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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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    LesterT Gainesville, Fl USA 02-07-15
    LesterT Gainesville, Fl USA 02-07-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Brilliance - a good listen"

    I like Luke Daniels and was drawn to this audiobook because of him. The audiobook took a little while to develop but was well worth it in the end. I would recommend it to anyone who likes it when the bad guys get their comeuppance in the end.

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    CMLevy 02-06-15
    CMLevy 02-06-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Very Well Done"

    A very interesting toping. Exciting. Lots of the unexpected. Thoughtful and thought provoking. Haven't checked it out yet but it definitely has the foundation for a series; a lot of topics and character development remain.

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    Lindsay 01-29-15
    Lindsay 01-29-15
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    "great premise"

    i didn't enjoy the narrator but liked the story so much i couldn't not Listen. 😆

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    Justin Staley Milwaukee, WI United States 01-29-15
    Justin Staley Milwaukee, WI United States 01-29-15
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    "Great story, REALLY BAD PLAYER"
    Any additional comments?

    After having issues getting the player to work on my Mac, it finally did -- only to have it stop working in the last chapter of the story! So, I've listened to this entire book, with the Audible Player, only to now have to wait for the discs to come in to the library so I can finish the end! I am now considering canceling my Kindle Unlimited subscription.

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    Amazon Customer 01-11-15
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    "ponderously slow and dull,"

    the premise was good, characters flat, more than 6 hours into it, I gave up, doubtful finishing it would have improved my review.

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    C 01-07-15
    C 01-07-15
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    "Brilliant, no wait, the title is Brilliance"
    What made the experience of listening to Brilliance the most enjoyable?

    Luke Daniels. I find myself becoming a Luke Daniels fanboy.
    The story was good, flowed well, and gave you just enough story to keep you wanting to read more.


    What other book might you compare Brilliance to and why?

    I haven't read/listened to books with this sort of premise before so to compare any book would be pointless. "My finger points!"


    What does Luke Daniels bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The voices. Quite literally. Hahahaha. He brings a realism, emotion, accents, etc. He uses similar voices as he does in other books which confuses me, but then I see a pattern to bad guy voices and good guy voices.

    Luke truly is a fantastic narrator


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes and no.
    Yes because it was interesting and exciting hearing about peoples abilities and what the main character can do.
    No because it had good breaking points where you felt you could stop it for a bit and continue later.


    Any additional comments?

    Slight spoiler, you will be warned.
    Overall, I would suggest listening to this. The story is something done before with a (***SPOILER***) double agent (***SPOILER***), but it has it's twist because of the abilities that the brilliance have. Makes things harder, for the characters to get around and still throws a twist or two in there to keep you wondering what will happen next.
    Luke does a fantastic job as always.

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    Brennan Bend, OR, United States 01-04-15
    Brennan Bend, OR, United States 01-04-15 Member Since 2011
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    "unexpected"

    I was following luke the narrative voice. Surprising win. what a book! character are solid and really deep parrells with our current world.

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    T. Evans Greenville, NC United States 12-20-14
    T. Evans Greenville, NC United States 12-20-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Slogged through...."

    I struggled with this one. Interesting concept, but this book could have been edited down to half the time and it would have been tighter. Sometimes it seemed that not much was happening and I was waiting to get to the next "good part". Well, the dirty deed is done. I finished it.

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    Justin 12-11-14
    Justin 12-11-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Very good book, highly recommend."

    awesome story, very good narrator. enjoyed it so much I bought the next book right after.

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    melanie United States 10-07-14
    melanie United States 10-07-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Predicatable, but entertaining"

    The story was sort of vanilla as far as the genre goes, even trending a little towards young adult. The usual good guy gone bad for all the right reasons, and a love interest thrown into the mix.

    The narrator did a good job with the characters and made it worth listening to.

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