Richard Bard on “Brainrush”

1. What is the name of the book and when was it published?

BRAINRUSH, a Thriller. Print version published August, 2011. eBook published July, 2011

2. What’s the book’s first line?

Jake Bronson spent the past two weeks preparing to die. He just didn’t want to do it today trapped in this MRI scanner.

3. What’s the book about? Give us the “pitch”.

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.

4. What inspired you to write the book? A particular person? An event?

Inspiration for “Brainrush” was born from my personal struggles as a young Air Force pilot that faced a stage-III cancer diagnosis.

Add to that the fact that I’ve read 40-50 thrillers a year for my adult life, and I’m fanatical about going to the movies twice a week (as long as there’s good popcorn), and you can imagine what it’s like inside my brain.  It’s packed full of characters and adventures.  A lot of them surface when I’m dreaming—and some of those dreams are pretty intense.  I wake up in a sweat, grab my notebook and start writing.  The next morning I sift through the scribbles and scenes emerge.

For me, writing isn’t an optional exercise; it’s mandatory.  If I get to the end of a day and I haven’t advanced the story, I feel bad.  I suppose if I lived 1,000 years ago I’d be the “Bard” riding from village to village telling stories around the campfire.

5. What’s the most distinctive thing about the main character? Who-real or fictional-would you say the character reminds you of?

I was astounded to learn that there are a growing number of cases where ordinary people suffer a head injury and then immediately develop incredible mental abilities—like photographic memory, math skills, or artistic talents.  Doesn’t that mean those “gifts” lie dormant in all of us just waiting to be unlocked?  When I discovered that scientists are developing ways to tap into those abilities organically, the concept grabbed hold of my imagination.  What would it be like to be “gifted” with the flip of a switch?  And what would happen if that technology got in the wrong hands?  Those are the questions that Jake Bronson faces in “Brainrush”.

6. What’s the main reason someone should really read this book?

Sure, “Brainrush” is an Amazon #1 Bestseller after only a few months. That’s great. But it’s not reason enough to rush out and buy it. On the other hand, it’s also the #1 “Top Rated” (best reviewed) Action/Adventure and the #2 Top-Rated Mystery/Thriller, with an average 4.7 Stars. Most readers say they “couldn’t put it down.” For me, that’s the ultimate compliment. For you, it means that you can look forward to a thrilling story that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the release of the sequel next month

If that’s not reason enough, then let me share a little secret: If you buy Book-1 for the temporarily reduced price of 99 cents, you will receive a certificate for a FREE copy of Book-2, AND you will be entered to win a Kindle Fire (No purchase necessary for the drawing.) No tricks or gimmicks. Get all the details here:

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