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Mind's Eye (Nick Hall #1)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  5,557 Ratings  ·  394 Reviews
Librarian Note: Alternate Cover Edition for ASIN: B00HVGGH76.

When Nick Hall wakes up in a dumpster--bloodied, without a memory, and hearing voices in his head--he knows things are bad. But they're about to get far worse. Because he's being hunted by a team of relentless assassins. Soon Hall discovers that advanced electronics have been implanted in his brain, and he now ha
Kindle Edition, 360 pages
Published January 11th 2014 by Paragon Press (first published January 1st 2014)
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Ken Doggett
The premise is good, the characters are good, and for the most part the book is a good read. The writing style is adequate, although there are a few awkward phrases here and there, but not so much as to be distracting, and probably only another author or possibly a lit professor would know. The big problem is too much description, too much wordiness--too often about things not relevant to the story; so the book could use some editing. Another problem is near the end when you run into the old "Le ...more
May 10, 2014 rated it did not like it
I liked the premise of this book and the author had some interesting ideas about the implications of ESP and wired internet that were worth exploring. However, the writing was awful.

The characters felt like paper dolls, the dialog was stilted and contrived, and there was far too much telling you what happened rather than showing - long, prosy passages describing things that happened off stage, long philosophical rambles, a long villain's reveal that was further bogged down by the main character
Gary Shelton
Apr 04, 2014 rated it it was ok
I gave up half way through. The good guys are just too good while the bad guys are too bad.Great story line and the tech was awesome, but really, after killing 3 people the hero is concerned about the morality of using his abilities to win a poker game?
Chris Chive
Mar 07, 2016 rated it did not like it
I’m amazed what a glorious steaming pile of horses**t a novel can become, after such a promising and interesting outset.

Initially, I was intrigued by the technological environment depicted in this story and the mostly fact-based scientific approach to science fiction that the author took.

Even though the characters are very flat and not in the least nuanced (to the point of being almost satiric clichés of 60’s super villains and heroes), the story being foreseeable at best and the dialogue
Jan 02, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I found this book easy to put down. So easy that I almost didn't finish it. The writing is often clunky and ham-fisted and the characters are cliched and as shallow as cardboard cutouts in a movie theater lobby. The cartoonish villains are ridiculous.

On the good side, Richards strings together a few creative ideas and throws in a few curveballs. It's also a fast read that is well suited to lounging by the pool, or heavy multitasking.

But it's all for naught, as he has the characters repeatedly ex
Jan 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I like military science fiction but once in a great while I latch on to a slightly different genre like techno thrillers, but only if they are very, very good!

This book is very, very good. I've missed a lot of sleep reading this book. Last night I was up until past 1 am trying to finish it because I just couldn't put it down. I'm a gadget geek so when I read about a PDA telling some guy his next appointment is coming up or that your house is secured for the night, that's gets my interest up. And
Douglas Richards
Jan 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition

Hi. This is just an announcement to those who follow my reviews that I have a new book out (this one :). I just added it manually (I think -- I may be the worst at using Goodreads properly of anyone in history). Anyway, if you've enjoyed any of my other books, I'd like to think you'll enjoy this one as well.

Thanks! Doug

P.S. If anyone knows how to upload a cover image for this book, please let me know. I've tried, but I haven't been able to figure it out. Good thing I'm a wri
Apr 10, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: mum-s-bookclub
One of the most trope filled pieces of rubbish I've read in a while, I should have listened to my gut and stopped reading 50 pages in but the premise interested me enough even if I hated the characters so much and then BAM! Xenophobic garbage about Islamic terrorist sleeper cell brother team. I Can't Believe I Read The Whole Thing.
Andrea McFetridge
Jan 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've read a few of Doug's books so far, so thought it was time I left a quick review. All his books are made from the same recipe: 1) a fantastical technology that makes you day dream of the possibilities even when you're not reading, 2) a crazy cat & mouse chase with commandos, government officials, and mercenaries, 3) a love story that's sometimes cheesy and coincidental, but I'm always rooting for them anyway, and 4) a twist at the end that you thought you had figured out what was going o ...more
Oct 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I got the book Brainweb, but when I started reading it, I realized I was missing something... Mind's Eye. Stopped what I was doing and then went back to read this one.

