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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.
©2010 Douglas E. Richards (P)2012 Tantor
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"Good, but not great."
I liked it, but to me the narrator made it a little less than perfect. The plot is DEFINITELY unique and the story keeps a great pace till the end, with surprise after surprise. Yes, it's definitely a medical, biotechnological, action packed thriller and yes it's definitely interesting, but the characters are almost TOO perfect. It has a potential to become a series, but it needs a little more realism and to come down a little from the clouds before I think this character will go main-stream.
Worth the credit, but not an all out purchase, if that makes sense. I'll read another of his books if he writes one just to see how the author progresses.
"Too Over The Top"
I actually chose this book because it had a sequel but have no plans to read the next one. The premise was interesting. I liked the suspense. The tech stuff was fun. I wanted to find out what happened but just couldn't make myself listen to any more of the overly dramatic dialogue. If a superhero comic book could be made into an audiobook this would be it!
Note to self. Be more thorough in reading all reviews. Not everyone likes the same style.
The first several chapters seemed to provide some promise of interest, but Wired goes downhill fast and never recovers. I usually like contemporary SciFi, but not this book.
my only negative of this reading is the narrator tended to lower his voice for dramatic effect quite often and it was hard to catch everything he was saying clearly, thus only 4 stars for performance. Other than that a great action story with a very intriguing scientific plot line. If there is a sequel, I would definitely listen!
In all fairness, I turned it off after about 30 minutes and read the Kindle version, so my opinion is based on the first 30 minutes of the audio version. I listen to a lot of audio books, and this is by far the worst narration I have heard. It is read in almost a singsongy cadence, and he drops his voice at the end of every sentence and sometimes at the end of phrases within sentences. Trying to listen in the car I missed enough of what was going on that I had to start back at the beginning when I switched to the Kindle. I got the audio version for $3.49 when I bought the Kindle version, but if I had paid full price or spent a credit I think I would have asked for my money back.
The first fourteen chapters kind of run-on without enough character development IMO, but in chapter fifteen things get interesting and then it just keeps getting better. A talented new writer whom I'll be following in the future.
"good story when i could hear it"
the narration varied in volume. the speaker's voice dropped regularly and parts of the story were constantly lost. adjusting the volume did not remedy the problem.
"His voice fluctuates too much"
I can't hear him clearly at times. And if I turn up the volume it becomes too loud when when he decided to speak up.
"Sound faded in and out"
I had problems hearing it because the sound faded in and out. Other than that it was fine.
"chewing gum for the brain"
I have no clue why this book was a best seller. I thought the story was lame, the writing was lame and the narration was lame. Don't waste your money.
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