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

    Think on this: The Universe is a place so complex; It created tiny bits of itself to contimplate its own existance.

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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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    Susan Port Saint Lucie, FL, United States 07-10-12
    Susan Port Saint Lucie, FL, United States 07-10-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Fantastic!!!"
    What made the experience of listening to BRAINRUSH, a Thriller the most enjoyable?

    This was one of the most exciting stories I've ever listened to. It kept my attention the entire time.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jake, the main character, was courageous and real.


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

    He kept the story going and he made all the characters in the story come alive.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    RunningWithDogs Shreveport, LA 07-06-12
    RunningWithDogs Shreveport, LA 07-06-12 Member Since 2009

    RwD

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    "A fun thriller with a touch of sci-fi"

    A fun and fast-paced thriller. First time I have ever heard Bray narrate, his reading is a bit hurried for me but no annoying interruptions or heavy breathing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    B. Bozeman Knoxville, Tennessee 07-03-12
    B. Bozeman Knoxville, Tennessee 07-03-12 Member Since 2012

    Driving over 100,000 mile a year since 1983, I got hooked on audible books on tape 30 years back. I now listen from my bicycle 2 hours a day

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    "Don't Be Fooled THIS IS HORRIBLE"

    This is a masterpiece of TERRIBLE by a writer with all the sensibilities of a boy with diminished capacity. Amazing that something this bad could find a publisher. The writer must have a family connection to the owners because no one would pay the cost of recording something like this
    The action scenes? In the middle of a bizarre attack by a Jihadist in a Venetian Palace during a costume ball held by the leader of the Jihad the protagonist is asked by his friend "how's it hanging"? A Jihad out of a Venitian Palace using autistic children with brain implants? Are you serious?
    The dialog is so dimwitted and absurd the only reason to continue is to discover if the writing can possibly get worse. A story that makes no sense whatever A plot - if you can call it a plot - that strains - no breaks through any semblance of credibility. Characters you could never dream up who sound like escapes from a remedial reading class.
    I would never imagine that Audible could possibly have something it the catalog as lame as this thing. Note a couple of the reviewers have only review the two books by this author so the rating has been fixed. Don't even think about buying this JUNK. I'm truly ashamed at myself for being sucked in by a review that is much more worthwhile than the mess it represents. This is TRASH.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Sandy San Carlos, CA, United States 03-22-12
    Sandy San Carlos, CA, United States 03-22-12
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    "Wow - great!!"
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    This was a great audio book - it was exciting, had momentum and plot. Some of it was quite

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Rainiac 01-05-12
    Rainiac 01-05-12 Member Since 2015

    rainwallace

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    "Brainrush"
    What disappointed you about BRAINRUSH, a Thriller?

    Horrible and boring


    Would you ever listen to anything by Richard Bard again?

    No


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Nothing comes to mind. Lots of the story takes place in Venice, but that's about all the good I can say about any scene


    Any additional comments?

    I knew going in this had potential to be bad being a new story on Audible without reviews, but this went beyond my worst expectations of bad. The super-smart-telekinetic-alien connected-super hero main character isn't quite good enough to not need mercenaries and huge guns and ammo to beat the villian. Yuck

    3 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Brian Bennett San Something, CA 12-24-14
    Brian Bennett San Something, CA 12-24-14 Member Since 2014

    The Dude

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    "So Bad"

    I liked the first 2-3 hours but after that it turned into an odd Bond like book without brains. This was so bad I had to write a review just to help others avoid my mistake.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dale Springdale, AR, United States 12-09-14
    Dale Springdale, AR, United States 12-09-14 Member Since 2012

    Long haul trucker, nerd, and scifi fan.

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    "not for the lactose intolerant"

    The author tries way too hard to make the "most awesomest super action superhero" The character development is like somebody throwing every type of cheese you can imagine onto a pizza. Eventually, it got cheesy enough to kill the lactose intolerant. The plot sounded cool, but got corny and predictable pretty quick.

    That said... The book may have entertainment value if you're into the comic book theme. It just got too much for me . I can't get more specific without spoilers, so----

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Coredapple Milford, DE, United States 11-12-14
    Coredapple Milford, DE, United States 11-12-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Unbelievable action story"

    The performance was fine, but the story was too stupid. The bad guy is a scientist, is religious and is a terrorist mastermind, and has tons of money and henchmen, including a right-hand man who is extra cruel. The good guy is super bad-ass, has other loyal bad-ass friends, etc. Anyway, the characters are extremely caricature and the story is a selection of typical cartoon plots. This would have been better if it sends itself up like Austin Powers, but since it takes itself seriously, it's just another lower than average pulp action hero story.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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