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Brilliance

Lu par : Luke Daniels
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In Wyoming, a little girl reads people’s darkest secrets by the way they fold their arms. In New York, a man sensing patterns in the stock market racks up $300 billion. In Chicago, a woman can go invisible by being where no one is looking. They’re called "brilliants," and since 1980, one percent of people have been born this way. Nick Cooper is among them; a federal agent, Cooper has gifts rendering him exceptional at hunting terrorists. His latest target may be the most dangerous man alive, a brilliant drenched in blood and intent on provoking civil war. But to catch him, Cooper will have to violate everything he believes in - and betray his own kind.

From Marcus Sakey, "a modern master of suspense" (Chicago Sun-Times) and "one of our best storytellers" (Michael Connelly), comes an adventure that’s at once breakneck thriller and shrewd social commentary; a gripping tale of a world fundamentally different and yet horrifyingly similar to our own, where being born gifted can be a terrible curse.

©2013 Marcus Sakey (P)2013 Brilliance Audio

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  • Global
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  • Pam
  • 23/04/2015

Written like a movie script

It's my understanding that this book may be made into a movie. If so, it won't require much editing to turn it from a book into a script. The plot is predictable, as some other reviewers have said, but if it came out as an action movie, I would definitely go see it.

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  • T. