Author Review - Douglas E. Richards

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Influencing Authors:

  • Isaac Asimov
  • Alistair MacLean
  • Robert Ludlum
  • Michael Crichton
  • Mike Resnick

About Douglas E Richards

Richards has a B.S. in Microbiology from Ohio State University, a Master's degree in genetic engineering from the University of Wisconsin and an MBA from the university of Chicago.

He has engineered virus mutations, and some are even named after him. As an executive with a biotech firm, Richards must have been on the cutting edge of genetic research which may have given him several interesting novel plots regarding his best selling books.

Richards no longer works for that biotech company, instead he spends his days writing high action techno-thriller novels about the scary, and not so scary, effects of releasing certain working 'cures' for the world's most serious afflictions, including psychopathy.

Richard's has written six very amazing and entertaining young adult fiction books in the realm of science fiction. These are also suitable for adults. They are comparable in action and adventure to the Harry Potter series of books, albeit a bit less serious, lengthy and dark as Rowling's books tend to be. Perhaps they are more akin to Hardy Boys mysteries.

Wired (NY Times best seller), Amped and The Cure are Richard's books on the definitely worth adult reading list. The action is non-stop, which appears to be a hallmark for this author's books. The characters are well developed with high intelligence. They have to be to overcome the plot obstacles! Wired also made the USA Today Best Seller List.

His new book, released on January 17th, 2014 - Mind's Eye, is a high action, chess players delight. This book was coincidentally released at the same time as a new high tech show on CBS called Intelligence. Although the subject matter is somewhat the same, Richards certainly stands out with added, in-depth extras that the T.V. show writers have probably not even considered.

Along with other notables in the science fiction and adventure genre, Richards was selected as a special guest at Comic-Con in San Diego. Fellow writers Stan Lee and Ray Bradbury were two of the other featured authors.

National Geographic KIDS has carried articles written by Richards. These have been translated in several languages and in sixteen world wide countries. His words have been heard or read on the BBC, The Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Earth and Sky, Today's Parent and other literary avenues.

Douglas E. Richards lives in San Diego, California, with his wife, two children, and two dogs.

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Out of This World

This book is high adventure in a science fiction genre. Two teens, brother and sister, are caught up in a web of thrilling puzzles after their parents disappear before their eyes in what seems to be a black hole portal in their kitchen.

Through these odd portals that appear on different worlds, the two teens must solve each world's physics and puzzles all while trying to find their parents who are caught up in parallel worlds. Occasionally, the parents are able to communicate to the kids, but they warn them to 'go home' and save themselves.

Many parts of the book are cleverly funny. The puzzles involve science and provocative thinking. It is much better to really use the science for practical purposes and Out of This World is one of the best young adult novels I have seen that really teaches one to think!

Wired and Amped Reviewed

I have previously reviewed these two books on the Hub - Wired and Amped - Science Fiction and the Future.

Both books are very readable. They explain a lot about physics, including Zero Point Energy which is all the rage now for physicists. There is a good bit of biochemistry included along with all the action and adventure of a Tom Clancy novel.

These two books were my introduction to the mind of Douglas E. Richards, and I will be re-reading them soon. This is a good measure of a book. Is it worth a second reading? Yes, these two are definitely on my list!

About The Cure

The opening paragraphs of The Cure will truly separate the hard core thriller readers from the squeamish. This is a brutal introduction to psychopathy. It must be done in order for the reader to understand the heroine's character, but it is not for the faint of heart.

At one point, I was a bit disappointed that alien life forms were involved. Psychopathy is a human condition that humans need to solve. I'm not convince that the aliens really needed to be in this story, but it does solve a lot of plot entanglements.

As our current computers are inadequate for solving "quantum mechanics", the aliens provide the resolution to what are considered impossible answers to extremely difficult questions. But Richards excels in telling a story of impossible things. So this book is certainly worth reading. It just may take a PhD level in quantum physics to figure the whole thing out.

