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The Cure

3.75  ·  Rating Details ·  500 Ratings  ·  61 Reviews
"The Cure will keep you turning the pages all night long."—Douglas Preston, New York Times #1 bestselling author of Impact

"Richards is a tremendous new talent. The Cure is an extraordinarily good novel that will keep you riveted . . . and thinking."—Stephen Coonts, New York Times bestselling author of Pirate Alley

Psychopaths cause untold misery. If you found the cure for t
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published September 17th 2013 by Forge Books (first published September 2013)
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Jul 05, 2015 Anne rated it liked it
3.5 stars

There are aliens in this story.
Now, it may seem like I've just given away a huge plot spoiler and potentially ruined the story. Hmmm.
Maybe I have, but I don't think so.
And here's why:
Do you think readers who like stories about aliens are going to look twice at this book after reading the blurb?
No. No, they will not. It's obviously a psychological thriller.
And do you think fans of thrillers are going to be pleased when halfway through an interesting book about psychopaths, they get hit
Do you like edge of your seat thrillers that touch on science and science fiction? Looking for that escape into something that is both intriguing and intense? The Cure by Douglas E. Richards fit the bill for me, and went beyond with one of those “I didn’t see THAT one coming,” plot twists that had my imagination running full tilt! As a young child, Erin Palmer has had her life shredded in front of her eyes by a twisted monster who felt no qualms about the vile acts he committed. Having grown int ...more
Aug 13, 2013 Michele rated it it was amazing
I had never read any of Douglas E. Richards books before-I tend to not read Science Fiction too often, but this one had me curious. This is classified as a science fiction/technothriller and it is certainly a hold onto your hat you are going for a fast ride down a dangerous path kind of book. It really has a lot of twists and turns and kept me totally enthralled. This is one of those sci-fi books that you hope will continue being sci-fi for MANY more years to come!! Read it!!

The first chapter w
Mogsy (MMOGC)
4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

Douglas E. Richards is known for his mind-bending science fiction thrillers that are a touch different from the mainstream variety, not to mention a penchant for throwing in unexpected twists that will leave you reeling. I finally got the chance to experience Richards' work for myself with his newest techno-thriller The Cure, and it appears that his knack for storytelling has not been exaggerated.

But first, readers should
Alan Page
Aug 17, 2013 Alan Page rated it it was amazing
If you liked Wired and Amped, you won't be disappointed.
Douglas Richards
Oct 03, 2013 Douglas Richards rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)

It has come to my attention that several people who follow my reviews were not aware that this book was available, so I wanted to be sure to write this so it is sent on to everyone who is following my reviews (there is probably a better way, but I'm pretty clueless when it comes to this sort of thing). I will delete this in a few days. Thanks! Doug (Douglas E. Richards)
Joe Hempel
Nov 05, 2013 Joe Hempel rated it really liked it
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Psycopathy can be defined as an individual that manifests amoral and anti-social behavior. We typically classify murderers and rapists as psychopaths. So what happens when a cure is discovered? This book by microbiologist Douglas E. Richards delves into that difficult to understand realm and takes you on one interesting ride.

Douglas E. Richards is incredibly smart. It’s very obvious when you read this book. He is able to take such a complex subje
Lauren Smith
Plot-wise, this book sounds ok, but what it actually is, is pretty crap. It’s been ages since I read this sort of thing. It’s the kind of book that I used to find lying around the house after my mother bought it at a sale and then forgot about it. A book no one’s heard of with a dull cover but, based on the blurb, it could be an entertaining mystery/thriller/adventure. I’d ignore it until I was bored with nothing else to read in the middle of the school holidays, and probably find it enjoyable i ...more
Oct 15, 2013 Ansley rated it it was ok
This book really jumped the shark for me. I definitely misread the summary on Amazon apparently, because it started out like a good biotech thriller, but then became unbelievable. I think I confused the author with Douglas Preston, so it's my own fault.
Oct 25, 2013 Michael rated it did not like it
Shelves: library
I was trying my best to give it a fighting chance but when the twist came mid-plot, my heart sank. It just didn't make any sense to me at all.

It just got more and more weird and in the end I just gave up on the book.
Brian's Book Blog
One of the best misdirections I've ever read from the new master.

The Cure follows masters/graduate student Erin Palmer who is orphaned after a brutal murder at the hands of a psychopath. Because of this moment, she dedicates her life to studying and hopefully one day "curing" the brains of psychopaths. She has finally done what she set out to do and in doing so opens her life up to an incredibly complex web of lies, deceits, and more.

This was the first audiobook I've listened to where Peter Berk
Feb 28, 2014 Inessa rated it liked it
Mon avis en français:

My English review:

I didn’t know the author Douglas E. Richards and I confess that I was very intrigued by his book. However it’s the first time I read a techno thriller and unfortunately I wasn’t completely enthralled by The Cure although the subject was interesting but I’ll talk about this point later.

The first thing that bothered me was the synopsis which was really too long with spoilers, ma
Rachel Storey
Feb 01, 2015 Rachel Storey rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
I picked this book up on a whim and was immediately engrossed. When I have some downtime, I like to hang out at the local bricks-and-mortar bookstore, walking through the aisles and finding treasures on the shelves. That is how I found The Cure by Douglas E. Richards. I sat in a cozy, overstuffed chair on the second floor and sipped my first pumpkin spice latte of the season while I was introduced to Erin Palmer. I hadn’t even made it through the first chapter before I knew this was a book I had ...more
Eric Westrope
Sep 22, 2013 Eric Westrope rated it liked it
I loved Wired and Amped, but found this story a bit hard to get into and finish. Not that I hated it. The story just had a few twists in the plot that I did not expect and threw me off. It might take me another reading down the road to actually get into the story and appreciate it better, in which case I will revise my rating.
Jan 19, 2016 Ben rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
I have read all of Douglas E. Richards' adult novels by now, and this is definitely my least favorite. The story starts off by going into gory details of just how purely evil psychopaths can be, and how they can effortlessly cover up lies with even more fantastical lies that you would still believe. Then, the story quickly switches gears into a thriller with our main character on the run (and acting like a Navy SEAL all the sudden... karate training and thriller novels being her inspiration... o ...more
Jay Batson
Jan 26, 2016 Jay Batson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rollicking good fun

Using this rubric: "Four stars is when you tell yourself: 'This is good, this is well-written, this is full of interesting ideas/characters/plot points', but you know you will never read it again,", this is a solid four.

A good fast action, clever, think ahead two steps go back one step think ahead four, heroine-driven story of good guys being the bad guys being the good guys.

Couldn't wait to pick the story up each evening, and will be looking more of the author's work to read.
aisha hashmi
Jul 24, 2016 aisha hashmi rated it liked it
Okay, Richards had me there for a minute. I never expected a lot of what I got, I was expecting something a little different, hence the 3 star rating. If you see my reviews, that is extremly RARE for me. I typically give books a 4 or 5, thats it. In all the hundreds of books I have read and reviewed, it is like one of maybe ten that have merited a 3. I put stuff by Stephen Hawking at 3, (or lower), simpy because my dad was a Ph.d in quantum physics and would go on and on and on about it, and I s ...more
Dec 09, 2014 Jenni rated it really liked it
The Cure follows graduate student Erin Palmer who due to a close encounter with a psychopath in her childhood now studies them to determine what makes them different to normals. Unbeknown to her supervisor she is not just studying psychopaths but is experimenting on them, and with her mysterious partner has finally discovered a genetic cure for the condition. There are some who would do anything to stop Palmer succeeding, and soon Palmer is on the run and unsure who to trust. Will she chose the ...more
Todd Fonseca
Oct 13, 2013 Todd Fonseca rated it it was amazing
The Cure: Sci-Fi Thriller

Rating: 5 of 5
Author: Douglas E Richards
Format: Hardcover, Kindle

After witnessing the brutality of a heartless psychopath on her family, Erin Palmer grows in her obsession to understand, identify and “cure” psychopathy. As with any obsession, Erin’s actions become ethically questionable as she pushes the boundaries on experimentation with prison inmates. Convinced she is getting closer to a Cure but at the same time jeopardizing lives, her breakthroughs come at yet anoth
The Cure starts off by giving the reader the background of the main character, Erin Palmer, that you will need for the rest of the book. In the prologue, the reader learns how her life completely changes when – as a twelve year old – she meets a psychopath. I will admit that beginning was a little…rough (not writing-wise, but the content.) In other words, the prologue might affect some people. Although there is violence in later parts of the book, it is different than the prologue; so if this do ...more
My Book Addiction and More MBA
THE CURE by Douglas E. Richards is an interesting Science Fiction/Fantasy. What would you do if you where psychopathic? Well read "The Cure" to find out what Erin Palmer,Hugh Raborn,a neuroscientist and Kyle Hansen discover,who is evil and who is good? Fast paced, thought-provoking, and one roller-coaster of a ride. Filled with ethical dilemmas,danger,cruelty,and violence. Please be warned: the first chapter is very graphic with savage butchering, torture, and the murder of animals and a family, ...more
Amy Rogers
Sep 16, 2013 Amy Rogers rated it really liked it review: In The Cure, successful indie author Douglas E. Richards breaks into the majors with a hardcover release by science fiction publisher Tor/Forge. As he did in his mind-bending novel about superhuman intelligence Wired, Richards once again gives us a smart, effective heroine who possesses scientific information of supreme importance–information that puts her in the crosshairs of powerful enemies who are not always what they seem.

