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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 autisti
Paperback, 306 pages
Published August 1st 2011 by Createspace (first published March 23rd 2010)
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
This book hovers between 3.75 and 4 stars for me. Some parts I really liked. I liked Jake a lot. He was a very good guy and some awful stuff had happened to him. I liked the different acts of the book. The author kept the story moving and incorporated lots of twists and turns so that the reader would not have time to get bored. I feel that the writing was a bit amateurish at times. The author was clearly excited about this story, and that's great. However, I think the plotting suffered at times. ...more
Mike (the Paladin)
I got this on a recommendation here and it's a good book. This is a thriller and it's pretty well put together. There's a lot to say here and the book crosses a few genres. This would have worked as a comic book...pardon me, a graphic novel.

Our hero here is not in a good way. he's dying from cancer. Being a noble hero he's not told anyone that the cancer he thought he'd beaten before had returned. Tough dude huh?

Then a nasty accident happens...and he begins to develop, "super powers" the ac
Jul 08, 2012 Lisa rated it it was ok
I went into this book knowing it was not going to be very realistic fiction. The publisher's synopsis was- "When terminally ill combat pilot Jake Bronson emerges from an MRI with extraordinary cognitive powers, everyone wants a piece of his talent". So, when the 'extraordinary cognitive powers' turned into telekinesis, I accepted it. When the love interest turned out to be an empath (who could read the feelings, emotions and intentions of 99% of people. Her boss was in the 1%), I accepted it. I ...more
Jul 02, 2012 Dannye rated it it was amazing
I read Brainrush in one session. Were the characters likable? Yes. Did the story line have a paranormal twist? Yes. Did the author provide a believable backdrop for the story? Yes. Was the writing smooth? Yes. Did I not want to put it down? Yes. Was it well-edited? Yes.

I couldn't ask for anything else.
Lisa P
Sep 09, 2012 Lisa P rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed Brainrush…fast paced, lots of action, never a dull moment! I love stories that have me racing around the world, and this one didn’t disappoint. Books that include special ops are also some of my favorites (probably because they usually contain a lot of action, and are full of cool weapons and gadgets). This book had both(especially in the second half of the book)…just a little overkill on the descriptions of said weapons and gadgets though. I like a little explanation, but when ...more
A Terminal Illness. Psychic Powers. Terrorists. Human Experiments. High Stakes Gambling. Mercenaries. And...Aliens?

Yes, you read that right. Brainrush had ALL of the above. It's definitely made my top 10 of the craziest books I've read, EVER.

Jake Bronson is terminally ill but he comes out of an MRI with brain powers. Instead of keeping it to himself, Jake foolishly brags about the whole thing in public and before you know it, everybody wants a piece of him, including Battista, a mastermind who's
Mar 05, 2012 Linda rated it it was amazing
This was my favorite book of all time until I read the 2nd book: Brain Rush, Enemy of my enemy and now book 2 is my favorite.. But you have to read them both to really appreciate what a great author Mr Bard is. Both books are wonderful and will keep you interested and they are hard to put down. I can't wait for the 3rd one to come out this fall. I wish it would be here sooner. I need to read more of the Jake Bronson series and find out what is next for them all.. Wonderful reading and a great wr ...more
Jul 02, 2015 puppitypup rated it really liked it
Action/Suspense Well named

What an enjoyable read! The characters are likeable, the writing engaging and the plot fast-paced.

Usually with male authors writing male protagonists, I have a hard time connecting, but that wasn't an issue at all here. In fact, I really like the main character, and even the secondary characters have enough depth to inch their way into your heart.

I was able to follow along effortlessly with the action scenes, and found them both thrilling and believable. Really superb
BRAINRUSH (Pub. 2011) by Richard Bard is an intriguing read, with a couple twists that keep it from feeling like the standard formula-driven thriller/AA read. It held my interest all the way through with a unique physical aspect that comes into play for Jake Bronson, following an earthquake striking while he's in an MRI machine. And the author doesn't waste a minute getting us there. Jake's newfound skills lend the story a contemporary SF/paranormal vibe without crossing too far over the line in ...more
Mike Nemeth
Jul 21, 2013 Mike Nemeth rated it really liked it
Writer Richard Bard successfully combines the power of a thriller with the twist of science-fiction in "Brainrush," the first in his well received series. The combination is a well-executed and fast-moving novel that takes Jake Bronson (a former military pilot with a dose of darkness and anti-hero legacy) from a near-death bout with an MRI to a battle with terrorists that starts in Italy and concludes in Afghanistan. Along the way, Bronson, who believes he's got just months to live, learns that ...more
Sandra Stiles
Nov 23, 2011 Sandra Stiles rated it it was amazing

