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3.0 out of 5 stars The Nature of Human Nature, 16 Oct 2011
This review is from: WIRED (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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