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
Very big audible fan.
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.
"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.
"Worst credit I have ever spent."
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.
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.
I would have kicked it back to the author and told him to rewrite it as a YA novel.
This was a new book and the blurb sounded interesting, and the cover said New York Times bestseller. FALSE ADVERTISING.
"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.
"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.
"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.
"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.
"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."
"Enjoyed this book."
The book club I belong to chose this book for this month. I listened to it and found myself anxious to see what happens next. I've listened to a lot of books and the reader for Minds Eye did a great job. Will look for other books by this author.
"Great as usual"
Doug continues to live up to my high expectations with his well crafted storytelling. Can't wait to read the next book.
A childish sci fi story. Little mystery and somewhat ridiculous ending. It's like a Charlie Chan mystery where the narrowest or explains everything at the end.
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