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Smoke & Mirrors (Brainrush Series Book 5)

Narrated by: R. C. Bray
Series: Brainrush, Book 5
Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
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From Wall Street Journal bestselling author Richard Bard comes the next highly anticipated Brainrush thriller, a mind-gripping action adventure that spans three continents, and two books: Everlast and Ephemeral.

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.

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. Jake’s family and closest friends have been taken by a mysterious organization with access to every surveillance system on the planet. In this exciting conclusion to the Everlast Duology, Jake must lever every scrap of his own failing brain if he is to have any chance of evading capture, rescuing his loved ones, and stopping a madman’s plans for global chaos dead in its tracks.

©2014 Richard Alexander Bard (P)2014 Richard Bard

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  • Juan
  • 25-05-2015

Good book

Only complaint is it feels like I paid to finish the story that didn't end with the previous book. I don't mind buying a sequel... Did it here gladly 3 times. I don't appreciate paying two times for one book. I'll wait before buying book 6 when it comes out to see if it is going to keep happening.

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  • Readers Together
  • 15-01-2015

I need book 6...quick!

This is part two of the Everlast duology and follows on from book one without missing a beat. It is quite the thriller ride, fast-paced and it will have you laughing, crying, gasping, shouting at the audible app (everyone does that, right?) and even cursing both Richard Bard and R.C. Bray.

Bray really did out-do himself with the range of characters and his performance was seamless. He has really made these books a joy to listen too.

If you haven't listened to any of this series, I recommend starting with Brainrush and offer this advice - fasten your seatbelt and enjoy the ride.

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  • Doogle
  • 29-12-2017

Be prepared buy the whole series

Be prepared to buy the whole series. The story is fun and engaging. Edge of your seat action all the way. The reason I didn’t give it five stars is that these short six or seven hour books should have been combined. I’m going broke finding out what happens next. It’s got me thinking seriously about how to curb my Audible addiction.

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  • Colour Me Purple
  • 09-01-2015

A spellbinding thriller and stunning cliffhanger

What made the experience of listening to Ephemeral the most enjoyable?

The story, the characters, the intrigue, tension, and the narrator combine to make this fifth listen in the Brainrush series just as captivating as the previous four. I could not put it down.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Ephemeral?

Too many to pick just one...but the ending.....cliff hanger! Very much looking forward to the next book.

Which scene was your favorite?

The release of the innocent children.

Any additional comments?

I discovered Richard Bard quite by accident...purchasing the first book in this series, Brainrush, in a sale...because it was read by a favourite narrator, R. C. Bray. I was hooked from page one and listened my way through all five in very short order.

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  • Gina S.
  • 08-12-2019

Amazeballs

This series kept me wanting more. I have actually listened to these books 3 times. I long for more Mr. Bard. please keep them coming!!! RC Bray is an amazing narrator and does ANY book justice. Please keep him as narrator!!!!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 13-10-2019

Spectacular!!

Excellent and rivoting! I can't wait to listen to Books 6 and 7, No Refuge and Against All Odd! I really enjoy narrator. R. C. Bray. He makes this great series come alive!

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  • Ms. January926
  • 08-10-2019

OMG!!

OMG!! IF YOU DON'T READ ANOTHER SERIES, I BEG YOU TO GET THIS ONE!! ACTION THROUGH OUT. I GUARANTEE THAT YOU WILL LOVE IT!!!

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  • David
  • 14-03-2018

heart pounding adventure

Kept my interest the entire time...great story and interesting characters! Coming up...a two book grand finale...yes please and thank you very much.

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  • SpiegMan
  • 22-08-2016

I Knew It! 1 more coming

Superb crafting of a story from different perspectives leaving us with a frustrating ending. Not so much a cliffhanger but a 'OhMan!' Good job Richard and RC. Do I really have to wait 6 months for book 6? I enjoy the suspense and mystery with a little superhuman or extraterrestrial entwined and look for more even after the last book. You hear me Mr. Bard! I want my mini!

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  • Jacalyn
  • 28-07-2015

Exciting

Enjoy all the technical stuff & gadgets. Like the continuation of characters and the adding of new ones, especially stunt actors

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  • amanda mutemasango
  • 13-11-2019

Fabulous

Once again you have stopped my life I had to listen from the beginning to end end wonderful work Richard bard keep it up love from the UK

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  • malana claringbould
  • 08-06-2018

Excellent

Best series in a long time Love all the characters would make a great film or TV show Credit to Richard Bard brilliant author x Not forgetting R. C. Bray my all time favorite narrator x A must buy book x