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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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    Arlene FAIRBANKS, AK, United States 03-12-13
    Arlene FAIRBANKS, AK, United States 03-12-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Can't wait to read the next book"
    If you could sum up BRAINRUSH, a Thriller in three words, what would they be?

    Good listen and interesting story idea.


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

    When he was in the MIR machine.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    At the bar when he discovered his abilities.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The end.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    J. Lightfoot 03-11-13

    I love mystery and thriller genre books. I am a complete Audible addict!

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    "Um, What?"

    I did not enjoy this book, the only positive thing I can say is that the narrator did well. I had high hopes for this story, but it was a let down. I was very disappointed because the plot has some promise, but it was very poorly executed.

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    Paul 03-06-13
    Paul 03-06-13 Member Since 2010
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    "SOOOOOOO STUPID!"

    I am clearly not the target audience for this book. It's a cliche of action/adventure. Lots of guns, hot chicks and hard men. Seriously. I don't understand the appeal.

    If you enjoy endless descriptions of weaponry and gunfights go for it. I could barely finish it.

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

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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.

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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
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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

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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


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