though it’s your last. Called “a terrifically entertaining
thriller” by Publishers Weekly, Book-1 of the series was named The
Wall Street Journal #1 Bestselling Action/Adventure in their
Guide to Self-Published Big Sellers, while Book-2 was on the
Top-10 Amazon Mystery/Thriller Top Rated list for 53-straight
weeks. This set the stage for the blockbuster release of the
third book in the series, which was heralded by Suspense Magazine
as “part science fiction, part thriller, part suspense, part love
story, and part mystery. It’s got it all and that’s what makes
this novel one of the best.” The characters live on in the final
four books of the series. Books 4 & 5 were released in 2014, and
were met with rave reviews that outpaced even those from the first
three books. Book-5 was named “one of the best books of the year”
by IndieReader.com. The final two books in the series, No
Refuge and Against All Odds are available now, and they
promise to keep you on the edge of your seat in a fashion that lives
up to what the series is all about—a thought-provoking, soulful and
satisfying rush that will keep you gasping long after the final page.
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the 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 the Guide
to Self-Published Big Sellers list.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
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.
2) became the Amazon #1 Top Rated (best reviewed) Mystery/Thriller,
AND the #1 Top Rated Action/Adventure within one month of its
release. It maintained the #1 or #2 slots for 10 straight months.Bestselling author Richard Bard returns with his highly rated Brainrush thriller
series, pitting hero Jake Bronson against his jihadist nemesis–and a
new bioweapon that threatens the soul of every mother in
America.When a freak accident gave Jake Bronson near-superhuman mental powers and
landed his loved ones in the crosshairs of an Islamic terrorist, the
only way out was with guns blazing. But Jake was unable to put a stop
to his nightmares or his murderous nemesis, Luciano Battista, in that
ferocious Afghan mountains showdown. Now the terror czar and his
minions have brought the fight to American soil–along with the most
terrifying bioweapon that has ever threatened the free world. They
demand vengeance, and Jake’s family and friends are caught in the
From California’s beaches and Mexico’s deserts to the depths of a raging
underground river and the treacherous Venezuelan jungle, Jake and his
unlikely alliance of combat veterans and gangsters wage a rolling war
of wits, weapons, and indomitable will–to rescue those they love, to
save America from extinction, and to stop a madman’s bid for global
conquest dead in its tracks.
the first book in his Brainrush thriller
series as “terrifically entertaining” and “inventive
and compelling,” and Book-2 holding a death grip on the #1 or #2
slots of the Amazon Top-Rated (best reviewed)
Mystery/Thriller and Action/Adventure
lists for 10 straight months, Beyond Judgment,
the third in the series, sees hero Jake Bronson at the mercy of his
hidden past.After waking up with amnesia from a six-year coma, Jake Bronson’s past is
lost to him. But that doesn’t mean the past hasn’t been looking for
him–or that it will let him live when it finally catches up.
Jake’s placid, anonymous life in Italy is shattered by the arrival of an
assassination squad hell-bent on eliminating him–and he has no idea
why he’s in their crosshairs. He’s saved only when an American
scientist intervenes, wielding strange technology that briefly
reactivates Jake’s dormant memories and deadly skills. As unknown
enemies continue to hound Jake’s every step, the scientist helps him
reconnect with lost friends and loved ones who believed him long
Any happy reunion is forfeit, though, as Jake’s murky history and
mysterious talents conceal a terrible secret that–should it fall
into the wrong hands–could trigger the extinction of the human race.
Averting this apocalypse means Jake must risk everything to reawaken
his true self and stop an ancient order from unleashing humanity’s
author Richard Bard’s Brainrush series
garnered over 2,000 Amazon 5-Star reviews, setting the stage for the
continuing story spanning three continents and two more books.
With Brainchild (Brainrush 4) called “a high-speed thriller that ignites pages
and Smoke & Mirrors (Brainrush 5) named “best
book of the year” by IndieReader.com, this
mind-gripping adventure is sure to capture the imagination long after
the final heart-stopping chapter.
A gifted boy forced to grow up too fast… A father who will do anything to protect him… A madman bent on destroying them both.
