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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
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Kindle Edition, 488 pages
Published April 28th 2016 by Paragon Press
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Douglas Richards
Apr 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
For anyone following my reviews, I wanted to let you know that my newest novel, Game Changer, is now available as an ebook and paperback (and an Audible edition is scheduled to be released during the first week of July).

If you do read this book, I hope that you will enjoy it.

Doug
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.
AudioBookReviewer
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
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Kristine
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.
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Lyndsy
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.
Patrick
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
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Mwambula
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.
Tulay
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.
Zippergirl
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.
Linda
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.
D.K.
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
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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
Meh

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
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Samyann
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
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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 rage...to WHAT?????
What just happened, huh...OMG...how 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
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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
Lois
May 08, 2016 added it
Did not finish book. Was not what I expected when I chose it.
Eileen
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
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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
Jim
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
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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
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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
Troy
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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Fred
Dec 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Well, the plot twists start coming early in this story -- and the ante kept getting ratcheted up as well. And given the antagonists’ high tech toys, our protagonists really had their work cut out for them. So lots of thrills.

But because the author wanted to make the plot more plausible (I assume), he also included a lot of explanatory neurology and psychology background material to make the plot seem less fantastic. And though that background material was helpful and interesting, it also caused
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Jason
Jul 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The concepts and extrapolated implications of this technology will boggle your mind. Once again Douglas Richardson has come through with a wonderfully entertaining, well thought out and highly researched piece of fiction. The story he weaves and characters he created are all very well developed. My only gripe is that it seemed to end rather abruptly. This story delves into a technology that really changes the way you'd look at the world, your friends, yourself and every other aspect of life.

I ju
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John Rice
Aug 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
ANOTHER SOLID STORY FROM ONE OF MY FAVORITE AUTHORS

One of the things I admire most about Mr Richards and his novels is how well he can make you like his main characters so much. By the time you’re halfway through the story you are so emotionally invested in the protagonist that when he (or she) finds themselves in trouble it’s YOU who forces yourself to keep reading until at least they’re no longer in immediate danger. The quality of Richards’ work is first rate as usual. It is fast paced, fraug
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Carol Martin
Mar 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Sharp, intelligent futuristic mystery

Haven't read a book that captivated my interest like this one did in quite a while. Love it when I can't put a book down & love/hate it when it ends. Secret service agent, Kevin Quinn, believes the POTUS he's sworn to protect with his own life, has killed his beloved pregnant wife. Now he's attempted to kill the president & is being hunted down by every government agency in the country. What is going on is not what it seems. This novel takes you into the mayb
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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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