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Product Details

  • Series: Evil Genius
  • Paperback: 375 pages
  • Publisher: Tab Books; 2 edition (September 30, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071772685
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071772686
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.7 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #95,450 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Brad Graham is founder and host of the ATOMICZOMBIE.com website, dedicated to his flamboyant bicycles, robots, and inventions. In 2003, he received a Guinness World Record for building and riding the World’s Tallest Rideable Bicycle. Graham is a network engineer, electronics technician, welder, web developer, robotics developer, computer programmer and inventor. He is co-author of Atomic Zombie's Bicycle Builder's Bonanza, Build Your Own All-Terrain Robot, and 101 Spy Gadgets for the Evil Genius.

Kathy McGowan is the co-author of all the titles noted above, and partner in all of Graham's ventures.

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Recommended, great instructional book.
Timothy Caswell
Most are cheap, a couple of bucks, and you get a great companion to this book I am reviewing.
A. L. Trail
Makes you want to try your hand at being a super sleuth just to try out your inventions.
Mad Scientist in Training

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Format: Paperback
At first I thought that this particular book in the Evil Genius series might be a bit too cheesy for my taste, but it does have some very interesting content. As with all of the evil genius books, you should not expect a deep amount of theory on the inner workings of the various electronic devices discussed, but there is enough theory and construction detail that you will learn much about how to modify and control devices and be able to produce some interesting projects. The book does spend quite a bit of space on the operational details of cameras including digital photo enhancement, hooking up a web cam, and long range digital photography. This book has the quality and attention to detail in the instructions, diagrams, and photographs that, quite frankly, have been missing from recent entries in the Evil Genius project books.

Since in many ways this book is aimed at teens that want to learn by being mischievous, if you are a parent you need to look through the book carefully to make sure nothing dangerous is going on before turning your teenager loose with it. Oddly enough, the chapter on laser gadgets was fairly innocuous. It mainly consisted of using laser pointers to control devices remotely. The chapter that worries me is the chapter on "Protection and Countermeasures", since there are several projects that are variations of remote shocking devices using tasers. The most interesting chapter is the final one that is basically just one big project - building a spy robot - that is broken down into eleven smaller projects and builds on all of the material presented in the previous chapters.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By M. Newton on December 15, 2006
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Doesn't matter what your interest is, you can learn something from this book.

I had no intention of building any of the projects, but after reading the book through, and realizing how easy and honestly fun some of them are, I just have to give them a try.

Great pictures, and easy to read text not only help you build your projects but also include detailed explanations of why it actually works and what could be changed to fit your needs.

Unlike some of the other Evil Genius books authors, Graham actually uses parts from old electronics that normally cost you next to nothing. And his website and forum will help you with any problems you have, as well as update anything new he wants to add.

Easily the best book in the Genius series. Much enjoyed!
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Steve Pritchard on August 8, 2006
Format: Paperback
I've had this book for a couple of weeks and already had some questions. I went on the Atomic Zombie support spy gadgets forum and found the answers to my questions right away. It's nice to know that the authors do provide support and answer your questions in a day or so. There are some others on the forum that also help. It's a great community so if you buy this book make sure you also join the forum. There's a great section on where to find parts used in the projects. What more could a person ask for!? A great book and great support right from the authors. I'm very impressed.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Mr.Noname on July 14, 2006
Format: Paperback
I bought this book at the University book store, and it has paid for itself many times over. The information on hacking video senders is right on the money, and for $20, I turned the VCR sender bought at a department store into the $150 spy transmitter that many websites are selling.

Oh, and the taser gun made from the disposible camera.... Yah, it hurts! I would never try the two battery model > at least not on myself ;)

Anywho, thanks to the author, I enjoyed the way the book lays out each project as it is being made so there is no confusion, and the underground feel of this book reminds me of the old anarchist cookbook files that used to be available on dialup BBS sites.

I wonder if the author is on a no fly list now?!

Thanks.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Hacker Dude on July 16, 2006
Format: Paperback
I just got my copy and read half of it already. It's easy to follow with tons of pictures and diagrams. By the time you get to the end of the book, you will learn alot about many different types of gadgets and valuable tips about video, audio, lasers, photo editing software, some computer technology and much more interesting stuff that you would have to read many books to understand.

Doesn't assume that you're an expert in various types of technologies but leads you into each project explaining every step until you build and test the final project.

You can find all of the parts needed for each project anywhere online, in retail stores, electronics stores, and so on. Try eBay - you can get great deals on mini cameras. That's where I buy alot of my electronics parts, and yes, there are lowcost mini black and white cameras for sale on eBay and all over the Internet. I have several!

It ain't "rocket science" finding the parts needed for these projects! Google, Yahoo, MSN, Ask.com - any search engine will yield results. If you like to tinker, hack and learn new stuff, then I highly recommend this book.
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28 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 18, 2010
Format: Paperback
I purchased this book believing that it would be as advertised: a interesting collection of projects that you can complete with step-by-step directions, parts lists, etc. Well my fellow amazonian s, this is so very not the case. The book description is a crock (putting it mildly), and the plans that are within consist of sporadic sprinklings of diagrams or finished black and white photos of the projects which only serve to increase your frustration with this sham. Worse still, the website listed on the cover does not even make mention of the book - only chopper bicycles - so if you are hoping there is some redemption for the book there, think again! So to summarize for those contemplating this purchase:

1. THERE ARE NO STEP-BY-STEP INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO BUILD THE PROJECTS. Some of the earlier projects have a few pages written about the project, but as you advance through the book you find that these get sparser, and the details are woefully lacking.

2. THERE ARE NO LISTS OF MATERIALS/PARTS OR RECOMMENDED SOURCES. Zippo.

3. THERE IS NO SUPPORT ON THE LISTED WEBSITE, NOR ANY WAY OF CONTACTING THE AUTHORS FOR CLARIFICATION. This I find especially shameful, given the thrift of the project descriptions and parts list. It feels as if the author was only interested in making a quick buck only to vanish before his victims realized they had been had.

In short, save your money; I'm sure there are more capable electronic project books out there!! Hope this helps someone avoid making a disappointing purchase.
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