In Amsterdam, a visionary scientist is laying the groundwork for a
cybernetic life-extension project that will transfer individual
consciousness to a personalized avatar. Halfway around the world, his
brilliant grandson is secretly planning to use the same technology to
infiltrate the world’s most secure networks. But the scientific
advances necessary to perfect the brain-to-computer interface are
slow in coming, too slow for the aging founder of the Everlast
foundation–who may die before realizing his dream of
immortality–and too slow for his ruthless grandson, who will stop at
nothing to attain the recognition that is his birthright.
Caught in the middle are Jake Bronson and his seven-year-old son, Alex,
whose combined mental gifts might provide the key to leapfrogging the
When Jake’s family and closest friends are simultaneously abducted in a
globally coordinated kidnapping scheme, he races across two
continents before uncovering the first clue to their whereabouts,
unaware that his hostage son and teenage siblings crash-landed in the
jungles of South China, where they must find every ounce of their
courage and wits to survive the wilds and escape the ruthless drug
lord who is hot on their heels. Can a seven-year-old boy learn to
kill to save his family?
5) is the exciting conclusion to Brainchild,
Book-4 of the Brainrush series. A gifted boy forced to grow up too fast… A father who will do
anything to protect him… A madman bent on destroying them
Jake Bronson and his seven-year-old son, Alex, possess mental gifts that
could provide the missing link to a cybernetic life-extension project
that will transfer individual consciousness to a personalized avatar.
But those same gifts are sought by a Chinese underworld mastermind
who will use them to infiltrate the world’s most secure networks.
As the story continues from Book-4 of the Brainrush series, Alex and his
brother and his sister are lost, and Jake’s wife and best friends
have been taken hostage. Jake will risk everything to save them, and
he is thrust into a frantic race that takes him from the back alleys
of Hong Kong to the depths of the South China jungles, where he must
lever every scrap of his failing abilities to rescue his loved ones
and crush a madman’s plans to bring the world to its knees.
author Richard Bard, who entertained fans with his wildly
successful Brainrush thriller
series, now unleashes the heart-pounding series finale in a two-book
ride that will take your breath away.Jake Bronson’s family and friends are mourning him. They’d watched as he
sacrificed himself so their lives could return to normal. But normal
wasn’t to be. The megalomaniac whom Jake had killed during his
suicide assault left a legacy of videos that damn Jake and everyone
associated with him, leading to a price being put on their heads,
dead or alive. They go to ground, unaware their every move is being
tracked by a new breed of young, tech-savvy jihadists about to
unleash vengeance on America’s homeland–with Jake’s family and the
unsuspecting citizens of Los Angeles in their crosshairs.
As the jaws of the terrorist trap begin to close, Jake’s eight-year-old
son, Alex, faces a threat of his own. He carries a deadly secret that
endangers the world, and now that his father is dead, Alex is the
only one who can deal with it. He slips away to heed the call of
unearthly visions that demand his presence, and his journey draws him
to the back alleys of Bogota, Columbia, where he encounters a group
of terminally ill orphans. One of their siblings has been abducted by
child traffickers. Alex can’t ignore their cry for help, and the
unlikely alliance plans a nothing-to-lose rescue mission that has
little chance of success.
But the bloodthirsty outcry against Alex’s family and friends reaches
beyond those who wish them harm, as do the visions that reveal their
dark secrets to Alex. Help is on the way…
Street Journal bestseller Publishers Weekly called
“a terrifically entertaining thriller!”In this conclusion to Richard Bard’s popular Brainrush series,
Jake Bronson’s family and friends face their biggest threat ever. The
startling challenges revealed in No Refuge (book
6) are coming to a head, and the team must wrest every resource
available to them in hopes of preventing a terror-driven cataclysm
unlike anything America has seen.
But the menace from within America’s borders pales by comparison to the
global threat revealed to 8-year-old Alex Bronson in a series of
otherworldly visions. And Alex isn’t the only one targeted by the
The stakes are higher than ever. The fates of America and the world hang
in the balance, and Jake Bronson’s family and friends must risk
everything to tip the scales against evil.
author Richard Bard comes a heart-pounding adventure of love,
loyalty, and survival – as a gifted child faces the ultimate question
of whether or not he can kill in order to save his loved ones.A gifted 7-year-old boy and his teen siblings are ripped from their
peaceful lives–kidnapped by a sinister organization determined to
get back at their father. But when their plane crashes an ocean away
in the bear-infested jungles of South China, the mysterious motive
behind their abduction is the least of their problems, and they must
lever every ounce of their courage and wits to survive the wilds and
escape the ruthless drug lord who is hot on their heels.
