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The Immortality Code Paperback – March 2, 2021
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"Richards is a worthy successor to Michael Crichton." (SF Book dot com)
When Allie Keane makes a revolutionary discovery in quantum computing, she kicks the ultimate hornets’ nest. She doesn’t know it, but a hidden battle for tech supremacy is raging around the world, and whoever controls her discovery will dominate the globe. Soon, Allie is being hunted by ruthless forces desperate to learn her secret, and only Zachary Reed, a gifted operative within a shadowy government agency, stands in their way.
But as extraordinary as Allie’s breakthrough is, it holds the key to unleashing something far bigger. An unrelated technology thousands of years beyond current science. A staggering advance capable of bringing about a utopia, rewriting the laws of life and death, and helping humanity spread throughout the stars. As long as it doesn’t wipe out all life on Earth before that can happen . . .
The Immortality Code is a masterful thriller. One crammed with breakneck action, unexpected twists, mind-blowing science, and ethical dilemmas readers will be contemplating long after they've read the last page.
"Richards is an extraordinary writer," (Dean Koontz) who can "keep you turning the pages all night long." (Douglas Preston)
NEAR-FUTURE SCIENCE FICTION THRILLERS BY DOUGLAS E. RICHARDS
THE IMMORTALITY CODE
WIRED (Wired 1)
AMPED (Wired 2)
MIND'S EYE (Nick Hall 1)
BRAINWEB (Nick Hall 2)
MIND WAR (Nick Hall 3)
SPLIT SECOND(Split Second 1)
TIME FRAME (Split Second 2)
THE ENIGMA CUBE (Alien Artifact 1)
A PIVOT IN TIME (Alien Artifact 2)
Kids Science Fiction Thrillers (9 and up, enjoyed by kids and adults alike)
TRAPPED (Prometheus Project 1)
CAPTURED (Prometheus Project 2)
STRANDED (Prometheus Project 3)
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THE DEVIL'S SWORD
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- ASIN : B08XXY3VSC
- Publisher : Independently published (March 2, 2021)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 392 pages
- ISBN-13 : 979-8715694072
- Item Weight : 1.28 pounds
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.89 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #538,686 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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1. Pacing: Lives are at stake, but Reed, our hero, wastes way too much time enthusing over the cool tech toys he gets to play with while tracking the bad guys.
2. Trivial nonsense: We’re supposed to be in the middle of a furious fight, but the author keeps distracting us with inanities. Like, telling us how attractive the victim is – she’s “lithe” and “athletic” and “exercises regularly.” And this is before our hero has even had a good look at her. Once he gazes on her up close, we learn she’s “more attractive than he had expected, and looked to be athletic as well, with dazzling green eyes that blazed with intelligence.”
3. He’s so besotted with her that five minutes after meeting her he’s apparently ready to tell her everything he knows because, you know-- “Screw top secret.” This is how he impresses a high I.Q. physicist?
4. Not that our hero is a schlub. Our heroine is hospitalized and you might think that she’d wonder how seriously she’s wounded. But no. All her attention is on her rescuer, and she immediately notices–through her pain--how “ruggedly handsome” he is. Back in chapter 2, the female colonel who gave Reed the assignment in the first place remarked that he was so “charming and attractive”that he could surely use his “self-confidence” and “charisma” as a weapon, and not rely just on that silly technology. Apparently even the officers get a buzz when Zachary Reed’s around.
5. Dumb jokes: Although it’s a national emergency, Reed finds time to banter with the green berets because...well, their name is so stupid. “The name Pink Unicorns already taken?” OK, maybe they’d josh like this afterwards in a bar. But in the middle of a chase? The author finds this joke so hilarious that he repeats it again in chapter 12, (Purple Unicorns).
6. Mind reading: the hero shows an uncanny (and unbelievable) ability to predict the villains’ behavior– to foresee the traps they’ve set, how they’ve figured out that he’ll think X instead of Y, and Z, yada, yada, yada.
7. Information dumps: Page after page after PAGE of explications, disquisitions, and treatises on quantum mechanics, on carbyne, on nanites.
8. Tortured metaphors: “Suddenly, a desperate idea exploded fully formed into Reed’s head.”
"Exactly," said the colonel. "Catching the entire world with its pants down."
To end on a positive note: An excellent science fiction book I can recommend is: ONE DAY ALL THIS WILL BE YOURS by Adrian Tchaikovsky. Well-written and genuinely funny (but really short).
So what makes Douglas E. Richards novels so good in my opinion? There are several things. One, the majority of his stories you feel like they could be happening right now, not 20 years in the future. In some cases, some of the technologies are happening right now. His characters are relatable. I'm not listening to some alien monster with 16 toes coming out of their ears, his characters are often just like you and I, just with much higher intellect. And more often than not there's a little love story, but I like that. It's not too cheesy and my reaction when two of the characters get together I'm even more involved in what happens to both of them. Then there is always this with his novels. He introduces some technology that I've either never heard of, or just barely heard of, but it's really technology being worked on today, not 500 years in the future.
Sure I like reading about space ships cruising the galaxies, but that's not going to happen in the next 5-10 years. But could someone develop a robust quantum computer in the next 5 years? It's certainly probable.
I think this is why I'm hooked on these novels and it may be the first novel I've ever written a review on. Relatable characters, fast changing plots so you feel like you're going to really miss the next big thing if you quit reading, a little love story which gets you emotionally hooked into the characters, and last but not least, the technology. The near term science fiction, or is it even science fiction now? And that's my final point. Douglas always concludes his books with his thought processes on how he came up with the story, and for the technology and science fiction parts, he provides links where these near term scientific or technical events are being written about and researched right now. Each and every time I end up following the links he discusses because in all of his novels I always feel like I am learning something. After learning just a brief bit, then it really makes me think and wonder. What if China did get a hold of this technology before the US? What are the implications if these technologies are shared with everyone. This is the one thing that I think no one comes close to Douglas Richards. His near term sci-fi novels almost force you to think about what could happen, or perhaps it is happening right now but we just haven't heard much about it yet. Thus, even when I close the novel I'm not quite done with Douglas Richards because I then I am on this quest to become at least a little educated about the science and technology introduced. That just doesn't happen to me with other sci-fi writers.
If you've never read one of Douglas E Richards novels, I highly recommend you do. I'd be really shocked if you said you didn't learn anything, the novel didn't make you think, and there's always going to be a character in the story that you connect with or want to connect with on some level. His novels move really fast, which is a good thing for me as I'm not patient. Stephen King may be one of the greatest authors or all time, but I can never finish even one of his novels because they start out so slow, then slowly, very slowly develop the characters, and then finally, finally, the story begins. I just have too much ADD I guess to be a Stephen King fan. I'm bored out of my skull with him. Great writer, just not for me.
If you have read Douglas' other novels and have become a fan, then most of us are stuck on the same boat. We have to patiently wait until the next novel comes out. I've tried to find other authors who are similar to Douglas in his writing style and near term science fiction, and I have found very few. I can think of two of the top of my head, and in one of those author's latest book the human character is talking to an alien who looks like a centipede. Seriously. I may have enjoyed this book by another author at the end, but I'm not going to be bonding or rooting for a centipede. I say with 100% honestly that Douglas E. Richards is now my favorite author in any genre, and I just started reading his novels less than 1 year ago.
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For future books please: spend time to develop the characters. Make the interplay between the main characters less linear and formulaic.
Douglas E Richards remains a master storyteller, with enough suprises that would leave you spellbound. Story, characters and plot are all top notch. Kudos Mr. Richards!!