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Publisher's Summary

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

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Great Premise - Started Great, Fizzled Out

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.

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

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Defenitely worth the credit!

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.

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Technology of the future?

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."

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Worst credit I have ever spent.

What would have made Mind's Eye better?

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.

Would you ever listen to anything by Douglas E. Richards again?

No

Have you listened to any of Adam Verner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

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.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Mind's Eye?

I would have kicked it back to the author and told him to rewrite it as a YA novel.

Any additional comments?

This was a new book and the blurb sounded interesting, and the cover said New York Times bestseller. FALSE ADVERTISING.

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Nice idea, excellent performance

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.

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Good Story,except for the blatant advertising & cheesy narrator

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.

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  • David
  • Overland Park, KS
  • 01-31-17

Excellent, beginning to end.

Loved this book. Plenty of action and technological gizmos. Very entertaining. I have already purchased the second book in the series.

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Same ole same

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.

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God this is horrible

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.

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Forcing myself to finish

Truly awful narrator makes this sound like an attempt at teen romance crossed with sci-fi, rather than the teaser's suggestion of a Jason Bourne-esque thriller. I can't even believe this was written by the same author as Quantum Lens, which I loved (and motivated the purchase).. it had to be better in print .. otherwise I'd be wondering how Richards ever got published. Hoping it starts sounding more like sci-fi soon and less like a Saturday am cartoon (I can't imagine the protagonist as anything older than ..14.. maybe it 16?)

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  • Terry in Hull
  • 09-28-18

Top drawer story with many twists

Tried this book as a change to my usual genre of space opera and was really impressed. likeable characters in a well crafted plot. I thought the mind controlled web surfing could have been left out to without affecting the story, but good anyway. I enjoyed the engrossing ending.

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  • anthony
  • 12-02-16

Good listen.

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.

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  • Mike
  • 01-18-16

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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  • nanoboy
  • 11-22-15

Edge of your seat thriller

The action is cranked up to 11 in this novel, so it's definitely a page turner. It's not as heavy on the science as, say, a Michael Crichton novel, but still enjoyable. I'm looking forward to reading Richards' other books.