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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

Critic Reviews

" 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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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

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

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

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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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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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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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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Loved It!

What a great thriller! Brain-washing, trust issues, kidnapping, murder - this book has it all. Narrator was amazing with the diverse characters. Set in U.S., Italy, and middle east.

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Awesome

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Keeps you on the edge of your seat! Can't put it down!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Can't pick just one, the whole team was awesome!
Very strong bond amongst all members!
Money didn't matter! Just watch your brother's back while achieving the goal!

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

Excellent reader! I hope he's the reader to all my books!

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

When Tony tucked little Serafina in his chest & he would not give her up!

Any additional comments?

This is a MUST read! Now I'm on to the 2nd book!

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Felt as if I'm watching a low budget movie

What disappointed you about BRAINRUSH, a Thriller?

Probably my worst read to date. When I read the book description, it definitely intrigued me, the locations that the book will take you, Venice, Monte Carlo, Afghanistan, it surely felt like it will be a very interesting read. However, just in the beginning of the book, you realize that it is no more than a weak attempt at pulling a Dan Brown. The cheesy predictable lines that the characters say just felt like you're watching a low budget movie, you know from the first few minutes it will be a waste of time. Every move, line, action, anything was very predictable, and didn't get better as the pages wore off.

The long descriptions of all the fights in the book show how much the writer had nothing to say or give, he just kept on explaining and detailing every fist fight, kick, punch, that eventually it becomes nothing more than repetition of itself!