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A Better World (The Brilliance Trilogy Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Marcus Sakey
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Book Description

The highly-anticipated sequel to the Edgar nominated Brilliance

The brilliants changed everything.

Since 1980, 1% of the world has been born with gifts we’d only dreamed of. The ability to sense a person’s most intimate secrets, or predict the stock market, or move virtually unseen. For thirty years the world has struggled with a growing divide between the exceptional...and the rest of us.

Now a terrorist network led by brilliants has crippled three cities. Supermarket shelves stand empty. 911 calls go unanswered. Fanatics are burning people alive.

Nick Cooper has always fought to make the world better for his children. As both a brilliant and an advisor to the president of the United States, he’s against everything the terrorists represent. But as America slides toward a devastating civil war, Cooper is forced to play a game he dares not lose—because his opponents have their own vision of a better world.

And to reach it, they’re willing to burn this one down.

From Marcus Sakey, “the master of the mindful page turner” (Gillian Flynn) and “one of our best storytellers” (Michael Connelly), Book Two of the Brilliance Saga is a relentless thrill ride that will change the way you look at your world—and the people around you.

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    About the Author

    Marcus Sakey’s novels have been nominated for more than fifteen awards, including the Edgar and two ITW Thriller Awards. His book Good People was adapted as a feature film starring James Franco and Kate Hudson. Three of his other novels have been optioned for film, including Brilliance.

    To research his work, Marcus has shadowed gang cops, trained with snipers, toured the morgue, flown planes, rappelled with SWAT teams, hung out with spies, and learned to pick a deadbolt. He is the host and writer of the acclaimed television show Hidden City on Travel Channel, for which he is routinely pepper-sprayed and attacked by dogs.

    Marcus lives in Chicago with his wife and daughter.

    His website is, or follow him on Facebook ( or Twitter, where he posts under the clever handle @MarcusSakey.

    Product details

    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 4866 KB
    • Print Length: 392 pages
    • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (17 Jun. 2014)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B00IA7N7C8
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
    • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (162 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #931 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! 27 July 2014
    By CathyR
    Format:Kindle Edition
    The second book in the Brilliance saga picks up shortly after the conclusion of the first, throwing the reader/listener straight into the ongoing conspiracy and opening with a chilling scenario….

    Chapter one begins three weeks before that terrible incident. Tension and suspense build again gradually and consistently as we meet old and new characters. The most notable of the latter is Dr Ethan Park who, along with Abe Cousen and their team, have made an unimaginable discovery.

    Nick Cooper continues to fascinate as the strong and utterly determined main protagonist, complex and extremely resourceful, and although he doubts the wisdom of his previous actions based on their outcome he is still, now more than ever, committed to sorting through the backlash, figuring out what is going on and preventing a national catastrophe.

    There’s so much incredible depth and detail to this and the previous story I was glad to have the recap of events from Brilliance woven into A Better Story and in such a way that it wasn’t a straight rehash. The tension between ‘normals’ and ‘brilliants’ is escalating and a terrorist group, The Children of Darwin, are set on provoking a war. It’s quite harrowing listening to accounts of the devastation as America goes crazy and cities are taken over and their populations left without food and utilities.

    The writing, gripping story telling and alternate reality world building are exceptional as are the well-developed and believable characters. I enjoyed the interspersed flashes of newscasts and ads, I especially like the personal ones, as they continue, in a fantastic way, to update the narrative. There are some unexpected, moving and breathtaking twists in what is an excellent second instalment.
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Book 2 doesn't disappoint! 8 July 2014
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    Wow! I am so pleased I stumbled across this book one when looking for a thriller to sink my teeth into. The premise doesn't sound that original but don't let that fool you - it's utterly gripping and at the same time very thought provoking. Marcus Sakey is a brilliant writer who has crafted engaging characters and a very clever plot.
    I actually read the book one and book two in three days! I just couldn't stop myself. Cannot wait until Book 3!

