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Brilliance | [Marcus Sakey]

Brilliance

In Wyoming, a little girl reads people’s darkest secrets. In New York, a man sensing patterns in the stock market racks up $300 billion. In Chicago, a woman can go invisible. They’re called "brilliants," and since 1980, one percent of people have been born this way. Nick Cooper is among them; a federal agent, Cooper has gifts rendering him exceptional at hunting terrorists. His latest target may be the most dangerous man alive, a brilliant drenched in blood and intent on provoking civil war. But to catch him, Cooper will have to violate everything he believes in.
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Publisher's Summary

In Wyoming, a little girl reads people’s darkest secrets by the way they fold their arms. In New York, a man sensing patterns in the stock market racks up $300 billion. In Chicago, a woman can go invisible by being where no one is looking. They’re called "brilliants," and since 1980, one percent of people have been born this way. Nick Cooper is among them; a federal agent, Cooper has gifts rendering him exceptional at hunting terrorists. His latest target may be the most dangerous man alive, a brilliant drenched in blood and intent on provoking civil war. But to catch him, Cooper will have to violate everything he believes in - and betray his own kind.

From Marcus Sakey, "a modern master of suspense" (Chicago Sun-Times) and "one of our best storytellers" (Michael Connelly), comes an adventure that’s at once breakneck thriller and shrewd social commentary; a gripping tale of a world fundamentally different and yet horrifyingly similar to our own, where being born gifted can be a terrible curse.

©2013 Marcus Sakey (P)2013 Brilliance Audio

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    Rebeccatt Hot springs, ar 06-13-15
    Rebeccatt Hot springs, ar 06-13-15 Member Since 2015

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    "enjoyed a very different topic."

    some of it was far reaching but overall I enjoyed it. it is science fiction but takes place in 2013. interesting.

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    Devin C Spencer 06-01-15
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    "Something to be engaged with"

    The character development is done well. The story is engaging and has the right balance of action with plot development.

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    K N Williams 05-13-15 Member Since 2015
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    "The World of Brilliance"

    Marcus Sakey and Luke Daniels brought the world of Brilliance into full bloom. The story was set to a good pace where the good guys weren't pure and the bad guys had great insights.

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    Michael Harbison 05-07-15
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    "Best Story I've heard in a long time."
    What made the experience of listening to Brilliance the most enjoyable?

    The story and the Narrator.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The plot for the story was great. Superhuman abilities that enhance humans enough to change the world but not so far as to get into flight or lasers.The powers were more realistic and easy to believe and the Descriptions really let you imagine that these Abnorms could exist.


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed this book and am off to buy the sequel right now. If you like, Spy thrillers, Superhuman Abilities and Conspiracies, Pick this up.

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    Kindle Customer South Carolina 04-29-15
    Kindle Customer South Carolina 04-29-15

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    "Limited narration"

    The story was great. I really enjoyed the plot. The only thing was the narration. The main character sounded like a voiceover from an old PI movie, and every other character sounded like a Jewish pharmacy owner from 1960s New York.

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    Brian Bennett San Something, CA 04-28-15
    Brian Bennett San Something, CA 04-28-15 Member Since 2014

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    "This was good"

    I saw this recommended on many must read list and I finally got around to trying this and it was fun. I thought it was an enjoyable listen nothing too complicated but it kept you guessing a bit.

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    Chris in Lima 04-10-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Awesome!"

    Fun storyline. Really enjoyed it. One to book two! Can't wait to see what Cooper has been up to. Enjoy!

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    Aaron 04-02-15
    Aaron 04-02-15 Member Since 2015
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    "X-men meets Genius Savants"

    Interesting premise turns into a disappointing ending. Strong start flawed by weak ending. Devolved into too many cliches, too bad.

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    Katrina in NJ 04-01-15
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    "like it"

    The performance is awesome. always like listening to Luke Daniels. I like the story as well. I just can not stand the romance between Cooper and Shannon.

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    Elizabeth 03-27-15
    Elizabeth 03-27-15
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    "Bad female impersonator??"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes, in all, I enjoyed the story. The narration was distracting, though, and I wished I had more time to read instead of listen.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Brilliance?

    The parts that would be spoilers.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The spoken dialogue was AWFUL. Every character's voice sounded like a really bad impersonation. The main female character, who is supposed to be attractive, sexy, and smart, sounded like a very bad female impersonator. It really ruined the scenes with her, because all I could picture was cheap tranny streetwalker. Seriously, just read the dialogue. Don't try to sound like a woman. The emotion conveyed in ALL the characters' dialogues was just atrocious. Truly distracting to the story.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Probably. If the actors could do better dialogue than the reader.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm really sorry, Luke. I'm sure you're a nice guy, and the straight narration was fine. But the dialogue killed it for me. :(

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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