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The explosive conclusion to the best-selling Brilliance Trilogy.

For 30 years humanity struggled to cope with the brilliants, the one percent of people born with remarkable gifts. For 30 years we tried to avoid a devastating civil war.

We failed.

The White House is a smoking ruin. Madison Square Garden is an internment camp. In Wyoming, an armed militia of thousands marches toward a final, apocalyptic battle.

Nick Cooper has spent his life fighting for his children and his country. Now, as the world staggers on the edge of ruin, he must risk everything he loves to face his oldest enemy - a brilliant terrorist so driven by his ideals that he will sacrifice humanity's future to achieve them.

From "one of our best storytellers" (Michael Connelly) comes the blistering conclusion to the acclaimed series that is a "forget-to-pick-up-milk, forget-to-water-the-plants, forget-to-eat total immersion experience" (Gillian Flynn).

©2016 Marcus Sakey (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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  • Wayne
  • Matthews, NC
  • 01-12-16

Brilliant! Incredible! Wonderful!

Written in Fire completes the three novel Brilliance Saga. Note that these books MUST be read in order written or they will make no sense at all.

The genre of the Brilliance Saga is contemporary sci-fi; that is, it occurs in a fictionally faltered present. One percent of the populations are classified as brilliant. That one percent is discriminated against and they rebel violently.

These three books are likely destined to be classics, but probably as a single book. This saga is a must read even for those who do normally like science fiction. Luke Daniels does a great job of narration.

It is ironic that Written in Fire was released on the same day as Destroyer: Rewinder Book 2 by Brett Battles which is another much anticipated and unusual contemporary science fiction novel.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

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More of the same (which is not bad)

The good: Like the predecessors, this book is non-stop action. And for better or worse, the conflicting parties (Sons of Liberty vs Children of Darwin) are extremely realistic and mirror many of the horrible world events going on lately. I found myself actually growing anxious about what they would do next.

The mediocre: It's just more of the same. The characters stay the same, the locations stay the same. In the first book, meeting Eric Epstein for the first time was a truly great scene. Epstein in book 3 was exactly the same - sitting in his cave and being socially awkward. There was an attempt to show stress and fatigue, but it was superficial.

The bad: Without giving away anything, I was disappointed in the ending. I thought the main antagonist broke out of character at the end (or at least did not use his gift consistently). John Smith's master plan (or most of it) was disappointingly convoluted and inelegant. The final resolution made me face palm.

On the other hand, I did like the epilogue, unlike some other reviewers.

All in all, it's good to have closure, but as you can tell, I was disappointed. The series started off strong but did not live up to its potential. Overall, I'd give the series 4 stars, but I thought this book individually was closer to a 3.

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Sad ending to this trillogy

I was jumping out of my seat with bliss reading Brilliance. That book was pure joy in my mind. I loved it.

However, the two sequels were poorly thought through in my mind. What made Brilliance special was the weaving plot and character development. The sequels tried to have intricate plots, but they are so full of holes it makes for laughs rather than tense expectations. Also the characters dont change in these stories. They are already fully developed. Sakey pulls punches. You can tell he cares about those he created and does not do anything to further the character development a novel needs to live.

This story was decently written. The style is crisp and moves along. Its just where it moves to is goofy. Its the end of the world and only one man can save us. Blah.

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4.5 stars for the book, 5 for the series

this was a fun and interesting series. the premise is great, the characters interesting, and you care about them (or fear some of them). The story escalated through the books without jumping the shark. Interesting that the end of this book leaves things open for another.

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  • Mark
  • Bettendorf, IA, United States
  • 01-24-16

Great end to series with excellent narration

Marcus Sakey has written a wonderful trilogy, with another one in the future, I'm guessing. He understands the concept of creating stakes with his writing, & amps them up across multiple character arcs & storylines with a lot of shades of very deep grey. Flew through the series because I just couldn't stop listening.

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Fitting ending

Any additional comments?

This trilogy would make an excellent and smart television series, which I mean as high praise. It has a fantastic blend of action, human interest, real emotion, and that twist of science fiction that would make it entertaining, impactful, and smart. The pacing is crisp and the cast of characters varied, and it serves equally well as a thriller and as moral/political parable. Sakey does an admirable job tying up enough loose ends and giving enough characters their just desserts to leave a reader satisfied, but with enough left open for a reader to think. Not exactly a cliff hanger, but a reminder that things rarely resolve neatly and without complication and that the world imagined on the page (with strife and division, mistrust and misguided patriotism) is not at that far of a remove from real life.

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Waiting for #4

I want to know what happens when Hawk infects the general public.
And, what about the North Koreans?
Huge cliffhanger!

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Too much review

Excessive repetition of story in Books 1 and 2. I understand it's there for those who didn't read the earlier books, but way too much. It distracts from the story for those who DID read the earlier ones.

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A amazing conclusion to this trilogy!<br />

If you read the second book of this this trilogy, I'm sure you thought only some absurd end of the trilogy could get past the obstacles at the second ' s end, but that isn't the case at all! I didn't know how Marcus Sakey could end this without some M. Night. absurdity, but he does it. It's, "on the edge of your seat," action with turn after turn (I don't feel comfortable saying, "twist."). If you see this coming, maybe you're a brilliant? Otherwise, you'll be as happily amazed as I was! Of course, the whole trilogy was fresh, just not the evolving humans tale you've become used to. I won't compare it to the original and perhaps greatest (not the TV version), Childhood ' s End, by Arthur C. Clark. I will say, this is second, in my opinion! A great ending to a great beginning!

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Marcus Sakey is the man!

This is the 3rd installment in the Brilliance saga. As conflict comes to a devastating head in the "normals" vs "brilliants" Nick Cooper once again finds himself risking everything to negotiate a compromise that will allow America to survive.

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  • Grizzly
  • 09-02-17

A finely read ending to a brilliant trilogy.

Once again Sakay has created anotger thiught provoking sequal. A finely read ending to a brilliant trilogy.

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  • andyjlockley
  • 02-01-17

Good conclusion to the trilogy.

Tad predictable finale, but good characters and decent storyline. Solid series, would recommend to anyone.

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  • Louise Anderson
  • 04-28-16

Compelling, Exciting.

I highly recommend this entire series. Its compelling, exciting, gritty and both very well written and proformed.

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  • Pamala Barnett
  • 09-13-17

This can't end, just to good

Twists and turns, Make sure you read to the very end. Narration was great. Scary how real this all could be. Good to know it is just in the mind of the writer, but very relatable.