When Nick Hall wakes up in a dumpster - bloodied, without a memory, and hearing voices in his head - he knows things are bad. But they're about to get far worse. Because he's being hunted by a team of relentless assassins. Soon Hall discovers that advanced electronics have been implanted in his brain, and he now has two astonishing abilities. He can surf the web using thoughts alone. And he can read minds. But who inserted the implants? And why? And why is someone so desperate to kill him?
As Hall races to find answers, he comes to learn that far more is at stake than just his life. Because his actions can either catapult civilization to new heights - or bring about its total collapse.
Extrapolated from actual research on thought-controlled web surfing, Mind's Eye is a smart, roller-coaster ride of a thriller. One that raises a number of intriguing, and sometimes chilling, possibilities about a future that is just around the corner.
©2014 Douglas E. Richards (P)2014 Douglas E. Richards
The action is cranked up to 11 in this novel, so it's definitely a page turner. It's not as heavy on the science as, say, a Michael Crichton novel, but still enjoyable. I'm looking forward to reading Richards' other books.
"Great Premise - Started Great, Fizzled Out"
This book started great. Like really great. It was all action, interesting concepts about what it would be like to surf the Internet with your mind, and have ESP to boot. To be on the run, and confused about what was going on. As the hero figures things out, so do we.
Then suddenly, it's a really cliche romance novel.
I put up with that to see what happened, the romance angle wasn't TOO bad, pretty cringey and totally slowed the pace right down, but not awful.
Then the book wrapped up with about 15 different twists all of which where obvious as soon as the preceding one or two where revealed. And there was like two whole chapters where the heroes and villain explaining in great monologues exactly every little supposed detail of how they double and trip guess each other.
Oh the villain is supposed to be a chess genius - it didn't come across as plausible at ALL.
Then it was wrapped up into the neatest most perfect gushy bow ever.
The genre shifts are just so jarring, and the ending was just so rosy it was painful.
Narration was good, premise was excellent, started well. A great shame.
"Worst credit I have ever spent."
A better writer. Every turn of phrase, every interpersonal reaction, every plot line... I won't say plot twist, there weren't any... was predictable and painful.
No, but he was fine. It was obvious that he was doing his best with poor material. He could use some work on his female voices, but he has energy.
I would have kicked it back to the author and told him to rewrite it as a YA novel.
This was a new book and the blurb sounded interesting, and the cover said New York Times bestseller. FALSE ADVERTISING.
"Same ole same"
I love the concepts and theories the author brings to the stage but he uses the exact same catch phrases, analogies, and plot over and over. While the science is fascinating the rest is rushed, mediocre, and predictable. Overall I'm disappointed again.
"God this is horrible"
I'll usually finish crappy books if they have an interesting premise, but I can't do it this time. I actually feel dumber having read half of it. I wonder if it was written by a middle schooler. The characters are wooden and clichéd. There are evil geniuses and the good guys are saints. The main character struggles over the ethical issues of cheating at poker, but no second thoughts about killing a few people the day before.
It's a good idea that could go somewhere if it was written by an adult.
Oh, and by the way, this book was never a New York Times bestseller as far as I can tell.
"Defenitely worth the credit!"
Really fast pace and engaging story with great characters. I accidently read the sequel first without realizing it was a sequel and enjoyed it. Reading this first novel added some missing context but both work as stand alone stories too.
"Nice idea, excellent performance"
Liked the first half a lot, although the main character kept going out of his way to be stupid and explain his powers to everyone he met. In the second half, the events and characters got even more stupid. It turned into a sappy romance. Characters fell in love immediately. The book said repeatedly, "There's something in the water" (i.e. love) Supposedly smart protagonists tell the enemies everything. All about their abilities and communication, etc. At the end, I felt all the heroes deserved to die from being so stupid.
"Technology of the future?"
