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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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    Klaus 06-16-15
    Klaus 06-16-15 Member Since 2013
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    "What happened?"

    I'm not tier one - or I might understand how I went from looking at New York Times bestsellers to buying this really bad book (based on the first ten chapters).

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    roz79 06-16-15
    roz79 06-16-15
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    "It was pretty good not great"

    I enjoyed the book but didn't love it.
    The premise was interesting. The plot development felt stunted at places.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rebeccatt Hot springs, ar 06-13-15
    Rebeccatt Hot springs, ar 06-13-15 Member Since 2015

    Rebeccatt

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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
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Brian Bennett San Something, CA 04-28-15
    Brian Bennett San Something, CA 04-28-15 Member Since 2014

    The Dude

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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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  • Mr. J. Pantsjoha
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    7/29/15
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    "Very thoroughly enjoyable sci-fi"

    I can put this book down so to speak I do listening to it in the car at the office before bedtime is outstanding very futuristic very creative!

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  • Rupert
    7/22/15
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    "Great book that draws you in"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this audiobook, it's a well constructed world that gives a new take on ordinary superpowers, it builds a vivid picture of society slowly collapsing in on itself. With twists and turns abound I was hooked and had to stay in the car just to listen a little longer!


    Any additional comments?

    Roll on book 2!

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  • Matthew
    Dumbleton, United Kingdom
    12/12/13
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    "A really enjoyable read."
    If you could sum up Brilliance in three words, what would they be?

    Exciting, engrossing, enjoyable!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The plot and the characters. Pace.


    What about Luke Daniels’s performance did you like?

    Well read, good characterisation of the different characters.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It was a really exciting book, great plot, good idea, and read and written at a good pace. The concept is believable, and is presented in a good manner.


    Any additional comments?

    I would recommend this book. Would love a sequel.

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  • Nikola
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    9/12/13
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    "Interesting premise, could be developed further"

    Action sci-fi thriller which wants to be a Hollywood movie. Interesting premise - from 1981 on, 1% of children are born with special powers. Not really super-powers like flying, bending spoons, but with extreme pattern recognitions and similar. They are known as "Brilliants" and as they grow up, they start changing the world. American society is polarised and split into normals and "abnorms".

    Story will probably evolve into followups - in this one, we follow Agent Cooper fighting against "abnorm terrorists" (being abnorm himself). Story is interesting and tense, with some unexpected but also some very expected twists. However, I think author did not manage to use idea's full potential. Action sequences are interesting and characters well built, but as I see it, story is basically taken from Al-Qaida attack on WTC and then continued on basis of many conspiracy theories evolving after.

    Besides that, I would have liked to hear more about the impact on the world - authors focuses on America, and rarely spreads focus out of his main characters.

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  • CathyR
    Ilminster, United Kingdom
    8/3/13
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    "Brilliant Brilliance!"

    This book dives headlong into a very fast paced story with lots of suspense, thrills and action. I like Nick Cooper's character and the way he develops throughout the story, the conflict he feels because he himself is a brilliant yet his job is to pursue them. And then everything is turned completely upside down and Nick doesn't know truth from lies or who he can trust. A gripping plot, which is also very thought provoking, and a nail biting conclusion, along with a first rate narrator. Really glad there will be more!

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