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(Wired #2)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  7,515 ratings  ·  300 reviews
Kira Miller is a brilliant scientist who discovers how to temporarily boost human IQ to dizzying levels. But this transcendent intelligence brings with it a ruthless megalomania. Determined to use her discovery to propel human civilization to a higher plane, despite this side effect, Kira and ex-special forces operative David Desh recruit a small group of accomplished scie ...more
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Published March 29th 2012 by Paragon Press (first published March 28th 2012)
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Scott Shuppert An outstanding author, and series of books. Yes, consider the movie Lucy, except with all of the background and other conditions that could occur. If …moreAn outstanding author, and series of books. Yes, consider the movie Lucy, except with all of the background and other conditions that could occur. If you liked the movie, Lucy, you will love the 2-book series. Great read.(less)

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Nov 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty good futuristic twist on mind expansion. An interesting premise on how intelligence would bring world peace.
Apr 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, sci-fi, thriller
My wife and I became huge fans of Richards when we fell in love with 'Wired', having read it last year. We waited eagerly for the sequel to come out, and now, after having just finished reading it, I can say that it was a great read! 'Amped', like 'Wired', belongs to the genre of Sci-Fi, but to me it is the kind that's a touch different from the mainstream variety. One that is rooted in humanity's pressing conditions. It deals with matters that are at the heart of serious planetary issues that w ...more
Jul 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
I was really torn on what to rate this one at, to be honest. The author's writing has definitely matured from the first book, which I'm very happy about (the exclamation points are kept to a minimum, happily). The story itself is what has left me pondering how many stars, though. On one hand, it's brilliant & I loved certain aspects of the story - I am a HUGE fan of any story that makes me think & the philosophical elements in both stories in the series have really been awesome. BUT, I also foun ...more
J.F. Penn
Nov 30, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thrillers
I LOVED Wired, the first in the series - awesome book. But this one was way too far fetched for me. I liked the philosophy of the first book and this carries it on but it just wasn't in the realms of plausibility as a techno-thriller and yet also wasn't sci-fi. ...more
Debra Martin
Apr 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
When I started reading this sequel, I was curious where the author would take the story. After all, what do you do with these "enhanced IQs"? Kira Miller, the brilliant geneticist who created the gelcap that could allow your IQ to climb to unprecedented levels, is now happily partnered with David Desh or is she? When she comes across some damning evidence that David has kept secret from her, she doesn't know what to believe. Is this the same man she fell in love with? At the same time David has ...more
Tina Hsu
Apr 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
AMPED picks up just a short time after WIRED ends. If you thought everything was settled at the end of WIRED and the future looked rosy, think again! Now the stakes for humanity and the future are even higher, and Kira, Desh, Matt, and the others must figure out how to fight their enemies while simultaneously saving the world. A great sci-fi thriller.
Daisy Langford
Mar 12, 2013 rated it did not like it
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Tom Gregorio
Feb 17, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: science-fiction
I had low expectations for this book and they were amply met. Written for young adults, I found it pompous and pretentious. I'm only giving a second star because I finished it, driven by a sense of morbid curiosity. In brief, our gelcap powered superheros save the human race. As usual:

* The bad guys feel obliged to lay out their nefarious plans to our captive protagonists who, as could be expected, escape.
* The good guys seemingly suffer setbacks. But wait! It's all part of the plan.
* Painfully
Sep 01, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Ridiculous, what book are these 5 star reviews reading?

Another reviewer said it already, this is beyond ridiculous. Of all the things that are hinted at being able to do with a high IQ, uniting the world with a hoax run by a personality you don't notice is, well, ridiculous.

Desh for all his 'awesomeness' as a spec-ops soldier that got him 'recruited' in the first book, hasn't learned anything since he left the military. How many fake deaths have there been in this series?

Kira, who proactively
Matt Woodson
Apr 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book should be called "AMPED: Getting Caught and Escaping"...

