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Wired (Wired, #1) por Douglas E. Richards
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Wired (Wired, #1) (original 2010; edição 2011)

por Douglas E. Richards

Séries: Kira Miller (1)

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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.… (mais)
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Título:Wired (Wired, #1)
Autores:Douglas E. Richards
Informação:Paragon Press, Kindle Edition, 340 pages
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Avaliação:****
Etiquetas:hi-tech

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Wired, by Douglas E. Richards, is a techno thriller/sci fi in which a woman named Kira Miller has invented a way to rewire a brain into running at a super human efficiency, with immeasurable intelligence and body control. This is not the kind of ability that goes unnoticed though, and after leaving a couple of dead bodies behind, she is on the run from the authorities.

The book is set in current time (well, ten years ago) and is a big "what if". How would a human react to this kind of power? How would humanity? Follow that up with questions of morality, religion and human development, all set in a thriller with fire fights, betrayal and hidden agendas and you get a good enough mix.

"Wired" is good enough to be entertaining, but it's not great in any way. It's utterly implausible at many levels which isn't unheard of in the genre, but I prefer when explanations either make some kind of sense or no explanations at all. Here some of the "sci fi" is based on misunderstandings or flawed arguments which is a pity.

On the weak side there is also some scenes inserted just to explain what's going on to the author like in a bad movie, and some seemingly deus ex events.

Still, as I like the "what if" scenario, I'll probably read the next book on the same theme as well. I was going to give this one two stars but I found myself still gripped by the story so three it is. ( )
  bratell | Dec 25, 2020 |
Started like an over-the-top sci-fi detective story, but became a lot better towards the end. Quite entertaining...

2011-09-23 - 2011-09-25 ( )
  rendier | Dec 20, 2020 |
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.



See my Goodreads reviews here.

See my Sagely Fox reviews on blogspot here.

See my Sagely Fox reviews on Wordpress here. ( )
  Aegiswiz | Oct 17, 2019 |
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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.

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