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Brainrush, a Thriller Audiobook
Brainrush, a Thriller
Written by: 
Richard Bard
Narrated by: 
R. C. Bray
Brainrush, a Thriller Audiobook

Brainrush, a Thriller: Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

Listed in The Wall Street Journal as the number-one Bestselling Action/Adventure in their "Readers Guide to Self-Published Big Sellers" (December 9, 2011).

When terminally ill combat pilot Jake Bronson emerges from an MRI with extraordinary cognitive powers, everyone wants a piece of his talent - including Battista, one of the world's most dangerous terrorists. To save his love and her autistic child, Jake is thrust into a deadly chase that leads from the canals of Venice through Monte Carlo and finally to an ancient cavern in the Hindu Kush Mountains of Afghanistan, where Jake discovers that his newfound talents carry a hidden price that threatens the entire human race.

An original weave of current events bound by colorful locations and cutting-edge technology, Bard's novel is a must-listen for fans of Michael Crichton, James Rollins, Clive Cussler, and Brad Thor. A dynamic mix of fast-paced action and thought provoking soul, this book challenges the listener to keep pace with every sharp turn and shocking twist. Acclaimed by fans of action, sci-fi, and political thrillers alike, Brainrush is one of the most innovative and entertaining books of the year.

Brainrush was in the top 10 of the Amazon - USA Top-Rated List for over four months straight. The sequel, Brainrush II, The Enemy of My Enemy, was released in December 2011 to rave reviews. Within a few weeks it became the number-one Top-Rated Action/Adventure stories on Amazon.

©2009, 2011 Richard A. Bard (P)2011 Richard Bard

What the Critics Say

"Brainrush explores the bonds of friendship while pushing the boundaries of science, creating a compelling, action-packed thriller with a climax that's a knock-out!" (C.J. Lyons, New York Times best-selling author)
"A terrifically entertaining thriller with three finely executed set pieces strung together with nice characterization. Especially successful is Bronson, an amiable, low-key tough guy able to rescue his princess, survive brutality, and retain a sense of humor." (Publishers Weekly)

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    K. Allenby Grimsby, UK 07-05-14
    K. Allenby Grimsby, UK 07-05-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Fantastic, I loved it"

    I loved this book, fast paced, interesting and well written. The characters are believable and it has twists that you just won't see coming, I was shocked and it takes a lot to do that. RC Bray was outstanding...I feel like I say that in every review I write about his work, but he is that good, I throughly enjoyed the narration and it definitely adds to the story. Go pick this audiobook up for sure, I'm already listening to the second book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sabrina 04-28-14
    Sabrina 04-28-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Great start for a series"
    What did you love best about Brainrush, a Thriller?

    Action-packed.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Brainrush, a Thriller?

    When he first uses his new-found mental powers


    Which character – as performed by R. C. Bray – was your favorite?

    The lead.


    Any additional comments?

    So much was revealed in this first book, I am afraid that the next ones will either be redundant or a let down. Hope I am wrong!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    C. Cook 02-28-14
    C. Cook 02-28-14
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    "Nice Plot; Great narration; mediocre writer"

    The premise of this book is clever -- super brain powers. The story line is pretty good -- but it really needed a more mature writer. His metaphors are sophmoric: "like a cobra in a terrarium". But the narration -- oh the narration! R.C. Bray is a name I'll look for -- he's terrific. He made a mediocre book very enjoyable.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    B. Reitsma California 01-09-14
    B. Reitsma California 01-09-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Awesome new Author hits the mark running!!"
    What did you love best about Brainrush, a Thriller?

    Brainrush (the entire series) is a fantastic story combining multiple genres and non-stop excitement. Richard Bard has catapulted himself into an elite group of authors whose stories keep you riveted to your seat while immersed in a world combining all the best of drama, military intrigue, political passion, scitech, and more....


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    This IS a series that I have listened to non-stop! You can't read just one..... and I anxiously await books 4-10+


    Any additional comments?

