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"One of the most electrifying, powerful, simply spectacular memoirs I—or you— have ever read." —Augusten Burroughs Learn more
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OVER 3,000 FIVE-STAR REVIEWS.
Absolutely mind blowing!
Captivating, thrilling, thought provoking and interesting. The characters are great. The plot keeps you guessing the whole time! I enjoyed every page and would highly recommend this twisted, easy to follow tale!! Great read!!!
From start to finish a great story
I could have spent the entire day just reading. There is never a dull moment. Keeps you breathless.
Couldn't stop reading.
Exceptional. Kept me riveted until the last word.
Exciting, smart, fast moving book. I really could not put it down until I finished it! Glad there's a sequel.
Easily Another Six Stars!
Phenomenal book. Excellently written, with exceptional character development. An action filled story with a pace that never slows down. Every science fiction lover and every fan of mysteries will love this book, as I have. Easily deserves 6 stars.
Doug Richards is a master. Great everything--plot, character development, writing style, chapter transitions, etc. Now that I've discovered him, I'm getting every single one of his books.
OMG!! I cannot put it in words. This story is exceptional.
About the Author
- ASIN : B007EWJBIE
- Publisher : Paragon Press (July 23, 2012)
- Publication date : July 23, 2012
- Language : English
- File size : 1988 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 358 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #10,643 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This novel tries desperately to fit into the mold of a sci-fi technothriller similar to Michael Crichton’s Prey or Blake Crouch’s Dark Matter. The author is going for breathless pacing, character archetypes, and imaginative plot twists that hinge on sci-fi concepts. It never quite works for me.
One problem is there is not much actual science presented, so it struggles to maintain its veneer of plausibility. There is some scientific technobabble early about how it is theoretically possible to insert new genes into a human genome delivered through a retrovirus like HIV. This could be used to temporarily boost human intelligence. Once characters get their hands on this therapy—which has been conveniently distilled into pill form, making it ridiculously easy for bad guys to steal---then they can perform miraculous feats without any scientific plausibility, such as doubling human life span, manipulating any computer security system within seconds, or engineering unstoppable plagues. The book quickly becomes a fantasy where most of the characters have god-like powers.
Another problem is the author keeps having to stop the action in order to let the super-genius characters explain their incredibly complex plans. At one point, one of the villains spends three chapters explaining every move he has made behind the scenes for the entire book.
The novel is at its best when it confronts philosophical questions. Would super-intelligence make one more or less likely to believe in God? Are our common notions of right and wrong anything more than evolutionary instincts designed to promote the health of the species over the desires of any one individual? How can you disseminate power without also creating corruption?
If I was thirteen years old, I probably would have eaten this up, but despite some interesting plot twists, the story is too thin without enough scientific plausibility. It leaves a few tantalizing breadcrumbs that set up the sequel, Amped. There is a part of me that would like to find out what happens next, but I doubt I will be willing to suffer through the poor writing a second time.
This book is great fun and has some interesting intellectual ideas regarding how nootropic technology could be utilized for good or evil. The idea of genetic modification that improves intelligence by several orders of magnitude through alteration of neural architecture is an extremely interesting idea, but the notion that it would kick in in 5 minutes and precipitously end in 1 hour is laughably preposterous. He needed that short duration as a plot device, and the story was undeniably a page turner, so I get why he did that. Nevertheless, I would like to read a story designed not as a “bestseller “ action book that explores themes of the ethics and scientific/technological potential of nootropic gene therapy, which would obviously need to be permanent to be realistic and allow for exploration of how such technology could lead to dystopian or utopian futures depending on how it affects intelligence. In my opinion, such technology would automatically lea to utopian future because humanity would learn how to utilize science and technology to avoid continuing to metastasize and destroy the Earth like a cancer.
The most interest Sci-Fi book I can possibly imagine would explore a utopian future scenario similar to Aldous Huxley ‘s book Island, but focused on the use of technologies and genetic engineering for the betterment of all, as well as a Huxleyesque vision for how such an enlightened society would structure itself and operate for the betterment of all life and especially the advancement of knowledge and understanding.
This was an exemplary story of two doomed and manipulated heroes trying to save the world. I have to say that when the characters were in their transformed state I found myself feeling smarter lol. I think this gene therapy has a future. Well written, interesting characters, plotted and action driven. Great read highly recommend!
Top reviews from other countries
I'm astounded by some of the negative reviews on here. What a bunch of literary snobs! I'm assuming that these are people who would sneer at James Bond, Star Wars or anything that requires the suspension of belief. There's room for everything and everything has a place. A novel like Wired is written to pull the reader in and drive him along at a breathtaking pace. If the reader refuses to set his imagination free it's not going to work, but that type is going to miss out on so much fun. Or then again, maybe Waiting for Godot means a side-splitting evening out coming home to listen to Sleepify and marvel over what the artist is saying in the total silence.....
If you thought that Limitless with Bradley Cooper was far fetched, then best to avoid this. The bioscience seems fairly sound, the IT and philosophy are a bit more sketchy. Within the genre of rather far fetched thrillers, like Da Vinci Code, this is serviceable and well put together.
Personally I found the writing style and lead characters, a little flat, and it did feel rather heavy on exposition. I think the writer did perhaps miss a trick with a rather wordy conclusion, when a few chapters from the sequel could easily have garnered him a follow up sale.
I found it hard to put down and finished it in a couple of days, which is the mark of a good thriller in my book.
So why only 4 stars? I actually wanted to give it only 3 for reasons I will expand upon but decided that in all fairness it deserved 4.
I found I did not warm to the characters - the pace of the novel is achieved at the cost of characterisation, relying on quickly recognisable stereotypes. When the action is interrupted for emotional reflection or dialogue I found the writing rather 'clunky' (is that a word?) - overwritten and wordy when simplicity would have been welcome.
Ultimately, without giving the plot away, it reminded me of the Tom Cruse series of Mission Impossible films where the use of latex ( or something like that) face masks are used to get into or out of 'impossible' situations. Here also, a plot device is used with increasing predictability which I found tiresome just like the TC films which I gave up watching.
Nevertheless, I will be buying the sequel, Amped.