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Publisher's Summary

When the Academy Awards become the target of a brutal terror attack, only one man can stave off massive bloodshed.

Mind's Eye, the novel that introduced Nick Hall, was a runaway Kindle best seller. Now Hall returns in a riveting standalone thriller set in an Internet future that is just around the corner. From the New York Times best-selling author of Wired.

Nick Hall, an unwilling recipient of brain implants, can surf the Web with his thoughts and read minds. And while this makes him one of the most formidable men on Earth, he is determined to stay off the grid. But when terrorists seize control of the Academy Awards and vow to butcher the world's most beloved stars one by one in front of an international television audience, Hall is forced to reveal his astonishing capabilities.

Now power players around the world will stop at nothing to capture him. And as the secretive group working with Hall begins to unravel, he is sure of only two things: He has been betrayed by someone close to him. And the stakes he is playing for could not be any higher....

Based on actual research on thought-controlled Web surfing, BrainWeb is a smart thriller that raises a number of intriguing possibilities about a future that is rapidly approaching.

©2014 Douglas E. Richards (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Richards is a worthy successor to Michael Crichton." (SFBook.com)
"Richards is a tremendous new talent...." (Stephen Coonts)

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Very Preachy

The first book of the installment was far better. This one is very preachy and goes on and on about one's belief, and then a lengthy, boring debate between two sides regarding technology, and then more preaching. It also feel very unpolished, the dialogue sometimes sounds like a TV script rather than a book.

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A great continuation of the series

As I've written in numerous other reviews, Douglas E. Richards is a master of his craft. In my opinion, he writes technothrillers better than anyone else writing today. BrainWeb was no different.

Picking up where Mind's Eye left off, we are once again in the midst of someone who can surf the web from his head and read other people's minds if they get too close. While this may sound insane, the way that Richards writes the story had me tripping over every word to get to the end.

Nick Hall is a really great protagonist. He's incredibly likable and understands that what he has is a gift. He tries to only use his powers for good and tries not to use them against his friends and colleagues.

The opening scene had me glued to my seat. The fictional attack that Richards writes about drew me in so quickly that I didn't even know an hour had passed before I felt like I took a breath.

What ends up happening to Nick and his friends in BrainWeb is thriller writing at it's finest. Every scene showed just how fragile the system that they were using was and it felt like there were bad guys lurking around every corner.

Overall, if you enjoyed the first Nick Hall book, I would almost guarantee that you'll enjoy this one. If you like a good technothriller, check out the first book first and then come back to BrainWeb for more.

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Really?

Seriously this guy has really interesting science and tech in his books but he tells the exact same story over and over. Jihadists are going to wipe out America. This is seriously the plot to ALL of his books. He uses the phrase "bad actors" over and over in every single book and repeats so many other phrases that it's like his books are made from a template. It's ridiculous smh. For a guy writing fiction, he certainly has very little originality or imagination. It makes me sad because the theories on the sciences and tech are really cool. What a shame.

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Fiction that will no doubt happen!!!

Listening. To if was great. Easy to follow but not predictable. This is my second read of Richards
certainly not my last.

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Great story – just some blah character interaction

The story is great. But in my opinion a lot of the conversation between the characters was a little too simple and cliché. This does not ruin the book, It just detracts from my enjoyment of it.

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Fun and fast paced tech story

PG-13/R - Some violence, murder, and sexual innuendo

I enjoyed the characters, story and pacing of this second entry. Without giving any spoilers, I felt that part of the motivation and explanation revealed at the end by a main character was convoluted and the reconciliation too simple. That said, the story as a whole was still enjoyable and I would still recommend it and I am getting the third book in the series as well.

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Good story

Better story than I expected. Well narrated. I enjoyed it quite a bit. I listened to it while driving to Texas and it kept me interested all the way.

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Good Story and it's Great to Have Nick Back!

This sequel finds our heroes from the first book in a serious setting. Nick is forced to lead a group of commandos to stop a HORRIBLE attack on the Oscars.

They manage to do so, saving about 3,900 people.

New bad guys are back and loyalties are tested when a solo member of the core 6-person team faces unfair demons of his own.

In the final show down, loyalties are again tested, and chances taken to get the bad guys and reunite the team.

Get the Audio version if you can! It is so worth it.

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Series continues enjoyably

Some plot twists but good solid action by characters. Love this authors style and see he has written several different titles.

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Can't wait to see where book 3 takes us...

A fantastic follow up to the first book. The story goes in directions entirely unexpected given where book one left off. That said, the plot was creative and engaging. I can't wait to read book #3!

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  • K. Tye
  • 11-18-19

Another brilliant thrill ride

Yet another superb thriller from this consummate master, coupling totally believable future tech, with the author’s unparalleled storytelling. You will always have a good time listening to books by Douglas, and this is no exception at all. Well done Doug!

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  • Terry in Hull
  • 11-01-18

A worthy sequel to this intriguing tale

The start of this book was amazing with an impossible conundrum to overcome. I would have preferred that storyline to continue rather than evolve into another two storylines, but still very good

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  • anthony
  • 02-24-17

Enjoyable.

This was another very enjoyable listen and followed on from book 1. It kept me guessing wright up until the end. But even better just as i was finishing i spotted that audible have book 3 out and ready for me to listen to.

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  • S Wood
  • 03-02-16

Thought Provoking Spy type novel

This incorporates issues from today with the what-if's of tomorrow. Fast-paced it has all the hallmarks of a James Bond action film with what would be the consequences if people could access the internet through mind implants. Attractive as it can be the book highlights "be careful what you wish for".
I found the characters engaging and I wanted to know what was going to happen- the narrator was good as he was able to give distinctive voices to the characters so tha you could easily pick up on who was speaking without sounding idiotic.
If you want a fast paced action novel that makes you stop and say "what would I do" then I would recommend.

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  • fuzzy
  • 09-26-15

fantastic read

great book. kept me wanting to listen all the time. Thank you author and narrator.

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  • mandy
  • 05-13-17

surprising

i didnt really enjoy this book at first and kept coming back to it, it got better and better as it went on, chapter 3 it picked up not my usual genre but i really enjoyed it, would recommend

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  • nanoboy
  • 03-17-16

A few books rolled into one

I loved the first few chapters: they read like a gripping action thriller. Once that was resolved, Part 2 felt like a bolted-on book, as did Part 3. The three parts were exciting in their own way, but they didn't flow well. Overall, it wasn't a bad book, and it was indeed classic techno-thriller fare from Douglas, so worth a read if you are a fan of the author or genre.