The Speed of Sound (Speed of Sound Thrillers #1) by Eric Bernt

The Speed of Sound (Speed of Sound Thrillers #1)

In this propulsive thriller, one of the most ingenious young men in the world has also become the most dangerous…or has he? Harmony House is more than a “special place for special people.” It’s a think tank where high-functioning autistic savants harness their unique abilities for the benefit of society. Resident Eddie Parks’s contribution is nothing less than extraordinary: an “echo box” that can re-create never-recorded sounds usi...

Details The Speed of Sound (Speed of Sound Thrillers #1)

TitleThe Speed of Sound (Speed of Sound Thrillers #1)
Release DateJun 1st, 2018
PublisherThomas & Mercer
GenreThriller, Fiction, Mystery, Science Fiction, Mystery Thriller

Reviews The Speed of Sound (Speed of Sound Thrillers #1)

  • E.A.
    I thoroughly enjoyed THE SPEED OF SOUND for a number of reasons but foremost among them is the fact that it is competently written. What a relief to just be able to read a book without the typical bumps and pops of awkward sentence structures, wrong grammar, misspellings, strange paragraph breaks, unnatural dialogue exchanges, confused action scenes, and on and on and on in the litany of what we all have learned to put up with in this brave new w...
  • Lisa Rodgers
    Intriguing Postulations !An easy, enjoyable read! I really liked it, and recommend it for mid-teens and above! (Mostly clean, extremely minimal use of foul language and zero detailed sexual situations. There is an early scene where a scumbucket has engaged a prostitute for drugs and other activities; the scumbucket's plans are clear, but handled without descending into graphic details. Most importantly, the scene is abruptly terminated without an...
  • Ed
    Ingenious plot premise powers this thriller about Eddie Parks, a 27 year old Asperger's prodigy researching "acoustic archaeology" to capture the sound waves of his long deceased mother. Eddie lives a regimented institutional life at Harmony House, a government supported home for autistic savants who exhibit the potential for innovative technological breakthroughs. Multiple entities target Eddie for 24/7 surveillance in the off chance his acousti...
  • Bonnye Reed
    May First Reads Amazon Prime GA Skylar Drummond has a choice of excellent options after receiving her Harvard Medical School degree but she feels that Harmony House patients, diagnosed Asperger or savant on the autism spectrum, could - would with the proper environment - change the world. Skylar's brother Christopher would have if he had had proper help and guidance before his failure to cope with the down-side of his world lead him to commit sui...
  • Lanie Molinar
    This book was amazing!!! I couldn't stop reading it, and it had me on the edge of my seat the whole time! I'm so glad I chose it as my free one for the month! I'm an Amazon Prime member, so I get one free pre-release book each month. Before I read the description, I had trouble choosing between this book and one other, but once I read that, I knew I had to get this one. I love science fiction and thrillers. Also, I'm autistic, and I like books wi...
  • Sandra
    A Chilling Possibility When I started this book I had no expectations beyond liking thrillers and being intrigued by the synopsis of “The Speed of Sound”. A high-functioning autistic, Eddie Parks is an unlikely hero/protagonist but his unique views of the world and people around him pulled me in from the get-go. Dr. Skylar Drummond develops an unusually close bond with Eddie and he is able to relate to her on an unusually emotional level for ...
  • Greg Kerr
    The Premise Was What Led Me to Read This BookAlways enjoy a clock-and-dagger suspenseful story. The fact that Eddie was special added to the story. The dialogue between Eddie and Skyler was realistic and brought humor into the tension of so many people making power moves to control the outcome of Eddie's desire to hear his mother sing.
  • Norris R. Sumrall, Jr.
    Is this any way to end a storyline?SPOILER ALERT...This is an exciting and engaging story, until this happens:''After they departed, Stephen waited a moment before removing a phone from his pocket. It was the same model Senator Davis now carried with him. Stephen pressed the speed-dial button for the only number he was ever to contact with it. “You said I should call if anything unusual happened.”''Too many questions left unanswered...That is...
  • Marvin B
    A Very Sound ReadA gripping tale built on an interesting premise. Wonderful character development and sensitive treatment of a difficult developmental abberation. Well written.
  • James Yaklin
    This was a very intriguing read. The story was quite entertaining and the format was excellent. The action was thrilling and fantastic to say the least. However, I think what I really liked most about this story was the character development - at least the two main characters. There is a line in the book in which another character is expressing some respect concerning Dr. Skylar Drummond:"Butler now understood how she could reach Eddie the way sh...
  • Jph12
    A doctor and her patient, an electronics whiz living with Asperger's, go on the run from the homicidal maniacs running their hospital, and the even more homicidal maniacs running a privatized branch of the infamous Deep State. Skylar and Eddie were enjoyable, but there were just too many glaring mistakes that took me out of the story. To be fair, most were relatively minor, but they jumped out at me and I couldn't get past them. I think it's part...
  • Jennifer Bryant
    I chose The Speed of Sound as my May freebie for Amazon First Reads. It was a fast paced, page turning, hit men and explosions, cat & mouse thriller with memorable characters and heart. Eddie is a high functioning autistic genius whose only desire is to create an echo box in order to hear his mother sing. The echo box, if functioning, would allow anyone the ability to hear any conversation that ever took place in its current location....cue the p...
  • Eugene A.
    A truly excellent read - I am very impressedThis book was a pleasure to read. I particularly enjoyed Eddie’s response to Red’s description of the Detective. I hope Mr. Bernt has written other books that I can now read.
