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
I am the author of "Inner Fears", a thriller by MFKing. I am a social media manager for Jazz Social Media. Audio books are my main entertainment, and I think the best entertainment offered today.
You can't go wrong with this book if you love good writing and technological thrillers, like Daemon. The writing uses all of the senses, and describes one detail that sets the scene perfectly without boring the reader.
The technology is cutting-edge and interesting; the characters full and deep and engaging.
Will buy the next one immediately--can't wait for credits!
Story is well written, with strong character development and plot. The book flows well and sucks you in completely. The author took the time to create depth. I listen quite a bit while driving and found myself on tenterhooks throughout the story.
Luke Daniels is an amazing narrator. Each character has a distinct voice in the story. You feel like your immersed in the plot by "hearing" each person play their part of the story.
All in all, this book was a pleasure to read by listening to a wonderfully talented narrator!
You're introduced here to a new America, on the verge of imploding; not from external forces but from within. This will keep you listening into the night if you're not careful.
I really enjoyed Luke Daniels in the Marko Kloos series (frontlines). I was pleased to find him narrating this book as well. I look forward to book two of this series.
Good character development but their personalities were a little bland. Without the narrator's creative voice giving personality tothe characters I probably would not have finished the book even though the plot and such were actually pretty good. I'm not sure about picking up the next book in the series because although I don't regret listening to this I don't feel highly compelled to listen to a continuation of it. ~JTC~
A story about a pending civil way of the ultra smart vs the normal crowd, reminiscent of Amped.
My only complaint is with the narration. All the male voices had similar accents. Was that the Chicago gangster or the primary bad guy?
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!
"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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