"Best book of the year!" -IndieReader.com
The exciting conclusion to Brainchild, Book-4 of the Brainrush series:
The first three books in #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling 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 with scenes of action and suspense” by Kirkus Reviews, 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 impasse.
When Jake’s family and closest friends are simultaneously abducted in a globally coordinated kidnapping scheme, Jake is thrust into a frantic race that takes him from the canals of Amsterdam and the cobbled streets of Rome to the back alleys of Hong Kong and 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.
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.
Note: “Smoke & Mirrors” was formerly entitled “Ephemeral”
“Smoke & Mirrors doesn’t hold back on danger, thrills, or page-turning action. Named one of our best books of the year.” —IndieReader.com
“The action will get your heart pumping and if you aren’t careful, you may be up well after your bedtime. Once you start, you won’t want to stop until it’s over. Once again, Richard Bard shows he is a master when it comes to penning taut thrillers. —Self-Publishing Review
About the Author
Richard Bard draws on his own experiences as a former USAF pilot and cancer 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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Ive been very happy with the previous books in this series, thats why i kept buying/reading them. Thats why i left 5 star review previously. An author has a responsibility to his readers especially in a series if holding a continuity. This book had not just one super bad thing happen at the end there were 2 very bad irreparable things that put me off so bad i will never read Bard again. The only reason, if there could ever be one for writing a bad ending is to get a reader to buy the next book. HELLO, I just finished buying 4 of your books without bad endings. Did you really think you needed that.... ok im done, pissed me off.
Incredible continuity of storyline. Love core characters and new ones. Thoroughly enjoyed it & look forward to next adventure!
The book is fast paced and keeps you hanging on the edge of your seat. However, I feel as if the Brainchild edition should have made it clear that the book does not end anywhere near a conclusion or stand alone. Right in the middle of a scene the book ends and you have to purchase this next edition.
2017 last in series book can't wait!!