Some people are naturally brilliant, others have to buy it. What would you pay, to be one in a million?
Framed for murder and on the run, former Olympic biathlete Kyle Achilles is also in the crosshairs of assassins' guns. Why? He has no idea. He's fighting blind against two master strategists and one extraordinary invention - known as Brillyanc.
Achilles' only ally is the other prime suspect, a beautiful Russian mathematician who is either the best or worst person to ever enter his life. Katya was engaged to Achilles' brother - before he died.
Chasing clues while dodging bullets, Achilles and Katya race around the globe, uncovering a conspiracy conceived in Moscow, born in Silicon Valley, and destined to demolish both the White House and the Kremlin. Along the way a lost soul finds purpose, a broken heart confronts forbidden love, and America gains a new hero.
Packed with heart-stopping surprises, paced by razor-sharp plotting, and populated with richly rendered characters, Pushing Brilliance will leave you breathless and longing for more.
©2016 Tim Tigner (P)2016 Tim Tigner
I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
The series protagonist is ex-CIA Agent Kyle Achilles. Chasing Ivan, a 4 hour audiobook released in March or this year., is the series prequel. This recently released Pushing Brilliance is Book 1. It also appears that the Russian mathematician Katya will return in the next Kyle Achilles novel The Lies of the Spies (according to the end notes in this audiobook). Kyle Achilles has real promise as an espionage series protagonist. This is a superb book made even better by the narration of Dick Hill.
I stumbled onto Tim Tigner a few months ago, and as I did when I first found Lee Child and John Grisham, quickly gobbled up all his other books. Unlike those other authors, however, I think Tigner gets better with each book. At least this one, his new release, struck me as his best.
Tigner's plots are always two steps above most other mainstream thrillers. They're a thinking-man's books, exposing the underbelly of a 3D world and teaching the reader a thing or two. Pushing Brilliance was no exception.
Where this new release stood out to me was with the characters. Tigner's characters are always good, but these are somehow better. They're richer and more defined, but he presents them without slowing the story. He just works in colorful, memorable bits and pieces rather than devoting chapters of (boring) backstory to it as many authors do. I can't wait to spend more time with these characters.
By the end of the novel, you're so ready for the main bad guy (there are a few) to get his comeuppance. I don't want to give anything away, but I LOVED the way Achilles dispatched that one.
Dick Hill's just the best. After listening to dozens of his audiobooks, he feels like an old friend, a voice in my head as familiar as my wife's. In Pushing Brilliance, I like the way he dealt with the foreign accents, giving them a slight touch without making them disruptively strong.
Hard to say without giving things away (there are so many twists in this book) so let's just say the 'romantic scene' surprised and touched me. It felt very real, and left me longing for more.
Can't wait for the next Achilles novel! Meanwhile, I'm looking forward to hearing Dick Hill read Lee Child's Night School.
I don't write reviews often but I deeply appreciate good talent, and it's difficult to find the wheat among the chaff. From his opening dedication, to his prior novella, Chasing Ivan, we can celebrate a new master along the likes of Lee Child, Mark Greaney, etc. It is challenging to find a good storyteller so I want to congratulate one when he appears. I look forward to his other works. If Tim reads this, bravo, and keep it up. I would love to see further in this series and I appreciate your writing about relevant plots, and not the usual "war on terror" silliness that plagues so many books in this genre that feel commissioned by the Mossad, lol. People like books that show our real world corruption. The Grey Man books and Bourne movies question our establishment instead of cheerleading our establishment. It's a nuanced fine line to write about espionage heroes and show the good and the bad. I like how this book felt original while still delivering good trade craft and escapism with a great tone, humor and intelligence.
I do often recommend Tim Tigner to my friends who read Grisham or Patterson. His plots are so fresh and fast paced, and his characters feel like friends themselves.
Absolutely. Pushing Brilliance is told from multiple points of view with short, punchy chapters like James Patterson. Most chapters/scenes end with a teaser for what's to come next, like the season finale of a TV series, except better because you only have to turn the page.
The great thing about Tigner books is that you even enjoy the bad guys. You kind of revel in their deviousness, if that makes sense. Reminds me of Ken Follett in that regard.
There were many. The beginning, where the hero finds out what happened, really drew me in, and Tigner never let me go.
Dick Hill is perfect for the Tim Tigner books. He brings something to military/espionage books that you wouldn't get if you read the book yourself. I personally feel like he enhances the books he narrates.
I really enjoyed this book. I am so excited to see the next book in this new series. So far I have thoroughly enjoyed all of the books written by Tigner but wanted more then a stand alone because all of his books could be the start of a series. This one does not disappoint. The protagonist in this book, Kyle Achilles loses his family, gets sent to prison, breaks out and does an awful lot that I can't tell you about because it will spoil the rest of the book for you.
This is thrilling from the first few pages right up through the end.
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I've listened to everything in the Gray Man series, to most of Clive Cussler's Dirk Pitt adventures, to the Issac Bell series (also Cussler), and to all of the Victor The Assassin series. I also have listened to all of the early Jack Reacher books, but must admit I've given up on him. The recent books in the series have not been as good. Anyway....I was looking for a new author and new hero. Tim Tigner delivered beautifully. I can hardly wait for the next book in the series. Kyle Achilles is a great main character. The book is a great combination of action, intelligence and mystery. The plot is complex, but not complicated. There is not a lot of jumping back and forth between scenes or backstories. Rather the focus is on character and action. When I get an audio book it must not bore me. I want to be entertained. I want the book to be smartly written yet contain plenty of action/adventure. That is exactly what Pushing Brilliance does.
I thoroughly enjoyed the story. It was entertaining with just enough incredible actions that it kept me intrigued throughout. I didn't enjoy the narrator as much as other spy novel narrators. His Russian seemed genuine and filtered into the English. At least to me. Looking forward to other books by this author.
Bio engineering is the most exciting topic in today's minds of big thinkers. I love the possibilities and fear the possibilities. The ability of insects doing espionage to warfare, the ability of such performing medical miracles to wiping out the human race, need I go on. This book was indicative of these possibilities. Tim Tigner has raised the bar in fiction that will probably become reality in our near future. It was such an exciting book that I listened to it with little interruption. I can't wait for the sequel. I'm a fool for young love and espionage, along with medical advancement. Tim get to work!
Love to get a book that I can't stop reading. I love page turners
This is my 3rd book by Tim T. And I am looking forward to the next book. I'm going to go back and read chasing Ivan.
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