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?
As Hall races to find answers, he comes to learn that far more is at stake than just his life. Because his actions can either catapult civilization to new heights - or bring about its total collapse.
Extrapolated from actual research on thought-controlled web surfing, Mind's Eye is a smart, roller-coaster ride of a thriller. One that raises a number of intriguing, and sometimes chilling, possibilities about a future that is just around the corner.
©2014 Douglas E. Richards (P)2014 Douglas E. Richards
This book started great. Like really great. It was all action, interesting concepts about what it would be like to surf the Internet with your mind, and have ESP to boot. To be on the run, and confused about what was going on. As the hero figures things out, so do we.
Then suddenly, it's a really cliche romance novel.
I put up with that to see what happened, the romance angle wasn't TOO bad, pretty cringey and totally slowed the pace right down, but not awful.
Then the book wrapped up with about 15 different twists all of which where obvious as soon as the preceding one or two where revealed. And there was like two whole chapters where the heroes and villain explaining in great monologues exactly every little supposed detail of how they double and trip guess each other.
Oh the villain is supposed to be a chess genius - it didn't come across as plausible at ALL.
Then it was wrapped up into the neatest most perfect gushy bow ever.
The genre shifts are just so jarring, and the ending was just so rosy it was painful.
Narration was good, premise was excellent, started well. A great shame.
Really fast pace and engaging story with great characters. I accidently read the sequel first without realizing it was a sequel and enjoyed it. Reading this first novel added some missing context but both work as stand alone stories too.
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 escape their clutches. He also learns he has been a guinea pig for cerebral implants which give him the web surfing capabilities. But reading minds seems to be a double edged sword. He has no way to turn the ability off and as long as he is near other people, he receives a constant chatter in his brain. Also, he learns the innermost thoughts of anyone he comes in contact with and discovers a lot of the population to be sick and demented.
I won't get into much more of the plot as I don't want to give away any of the twists. The book is full of action and double crosses. It will keep you guessing as to what will happen next. The middle of the book slows down a bit as the pros and cons of mind reading and thought-driven internet access are debated. I think Nick and his friends make a good case for what is their final decision on his abilities. However, the government and certain sociopathic individuals have other plans.
If you enjoy a fast paced adventure with a slant to cutting edge technology, the I think you will enjoy "Mind's Eye."
A better writer. Every turn of phrase, every interpersonal reaction, every plot line... I won't say plot twist, there weren't any... was predictable and painful.
No, but he was fine. It was obvious that he was doing his best with poor material. He could use some work on his female voices, but he has energy.
I would have kicked it back to the author and told him to rewrite it as a YA novel.
This was a new book and the blurb sounded interesting, and the cover said New York Times bestseller. FALSE ADVERTISING.
Liked the first half a lot, although the main character kept going out of his way to be stupid and explain his powers to everyone he met. In the second half, the events and characters got even more stupid. It turned into a sappy romance. Characters fell in love immediately. The book said repeatedly, "There's something in the water" (i.e. love) Supposedly smart protagonists tell the enemies everything. All about their abilities and communication, etc. At the end, I felt all the heroes deserved to die from being so stupid.
The story was ok. My main issue was with the gentleman reading the book. He sounded as though he was reading a soap opera or a harlequin romance novel. I probably would have rated the overall story higher if I didn't have to hear the product placement reference me and his cheesy narrative.
Loved this book. Plenty of action and technological gizmos. Very entertaining. I have already purchased the second book in the series.
I like coffee, cats, music, superheroes, computer games, wizards, castles, spaceships, and I'm a sucker for a good love story.
I really liked this book. Don't let my 4 star rating deter you from picking this one up. This book was better than expected. It wasn't perfect, but that's okay!
This book has almost everything going for it. Normal everyman protagonist in over his head? Check. Cool technology? Check. A dash of sweet romance? Check!
There were a couple marks against it. The narrator had a slightly cheesy delivery. The bad guys came across like cartoon characters, sneering and sniveling their way through dialogue.
The story was a bit pedantic at times, often spoon feeding exposition to the reader with very little subtlety or nuance. The last chapter was almost nothing but this, with a big info dump where the villain reveals all his evil schemes. Again, slightly cheesy.
But sometimes a light thriller is just what the doctor ordered. I really enjoyed this book and I'm glad I got it. I picked it up as a Kindle/Audible bundle for cheaper than the audiobook by itself and I definitely feel like I got my money's worth.
I love books! I have been reading since I learned how and have found so many genres that I cant live without! There's nothing better than loosing yourself in a good book and I cant wait to get my next one.
I love the concepts and theories the author brings to the stage but he uses the exact same catch phrases, analogies, and plot over and over. While the science is fascinating the rest is rushed, mediocre, and predictable. Overall I'm disappointed again.
I'll usually finish crappy books if they have an interesting premise, but I can't do it this time. I actually feel dumber having read half of it. I wonder if it was written by a middle schooler. The characters are wooden and clichéd. There are evil geniuses and the good guys are saints. The main character struggles over the ethical issues of cheating at poker, but no second thoughts about killing a few people the day before.
It's a good idea that could go somewhere if it was written by an adult.
Oh, and by the way, this book was never a New York Times bestseller as far as I can tell.
Very thought provoking, this was a very good technical thriller and kept me in gaged throughout the whole book. I'm glad to see that this is going to be the start of a series and that audible already have book 2 out and i have already downloaded it. This was another good narration by Adam Verner. I you just want a good listen then give this a try.
"Fantastic! I loved this story."
Great storyline, loved every minute. I couldn't put the book down. Would strongly recommend this book.
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