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review 2016-06-05 13:19
Brilliance (Brilliance #1) DNF@16%
Brilliance - Marcus Sakey

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Title: Brilliance

Series: Brilliance

Author: Marcus Sakey

Rating: 1 of 5 Stars

Genre: SFF

Pages: DNF

Format: Kindle digital edition





My Thoughts:


Due to some of the subject matter, I will not be continuing this book or series.

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review 2016-05-16 22:57
#WritteninFire: Exciting conclusion, but...
Written in Fire (The Brilliance Trilogy) - Marcus Sakey

Awesome! More of the same suspense and action!


Blah. More of the same suspense and action.


The story stayed fun, and the action stayed cool. But the same old conflicts rehashed over and over after three books started to wear.


Plus the ending (which was obvious early on) left the kind of annoying ambiguity that I don't love.


PLUS the language, sex, and violence just got more and more...Adult? Gratuitous? Mature?...as the story went on.


It's a worthy story, a great popcorn read. I won't be volunteering it though.


Adults only. Happy reading!


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review 2016-05-16 22:52
#ABetterWorld: Cool Story, Typical Book 2
A Better World - Marcus Sakey


Like book one, the excitement is turned to 11 in this second part of the Brilliance Trilogy.


It holds true to how most part-two-of-three's end--reference: The Empire Strikes Back--so make sure you have book three ready to go.


And, speaking of book 3...


I'm out.


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review 2016-05-10 22:26
#Brilliance? Now there's a clever author...
Brilliance - Marcus Sakey


I love it when I enjoy a book more than I expect to.


It's a little bit science fiction, a little bit X-Men, a little bit cop story, a little but social commentary, and a lot bit non-stop excitement.


In this alternative 2013, Brilliants mysteriously started being born around 1980. Think X-Men with brain powers instead of super powers. They've made the world more technologically advanced, improved medical care, become super athletes...and showed all the rest of us how unfortunately-normal we are.


Excellent writing, smooth dialogue, interesting characters, cool "powers," fun alternatives to history (President Dukakis?), and lots of action.


There's a sex scene and some PG-13 language, so probably best to not share this one with your favorite teenagers. But discerning adults looking for a fun twist on a one-man-cop-takes-on-the-world thriller should read with confidence.


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review 2016-03-08 01:21
The Brilliance Trilogy by Marcus Sakey
Written in Fire (The Brilliance Trilogy) - Marcus Sakey
A Better World - Marcus Sakey
Brilliance - Marcus Sakey

This is more a wrap-up of the entire trilogy than just this book since I never reviewed the first two books.


The first book in The Brilliance Trilogy, Brilliance is about a small percentage of people in the world who are labeled as “brilliants”, as opposed to those who don’t and are considered “norms”.  Brilliants have extraordinary senses which can be used in good ways or bad.  Nick Cooper, who is a brilliant, uses his skills working as an agent to help the U.S. government track down other brilliants that use their extrasensory powers to commit evil acts.  Nick and his partner find themselves tracking a terrorist who has bombed a restaurant, killing many innocent men, women and children.  As the investigation unfolds and government secrets come to light, Nick finds himself questioning whether he works for the good guys or the bad guys. 4/5 stars


In the second book in the series, A Better World, Nick became an advisor to the President of the United States.  The world’s growing fear of brilliants has escalated due to the activities of a terrorist known as John Smith.  Nick works with the government to bring down John Smith, but it’s still questionable which side Nick should be fighting for in order to keep his family and the rest of the world safe. 4/5 stars


Written in Fire is the final book in Marcus Sakey’s trilogy.   The White House is in ruins.  The President has been killed.  Cities have been taken over.  The brilliants have become feared and are being persecuted by normal people everywhere.  The United States is close to civil war.  Nick has lost his job and come close to dying.  While working to end the terrorism and stop a war, Nick must find the one person who may have a solution to bringing peace to the nation.  3.5/5 stars


Nick Cooper is a good hero and the dynamics between Nick, his children, his girlfriend, his ex-wife, his co-workers and even the terrorists are wonderfully written.  We care about Nick because he genuinely cares about what is best for all of them.  Nick isn’t always right and he doesn’t always come out on top.  We get glimpses of how the government, the populace and the bad guys think and what defines their actions.  There is always that gnawing question of which side is right.  Does either side have all the answers?  In the world today, we are experiencing terrible acts between people more and more frequently, whether it is over race, religion, sexual orientation, etc.   The Brilliance Trilogy can be applied to any of these as an example of what can happen between two disparate groups of people and how far out of control it can become.


While the first two books were amazing, hold-on-by-the-seat-of-your-pants thrillers, this third and final installment failed to excite me in the same way.  Most of the great action already happened and there is nothing original added here.  It seemed like the storyline grew tiring at this point.  However, the series as a whole is definitely a worthy read and even though it’s labeled as a trilogy, the author did leave us with one hanging tidbit that may lead to another book.

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