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Ash

(Asher Benson #1)

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9 AM EST: A senator shoots himself on national television.

10:32 AM EST: An entire floor of government agents leap to their death from their office building.

12:57 PM EST: All the police officers inside a station murder each other.

And the day has just begun.

Lieutenant Asher Benson left Iraq with a traumatic brain injury, PTSD, and a Purple Heart. His doctors warned that
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Kindle Edition, 332 pages
Published December 30th 2013 (first published December 29th 2013)
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Mr. Matt
Jan 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy-urban, 2015
Discharged from the army after a debilitating brain injury, Asher Benson is a hard case. He lives in a run down efficiency apartment on skidrow, his only income coming from his disability payments. He suffers from PTSD, survivor's guilt, and more. Worse, somehow the injury has changed him. Unless he exercises the most extreme mental discipline - which is exhausting - or drinks himself numb, he can slip past the barriers in people's minds. He can read minds.

Much like Miriam Black, the ability to
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Lilyn G. | Sci-Fi & Scary | "Empathy" - Look it up.
Ash, first book in the Asher Benson series, was completely ridiculous and utterly awesome. If you’ve ever watched the movie Crank, it’s that type of book. Non-stop action, stupid-funny dialogue and insults, and an unbelievable plot that adds up to a load of fun.

From the good-hearted angel, dressed in skimpy clothes, with boobs that no man can look away from, to the black little person with a mouth like a sailor and an obsession with manga and cartoons, there’s sure to be something to offend
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Cheryl
Jan 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Entertaining & fast paced. Omg! I loved the character Nami - hilarious.
The Behrg
Mar 19, 2016 rated it liked it
A "hero" who despises people and lives a hermit-like life as a vagrant suddenly decides to get involved in a bank robbery, saving the day.

A "heroine" who is described by her "big breasts" and little else, who is saved by said hero, is somehow intensely attracted to our him despite the fact he looks and smells (and lives) like a homeless man.

A "villain" who kills because he is bad, intent on destroying America.

Dialogue where every other line is an off-handed quip or action movie one-liner.

Sigh
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Theresa
Dec 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For five years Asher Benson has lived alone, in squalor and almost perpetually drunk in order to shut out the voices in his head from his brain injury induced telepathy. On the way home from a beer run, he decides to walk into a bank he knows is being robbed so he can help. That one decision is the first step in a series of events that have him kidnapped, arrested, attacked, shot at and generally running for his life not only from the feds and the police, but from a psychotic telepath who is ...more
Jamie
Okay, well first of all after recently reading Devoured and Consumed: the first two books in The Hunger by Jason Brant I was very much looking forward to Ash. I've only read four of Jason Bran'ts books (One of them co-authored with another author) but they were more than enough for him to become one of my new favorite authors and earned him his very own folder on my Kindle which pretty much means I will be buying every single book he has out or will one day put out. His books are just that good ...more
Alexandra Swanson
Apr 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
So- its not a great book as in "it changes your life". Its a great book as in- it's a tornado in a trailer park I though its silly macho non stop action was enjoyable. A nice break from reality #entertaining #absurd #finewhateverI'llenjoyit ...more
Michael Loring
Dec 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
ASH is the first in Jason Brant’s newest series, Asher Benson, and is a remodel of his previous novella Echoes.

Asher Benson is a Veteran who’s trying to live a semi-normal life, but is failing miserably. It’s kind of hard to be anything resembling normal when you’re a telepath. He can hear everyone’s thoughts, and he can barely stand to be near anyone because of it. Alcohol helps, though it gives him a bad rep from those around him who see his excessive drinking. The only person who knows of his
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Terri Baldwin
Dec 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. I honestly loved it! I read the original novella, Echos, a long time ago and enjoyed it tremendously, but thought there could have been so much more to Asher Benson. I was hoping for a sequel, but this is so much better! I really got to know Ash better in this book, and his “friends” in this story are completely original and wonderful characters!

Ash is a horribly flawed person, though not through any fault of his own. He’s an
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Jagged
Mar 11, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: kindle
Some people didn't recognize an Adonis when they saw one.

"We had a disagreement."
"It looks like he disagreed all over your face."


I had been going to give this three stars because it was a humorous, fast paced read. But the ending. It ruined things for me. I mean the whole plot was ridiculous, but that took things into unfathomable ridiculousness, despite the foreshadowing.