  • Andy Coleman
    A SIMPLE MAN'S REVIEW:I was drawn in by the promise of cool technology, but the book is far less about the device (and how it works) and far more about those who want to obtain it. I really wanted some fun speculation and possibilities! This turned out to be a very typical semi-political/action thriller with the usual group of characters. The only difference was that one of the main characters lives with Asperger's. So you can expect the usual qu...
  • Dawne Flammger
    OutstandingLoved the concept. Characters were well-developed. Pace was quick and absorbing. Excellent choice for this month. Can't wait areas more from this author.
  • Starfighter
    This has to be rate one of the very best books I have read.
  • Sarebear
    Really liked it until the end, which is stupidI don't get the end, unless it's a couple of possible things I am guessing at. Very unsatisfying, to read all that and then, ? I have read books before that do this, but they are written well enough that the questions and mystery at he end feel awesome,,and the possibilities interesting, rather than leaving you confused and wondering why you wasted time on the book.
  • Stuart McMillan
    A couple of interesting premises create the foundations for this book - one, just about believable is that the US government takes an unhealthy interest in Aspergers savants and squirrels them away in secret research labs to come up with world beating super technologies. The second, pure fantasy but a nice idea, nabs the term acoustic archaeology (there is such a thing, according to Wikipedia, but it means something else) and wraps a technology f...
  • Carolyn
    This is the rare thriller that gets five stars from me. Couldn't put it down and finished it at 4 am. We meet Skylar, a young doctor (she must be a psychiatrist, although that's never clarified) to interact with and care for patients at Harmony House who fall on the Asperger spectrum. She immediately establishes a bond with Eddie, a brilliant young man who has invented a device that will reconstruct sounds from the walls of rooms where the sound...
  • Terrie
    I enjoyed this mystery with a mix of "big brother watching" and governmental meddling. It is fast paced and easy to read with the main character being a likable autistic guy that gets caught up in the 'real world' outside his usual sheltered life. The lady doc who understands and helps him is well drawn with enough back story to help us understand why she's so suited to her job. I like the way the autistic man is portrayed and described - it actu...
  • Nadine Treece
    Truly awesome read!! I really enjoyed reading this book! It brought to life the things that people with autism deal with on a daily basis, and a sneak peak into their perspectives about things that we take for granted. Except for the one thing that every human being expects and deserves, trust.Surrounding the main character, Eddie, who has Ausburgers syndrome, there takes place various government, agency and personal agendas and conspiracies that...
  • Wendy Cheairs
    I enjoyed this book, especially that it has one of the leading characters with mental health issues. The pacing and speed of the book were well balanced, making it a fast read without a lot of pausing int he action. The places there were pauses was to explain some things needed and others not so required to the audience. The main characters had great chemistry right away which might turn some people off but it seemed to work on the premise of the...
  • Dave
    This was a great thriller which kept me glued to the page (actually a Kindle Screen!) throughout. The primary plotline has a genius-level young man with a socially-crippling form of Autism. He spends his life working on a radical invention which would change the world if it works. Many different Government and non-Government agencies learn that he is getting close and are determined to seize him and his invention for their own purposes. Furious a...
  • Thaine
    It reminded me of a TV show. It took 60% of the book to build up everything, and then 20% to resolve it...with the last 20% setting up the next book. I loved the fact that it dealt with a serious subject, and the possible influences, but it really didn't hold up as a novel. Wish I would have known it was in a series, cause I would have waited to read it. Obvious hook at the end. That said, it is a great book, and from what I can tell, is pretty f...
  • Cindy Young-Johnson
    Interesting and FreshI read mysteries, thrillers and some horror. It seems many of the books in those first two genres fall into a familiar formula. But The Speed of Sound is unique. The story is fresh and didn't bog down in convention.The characters are interesting and not confusing; it was always clear who was a bad guy and who was a good guy. I marked it down one star because of the ending. I can't say how it should end, just that it lost me a...
  • Sean Randall
    I was going to give this a 3 for it's very overdone depiction of a duo of bland powerful organisations locked in conflict over the head of the mundanes - old, old hat. And that prologue. really! But Eddie sold it; his portrayal throughout alongside his drive and energy really worked. SO I'm keen to follow up with Eddie and find out what happens next, and if future works can find something a little more original than the all-seeing high-powered ne...
  • Ed And
    A wonderful tale of a doctor and her patient and the secret intrigue around them.The author has a gift of insight into the probable but unprovable intrigue that surrounds us all. In addition, the author has in depth knowledge of autistic people and how best to interact with them. Especially high functioning autistic ones. The understanding helps to round the sharp corners on the interesting premise of the book.I think you might enjoy it as much a...
  • Pam
    Fast moving story with interesting characters and surprises along the way. After reading some reviews I realized there would be a sequel so I wasn't surprised when it ended "up in the air". There was an ending - sort of - but with info to make you wonder what was coming next. I did find it occasionally confusing when flipping between the various government agencies and keeping track of who was who. All in all, I would recommend the book for all r...