Important Note: Gifted is a compilation novella taken from the Brainrush thriller
novels Brainchild and Smoke & Mirrors, which
are books four and five of the series. If you’ve read those
full-length novels, then you’ve already read most of the contents of
this novella. If you’d prefer to read the entire series from start to
finish, then you’ll be happy to learn that Brainrush
currently available FREE.
Santa Monica, California
The table jiggled beneath him. He was on his way into the narrow tube like a nineteenth century artillery round being shoved into a cannon. The glassy-eyed gaze of the bored VA
medical technician hovered over him, a yellow mustard stain on the sleeve of his lab coat.
“Keep your head perfectly still,” the tech said.
Yeah, right, like he had any choice with the two-inch-wide strap they had cinched over his forehead. Another wiggle and the lip of the tunnel passed into view above him. Jake squeezed his eyes closed, anxious to ignore the curved walls sliding by just an inch from his nose. Three deep breaths and the table jerked to a stop. He was in, cocooned from head to toe. He heard the soft whir of the ventilation fan turn on at his feet. The breeze chilled the beads of sweat gathering on his forehead.
The tech’s scratchy-sounding voice came over the speakers in the chamber. “Mr. Bronson, if you can hear me, press the button.”
A panic switch. Hadn’t he been in a constant state of panic ever since the doctors told him his disease was terminal? He’d agreed to this final test so he’d know how many months he had left to live, to make at least one positive difference in the world. After today, no more doctors. After today, he’d focus on living. Jake pressed the thumb switch gripped in his hand.
“Got it,” the tech said. “If it gets too confining for you in there, just press it again and I’ll pull you out. But remember, we’ll have to start all over again if that happens, so let’s try to get it right the first time, okay? We only need thirty minutes. Here we go.”
Jake’s thumb twitched over the panic button. Crap. He already wanted to push it. He should have accepted the sedative they had offered him in the waiting room. But his friend Marshall had been standing right there, chuckling under his breath when the tech suggested it.
Too late now.
Why the hell was this happening to him again? Cancer once in a lifetime was more than
enough for anyone. But twice? It wasn’t right. He wanted to lash out, but at what? Or whom?
This morning he’d smashed the small TV in his bedroom over a movie trailer for Top Gun 2.
“Coming next fall.” He hated that he was going to miss that one.
The chamber felt like it was closing in on him. A claustrophobic panic sparked in his gut, a churning that grew with each pound of his heart, a hollow reminder of the crushing confines of the collapsible torture box he’d spent so many hours in during the air force’s simulated POW training camp.
Come on, Jake, man up!
Thirty minutes. That was only eighteen hundred seconds. He clenched his teeth and started counting. One, one thousand; two, one thousand; three—
The machine started up with a loud clanking noise. The sound startled him, and his body
“Please don’t move, Mr. Bronson.” The tech was irritated.
The tapping noise sounded different than he remembered from the MRI he had ten years ago.
“Lymphoma,” the flight surgeon had said. “Sorry, but you’re grounded.” And just like that,
Jake’s childhood dreams of flying the F-16 were cut short on the day before his first combat mission. The chemo and radiation treatments had sucked. But they worked. The cancer was forced into remission—until two weeks ago, when it reappeared in the form of a tumor in his brain.
The annoying rattle settled into a pattern. Jake let out a deep breath, trying to relax.
Eight, one thousand; nine, one thousand—
Suddenly, the entire chamber jolted violently to the right, as if the machine had been T-boned by a dump truck. Jake’s body twisted hard to one side, but his strapped head couldn’t follow. He felt a sharp pain in his neck, and the fingers on his left hand went numb. The fan stopped blowing, the lights went out, and the chamber started shaking like a gallon can in a paint-store agitator.
A keening whistle from deep within the machine sent shooting pains into Jake’s rattling
skull. A warm wetness pooled in his ears and muffled his hearing.