The plot was lacking a bit. All the steps were there, but I think having things be a bit more intricate would have really
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Rosemary
Jan 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is a fast paced action thriller with great characters and a very unusual and interesting story line.

Ash, the main character, was a confident well-adjusted soldier leading a team in Iraq but after a devastating incident in which he was injured, he was sent back home to a future he could not come to terms with. He could not cope with what was happening to him and the bottle became his escape, that is, until someone wanted to use him and his gift/curse for their
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Greg at 2 Book Lovers Reviews
Ash is the story of Asher Benson, a U.S. army veteran who served in Iraq. After suffering major head trauma and losing his entire team, Ash is sent back to the States on a military disability pension. To say that Ash suffers from PTSD is like saying that Pooh Bear kind of likes honey. But this is not your normal PTSD, Ash can barely function, the only thing that helps him is copious amounts of alcohol.

This story is filled with non-stop action. Asher Benson’s “problem” brings government agencies
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Michael Henderson
Mar 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
If you like non-stop action and urban fantasy at its best, read this book. It's exciting, and goes, if I may use a cliche', at a breathtaking pace.

Asher Benson (Ash) can read minds by virtue of an injury suffered in Iraq. People's thoughts just come into his mind, so when a lot of people are around it's a lot of noise. This noise is dulled by alcohol. I understand this, because just being around most people is enough to drive you to drink, let alone knowing what the cretins are thinking.

I don't
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Rene Folsom
I have no clue how this character went through hell and back without wanting to throw in the towel. This book is jam-packed full of fast-paced action (Brant's obvious specialty), and is also very in-depth when it comes to Asher's special talents. Not only were we told the story of how he could read minds, we actually felt his turmoil as he battled the fine line between normalcy or going bat-sh*t crazy from the voices in his head. Ash's motivation to do the right thing as he tried to stop a ...more
Lisa
Oct 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Strange topic for a book - telepathy. Strange, but attention grabbing & interesting. Not your typical action book about "psychics" but one that was very interesting. Ash was brain injured in a war battle & as a result, can read people's minds. As you can assume, all kinds of murders, bank robberies, kidnappings & shootouts occur. Very interesting premise for a book. I enjoyed all but the ending, which left me hanging - there was no resolution for Sammy or Nami (who, btw, gets called ...more
Lisa
Jun 20, 2015 rated it it was ok
I liked the concept of this book. Ash is a former soldier who was in a bad accident that caused him the be able to read minds. His best friend is the only one who knows about it until Ash becomes the hero during a bank robbery. He attracts the attentions of some rogue government agents and an abandoned operative. He then becomes entangled in a huge mess. Ash, his friend and 2 women make an odd mixture with some humorous scenes. There is a lot of fighting and a lot of blood. Sadly I think Ash was ...more
Heidi
Dec 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jason Brant has hit it out of the ball park with his updated version of Echoes. I bought the first one two years ago, and was immediately hooked. When he posted that he was going to improve it, I didn't know how. Yet he made Ash even more amazing!
He goes much more in depth about Ash's past, and the reader can understand why Ash acts, and does what he does. I am also glad that he kept Nami, and added Drew to the book. Several times the book had me laughing, yet turning the pages to see what
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Jaxta
Jun 19, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: thriller
I loved the idea of this series - ex-vet, ESP, government missions - sounded amazing. But by the end of this book, I was totally over it. The sense of hopelessness brought on by the hero's snowballing physical condition and lack of power over his own life, combined with the nonstop pointless action and murder of innocent people.... this was clearly written by a boy. It left me feeling irritated and empty, which is a shame because the writing style was great.
Gabrielle
Jun 09, 2015 rated it liked it
A few thoughts:

The plot had potential, but there was not enough character development. There were too many action sequences too close together. The short length was disappointing. A more complex "villain" would have been nice. Some good humor.

The End
Jennifer
Nov 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Very entertaining

Realistic characters. Enough sci fi elements to keep it interesting but not over the top. I'll check out book two.
T Berry
Jul 24, 2018 rated it did not like it
This was......not a good book.
Mostly from a subjective standpoint. For instance, if you like those slasher flicks with female characters with big boobs and no bras, running from a killer as their friends are picked off in gory ways...you might enjoy this book.

