Kira Miller is a brilliant genetic engineer who discovers how to temporarily achieve savant-like capabilities in all areas of thought and creativity. But what if this transcendent level of intelligence brings with it a ruthless megalomania?
David Desh left the special forces after his team was brutally butchered in Iran. Now he has been reactivated for one last mission: find Kira Miller, the enigmatic genius behind a bioterror plot that threatens millions. But when Desh learns that the bioterror plot is just the tip of the iceberg, he is thrust into a byzantine maze of deception and intrigue, and he becomes a key player in a deadly game he can't begin to understand - a game that is certain to have a dramatic impact on the future course of human history.
©2010 Douglas E. Richards (P)2012 Tantor
I liked it, but to me the narrator made it a little less than perfect. The plot is DEFINITELY unique and the story keeps a great pace till the end, with surprise after surprise. Yes, it's definitely a medical, biotechnological, action packed thriller and yes it's definitely interesting, but the characters are almost TOO perfect. It has a potential to become a series, but it needs a little more realism and to come down a little from the clouds before I think this character will go main-stream.
Worth the credit, but not an all out purchase, if that makes sense. I'll read another of his books if he writes one just to see how the author progresses.
I actually chose this book because it had a sequel but have no plans to read the next one. The premise was interesting. I liked the suspense. The tech stuff was fun. I wanted to find out what happened but just couldn't make myself listen to any more of the overly dramatic dialogue. If a superhero comic book could be made into an audiobook this would be it!
Note to self. Be more thorough in reading all reviews. Not everyone likes the same style.
In all fairness, I turned it off after about 30 minutes and read the Kindle version, so my opinion is based on the first 30 minutes of the audio version. I listen to a lot of audio books, and this is by far the worst narration I have heard. It is read in almost a singsongy cadence, and he drops his voice at the end of every sentence and sometimes at the end of phrases within sentences. Trying to listen in the car I missed enough of what was going on that I had to start back at the beginning when I switched to the Kindle. I got the audio version for $3.49 when I bought the Kindle version, but if I had paid full price or spent a credit I think I would have asked for my money back.
The biggest annoyance with this production by Tantor Audio is that the producer apparently does not know that most audible books are listened to in automobiles that are traveling. This book has a lot of dialogue that is whispered between the characters. In that dialogue, the reader drops the volume of his voice and whispers. The road noise blocks out the whispers. So, if you intend to listen to this work while you commute, you are going to miss lots of passages. Sad. (Can’t Amazon get audio producers who know who their audience is and fix the sound level to accommodate that demographic?) Beyond that, the book is not well-written: the author never met an adverb he doesn’t use rather than showing the reader the action. The work ends with an epilogue where the author disgorges his ideas about quantum physics and cosmology. The sci fi ideas are interesting, but interesting ideas do not make a good book; interesting characters and their story do. When we finished our drive, the audio book ended and I asked my wife what she thought about it. “Blah, blah, blah” was her answer. Exactly!
Entertaining, insightful, riveting
David Desh leads us through the adventure
When Kira and David escape the safe house. The description of the mind altering experience is amazing.
Thoroughly entertaining. I enjoy a story I can try and puzzle out. This one has many entertaining twists
I rarely read fiction, but if I do it has to be really good for me to give it a good review.
The first fourteen chapters kind of run-on without enough character development IMO, but in chapter fifteen things get interesting and then it just keeps getting better. A talented new writer whom I'll be following in the future.
to many new books to find and listen to or read I am 69 finally have time but not for that long I enjoy thought provoking syfi
According to the Bible The Arch-angel became the devil by trying to be as God?
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