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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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    Jordan 01-19-15
    Jordan 01-19-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great story, strange ending."

    Best reader I've ever heard. Story was filled with action very fast paced and great detail. Just didn't expect the weird ending, it didn't feel like it fit with the rest of the book.

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    Heather Turiello Overland Park, KS USA 10-12-13
    Heather Turiello Overland Park, KS USA 10-12-13 Member Since 2008

    I'm a voracious audiobook listener, rarely found without my iPod.

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    "Meh."
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    This story had so much potential and just kept missing the mark. If you're looking for a great airplane or beach read/thriller, this is your book. But if you're looking for a Clive Cussler or Dan Brown thriller, this is a bit of a disappointment. There are just too many improbabilities and the execution was silly.

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    J. Penzes Diamond Bar, CA 09-10-13
    J. Penzes Diamond Bar, CA 09-10-13 Listener Since 2008
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    "Great Action Adventure"
    If you could sum up Brainrush, a Thriller in three words, what would they be?

    Fast moving action


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jake - he is the man


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

    Very well done


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

    Jake taking care of the kids


    Any additional comments?

    Well worth the read and will be getting book #2 for sure

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    S. Shelton 08-27-13
    S. Shelton 08-27-13

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    "Typical Adventure"

    I enjoyed it overall. Very much like a Clive Cussler book. There is always a unique angle for every adventure book and this one is creative. The end is a cliff hanger and not that great of an ending. However, eventually I will probably listen to the second in the series.

    Jake is having an MRI during a CA earthquake resulting in interesting powers. He ends up being recruited for a research lab, meets Francesca who works at the clinic, and 2 autistic children. Then the typical military friends bond together to support Jake and fight the bad guys.

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    Freeman SAN DIEGO, CA, United States 08-01-13
    Freeman SAN DIEGO, CA, United States 08-01-13 Member Since 2016
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    "the ending was better than the rest"

    i really liked the idea, but it lacked some good character development & details that i would have cared about. and then it seemed to spend too much time on military details. maybe others care about different types of gun straps, but i don't. it's a reasonably fun listen, but don't put it on the top of your list.

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    Glenn Caboolture, Australia 08-01-13
    Glenn Caboolture, Australia 08-01-13
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    "Not quite there"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, not as an outstanding book but entertaining enough to pass the time. The author tried very hard to write a best seller but could have done more research and written in the light of current events. Relied on stereotypical characters but managed to add some intrigue. More research would have addressed the active war zone they flew through and given some plausibility as to how they came by an Osprey aircraft then overstretched with the mysticism of spinning pyramids etc. I would listen to/read later books by the author to see if he has improved.

    I also felt that the many and varied accents were too much for the narrator


    What three words best describe R. C. Bray’s voice?

    Stretched beyond limits


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

    Neither


    Any additional comments?

    None

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    Annette Liberty, UT, United States 07-12-13
    Annette Liberty, UT, United States 07-12-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Edge of your seat!"
    If you could sum up Brainrush, a Thriller in three words, what would they be?

    When I started this book, I didn't think I would like it, but then POW! It kept me on the edge of my seat right up until the end. I couldn't wait to get in my car and listen. I thought this would make a great "action" film. Some was a little far-fetched, but who cares, it was fast and furious. The narrator did a fabulous job of creating individual characters. Would recomend to anyone who likes action/adventure/no-stop thrills.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The lead, Jake. He was a very well strong, clever and had a lot of hero qualities.


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

    He did a great job. You knew who was who. He did a great job on accents, he made women sound like women, nothing falsetto.


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

    Not an extreme reaction, but I enjoyed it so much I getting the 2nd and 3rd book in the series.


    Any additional comments?

    Great thriller, not a lot of foul language, or sex, there was a lot of violence, but not graphic. Would listen to more by this author with the same narrator.

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    Jennifer 07-12-13
    Jennifer 07-12-13
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    "Suspense with plenty of action"
    Where does Brainrush, a Thriller rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Right up there


    What did you like best about this story?

    Not able to guess how they would resolve the situation


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

    Easy listening


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

    Kept our interest throughout


    Any additional comments?

    Couldn't wait to get Book 2

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    Jim 06-23-13
    Jim 06-23-13
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    "Needed a good editor"

    So implausible that each turn made it more far fetched. Thrilled that it was done at the end. Premise held merit.

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    Gerald 06-15-13
    Gerald 06-15-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Action and adventure at a fast pace! Perfect."

    This not a literary masterpiece, but if your looking for a good listen that's action filled and narrated well, this is a good book. I like the story and the characters. They blended well and the story moved fast. No fast forwarding on this one.
    I definitely did not waste a credit on with this book.

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