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WIRED [Kindle Edition]

Douglas E. Richards
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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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About the Author

Douglas E. Richards has been widely praised for his ability to weave action, suspense, and science into riveting novels that brilliantly 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, and write to him at doug@san.rr.com

Product Details

  • File Size: 1481 KB
  • Print Length: 358 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007EWJBIE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #442 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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394 of 453 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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128 of 146 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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312 of 366 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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103 of 119 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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68 of 80 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! What a ride! July 20, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
The ultimate thriller! This is an excellent book. It has more twists and turns than a mountainous road in a third world country! Mr. Richards succeeded in surprising me several times during the book. I had a hard time putting it down. While every bit a thriller, it also had a hopeful view of humanity. I disagree with the author's conclusions, but that didn't take one iota away from my enjoyment of the book. I find myself hoping for another book from him in the same vein.
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110 of 132 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First review ever, FANTASTIC book!!! September 16, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I loved this book. The cover art sucks, but don't let that fool you. This is was a very, very well written sci-fi book set in present day, my favorite kind of science fiction. Read it, you won't regret it.

I've never written a book review before, though I've literally read thousands of books in my lifetime, and a few hundred Amazon books. That's how good this book is.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Goog relatively I the end
it was an interesting concept but tied up all to Ridley at the end and ended aburtly but was a good read.
Published 13 hours ago by Norman
5.0 out of 5 stars A fun ride
I really enjoyed reading this book. The story was interesting, fast paced, and intelligent. The characters were well rounded and you really felt like you knew them. Read more
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3.0 out of 5 stars A DECENT YARN
This was a pretty good book and a quick read. Good for a vacation read. Interesting plot with several philosophical, ethical, and religious underpinnings but not in a preachy... Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars linda64
This book was very hard to put down. There was many unexpected twists and turns. I highly recommend this book.
Published 2 days ago by Linda
4.0 out of 5 stars Wired
Good book. Enjoyed the interactions of the various teams that tried to solve a mystery. Seemed maybe a bit longer to resolution than necessary, but nevertheless a very likable... Read more
Published 2 days ago by KAREN WALKER
2.0 out of 5 stars Eh!
Kinda lame. Really too far fetched to stand. I don't recommend this book. Liked primary characters though. Better background would help.
Published 2 days ago by Donald R Burgess
4.0 out of 5 stars WIRED FOR EXCITEMENT
I borrowed this book from the Kindle library with a hunch that it probably wouldn't be too engaging simply because it was a freebie. Read more
Published 2 days ago by bobbyw
5.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing
Intriguing,found I could not put down, it kept me on edge to the end. Look forward to more like this
Published 3 days ago by Rob Barlow
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fantastic.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
easy to stay with the story
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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, and write to him at doug@san.rr.com

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