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Brilliance (The Brilliance Trilogy Book 1) by [Sakey, Marcus]
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“Brilliance will make you happy from start to finish.” —Entertainment Weekly

“Simply put, Marcus Sakey's Brilliance saga is awesome.” —Kirkus

“Perfectly titled, this tour-de-force has it all—a credible protagonist, a riveting plot, and enough philosophical questions for a roomful of Jesuits.” —Cleveland Plain-Dealer

"At once mystery, thriller, family saga, and romance...The plot takes many unpredictable twists, the characters are multidimensional, the world quite believable, and the social/political commentary pointed and often chilling.” —Chicago Tribune

“A tightly plotted thriller with classic questions beating in its geeky heart.” —NPR

“Sakey paints a near future too close for comfort in this stunning thriller." —Publishers Weekly

“Sakey’s premise is utterly compelling; no committed thriller aficionado will be able to set the book down. Brilliance is disturbing—and brilliant.” —Booklist, Starred Review

“One of the finest thrillers I have ever read. A masterpiece." —Crimespree Magazine

“Brilliant.” —Chicago Sun-Times

About the Author

Marcus Sakey's thrillers have been nominated for more than fifteen awards, named New York Time's Editor's Picks, and selected among Esquire's Top 5 Books of The Year. His novels Good People and Brilliance are both in development as feature films. Marcus lives in Chicago with his wife and daughter.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4376 KB
  • Print Length: 454 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1611099692
  • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (16 July 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 406 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #189 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This book starts with an interesting premise about the birth of gifted, or 'abnorm' children. What differentiates this from X Men is that they have extreme human, but not superhuman, powers; to read body language, understand patterns, etc. The main protagonist is charged with tracking down those who go astray.

So far, so Blade Runner, but then the book suddenly morphs into a post 9/11 allegory, and then just as suddenly channels the last half of any early John Grisham novel, where the goodies are trying to keep one step ahead of the baddies by moving from hotel to hotel. Then Sakey seems to tire of writing that, so we get three days travel dismissed in a sentence, and we're plunged into another Philip K Dick plot line, from The Man In the High Castle.

And so it goes on. Like other reviewers, very few of the plot twists surprised me, and by two thirds of the way through I just wanted it to end.
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This is a decent action-thriller in many ways. It is well written and based on an interesting premise which the author uses reasonably well but I do have some quite strong reservations.

Brilliance is set in a parallel version of the present day in which a group of people born with exceptional abilities ("Brilliants") are making "normals" feel threatened and have also created some remarkable advances in technology, among other things. It's a good, if not terribly original, idea which Marcus Sakey uses pretty well. It develops into a long, convoluted conspiracy thriller with plenty of action as the protagonist, Nick Cooper, pursues his quest as a Government agent in hunting down Brilliant terrorists. Needless to say, there are major plot twists, plenty of Not Knowing Whom To Trust and so on. For about half the book's 500 pages I found this an easy and exciting read, but it did begin to pall. The book is far too long and although I finished it, I did so in the spirit of wanting to know what happens now I've got this far, rather than being gripped by the plot which, by the last quarter of the book had got to the point where I met each supposedly gut-wrenching twist with "yep, I was waiting for that one."

Call me Mr Cynical, but I strongly suspect Marcus Sakey wrote this hoping for a big film deal. It has all the action set pieces expected of a Die Hard film, an oh-so-admirable central character who is amicably (and quite inexplicably) divorced so that he can be both a strong Family Man but also available for romantic attachments elsewhere, and the book's fundamental message is pretty much Motherhood, Apple Pie and God Bless America - all just perfect for a blockbuster actor who wants to be liked.

I perhaps shouldn't be quite so grumpy about this book. Marcus Sakey can certainly write and I enjoyed enough of it to (just) round 3.5 stars up to four. It's a decent beach read, but I doubt whether I'll be bothering with the next in the series.
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Well, it seemed an interesting premise, if you'd missed the entire superhero genre, which evidently from the cover quote, Lee Child has. The protagonist is a 'brilliant' whose special power is, erm, 'pattern recognition,' which is possibly one of the duller superpowers, like being able to dry paint merely by looking at it for several hours. But hey, let's run with the idea, it could be useful. If he were any good at it, but since he seems unable to use his special power to foresee any of the blazingly obvious twists, you have to wonder if he's been misled. Plot developments pretty much have to typed up and handed to him in triplicate and then explained slowly and carefully.

The entire 'brilliants' premise is dropped quietly and quickly and the book turns into formulaic chase-thriller-with-terrorists which has been done often and better. The lead gets so smug you start to hope an asteroid lands on him, certainly his ego has enough gravity to attract one, and – of course – the lead female character just swoons over him, despite the fact that not so many pages ago he was sworn to kill her. She could have been delivered in a box and inflated with a foot pump. The wooden dialogue reflects this. Men and women don't interact that, not in real life. People don't. Character motivations are also very odd and contrived. Many of the decisions are 'really?' There's no sense that people would really make those choices and there's only so much disbelief you can suspend before you qualify as a trapeze act.

Half way through I started to stare avidly at the time-left-in-book. It become the most fascinating thing about this book. There's probably a long compound word in German for the feeling that comes from having to finish a dull book, but this summed it up.
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Excellent read, had to get up early this morning to finish it and am ordering the second instalment this evening. Well written. Gripping story line. And whereas I do agree with other reviewers that it is at times a bit derivative, it is none the worse for that. So if at times it is a cross between Die hard and X-Men with a touch of JD Robb's In Death novels thrown in for good measure - that's ok and please, keep doing it!!
Great Read!!
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In a world where 1% of the population has developed super powers there is an uneasy sense of things on a precipice and who knows how things will develop. It's......nah scrub that.

Conspiracy theory, senior figures involved, evidence conveniently on a data stick, family in danger, invulnerable hero, trusty side kick, kick ass love interest.

Could have been so much more but essentially it's the script for another derivative action film.
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