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The Utopia Experiment (Covert-One #10)

3.96 of 5 stars 3.96  ·  rating details  ·  950 ratings  ·  98 reviews
With U.S. intelligence agencies wracked by internal power struggles and paralyzed by bureaucracy, the President was forced to establish his own clandestine group - Covert-One. It is only activated as a last resort, when the threat is on a global scale and time is running out.

When Christian Dresner of Dresner Industries unveils a device that will revolutionize the world - t

ebook, 480 pages
Published March 26th 2013 by Grand Central Publishing (first published January 1st 2013)
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Colin Welch
I normally avoid reading books in the Ludlum "franchise", but The Utopia Experiment was given to me as a present and I thought it would be a good way to spend some time. I was pleasantly surprised: Kyle Mills is a natural storyteller who has that gift of combining plot and characters in a intriguing and entertaining manner, and combining them with topical elements like cutting edge technology. This is a very good action thriller; I strongly recommend it.
What if something emerged that made the smartphone, with all its apps, an obsolete piece of plastic? Could the body, more specifically the mind and eyes, become a living and breathing battery to run this ‘live-in app’ and lets people make connections with others based on numerous key criteria, all shown as an aura around the bodies in front of them? Mills presents this in his latest installment of the Robert Ludlum Covert-One series. Filled with strong and ongoing characters, a great plot, and t ...more
I really enjoyed this book. The first half was likable but a bit hard to follow due to all the point-of-view changes and a somewhat difficult-to-track passage of time. But the second half really took off and had some very enjoyable "wow" moments. :)

I considered not reading this book since it's part of a series and I haven't read any of the preceding books, but since it's my August sci-fi book club selection at my library, I decided to give it a chance. And I'm very glad I did!

There seemed to be
I was really surprised by this book. After the last one I didn't expect to enjoy this one as much. I'm glad to see Kyle Mills back writing in this series (He wrote The Ares Decision and then the next Covert One book The Janus Reprisal was written by Jamie Freveletti, which wasn't bad but somewhat disappointing). I like his use of the main characters of Jon Smith, Randi Russel, and Fred Klein. I also like the inclusion of Marty Zellerbach in the series again (he's one of my favorite side characte ...more
Robeert Kane
Good read but too much tech talk .

The author has not been in enough close calls to express the proper emotions that you feel when they happen.
Nancy Cook  Lauer
Kyle Mills has done an excellent job carrying on Ludlum's heritage. I love Dr. Smith and Randi and especially Zellerbach the hacker. It's like meeting up with old friends after a long absence. The plot was solid and carried through to the end. I especially liked the bleeding edge technology. Where do we go from the smartphone? This one has the answer. Although they advertise the Ludlum books as being "from the creator of Jason Bourne," I like these guys better -- less shoot 'em up and more techi ...more
Dean C. Moore
Ironically, this is the first Ludlum novel I’ve read. I say ironically because he’s been dead over ten years now and this is one of the books penned by the writers tasked with carrying on the franchise. This particular installment was scribed by Kyle Mills. As a techno-thriller, I found it quite the page turner and devoured it inside of a few days. It’s easy to imagine this scenario playing out for real in the days ahead; I wouldn’t even be surprised if something similar was going on in the shad ...more
I've been following Jon Smith, Randi Russell, Marty Zellerback, and Peter Howell since The Hades Factor, without fail. This group always deliver. Although the plot in some of the Covert One books are somewhat disappointing, the main characters are invariably fascinating. It's like meeting old friends again.

The Utopia Experiment is an unexpected pleasure. Kyle Mills nailed it. It is fast-paced without mindless action scenes. I'm not really into techno-thrillers, but this one is surprisingly easy
Vishal V

{A Covert-One Series Novel written by Kyle Mills This is the latest in the Covert-One series, featuring Jon Smith and Randi Russell. .}

What happens when all information goes online, the large majority of an individual's information is on the internet, or on connected computer systems? What happens when you get one device that can combine the power of your most advanced computing device, your cell-phone as well as other electronic devices - all that have been invented - into one powerful
This well written story contains interesting leads who contribute significantly to make this techno thriller a good read. 8 of 10 stars
*It's not sci-fi, but the introduced technology is still to be invented. Let it be a long way in the future.

I am becoming a specialist at ruining my life. I could teach lessons on the subjects.
Given the choice of reaа microbiology or a spy thriller about a doctor(microbiologist)/military/border genius/spy called Jon Smith, guess what I'll pick? For inspiration, I'll even lie to myself. And I'll pretend I believe it.

That doesn't mean the book is a life ruiner. Far from it. Still, it does have e
Mike Philbin
this is a lucky book.

Lucky that it's written with all the guile and tenacity of a classic Ludlum page-turner.

What's not 'classic' about it is the 'jarring' copy editing, which is (often) sloppy at the most crucial part of the book i.e. the start, when a book needs to gain a reader's confidence. An instance of 'these multiple things WAS GOOD' stand out, though I'm not going searching for them, along with a couple of missed catches in the 'spelling' department. They're there and they shouldn't be,
Bob Miller
The topic of The Utopia Experiment is the next logical step beyond accessing the internet with computers or G-glasses-- direct input. How could a new tech like that be used and abused?