This book is like a entertaining B-movie. Not going to win any awards, but fun and easy to read. I enjoyed it, read it quickly, and was entertained by the plot. I was also intrigued by the scientific events that happened. It's such a cool concept with all kinds of possibilities. Oh yeah, I also liked reading about them get caught and then escaping again and again...
Jun 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent follow up

It was great because I'm a sci-fi fan, I always love when new energies are revealed and mankind has to work together thrown in with the idea of enhanced intelligence. S hats off to the movie "Lucy" with Scarlett Johansson the enhanced mins theory. There is actually proof that think tanks are thinking about this LOL😄
May 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

It's like a roller coaster ride with no seat belts. Love the pop and geek culture references, love the little anecdotal tales. Highly recommended.
Todd Fonseca
Oct 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Amped - Another Thought Provoking Pure Fun Adrenaline Ride - I Love This Series!

Rating: 5 of 5 (RMBOA Recommended)
Author: Douglas E. Richards
Format: Kindle, Paperback

Determined to fight for a greater humanity but knowing the megalomanic side effects her IQ boosting technology can create, Kira Miller and her husband David Desh, along with their colleagues, set up a hidden organization to create their breakthroughs. Aptly named Icarus, after the Greek god who flew too close to the sun due to his h
Robert Gibson
Mar 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I have just finished reading AMPED.... Oh MY GOD.... this book takes WIRED and AMPS IT UP.... are you sure you did not take any gellcaps to finish this book? The twists - the turns - the suspense - the horror ... oh JESUS.... Man I freaked out when Desh was seen on that video; I begged for the tape to be doctored - and the ending was TOTALLY unexpected.... WOW! This book ROCKS.

The best part about it is, I didn't re-read WIRED to be prepared for AMPED. Why is that the best part? Because, I know t
Jun 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Didn't expect to be giving this one 4 stars. After reading 'Wired', I didn't expect this next book to measure up, since the first one was such an enjoyable read. I was certainly mistaken. The two books are two halves of one really great story. The characters were well developed in the first book, so you already know them when this book starts. Or at least you think you do. The sci part is mind-bending, but the -fi part makes it easy to deal with. The only problem I had with this book was that th ...more
Sep 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was very nearly as good as the first. Another fantastic adventure that builds on everything set up in the initial release. More from the core protagonists that readers have already come to love, and obviously there are new bad guys this time around. The good news is, the bad guys are so bad they don't disappoint. Not only are there multiple antagonists but there is a cataclysmic threat to the world. When Doug Richards wants to raise the stakes, he knows how to turn the threat dial.

Rhonda Paglia
Mar 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I am now a HUGE fan of Douglas E. Richards. I've loved every book of his that I've read so far. Wired and Amped were fast moving adventure / sci-fi thrillers with futuristic nanotechnology that could well become realized! These were page turners I couldn't put down! Thanks for creating a brilliant, world-saving female character like Kira Miller. Love David Desh and the compter-hacking Matt too! Looking forward to more books by Douglas E. Richards! ...more
Jay Batson
Kinda predictable

So, all the novel ideas - sped-up brain, out-thinking everybody else, ..., were the anchor of the first book. This one just spins a yarn with the previous ideas (and characters). The yarn is fine, but derivative of the first book, with lots of plot twists arising from characters having super-brains, I *will* give the author credit for plot twists.

Read this book if you like the writer / style, but don't expect new Sci-Fi ground.
Aug 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Must be read and just imagine....

"Humanity's enormous capacity for self-destructive behavior" we need Kira now. This book will be with me for a long time, my Echo is playing John Lennon's IMAGE. Mind blowing science, ethical concepts. Somebody like Kira has to pull back humanity from the edge of abyss.
Melissa Rutledge
Dec 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Fast read with plenty of action.
Nov 25, 2014 rated it liked it
This book was trying to do too many things. I wish it would have given some more attention to each idea rather than quickly solve them.
Norm Davis
Oct 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Sci Fi, thriller fans Heinlein and Asimov fans
I recommend Amped which is another 4-5 star Sci-fi thriller by Douglas E. Richards that reads so fast its 350+ pages seem like a short story. Mystery has been one of the factors Mr. Richards loves to weave into his action, adventure, Sci-fi thrillers. In that way he reminds me much of Isaac Asimov and his way to "teaching" through the dialogue of his characters reminds me of Robert Heinlein.
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Joseph M. O'Connor
I'm Exhausted!