This is an excellent book. A really disturbing look at what may be coming next for humanity for sure. We seem to be using technology to avoid human interaction now, I can't imagine what being able to surf the web in our heads will do to our desire and ability to communicate with each other on a more personal level. I do suppose tha
Jan 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
I chose this book along with "Quantum Lens" by the same author. In the meantime I also read "Murder on the Isle of Capri". If you watch current TV series such as the Blacklist, Madam Secretary, Bones, the Librarians, and Scorpion, these three books fit the same genre. All three books are quick reads, excellent writing.

What if you could browse the Internet simply by bringing to mind whatever you wished? What if you could use the same technology, and like ESP, see and hear every thought from every
Gregory Lamb
May 14, 2014 rated it liked it
Great Story Concept

This is the third Richards novel I've read and as expected, I enjoyed most of it. The story opens with main character, Nick Hall on the run from those who want him dead. Nick has no recollection of his past other than his name - reminding me of Jason in "Bourne Identity." Nick's unlikely relationship with Megan Emerson harkened back to the Ludlum novels as well. When Nick discovers he was the product of an ESP experiment he comes to realize why there are people that want him d
Feb 08, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-in-2016
Yikes. This book had so much promise in the beginning. Besides a few stupid parts here and there, the book was off to a decent start and held my attention but then as the story continued it just spiraled out of control to become a terrible book. I feel like the author got lost towards the end and struggled with how to tie it up all while badly botching his characters and adding the worst, cheesiest dialogue ever. The concept of the ESP and implants were impressive and intriguing but the author c ...more
Mar 20, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Janice Cronch
Jan 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thought provoking!

I enjoyed the fresh ideas and creative twists. The questions posed about the growing dependence on technology were frighteningly realistic.
Nichole Liza
Aug 10, 2014 rated it did not like it
Don't let the ratings and NYT best seller list fool you. Mediocre writing and poor character development.
Jul 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Great book from start to finish. Good writing style, I didn't have any trouble keeping up with the story. Gripping and action packed, with a lot of twists and turns. I will continue with the rest of the series.
Lisa Binion
Jan 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mind’s Eye is an intense science fiction/technothriller that you will keep you on the edge of your seat. Or maybe you will wear ruts in the floor from pacing while reading. Will the technological advances in this book really happen one day? And if they do, will there be an evil mastermind behind them?

About the Author:
Douglas E. Richards is the New York Times bestselling author of Wired, Amped, and The Cure. These novels are thrillers that have just the right amount of science fiction blended int
Nico Kilmer

I pretty much skipped the last quarter of this book. I went on and on and on conjuring up the most convoluted and idiotic plot. What a bore
Brian's Book Blog
A shocking technothriller written by a master.

Mind's Eye is a book about Nick Hall. Hall wakes up in a dumpster with no memory of who he is or how he got there. What he discovers next will shock himself and you as the reader. Nick can read other people's minds and thoughts. While incredibly interesting, this is also full of incredible pain and annoyance as he cannot turn it off. He also realizes that he can surf the web within his own head. When he thinks of a question -- the answer pages just a
Sean Randall
Feb 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the forth of Richards works I've read. it was November 2012 when I read Wired and Amped, then October last year with The Cure. Each of them was very enjoyable, but I think this is my favourite of his published works to date.

Of course, the opening makes you think of Bourne. It's a comparison I've drawn for better or worse with lots of authors (see my thoughts on works by James Patterson, Jon Stock, Ken Follett, Marcus Sakey, Mat Nastos, and Thomas E. Sniegoski). This book transcends that,
Oct 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A man wakes in a dumpster with no memory of who he is or how he got there. If that's not bad enough, he soon discovers people are trying to kill him. So begins "Mind's Eye," a techno-thriller from Douglas Richards.