Jon Smith, one of the military's top medical men is appointed to investigate this new technology by the genius, Christian Dresner, who's entire career has been dedicated to helping humanity. The technology promises to become life-changing / world-changing; helping the deaf to hear and the blind to see, literally, b
Pretty good extrapolation of wearable technology. I had to suspend my understanding of the brain machine interface to get past the hand waving of how the connection work, with quotes such as, 'and then I thought, why not connect directly to the brain?'. But, this is SciFi. And a Covert One story, so the main premise is about the strife within government agencies on how to apply this technology. I can't see the government ever saying, 'OK, we will allow you to hook your device directly to our sol ...more
Thank you, Kyle Mills, for making Marty Zellerback very famous in this installment! :)
interesting very close to truth
Tom Donaghey
THE UTOPIA EXPERIMENT is the latest in the Robert Ludlum inspired Covert One action series. Covert One is the President’s own personalized clandestine paramilitary action group, to be used when any other option is out of the question. Think silent black helicopters and operators who do so without talking, move silently and infiltrate out of action without leaving a ripple behind them.
Dresner Industries reveals their latest smart device, The MERGE, certain to make all other forms of communicati
I thought this book was pretty good. Unexpectedly good, as a matter of fact, since I assumed it would be very boring.

The idea, of inserting things inside your brain, so that your eyes act as movie screens, is something I find amazing. I really need it for history class.

This is the first book in this series that I have read. It’s the 10th book, but I got what was happening, so I guess you don’t really need to read it in order.

It was fast paced, had an intriguing plot, and characters that actually
Tex Reader
3.5 of 5 stars – Nice, Fast Paced, Pretty Standard Techno-Thriller.

This is my first Covert-One novel, but it works well as a stand-alone. And I can see why these are best sellers. It’s action-packed with an intriguing premise of dealing with a modern hi-tech version of big brother, juxtaposed with balancing the moral issue of what ends justify what means. And then there are the tensions of what are indeed the true ends and motivations of the players.

I’m not a computer or tech expert, so what was
Shockingly good technothriller. I don't expect that of books written by dead guys (or in their series), but Mills has penned some good thrillers of his own (The Beamon novels) and one great one, imo (Fade), so as I scanned through audiobooks on Overdrive at the library, this looked worth trying, and I'm glad I did.

He gives us a believable next generation of something like Google Glass, a smart phone that has some hardwiring, but not so much hardwiring that it feels like far-future science fictio
Tom Tischler
Lt Col Jon Smith a member of Covert One a top secret
clandestine group is assigned to access the military
potential of a new device from Dresner Industries called
the Merge. This device is designed to make personal
computers and smart phones obsolete. Col Smith finds that
with enhanced vision, real time battlefield displays un-
breakable security and near perfect marksmanship the face
of warfare will be changed forever. Meanwhile in the mount-
ains of Afghanistan CIA operative Randi Russell finds an
Darius  Cross
A very good read!

A very good read!

This book started slowly, more so than I remember others in this series doing but, it picked up some pretty good steam around chapter 5 and became very difficult to put down from there on.

Highly enjoyable and with a premise that, while being pretty far-fetched, was still grounded enough in today's technology to be scarily real.
The Utopia Experiment was an entertaining thriller that pursued the possibility of how our modern technology might be used for good or bad purposes.

The author did a good job of bringing us along on the plot, and the characters were fairly well developed. There was not a much depth in them or how they relate to each other as there might be even in a thriller, where action usually predominates. I liked how the author pitted different political players against each other, but at times the plot seem
Kevin Hsu
Phenomenal. The first few chapters were a bit slow because the book kept shifting between different settings and characters that are seemingly unrelated (at first). Once the different pieces came together and the main conflict is unveiled, the story started developing rapidly and the book became increasingly hard to put down right until the very end. Tons of action and suspense with every page making the reader yearn for the next. I would highly recommend this to anyone who likes fast-paced thri ...more
Jan 08, 2015 David rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those interested in technology and the future.
Recommended to David by: A friend
Shelves: novel, technology, fiction
Utopia experiment explores the impact that trans-humanism could make upon our world under the right (or wrong) circumstances. This is a read for those who like to envision what the future might hold. It's for those who understand the unlimited possibilities in the combination of technological and human interaction.

The suspense and action will carry you through to the end. Not much of this is far fetched. I have a friend whose job is classified. He has not told me details but said that the techno
Franc Woods
Really a solid 3.5 stars for "Utopia Experiment" and I'll probably check out other books by the author. That said, since I did the audio version of this book, I may have missed something in the plot line that would be easier to go back and check using a paper copy.
The premise, enhanced abilities via what I call souped up Google glasses with direct input to your brain, seemed almost too real as the technology doesn't seem that far off. Fun book.
R Melli
Easy to read hard to put down

Another great book that the reader will find difficult to put down. There's just enough craziness and scientific what ifs to keep the book interesting.
Just when you thought that Covert-One had run out of enemies, here comes the Merge. It looks like a great idea, allowing technology to help on and off the battlefield, but, of course, there's a catch.

Clear out the weekend and settle in for a good read.
I must be the only person who feels like I'm pushing my way thru brick doors to get to the good stuff when reading Mill's books. I think his plots are clever, but I have personal issues with the style.
I liked the beginning but a bit past half way I felt like I knew too much and cared little for what I didn't.
Plus I grew tired of the "action scenes"
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Kyle Mills lives in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, where he spends his time skiing, rock climbing and writing books.

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