Cut this book by 25% and it might have potential. I fantasized about just removing every fourth multisyllable word. It had interesting results.
As it is... Plots amid sunplots and subplots within subplots and divergences and false trails and good guys turned bad, or dead, and bad guys turned good, or dead. It's enough to make your head spin.
After a couple of chapters i began to get the idea that Mr. Richards was writing a magazine article, and getting paid by the word. Bad form,
Daniel Bratell
Apr 06, 2019 rated it it was ok
Ouch, this was partly painful. This book follows Wired and starts about a year or two later and it is still an interesting idea with humans with super human intelligence combined with becoming sociopaths. The problem is that it repeats the weak points from the previous book but even worse. The story telling is fair, the base premise is interesting, but in between it's all a mess.

Any book where the author can take you anywhere can be exciting or frustrating. This is just frustrating. If done well
Beth Amy
Apr 10, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's complicated?

Friends and foes seem to change places regularly as a ship headed towards Earth galvanizes humaniity into action - some bad and some good.
Meanwhile, Kira is kidnapped & the facility burned in a surprise move by a supposed ally, who explains himself. She escapes, but a dear friend of both dies when yet another group attempts to end them all.
The shadowy background ops are exposed to the highest level and an ally gained when he sees forst hand how the higher ups bend the truth and
Kelly Bolt
Nov 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is not a genre I usually read but Wired was recommended after I read the Brainrush series. I only read that because book one was free. I loved Brainrush and if this is a genre you enjoy I highly recommend that series. That being said Wired and Amped are both excellent reads.

I felt like the major players may have been captured and escaped too many times but each time I wondered if this time one of the main characters wouldn’t make it! The author had no trouble knocking off key characters.

Rick Rider
Oct 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-books
Excellent, complicated and thoroughly intertwined with many layers of intrigue.

My only complaint, and this goes for the first book, WIRED as well, is that it was over-explained. By that I mean it seemed that every concept was explained to the point of my saying, "OK,OK, I get it." It got really tiresome having the depths of love explained to the bottom of those depths, or the complexities of relativity and the effect on space travel, etc. I'm guessing that virtually every science fiction reader
Sep 03, 2018 rated it did not like it
Well, after reading 5 or 6 of Douglas E. Richards' books one after another all I can say is that "Enough".
I can understand that writing a thriller is just following a predetermined steps. I know that it should not be taken seriously. I know that it is just couple of "what if"s that make the book written. But still, there can only be enough of the crap that one can handle. Add the infinite hatred his characters feel toward anything non American (specifically Islamic oriented) and all the other o
Nov 02, 2018 rated it it was ok
My only excuse for reading the second volume of this series is that I was trapped in NC during Hurricane Florence. The power was out and it was either read this, or re-read Infinite Jest.

Come to think of it, I shoulda played chicken with the tornados.

Same old one dimensional pulpy characters and story line, one unbelievable sentence after another. The whole "I crossed you because you knew I would never try to cross because I crossed you once before, and how could I do it again ... blah blah blah
Rachel Christopher
A brilliant, thought provoking and engaging read. Its refreshing to have a female protagonist as the lead. It appeals to my feminist side. Kira Miller, a molecular biologist discovers how to enhance human intelligence and prolong life. This serves as the main plotline for the story. The book does a great job of exploring the ethical, political and psychological aspects of enhanced intelligence on society. David Desh who is Kira Miller's husband is likeable and relatable. The other characters at ...more
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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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