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Wired by Douglas E. Richards
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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.… (more)
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A really good read!

Great book, great characters. Opens a lot of interesting doors. Slight bit too much military hero-worship, but I am an outlier on this... ( )
  donblanco | Dec 4, 2019 |
What I probably liked best about his 4-5 star science fiction story is that it hints of golden age Heinlein or Asimov while skipping the golden age's glaring foibles. In those days, science fiction writers were often like having teachers of future science telling you an exciting story about how it will be, THEN. That, and I think Mr. Richards wants to test the idea of how long he can get a reader to hold their breath.

The author, or editor, knows commercial fiction rules, like… something has to be happening at least every other page. This makes the book an extremely fast and exciting read. This is the case with Wired.

In retrospect, the prologue seems odd at best. Introduce one of you main characters with a false name being betrayed by one of the bodyguards she hired to guard her. No doubt that turned out to be a solid hook dragging you quickly into the book, but looking back, it seems irrelevant, except for the mighty fact it does drag you over lumps and bumps well into the story.

The story starts proper with another of our main characters, David Desh, an ex-special forces soldier, being asked by a top tier black ops officer, Col. Jim Connely to come in and consult on an operation their black operatives have already failed more than once. This alerts us that David is extraordinary and he's being asked to do a job his fellow special ops buddies have already failed. It tells us just by the meeting that the Colonel in charge believes David Desh is uniquely qualified to do the job. Then we learn rather quickly that the mission is a higher priority than trying to stop UFOs from messing with our nuclear arsenal.

The threat is Kira Miller, a genius who was of Einstein quality when she was ten, who's gifts with biology and genetics is far above the best in the field. That is before she finds a way to enhance her intelligence. What has the black ops office dragging in one of his best ex-operators, is this genius is working with terrorist and the kinds of things she reportedly can do with genetics and bio-weapons would frighten a psychopath. Imagine a virulent airborne virus genetically engineered to kill anyone who ingests pork, but is harmless to those who don't partake.

This isn't the fright, although the idea is examined, but it outlines the kind of threat this woman is. That…, and her mother, father, brother, and ex-boss have all been murdered by her. Oh, she took out both six men special ops teams sent after her like they were flies and she had industrial bug spray aleady waiting for them.

Straight off, this series promises to be exciting.

There are some rookie writer things that can be distracting. Pro writers teach rookies, "show, don't tell". After you're told "she's dangerous" more times than grandpa pees every hour, you're ready to "see" her being dangerous. As if learning on the job our author does get the hang of it, but it seems cliche and too much telling for my tastes, but in his favor, Mr. Richards seems to have figured it out by the end of the novel. That or you're just too breathless to notice anymore.

What Mr. Richards does have going for him start to finish is he doesn't "Just want to write" nor "Just be commercially successful". He wants to share and explore ideas as if he were a golden age Sci Fi writer. In those golden days the stories were often primarily about "the idea" or the psuedo science they hoped would come to be real science. There is a lot of Heinlein like character introspection or interaction that is really about opening the reader's mind to some of the exciting ideas that can be sparked by current research. In the process Mr. Richards examines morality of his "what-if" ideas.

So, in addition to having an exciting action adventure science fiction story, you have a scientist pondering if advancing their science is good or evil, right or wrong. How it can go wrong and how great it might be if it doesn't go wrong.

Read (and listened) over 5 session from on four days between Thursday, September 26, 2019 and Tuesday, October 08, 2019. This review if of both ebook and eAudiobook with special thanks to narrator Peter Berkrot.
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  Aegiswiz | Oct 17, 2019 |
I recommend Amped which is another 4-5 star Sci-fi thriller by Douglas E. Richards that reads so fast its 350+ pages seem like a short story. Mystery has been one of the factors Mr. Richards loves to weave into his action, adventure, Sci-fi thrillers. In that way he reminds me much of Isaac Asimov and his way to "teaching" through the duologue of his characters reminds me of Robert Heinlein.

