Book 1 of the Brainrush series was touted in Tthe Wall Street Journal as the number one Bestselling Action/Adventure in their "Readers Guide to Self-Published Big Sellers" (December 9, 2011). This sequel, The Enemy of my Enemy, was released in early December 2011 to rave reviews. Within a few weeks it became the number one Top-Rated Action/Adventure AND the number two Top-Rated Mystery/Thriller on Amazon.
Former combat pilot Jake Bronson believed the worst was behind him. But when a sophisticated terrorist cell shows up in his hometown, he's drawn into a conflict that threatens the heart and soul of every mother in America. The bonds of love and loyalty are tested as Jake and his friends are swept into a deadly chase that takes them from the beaches of California to the depths of the world's longest underground river, and finally to the remote jungles of the Venezuelan rain forest - where Jake discovers that it will take far more than his enhanced abilities to prevent what is coming.
©2011 Richard Bard (P)2012 Richard Bard
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I liked how he did the voice of the bad guy. It had to have hurt, but it sounded really cool and true to the story description.
The story was action scene after action scene with our hero barely getting out of each scrape, sometimes pretty miraculously, most of the time just way over the top. It was fun at first, but by the end of the book I just wanted it to be over. I was exhausted from the endless series of narrow escapes and tough guy attitude. In the second novel I was expecting a litte more character depth and development. Instead it seemed to be more of the same as the first novel with few new developments other than lots of action.
I rarely get time to sit down and read books so I do prefer audio books for that reason. I do love to read, but I have more time available when driving to listen to books.
The characters commitment to each other.
He gives depth to the characters by the different voices and emotions in his narration.
I could break this one up more than the first book.
While I did find the story very compelling, I also felt that the independent vigilantly violence got a bit out of hand to the point that it was hard to stay quite as connected to the story. Made it more unbelievable.
Brainrush I was awesome. Brainrush II is "off the graph" - Wish I could have rated this higher than a five in all categories. For those of you old enough to remember the Saturday Morning "Cliffhangers" at the local movie theater: This book has enough cliffhangers in it to fill about 300 movie clips. Our Hero and his entourage find themselves in more impossible events than possible to count. Thank goodness the "rabbit comes out of the hat" just in time. Listened to this book virtually non-stop except for a few hours of sleep. Can't wait for the sequel. This narrator is also terrific. Hard to believe there is just one narrator involved. He is a total genius and I'll be looking for more books narrated by RC Bray. Plot was good. Characters well-defined and plausible. Hope to see many more books of the same genre from this author and narrator!! You definitely will not be disappointed!!
We have just finished listening to Brainrush II and can't wait for Brainrush III! Wonderful story lines, characters, beautifully described. Thank you for providing so much entertainment to my husband and I. Love your work.
The book reads like scenes in an engaging movie. After reading the first two books of Brainrush's Trilogy, my only disappointment was that his third book was not yet within my reach. When I looked on his web sight to find out that book three will be out before the end of the year, I found on his home page, a sample of his audio version of Brainrush 2. Wow! R. C. Bray took me right back into the story again.
Great action - kept me alert and interested, without getting frustrated: Just like the Farrelly brother's new Three Stooges keep you laughing as gag breaks upon gag, Jake and company's obstacles keeps you jacked on suspense as complication gets piled onto complication. What's great though, is that the complications are resolved and the plot moves forward, so there isn't the sense of stalling out that can frustrate readers when things pile up. As the complications are resolved, we learn more about the characters and the plan and the plot is moved forward.
Very clever solutions to problems. You don't see the same resolution over and over.
I'd like to know more about the complexity of the obolisk or inverted pyramid. Not more simple knowledge, but more paradoxes and hints into it's communications and functions. Also, how about some heightened emotions as well as heightened intellect and speed. Heightened empathy, clarified anger, I don't know . . . just a heightening of everything.
Narrator was fine, better than most. But this story became trite and over dramatic, the action was consistently over the top and so non stop that it became noise. It was hard to buy into the varied dramatic settings.
I enjoyed to first book, and forgave some of the silliness, but in this book the intrigue of the main character wore off and I started rooting for the book to be over.
Audible Audio books has made a big difference to me..Poor eyesight curtailed my ability to read like I did when I was younger..Thanks Audibl
Ive come to enjoy R C Bray's reaading ..both the first book in this new ?series?trillogy? Whatever they turn out to be..and the writing is tight, though not all the questions get answered and of course there is. Clifhanger at the end of this book. Also.
Worth the credit, and. for me it's a book I'll listen to again in a year or so before I but book 3.
Please excuse typos..writing reviews on iPhones isn't particularly easy
Tucked away in the beautiful mountains of New Mexico.
This book was about the same as the first one in terms of suspense, interest, action, etc. Not a waste of a credit, but nothing to rave and carry on about either.
I would definitely recommend reading the books in order, though I've either forgotten parts of the first book or they weren't presented, because there are details brought out in this sequel that made me think "wait, where were they in the first book." Unfortunately, some of those details are the kinds that put me off in a book. For example, here's the protagonist with a mother and sister somewhere (again, not much detail) yet the terrorist go after the family of an ancillary character. Picky details but to me it is those details that separate an OK book from a stellar book.
But I digress. This book ends such that yet another sequel is no doubt in the making...but I suppose I'll get that one, too, as they have all been worth the credit so far.
The main character Jake has the superpower and the "get-it-done" atttitude driving the series
Hard to say! he brought all of the characters to life with his accents and tonal variation.
Looking forward to the next instalment, so hurry up.
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