A man wakes in a dumpster with no memory of who he is or how he got there. If that's not bad enough, he soon discovers people are trying to kill him. So begins "Mind's Eye," a techno-thriller from Douglas Richards.
Our hero soon learns he has other capabilities, like being able to read people's minds and being able to surf the web with his thoughts. Through his mind reading, he learns his name is Nick Hall. By being able to access his assassin's thoughts, Nick is able to counter their efforts and escape their clutches. He also learns he has been a guinea pig for cerebral implants which give him the web surfing capabilities. But reading minds seems to be a double edged sword. He has no way to turn the ability off and as long as he is near other people, he receives a constant chatter in his brain. Also, he learns the innermost thoughts of anyone he comes in contact with and discovers a lot of the population to be sick and demented.
I won't get into much more of the plot as I don't want to give away any of the twists. The book is full of action and double crosses. It will keep you guessing as to what will happen next. The middle of the book slows down a bit as the pros and cons of mind reading and thought-driven internet access are debated. I think Nick and his friends make a good case for what is their final decision on his abilities. However, the government and certain sociopathic individuals have other plans.
If you enjoy a fast paced adventure with a slant to cutting edge technology, the I think you will enjoy "Mind's Eye."
A childish sci fi story. Little mystery and somewhat ridiculous ending. It's like a Charlie Chan mystery where the narrowest or explains everything at the end.
"A shocking technothriller written by a master."
Mind's Eye is a book about Nick Hall. Hall wakes up in a dumpster with no memory of who he is or how he got there. What he discovers next will shock himself and you as the reader. Nick can read other people's minds and thoughts. While incredibly interesting, this is also full of incredible pain and annoyance as he cannot turn it off. He also realizes that he can surf the web within his own head. When he thinks of a question -- the answer pages just appear in his "vision" like a heads up display. There's one problem--Nick is being hunted. Someone out there wants him dead.
The narration was done by Adam Verner. I've listened to other titles from Verner before and really enjoyed his tone and narration style. He is definitely one of those narrators that adds to the story instead of taking away from it. Verner gets through incredibly technical and scientific sentences and paragraphs with ease. Using his ninja-like tongue to maneuver this complex, yet compelling novel.
So, I had to take a few days to gather my thoughts on this because I enjoyed it so much. I don't know if it was because it reminded me so much of a Michael Crichton novel, or if I had just been looking for a new author to fall in love with. But man, did I really enjoy this novel. Mind's Eye started out a little confusing, purposefully confusing the reader because Hall was also confused. As this book picked up though the pacing was blazing. There were a few times where I thought "he can't possibly take this up another notch" and he did. This book goes to 11... and then some.
Mind's Eye is a story with a lot of "hey that sounds really cool" ideas that are paved as both groundbreaking and terrifying. The way that Richards walks this tightrope is incredible. As a reader, I love being surprised and believe me when I tell you -- this book was full of them.
For those who enjoy a little romantic side to a thriller, this has some of that too. The woman that he literally walks in on (in her office, nothing dirty) and his chemistry is well thought out, enjoyable, and even a nice relief to the right left combo this book provides.
Douglas E. Richards is easily a new favorite author of mine and look for more reviews coming in the near future from Brian's Book Blog (after reading these last two, I bought 2 others back to back.)
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"Dangers of Technology and Idealism"
This book was not bad. Some of the writing could have been better, but on the whole I enjoyed it.
The opening of the book had me intrigued. The mystery behind the protagonist and his powers had me hooked. If not, I would have given up during the middle.
The middle story opened up to some predictable tropes of this genre. The love stories (there are two, a major and a minor) that form here are useful but uninspired. And some other "twists" just fall flat. But the twist in the climax of this story I did not see coming, and that made me glad I finished this book.
The production of this book was good.
Minus a few pronunciations that were just plain wrong, I thought the performance was fantastic.
"Fantastic! I loved this story."
Great storyline, loved every minute. I couldn't put the book down. Would strongly recommend this book.
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