The Cure: A Novel

The Cure: A Novel

by Douglas E. Richards
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The Cure 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
LOUISEJE More than 1 year ago
Early on in the story, the twists and turns lacked transitioning and made following the story line challenging. At one point, the story was so different, I'd thought perhaps the publisher mixed up two different books. It felt like this author did not get the feedback and editing support he deserved for what could have been a solid read. Characters were not adequately developed to support their role in flow of the story. Right now, this book is in a DRAFT state, needing better feedback from skilled support folks in the publishing industry.
DiiMI More than 1 year ago
Do you like edge of your seat thrillers that touch on science and science fiction? Looking for that escape into something that is both intriguing and intense? The Cure by Douglas E. Richards fit the bill for me, and went beyond with one of those “I didn’t see THAT one coming,” plot twists that had my imagination running full tilt! As a young child, Erin Palmer has had her life shredded in front of her eyes by a twisted monster who felt no qualms about the vile acts he committed. Having grown into a brilliant scientist and self-confident woman, Erin is determined to find what makes a psychopath tick. Is it genetic? Is there a “cure” for this abnormal and anti-social trait? There is one scientist who believes in and encourages her work, going so far as to help direct her focus, and yet, he remains mysteriously distant, communicating only via computer. Is this man who he says he is? Is he even human? Does he harbor a more devious plan? Could it be possible that psychopaths are necessary as part of human survival? Is it their extreme evil that will save the world? Erin stands with only one ally as she becomes a target for both clandestine government agencies and beings far superior, both technologically and intellectually. Has Earth become a pawn in some intergalactic battle for supremacy? Douglas E. Richards hit the ground running with The Cure from page one and never looked back! His main character, Erin, was strong, quick-thinking and resourceful when needed, yet still human and flawed. The author colored many of the other characters just a little gray, leaving room to wonder about them as the story progressed. Using mini-flashbacks to fill in gaps was a brilliant tool that gave me that “aha’ feeling and neatly pinning together bits and pieces of the story. I was completely engrossed in the unique mystery of as it raced through a maze of subplots and revelations full of possibilities. I did NOT know who to trust until the very end and still I wondered, is Earth really safe for now? This ARC edition was provided by NetGalley and Forge Books in exchange for my honest review.
steelyshan More than 1 year ago
This story starts with punch in the gut and then unfolds to fast-paced techno-thrill. The characters and their environments are all thoroughly fleshed out and so from page one, you read with the movie playing in your head. To me, this is the hallmark of a fabulous book. There is a strong, intelligent female lead and some very interesting supporting characters and nothing that happens is predictable. Like all of Richards' books, this is another one that will keep you thinking long past the last page. This book presented some fantastic psychological and social dilemmas. I highly recommend this story and for those of you that may be put off by the sci-fi categorization, rest assured, there are not talking toasters or trips to other dimensions.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun, fast paced, fascinating. I've never read anything like it. Defies categorization, but all of it is great reading
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome. If you hate science fiction mixed in with your thriller, this may not be for you, but if not, you're in for a fun and thoughtful ride. Couldn't put it down
MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
THE CURE by Douglas E. Richards is an interesting Science Fiction/Fantasy. What would you do if you where psychopathic? Well read "The Cure" to find out what Erin Palmer,Hugh Raborn,a neuroscientist and Kyle Hansen discover,who is evil and who is good? Fast paced, thought-provoking, and one roller-coaster of a ride. Filled with ethical dilemmas,danger,cruelty,and violence. Please be warned: the first chapter is very graphic with savage butchering, torture, and the murder of animals and a family, as well as,the description of sensual acts. While, the first few chapters are a turn off to me, the plot thickens, as you go along with many twists and turns. This is after all, Science Fiction and Fantasy! While, I am not a big fan of the Science Fiction genre,"The Cure" does give the reader something to think on..... Oh yea, though in an Alien along the way as well as Psychopaths,and Psycho's and you have a romping story! A interesting read! This was an alright story to me, not one of my favorites, but than sometimes, you just are not in the mood for something this graphic or fantastical. That was the case with me and "The Cure"! With this said,however, if you enjoy Science Fiction,Fantasy and a story that can only be described as out of this world, than be sure to pick up "The Cure". Received for an honest review from the author. RATING: 3 HEAT RATING: Wild Ride REVIEWED BY: AprilR, Review courtesy of My Book Addiction and More
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome! I loved it as much as Wired and Amped -- and that's a high bar to hurdle.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent from start to finish. The prolog is pretty intense, but the summary did say she had a bad encounter with a psychopath as a young girl, but after this there aren't any other scenes like it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you are reading this keep on reading my friend jonathan he read a book called the cure and he said it was boring somebone out there tell me what happens in this book and if you are in a wierd station right now like if you dont want ti read this well read for a little bit more i wish that we coyld have a cure to anything. But we didnt. The only cure we have when you are sick is the small stuff. One of my parents died of canser and no one could help her so i just wish that shewas alive so if you are reading this plzz be thankful of what you have. If you are saying mean things on who ever wrote this book well stop cuz what if you were the reader wouldnt you want people to like it and not have kids or adults to say mean thing. Well think about that. So stop saying what u are saying and say positive thing plzz Goodbye:•)
delovic More than 1 year ago
Mr. Richards one again wrote an exceptional thriller.  He comes up with facinating concepts that have  mind blowing repercussions and creates a philosophical dialog on the pros and cons in the midst of an  action packed thriller with impossible to foresee twists and turns.  A truly great read that you can't put down once you get going.