Douglas E. Richards

When the Academy Awards become the target of a brutal terror attack, only one man can stave off massive bloodshed.

MIND’S EYE, the novel that introduced Nick Hall, was a runaway Kindle bestseller. Now Hall returns in a riveting stand-alone thriller, set in an Internet future that is just around the corner. From the New York Times bestselling author of WIRED.

Nick Hall, an unwilling recipient of brain implants, can surf the Web with his thoughts and read minds. And while this makes him one of the most formidable men on earth, he is determined to stay off the grid.

But when terrorists seize control of the Academy Awards and vow to butcher the world’s most beloved stars, one by one, in front of an international television audience, Hall is forced to reveal his astonishing capabilities.

Now, power players around the world will stop at nothing to capture him. And as the secretive group working with Hall begins to unravel, he is sure of only two things: he has been betrayed by someone close to him. And the stakes he is playing for could not be any higher . . .

Based on actual research on thought-controlled Web surfing, BrainWeb is a smart thriller that raises a number of intriguing possibilities about a future that is rapidly approaching.

“Richards is a worthy successor to Michael Crichton.” (SF Book.com)

“Richards is a tremendous new talent” (Stephen Coonts) “who can keep you turning the pages all night long.” (Douglas Preston)

BrainWeb book cover

Richards has continued Nick’s story very well in this typically well-paced and action packed thriller. The awards ceremony being taken over, that was pretty cool. New York and the Horses, students being kept offline and blogging, the analysis of war planes, all these served to cement the agendas of his characters and were significantly real exemplars. Despite knowing what’s coming somewhat, you really can’t but help dive into these escapist, enjoyable thrillers and I found this one executed well. It’s great to see an author producing work in line with current events, and extrapolating so nicely on thoughts of the future. A few editing issues (Brianweb, the most obvious), but a neat, enjoyable thrilling escape.

Published by Sean Randall

I am an avid reader, technologist and disability advocate living in the middle of England with my wife, daughter and pets.

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