Quantum Lens

  • by Douglas E. Richards
  • Narrated by Marc Vietor
  • 11 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A mind-blowing new thriller from the NY Times best-selling author of Wired.
Omar Haddad is a brutal jihadist in Syria who appears to be invulnerable and capable of supernatural feats. But is Haddad divine, as he claims? Is he a gifted magician? Or is he making use of a stunning scientific breakthrough? And what, exactly, is keeping him from unleashing the global apocalypse he’s so eager to bring about? Brennan Craft, a quirky quantum physics genius, has the answers, and the US military is desperate to capture him. But when Craft risks everything to recruit a Black Ops researcher named Alyssa Aronson, it becomes clear he's playing a treacherous game of his own.
Hunted by both the military and Haddad, Craft and Alyssa race to find a way to keep the unstoppable jihadist in check. But there may not be any way. And Alyssa soon fears that Craft is becoming an even bigger threat to the world than Omar Haddad... Quantum Lens is a smart, roller-coaster-ride of a thriller, packed with intriguing ideas that listeners will be contemplating long after they've heard the last minute.


What the Critics Say

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


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Customer Reviews

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Occasionally postalizing, a little silly

I'm not familiar with Douglas E Richards, so this was my first book by him I've read. The science is interesting, the concepts are more than enough to carry the the "techno-thriller" part of the book, but Quantum Lens read and felt like a poor man's version of Daniel Saurez's Influx.

The biggest dent in the story wasn't the theories presented but just the one-dimensionality of the characters. There's also a bit of wanton speculation on the nature of the universe, and when the main character explains it in a pseudo-quantum-science-meets-religion. Not a problem, and I was willing to bite for the sake of a good story. However, I expected the other main character be a bit of a rational anchor as one would expect as being another person of science, especially being a person specializing in brain psychology. There's also a timeout for a libertarian rant, again seems unanchored and immediately accepted by the second main character yet again, especially when said person is on the government dole and in the academia tract (who might be expected to take a slightly different position). I wasn't expecting for a full-fledged socio-political exploration on pseudo-religion vs science or libertarian vs socialism, just more depth from the characters. For a book about smart people, when it comes to interacting, they're pretty simple, and there isn't room for any debate... but this is a thriller so intellectual debates aside...

Why is the bad guy bad? World domination/sharia law. Why is the good guy good? Someone must protect the innocent people. Can the good guy hack beyond any logical comprehension? Of course he can! There's even a damsel-in-distress to toss into the mix, passed around as the bounty for the hero.

For a book that's quite heady, it's also an underhand pitch in character development. There's a minor twist which wasn't a surprise. I hoped that it actually was what being presented by the villain and not what I suspected, as it'd been less predictable. Had Richards been willing to make that turn, it would have made for a more interesting book, and justified the simple interactions previously as a condensed for the big reveal. Alas, it was not so.

It was enjoyable but risk-adverse, surprising for a book that takes risky leaps into science and religion. While iImay have spent almost the entirety of my review pointing out the negatives, I can't say I didn't enjoyed it. In the end, I was mostly disappointed as it simply fell short.
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- Greg "Say something about yourself!"


A maniacal villain is planning to cleanse the world of everyone he dislikes, which is almost all of us. The book’s hero would like to stop him. Expect action, tense moments and difficulty turning the story off when it’s time for work or bed.

The author reminds me of Michael Crichton (Jurassic Park, The Lost World, etc.). The book is packed with interesting science facts and the author’s views on religion, government, taxes, torture and comic book heroes.
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- Connor "Enjoy the adventure"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-18-2014
  • Publisher: Audible Studios