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Excellent sequel. Highly recommended
on 4 September 2013
Book Review: Amped by Douglas E Richards
Reviewed by J Bryden Lloyd
Writing Style - 4.5/5.0 (Excellent)
It's not very often that a sequel is significantly better than its predecessor, especially so when Wired was an immensely popular best-seller.
Despite this, I found Amped to be a far more enjoyable ride. The flow is just as clean and good as the first book, but the tempo of the piece is much better. Add to this the excellent dialogue and powerful chapter structure, and this has all the hallmarks of another big success.
Character Development - 4.5/5.0 (Excellent)
In my review of Wired, I commented that the computer geek character was a little weak. What a difference a book makes! In this one, he comes into his own, and along with several new characters, he really does develop brilliantly.
Alongside them, our two main characters, Kira and Desh, really do run central to every plot and sub-plot, testament to some superb writing.
There were a few little `bugs' with the bad guy of the piece, who I felt was proven a little naiive, considering his supposed intelligence, and then suddenly goes in the opposite direction and becomes the cautious, calculating man we expect, when it's virtually too late.
Descriptive - 5.0/5.0 (Outstanding)
Everything about the descriptive in this book is exceptional. The places, the characters, the suspense and the general feel of the work. The addition of a more sci-fi element did threaten to steal a little of the thunder, but even that was approached very neatly, and with the sub-plots dragging the reader in several different directions, it was the links between the narrative and the descriptive that pulled everything together.
Language & Grammar - 4.5/5.0 (Excellent)
This is a beautifully edited work, with exceptional use language and word selection. If I were to be picky, I did feel - once again - that one or two of the very minor characters had a limited range of dialogue, and although they contributed very little, it was noticeable.
Plot - 4.5/5.0 (Excellent) - MINOR SPOILERS
With yet another military officer on the heels of Kira Miller, you sort of expect more of `Wired', and although the basis was similar, I found that the sub-plots began leading me in entirely different directions.
The strong, but heavily twisted main plot is clever in the extreme - though potentially a little stretchy on the imagination. But this is one of those books which really does drag the reader in. The sub-plots feel separate and broken, the characters all seem to have very independent agendas. And yet, once again this author delivers an outstanding punchline.
General - 4.5/5.0 (Excellent)
A much nicer read than the first book, in terms of writing. Though I suspect there will be those who shy away from the more blatant use of sci-fi in this sequel.
My advice would be to accept the adjustment and read on. This really is an excellent book, and deserving of all the success of its predecessor, and more.
Very highly recommended. Five stars.