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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 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, 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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112 of 120 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Eyes wide shut 11 Sept. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
His eyes narrowed. His eyes widened. His eyes narrowed and widened. Occasionally widened and narrowed.

Her eyes glistened, sometimes glittered. She is really something, especially when explaining her theories for hours to him, while he's tied to the bed with his eyes narrowing. And widening.

When they have a pizza, with the distinct possibility of hot lead being served with the cheese, they do spend a long, long time talking theories. Pizza would have got awful cold but their mouths narrowed and widened which helped.

He does, at times, bark, but mainly does gymnastics with his eyes although he knows a lot and is evidently a big fan of Wikipedia,able to recall gobbits of knowledge about, um, Nietzsche while his eyes narrow.
When his eyes widened for the zillionth time, mine closed and I didn't have to finish it.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Utter tripe 29 Mar. 2013
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I'm two chapters in. The characters are one dimensional. The description is grating. The plot is ludicrous.

It's like Dan Brown Lite.

I mean truly awful. You can feel your brain melting as you're reading it.

The one saving grace is it was free when I bought it. That and I bought it on my kindle, so no tree died to make this awful, utter tripe.

Please, for the sake of your brain, for the sake of literature, for the sake of sanity, do not read this "book". Please!
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Nature of Human Nature 16 Oct. 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
What if it were possible for mankind to live indefinitely and with unlimited intelligence?

That is the underlying premise of Douglas E. Richards' mystery/thriller Wired. The premise is undeniably captivating, but the execution of the storytelling was not all that it could have been. Not to say that the book was terrible by any stretch of the imagination, it simply fell short of 'excellent' - and it could have been - had a little more attention to avoidance of cliché, and the overuse of sometimes megalomaniacal exposition to impart character motivation, which was the only real problem that detracted from the action of the book.

Several reviewers have complained about stereotypical characterisation of the protagonists, both hero and heroine, within the pages of the novel, but sometimes that just works in a story's favour, and this seems to be the case with Wired, where the story and the ethical and existential questions raised in the ongoing plot become almost a character in their own right, and the actual characters merely a vehicle for the exploration of human nature.

The story is fast paced, and action packed in which Desh and Miller must use all available resources to stay ahead of a threat that seems to constantly mutate, as much as the DNA on which Miller has been experimenting. The story provides a thought provoking nudge toward real thought about our use of scientific advances that are fast approaching what many would once have considered 'science fiction' and to remind us of the dangers inherent in 'playing god.' Set this against an interesting blend of genres, (refreshing perhaps to see an author dare to bend the rules of genre division), including sci-fi, adventure, action and romance, and you have Richards' Wired, a promising, escapist read.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good action, plot and characters lacking 26 Feb. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This is an OK read if you a fan of action. Other than that the plot was farfetched, the characters were flat and the dialog lacked punch. It's perfectly fine if you're rained or snowed in for a weekend, although there are other books out there I'd rather have with me. The author's bio says this is his first adult novel after writing children's books. He writes well, so I suppose I would try another of his.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By ColinT
Format:Kindle Edition
Other reviewers do not seem to realise that this is fiction. Accept the proposed scenario as something to hang the story on and enjoy.
I found that I could not put it down and kept looking forward to reading more.
Well recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You must read this book! 27 Nov. 2012
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What can I say about this book that will do it justice! It is an absolute brilliant read and once you start it you cannot put it down until you have finished.I can't wait to read the sequel.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good science thriller 21 July 2011
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This is a cat and mouse story, where the mouse is actually a tiger. The plot has several twists so you're not sure who are really the bad guys until you get close to the end. It also has quite a lot of talking in it, not just the action stuff, which I didn't mind. That's where the science part of this "science thriller" comes out. It's a good read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A unchallenging holiday read 15 Mar. 2015
By Drew
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A well paced and not wholly daft in its subject matter. Definitely a quick read and if you don't allow yourself to get frustrated by the broad brush charachterisations and use of stereo types I.e. the often referred to threat of both the middle east and gay people then you'll probably get along just fine with this book. My final verdict is a diverting read but I wouldn't want to give it room in my home library.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant and refreshingly original!
Unlike most of the free books for Kindle I've endured, this was fantastic. Gripping plot, well balanced, great pace so I read it in only a couple of sittings. Read more
Published 6 days ago by RF
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring low level read.
Pretty poor. Amazed it is such a success. I'd say it's fine for perhaps young teens. Very basic and rather dull.
Published 7 days ago by R. Brown
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Well put together with a good storyline
Published 13 days ago by paulus
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good mystery .
Interesting story, hard to put down.
Published 16 days ago by Dorothy Bowyer
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
bit ordinary
Published 16 days ago by anthony ward
4.0 out of 5 stars Thriller
Wired a good read. Fast paced and the writer has a great imagination.
Published 21 days ago by Mrs. Anne Griffiths
4.0 out of 5 stars An easy reading thriller that deserves its best seller status
Couldn’t put it down. An easy reading thriller that deserves its best seller status.
Published 21 days ago by Herbie Brennan
4.0 out of 5 stars Mary Doyle
I really like how the story developed & fitted together. Leading to an unforeseen conclusion, yep I liked it a lot
Published 24 days ago by M. E. Doyle
4.0 out of 5 stars twisty thriller!!
Really enjoyed reading wired, plenty of well paced action and a great original plot that has a clever twist and a dash of humour and romance thrown in too.
Published 1 month ago by Mark
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Good story.
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