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The highly-anticipated sequel is scheduled or release on December 18th! More details will be posted soon at

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...more
Paperback, 306 pages
Published August 1st 2011 by Createspace (first published July 4th 2011)
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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
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...more
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
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...more
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
Mike Nemeth
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

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...more
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...more
Kelly  Brun
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
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.
Wanda Hartzenberg
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...more
Lisa Voisen
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:
Excellent Book

The most impressive element in this book was that the author was able to write an exciting, page-turner novel that didn't have the so-called requisite sex and profanity that permeates modern books today. The lack of filth, especially use of the infamous f-word, was extremely refreshing. I'm looking forward to the the excitement, adventure and experience of reading the next and 3rd books. Keep writing, for you now have a new found following from one more avid reader. Thank you!
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
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...more
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...more
Lynn Hallbrooks
I meet Mr. Bard on Independent Authors and Writers and found the description of his book intriguing.

BRAINRUSH, a Thriller (Book one) is a mixed genre book that seemed highly plausible to me. The book contains elements of the paranormal, military, and action/adventure. By paranormal, I don't mean ghost, goblins, witches and warlocks or even vampires.

The main character, Jake, is a former Air Force Pilot who faced death on his own terms more than once. Jake has friends that care so much for him th...more
As an an entertainer, this novel is a fast paced thriller. Easy to read, the story is always on the move, and seldom has a 'slow' moment. The plot itself is intriguing, and the ending has a surprise! There are elements of science (or science fiction) and romance to be found throughout. Further, I appreciated the fact that the author, despite being an American, has been open enough to cite historical Western atrocities on Muslims as one of the reasons used by jehadists for their acts of terrorism...more
Brooke Hargett
This book is the definition of a thriller! It reminded me of watching 24, and it would be 3 in the morning but I couldn't stop. Richard Bard delivers in his debut novel! The second book, "The Enemy of my Enemy" is already out, and the third book, "Beyond Judgement," is being released July 2nd!

The premise deals with the idea of having untapped abilities in our minds that can be unlocked. Jake Bronson is undergoing an MRI for terminal cancer when something happens that ignites amazing new abilitie...more
Apr 02, 2013 Karen added it
I preface my review with this fact: Brainrush is not a typical book on my reading list--though it is one of the many genres of films I enjoy watching. Initially, I thought this book might be akin to a Tom Clancy novel (or film). As I got into the first few pages it was immediately clear this wasn't going to be as serious Clancy's works nor as intense as, say, the Bourne Identity. It's somewhere in the middle, which makes it FUN to read. The jacket copy and the author's website do a superb job of...more
What a treat! It feels like a literary version of The Bourne Identity, A-Team, and Mission Impossible rolled into one. Brainrush truly adheres to its promise of a thriller story.

Jake develops enhanced physical and mental abilities after a head trauma during an MRI malfunction. The amazing change catches the attention of Luciano Battista who is leading an experiment to intentionally awaken these heightened abilities through the science of transcranial magnetic stimulation. But Battista's secret...more
Danielle Young
I was so torn as I read this book, and reviewing it, even more so! There were so many parts of this book that I loved, but there were also parts that left me saying, really???

I completely loved the idea of this story and was all too excited to dive right in, completely intrigued by the idea of Jake developing superhuman abilities from a freak accident, that left him the ultimate prize for a crazy terrorist! I absolutely loved how Richard Bard managed to cross the idea of superhuman abilities wit...more
Marybeth (Manhattan Reader)
When I first started this novel I was a little skeptical but as I got going with this book I realized that this was an amazing novel. The character of Jake was very believable and one thing that Richard Bard does perfectly is that he can really set the stage. A reader can almost feel like they are experiencing everything that is going on in the novel.

This was an amazing joy ride from page one and I almost could not put it down. I got this book to review early on and I have no idea why I took so...more
Fabulous. Well written, good character development, exciting, great story.

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, J...more
Sandy Wolters
Book: Brainrush, A Thriller (Book One)
Author: Richard Bard
Genre: Thriller, suspense, a little romance, a little sci-fi, and a touch of paranormal - In other words, something for everyone!
Length: Approximately 312 pages

I'm completely exhausted after reading Brainrush.

In BRAINRUSH by RICHARD BARD we meet the terminally ill ex-combat pilot Jake Bronson as he is having an MRI to determine how much time he has left. As the MRI progresses, as often happens in California, an earthquake hits. Both Jake...more
Roger Lawrence
Brainrush is another of my experiments to find new authors, not to mention cheap reads, on the Kindle. I think the book cost all of $1.

Of course for that price, you don’t mind a little plot slushiness, or meandering dialogue. And whilst there were plenty of things that did' irritate me about the book, it really didn’t disappoint.

Matthew Reilly-esque
Brainrush begins with a setup of our hero, Jake, an ex-F16 Fighter Pilot, diagnosed with a brain tumour. An MRI that malfunctions due to an earthquak...more
Jake is diagnosed with a tumor and does not have much time to live. A freak incident with an MRI machine gifts him with some impressive mental capabilities that he didn't have prior to the incident including a photographic memory and some telekinesis.

Shortly after his skills improve, he demonstrates his vast memory banks in a bar scene which gets youtubed and attracts the attention of a rather vindictive terrorist (Battista) who abducts Jake. Along the way he becomes attached to one of Battista'...more
"Man always dies before he is fully born."--Erich Fromm

Jake Bronson had just had the rug pulled out from under him before his first combat mission... lymphoma. After radiation and chemo treatments failed, he was out of options. While in the middle of an MRI at the VA Medical Center in Santa Monica, an earthquake rocked the center and caused a power surge in the machine, causing Jake to have a seizure.

Little by little, after the incident, Jake discovered that the event had changed him, opening t...more
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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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