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Devil's Plaything

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We all keep secrets, but what if someone wasn't just stealing our secrets but changing them . . . and our brains?

Journalist Nat Idle is nearly gunned down in Golden Gate Park. He quickly learns it was no random attack. Suddenly, in pursuit of the truth, he's running for his life through the shadows of Silicon Valley, a human lab animal caught in a deadly maze of neurotechnology and institutional paranoia. And his survival rests entirely in the hands of his eighty-five-year-old grandmother, Lane, who's suffering from dementia and can't remember the secret at the heart of the world-changing conspiracy.

Author, technology reporter, Pulitzer Prize winner, Matt Richtel has dreamed up an exquisite nightmare firmly grounded in true science. The future is now, the possibilities endless . . . and positively terrifying.

From Publishers Weekly

Mar 28, 2011 – In Richtel's deft follow-up to Hooked (2007), medical reporter Nat Idle thinks someone taking potshots at him and his beloved grandmother, Lane, in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park, may be payback for his snide expos involving city officials and torched port-a-potties. Further attacks and an encrypted flash drive from a scientist who subsequently disappears soon indicate otherwise, and Lane's disjointed statements related to a computer-assisted oral history project suggest that she may know more than she's capable of revealing about a larger conspiracy. Surrounded by dubious figures such as a mysterious venture capitalist, an anal-retentive nursing home manager, a neurologist with suspicious connections, and a colorful witch who reads people's auras, Nat is wary of trusting anyone and frantic for Lane's safety. Numerous plot twists and cliffhangers keep the reader turning the pages in this plausible if disquieting scenario of Big Brother not only watching but also messing with minds.

Customer Reviews

A must download!

This author has the ability to take subject matters that might seem dry or boring and weave them into fast paced, page turning mysteries. I read this book in two sittings & am going to download the sequel. Don't miss out on the chance to read this while free but if you do, then buy it. You won't be disappointed!

Outstanding, Well Devised & Delivered, Masterpiece!

I obtained this novel compliments of Apple's book of the week, thinking that it might be a good filler to be read here and there. I was pleasantly surprised to find that I could not put the book down once I began reading. The main character (narrator) tells the story using superb prose and thought provoking detail, making the reader feel a pseudo-connection to his persona. Clearly, the blood relation that is a core component of the character makeup in this story stands of its own accord; heartfelt and realistic in all regards. The plot is one that is sensible, contained, and does not deviate throughout the narrative. The story builds upon itself with a forward momentum that is steady paced and sensible. At no point in the story did I feel lost, disconnected, or removed from the focus of the narrative. I will not write a spoiler review for those who have not read the book, so I will leave you with this thought, "read the book, folks, you will NOT be disappointed; rather you will be scrambling to obtain all the other books relevant to the Idle escapades." I have already began the first book, and I have already purchased all the others; YES this book opened the doorway. Thank you, sir, for a wonderful reading experience! Cheers


Fast paced, yet thoughtful... Provocative and entertaining. Matt Richtel delineates our times with care and concern. A very enjoyable read.

Devil's Plaything
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  • $6.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Mysteries & Thrillers
  • Published: May 31, 2011
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books
  • Seller: HarperCollins
  • Print Length: 448 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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