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Wired Kingdom (Tara Shores #1)

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When a blue whale tagged with a webcam as part of a hit reality television series broadscasts a brutal murder at sea, an FBI agent with a fear of water, finds herself in a deadly race to reach the animal before an unknown kiler can destroy the digital evidence it carries.
Paperback, 426 pages
Published May 25th 2010 by Deviation (first published May 23rd 2010)
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Robert MacNeil
May 12, 2012 Robert MacNeil rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I came across Rick Chesler on Twitter. (@RickChesler) I liked his tweets, and thought I'd try his book. WOW! Over the last 30 years I've read all the best-selling thrillers and frankly, I wasn't expecting a lot from a $2.99 independently-published e-book. All I can say is that Rick Chesler is one of the best. He can hold his own with any of the "big name" writers in the genre. I was captivated from the start, and the book got better as it went along. The ending was a surprise, and fully satisfyi ...more
Mickey Hoffman
Jun 16, 2010 Mickey Hoffman rated it it was amazing
Suspenseful and timely, this novel will satisfy anyone looking for a good adventure tale.
Chesler knows a lot about the marine environment and the book shows this well. He doesn't become didactic but weaves in facts smoothly.
As an animal lover who cringes at the slightest hint of cruelty (I cried through Bambi when I was a kid) I had to put the book down a few times because I was so anxious. I won't give anything away by telling you why. Read it for yourself!
Stan Tremblay
Jun 15, 2010 Stan Tremblay rated it it was amazing
The technology is top-notch in this twist on the murder-mystery! The setting, placed on the high-seas, opens up great opportunities for plot development which Chesler jumps on to create a non-stop read.
Louis Davila
Jun 02, 2010 Louis Davila rated it it was amazing
This was a great story very well done, I loved it can't wait for the next book by Rick. A Must Read!!!!
Oct 08, 2014 Julie rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads, mystery
I won this book through the First Reads Giveaway on October 1st, 2010!

Synopsis of Wired Kingdom - A reality tv guru had the interesting idea to equip a wild blue whale with a web cam and make it a live feed 24/7 on the internet for people to watch. The feed showed everything that the blue whale was seeing and also had its gps coordinates so that the audience would know where the blue whale was. The show "Wired Kingdom" was quite successful, so when the large at-home audience watches a woman meet
May 30, 2010 Lynn rated it really liked it

I read the first two chapters of Rick Chesler's Wired Kingdom in a pre-release sneak preview and knew I had to read the entire book. I ordered it immediately and actually received it four days prior to its release date. In spite of a heavy workload, I read this book in one week.

Although there are several characters in the story, Mr. Chesler does such a good job of defining each one that I never once had to check back to an earlier page, wondering, "Who is this, again?" Each character has thei
Mar 03, 2011 R.J. rated it it was amazing
This novel introduced me to a great new author and one I'll follow for a long time. The research behind the writing is matched only by the thrilling page-turning plot. Can't wait to read his second novel, too. I expect it to keep me as glued to the pages as Wired Kingdom.
Sep 18, 2010 Alan rated it really liked it
Excellent thriller. The story is fast paced and absorbing with totally believable characters. I would recommend this to everyone with an interest in technology and the environment. I will be looking for more of Rick's books.
Jan 12, 2011 Joyce rated it it was amazing
I thought "Wired Kingdom" was one of the best books I've read in a very long time. The premise of the story is so new and fresh and Chesler weaves a tail of suspense that will keep you focused until the last page.
Feb 23, 2012 Chris rated it really liked it
Great book, nothing like mixing a good murder mystery with a little save the planet theme. Did a great job of keeping wanting to turn the page and find out who the whale caught being killed and who did it.
Barry Simiana
Dec 28, 2010 Barry Simiana rated it it was amazing
Very good book. well rounded and thought out characters. bloody good story. love it to bits and pieces. cannot wait for the follow up.
Shawn Hopkins
Mar 02, 2012 Shawn Hopkins rated it it was amazing
The opening of this story reached out of the water, grabbed me by the collar, and pulled me down into its mysterious and exciting depths... where there swims a blue whale with a webcam!

Yeah, and when the webcam picks up a murder at sea, the FBI gets involved... And the adventure begins.

Chesler does a wonderful job at pace-setting while at the same time keeping you completely invested in his characters. You feel for every one of them, even the baddies, even the whale. And whether it's a hijacked
Jun 27, 2010 Kristen rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, thriller, 2010, arc
I've had the pleasure of receiving an ARC copy of my Twitter/Facebook friend, Rick Chesler, for his thriller to review, albeit almost a month late. It starts out with a tagged whale, who's shown on a reality show named Wired Kingdom, which is for educational purposes, and also held contests for viewers who see it stream online the whale's latest move. When a murder is caught on tape by a vicious shark attack, everyone wants that tag. That's when they bring in, Agent Tara Shores from the FBI, who ...more
Gail Baugniet
Jun 09, 2011 Gail Baugniet rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
From the opening sentence, it's obvious this is an over-the-top, headed for the big screen novel. Author Rick Chesler constructs his world with realistic plot and non-stop tension.

