2015 · Book review

Everlast A Brainrush Thriller (The Everlast Duology Book 1) by Richard Bard

Description: 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.

Everlast (Book One): When Jake’s family and closest friends are simultaneously abducted in a globally coordinated kidnapping scheme, he races across two continents in his search for them, unaware his hostage son and teenage siblings have 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?

 
My Thoughts : First off I’d like to say thank you to The Book Club on Facebook who sent me this book for review.
 
I went into this book completely blind as I’d never heard of Richard Bard the author or the Brainrush books, so I really didn’t know what to expect at all. And to be quite honest if I’d read the description before hand I don’t think this would have been a book I would have bought as I’m not really into scientific stories so I’m glad I was given the chance.

From the beginning this story had me hooked, it was a page turner and once I got peace and quiet I whizzed through it as I couldn’t put it down.
Although this is a great read I presume there are books before this one that tell the story of Jake and his family and how they come to be in the situation they are in and I felt like I was missing something and playing catch up a lot of the time.
This is no fault of the authors though and this is a well written story and a fast paced thriller. The characters are interesting and the description through out the book takes you right into the action. I was punching the pillow at the end of the book as it finishes on a cliff-hanger  so was very pleased to see the second book Ephemeral was available and I can’t wait to get stuck in and continue the story.
 
I have given this book 4 stars

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