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Publisher's Summary

A breathtaking near-future thriller from the New York Times best-selling author whose books have sold more than a million copies. 

What if you developed a technology that made it impossible for anyone to lie? About anything. Would this save humanity from itself? Or would it tear society apart? And just how far would power players around the globe go to stop it? 

Elias Gibson has invented a technology that will profoundly change the essence of human behavior. But will this lead to a glorious future, or to the collapse of civilization? Before Elias can answer this question, he finds himself battling for his very survival, and racing to uncover the identities and motives of the treacherous forces arrayed against him. As he fights to stay alive, he will be stunned by one extraordinary revelation after another. 

But the biggest surprise is yet to come....

Veracity is a roller-coaster ride of a thriller, one that offers meticulously researched insights into both human nature and the future of the human race.

©2019 Douglas E. Richards (P)2019 Audible, Inc.

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  • 07-02-19

My second-favorite Richards novel

Douglas E. Richards is back in form!

I didn't much care for Seeker, his last book; but this one is back to his usual high standard.

This is Science-Fiction at its best: great ideas and great action.

Much of what is considered great sci-fi tackles one idea, and you slog through three-fourths of the book until the author finally gets to the point after an accumulation of mundane events. ("I got out of bed and tied my shoes...". "The waffles we're soggy...") Richards here gives you great ideas in virtually every chapter, and at a pace that keeps things engaging.

Might be my second-favorite Richards novel. (Just behind "Split Second.")

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Interesting ideas, bad story.

The ideas and concepts are interesting but the characters are not convincing. This book should rather have been written as a documentry. But now it is perceived as a preaching thriller with unnatural characters and a plot that is not convincing. After the Chinese entered the plot, the book fell flat for me.

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Veritas!

Fast paced, great twists and very enlightening! Enjoyable ride... highly recommend. Don’t skip the Epilogue.

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great story, another win for my favorite author

a fun, educational and thrilling story from beginning to end. I am thankful and more optimistic.

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The Sci-Fi to read in 2020

This is a great read for all The Sky's Falling messages we are getting in 2020. I enjoy the outside-of-the-box just barely science fiction ideas presented by Douglas Richards novels and this one is no exception. I love the real science taken just a step or two beyond reality at this moment. The narrator provides a superb performance, made the story easy to follow, and kept me attentive. The Epilogue is as enjoyable as the story, and presents the real science. I like that!

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I cross my eyes

I have read all of the authors books but this one is stupid. It makes as much sense as edible spoons or wearable envelops. There were so many holes that listening to it was painful. Come on you could do so much better.

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Good story, but

The story was good and I did enjoy it. However between the narrator and poor character development, I almost gave up on it. It did get somewhat better more than have way through. I loved the technology that was used, it more or less kept the story interesting, but please work on your characters. No one talks like they do and they were all very boring except for the main character. she was just annoying but at least believable.
I don't know if I feel more or less optimistic after reading this.

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Richards has done it again

I can tell how engrossed in a story I have become by whether I get yelled at by my wife. I finished the book yesterday and last night she “shared her feelings!“ ;-) The story pace kept me engaged and the concepts were intriguing. The ideas behind the human condition made me ponder.

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What an AMAZING Book!!

This may be one of my moat favorite books! The subject line is so on point that I feel that this is a MUST read! Richards never writes a book without deep research. The research matter and they way he illustrates real and current issues in the world is brilliant.

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Too much conspiracy for me

I am in general fairly open to books bending the world into interesting shapes to create a fun story, considering the amount of sci-fi and fantasy I listen to. This one I had to stop mid-way as I got too annoyed with the ridiculous claims, the simplistic characters and the obvious jabs at media, politicians and ethics. Feels like it belongs in the conspiracy-theory shelf.

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  • 01-29-21

Intellectually lazy and (Ironically) dishonest

At the tail end of the Trump administration and everything it has entailed, I expected better from this book than the same tired argument that "both sides" are equally responsible for the increased political polarisation in our society.
The philosophy touted by this book reeks of intellectual laziness, completely dodging many important issues and dismissing the very real anxiety us young adults have for our future simply as "doomsaying".
In the year 2021, the science-fiction genre can and has produced far more transgressive and thought-provoking stories that don't need to constantly reference Star Wars to desperately pretend that they are cool and trendy.

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  • 04-20-19

awful

I couldn't even finish it it was soooo long winded I kept yelling at the story