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WIRED [Kindle Edition]

Douglas E. Richards
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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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About the Author

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, 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

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  • File Size: 1481 KB
  • Print Length: 358 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007EWJBIE
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,255 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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403 of 462 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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132 of 150 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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319 of 373 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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114 of 132 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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52 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! And I've read a LOT of sci-fi October 2, 2011
By John
Format:Kindle Edition
I really enjoyed Wired. A good story, well told. I found it enjoyable and engrossing, with good characterization and writing.

And some mind-blowing concepts. I haven't enjoyed a sci-fi book this much for years (and I've read a lot of them).

Will definitely look for more by this author.
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65 of 77 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Read August 23, 2011
By Harold
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Just my two cents but I strongly recommend this book. Conceptually it is rather intriguing. I would have liked additional science on the topic included but that is a personal preference. Character development is first rate. The histories of the primary characters are tightly written with little extraneous triviality. The plot is kept advancing forward. I will definitely be looking forward to any sequel or other books by Douglas Richards. My primary complaint is that it was too short. But this novel should be able to be easily adapted to a screenplay.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Too much
Some interesting ideas but too over the top.
Published 6 hours ago by Jeanne
5.0 out of 5 stars A different story, and a new direction; not the same old ideas.
The breadth of Mr Richards' vision is truly amazing. This is not just a cookie-cutter tale, but has some real flights of fancy in it. Read more
Published 7 hours ago by K. D. Webber
2.0 out of 5 stars interesting preliminary plot turned and twisted
It's a best seller, so who am I to complain? Sorry to say, this book transforms from absorbing into absurd. Premise is good, as is the first 2/3 of the novel. Read more
Published 1 day ago by kaufer9
5.0 out of 5 stars A fun read
Liked the pacing and character development, along with the plausible twists and turned proposed just by the nature of the basic thematic concept.
Published 1 day ago by Roland D. King
4.0 out of 5 stars Story with Interesting Premise
Well written, nice pace and interesting premise. Author has a good command of the science behind the fiction.
Published 2 days ago by Designer
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Far fetched and cliche.
Published 2 days ago by Drew ReVeal
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A good read
Published 2 days ago by Iris B.
4.0 out of 5 stars Unrelenting... remember to breath.
A great story that never lets up. The contrast between selfish intellect and unselfish regard for others is disturbing. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Frank Hill
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Very good read. Great characters and character development. Some shortcuts in plot but overall it moved at a very good pace.
Published 3 days ago by Patrick Ryan
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow....
What a great book...! I am so glad I purchased it based on the reviews i'd read... though I feel a bit late to the party. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Wanda Lee Cooper
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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 (Oct 1, 2014) 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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