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3.86  ·  Rating details ·  828 ratings  ·  78 reviews
Erin Palmer had a devastating encounter with a psychopath as a child. Now a grad student and scientist, she's devoting her life to studying these monsters. When her research catches the attention of Hugh Raborn, a brilliant neuroscientist who claims to have isolated the genes responsible for psychopathic behavior, Erin realizes it may be possible to reverse the condition, ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published September 17th 2013 by Forge Books (first published September 2013)
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Nov 20, 2013 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

Spoiler Alert!
But I personally think people will want this one...


There are aliens in this story.
Now, it may seem like I've just given away a huge plot point 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.
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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 be aware that the p
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 into a ...more
Aug 13, 2013 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
Alan Page
Aug 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
If you liked Wired and Amped, you won't be disappointed.
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
Douglas Richards
Aug 17, 2013 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 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
Oct 25, 2013 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.
Oct 15, 2013 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.
Jul 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Edge of your seat thriller

This dude is a great storyteller! His stories have incredible twists and turns and have a big picture threat level that is both terrifying and believable at the same time. I have read several of his books and I only wish his writing style was slightly more mature. As it is it’s a bit pulpy. But the stories and his storytelling is amazing. I don’t know why Hollywood is not optioning his films for movies.
Jennifer Deshpande
Oct 11, 2018 rated it did not like it
Didn’t get to the end. I got pissed off when the aliens showed up.
Tim Thullen
Jun 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Far fetched but interesting and exciting read. Not as good as two previous books, wired and amped.

Far fetched but interesting and exciting read. Not as good as two previous books, wired and amped. Worth a read.
Eric Westrope
Sep 19, 2013 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.
Jonas Salonen
Jul 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: previously-owned
Now this book was surprising. I won't tell anyhting about the plot as I don't want to spoil the book... But it was interesting and surprising.

Richards' writing style is very nice and fluent and it was a joy to read. The opening scene is disgusting. I know Richards has his reasons for writing that but it still is disgusting. Thankfully the opening is pretty short and the book does not continue that style.

One problem I had with this book was the main character. Even though
Crystal Tilley
Jun 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is my dirt book by this author and wow what a doozy of a book you will not be bored reading this book i had a hard time putting it sown. There is mostly dialog in the book but I'm fine with that As long as i like the characters. The start of the book was pretty gruesome to say the least And was very hard to get thru. Any violence against animals and children is hard for me. But it gives you a better understanding of who she is how she thinks and feels and her actions.

Im excited to read mor
Alli Saleh-Goad
So..this book threw me for a major loop.
I thought this was going to be a story about a woman detective confronting her worst enemy in the end. Oh, how I was wrong. And I was really off and this book kinda lead me down a weird path. Interesting, fast read. When I found out what Drake was, I hesitated to finish the book due to how ridiculous it sounded. But, I was interested how it played out. I’m not one for mystery, but I like a good twist. It’s definitely a weird one. Lots of physics and
Nov 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love his writing so I guess this is a bias review. I do take exception to smelling sex? Really? Anyway he really warped together this one, with four aliens coming to earth and seventeen galaxies of other life? I guess he really feels there’s a lot out there in the universe. He did break the Speed of Light barrier though, I have always felt there is a way around it. Great Read!
Gary Davis
Dec 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Also excellent

But I missed the examples of research that he puts at the end of most of his books. I only hope there is actual research going on in area of finding a cure for such a terrible disease. The world does need leaders in all categories but not the kind that he so eloquently describes.
Mar 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great thriller from Richards! I really missed the "what was real and what wasnt" at the end though.

Richards is a master. This is a little less "technothriller" and more "thriller" than the rest of his in my opinion. Cant wait for his next book!
Mark Gunnell
Jun 06, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
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Apr 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Intriguing read. Full of twists and turns. A perfect blend of thriller and science fiction.
Laura Drumm
Oct 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you love science fiction

This is the author for you. I’ve now read 4 of his books and can’t wait for the next one. Recommend highly!
Jun 22, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not as good as I'd hoped. The beginning was confusing as it went back and forth from present day to past events with no clear demarcation. Very Star Trekky.
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
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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 wh
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
Amy Rogers
Sep 16, 2013 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 raises questions about medica/>The
Todd Fonseca
Oct 13, 2013 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,
Aug 13, 2013 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 chos ...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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