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(Asher Benson #1)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  4,360 ratings  ·  332 reviews
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
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
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 reveng
Sci-Fi & Scary
Jun 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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 ever
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 ..
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 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 bo
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 alcohol
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 abl ...more
Jan 26, 2020 rated it did not like it
It Started out OK....

It started out ok, I had high hopes for a good read.....those hopes were soon dashed. It turned out to be the biggest load of twaddle I've read in a long time.
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
Apr 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Throughly entertaining book that I got to read for free…thanks, Amazon! And, of course, thanks to the author who I assume had some say in that. Basically, this tale is an action-adventure story along the lines of Gerard Butler's Angel Has Fallen (or one of its predecessors) but with a superhero or supernatural twist--the lead character, Asher Benson, an honorably discharged soldier with PTSD--has telepathy due to a head injury sustained in battle. This protagonist ends up getting conscripted int ...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
Jim A
Feb 09, 2020 rated it did not like it
A protagonist who can read people's thoughts is recruited to catch a man who not only can read people's thoughts but control their actions.

I like action thrillers but they have to have some semblance of being plausible. This one does not hit any of my marks. Not my cup of tea at all. Read about a quarter of the book and decided I had read as much as I needed.
Michael Loring
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
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 bo
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 o
Susan Moore
Jun 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Action-packed thriller.

Lead character has telepathic abilities as a result from a TBI while he was a lieutenant in a war in the middle east. He's had too much difficulty dealing with hearing other people's thoughts, so he has turned to alcohol and lives like a pig.

Apparently, there are others like him out in the world with various abilities in varying strengths. One seeks him out to allegedly find an evil man out for revenge against the U.S. government for leaving him behind in the war to be to
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
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
Heather Doughty
May 10, 2015 rated it did not like it
Explosions. Blood. Fighting. Violence. Killing. Suspense. Sarcasm. Vulgarity. This book has it all.

It also has short sentences. Sentence Fragments. Jumps in action. Unexplained details. Switching narration. Over the top action scenes. No backstory of the main character.

I'll say this: at least the book moves quickly. Sometimes so quickly the reader can't quite follow what is going on.

I could have given the book 2 stars if it hadn't been for the degrading way the author describes women. The two f
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 telep ...more
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 by Ash every ...more
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 wou
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
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. ...more
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
Jan 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book was the perfect mix of action and humor. I loved it.
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.
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 dic
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