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Brainrush (Brainrush series Book 1)

Brainrush (Brainrush series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Richard Bard
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Publishers Weekly heralded the first book in Richard Bard's Brainrush thriller series as "terrifically entertaining" and "inventive and compelling." It went on to earn the Wall Street Journal's #1 Action/Adventure slot in the Guide to Self-Published Big Sellers list.

Before he slid into the MRI machine, Jake Bronson was just an ordinary guy with terminal cancer. But when an earthquake hits during the procedure, Jake staggers from the wreckage a profoundly changed man, now endowed with uncanny mental abilities.
An ocean away, Luciano Battista wants a piece of Jake's talent. Posing as a pioneering scientist, the terrorist leader has been conducting cerebral-implant experiments in a sinister quest to create a breed of super jihadist agents...and Jake's altered brain may be the key to his success. But Jake refuses to play the pawn in an unholy war--and when an innocent woman and autistic child are taken hostage to force his cooperation, he embarks on a jihad of his own. Jake and his band of loyal friends are 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.

About the Author

Richard Bard was born in Munich, Germany to American parents, and joined the United States Air Force like his father. But when he was diagnosed with cancer and learned he had only months to live, he left the service. He earned a management degree from the University of Notre Dame and ultimately ran three successful companies involving advanced security products used by US embassies and governments worldwide. Now a full-time writer, he lives in Redondo Beach, California, with his wife, and remains in excellent health.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1333 KB
  • Print Length: 392 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1611098025
  • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (30 April 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0095VLJ0K
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (133 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #71,949 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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As a young Air Force pilot, Richard was diagnosed with cancer and learned that he had only a few months to live. But he beat the odds. He earned a management degree from the University of Notre Dame and after leaving the Air Force he ran three successful companies involving advanced security products and hi-tech displays used by US embassies and government facilities worldwide. He was an active member of the California Crime Prevention Officer's Association and has been published with cover stories in Security magazine and ASIS Security Management magazine.

Cancer killed Richard Bard's career as a USAF pilot. But it didn't kill him. Thirty-six years later he's still going strong. Now he writes about second chances in the BRAINRUSH thriller series. When asked what he hopes to achieve as a writer, he said, "The dream for me is to be walking through an airport and notice someone with her head buried in the book. Many readers have said they found it impossible to put down. For me, that's the ultimate compliment." Bard currently resides with his wife in Redondo Beach, California, where he remains in excellent health. The first two books of the series are being republished under the Thomas & Mercer imprint in February of 2013. Book-3 of the series is scheduled for release in June.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A thrillride of a lifetime! 10 Aug 2011
By Walt
Format:Kindle Edition
Absolutely Loved It! Brainrush took me on adventure around the world that captivated my imagination and kept my adrenaline pumping with every turn of the page. I am not a normal reader of thriller books, but Richard Bard's writing debut has made me a convert with the unpredictable hairpin turns that took me from Hermosa Beach (my hometown) to the canals of Venice, the glitz of Monte Carlo and and finally Afghanistan. I could totally relate to Jake, the main character who is a guy's guy with an edge, and puts it all on the line to pursue and rescue the beautiful and alluring Francesca. I especially love the visual imagery that makes the cities, characters and actions scenes come alive. My only regret is that I have to wait until the end of the year for the next book.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thrills, Action, Adventure! 6 Sep 2011
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One of the things I loved about this fast paced thriller, is that apart from Venice, which Richard Bard depicts so incredibly vividly in full Technicolor 3-D, I've never been to any of the other exotic places he brings so graphically to life, and yet I felt I was right there with his amazing cast of characters, with the sound and the action happening all around me. Afghanistan, Kuwait, Monaco and - where it all starts, Redondo Beach, California - and back again to romantic Venice, where it ends.

The main character, the charismatic pilot, Jake Bronson, has been diagnosed with cancer and given a few months to live. A unique and extraordinary accident during an MRI scan leaves him with the unprecedented and enviable cognitive powers that give him the ability to live out the rest of his short life able to combat the evil intentions of the arch villain - Luciano Battista, a terrorist who is aiming to - well I'm not going to tell you - you'll have to read it to find out.

