- Copertina flessibile: 303 pagine
- Editore: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (20 agosto 2011)
- Lingua: Inglese
- ISBN-10: 1463534922
- ISBN-13: 978-1463534929
- Peso di spedizione: 499 g
Brainrush (Inglese) Copertina flessibile – 20 ago 2011
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'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.
I loved the theme of people who have amazing powers and gifts following a traumatic incident serving as the scientific basis for unleashing that potential in the entire human race. But the research is being approached from another angle as well. There are those who would attempt to upgrade human performance just as readily with a mind chip. Within the context of this story those would be the bad guys. One wonders as we step into the near future which scientific approach will win out or if it will possibly be a blended approach. But to keep things from getting academic is this wonderful story with good guys and bad guys going at one another with not just their fates at risk, but the fate of the future and of the world.
I loved how the author gets the reader to think about things that never make it into the news but that will describe the years and decades ahead much more vividly than anything which does. These are debates we should be having with ourselves and with one another in the public forum. But until we do, there are artists and keep thinkers like this author who has steeped in the issues, the tech, and the scientific literature enough to give us a leg up. What future will we inherit, and will it be worth the price?
You’ll have to read on to find out.
I have a new author to add to my favorites list and this one makes the top 5 of my Q1 2017 reads. I’m eagerly looking forward to the rest of the series.
A couple of things bothered me about the book though: I thought it was too much of a coincidence that Jake's brother dies, then his dad, then Jake’s wife and kid. Why even give him family if they’re not going to ever be mentioned again? I also thought it was too much of a stretch that Francesca could essentially read minds, but conveniently, for the sake of plot, couldn't read Battista's. And the barmaid, though she was entertaining, it was downright silly for her to be a skilled fighter. Chances were, in reality, she’d be living paycheck to paycheck, would have a crap boyfriend who kept borrowing money he never paid back or slept around, or both, and she’d only keep him around because he was SOOO good in bed and she gets really horny sometimes, and she’d be hoping to find a dreamy, rich guy who’ll fall for her feminine wiles just long enough to be snared by it. That’s reality for a lot of people. And there’s no reason why a character like that can’t be in a thriller like this.
I'm sorry I couldn't finish the book. I got about 60% through, and had to stop because I grew bored. The description and litany of military accomplishments of these new characters was tiring to read. These guys are bada$$. I get it. This sort of intro works in movies, but not books. Remember when they introduced the crew on the ship in Aliens? They were tough, wanted to shoot sh*t, then go the hell home. It was procedure, nothing special, and they’d done it a million times before. There. I just summed up that entire crew in a couple of sentences. They’re not very deep, are they? That sort of stuff works wonderfully in a movie. I know you felt that sort of intro didn't translate into your book, and couldn't understand why, and just left it as best as you could. I've been there and done it. And even though it seems obvious, it took me time to figure out that what works in a movie doesn't work in a book. I find the best way to introduce a new character is through some sort of interaction OTHER THAN, “Hi, my name is so and so, it's nice to meet you.” I understand that in some scenes, that might be necessary, like maybe a perp meeting an interrogator, but because of context, they're actually not total strangers to each other. They each know where the other stands, which contributes to tension. If the perp and interrogator met in the street, there's no context. So, instantly, that's boring.
I tried to figure out why an obviously well-written, well-researched book couldn't keep my attention. I decided early on that it was because every single character in this book was safe. Even the sadistic guy who loved torturing people with knives, which is unusual, to put it lightly, was safe. Even someone like Battista was boring, though I sensed that he was supposed to be some sort of cultured, suave, handsome villain. Again, interesting on-screen, but not on the page. This book indicated it was supposed to be something like James Bond meets Jason Bourne. James Bond, I never cared for. Jason Bourne, the character and his movies, were shocking and breathtaking. Especially that first one. Remember when he stabs the ballpoint pen into the guy's hand? And then the guy pulls it out with an F-you smile on his face? Remember when that guy flings himself off the balcony a few moments later? That sort of stuff works in a movie, even if the action is nonstop. But you wrote a book. In books, the characters really matter. Otherwise it's not compelling. You've got no special effects, no sound effects, not even any illustrations! I'm a writer too, and I understand that all I've got are WORDS. Sometimes I feel like I've set myself up for failure. But damn it, I love to write. I love telling stories. You'd have to kill me to make me stop.
