Audie Award Finalist, Mystery, 2014
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.
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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!!
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Following on from the events in ‘Brainrush’ Jake Bronson’s life is back to normal, until a terrorist tries to get payback for what Jake did at the end of the last book. Aware that all is not ok, Jake and his friends are hunted by an enemy they thought to be dead. This time the evil terrorist has even more sinister plans in store, not only do they want to make Jake pay but they are on American soil and about to release a toxin that will change America forever. When Jake finds out the extent of the plans, he and his gang of misfits make unlikely alliances in order to neutralise the threat….but will they make it on time?
I think I may be slightly in love with Jake Bronson – he is a hero everyone can support, he cares for his friends and family, willing to do whatever it takes to make them safe. Richard Bard is fast becoming one of my favourite authors, he really knows how to weave a fun and action-packed story. He has such a way with words that you cannot help but care for and identify with the characters. Although I’m not too fond with how he ends the books – It makes me crave the next audio book, thankfully I have the next one ready to go.
R.C.Bray is on fine form in this audio book, he has a great ability to grab the listener’s attention and not let go. I’ll be honest, I have done absolutely nothing today but listen to this audio book, that’s over 10 heavenly hours of enjoyment. The production is flawless and the addition of the music at the beginning and end of the audio book adds an air of suspense. If you haven’t yet spent any time with Mr. Bray may I suggest you start, it really is a fun experience. Start with the first book in this series though.
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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.
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.
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.
I loved this second book also. A few reviewers commented on the lack of realism, however I feel as a thriller with science fiction tendencies, stepping slightly beyond realism is perfectly acceptable and makes the story jump from my Kindle or Audible and increases my adrenaline! And, no pun intended, but makes the story more realistic!!
I also love the narrator, who paints a picture with his voice that draws me deeper into the story. I wish I could give Richard Bard's books many more stars. I highly recommend this series!
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