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Mind's Eye

(Nick Hall #1)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  8,660 ratings  ·  601 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?
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. ...more
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
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
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
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 on, a ...more
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. ...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
As if I had never read it before, my Kindle Fire indicates it is new to me. Maybe a different view four years later.

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
Mar 20, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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So promising. So disappointing...

Spoiler alert.

The main antagonist is revealed in the end. A jihadist. The book is revealed in the end. A justification of the American way. I tire of the continuous 'we are the world leaders and all is justifiable in the name of anti terror'.
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.
Daniel Kincaid
Sep 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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When Nick Hall wakes up in a dumpster, he realizes quickly a few things that would change his life.
A. He doesn't know who he is.
B. People are after him, wanting to kill him.
C. He has implants in his brain that allows him to surf the internet with his thoughts.
D. He can read people's minds.
Staying alive isn't Nick's only objective, as he starts a journey to piece together what has happened to him and how he ended up with these two unique gifts. But as he and Megan build this crazy puzzle, the
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,
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
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
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
Indira Seshadri
Apr 15, 2014 rated it did not like it
Waste of time,not an intelligent or insightful book, poor writing, artificial dialogue and characters, stupid and juvenile romance angles that are very unnecessary to the plot, silly jihadist ending, poor and superficial tech descriptins, remainds me of low budget action movies/video games, no more books from this author!
Barry Moraller
May 20, 2014 rated it it was ok
I could have gone without knowing every thought of every character during every scene of the book. It made it reading it akin to painting using a color by numbers. The reader was led through each scene in minute detail, each action explained before it happened, all thoughts detailed to make sure we knew the character's motives were pure as the driven snow.

May 19, 2016 rated it it was ok
This book was less than 400 pages, yet it felt like 800. The best book to put me to sleep within a half hour of reading. Thought I'd never finish. Sadly it could have been an interesting story, but Douglas E. Richards put in so many unnecessary words to say make a point. Before he reached what he was trying to say, I had no interest in it. Sorry. Won't be reading any more of his books. ...more
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.
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
Mar 11, 2020 rated it liked it
Lost interest in the characters couldn’t finish it
Mark Schumacher
I liked the premise, but did not enjoy the reading. There really was no real struggle with the new abilities from the character, only that he was good at everything.... right away.
Aug 25, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Perhaps one of the most ridiculous yet boring books I've ever read. The dialog was so unnatural, I felt like I was reading bad acting. Half the time I felt like I was trapped at a party talking to the most boring person on earth. The other half, I felt like I was listening to the ramblings of an insane person. And the ending reeked of Islamophobia to the point of my utter disgust for the author. The constant referencing of LOOOOOONG excerpts of science fiction pieces into conversational dialog w ...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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