Brain Web

Author Douglas E. Richards writes a compelling tale about the advent of new technology and how it affects us.  The main character in the story, Nick Hall, is one of the only people in the world who has been implanted with “Brain Web” technology.  What this does, is allows him instant, virtual access to the web, simply by thinking about it.  Technology can be a tricky thing, and reaching this type of success has it’s costs, in this case, a boatload of people are kidnapped by an unscrupulous tech mogul, simply so he can best test how to implant this technology into their brains.

Being a test subject is one thing, but being a test subject against your will, while they try to implant something into your brain, well that’s something else.  Sadly, there are few survivors of the attempts, but Nick is luck enough to have survived the ordeal, with his kidnappers being taken into custody.

The side benefit, in the case of Nick at least, is now an ability to read people’s minds perfectly, which comes in handy when he’s called in to interrogate a terror suspect that is part of a plot to carry out unspeakable crimes on American soil.  The good news is that he succeeds in stopping the terrorists, the bad news is that the amazing Hugh Jackman is killed in the process.

But it’s not just a case of bad guy be gone, it gets a little more complicated than that, the technology is a game changer, and could be quite dangerous if it got into the wrong hands and suddenly a lot of bad guys had Brain Web and the ability to read minds.  The government has to do something, and the bad guys want it in a bad way.  Plus there’s the love interest, who feels that this technology may be taking her partner away from her.  The ability to easily slip into “net mode” while appearing to be listening can be very tempting.  If you don’t really want to hear what is being said, you can slip away into the net and forget.  So maybe this is a novel about the perils of technology, and how we are being affected by it.  Is technology changing the way we see others, definitely, is it in a good way, not always.