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Brainrush, a Thriller: Book 1 | [Richard Bard]

Brainrush, a Thriller: Book 1

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.
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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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    R. Jones Indianajones 03-05-13
    R. Jones Indianajones 03-05-13 Listener Since 2006

    Indianajones

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    "Novice writter"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I really don't know. It is probably a good book for someone who needs a pallet cleanser...


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I don't know, I haven't found anything new yet. hoping Orson Scott Cards new mithermages book...


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of R. C. Bray?

    Actually the narrator was the best part. he did a excellent job bringing a half star book to a two star.


    What character would you cut from BRAINRUSH, a Thriller?

    um, probably replace the villain with someone scary, the heroine with someone worth saving, and the hero with someone heroic. the rest of the cast where decent.


    Any additional comments?

    I just could barely stand the repetitiveness of the dialogue. When the thought sentences of main characters use the same subject for three sentences in a row, just saying it differently... example; "...how could I have been so wrong? it was clear to me now that I never understood his goals. I couldn't have been more wrong." that is a direct quote of three sentences... IN A ROW! -sigh- the book actually made me tired.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    jane midland, Australia 02-27-13
    jane midland, Australia 02-27-13
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    "Had me from the start"

    Hard to find a book my husband and I both agree on, this is one we do. Just bought book 2 Narrator was really good.

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    David Sausalito, CA, United States 02-25-13
    David Sausalito, CA, United States 02-25-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Awsome sci-fi thriller!!!"
    What did you love best about BRAINRUSH, a Thriller?

    It's a tie between the non-stop action and R C Bray narration. I have a "wandering" mind and I frequently find myself pressing the rewind button on my mp3 but with Brainrush, I did not press the rewind button one time! Finished the book in a day and 1/2. Will definitely pick up book 2 in the series!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The bonds between the characters. I have read so many books where it's "every man for themselves" and "better you than me" which isn't that bad by the way, it just gets old after a while. The characters in Brainrush were willing to die for one another and that made the book that much more enjoyable.


    Have you listened to any of R. C. Bray’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No I have not but his narration was spot-on excellent. It was truly one of the best narrative jobs I've ever heard. Great job R.C. Bray!!!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes, I had an extreme reaction to get Brainrush 2 A.S.A.P.


    Any additional comments?

    No, this is first review and I'm tired.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Duck SEADRIFT, TX, United States 02-18-13
    Duck SEADRIFT, TX, United States 02-18-13 Member Since 2011

    I love to read espionage and criminal thrillers. My lifestyle doesn't allow time to sit and read so audio books is really an enjoyment.

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    "I have found a new author"
    Where does BRAINRUSH, a Thriller rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is amount my favorite!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The Sci-Fi thinking of the author


    What about R. C. Bray’s performance did you like?

    He was very "into" the book.


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    I look forward to listening to Brainrush II

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ron Basehor, KS, United States 02-07-13
    Ron Basehor, KS, United States 02-07-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Mash up. Action, Comic, Sci-fi"

    This book has the feeling of a mash up of several different genres.
    It has the action fight against terrorism aspect, it has a flair of comic
    book super hero, and it includes the alien sci-fi angle. This book feels
    as if it is trying to find the cross section of people that are into the action
    books like the Jack Ryan series, or James Bond. But who are also into
    comics, and space aliens. If you like these kinds of books on there
    own then this might be an interesting read for you. It was different enough
    to keep me interested. I thought the narrator did a good job at bringing the
    characters to life, and was easy to listen to. This book may not make my
    all time best list but it was worth a listen.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    A. Merritt Island, FL, United States 12-27-12
    A. Merritt Island, FL, United States 12-27-12
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    "Exciting"

    I wasn't sure what to expect when I chose this one but it held my interest from beginning to end.

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    Dale Webster, SD, United States 12-24-12
    Dale Webster, SD, United States 12-24-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Too sexual a read needs X rating."
    What did you like best about BRAINRUSH, a Thriller? What did you like least?

    Story line was good but overtaken by sexual content.


    Would you recommend BRAINRUSH, a Thriller to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes of age!


    Would you listen to another book narrated by R. C. Bray?

    Yes


    Could you see BRAINRUSH, a Thriller being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Yes a rewrite for screen play


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    J. Wilson Franklin, PA United States 12-23-12
    J. Wilson Franklin, PA United States 12-23-12 Member Since 2014

    yufasa

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    "Could have been great.."
    Would you try another book from Richard Bard and/or R. C. Bray?

    People who like Impossible situations and constant tension building would like this. Not sure I can stand to get through another drama queen attempt.The narration was decent and the reason I enjoyed the book to some degree.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    First halve of the book was great. Interesting listen, but then the author changed gears and seem to think that building tension means that you write one imposible situation on top of another and then miraculously the situation gets resolved. If I was reading, I would have skipped whole pages.Spoiler alert:I did not think the alien artifact/possible invasion should have been in here.


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

    Tony


    Was BRAINRUSH, a Thriller worth the listening time?

    Barely


    Any additional comments?

    I wish the author did not try to "step it up" in the second part of the book and thereby turning it into a soap opera.This story really has/had potential.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Elle in the Great NorthWest Beaverton, OR, United States 11-29-12
    Elle in the Great NorthWest Beaverton, OR, United States 11-29-12

    I LOVE books. And dogs & quilting & beading & volunteering.

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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.

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    Amazon Customer Long Beach, CA, United States 07-26-12
    Amazon Customer Long Beach, CA, United States 07-26-12 Member Since 2015

    Just about anywhere but HERE.

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    "Throughly Entertaining"
    Would you consider the audio edition of BRAINRUSH, a Thriller to be better than the print version?

    I very much enjoyed the audio version.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The premise that a shock to the brain could unlock hidden talents.


    What does R. C. Bray bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    As with most talented actors, you get the impression of the charachers feelings, when the passage is presented in a dramitic fashion.


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

    Oh yes, this was a very good book and if I could have heard it all at once .... but I did listen day after day with enthusiasm.


    Any additional comments?

    I think I am ready for the second installment but.... if it is as good as I expect I may wait for the third book and then have a real BRAIN Rush!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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