Last Firewall:

“The Last Firewall is awesome near term science fiction. Hertling is completely nailing it, right up there with Saurez, Doctorow, and Stross.” – Brad Feld, Foundry Group managing director

“The Last Firewall is an insightful and adrenaline-inducing tale of what humanity could become and the machines we could spawn.” – Ben Huh, CEO 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 and 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.


Available August, 2013 from all major book retailers. Sign up for my mailing list to find out when it's released, or check out my other Singularity Novels: Avogadro Corp: The Singularity is Closer than it Appears and A.I. Apocalypse.

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“Highly entertaining, gripping, thought inspiring. Don’t start without the time to finish” – Gifford Pinchot III, founder Bainbridge Graduate Institute, author of The Rise of the Intelligent Organization

“Chilling and compelling” – Erik Wecks,, author of Aetna Adrift

“A fascinating look at how simple and benign advancements in technology could lead to the surprise arrival of the first AI” – Jason Glaspey, founder,, and

“Alarming and jaw-dropping tale about how something as innocuous as email can subvert an entire organization.” – Gene Kim, author of The Phoenix Project
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