He squeezed down hard on the panic button, shouting into the darkness, each word trembling with the quake’s vibration. “Get—me—out—of—here!”
No one answered.
He wedged his palms against the sidewalls to brace himself. The surface was warm and
The air felt charged with electricity. His skin tingled. Sparks skittered along the wall in front of his face, the first sign in the complete darkness that his eyes were still functioning. The acrid scent of electrical smoke filled his nostrils.
Jake’s fists pounded the thick walls of the chamber. He howled, “Somebody—”
His body went rigid. His arms and legs jerked spasmodically in seizure, his head thrown
back. He bit deep into his tongue, and his mouth filled with the coppery taste of blood. Sharp, burning needles of blinding pain blossomed in the hollow at the back of his skull, wriggling through his brain. His head felt like it was ready to burst.
The earthquake ended as abruptly as it started.
So did the seizure.
Jake sagged into the table, his thumping heart threatening to break through his chest.
Faint voices. His mind lunged for them. He peered down toward his toes. A light flickered on in the outer room. Shadows shifted.
The table jerked beneath him, rolling out into the room. When Jake’s head cleared the outer rim of the machine, two pairs of anxious eyes stared down at him. It was the tech and Jake’s buddy Marshall.
“You okay?” Marshall asked, concern pinching his features.
Jake didn’t know whether he was okay or not. The tech helped him sit up, and Jake spun his legs to the side. He turned his head and spat a bloody glob of saliva on the floor. Holding the panic switch up to the tech, he said, “You may want to get this thing fixed.”
“I’m s-so sorry, Mr. Bronson,” the tech said. “The power went out, and I could barely keep
my balance. I—”
“Forget it,” Jake said, wincing as he reached over his shoulder to massage the back of his
aching neck. He gestured to the smoking chamber. “Just be glad you weren’t strapped down inside that coffin instead of me.” He slid his feet to the floor and stood up.
The room spun around him.
He felt Marshall’s firm grip on his shoulders. “Whoa, slow down, pal,” Marshall said.
“You’re a mess.”
Jake shook his head. His vision steadied. “I’m all right. Just give me a second.” He took a
quick inventory. The feeling had returned to his fingers. Other than a bad neck ache, a sore tongue, and a tingling sensation at the back of his head, there was no major damage. Clutching the corner of the sheet on the table, he wiped at the wetness around his ears. The cotton fabric came away with a pink tinge to it, but no more than that. He stretched his jaw to pop his ears. His hearing was fine.
Using the small sink and wall mirror by the door, Jake used a damp paper towel to make sure he got all the blood from his bitten tongue off his lips and chin. His face didn’t look so bad. The tan helped. His hair was disheveled, but what the hell, sloppy was in, right? And if he could get at least one good night of sleep, his eyes would get back to looking more green than red. It was a younger version of his dad that stared back at him. He sucked in a deep breath, expanding his chest. Six foot two, thirty-five years old—the prime of his life.
He tried to sort out just what had happened in that chamber, but the specifics were already hazy, like the fading details of a waking dream. He threw on his T-shirt and jeans and then grabbed his blue chambray shirt from a spike by the door and put that over the tee. As he slipped on his black loafers, he glanced back at the donut-shaped ring of the machine that had almost become his tomb. The seam that traveled around it was charred, with faint wisps of smoke still snaking into the air.
“Never again,” Jake muttered.
On the way out, a pretty nurse grabbed Marshall’s hand and slipped him a folded piece of paper. Jake stifled a smile. Ten to one it was her phone number, though the concerned look Marshall exchanged with her suggested otherwise.
Marshall stuffed the paper in his pocket, turned his back on her with a friendly wave, and followed Jake out the door. “Dude, you sure you’re okay?” he asked.
But an odd, sporadic buzzing in Jake’s head told him something was very different
survivor to craft compelling characters who risk it all for love and
loyalty. Born in Munich, Germany, to American parents, he joined the
United States Air Force like his father. But he left the service when
he was diagnosed with cancer and learned he had only months to live.
He earned a management degree from the University of Notre Dame and
ran three successful companies involving advanced security products
used by US embassies and governments worldwide. Now a full-time
writer, he lives in Redondo Beach, California, with his wife and
remains in excellent health.
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