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WIRED (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Douglas E. Richards
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A New York Times and USA Today bestseller!
The #1 bestselling Kindle book for an entire year in two major categories: technothrillers and science fiction.

"Richards is a worthy successor to Michael Crichton." --Antony Jones, SFBook.com

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

"Richards is a tremendous new talent." --Stephen Coonts, 17-time New York Times bestselling author of Pirate Alley

Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende

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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Mehr über den Autor

Douglas E. Richards ist Autor des New-York-Times- und USA-Today-Bestsellers Wired - auf Deutsch erschienen mit dem Titel Zweipunktnull -, der Fortsetzung Amped sowie von Mind's Eye und The Cure. Er hat außerdem sechs Abenteuerromane für Jugendliche und junge Erwachsene geschrieben, die weithin für den Reiz gelobt werden, den sie auf Mädchen, Jungen und Erwachsene gleichermaßen ausüben.
In Anerkennung seiner Arbeit war Richards an der Seite von Ikonen wie Stan Lee, Ray Bradbury und Rick Riordan Stargast auf der Comic-Con International in San Diego.
Richards besitzt einen Master-Abschluss in Molekularbiologie (auch bekannt als Gentechnik), war viele Jahre lang als Führungskraft im Biotech-Bereich tätig und schrieb zahlreiche populärwissenschaftliche Artikel für National Geographic, die BBC, die Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Earth & Sky, Today's Parent und viele andere.
Heute lebt der Autor mit seiner Frau, seinen zwei Kindern und zwei Hunden in San Diego, Kalifornien.

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2.0 von 5 Sternen No Science Fiction and not very good 22. Dezember 2012
Von Volker Hartung HALL OF FAME REZENSENT
Format:Kindle Edition
This book is listed under Science Fiction, so let's get this out of the way first. The Science Fiction element (genetically increased intelligence) is not explored except in the most obvious way. Even in the 60s, this would have been a poor treatment of the idea. See e.g. "Flowers for Algernon" (Daniel Keyes) on how to deal with this concept interestingly. For a recent (mediocre) variation, see the film "Limitless" with Bradley Cooper. In "Wired", it's a mere McGuffin to propel the plot. The epilogue might qualify as SF if it wasn't so preposterous. I won't even discuss it.

This leaves us with a thriller. That would be ok if it was written well. I enjoy a good read in any genre. But here we have cardboard characters, introduced almost in exposé form, with no development. The plot moves along nicely, but with all of the suspense being external (will he live or die? - will he get there in time? - will he find a way to escape?), this gets more boring by the minute. The first twist, ca. 20% into the book, was completely expected. The last twist comes so near the end it doesn't matter. It isn't helped by the fact that the exposed villain is given pages and pages of re-explaining the plot for us, before (Spoilers!) his quick demise.

What's worse: The underlying ideology is dangerously naive, painting the world (and the "War against Terror") in black and white. Military geniuses and brilliant computer hackers are just a step ahead to prevent the evil terrorists from destroying our (Western) civilization. A few American megalomaniacs are in cohort with Terrorists to gain wealth and power. But they didn't count on our Buck Rogers/Flash Gordon to step in (actually - Spoilers! - they did count on him but underestimated him). Never seen that one before...

I'm glad I picked this up as my first item of the Kindle rental library. I would be really sore if I had payed money for this.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen silly book 21. Januar 2013
Von cilli t.
Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
normally I don't write up books because literary tastes are so personal. and one does not expect very much from a mainstream bestseller - a good read on the train, mostly. but this book sucks so seriously that I have to warn you: don't buy it, don't read it - a waste of time and money. why? rampant scientific idiocy for one. time limited gene change - really? in a gell cap - what? then there is the moronic way this is built into the plot - the supposedly super clever female character "changes" herself multiple times (and then stops because she is afraid for her humanity) and does not see the final twist - the male character "changes" just once and sees it all down to the core - and plans ahead accordingly(the science fiction variety of the tired old deus ex machina). what does this mean: females are too sentimental for real intrigue? or men are just that much more wired to real insights? but most probalby it just means that the author has got lost in the thicket of his own silly story and handed himself a machete to cut his way out. and just don't get me started on the cheesy pop philosophy... seriously: hands off!
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Nice read, royal mess in the last ten percent 21. Februar 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
TL;DR: Tension is built nicely, the story is intriguing and you don't want to close the book at any point (until the end). I like the main characters and their motivations, which are described beautifully, but the end is where it all goes wrong: Far-fetched plot twists negate all work that has been been done before in the story. And all that in the last twenty minutes of reading. If you hated the ending of LOST, you will have problems with that book.

I've been so satisfied with the story at the beginning. But I'm not. Not anymore. What started as a great technothriller turned into a bunch of -- let's call it -- incomprehensible twists and a lot of sighing in the end. And a dazzling overuse of the word 'wryly'.

The premise is intriguing: Some Einstein level brilliant female microbiologist seems to be in the cahoots with evil terrorists and tries to destroy Amerika with a virus that encodes the Ebola virus into the human DNA, ready to be triggered by the consumption of pork. That's right, you eat your evil anti-Islam morning bacon with your eggs and you will liquify into a puddle of yummy vanilla pudding. Yet the whole fun already goes wrong if you read the inside jacket text: She's not a terrorist, she's invented a drug that enhances your human mind to a level that can't be measured by any test any human can even think of. Some very powerful people are framing her and so she teams up with an ex-military guy to save the world. Sorry for spoiling the last part, but in my defense: If you consider buying this book you wouldn't be able to come around that spoiler, it's everywhere, in any brief description!

At the beginning everything goes really well.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Flaches Buch mit wenig plastischen Charakteren 20. Januar 2014
Von KaBe
Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
Bis jetzt hatte ich noch nie ein schlechtes Buch von der New York Times Bestseller Liste gelesen! Die Perspektive wurde nicht ein Mal verändert, die ganze Geschichte wurde chronologisch erzählt, man erfuhr nichts über Gedanken und Motive der Charaktere. Es ist einfach schlecht erzählt und die Handlung nicht glaubhaft.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen great read ... 20. Dezember 2012
Von dion
Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
non stop action from the beginning to the end with interesting plots and storyline. i would definately recommend reading it!
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