    A new talent on the scene that matches the skill and depth of Dan Brown, Stephen King, Lee Child, David Baldacci, Bob Mayer, Tom Clancy and more....

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Vira Pretoria, South Africa 03-20-13
    Vira Pretoria, South Africa 03-20-13 Member Since 2016
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    "What a drag!"

    An interesting start with great potential, fizzles out into total boredom and a nondescript ending. Blah! There's no way i would consider buying Book 2, so I guess I'll never find out what happened.

    The entire second half of the book is given over to a blow-by-blow account of the interminable fight between the good guys and the bad, with no relief in sight. I sped it up to the fastest speed possible, and still thought the end would never come. When it finally did, it so wasn't worth it, and I wished I hadnt wasted my time and money.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mike Naka 02-28-13
    Mike Naka 02-28-13 Member Since 2012

    Avid Zombie fan who's starting to listen to more and more Fantasy and Sci-Fi stories. So, my description is apt to change. Dog lover who's known to have cats. LOL C# coder, part-time prepper, B movie fan, AMC watcher, recovering but successful day trader, perpetual student, overjoyed uncle, former adrenaline junkie with a flare for cooking, and lots more. LOL

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    "depends upon what kind of mood you're in"
    Would you try another book from Richard Bard and/or R. C. Bray?

    i might.


    Did R. C. Bray do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    wow. the guy is good. he can do believable italian, american, australian, andd middle eastern accents. the narration is why my overall score is 3 stars.


    Was BRAINRUSH, a Thriller worth the listening time?

    in a way. i listened to it while commuting. it's not a story where you have to rewind if you miss a detail. i like that when commuting. actually found myself driving a little more aggressive than usual. lol short & a good way to pass the time.


    Any additional comments?


    if you're in the mood to just turn your brain off and listen to an action packed story, then brainrush may be your fix.

    yes, this is formula driven: over the top bad guy with SPECTRE like world domination plans, all of the main character's friends have unique and useful skills, sweeping plot movements from california to venice to monte carlo to afghanistan.

    yes, it all does seem to convenient, but i wasn't in the mood for depth just action. yes, it's kind of cheesy, but i was raised on the cheesy action films of the 1980's -> arnold schwarzenegger ruled the 80's action movie cheese. but i digress.

    quick summary: dying guy gets powers from freak accident, decides to showoff his new powers, local tv crew records some of his feats, the video goes viral, bad guy wants to examine jake to incorporate how his brain manages these feats so he can improve his implants to carry out a jihad against america. any more, and i'd give it all away.

    the good:

    agree w/ jeremiah's 1st 2 points:
    1. the premise (mri accident gives the hero mental powers)
    2. great 1st scene where hero starts to discover his mental abilities
    3. hero's powers are limited. adds to the believability. for instance, telekinesis is taxing mentally and physically and isn't over the top, e.g. moving small objects and not cars. this isn't the x-men! lol
    4. camaraderie of the hero's friends.
    5. the kid characters, sarafina and ahmed, are done pretty well and aren't forgotten as the story continues.
    6. alien inclusion: ok kind of interesting, but you can tell it'll be used in future books.

    not so good:
    1. while i hate islamic fundamentalism, i grow tired of it being used as plot device, and the main driver behind the bad guy's motivation. imho, it was only done well in patient zero.
    2. the fact that terrorists are more technologically advanced than the us gov't. where are all of those trillions of dollars going. uungghhh...i digress again! lol
    3. the lack of gov't agency involvement. hey...the cia, nsa, or other secret gov't agency is usually involved in some way (good or bad), and i felt that missed in this story.
    4. story written for guys. the women in the story are just sexpots. yes, there's one chick that kicks a$$, butt she's always underestimated b/c of her looks AND she seems to grow more abilities than the hero w/o any super powers.

    overall, if you're looking for an action-packed and fast-paced story AND THAT'S ALL, then this will give you your fix.

    it's not much of a thriller at all, more like the recent james bond films- just meh! light beach reading.

