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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.
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!
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.
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.....
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good fast paced story that though basically good guy v bad guy the plot asks questions about the capabilities of the human brain that makes you think if this is possible.Published 7 months ago by Peter Hellery
This was an imaginatively designed and written book. I enjoyed the on-going complexity of the plot and the theological/philosophical underlying conundrum.Published 9 months ago by RobMax
Another engrossing book from Mr Richards. Bleeding edge tech and scientific theories combine to great effect to propel the story at a rate of knots. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Toric
Fast paced with intriguing premise and a twist in the plot I didn't foresee. A page turner I consumed in less than an afternoon.Published 10 months ago by Jill Thomson
Enjoyable - reminded me of Limitless but more thoughtful. A good read author,
thanks! I've a Sequel to be read.
I did not dislike anything about it
Loved every minute of it kept you in suspense until the end
Would recommend it to anyone who likes thrillers
Could not put it down
Totally different and original plot that unfolded at a good pace with many false leads.
Enjoyed, not the usual thriller. Want to read more! Also made me want to investigate philosophy eg Nietsche . Still discussing with my friends.Published 12 months ago by pattyb
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