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WIRED [Kindle Edition]

Douglas E. Richards
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,124 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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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, 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: #809 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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129 of 147 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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315 of 369 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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106 of 122 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
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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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50 of 58 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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64 of 76 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Read August 23, 2011
By Harold
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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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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Way over hyped December 18, 2012
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As I looked at the customer reviews of this book, I had to wonder if I read a different version of this book than the people who gave it 5 stars. I'll be upfront here - I'm not in the market of bashing books that are popular, I wanted to like this book because the premise is really neat. But when I read comments about how sophisticated the writing and story are, I just have to wonder, again, did we read the same book?

I'll break it down so I don't seem like a troll. The writing is bad. There is a huge overuse of adverbs to a distracting degree. As a result, nothing seems organic, all the action seems detached from what's going on in the reader's mind. There are tons of areas where he tells and doesn't show. Descriptions are dumped in at the introduction of almost every character or new location they go to. It pulls the breaks on the flow and makes you stop to read that so and so was six foot four and weighed three hundred pounds and wore a white t-shirt and had stains on his jeans and yadda yadda. The characters very rarely just "say" anything, instead they suggest, admit, concede, yell, etc, and it distracts so heavily and breaks up the flow of the dialogue. There are no character arcs, so to speak, so everybody basically ends up right where they started. There is even a huge dump of philosophy in the epilogue that comes right out of nowhere. Wouldn't it have been better to weave these themes into the narrative so that the reader can reach the conclusion themselves?

The reason I gave it 2 stars and not just 1 is that despite all this, I still finished the book. I liked the premise of the book well enough, and the plot engaged to a degree. The twists had an inkling of being interesting.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Imagination takes flight
Well, another mind-bending flight of fancy. First I"ve read from this author; not bad, considering. Read more
Published 13 hours ago by Arden B. Peters
5.0 out of 5 stars Mindblowing
The author asks questions that defy human logic. Great techno-thriller, enjoyed the ride but the books epilogue was the most intense. Loved it. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Tom E.
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Fun
Really great and fun book to read. If you like tech stuff especially.
Published 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read for Michael Crichton fans.
The tension is maintained throughout the book. I always enjoy the philosophical questions of the type raised. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Stephen Milt
5.0 out of 5 stars Lots to think about while riding along on this chase
A fast-paced military thriller that also explores the mysteries of love, the purpose of life, the human mind, and possibilities concerning the concept of God. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Donah Grassman
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Predictable
Published 1 day ago by tstock
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Really enjoyed the book. Opens a lot of room for thought in a sometimes lethargic brain.
Published 1 day ago by iaboy
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
good read!
Published 1 day ago by pomofo
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Enjoyable read, holds your interest...will follow up with next one, Amped.
Published 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great!!!
Published 1 day ago by Jose Alberto Vidales
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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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