Kira Miller is a brilliant scientist who discovers how to temporarily boost human IQ to dizzying levels. But this transcendent intelligence brings with it a ruthless megalomania. Determined to use her discovery to propel human civilization to a higher plane, despite this side effect, Kira and ex-special forces operative David Desh recruit a small group of accomplished scientists, all of whom are safely off the grid. Or so they think...
Soon Kira and her team are fighting for their lives against unknown but powerful adversaries. Worse still, while on the run and being relentlessly attacked from all quarters, Kira comes across evidence of savage acts that the enhanced version of Desh kept hidden, even from himself. Now both she and Desh must question everything they think they know. Can they trust each other? Can they even trust themselves?
And all the while, the greatest threat of all may be coming from an entirely unexpected direction. A threat that could lead to devastation on a global scale. And time is quickly running out...
Like its predecessor, Amped is a smart thriller crammed with breakneck action, unexpected twists, mind-blowing science, and philosophical and ethical concepts listeners will be contemplating long after they've finished listening.
©2012 Douglas E. Richards (P)2013 Recorded Books
"Combination Sci-fi thriller..."
I liked both characters Kira Miller and David Desh. They complimented each other through out the book. There is an unusual premise, which, though hard to swallow, the author is able to get you to suspend reality fairly well, and makes the story work. It has that different bent to it that provides both a sci-fi premise and a good suspense story. I found this added greatly to the read. It led me to getting the audio book as well. I don't want to give away the author's basic thesis. Suffice it to say it's an interesting 'what if'.
David Desh and Kira Miller. Like meatballs and spaghetti. They simply worked as a couple from beginning to end.
The ending, but I can't give it away.
Amped works for me. But I think the first book in the series would make a better movie.
This book is a matter of taste. If you liked the movie with Scarlett Johanson 'Lucy' then you'll like 'Wired' and 'Amped'.
"I couldn't wrap my mind around this story."
I see that many reviewers liked this book; I am not one of them.
The premise was too unbelievable and the writing was overly dramatic without actually instilling suspense or fear. I just couldn’t wrap my mind around this story and gave up after a couple of hours.
Peter Berkrot reads well enough, but during a conversation between two men I was unable to distinguish which character was speaking because Berkrot didn't separate the voices for each character.
The book was enticing most of the way. At the end the convoluted scheme goes too far and I felt like the author had to put in some utopian dream to come up with a way to end it.
Great story with such an awesome twist... Couldn't stop listening. Will definitely read more by this author.
"weak store line"
I'm easy. But this story is about as shallow as a puddle. I tried to like it but after almost three quarters of the book I finally just deleted it from my devise.
"Uneven fascination -"
Choppy staccato narration - prompted by writing of a similar nature, mars a stellar near-future imagining. DNA engineering in a pill offering short duration ultra-brilliance with side effects of megalomaniac psychopathy takes the reader on a thrill ride - but a rough one. The style is more brutal than the subject matter since the dialogue and descriptive structure is all short burst, rapid-fire as if written by a machine gun. This isn't the sole fascinating premise for me in the Richard's arsenal so I am going in again hoping for a maturation in his story telling that includes a more mellow prose with something advanced from 6 to 10 word sentences and darts for words. Try a few 3 syllable words in a complex sentence - just once in awhile man. Your imagination deserves it.
While the story was somewhat interesting, there were times I was confused as to what was going on. A paper version might have been easier to follow or it could have been the narrator. ...and the usage of "loved with all his/her heart" to express joy, utter disappointment, confusion, feelings of betrayal then back to relief and joy that their deep love for each other was once again proved to be justified, got annoying after the tenth time. That spoiled it at the end for me.
"tired retelling of a classic comic story line"
plots is halted multiple times to retell the previous plot, and attempt to explain away the deus Ex machina that constantly is happening. you'll figure out the ending less than halfway through but don't worry, it'll be explained to you several more times.
This book was okay. The technique of finding out that what you thought was the case isn't actually the case, deceits being revealed, was a bit over used. Became tiresome after a while. Character development could have been a little better. Nice clean Romance, but without a lot of dimension. The book was okay to get me through housework or a long run, but it wasn't one that I would not be able to put down. I did zone out occasionally, but had no trouble listening through to the end. The narrator was kind of annoying. His Evil Genius voice was the same for every character. It was well read otherwise.
Although based on interesting ideas, the book failed to excite. It read like a comic book or SciFi Channel produced movie. The performance was even mediocre.
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