Brainrush by Richard Bard


By Richard Bard

  • Release Date: 2011-07-30
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4.5
From 155 Ratings
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Publishers Weekly heralded this first book in Richard Bard's Brainrush thriller series as "terrifically entertaining" and "inventive and compelling." It went on to earn The Wall Street Journal's #1 Action/Adventure slot in their Guide to Self-Published Big Sellers.

Before he slid into the MRI machine, Jake Bronson was just an ordinary guy with terminal cancer. But when an earthquake hits during the procedure, Jake staggers from the wreckage a profoundly changed man, now endowed with uncanny mental abilities.

An ocean away, Luciano Battista wants a piece of Jake's talent. Posing as a pioneering scientist, the terrorist leader has been conducting cerebral-implant experiments in a sinister quest to create a breed of super jihadist agents...and Jake's altered brain may be the key to his success. But Jake refuses to play the pawn in an unholy war--and when an innocent woman and autistic child are taken hostage to force his cooperation, he embarks on a jihad of his own. Jake and his band of loyal friends are 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 “international thriller with soul.” Ideal reading for fans of Michael Crichton, Clive Cussler, James Rollins, Brad Thor, Dan Brown, Matthew Reilly, Tom Clancy, Robert Ludlum, and Vince Flynn.


"A terrifically entertaining thriller with three finely executed set pieces strung together with nice characterization. Especially successful is Bronson, an amiable, low-key tough guy able to rescue his princess, survive brutality, and retain a sense of humor." – Publishers Weekly
“Coming out of something stronger is usually a good thing, but Jake Bronson quickly realizes some things are just as much blessings as they are curses. "Brainrush" follows Jake Bronson as he comes into new cognitive powers, but finds him targeted by both sides of the war on terror, as he embarks on a worldwide journey to save his daughter, and maybe humanity along the way. "Brainrush" is a fine and hard to put down thriller, recommended.” – Midwest Book Review

“A triumphant merger of James Bond and psychic facilities.” – Kirkus

"Brainrush explores the bonds of friendship while pushing the boundaries of science, creating a compelling, action-packed thriller with a climax that's a knock-out!" – CJ Lyons, New York Times Best-Selling Author of Kill Zone

"If this startling debut doesn't have you turning pages at breakneck speed, then you're not paying attention. Rich characters, crackling dialogue, and a climactic sequence that is stunning, enervating, and innovative all at once. Richard Bard is a voice to be reckoned with." – Rebecca Forster, USA Today Best-Selling Author of Hostile Witness


  • Unique & Action packed!

    By DMBFOhio
    A well-paced unique plot filled with lots of great special-ops action! Definitely worth reading!
  • Awesome

    By Grandpa Fos
    Great blend of fiction, military action, science and technology , friendship and devotion and the troubles of the modern world. Can’t believe I read it in one day!!
  • Predictable but fun

    By NotBrightEnough
    Except it got caught up with itself trying to be clever. I made it to 10% before I started guessing what came next. Not my idea to do for a book.
  • Brain rush

    By Anitam23
    Very exciting throughout the entire book! A nail biter for sure. Can't wait to read next volume.
  • Review of Brainrush

    By Jester 2014
    Excellent story and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Will be reading more in the series. Hope the movie follows the book.
  • Brainrush

    By Richard Bard
    Excellent. Entertaining! A bit weak on the romantic level however. 😊
  • Good read

    By Gramm j.
    Enjoyed it. Fun and entertaining.
  • Brainrush

    By wag65
    Just finished reading Brainrush, hard to put down. Made myself stop reading every so often so that I would have more days to enjoy the adventure. Keep writing Mr.Bard.
  • Riveting

    By blzy
    Never a dull moment, this is the first book I've read in a long time. I always was compelled to keep returning to the book and keep reading. I couldn't wait too see what was going to happen next. Can't wait to read the next book by Richard. You will not regret this purchase.
  • Brainrush

    By Hannah2014RIP
    I truly didn't expect much from a new writer like Richard Bard but I was pleasantly surprised by this first book. After reading all of Vince Flynn and Brad Thors' books I had set a high bar. Mr. Bard has exceeded my expectations and wrote a great action/thriller book. It constantly played on my emotions so sure all was lost. It ends well but has enough of a cliffhanger that you're reaching for the next book. I highly recommend it!!