Our hero soon learns he has other capabilities, like being able to read people's minds and being able to surf the web with his thoughts. Through his mind reading, he learns his name is Nick Hall. By being able to access his assassin's thoughts, Nick is able to counter their efforts and
Emil Girardin
Jan 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have read every one of Douglas E. Richards' books, and I can say without a shadow of doubt that his uncanny ability to write such riveting and intellectual fiction (based closely enough in technological fact that the "suspension of disbelief" comes ever too easily) is truly impressive. Mind's Eye is an incredible novel about a fellow who awakens in a dumpster with no knowledge of who he is, or how he came to be there, and who soon discovers that although bad guys and good guys alike are trying ...more
Jul 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I am going to write this from the educated point of view of a man that has spent all of his adult life in high technology careers. I originally went to college to become a Mechanical Engineer, then discovered I would rather write code. I served in the U.S. military doing very high tech stuff, then did more or less the same job as a civilian. Then I went on to write code full time.

I am a hopeless alpha nerd. I write code that drives websites, which means I get paid to be online 60-80 hours a week
Jun 03, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: science-fiction
When you say "It felt like a movie was playing in my head while I was reading it", it's normally a good thing but in this case it was one of those made-for-TV movies.

It started off well enough, a guy wakes up in a dumpster with no memories whatsoever, soon learns people are trying to kill him and he can read minds...and he can access the internet internally just by thinking about it. Very cool. I was totally into it but then there was a section that read like a research project or something, qu
Will Stevenson
Feb 15, 2016 rated it liked it
The story appears to be set in the not too distant future where the internet is a couple of generations evolved. The main character is in danger, but he does not know why. He also has complete amnesia. When I first started reading the book, I thought of the movie Enemy of the State with Will Smith. In no time at all the hero discovers that he has the ability to surf the internet inside his head and the power to read minds. He uses this mind reading power to survive repeated attempts to kill him. ...more
Dec 06, 2015 rated it it was ok
Not his best. I agree with most that the premise was great, but didn't deliver. I keep saying "But it started out so well..." This author is much better than this. In this novel, there were times that seemed contrived and overly stretched to achieve a point.

More care should have been taken with developing a mental war rather than physical war. None of the protagonists were army Rangers, just normal people. I'm glad the main male character realized all was not as well as it seemed to be, so I ap
Feb 10, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
"When Nick Hall wakes up in a dumpster--bloodied, without a memory, and hearing voices in his head--he knows things are bad. But they're about to get far worse. Because he's being hunted by a team of relentless assassins. Soon Hall discovers that advanced electronics have been implanted in his brain, and he now has two astonishing abilities. He can surf the web using thoughts alone. And he can read minds. But who inserted the implants? And why? And why is someone so desperate to kill him?"

I like
Mar 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like scifi or thrillers
I picked up this book since I have enjoyed two of Douglas E. Richards other books, Wired and Amped. Well, this one didn't disappoint. The story starts with Nick Hall, the main character, waking up with amnesia. He quickly determines that not only is he injured, but hired killers are trying to put an end to his life. Not to stop the surprises, he also finds out that he can read minds and surf the internet with his mind. The story builds with Nick barely escaping one close call after another as he ...more
Apr 03, 2018 rated it it was ok
This book seemed promising, but fell back on Jihadists as a super easy villain with a boring motivation. It's like using Nazis, it's just not appealing as a bad-guy. Oh, and they're a chess-master. Of course, that's the go-to, to establish someone as brainy. He COULD have been a chess master oh and it was incidental to learn that skill level, but instead has intricate machinations because he was indoctrinated by the "super evil" parents that are evil for the sake of having someone in the plot to ...more
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