Brainrush, A Thriller
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
The following is my August 31st, 2012, 5 Star Review:
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 and the MRI machine are tossed around the room. Something happens during this event that will change Jake's life and the lives of his friends forever.
Jake emerges with extraordinary cognitive powers. He soon learns that his mind has become a sponge and photographically imprints everything he sees and hears with the ability to pull that information from his mind as needed. While meeting his friends at the local bar that evening, he puts his newfound abilities to the test by entering that evening's sports quiz. Unfortunately for Jake, there is a news crew filming a story about the bar that evening, and they end up running a special interest story of a man that has an unusual mental talent. This news story is so sensational that it goes viral and is seen by international terrorists that are in the process of secretly developing a weapon to use against the United States. Now that they are aware of Jake's abilities, the terrorists will do whatever they have to do to study Jake's brain and use it for their unthinkable and evil deeds.
I LOVED THIS BOOK! I would like to give any future reader of this book a few tips. My first tip would be to make sure you have nothing planned for the entire day before you start reading it. You will be hooked from the very first chapter and you won't be able to put it down. I sure couldn't. BRAINRUSH starts out exciting and continues to pick up speed as you get further into the book. Every time I thought the book was going to slow down a bit, something else would happen that would have me gasping and fidgeting as I read. Did I mention reading this book is like a full body workout at the gym? I was exhausted.
Tip number two would be to make sure your E-reader is fully charged. I made the mistake of my Kindle only having about a half charge. When I saw that the battery was very low, I panicked. You can read while your E-reader is charging, but I do not have a long cord. I had no choice but to put the book down while my Kindle charged. I paced. I tried to answer some e-mails. Finally after 10 minutes, I ended up sitting on the floor next to the charger to finish the book. It was that good.
Mr. Bard has written some fantastic characters that I really enjoyed getting to know and a very intriguing story. I have recommended this book to all of my friends and family. I can't wait to get my hands on the second story of the series, BRAINRUSH II, The Enemy of My Enemy. I've just got to find out what happens next!
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, Jake is thrust into a deadly chase that leads from the canals of Venice through Monte Carlo and finally to an ancient cavern in the Hindu Kush Mountains of Afghanistan--where 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.