In an early chapter, a highly charged scene viewed world wide via a web-cam imbedded in a blue whale suggests a possible murder. (This premise might have seemed improbable if I hadn't just read an article about scientists tagging sharks for depth monitoring.)

When protagonist Special Agent Tara Shores is assigned to t
Paul Wright
Oct 27, 2012 Paul Wright rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bought_it
Not done reading, buy enjoying so much, I wanted to share. Fast paced, interesting characters and scenarios. Makes you look forward to flipping to the next page. I'll return and conclude my review after I finish this amazing book. Thanks Rick!!! Update 6/30/2012: Finished this amazing book (I blame work for taking me so long!) what a read! Didn't see that ending coming and can't wait to start KiDNApped to find out what happens to Tara Shores next! If you like interesting action thrillers, Rick i ...more
Jamey Goodyear
Jul 30, 2015 Jamey Goodyear rated it really liked it
Wired Kingdom is the first in the Tara Shores series that is written by Rick Chesler.

Wired Kingdom is a live internet feed that comes from some electronics that has been planted on a blue whale. Not only does it broadcast a live feed of everywhere and everything the whale sees, it also broadcasts its GPS coordinates, and saves that data, along with the video and a bunch of other scientific data on a waterproof hard drive that is included in the electronics. The idea for this venture comes from
Paul Franco
Feb 20, 2011 Paul Franco rated it liked it
Shelves: thriller
Being who I am, I love that the good guy/girl went to UCLA and the bad guy/girl was a Trojan. Problem was, I just didn't like the heroine, and found myself not caring whether she solved the mystery or not. The first few times we see her she's so unlikeable there was no way I could root for her. The whale was actually a lot more interesting.
Nov 04, 2011 Anabel rated it it was amazing
"Wired Kingdom" is a fast paced marine thriller with a unique twist on reality shows- a web cam attached to a blue whale streams live over the internet where millions unexpectedly see a murder done. Excellent suspense - expect to lose some sleep to finish. Author Rick Chesler's debut novel - very 'good read!'
C.K. Webb
Jul 22, 2010 C.K. Webb rated it really liked it
a very good eco-thriller. The concept of the book is well thought out and unlike anything I have read. Fantastic job Rick! I will be posting a review on webbweaver blog @
Jun 15, 2014 Sharon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book kept my attention. I didn't want to put it down until i finished. I just had to find out who did it.

I loved the idea of having a whale's eye view of the ocean. I think that would be exciting, to see the creatures out there. Not so much the violence of seeing creatures eat each other, but to just enjoy the view. Like a never ending aquarium of different species. I also think if we saw how much damage people are doing to our oceans, lost fishing nets, trash bags, and other debris maybe w
May 28, 2014 Kelly rated it it was amazing
When I picked up Wired Kingdom it was believed to be the first book by Rick Chesler that I was going to read, I found out shortly after that I've read a couple of books that he co-authored and I throughly enjoyed them so I didn't expect any less from this book. I was not disappointed in the slightest. I was hooked from the first chapter, it has great characters, it's fun, interesting and makes you think. The detail was just right. If you are looking for an intelligent, fun, well written thriller ...more
Bill Koller Koller
Mar 13, 2013 Bill Koller Koller rated it it was amazing
Start with an undersea murder caught on a a revolutionary webcam by the largest animal on earth, add the dauntless FBI Agent Tara Shores, mix with pirate environmentalists, double crosses, Mexican Crime Lords, and locations off the Southern California coast and you begin the mix which makes for the smooth, tangy brew which is Wired Kingdom.

[Author Rick Chesler]'s 2012 addition to his Tara Shores series is a winner. Combining technology, suspense and well drawn often quirky characters with all t
Nancy Silk
Jun 08, 2013 Nancy Silk rated it it was amazing
"One of the Most High Action Suspense Thrillers I've Read"

Author Rick Chesler can really tell an unforgettable story! It's a drama from the first page to the last page, keeping you enthralled! In this story, Trevor Lane is monitoring a satellite live feed of a webcam attached to a nearly 100-foot blue whale's dorsal fin. The website where all fans can access is called "Wired Kingdom." As he watches the two screens which have been displaying nothing unusual, he suddenly hears sounds other than th
Andrew Bass
Jul 22, 2014 Andrew Bass rated it really liked it
Really nice nautical technothriller. Rick Chesler can write. Equal parts Dirk Pitt and Nikki Heat. I plan to read the other books in the Tara Shores series. If I had one complaint it would be that we didn't get enough background on Tara. A lot of times she seems like just a set piece because we don't get to see what she is thinking. Overall I give it a 4 out of 5. Really surprisingly interesting read. Nice going.
Aug 06, 2015 liza rated it it was ok
Shelves: sci-fi
the idea of this story is great. the writing is dry and unnecessarily wordy. a good editor might have been enough to bring this book up to 4 stars, but a more experienced writer or even just a more engaged writer would have been enough. chesler's next novel will probably be better. i might pick it up and flip through just in case.
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Rick Chesler holds a Bachelor of Science in marine biology and can often be found diving, boating or traveling to research his next thriller idea. A former contractor for the U.S. Dept. of Commerce and the State of Hawaii, he currently lives in South Florida with his family, at the edge of the Bermuda Triangle. Visit him online at,, or rickchesler.c ...more
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