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
Liked the overall storyline but the narrative had issues. Because of those issues, I feel I may have missed something important. The 4 stars are only for the narrative issues and have nothing to do with the story or the narrator. I would recommend this to lovers of future earth world sci-fi.
When this book started I didn't know what direction it was going to take, but after a slow start this book the plot took a few turns and became something a little more interesting. A lot of world building occurred which dragged the story a bit, but over all this is a solid opening entry into a series. I'm excited to see what comes next.
enjoyed the first act. good action scenes, good introduction to an original plot. after awhile, the narration started to irk me. picture a military documentary from the 1960s. that's the voice I heard. every single sentence had an urgency to it, and not in a good way. the narrator used particularly annoying voices for male side characters. there were a couple plot twists in later chapters that I enjoyed. I would have preferred the author spend much more time expanding on the powers and how they would interact in society. what we got was a so so hunt/Chase story for last act. <spoiler> and of course everybody was saved and no one was hurt.
conclusion: an ok book, wouldn't recommend it though.
Not much to say. Great detail, but not overdone. Great action, climactic, well thought out, intricate plot that made me think about my own values; edge of your seat intense, intriguing characters and suspenseful. Enough said. Get this book!
Young and dumb and fun and looking for a way to solve life's problems through my love of books. ♡
I don't normally listen to mystery suspense type of novels but Marcus Sakey does an AMAZING JOB mixing science fiction with real life suspense. Think I've found a new favorite author.
Sakey told a good story and for saw today's political climate. Prophetic as to the climate of fear and falsehoods that dominated our recent presidential election
It was difficult to get into but then it held my attention, I love it.
"Great book that draws you in"
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!
Roll on book 2!
"A really enjoyable read."
Exciting, engrossing, enjoyable!
The plot and the characters. Pace.
Well read, good characterisation of the different characters.
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.
I would recommend this book. Would love a sequel.
"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.
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!
"Really good listen! Good story excellent narration"
Really good listen! Good story excellent narration. High recommend. . . . . . . .
"Good story, great narrator"
Some great ideas in the story, which was recommended to me. the best performance of any narrator I've heard to date
Ok story , happy with the narrator. Because of the special powers people had I felt that they were adapted to the story as it went along. Predictable because using his children's safety against him, falling for the girl, his boss.not being the person he thought he was.... not much originality.
"The X-Man in the High Castle"
Much better than a comic book, here we have a parallel world – set in present day but where history took a different turn back in the 1980’s. The different turn was the result of “Brilliants” starting to be born. These are children with exceptional abilities, such as a massively enhanced ability to read people’s body language. I found this level of talent weirdly credible, unlike the silliness of X-Men or superheroes. The book is written and read with pace, reminiscent of books by Matthew Reilly. All in all, I was very happy to swept along by an excellent audio-equivalent of a great page-turner. Great fun and I look forward to listening to the others in the series.
"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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