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Game Changer

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  5,119 ratings  ·  331 reviews
The breathtaking new thriller from the New York Times bestselling author of WIRED.

Kevin Quinn is a Secret Service agent who believes the president needs to die, and is determined to make this happen. But when Quinn becomes the most wanted man in America, he finds himself at the epicenter of an insidious and far-reaching plot. Are the Russians behind it? The Israelis? Some
Kindle Edition, 488 pages
Published April 28th 2016 by Paragon Press
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Simon Sobo
Apr 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Game Changer is more of the same, and that's a good thing

Douglas Richards is obviously a genius. His stories are fascinating as well as compelling. He's kind of like the George Lucas of authors. We are absolutely blessed to live in a time that allows so many books to be enjoyed. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this, and all of his books.
Jul 26, 2016 rated it liked it
There are spoilers in this review.

I generally like this author but I don’t know if I was having an off day or it was just the subject matter, but I could not get into this book. I made myself continue reading….. and I kept falling asleep when I was reading at night. Now, in context, I do a lot of my reading at night and have stayed up all night, many nights, reading when a book captivates me. This, however, was not one of those books.
I felt like the main characters where not fleshed out enough.
Aug 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My original Game Changer audiobook review and many others can be found at Audiobook Reviewer.

Long time trusted secret service agent Kevin Quinn suddenly decides to murder the President.  When his plot fails, he becomes the most wanted man in America.  Worst of all, everything he has ever known, everyone he has ever trusted is in doubt.  Even his own memory can’t be trusted.  On the run and out of ideas, he must discover the deeper plot that can alter men’s minds at will.

The action is pretty stea
Apr 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is extremely disturbing on a lot of levels. The idea that someone can get inside our heads, upsetting what is already a tenuous reality, is horrifying.

Well-written with great characters and a great dose of humor.
Jan 18, 2021 rated it did not like it
It's not often I give up on a book less than a quarter of the way through, but I've had more than enough of this one. I can only assume the author's other books are a lot better than this one. Or perhaps people come for the torture porn, and stay for the rabid Islamophobia? ...more
Feb 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
"What if it were possible to upload years of knowledge into your mind in hours? To become expert in multiple scientific fields, become an MD, or learn several languages — in a single day? The benefit to humanity would be immense. But so would the danger . . .

Rachel Howard is a brilliant neuroscientist trying to make this capability a reality. But when she crosses paths with Kevin Quinn, a Secret Service agent desperate to kill the president, she finds herself at the epicenter of an insidious and
Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Scientific breakthrough told in simple language

The book was very educative in recent discoveries pertaining to human brain modification using technology for the benefit of human race. I like the way technical scientific jargon was explained in a simplified and entertaining manner.

However, the ending left me with a lot of questions unanswered such as what happens to the brain of the special agent.

I am going straight to read more books by this author and will introduce my friends to them.
May 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Must read

This author takes time do extensive research before writing. Their is a lot to read about this subject at the end of the book. Russian and Israel relationship with America. I will be thinking and talking about this book for a long time.
Dec 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
You can never go wrong with Douglas E. Richards' books if you enjoy hi-tech, just ahead of our time thrillers. ...more
Daniel Kincaid
Jul 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
Kevin Quinn is a loyal and capable agent for the secret service.
There's only one problem: he wants to kill the president of the United States.
Quinn believes the president is a murderer and a rapist, and is also responsible for killing Quinn's wife, Nicole. Quinn's attempt on the president fails, however, and he finds himself on the run, becoming the most wanted man in America.
And that's just the tip of the iceberg.
Because are after him, possibly wanting him dead as well, and his investigation
Maria Park
Mar 31, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Nanites or Nonsense

Secret Service Agent Kevin Quinn is guarding President Davidroy of the United States when something odd happens.

Quinn, overcome at the memories of the death of his wife at Davidroy's hands, he has poisoned the President's cocktail.

As Quinn watches, horrified, Davidroy offers his drink to the First Lady. Despite the intense rage Quinn holds for Davidroy, he can't bear to see anyone else killed.

Quinn shoots the cocktail out of the hand of the First Lady and is immediately seize
Nov 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Amazon will not allow me to rate this book. The author lost four stars on that post.
I enjoyed this book and think other readers will, too. If you have never thought about Matrix Learning, information delivered to the brain by artificial means, or thought remapping, it is time to give them some thought. I call this book science fiction and thriller, but it comes closer to the truth than ever imagined.

Thank you, Mr. Richards, for a good read.
Dec 11, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 rating
Scott R
Dec 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An unexpected pleasure

I got the kindle version of this book as a free download and it sat unread for awhile. After finishing another book I was looking to try something different - I typically read epic and urban fantasy or sci-fi space operas, so this was a definite deviation from my usual read. It took a little while for me to get into the story, even though I was totally rooting for the protagonist, but then came the first big twist and I was hooked. The story ratcheted up and I was hard put
E Singer
Feb 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was an action packed story full of current day issues. There is much to ponder. Enjoyed and recommend.
Tony Bezilla
Aug 10, 2017 rated it liked it

I am a bonafide fan of Douglas Richards and have previously lauded his work. That said, this simply isn't his best stuff. The story just sort of meanders through time and scenes in equally improbable and at times all too convenient ways. There is a certain lack of continuity as if he couldn't quite make up his mind on the central theme or flow for the story. He also has his characters make some comments and calls that are so far out of their natural domain that they simply don't come through
Aug 04, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
You’ll find a better synopsis elsewhere, but briefly: A secret service agent attempts to assassinate POTUS believing the president is a psychopath who murdered his wife. The agent has been ‘mind controlled’ with some form of false memories and has never married. Also, some bad guys are planning to destroy the United States by burning the country to cinders. I must assume these two disparate issues meld into a plot … somewhere.

