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{January 10, 2013}   {Review} Wired by Douglas E. Richards

13824169From Goodreads: 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.


This is one of those awesome mystery/suspense novels that takes everything you think you know and turns it on its head.  You meet characters that aren’t all they seem, hear stories of wonder only to find out they’re false, and are glued to the pages through all the the twists and turns.  I really enjoyed Richards’ novel, Wired, and the characterization of Kira Miller and David Desh was superb.  I really enjoyed getting to know them, and though I’m no science buff, I was able to follow their conversations and understand the powerful creation that Kira produced.  The power to think faster and smarter is something all the world would covet, and the fact that Kira has it at her disposal is a very scary concept, but not all is as it seems…

I enjoyed nearly every aspect of this novel, except for the long discussions concerning philosophy.  While I do believe the discussions need to be had, especially as Kira possesses something that can change the world as we know it, I felt like these philosophical conversations were longer than necessary on more than one occasion, and I found myself becoming sluggish as I read.  The pacing of the novel, in general, is great, but the long-winded conversations did damper it a little, in my opinion.  Of course, the question of good versus evil is always present, and whether we should tamper with human ability is a great question, just like the question of sacrificing one for the greater good, but I found myself tiring of the topic as the novel moved forward because it was a constant soundtrack, and I was more interested in the action within the novel.  But, if you’re a big philosophy buff, you’ll love this aspect of this novel too, and I highly suggest all read it, because overall, this is a great novel!  Four stars.4 stars

I received a copy of this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review.


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