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Mr. Richards returns to Wired series and delightful co-protogonists Kira Miller and David Desh. By now they have assembled a collection of folks committed to their cause. Kira has found a way to enhance human intelligence for brief periods of time and her collection of brilliant scientists take her drug under strict conditions and while "enhanced" realize discoveries that are far more advanced than current technology.

One technology Kira discovered early in her research was how to increase the longevity of people's lives. The fabled fountain of youth. In Wired powerful forces disguised behind other powerful forces did all they could devise to extract this discovery from her, but her defenses held up. She had realized releasing the discovery would be devastating to the world. David Desh however discovered if "man" expanded into space the devastation Kira imagined would not happen. So they have collected scientists together secretly to try to make breakthroughs in faster than light travel and other fields that will help realize David and Kira's dreams of improving humanity and improving people's lives.

No thriller is without their villains who are well equipped to capture and extract the information from this secret group of enhanced geniuses.

Mr. Richards must have loved mysteries as well as science fiction as I've yet to read anything by him that was not like pealing an onion. Once the horrible villain has been neutralized, they learn they were only puppets of even more horrible villains. Once they are neutralized… so Mr. Richards' Wired series is also a tightly wound mystery where the reader discovers deeper and deeper secrets, even to the point that there may be villains inside their carefully screened group. This realization has them believing they are fighting villains from all angles, including from inside as well as outside.

Read this ebook and listen to the eAudiobook simultaneously in three session between Tuesday, October 8, 2019 and Thursday, October 10, 2019. I recommend this 4-5 star thriller.



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  Aegiswiz | Oct 17, 2019 |
A Fun Read…but Maybe Too Much Voila Science

Wired is story of brilliant genetic engineer Kira Miller, who is accused of a diabolical bioterror plot, and ex-special forces operative David Desh, who is tasked with finding and stopping her.

Let me jump right to the conclusion. If you’re a fan of fast-paced thrillers with plenty of twists, you’ll like Wired. The novel is one of Richards’ first books and follows a formula that he repeats later, i.e., a world-changing technology developed for altruistic reasons has a dark side and the protagonist(s) must find a way to make sure it is not used for evil. But even so, Richards puts a great deal into this novel besides the pace and twists – a bit of romance, some thought-provoking science, and even some light philosophy (meaning of life, existence of God kinds of topics).

Several other reviews have mentioned the lack of depth in the characters, and true, the author does use what has become the techno-thriller stereotypes – a scientist years if not generations ahead of his/her peers and a special forces/military/spy type, also far superior to his peers in his combat/investigative skills. Yes, this kind of combination is a bit trite, but it still makes for some fun reading from time to time. And Richards does it well.

For me, the primary downside of this book was its use of what I’ve called voila science – something so far removed from current theory and research as to make anything possible. Yes, Richards’ twists are very good, but if you step back and consider the possibilities arising from the technology, there are countless others that were also possible and equally surprising. In effect, when anything is possible, nothing is surprising. But giving Richards his due, he does pick an interesting path through the alternatives.

I would suggest that if you want a good introduction to Douglas Richards’ work, this is a great place to start. Fun, fast, full of twists…and some material to think about as well. ( )
  BMPerrin | Sep 17, 2019 |
Too over the top for my liking. The charters and plot line aren't believable. The only upside is the female character is strong and intelligent. ( )
  tabicham | Jul 22, 2017 |
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"What is good? All that heightens the feeling of power in man, the will to power, power itself. What is bad? All that is born of weakness. What is happiness? The feeling that power is growing, that resistance is overcome." -Friedrich Nietzsche, Philosopher (1844-1900)
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"A keep-you-up-all-night thriller. Intense action, mind-blowing concepts, & breathtaking twists. Enjoy the ride." --Boyd Morrison, bestselling author of THE VAULT.

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, mind-expanding science, and intriguing concepts that readers will be contemplating long after they've read the last page.
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