The Cure is a fast-paced thriller that r
Todd Russell
FTC notice: I received an uncorrected proof advance review copy in exchange for an honest review. This book is scheduled to be published September 17, 2013.

Talk about genre skipping! This story starts as a psychological thriller, then changes to an alien science fiction tale. It's a chunky, choppy tale involving a woman, Erin Palmer, who is traumatized as a child by a psychopath in a gritty scene, only to grow up studying psychopaths from inside their prison cells (hence the Hannibal Lecter refe
Roger D. Lee
May 24, 2014 Roger D. Lee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great story telling that stationed step ahead of you

Great story telling that stationed step ahead of you

I really enjoyed the twist and turns in the story line. The two main characters off set strengths and weaknesses to come up with believable solutions. Overcoming trust issues allows the two to conquer each ad venture. The surprises at each pivotal point keep you turning the pages. Another great adventure. Give it a try.
Michael Picco
Feb 05, 2015 Michael Picco rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Intense mixture of science and science fiction!

The author has done his homework and put together a rather intense story that the reader won't realize is science fiction until well into the book. It might take a bit of work to get through the first part, if the reader has any kind of aversion to pathological violence, but it does set the stage for what follows. Get ready for a wild ride. The author is one to watch!
Mar 28, 2015 Cayleigh rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2015
So, I think I would have enjoyed this book more if I had noticed when I started reading it that it was a Sci-Fi book. I was reading it on my friend's ipad on a trip. So I read the blurb on Goodreads, and occasionally I like to read a good psychological thriller… and a book centered around a woman who is trying to cure Psychopathy? I was full on betting I’d get some mind tingling psychological brain warping. And I suppose in a way I did, it was for me lacking the realization of the Sci-Fi aspect ...more
Jul 28, 2013 Jenny rated it liked it
This book was good, but it confused the heck out of me. It started out feeling like a medical/psychological thriller, and ended up as a double cross/contingency plan/ aliens are planning to take over the earth story. There was a lot of switching sides, or at least pretending to... I think I would need all twelve tentacles to keep things straight. That being said, I did really like it, in fact due to the confusing nature of the story I found myself reading much longer than I planned, and staying ...more
Shadow Stars
Feb 26, 2014 Shadow Stars rated it it was amazing
The Cure weaves thriller and science fiction genre into one powerful story. At first read, I was skeptical of the story but it all comes together in the end with a neat bow. This book made me think in different ways plus I learned something about psychopaths. This book had slivers of Michael Crichtons type of writing in it. Wonder if he inspired him in any way?
Daniel J Tini
Jan 10, 2015 Daniel J Tini rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic Read

All can honestly say you need to read this book. The twist and turns will keep you reading throughout the night. Who is telling the truth and who isn't? Do you know what the Trolley Problem is? A challenge to your personal ethics.
University of Chicago Magazine
Douglas E. Richards, MBA’89

From our pages (Nov–Dec/13): "New research identifying differences in the brains of psychopaths inspired the new thriller by Douglas E. Richards. A genetic engineering expert and the best-selling author of Wired and Amped, Richards tells the story of graduate student Erin Palmer, who studies psychopaths because of a traumatic experience as a child. Her work attracts notice from a neuroscientist named Hugh Raborn who claims to have identified the genes responsible
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Douglas E. Richards was born on May 7th, 1962. He grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio with his parents and his sister, Pam. He went to Finneytown High School, and then graduated with a degree in microbiology from Ohio State University, a master's degree in molecular biology from the University of Wisconsin, and a master's degree in business administration from the University of Chicago.

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