Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. For anyone following my reviews, I wanted to let you know that my newest novel, Game Changer, is now available as an ebook and paperback and an Audible edition is scheduled to be released during the first week of July. If you do read this book, I hope that you will enjoy it.
View all 9 comments. Apr 30, Simon Sobo rated it it was amazing. Game Changer is more of the same, and that's a good thing Douglas Richards is obviously a genius. His stories are fascinating as well as compelling. He's kind of like the George Lucas of authors. We are absolutely blessed to live in a time that allows so many books to be enjoyed.
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My original Game Changer audiobook review and many others can be found at Audiobook Reviewer. Long time trusted secret service agent Kevin Quinn suddenly decides to murder the President. When his plot fails, he becomes the most wanted man in America. Worst of all, everything he has ever known, everyone he has ever trusted is in doubt.
The action is pretty stea My original Game Changer audiobook review and many others can be found at Audiobook Reviewer. The action is pretty steady as Quinn follows leads and discovers the brilliant scientist who can help him explain his altered memory.
His training and skills keep him alive more than a few times. Intertwined within the action is the philosophical question about how much technology is too much; should man do a thing just because he can. It is possible technology will allow mankind to implant knowledge directly into the mind, bypassing tedious years of study. But what if the information is false or biased? Game Changer asks some very important questions about technology and what happens when science goes too far. It wraps it in an action based thriller, sometimes digressing into the philosophical arguments slowing the plot somewhat.
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It is a matter of taste. If the listener is interested in the overarching ideas, it will be worth the time; if just interested in the action, it may become distracting. It is a tight balance that most listeners should find entertaining while learning a little something about neuroscience and future technology. Joe Hempel performs the story with his ample skill. His voice is a pleasure to listen to while he moves the story forward.
The character voices are easily discernible and the accents are believable and not too heavy to interfere with the narration. An excellent performance that matches the story well. Game Changer has plenty of action to keep most listeners interested. The ideas are at once plausible and frightening. Humankind may one day be planting memories in our brains. The ultimate question then is, what is reality? An interesting listen that should appeal to a broad audience.
Audiobook was provided for review by the narrator. Jul 26, Kristine rated it liked it. There are spoilers in this review. I made myself continue reading….. Now, in context, I do a lot of my reading at night and have stayed up all night, many nights, reading when a book captivates me. This, however, was not one of those books. I felt like the main characters where not fleshed out enough.
There was no substance to them. For example — Kevin and Rachel — we are told that they like each other and are feeling attracted to each other. And the subject matter, while interesting, it was written like I was back in college and learning about neuroscience. I understand the need to explain things to the reader audience, but to do so in such boring detail…it got old very fast.
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Apr 30, Lyndsy rated it it was amazing. This book is extremely disturbing on a lot of levels. The idea that someone can get inside our heads, upsetting what is already a tenuous reality, is horrifying. Well-written with great characters and a great dose of humor. Dec 19, Zippergirl rated it it was amazing. You can never go wrong with Douglas E. Richards' books if you enjoy hi-tech, just ahead of our time thrillers. Feb 14, E Singer rated it really liked it.
This was an action packed story full of current day issues. There is much to ponder. Enjoyed and recommend. Apr 29, Karen E. Black rated it it was amazing. Another fast paced adventure, destined to join Richard's long line of best sellers Another winner! I couldn't put the book down What just happened, huh This book is sure to rank right up there with Cure, Brain Web and every other one of his books that I had a hard time Another fast paced adventure, destined to join Richard's long line of best sellers Another winner!
This book is sure to rank right up there with Cure, Brain Web and every other one of his books that I had a hard time putting down. Fascinating subject and interesting concept that misses the mark I think. It plods along and slows down in some places. Because the story transpires in such a short period of time, but the backstory is rather complicated, much of the book is spent having people explain what happened in the past, often while constrained by zip ties. Not enough of the book is devoted to the "thrill" part of this self-described thriller. I did enjoy Richards' explanation of his research and the science behind the p Fascinating subject and interesting concept that misses the mark I think.
