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WIRED [Kindle Edition]

Douglas E. Richards
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,688 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A New York Times and USA Today bestseller!
The #1 bestselling Kindle book for an entire year in two major categories: technothrillers and science fiction.

"Richards is a worthy successor to Michael Crichton." --Antony Jones, SFBook.com

Kira Miller is a brilliant genetic engineer who discovers how to temporarily achieve savant-like capabilities in all areas of thought and creativity. But what if this transcendent level of intelligence brings with it a ruthless megalomania?

David Desh left the special forces after his team was brutally butchered in Iran. Now he has been reactivated for one last mission: find Kira Miller, the enigmatic genius behind a bioterror plot that threatens millions. But when Desh learns that the bioterror plot is just the tip of the iceberg, he is thrust into a byzantine maze of deception and intrigue, and he becomes a key player in a deadly game he can't begin to understand. A game that is certain to have a dramatic impact on the future course of human history. . .

WIRED is a smart thriller crammed with breakneck action, unexpected twists, mind-expanding science, and intriguing concepts readers will be contemplating long after they've read the last page.

"Richards is a tremendous new talent." --Stephen Coonts, 17-time New York Times bestselling author of Pirate Alley

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    Douglas E. Richards has been widely praised for his ability to weave action, suspense, and science into riveting novels that straddle the thriller and science fiction genres. He is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of WIRED, its sequel, AMPED, THE CURE, MIND'S EYE, QUANTUM LENS, BRAINWEB, and six critically acclaimed middle-grade adventures enjoyed by kids and adults alike.

    A former biotech executive, Richards earned a BS in microbiology from the Ohio State University, a master's degree in genetic engineering from the University of Wisconsin (where he engineered mutant viruses now named after him), and an MBA from the University of Chicago.

    In recognition of his work, Richards was selected to be a "special guest" at San Diego Comic-Con International, along with such icons as Stan Lee and Ray Bradbury. He has written numerous feature articles for the award-winning magazine, National Geographic KIDS -- some having appeared in a dozen languages in as many as sixteen countries -- as well as essays for the BBC, The Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Earth & Sky, Today's Parent, and many others.

    The author currently lives in San Diego, California, with his wife, two children, and two dogs.

    You can friend Richards on Facebook at Douglas E. Richards Author, visit his website at douglaserichards.com, and write to him at doug@san.rr.com

    Product Details

    • File Size: 1485 KB
    • Print Length: 358 pages
    • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B007EWJBIE
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    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,110 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    421 of 483 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Amazing - You Must Read this Book July 28, 2011
    Format:Kindle Edition
    I was blown away by the quality of the writing, the sophistication of the storyline, the depth of the characters, and the break-neck pace of the book. It is once of the best books I have read this summer. With WIRED, I believe that Mr. Richards will give the masters of this genre (mystery/thriller) a run for their money. The book has a little bit for everyone - cutting edge science/science fiction, a bit of philosophy about good vs evil, action galore, and even a little romance. To say the least WIRED is a thriller but it is so much more. If you love mystery/thrillers you must read this book - it is a masterpiece.

    Kira, a brillant scientist, has come up with a mechanism to enhance brain functioning and also a mechanism to make immortality a possibility. However, Kira has left a trail of death and destruction in her wake (including parents, teachers, brother, and others). David Desh, formerly in Special Forces, is asked by his former Colonel to find Kira and bring her to justice. In doing so he hires Matt a top notch computer hacker. Before Desh and Matt can get to far, Kira kidnaps them to try to convince them she is innocent and that there is a conspiracy in place to get to her discoveries. Who is telling the truth and who are the good guys/bad guys-you need to read the book to find out.
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    164 of 187 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars 21st Century Flash Gordon February 10, 2013
    By Thomas
    Format:Paperback
    I ordered this book because it had gotten so many outstanding reviews, and was a NY Times Best Seller, among others.

    After the first few sentences, however, I wondered if I was reading the same book as those who wrote the glowing reviews. I persevered though to the end.

    First, the writing got no better. In fact, it was consistently bad. Other negative reviewers have commented in detail about the poor writing style. Please see their comments. The best that I can say for it was that it reminded me of the pulp fiction writing of the 1930s and 1940s, a campy quality that wears very badly after several chapters.

    Second, the characters are right out the Super Heroes and X-Men comic books and movies: super clever, super martial arts skills, super intelligence (even when not enhanced), and even cute (for the heroine) and muscular (for the hero). The heroes and heroine are 100% super good, and the villain is 100% super bad. Even when when they are not using the Magic Pill the heroine has invented, they are far above average in every respect.

