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, Science Fiction, Mystery, 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Bonnye Reed
    May First Reads Amazon Prime GAb 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 su...
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Justin Brendel
    First, thank you Netgalley for the copy to read. The Speed of Sound, although starting off slowly, gradually picked up steam and was a fast-moving, action packed book. The idea of an echo box is brilliant, and it's amazing how one person's desire to just hear his mom sing, can turn in to multi-agency mouse hunt. I can see the security implications of a device like this, but Eddie just wanted to hear his mom. The author was able to create compassi...
  • Nicolette
    Wanted something that wasn't non-fiction and a little more upbeat to cut through the other books I'm currently reading. This delivered. You appreciate the characters quickly and feel drawn into the story even if, at points, it seems a little ludicrous. It's not hard to let yourself believe the acoustic technology described in the story exists, and that you potentially might want it to. Or would you? I caught myself musing on that thought: If anyt...
  • Hisacro
    I Was shouting like HELL when I turned ACKNOWLEDGEMENT It freaked me out and I realized only after a matter of few minutesalthough the only problem is I cannot totally convince myself into totally agree to the fact it worked but overall it's worth reading"I always wondered I never had any favorite author who I look into, brag about the works"..............................."UNTIL NOW" SPOILER ALERT Stenson: "possession of the single most importan...
  • Susan
    Started slow for me, but once I got into “The Speed if Sound” I had a hard time putting it down. Fascinating premise. What if there was no ‘he said, she said” but just “this is what was said.” The implications of this are really scary - especially if that power fell into the wrong hands. Can’t wait for the next book in the series, this was a total home run for me.
  • LJ Waguespack
    Wow. Intense story line, strong charactersGreat story, I really enjoyed reading this book, I look forward to more, asap! Strong writing, imaginative, creative, intense, emotion filled characters, realistic action scenes, good strong pacing, my favorite characteristics! Unexpected, most unlikely heroes, intense drama, a strong start to which I hope are many more in this series.
  • 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.
  • Star Lord
    This book have a great explication of theme and is interesting.
  • Adarsh
    Cliffhanger ending!
  • 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.
  • Mary L.
    You get so caught up in the desire for Eddie to hear his mother sing that you forget that there are other's who have other ideas of what to do with this marvelous scientific breakthrough. Still it becomes very important that he be able to do this although there are forces out there both good and evil that are trying to stop him.
  • 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...
  • Paul
    Actual rating: 3.5 stars.I've been in a distracted mood, unable to focus, the result of a series of minor medical procedures and the recovery time after each, so I've been reading easy-to-digest thrillers. All very lowbrow, I'm afraid, but even in airport book land, some books are better than others.I thoroughly enjoyed this thriller-with-a-science-fiction-hook. It's well written, has engaging characters, and zips from one action scene to another...
  • 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...