I did enjoy Richards' explanation of his research and the science behind the plot at the end of the story. May 01, Tulay rated it it was amazing. Must read This author takes time do extensive research before writing. Their is a lot to read about this subject at the end of the book. Russian and Israel relationship with America. I will be thinking and talking about this book for a long time. May 08, Lois added it.
Did not finish book. Was not what I expected when I chose it. Jul 03, Eileen rated it it was amazing. Kevin Quinn is a Secret Service Agent whose experience has shown him that high-profile and wealthy individuals often have disturbing aspects to their personal lives. Rachel Howard is a Harvard neuroscience professor who is interested in advancements at the forefront of brain science and, more specifically, the benefits and drawbacks in further harnessing the power of the mind.
The story begins at a p 4. The story begins at a private mansion party where Kevin Quinn attempts to kill the U. The White House Staff launches into a search for Quinn and his motives. From there, the focus of the plot shifts more to the political and science worlds intersecting with technology and national security.
The activity of both national and foreign characters are woven together to create a captivating story that ultimately revolves around the concept of active programming of the mind, referred to in the book as "matrix learning". Given the focus on the science angle, there was understandably less time to as fully develop the personalities and individual lives of the characters but I was okay with that because I thought the discussion of the science and its potential ramifications on humanity was interesting.
I thought it would have required a longer book to more fully flesh out the characters without sacrificing the essence of the story. Although religion was a theme addressed later in the story, I saw it as a natural evolution of the plot rather than an effort by the author to convey personal beliefs as is sometimes a claim made when opposing views of religion are introduced in fiction since religion can be a sensitive topic.
On a more minor note, I thought there were a few instances where the machismo language went a little farther than I expected for a novel that had not only a lead male character but a strong female character. Nevertheless, this book captured and kept my attention for a thought-provoking ride. In the final chapter, the author overviews the sources of the neuroscientific concepts and inspiration for the story which was a nice wrap-up and underscored the fact that neuroscience is a field filled with both exciting and intimidating opportunities. I am definitely looking forward to reading another novel by this author.
Aug 10, Tony Bezilla rated it liked it. Meh I am a bonafide fan of Douglas Richards and have previously lauded his work. That said, this simply isn't his best stuff. The story just sort of meanders through time and scenes in equally improbable and at times all too convenient ways. Blended with those skills was a country kid personality, friendly demeanor, and tireless work ethic.
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Sadly, Jefferson played in only 21 playoff games over his year career, and his teams never advanced past the first round as he was constantly thrust into rebuilding situations. But he has no regrets. Jefferson said he got NBA offers and would have definitely been a candidate to sign with a playoff contender after he returned from China.
Instead, he said he relished spending Thanksgiving, Christmas, and his birthday Jan.
Jefferson attempted 66 3-pointers in his career, making eight. I wanted to play. The game done changed. When I first got in the league I wanted to do about 14, 15, 16 years, and I got at 14 and it was a blast to be around here that long. But it was time to walk away. Last July, Jefferson opted out of his contract with the Pacers after being relegated to a third center and signed with the Xinjiang Guanghui.
The time I stayed over there, 11 games, it was a good experience. It was cold. But it was a good experience. Jefferson took a definite risk entering the draft out of high school and passing up a chance to play at Mississippi State. Being around my family, doing things. I did sign up for the Big3, that will give me a reason to stay in shape and still have love for the game. Just to be able to relax and come to different places, and people remember me, love me, accept me. We still want to play this game.
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The prose is fervent and sincere. The characters are well-drawn, vulnerable, and endearing. And the plot is an alluring tale full of explosive attraction, heartfelt emotion, friendship, family, acceptance, support, palpable chemistry, hockey, and love.
This novel is available now. Pick up a copy from your favourite retailer or from one of the following links. Thank you to Carina Press and NetGalley for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review. Rachel Reid is the pen name of Rachelle Goguen.