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3.87  ·  Rating details ·  17,535 ratings  ·  1,126 reviews
Kira Miller is a brilliant genetic engineer who discovers how to temporarily achieve savant-like capabilities in all areas of thought and creativity. But what if this transcendent level of intelligence brings with it a ruthless megalomania?

David Desh left the special forces after his team was brutally butchered in Iran. Now he has been reactivated for one last mission: fi
Kindle Edition, 340 pages
Published July 12th 2011 by Paragon Press (first published April 28th 2005)
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Noah Murphy
Dec 21, 2011 rated it did not like it
I got 2/3rds of the way through before stopping, where while the Saturday morning cartoon villain reveals his oh so evil plot to our heroine(and this is a Saturday morning cartoon villain, despite what the book tries to pass him off as) Our hero, who had his intelligence enhanced, spends several pages mulling over his love for the heroine, going into the mating habits of prairie voles.

It wasn't like the previous 2/3rds was any better. It was nothing but giant expository conversations punctuate
Kevin Pedraja
Dec 01, 2012 rated it did not like it
To call Wired a science fiction thriller is an insult to science. And fiction. And books. And, ultimately, your intelligence.

What makes it so awful? First, take a kernel of a potentially interesting idea (the unlocking of human potential through chemical enhancement), then wrap it in a plot that leaps between predictable and preposterous. Next, mix in cliched characters that that have the depth of a sheet of paper. Finally, coat the whole thing in dialog that is not only stilted but entirely un
Michael Slavin
4,680 amazon reviews. 14,000 Goodreads reviews.

I loved this book.

A young brilliant feamle scientist and an ex-Green Beret are trying to save the world. I can’t tell you the things that I want to, because it would be a spoiler and take some surprises away.

If you like thinking big, and exploring big issues you will like this book. Yes, it has plenty of action, but there is a lot of stimulating discussion about some of the bigger things in life, and it flies by. It is not boring and the book may m
Oct 13, 2011 rated it liked it
4 for concept, 2 for writing.

The writing seemed very immature and unsophisticated. Might have to do with the fact that the author until now has been known more for kidlit. (I should add, pretty decent kidlit: The Prometheus Project: Trapped etc.)

Or it could have to do with the fact that this was a 99-cent e-book download. I've been reading a lot of these lately and I've come to the conclusion that e-books that don't go through a paper edition first might as well be vanity press. I said this in a
Dec 26, 2012 rated it did not like it
I am sorry but I did not enjoy this book at all. It was going to get 2 stars but then 3/4 of the way through it got WORSE and the only reason I finished was to justify the time I had already committed to the book.

That is time I am never getting back.

The science is a mile wide and an inch deep, which I could have handled, except that the whole book is a mile wide and an inch deep. Characters, dialogue, plot. And then, the flimsy science is used to create convenient leaps that magically fill the p
Crystal Starr Light
Bullet Review:

Absolute tripe. Worst of the worst - I haven't read a book this vile in YEARS. No redeeming features whatsoever other than to indicate that Dan Brown is Charles Dickens in comparison to this dude.

Super smart, sexy chick (via a smart pill because why not) does SCIENCE! and David Desh, our ex-military doofus has to find her. Only she does most of the finding and then vomits the plot in massive info dumps.

I actually probably only listened to 30 min; about the rest of the 54% I listene
Harry Fox
David Desh is a retired special ops officer. He is called back into active service to prevent an apocalyptic end of life as we know it. This is action-adventure, where we have a clear delineation of good guys and bad guys. But this is not your usual evil bad guy, this one has a bio-engineered enhanced intelligence.
Things I liked: The action was nonstop, with interesting plot twists. The tech-talk was plausible, at least enough so for my taste. I found the book entertaining and was a satisfying
Oct 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
Can you imagine a world where people 80 is the new 40 and people live to be 150 years old? Can you predict the strain on the resources, the crowding, the mass disease that would run rampant in a world over run but it's own population, the power vacume that would take place this ability to prolong life was doled out to only the rich and powerful?

Downright terrifying right??