Every now and then, a book comes along that you just can’t put down. I tell my students that if they find a book that takes them on a visual trip as well as an emotional rollercoaster, then they have truly found an awesome book. That pretty much describes this book. This is one of those books that once you start reading you can forget about obligations to your family because you won’t be able to put it down. It has a bit of science fiction tied into a military thriller, along with just a touch o
Aug 19, 2012 karl rated it it was amazing
I was hesitant on reading this book and on giving it a good grade. But, when I got into it, I found this book a never ending, thrill packed, hard-to-believe read. I had to come up for breath. I sometimes shook my head thinking, "how could the author keep coming up with these?"

The essence is our normal guy hero has an MRI during a California earthquake. The result is he can envision things and react to things before anyone else. As word gets out (e.g., that he could catch a knife by the handle as
Kelly  Brun
Apr 09, 2012 Kelly Brun rated it it was ok
2/5 stars: This book was ok. I choose this book based upon excellent reviews on Amazon. What a disappointment. I suppose that this book might appeal more to the male population than the females due to the load of descriptions about guns, ammunition, terrorists, and combat. In the beginning I thought this book had potential. It read as an action/mystery - with the plot centered around scientifically possible geniuses. So perhaps the reason I hated this book so much was because the ending placed t ...more
Carolyn Walkden
Feb 06, 2015 Carolyn Walkden rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I wasn't sure where this story was going to start with, so many facets to it. The story starts with a MRI accident where Jake Bronson, who has been given a few months to live, is suddenly empowered with enhanced brain function. Soon this leads him into a world of kidnap, experiments and murder. His friends Tony, Marshall and Lacey are determined to save him and are drawn into a story that goes from science to mayhem. I loved the endearing storyline of Jake's connection to two children, in partic ...more
May 09, 2012 Liz rated it liked it
I have very mixed feelings about this novel. First and foremost this was pure brain candy, which is not always a bad thing. I'm all about reading things I like for the fun of it! The problems start with the formulaic manner in which the plot was laid out and the characters inserted and developed. And the lucky breaks that fall Jake's way, omg I'd like to have a fraction of the good luck he has! After a time I had to completely suspend belief and go with the flow through to the end. The pace of t ...more
Jul 03, 2014 Kelly rated it it was amazing
I loved this book, fast paced, interesting and well written. The characters are believable and it has twists that you just won't see coming, I was shocked and it takes a lot to do that. Go pick this book up for sure, I'm already reading the second book.
Rowena Hoseason
Sep 09, 2015 Rowena Hoseason rated it liked it
The trouble with the first part of most series is that you spend an awful lot of time on establishing the situation, the major players and the general set-up. Then just when things get really interesting… wham, bang, thank you and please buy the sequel.

That’s pretty much Brainrush all over. It’s a slightly sci-fi military thriller, set sometime around now, which gives ‘an ordinary joe’ extraordinary mental abilities and throws him into a global terrorist conspiracy.

The ordinary Joe ain’t so or
Paige Ellen Stone
Feb 15, 2015 Paige Ellen Stone rated it it was amazing
From the start, this book grabs the reader by the throat and does not let go. Straight into the sequel, it just won't let go. Believing his doctors that he does not have long to live, Jake is begrudgingly having one more MRI scan. An earthquake hits while he is in the machine. He survives the surge of power and emerges with a brain that, as it turns out is using more and more of its potential. Most of us use about 10%. He also learns that his brain tumor is gone.
Around the world, a jihadist scie
Wanda Hartzenberg
Jun 09, 2014 Wanda Hartzenberg rated it it was amazing
I bought my copy of this via audible!

I knew nothing of the story going in.
This is what I found.

Extreme -- you have mad scientists. Terrorists. Hero's. One with real super powers, and yes! ALIENS!
That is alotta stuff in one book. If I read the blurb and it mentioned all this then I would have bought another in its stead.
I mean seriously...I would have made a big mistake. The author pulled it off brilliantly!

Hard to pin point within all these plot lines but I think it is the p
Rosemary Cantrell
Initially, this looked like it might be OK - a man with a tumor that was not treatable. Then there is an accident in the MRI during an earthquake and suddenly things start to go weird.