Now, these characters are way too normal. Or flat. Or predictable. I use this word all the time in describing characters such as this: SAFE. Safe characterizations are okay and maybe even essential in action-packed movies like James Bond or The Bourne Identity (because with the heavy plot, there’s not much time for character development, but there should be some, mind you), but not in books. In books, there needs to be constant tension between characters to foster their development, where each one, hopefully, is trying to exploit and manipulate the other, or searching for information another doesn't want to give, or advancing romantic interests when another is totally turned off. People need to do contradictory things, and BE contradictory. I think you were on the cusp of that with your main character, Jake. He knows he's got just months to live, so how's he going to spend it? You've been there, and you've flourished. But what if Jake's not like you? What if he's the sort of person who becomes bitter? What if he's the sort of person who just doesn't give a sh*t about anything anymore? Not even his mother, who lost a son already? Not his friends who genuinely care about him? What if he just started drinking like crazy, screwing girls left and right? What if he screwed the barmaid even though Marshall was totally into her? (In the book he wasn’t, not at first, but let's say he was head over heels?) What if Jake is on a suicide mission to destroy his life on his own before God decides it's time to take it? That's the contradiction I'm talking about: He doesn't want to die, but he assumes he's going to anyway, so why not just hurry it along? What difference does it make? I understand Jake's not a coward, and I'm sure you despise any act of cowardice, given your history. But imagine what a different book it would have been. I think I could have gotten through that book.
Here's a little anecdote to further explain what I mean, then I’ll leave you alone. I remember one of my friends telling me about this old woman she sometimes looked in on. The old woman was quite ill, couldn't clean her house, couldn't get around and needed help buying groceries and things like that. You'd think that someone like that, who relies completely on others, would be nice to the person who was taking time out of her busy schedule to help her. Yeah, you'd think that. But that's not what happened. When my friend told this woman that she couldn't do something, or that she'd have to wait, the woman launched into a bitter, caustic string of insults and threats, and not just light threats either. I mean, like, really violent stuff. I think one of the things she said was that she'd rip her lungs out. Really? Is that what you say to someone who wants to help you? But that's how people are. While that lady desperately needed someone's help, she sabotaged her own self out of bitterness, anger, misery and pain. She lashed out at the people around her, and the only ones around her were the ones that helped her, because she paid them (my friend didn’t even get paid; she’s just way too nice of a human being). How do you think this old woman felt about the fact that no one was around her because they liked her? Don't you think she was furious and hurt? She was in emotional agony, that woman, but the only way she could express it was with so much vitriol. She couldn't help it. It was overflowing, like a septic tank that wasn't emptied out in time. People are sometimes their own worst enemies, even to the point of self-destruction. But by the same token, people have the ability to pull themselves from the brink when no one else will. Now that’s a story I would read.
As another reviewer has said, by halfway through, we encountered sci fi, thriller, terrorists, military operations, romance, YA interest, and somehow, the blend of each of these genre fit right into the story without jarring the reader out of his or her train of thought.
It would be difficult, if not impossible, to detail the many ways in which the author pulled us along, tugging the chain of interest, without leaving a spoiler. I do not intend to do that. However, my advice is to read this book and discover for yourself that we have a new creative master on the scene: Richard Bard. He joins a select group that fills the megabites on my Kindle. Truly an author's author. Welcome, Richard.
This was pretty much what I expected - but with some interesting twists. It's what I think of of as a man's story, designed to appeal to men - lots of action and death, and people being heroic to save lives. It involves terrorism, a James Bond-like segment, a bit of sci-fi, and it moves pretty quickly. It has lots of of American high-tech weaponry and commando-like action against seemingly overwhelming odds..
But, I enjoyed IT more than I thought I would. It was entertaining despite being, in many ways, fairly predictable. I always think of Perry Mason, for those old enough to know about those shows. You know he's going to win, with the only question being, how would he do it. So, this had a lot of expected elements, but Bard puts them together in ways that kept me reading, wanting to know the details.
I liked the characters which were somewhere between one-dimensional and developed. Men's action thrillers aren't big into self-introspection. Remember the 1st Indiana Jones? No developed characters there, but what a fun ride.
So, I WOULD recommend this to those who enjoy this kind of thing. I got the 1st book free, but I won't be buying the next installment...although I'm tempted. But, there are just so many books I can read for free, so I can't justify spending the money unless it's something I'm pretty sure I'd want to read more than once.