Backed by his loyal team of Tony, Marshall and Lacey, Jake overcomes one nail-biting disaster after another to save the life of the woman he loves - Francesca, the beautiful psychologist working with autistic children who has succumbed to Battista's evil machinations. These characters are so finely drawn that I felt I knew them. But wait till you meet the villains - Battista and his gang of evil thugs! Bard must have drawn heavily on his innate novelist's imagination to have created such brutes.

Without this being in any way autobiographical, Bard has undoubtedly drawn on his own wide and varied experiences to bring detail and authenticity to every meticulously researched scene he writes. Much of the action could not have been written by anybody who had not gone through the drama and horror he brings to life with his concise yet flowing prose.

This is a wonderful thriller - and there's a sequel! Don't miss it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Mad Dash to the End 15 April 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
The cool part about this whole story is that it stems from Bard's own life. Based loosely I'm assuming, but cool nonetheless.

Within the first few paragraphs, Bard hooks the reader with excitement. It's a head-on rush for the first half of the book.

We meet a few of Jake's friends, his mother, a few (hot) females, all within the first few chapters. Then, probably one of my top three favorite scenes takes place in a bar. Any of you who have read the book know which scene I'm talking about.

I had an issue with the flow of the story. On a chapter-by-chapter basis, it flew by. However, this could be personal preference, but I felt there were two stories mixed into one.

I don't want to give anything away, but as I said earlier, the first half of the book flows perfectly from scene to scene. All of it a build up to a scene in Italy. Now that I've finished the book, I find myself wondering if he could have used that first half and developed it so that the final scene in Italy was the climax.

Here is my reasoning. This is hard without giving anything away, but the second half of the book was a situation in which one of the characters had to prepare a team, a team with a military background. This dragged the book to a screeching halt.

It was cool how the characters were introduced and how we learned what their specialties were and such, but it was too much detail. It was so far away from how the rest of the story had been told that I took a break for a few days.

If these chapters were at the beginning of the book, it would have been a great build up scene. But since we were flying at top speed already, it was a let down.

Once I made it through these few chapters, the pace picked right back up and it was a mad dash to the end.

While a great book and read, it could have been better in my opinion. I've no doubt Richard Bard will be around awhile. For his first shot, he hit one out of the park.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An interesting concept. 17 April 2012
By pamdav
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I really enjoyed reading this book and found it very hard to put down. It had a very original concept even though impossible to occur, but it is a fictional work after all. On finishing it, I immediately ordered the sequel and am hurtling through that as well. I hope there are more books to come with Jake and his buddies!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A new super hero 27 Oct 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I received this book free to read and review
Although part one of a series this stands well on its own, however the next book will have problems from the two teaser chapters included to be as good as a standalone as a series. When I started reading this I wondered if it would have been better to have left out the science fiction and have it as a terrorist action adventure however the more I got into it the more important the science fiction elements are. In all an excellent book, I did however get a bit bogged down with the description of the various weapons, this was probably essential but it did slow my reading of what was a fast paced book.
The hero of the story Jake is well described as are the other characters and the locations that I am familiar with accurately jump out of the pages the other locations are no doubt as equally accurate which adds a lot to a novel. It is certainly a different take on the normal range of terrorist novels and I enjoyed it. I suppose the real question is I got this one free but would I buy the next in the series and the answer is a resounding yes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Reading
An unknown author to me but one i really enjoyed and I will certainly be buying the next book in the series
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3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed..
Disappointed...... liked the idea/story line in the book but to read wasn't as good as I thought. The build up to Jake's increased mental ability was very poor and before long he... Read more
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1.0 out of 5 stars Pretentious rubbish
This book is written as a form of escapism. Characters are all superhuman, comic book style, always getting out mostly intact from impossible situations. Read more
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3.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
for a debut book this is very very good.very intresting main storyline well told and really makes you think re alien beings etc obviously a subject no longer laughed at!! Read more
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