This was a great read and I am so grateful for my Kindle because if I hadn't have gotten it I never would have read this boo
May 24, 2012 rated it did not like it
This book had as an interesting story. It's too bad that it's written so poorly. Instead of explaining how the characters accomplish anything, the author simply states that they execute "exactly" right to achieve "perfect" results every time. In fact, everything they do in the entire book is "flawless". These just aren't realistic characters. I guess that's to be expected when your prtagonist is the best Special Forces operative in the world and he hires the best hacker in the world (only uses h ...more
Jul 30, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good story; the story telling could use some work.

Richards has trouble with adjectives and adverbs: "perfect precision", "vibrant clarity", "absolute conviction", "walked purposefully", "completely absorbing" in just the first 50 pages. He resorts to several interesting descriptions: "shock his head bitterly." What's that look like? Or "determination burning in his eyes." Ouch.

Reads more like a comic book--oops, sorry, graphic novel--than any attempt at being realistic.

No one bats an eye at Arm
Dec 17, 2012 rated it did not like it
I never write book reviews, but this book merits one. One word describes it: Painful. The writing is cliche and amateurish: it reads like a Freshman college writing class project. While the premise is interesting and the main characters promising, the execution is terrible. I could barely make it to the end (and only did because I am OCD about finishing what I start). How this made on the New York Times best selling novel list is beyond me. Not once was I able to sink into the story and relax in ...more
Rob Mango
Aug 13, 2012 rated it did not like it
In WIRED the key word for the author and often spoke by his characters is `manipulation', so much so, it is dizzying. The author is obsessed with content to the extent he practices zero literary form seen prior the "da Vinci Code". The author borrows (but not in depth) all the basic `page turning' devices of the present. He has co-op'd every imaginable motif; war hero, gum shoe, boy meets girl, super hero antics, mind altering drugs, endless multiple hidden plot reversals bordering on the absurd ...more
Quentin Stewart
Oct 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
A fascinating story and a look at what mankind's capabilities might be if we could fully utilize our brain power. Richards does an excellent job of developing his characters and balancing action with a little down time so that the story can be developed. There are plenty of twists and turns in the book to keep one guessing as to what is going to happen next and should the hero trust anyone. Is the female character good or evil? Is there truly a terrorist plot planned if the right conditions are ...more
Oct 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Loved this one too! each book was better than the last. The ending was not what i expected. much better!

I would highly recommend this author and this series.

Fast paced, love, a bit of paranormal and magic with a big dose of thrills and suspense.
Jul 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Two-haiku review:

He's retired spec ops
Sent for her, brilliant, evil
But is she really?

Exactly my type
Action, science, twisty turns
Too bad end not great

3-1/2 stars
May 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
A fascinating blend of thrilling action, intriguing mystery, and curious ethical dilemmas, Douglas E. Richards’ Wired pits a retired Special Forces operative against a brilliant beautiful scientist in a battle for the future of the world. There’s just enough scientific explanation to keep the reader interested, even if not always convinced; just enough ethics and faith to keep you furiously asking questions; plenty of action to keep those pages turning through the night; and more than enough twi ...more
Jan 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Wow! What an exciting and fun book to read. Never a dull moment with David Desh (ex-Special Forces, good looking, all American man, who could ask for any thing more), our protagonist. From kidnappings, murders, truth drugs, pass out drugs, mind enhancing gel caps to cars, trucks, helicopters, RV' can count on Mr. Richards to give a fast paced yet bumpy read. Lots of twist and turns in this one that I
Feb 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Kira Miller is a highly gifted engineer working in the field of gene therapy; she manages to enhance the function of the brain to such a degree that makes immortality a real possibility through a savant like consciousness. But what secrets could be unlocked by playing god with the human brain?
Wired is at its heart a high tech conspiracy thriller that makes effective use of the latest knowledge of biotechnology and creating intelligent arguments about just were this research could go. The charac
Aug 20, 2011 rated it liked it
Book Info: Genre: Biotechnological Thriller
Reading Level: Adult

My Thoughts: It’s pretty clear right from the start that this book is going to be about one thing: action. Which is unfortunate, because, as a bio-techno-thriller, the science/technology needed to hold together as well, and it did not do so. Swallow a pill and genetically altered viruses rush to your brain? I don’t think so – how about the blood/brain barrier? It’s in place to help prevent things that you, say, swallow from working
Charline Ratcliff
Jun 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I just finished reading my copy of “Wired” by author Douglas E. Richards, what a riveting read! To sum up in one sentence or less...Richards is an amazing writer. “Wired” is an enjoyable yet gripping read that keeps you on the edge of your seat and the book’s characters practically jump out of the story and into your living room. Did I mention that Richards holds a master’s degree in molecular biology? I’ll be honest; having reviewed books by other authors who also hold degrees in the ...more
Amy Siggelow
Jul 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I won this book from the Member Giveaways on Library Thing.

