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Amped

By: Douglas E. Richards
Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
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Publisher's Summary

Kira Miller is a brilliant scientist who discovers how to temporarily boost human IQ to dizzying levels. But this transcendent intelligence brings with it a ruthless megalomania. Determined to use her discovery to propel human civilization to a higher plane, despite this side effect, Kira and ex-special forces operative David Desh recruit a small group of accomplished scientists, all of whom are safely off the grid. Or so they think...

Soon Kira and her team are fighting for their lives against unknown but powerful adversaries. Worse still, while on the run and being relentlessly attacked from all quarters, Kira comes across evidence of savage acts that the enhanced version of Desh kept hidden, even from himself. Now both she and Desh must question everything they think they know. Can they trust each other? Can they even trust themselves?

And all the while, the greatest threat of all may be coming from an entirely unexpected direction. A threat that could lead to devastation on a global scale. And time is quickly running out...

Like its predecessor, Amped is a smart thriller crammed with breakneck action, unexpected twists, mind-blowing science, and philosophical and ethical concepts listeners will be contemplating long after they've finished listening.

©2012 Douglas E. Richards (P)2013 Recorded Books

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Combination Sci-fi thriller...

Would you consider the audio edition of Amped to be better than the print version?

I liked both characters Kira Miller and David Desh. They complimented each other through out the book. There is an unusual premise, which, though hard to swallow, the author is able to get you to suspend reality fairly well, and makes the story work. It has that different bent to it that provides both a sci-fi premise and a good suspense story. I found this added greatly to the read. It led me to getting the audio book as well. I don't want to give away the author's basic thesis. Suffice it to say it's an interesting 'what if'.

Who was your favorite character and why?

David Desh and Kira Miller. Like meatballs and spaghetti. They simply worked as a couple from beginning to end.

Which scene was your favorite?

The ending, but I can't give it away.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Amped works for me. But I think the first book in the series would make a better movie.

Any additional comments?

This book is a matter of taste. If you liked the movie with Scarlett Johanson 'Lucy' then you'll like 'Wired' and 'Amped'.

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Nail biter

Great story with such an awesome twist... Couldn't stop listening. Will definitely read more by this author.

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Great imaginative story

great story with lots of twists and turns. science g geeks and action. excellent narration.

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Good read.

Good story with good characters. I am fan of the author. He has done some good work.

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I couldn't wrap my mind around this story.

I see that many reviewers liked this book; I am not one of them.

The premise was too unbelievable and the writing was overly dramatic without actually instilling suspense or fear. I just couldn’t wrap my mind around this story and gave up after a couple of hours.

Peter Berkrot reads well enough, but during a conversation between two men I was unable to distinguish which character was speaking because Berkrot didn't separate the voices for each character.

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80% there

The book was enticing most of the way. At the end the convoluted scheme goes too far and I felt like the author had to put in some utopian dream to come up with a way to end it.

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A Writer on Ritalin

Base on all 5 star reviews on Audible for "Amped", I really thought that the author got his friends to write good reviews to boost his writing. I'm not too much into science fiction thrillers, especially an invasion of Earth. It's always the same story and the same plot. Doomsday, attack, hero, and the Earth is saved from aliens. Heard it, read it, and seen it before.

The pace of these books are always the same,

A writer on Ritalin.

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weak store line

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I'm easy. But this story is about as shallow as a puddle. I tried to like it but after almost three quarters of the book I finally just deleted it from my devise.

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tired retelling of a classic comic story line

plots is halted multiple times to retell the previous plot, and attempt to explain away the deus Ex machina that constantly is happening. you'll figure out the ending less than halfway through but don't worry, it'll be explained to you several more times.

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Not for me

The performances were decent but the story line just didn’t do it for me. I had to force myself to finish this one because I just never became invested in the lives of the characters.

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  • David D.G.
  • 08-17-16

Amazing story. Enjoyed it immensely.

I found this story to be very well planned and executed. Great characters and an exciting and fast paced thriller.