"The Cure will keep you turning the pages all night
--Douglas Preston, New York Times #1 bestselling author of Impact
"Richards is a tremendous new talent. The Cure is an
extraordinarily good novel that will keep you riveted . . . and
--Stephen Coonts, New York Times bestselling author of Pirate Alley
Psychopaths cause untold misery. If you found the cure for this condition, just how far would you go to use it?
Erin Palmer had a devastating encounter with a psychopath as a child. Now a grad student and scientist, she's devoting her life to studying these monsters. When her research catches the attention of Hugh Raborn, a brilliant neuroscientist who claims to have isolated the genes responsible for psychopathic behavior, Erin realizes it may be possible to reverse the condition, restoring souls to psychopaths. But to do so, she'll not only have to operate outside the law, but violate her most cherished ethical principles.
As Erin becomes further involved with Raborn, she begins to suspect that he harbors dark secrets. Is he working for the good of society? Or is he intent on bringing humanity to its knees?
Hunted by powerful, shadowy forces, Erin teams up with another mysterious man, Kyle Hansen, to uncover the truth. The pair soon find themselves pawns in a global conspiracy--one capable of destroying everything Erin holds dear. And forever altering the course of human history . . .
At a time when society seems to be facing an epidemic of
psychopathic monsters, The Cure explores this condition, and the surprisingly
thorny ethical and moral dilemmas surrounding it, within an explosive,
thought-provoking, roller-coaster-ride of a thriller that will have readers
turning pages deep into the night.
"Recalls the best of Michael Crichton." -- Boyd Morrison, bestselling author of The Loch Ness Legacy, on Richards's New York Times & USA Today bestselling novel, WIRED
Douglas E. Richards has been widely praised for his ability to weave action, suspense, and science into riveting novels that straddle the thriller and science fiction genres. He is the New York Times and USA
Today bestselling author of WIRED, its sequel, AMPED, THE CURE, and six critically acclaimed middle-grade adventures enjoyed by kids and adults alike.
A former biotech executive, Richards earned a BS in microbiology from the Ohio State University, a master's degree in genetic engineering from the University of Wisconsin (where he engineered mutant viruses now named after him), and an MBA from the University of Chicago.
In recognition of his work, Richards was selected to be a "special guest" at San Diego Comic-Con International, along with such icons as Stan Lee and Ray Bradbury. He has written numerous feature articles for the award-winning magazine, National Geographic KIDS -- some having appeared in a dozen languages in as many as sixteen countries -- as well as essays for the BBC, The Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Earth & Sky, Today's Parent, and many others.
The author currently lives in San Diego, California, with his wife, two children, and two dogs.
Kira Miller is a brilliant scientist who discovers how to temporarily boost human IQ to dizzying levels. But this transcendent intelligence brings with it a ruthless megalomania. Determined to use her discovery to propel human civilization to a higher plane, despite this side effect, Kira and ex-special forces operative David Desh recruit a small group of accomplished scientists, all of whom are safely off the grid. Or so they think . . .
Soon Kira and her team are in a desperate battle for their lives. And to make matters even worse, while on the run and being relentlessly attacked from all quarters, Kira comes across evidence of savage acts that the enhanced version of Desh kept hidden, even from himself. Now both she and Desh must question everything they think they know. Can they trust each other? Can they even trust themselves?
And all the while, the greatest threat of all may be coming from an entirely unexpected direction. A threat that could lead to devastation on a global scale. And time is quickly running out . . .
Like its predecessor, AMPED is a smart thriller crammed with
breakneck action, unexpected twists, mind-blowing science, and philosophical and
ethical concepts readers will be contemplating long after they've read the last
Douglas E. Richards is the author of WIRED, a New York Times and USA Today bestseller, and the #1 bestselling Kindle book for all of 2011 in two major categories: technothriller and science fiction. In addition, Douglas has written five books for kids, including THE PROMETHEUS PROJECT series: fast-paced science fiction thrillers praised by kids, parents, educators, and science fiction enthusiasts alike. He has also written extensively for the award-winning magazine, National Geographic KIDS, with several of his articles appearing in a dozen languages in as many as sixteen countries.
While today's kids have plenty of fantasy to choose from, there is very little hard science fiction available for young readers. Douglas is trying to do his part to remedy this situation. While kids report being glued to the pages of his books (boys, girls, reluctant and advanced readers alike), numerous adults have reported enjoying them almost as much as their kids.
Finally, Douglas is the author of the middle grade/young adult fencing thriller THE DEVIL'S SWORD, and his latest, ETHAN PRITCHER, BODY SWITCHER.
NEW! For ages 8 and up.
Ethan Pritcher is a normal kid who just happens to switch bodies with other people every once in a while. After trading identities with a muscle-bound movie star, Ethan finds himself in a big trouble. When he learns that a hired killer is after him, just staying alive will be a big challenge. But his sister, Madison, may have the toughest job of all. She'll have to find a way to keep the movie star, now inhabiting Ethan's body, from getting her brother kicked out of sixth grade. . .
Kira Miller and David Desh return in AMPED, the
long-awaited sequel to the New York Times and USA Today bestseller,
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In recognition of his work, Douglas was selected in 2010 to
be a "special guest" at San Diego Comic-Con International along with Stan Lee,
Ray Bradbury, and Rick Riordan. Click HERE
to see the recent Comic-Con Magazine: The Writer's Issue. Douglas is
on the cover (name only) and on page 32 (what he's reading), 35 (advice to
aspiring writers), and 44 (photo and bio).
Below are photos of Douglas at the Con. Click HERE to see additional photos.