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Mind's Eye Review

This author's books just keep getting better and better. Richards' latest action thriller picks up right from the first paragraph. A guy wakes up in a dumpster. He can't remember how he got there. He can't remember his name. He can't remember anything about his past.

He discovers four things almost immediately:

  1. He stinks.
  2. He can read other people's thoughts.
  3. He can access the internet just by thinking about it.
  4. It seems as though a LOT of people are trying to kill him!

HIs day just sort of goes downhill from there. But this guy learns fast, thinks on his feet and eventually solves the mystery. It's a crazy wild ride!

Facts About the Technology of Mind's Eye

  • Research is actually being done to enable people to access the internet by thought alone.
  • Work on understanding the data stream sent by the eyes to the brain is ongoing.
  • Visual and auditory processing by the brain has been stimulated artificially for years by neurosurgeons. Translating these signals may become real in the near future.
  • Rudimentary advances have already been made, such that people can control video games and artificial limbs with their thoughts alone.

The Devil's Sword Review

Even though this is one of Richard's books written for young adults, I found it a very satisfying read. If you have ever been an intelligent child that all adults tended to ignore, you will know what I mean.

There is an old cliché, "Children should be seen and not heard". That is so far out of whack for kids of today. Truly, if you need to learn how to fix something on your computer, you call a 12 year old, right? Treating children like they are stupid is just the wrong thing to do. And by the way, treating seniors that way is wrong too.

In The Devil's Sword, our heroes are young fencing students enrolled in a fencing tournament. They get involved with secret military technology and have to save the world. It's cute, it's funny and it has a ring of reality. Who knows if these types of adventures aren't happening every day!

Ethan Pritcher, Body Switcher

Written from an eight year old's point of view, it's what happens when a home science experience goes horribly wrong, and Ethan ends up switching bodies with a famous star.

It's fun, funny and full of twists and excitement as bad guys are thrown in with the mix of characters. Written for kids, but a lovely read for adults too!

The Prometheus Project - Great Gifts for Young Adults

Three of the first books written by Douglas E. Richards are just perfect for nine year olds, or 4th grade to adult. Teachers should put these books on a required reading list!


Summary

I hope I have given you a reasonable review of the author's books. I rarely do bad reviews, so you might think I write to please my subjects. This is not true. I have actually done scathing reviews of some people's works.

I recently did a particularly odious review of the Ben Hur Shrine Circus. It was so horrid, that I got up and left halfway through the performances.

So, please take my word for it that Douglas E. Richards is an author worthy of reading. If any of you were raised on Asimov, Heinlein and Arthur C. Clark, you will definitely get a charge out of reading these books!

Although, I have not read the Prometheus Project books, I am quite sure that they are fun. I wish I were a kid again so I could read them through a child's eyes. I will read them. Perhaps they will make me feel like a kid again!

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Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

This is an excellent review. I’m embarrassed to say that I have not heard of this author before this; his books sound vastly entertaining and fascinating as well; stories with which his education and background added to the storyline with great creativity. Nicely done.


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Austinstar 2 years ago from Somewhere in the universe Author

I think you will enjoy the books. I know I did!


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Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

Wow what a great review on an author I have never heard from! I will immediately buy some books on the strength of your reviews. Its seems my kind of subjects. Thank you and well done.


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Austinstar 2 years ago from Somewhere in the universe Author

He's a really nice guy too. Can't wait for his next book to be done.


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Shyron E Shenko 3 months ago

Douglas Richards sounds so familiar, I will maybe get book from the library and read one and if I like it I will read more and if I really like it I will buy it.

I do have one of Isaac Asimov's books "The Intelligent Man's Guide to Science".


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Austinstar 3 months ago from Somewhere in the universe Author

Richards is a very good author. He's quite astrophysicist and bio engineeringly inclined, but he weaves a good tale!

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