I have to start by saying this is one of the best books I have read in a very long time! The subject material is astounding and very imaginative. This book is one that will make you want to keep reading and never put it down.

Enhancing human intelligence is the subject of this book. The main characters are Kira Miller, a genius who works in gene therapy, and David Desh, who is a retired Special Forces agent who served overseas. The govern
Rebecca Graf
May 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I was describing Douglas E. Richard’s book, Wired, to a friend recommending that she read. At that time I was about 50% done and described it as thriller/spy/mystery novel. I have to correct myself. Finishing book, I have discovered that this book is much deeper than that.

I fell in love the book by the end of chapter one. It was action from the beginning. I was hooked. A pretty girl suddenly is much more than that with guns, stealth, and a price on her head. A special-ops man is called to hunt h
Daisy Langford
Mar 12, 2013 rated it did not like it
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Jul 06, 2011 rated it it was ok
Some parts of this book felt too much like teaching/lecturing about philosophy and science, etc...which I absolutely hate in books. Otherwise it was a good story line when it dealt with the characters, dialogue, events and such it was pretty good. If you like pondering things like superior intellect and theories of this and that then you will enjoy this book. If you prefer to read more character interaction and banter between characters all while unfolding whatever events are taking place then t ...more
Nov 02, 2011 rated it liked it
With characters that came straight from central casting it was hard to personalize the book. Like the proverbial onion the story continually reveals layers and twists, many of which surprised me. the smart pills reminded me of LSD. when the author tries to explain quantum theory in 4 pages of epilogue it's a lot like LSD.
The book has the annoying part where the antagonist explains the whole thing to the bound and helpless heroes only to have everything go wrong in the last chapter. However in t
Sep 05, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Gawd Awful! How does this crap become a NY Times best seller? I read Split Second as I have an interest in time travel fiction. It was Gawd Awful but I thought maybe it was just a stinker. Shakespeare wrote Titus Andronicus, a stinker. So, to be fair, I decided to read Wired. It’s the same story as Split Second with a few changes in plot. Don’t waste your time.
Bruce Perrin
Feb 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
A Fun Read…but Maybe Too Much Voila Science

Wired is story of brilliant genetic engineer Kira Miller, who is accused of a diabolical bioterror plot, and ex-special forces operative David Desh, who is tasked with finding and stopping her.

Let me jump right to the conclusion. If you’re a fan of fast-paced thrillers with plenty of twists, you’ll like Wired. The novel is one of Richards’ first books and follows a formula that he repeats later, i.e., a world-changing technology developed for altruistic
This book held my interest all the way through, and these days that's all I ask for in a book. The story line has happened before in the imagination of many authors in the past, but there are still a few surprises lurking about.
The heroes are likable and the bad guys are disgusting, so there isn't a fine line between the two but a gaping abyss, but I like the good guys good and the bad guys turned to the dark side, so I don't have a problem with the storyline.
The way my brain has been working,
Mar 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Must read.

This author's books must be read. This book is amazing, suspenseful, fascinating, agonizing and touching. Scientists living longer, discovering cheap energy, traveling to earth like galaxies, cure for every disease. And evil characters wanted all this just for themselves so they have the power to control everything.
Also check out Daniel Keyes "Flowers for Algernon" recently added to Amazon, first published 1966.
Dec 26, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the first third of the book but the story quickly deteriorated into a series of related activities and revelations that ultimately and somewhat coincidentally, or at the behest of a superhuman, culminated in everything turning out all right after all, after death-defying escapes, break-ins and thrilling skirmishes!! Oh hey.
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Douglas E. Richards is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of WIRED and numerous other novels (see list below). A former biotech executive, Richards earned a BS in microbiology from the Ohio State University, a master’s degree in genetic engineering from the University of Wisconsin (where he engineered mutant viruses now named after him), and an MBA from the University of Chicago. ...more

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