Douglas E. Richards, the author of Wired, has succeeded in writing a book that I simply could not put down. It is a thriller. But it is also a mystery with a lot of science fiction and a bit of romance thrown in.
Who is Kira Miller and why does someone want her so bad? She apparently knows how to defend herself. That much is obvious when she gets away from two mercenaries she had hired to protect herself. They had been bought out by someone else, and they betrayed her.
Turns out that Kira Miller is one very dangerous young lady. An exceptional scientist, she has one of the most brilliant minds on Earth. She has discovered a way to increase intelligence. Her way doesn't increase intelligence just a little. It is increased so much that when a person is on this higher plane, mere humans are looked upon as idiots, but the effects only last for an hour. The person then returns to normal, or does he/she? Does it leave behind any side effects?
A genius, she works in gene therapy, and she is very good at what she does. A possible way to achieve immortality has been discovered, yet she is suspected of murder and working with terrorists. The military is desperate to find her, so they call in Desh.
Desh was discharged after becoming the only survivor of his team while over in Iran. The events there traumatized him, so he left the military for a civilian life. He was really good; that is why his former boss (Connelly) called for him to come help find this scientist.
Kira Miller is a computer genius, as well. Desh employs the help of an expert hacker (Matt Griffin) to help find her, only to discover that she hacked his own personal computer the evening before he was hired to find her. There has to be a leak somewhere.
His hacker texts him to rush over. When he gets there, the doorknob turns instead of the lock being disengaged. His senses go on alert, and the door is opened by Kira Miller, who is aiming a gun, one that shoots electricity, not bullets, at him. She makes him strip out of the clothes he is wearing and put on another set clothes that she brought with her, then she kidnaps him. While he is tied up, she tries to explain to him that she is not the bad person that the government has told him she is, that she is actually a good person.
Is Kira Miller good, or is she bad? Is there someone after her to try and pry out of her this wealth of knowledge that she carries around in the recesses of her mind?
But it looks like she is also a psychopath and pals with terrorists. Her whereabouts are unknown, and she is on the run.
Has Kira Miller really turned traitor? Did she murder her parents, her teachers, her brother, plus others? Is she selling her discoveries to the highest bidder? Is there a traitor inside the American government?
This book is so full of twists and turns that it is nearly impossible to take even a small break from reading it. What would happen if someone did discover a pill that could majorly increase your intelligence? Would those who take it become ruthless and power hungry? How would they feel about those of us who weren't able to take this pill?
And what would happen if the life span of every person were drastically increased? Would the world become overcrowded? Would the population have to be controlled somehow?
So much is at stake. Douglas E. Richard's has done a fantastic job with the characters and plot of this book. Before you reach the end of the book, will you be able to distinguish the good guys from the bad guys? Will you know who is telling the truth?
If you are a fan of books so full of suspense that you just can't read it fast enough, you will enjoy this book. There is some philosophical thinking mixed in with the story, but it does go along with what the characters would be puzzling over. Some may feel that it detracts from the story, but I feel it only made it more believable.
I received a copy of this book as a gift from a friend. If you would like your own copy to read and enjoy, I have provided an Amazon link below.