It is acceptable to expect the reader to stretch the imagination when
Karen E. Black
Apr 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Another fast paced adventure, destined to join Richard's long line of best sellers

Another winner!
I couldn't put the book down...I went from absolutely certain of situation, understood the rationale and was 100% with Quinn and sharing his WHAT?????
What just happened, does Richard come up with such wonderful adventures and plots and twists so consistently!
This book is sure to rank right up there with Cure, Brain Web and every other one of his books that I had a hard time
Jay Ehret
Jul 23, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Fascinating subject and interesting concept that misses the mark I think. It plods along and slows down in some places. Because the story transpires in such a short period of time, but the backstory is rather complicated, much of the book is spent having people explain what happened in the past, often while constrained by zip ties. Not enough of the book is devoted to the "thrill" part of this self-described thriller. I did enjoy Richards' explanation of his research and the science behind the p ...more
May 08, 2016 added it
Did not finish book. Was not what I expected when I chose it.
Norm Davis
Read on July 25, 30, Aug 1. Highly recommended. Holy Spoilers! You read the blurb here on Goodreads? That's about it. Goodreads should try their spolier -- /spoiler tag.

I could also say, "That's about it" never actually fits with Douglas E. Richards.

Game Changer was one of my early Douglas E. Richards books: When I was still thinking, "This is almost certainly a C-list indie writer." I mean really.... "Game Changer?" I think if you search for a "Game Changer" book this will come in on around t
Jul 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars (liked a lot)

I really enjoyed this well-paced and intellectually-interesting novel.  Kevin Quinn is a Secret Service Agent whose experience has shown him that high-profile and wealthy individuals often have disturbing aspects to their personal lives.  Rachel Howard is a Harvard neuroscience professor who is interested in advancements at the forefront of brain science and, more specifically, the benefits and drawbacks in further harnessing the power of the mind.  The story begins at a p
Fred Wagner
Jul 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this one. Not sure if I would have enjoyed it on a 5-star level had the neuroscience (etc) basis of it been such and it had simply been a regular ol' action thriller. Sure I'll read some more of Richards' work in the future (own Wired and Amped; and interested in the ?Artifact Series? though since book 2 isn't available yet I am waiting) and better come to know the extent of his writing prowess and more. The subject material is pretty amazing to consider. The so-called "Matrix Learning ...more
Dec 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
In The Matrix, Neo asks Trinity “Can you fly that thing? "(Indicating a helicopter).
Trinity replies “Not yet!” and then has the helicopter flying program downloaded to her mind.
Imagine, if instead of doing a degree course we could just download the learning direct to our brain, using a new technology of “Matrix Learning”. Game Changer is about changing our brains with technology, memories can be erased or implanted, learning can be enhanced. This is a thriller set in a very close future, where b
Dec 19, 2020 rated it liked it
A Sci-Fi thriller set in the near future, Game Changer begins with a secret service agent, Kevin Quinn, attempting to assassinate the very man he has sworn to protect, after knowing that the president of the US is the terrible monster who killed his wife and unborn daughter. Soon, Kevin's life turns upside down, as does that of Rachel Howard, a top neuroscientist, when they find themselves at the centre of a brilliant madman's twisted plot to change the world—one to which the destruction of mill ...more
Tracy T.
Oct 12, 2017 rated it it was ok
Really Long Story. Decent Narration by Joe Hemphel (audible review)

Wow this was a long story. I felt like it would never end. It was okay. Some parts were better than others and some were just kind of way out there. LOL (I read paranormal books and think some of this matrix mind control was way out there) Although it was fiction, good thing too. I would certainly hate someone to implant false memories in my head.

It started out pretty good and exciting then kind of went down hill, picked back up
Marbea Logan
Nov 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This novel is most definitely a game changer when it comes to political thrillers. Although alot of the neuroscience went straight over my head, alot of the theoretical aspects of the storyline played well into the plot. The characters were well developed, and there evolution was a worldwind of adventure. A few of the authors opinions in this book rubbed me the wrong way, but it's overall fiction aspects kept me reading to the end. Although there was a small amount of romance that developed betw ...more
Feb 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Well, it took me awhile to finish this one, but certainly glad I did. Simply got pretty busy and read a couple other novels I was excited to read at the same time, but the delay was certainly not anything to do with this saga. Game Changer is as the title indicates - outlining a technology that would truly alter how we approach education of individuals striving to become experts in their field. Richards also offers up the consequences of using this technology and the dire circumstances the world ...more
J.P. Coman
Mar 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a near-future scifi book. Is it a thriller? Well, there are too many scenes where the characters point guns at each other, and then there is a 30-minute discussion. Not thrilling. Lots of sci-fi ideas, and the bonus section at the end where the author describes what parts of the book are taken from actual research and factual information is worth the read. Anyway, the protagonists are interesting characters whose purpose is to talk, and talk, and talk, and talk. All this is necessary to ...more
Andy Roth
Dec 27, 2019 rated it it was ok
Two stars is the rating I give a book I consider quitting, but do not.

What I liked about the book was the pacing and the reasonable extrapolation of how scientific advances might play out in the near future.

The first time I almost quit the book was near the beginning when one protagonist missed a very obvious solution to a problem. This would not be so bad if so much of the book wasn't spent telling us how smart every character was. So many times a character would come up with an idea then the
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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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