    Book 2 takes right up where Book 1 left off and things get very dark... I won't spoil it for anyone but you won't have any nails left by the time you read the last page. Loved it!
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars The unremarkable rise of the mutant nation 18 Jun. 2014
    By Rowena Hoseason HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
    Format:Kindle Edition
    Imagine a world of mostly mundanes, and a minority of talented mutants. Set them into conflict with each other. Have the 'good' mutants try to integrate themselves into a society which regards them with suspicion. Have the 'bad' mutants start a new civil war so that they can take their rightful place as the leaders of the new world, a superior race.
    That’s pretty much the backdrop to A Better World… and it feels an awful lot like X-men to me, too.

    This is the second book in a series, and maybe I would’ve engaged with it better if I’d started with the first. However it wasn’t too tricky to catch up with the general plot – there’s a sizeable chunk of recap in the opening chapters – and the conflicting factions and their representative characters soon take shape.
    The best parts are undoubtedly those where the Brilliants – the new breed who all have different talents, ranging from Tier One uberhumans to almost-normal lower Tiers – flex their talents. The best of the Brilliants is the bad guy who functions at super-speed or, rather, he perceives normal time at a snail’s pace. This gives him huge advantages in action against even other Brilliants, but means he’s numbingingly handicapped in every other aspect of life. He’s one of the few character in the book I would have liked to spend more time with. (There's more thoughts on the plot and characters at
    So A Better World does include some fascinating, original concepts which I’d have enjoyed exploring at the author’s leisure. However, the plot which serves them is considerably less fulfilling, and the sequences where ‘an ordinary guy’ comes to terms with martial law and the collapse of society are pretty humdrum, more ‘so what?’ than ‘what if?’.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars A modern day America with a Brilliant twist! 17 Jun. 2014
    By Stef L
    What a book! To be honest I had feared it would not live up to its predecessor, thankfully I was wrong, very wrong!
    Fast paced, it picks up right where Brilliance ended. The central character, Cooper again reigns supreme with much of the narrative dedicated to him. Much like Brilliance it is littered with an amalgamation of interspersed Media and propoganda which is highly successful at providing an insight into the new way of life. This format works as well on Kindle as it does in print.
    The novel focuses on a variety of everyday themes; politics, family life and is set in a modern day America with a twist, a Brilliant twist.
    Having throughly enjoyed the first book in the saga I was pleased to be
    reunited with old friends but was equally intrigued by the new characters this book brought to the table.
    Compulsive and consuming this novel asks the question what is a Better World? Moral, engrossing and arguably even better than the first it sets the scene perfectly for book Three, I can't wait!
    Thank you so much to the publishers and Netgalley for the advance copy.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    4.0 out of 5 stars A great follow on read if you enjoyed the first in ...
    A great follow on read if you enjoyed the first in the series. Just a pity that you have to wait six months to get to read the final book when it's released!
    Published 2 days ago by David J Hollander
    3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
    If you liked the first book this is essential reading, and leaves the door open for reading vol 3
    Published 4 days ago by Mike Farnsworth
    4.0 out of 5 stars Time flashed by when I started to read..
    As this was my first read of this Trilogy I found it difficult to start with, (my own fault for starting with number 2 ),but when I did I really enjoyed it. A good different read.
    Published 5 days ago by susan leech
    5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping!
    This trilogy is slow to start but then speeds like a high tech missile. Great characters and world changing plot lines. Breathtaking.
    Published 5 days ago by Jill Nicholson
    4.0 out of 5 stars Great read
    Loved the first book and loved this one just as much. Only took a couple of days to read but the story has set Guilford a brilliant third instalment.
    Published 5 days ago by TWM
    5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
    As good as the first. Many late nights just reading 'one more page'!! ( it never ended up been one more page)
    Published 9 days ago by Mrs K Devine
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    very different cant wait for the third one
    Published 17 days ago by patricia
    5.0 out of 5 stars Enthralling
    Must get book 3. The kind of storytelling that keeps you in suspense and wondering if something about it is real.
    Published 18 days ago by John Delahoy
    5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read
    I read this in two days, lots of twists and turns and a great cliff hanger.....jan 2016 is too long to wait!!!!!!!
    Published 18 days ago by Pudden
    4.0 out of 5 stars unexpected twists
    i read this book immediately after book one because i enjoyed book one so much. this one didn't disappoint either. Read more
    Published 20 days ago by ANNE WRAITH
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