The special ops aspects of the story had potential, but it was carried too far and I found myself skimming through some of the descriptions. I thought the characters were shallow and not well developed. In fact, my initial feel for the main character that he was a weakling and it turned out he was some well-experi
Sherlyn R. Lovell
Mar 15, 2015 Sherlyn R. Lovell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a rush!

At first I thought this book would be similar to one I had read in the past! It quickly grabbed me into the story and it turned out totally different than what I had expected. This book kept me involved and held captive until the end. It turned out to be a fast paced action thriller that didn't stop. The characters were well developed and very believable. This book takes the reader from the residential streets of Modesto to the party streets of Venice to the heavily occupied mountain
Sep 19, 2014 Mary rated it liked it
This book had been sitting on my TBR list for a long time and I finally got an opening to read it. The plot is a really good idea, the characters are interesting, the dialogue is fun and realistic and the book seems to flow quickly. There seems to be something missing though. The start seemed a little slow but it did pick up as it went along. I liked the relationship between the characters. The second half of the book was much better, maybe because the pace of the plot had picked up, the charact ...more
Chris Miles
Aug 06, 2015 Chris Miles rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was fortunate enough to come across Richard Bard by receiving a free copy of Everlast a few months ago. This was his fourth book and I quickly followed it up by reading a copy of Ephemeral, his fifth book and second in the Everlast series. I found them to be excellent reading, full of action and suspense. I have now purchased the three books that form the Brainrush series, Richard's first three books, and have just finished the first, Brainrush.

This book was every bit as good as the two in th
Lisa Voisen
Oct 31, 2011 Lisa Voisen rated it it was amazing
This is an action packed medical thriller that has me riveted. I can't put the book down. If you have a Kindle, go to this promotion to download the book for $.99 and by sending confirmation of your order, you can get the second book free when it comes out in December, and be in a drawing for a new Kindle Fire. If interested, go here:
Mar 17, 2015 Dan rated it really liked it
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Leandra Ford
Jul 10, 2015 Leandra Ford rated it really liked it
The hero is white, American and presumably Christian. The bad guy is a Muslim from Afghanistan. If you can get over this annoying cliché, the book is quite a good read. It has plenty of action and is fast-paced with lots of twists and turns. The author's use of sci-fi near the end detracted from what was otherwise a great plot. I enjoy reading and watching sci-fi but I don't think it has a place in this book. The author could have developed some of his characters more but there is a sequel, so h ...more
Apr 09, 2015 Anastasiya rated it it was ok
The only reason I finished this book is because I love RC Bray, who was the audiobook narrator. It certainly wasn't because I was hoping that at some point all the terribly-written action scenes would redeem themselves - I knew that wasn't going to happen fairly early on.

This is not a one-star book because it does have a good premise and a solid beginning. It just unravels really fast into a hot mess of paranormal activities, action, gun fights, terrorists, telepathy, riddles, high-powered explo
Dec 22, 2011 Bob rated it really liked it
Took a gamble on a e-book offer and struck it rich. Cussler, Brown (Dale) and Rollins look out. Jake Bronson is and ex combat pilot who having beaten cancer once is now faced with a growing brain tumor. In for a MRI checkup, he is in the middle of the exam when an earthquake strikes throwing the MRI machine haywire. Once out he begins to discover he now has extraordinary abilities to do math in his head ala “The Rain Man” and on occasion can move with unbelievably fast reaction time. When news o ...more
KD Rush
Dec 27, 2011 KD Rush rated it it was amazing
Author: Richard Bard
Media: ebook, Kindle edition
Recommend: Yes
Grade 0-100: 97 (Five Stars)

This is the first book in a series from author Richard Bard, and his second book BRAINRUSH II, The Enemy of My Enemy, is already on my Kindle. This is a fantastic read that combines action, adventure, thriller and scifi into a package that screams, "Make a movie outta me!" -- Hollywood take note, this could be a blockbuster franchise.

The story follows
Apr 21, 2013 Cheryl rated it it was amazing
Faster than greased lightning - paranormal thriller

"Brainrush" is one quick moving action-packed paranormal thriller.

I hate MRIs and I don't know what I'd do if I was in an MRI device and there was an earthquake. I am sure a change of clothing would be involved. Jake Bronson has a brain tumor and has to have an MRI and guess what happens? But in his case the benefits far exceed the terror he feels during the quake. Once he settles down, he realizes he now has paranormal powers - amazing facility
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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. Now he writes about second chances in the BRAINRUSH thriller series.

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 U

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“The fear of death is the most unjustified of all fears, for there’s no risk of accident for someone who’s dead. —Albert Einstein” 2 likes
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