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Brainrush: A Thriller by Richard Bard

Wednesday, September 7, 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. Thrust into a deadly chase across Europe and Afghanistan to save his love and her autistic-savant daughter, 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-read 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 reader 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.

"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."
-Publisher's Weekly

"If this startling debut doesn't have you turning pages at breakneck speed, then you're not paying attention. Rich characters, crackling dialogue, and a climactic sequence that is stunning, enervating, and innovative all at once. Richard Bard is a voice to be reckoned with." - Rebecca Forster, USA Today Best Selling Author of over twenty political thrillers.

Brainrush is Book One of a series. Book two available December, 2011.

*Publisher's Weekly review based on the unpublished manuscript.


Goodreads Summary

What would you do for a super brain?  Certainly not what the main character in this novel has to go through.  A super brain will always be coveted and sought by those who would exploit it, Jake has to do everything in his power to avoid being used by some of the world's largest and strongest terrorist organizations.  One such organization is headed by Battista and would do anything to harness Jake's newfound intellect. 

The story begins with Jake about to die-give or take a week or two.  The reader will immediately be drawn to Jake, he is a sympathetic character.  Jake is one of those characters that the reader knows will literally overcome whatever is thrown his way.  He's touch, caring, and protective.  The reader will enjoy following Jake through the novel, learning along with him about his unusual cognitive powers.  The other secondary characters are fun to get to know as well, specifically Jake's friends and love interest.  They round out the novel.

The events are very fast-paced, the reader will not be bored; this read promises a thriller and delivers.  The author clearly has a deep knowledge of the military, the more exciting scenes in the book are very realistic-from the threats to the fighting.  This book starts out with a bang and ends with one as well, the action is carried through the entire novel, never waning.  This book is terrific for young adults/adults.

5 Stars

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