But if you're not a fan of one of the 2 female characters in a book being introduced as a pair of boobs (almost literally, I'm not even exaggerating here) then that's strike one. And it gets literally no better from there for her. She's
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ReviewJewels
Jul 25, 2018 rated it liked it
This book is about Asher "Ash" Benson, a man who can hear the thoughts of others as a result of a traumatic brain injury while serving in the military. He did his best to try and keep it in check, but how would you deal with being bombarded by the thoughts of those around you without being able to shut it off? He didn't deal with it very well, and did the best to quiet the voices with alcohol, and kept a low profile because he knows some agency will track him down to exploit his ability. Then he ...more
Thom Swennes
Nov 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Ex-Lieutenant Asher Benson is living the life of a street derelict. His condition was the direct result of a war injury. He suffered a serious head trauma while on a patrol with his four-man squad in Iraq. An unseen sniper took out one of his men and a berm-bomb took care of the Humvee, the remaining two members of the team, and left Ash unconscious for the better part of a month. When he woke up, to his surprise and horror, he could read minds; everyone’s mind.
Ash’s gift/curse is a perfect
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Jamey Goodyear
Nov 09, 2016 rated it liked it
Ash is the first in the Asher Benson thriller series written by Jason Brant.

The book opens with the tale of how Ash was injured while serving his country. We then jump five or so years to find him living in squalor and self-medicating with beer. On the way home from the local liquor store with a new case of beer he interrupts a bank robbery. He has an unusual ability since his injuries. His actions at the bank are captured on video. Next thing he knows, he's involved in a desperate manhunt,
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Charlene
This is an author new to me. The hero [Ash] was seriously injured in a combat situation and came back home with the newly=gained [but not necessarily wanted] ability to read people's thoughts. He had to anesthetize himself with some daily beer to drown out the sounds of all those people whom he passed on the street, who lived in his apartment building, and perfect strangers.

Needless to say, some spooks in the government heard about him when his ability was captured on cell phones.... things get
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Shona
Mar 14, 2017 rated it it was ok
This book genuinely annoyed me.
It had a strong start, building an interesting backstory for the main character as a war veteran. The book portrays Ash as a hero tormented by his telepathy, driven to drink and a life of insignificance next to his former military career. I was drawn in by the gritty, if sometimes unrealistic, prose. A telepathic, alcoholic hermit is just the type of dark narrative I enjoy.
Unfortunately, this character-driven approach did not last long.
"She wore a tight t-shirt
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Julian White
Jan 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Asher Benson is invalided out of the military following an explosion. He seeks seclusion in a remote cabin to dampen the voices he now hears, aided by consuming copious amounts of alcohol. A friend tracks him down and persuades him to return to urban life and learn to control his new abilities. He finds that exercise helps, as well as the alcohol - and all is going relatively well until he 'hears' a bank robbery in progress and intervenes. Almost at once he becomes embroiled with a covert ...more
Don
Jul 03, 2017 rated it it was ok
Needs improvement

The story was flawed from the beginning and no amount of blood and guts action could correct that. A man with the talents of Murdock would have been rescued or killed by the government. Of this there is no doubt. If rescue attempts failed then Murdock would have known about it after his escape and would not have the hatred he had. Ash, the main character, could never have taken the beatings that were inflicted upon him and carried out any mission. Constantly accusing our
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Michael Slavin
This book made me laugh very often. When you can hear everyone's thoughts, I didn't realize how it gives an author a great opportunity to make everyone the straight man. I laughed out loud more than a few times in this action thriller.

Ash the hero has returned from Afganistan as a combat vet in bad shape mentally. He can hear everyone and tries to drown it out with alcohol.

He gets some meaning in his life by getting drawn into trying to stop an ex telepathic government operative who wants
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Pat Vacek
Jan 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Ash is a US Army Iraq war veteran. A severe head trama leaves him with mind reading capabilities. Heavy physical workouts to tire his body and serious beer drinking to quiet the minds yammering at him help to keep him sane. Ok, that sounds far fetched. But compared to a lot of the globe trotting, big spending espionage capers being written, it seems fairly believable. I liked the odd collection of companions that were introduced throughout the adrenaline rushed thrill ride that developed as his ...more
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