    It’s a coin flip if you’ll like it. Me, it’s head’s up.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Elle (AKA PlantCrone) in the great NorthWest OREGON 11-29-12

    ELLE aka PlantCrone of the Great Pacific Northwest. I enjoy almost every genre-S/F, Action, Biographies and Histories & Romance

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    "Starts slow-ends with a twist"

    I had a difficult time getting into "Brainrush"-the narrator didn't help what began as a slow mystery. After an hour though, I realized that I'd come to appreciate the way R.C.Bray read the story and I was hooked.

    This is a mystery/romance/terrorists in action plot and kept me interested. It ended with a bang and a twist that came out of nowhere. It ends with cliff hanger so be prepared to buy "Brainrush II"

    If you enjoy this type of story, pick it up.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Brenda Madison, OH, United States 07-28-12
    Brenda Madison, OH, United States 07-28-12 Member Since 2010

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    "WOW!!!"

    Great Action. True "page turner" - characters well defined. Plot was somewhat simple but also easy to follow - very little "rewinding" required. Just a gr8 listen. Narrator did an excellent job of turning the printed pages into a cerebral video for the listener. All in all, a great, fun "listen." Definitely five star in all categories for pure recreational reading.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    AudioBook Reviewer Madison, WI, United States 01-23-15
    AudioBook Reviewer Madison, WI, United States 01-23-15 Member Since 2011

    All of my reviews are on my blog audiobookreviewer dot com

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    "an everyday hero willing to lose everything"

    Jake Bronson has been diagnosed with cancer for the second time, this time it’s terminal, during a routine MRI scan to determine his life expectancy an earthquake hits and Jake will never be the same again. His new found intellect and skills have been captured on TV and soon everyone wants to know all about Jake, no one than Luciano Battista who is a terrorist posing as a scientist, his plans will have you worried for the future. Jake and his friends travel across the world, fighting enemies and trying to save the girl – because let’s face it, what action story doesn’t need an everyday hero willing to lose everything for those he cares for. The action is non-stop. The writing is fantastic and it is hard to believe that this is a debut book by author Richard Bard. It has an ending that will have you crying out for more, luckily four more books are available at all good book stores right now.

    R.C. Bray’s performance had me cheering, smiling, crying and laughing – the delivery of some lines had me laughing out loud and thinking ‘Only Bray could have made me have that reaction’. He has such a talent for immersing the listener in the story that you just want to clear your schedule so you can listen intently to every word and enjoy the wild ride.

    I think the team up of author and narrator for this audio book is absolutely perfect and I’m so pleased to see that they are together for each of the next four audio books in the series, which are available on audible, I highly recommend you go and grab them now. I’m already warming up the audible app for book 2 – ‘The Enemy of my Enemy’ – the review will be forthcoming, keep your eyes peeled.

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    8 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Michele 01-02-13
    Michele 01-02-13 Member Since 2014

    I am the author of "Inner Fears", a thriller by MFKing. I am a social media manager for Jazz Social Media. Audio books are my main entertainment, and I think the best entertainment offered today.

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    "The Plot Emerges from the Writer's Arrogance..."

    Couldn't finish this book. Found myself thinking more about the author than his charaters, which means his ego was totally invested in the story, so it was all over the place.

    Instead of a story building naturally from events and from the character's personalities, it jumps to whatever fun place the writer wants to go to show off his great abilities, with espionage, supernatural powers, and of course, the ladies. He compares himself shamelessly to 007. Shouldn't these comparisons come from the other characters, or from the devoted reader?

    I just couldn't take it. There was so much potential with his pitch, but he couldn't suspend my disbelief even for a second. Why were he and all of his friends suddenly in Venice? Not because the story sent them there, no, because the writer wanted that write off.

    Made me angry. Grrr.

    9 of 14 people found this review helpful

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