    Third, the Magic Pill. Newspapers and electronic media today are full of ads that claim the sellers have a wonder pill that will do miracles for your arthritic, poor memory, prostrate problems, erectile dysfunction, and (just fill in the blank for your favorite ailment). That's unfortunately the central thesis of this book. Medicine and neurology, however, are well past the polio vaccines and penicillin antibiotics that actually worked wonders. There are fewer and fewer miracle involving a Magic Pill, although its legend lives on in the popular mind.
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    335 of 390 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Value vs quality? August 31, 2011
    By Nic
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    Firstly, at 99c this is magnificent value for money. However, comparisons to Koontz are pushing it a bit. Parts of the plot are a bit thin, character development is non-existent, and there's a certain lazy "but then I woke up and it was all a dream" feeling about the way it all ties together. It also drives me a bit bonkers that the males are all referred to by their surnames, but the (only) female character always requires her silly first name. For me, it brought to mind the 'UNACO' novels which were sketched out by Alistair MacLean but completed by less talented writers - excellent bones, but not quite there. That said, it's fun, fast-paced, action-packed, and very readable - if desperately in need of a thorough proofreading.
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    139 of 161 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Wired got me wired! October 5, 2011
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    I arrived in Rome for our first visit having downloaded Wired to read in the hotel room. The premise sounded intriguing and the reviews encouraged me to buy it + the price was so right it was a no brainer. Anyway after dinner, we went back to the hotel, full from a good meanl and very tired from a long day. At around 9pm I started to read and at 5am finished it being unable to put it down. So I spend my first night in Rome reading a book and am so tired the next day that I'm barely able to enjoy any of the amazing sights. Was it worth it? Yes, absolutely. I couldn't put it down and loved every word of it. Great story, great concept, great writing and unputdownable. Can't recommend it highly enough.

    Michael Rocharde, Toulouse, France
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    26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Story September 18, 2011
    By Mike B
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    I won't do a "book report" (quit doing those in high school about 45 years ago!), but let me just say, "Wow!". This is one great story, and can be enjoyed by all ages (well maybe from 16 on up). It is definitely fast paced, has lots of plot twists, interesting and well developed characters ... I'm amazed he is letting it go for $0.79 for the Kindle. I'll definitely look at his other books.

    Thank you Mr. Richards for a great, entertaining story. I usually judge a book by its entertainment value, and this one entertained me!
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read!
    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The action was nonstop and though obviously science-fiction there was a basis of fact that could not be denied. Read more
    Published 1 day ago by Hunter Eubanks
    4.0 out of 5 stars A great read.
    A very good mystery as well a thought provoking scientific thesis. I don't read fiction often, but this is a real page Turner.
    Published 2 days ago by Kindle Customer
    5.0 out of 5 stars Wow
    Didn't know what to expect when I first began this book but I'm glad to say I was thoroughly surprised and impressed. Now on to the sequel!
    Published 3 days ago by Tola Adediran
    1.0 out of 5 stars I spent three dollars on this and that's about what it was worth
    The author's bias against the God of the universe isn't hard to discern. The suggestion in it is that truly enlightened people know there is no God and we 'unenhanced' who do... Read more
    Published 4 days ago by the preacher
    4.0 out of 5 stars Wired
    This story was kind of far fetched, especially the conclusion. I enjoyed it for most of the book until it became unbelievable.
    Published 5 days ago by Gene Cross
    4.0 out of 5 stars really enjoyed Wired - highly recommend it
    Not usually a sci-fi fan, but this book was both scientific and readable. Am looking forward to the next ones.
    Published 6 days ago by Bonnie
    2.0 out of 5 stars Alright for entertainment, but nothing else
    This might be a bestseller and it does push all the bestseller buttons, a little desperately so. The pace is good and it is certainly not boring, but nor is it very... Read more
    Published 6 days ago by Rasmus Sonderriis
    5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
    Any one who disliked this book has no imagination, plain and simple. I read 2 to 3 books a week this was one of the best conceptually thought out books I have read in a long time... Read more
    Published 7 days ago by Kindle Customer
    5.0 out of 5 stars Gold Star for RIchards
    I had a hard time putting this book down, and I haven't experienced that for a while. I'll be reading more books by Richards in the future.
    Published 8 days ago by Heather
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Excellent read: innovative great concepts, good narrative well put together. I suspect Mr Richards had access to some gelcaps!
    Published 9 days ago by Satish Chandra
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    Note: If you would like to be notified of future releases, send an e-mail to doug@san.rr.com with the email address to which you would like the notification to be sent.

    Douglas E. Richards has been widely praised for his ability to weave action, suspense, and science into riveting novels that straddle the thriller and science fiction genres. He is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of WIRED, its sequel, AMPED, THE CURE, MIND'S EYE, QUANTUM LENS, BRAINWEB, and six critically acclaimed middle-grade adventures enjoyed by kids and adults alike.

    A former biotech executive, Richards earned a BS in microbiology from the Ohio State University, a master's degree in genetic engineering from the University of Wisconsin (where he engineered mutant viruses now named after him), and an MBA from the University of Chicago.

    In recognition of his work, Richards was selected to be a "special guest" at San Diego Comic-Con International, along with such icons as Stan Lee and Ray Bradbury. He has written numerous feature articles for the award-winning magazine, National Geographic KIDS -- some having appeared in a dozen languages in as many as sixteen countries -- as well as essays for the BBC, The Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Earth & Sky, Today's Parent, and many others.

    The author currently lives in San Diego, California, with his wife, two children, and two dogs.

    You can friend Richards on Facebook at Douglas E. Richards Author, write to him at doug@san.rr.com, and visit his website at www.douglaserichards.com

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