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4.1 out of 5 stars 131 customer reviews
Book 1 of 2 in Wired (2 Book Series)
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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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1986 KB
  • Print Length: 358 pages
  • Publisher: Paragon Press (23 July 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007EWJBIE
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 131 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #33,466 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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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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Built around the premise that human intelligence can be massively enhanced by chemically 'rewiring' the brain, this novel explores the chase to gain control of what could effectively be used as a super-weapon and theorises the philosophical issues that could potentially materialise..
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.....
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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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I started this book some months ago but got side-tracked. Returning to it I was enthralled and read it almost at one sitting. Mind you, the basic theory behind the story is quite ridiculous, but it is very well written. Some of the arguments are very detailed, and I found them fascinating, although many of them appear rather far fetched, which is why I only gave it 4 stars.
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A fast paces tightly written thriller - if you like this genre then you should find this book very satisfying.
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.
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