As a young Air Force pilot, Richard Bard learned that he had only a few months to live. But he beat the odds. 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 used by US embassies and government facilities worldwide. He was an active member of the California Crime Prevention Officer’s Association and has been published with cover stories in Security magazine and ASIS Security Management magazine. Cancer killed Richard Bard’s career as a USAF pilot. But it didn’t kill him. Thirty-six years later he’s still going strong. Now he writes about second chances in the BRAINRUSH thriller series. When asked what he hopes to achieve as a writer, he said, “The dream for me is to be walking through an airport and notice someone with her head buried in the book. Many readers have said they found it impossible to put down. For me, that's the ultimate compliment.” Bard currently resides with his wonderful wife in Redondo Beach, California, where he remains in excellent health. Book Two of the series is scheduled for release in December, 2011
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I added this book to my kindle because it sounded like it was going to be a fun read. In its defense, the majority of the book delivers what it promises. The book is fun and a fast read but it also suffers from a tremendously stupid ending. The kind of ending that makes you scratch your head and ask out loud "what was the author thinking?" If you can get past or just skip the ending all together then this book might be for you. As for me, I wish I had known that before I started because I would never have started reading because if the book doesn't have an ending or an ending that works, it's not worth reading.
I've read the other reviews just GUSHING praise for this book/author and all I can think is y'all need to get out more. There is no way this is in league with truly great authors (Steveson, Card, Lawhead or even contemporary good writers like Grisham).
The character devolpment was weak... of course all his friends would be spec ops. Of course the dizzy blonde waitress would be a Kung fu master. Of course he would be invincible. Of course the bad guy is a maniacal Muslim terrorist. I mean it was just weak characters, little devolpment and wholly predictable.
Story line was somewhat compelling but disjointed. I see how we got from point A to F but there were some serious leaps made that required the reader to suspend disbelief.
I'd like to see where the story heads but not for 3.99 a pop. This is standard Kindle Unlimited fare IMHO.
In this book somewhere in the midst of a very dire, tricky situation the mind of Jake is described as being synesthetic. Now, this is not a word I am familiar with, nor does my trusted Concise Oxford Dictionary. My guess is that it describes the ability of the mind of making sense of patterns. That may be part of the unique person Jake has become. But that is only ascribing part of the story. Jake also has superior numbers crushing capabilities. In this he is much like the vaunted mentats of Frank Herbert's Dune saga. And mentats is yet another word not included in my dictionary. So, what has all this to do with Brainrush? Simple. Richard Bard twisted the phenomenon of idiot savants (how I detest that ignominious misnomer!) Into creating a totally new type of hero that is difficult to define. Yet Jake is exactly the kind of character needed to deal with the astounding and exhilarating fast paced story that unfolds in the pages of this book with overtures of the paranormal and even alien overview. Small wonder the acclaim this series gathered so far! Besides, it is a damn good entertaining thriller! Enjoy!
This is one of those books that starts off fast and things only get faster. While a few things are a little far fetched, the majority are definitely possible if not already in use. I won't elaborate further because I don't want to be a spoiler by giving away any details. I can't wait to read the next two books in the series. I have already bought them and they are waiting for me on my phone with the kindle app. I'm going to start book 2 as soon as I finish writing this review. Get the series and prepare to hang on.
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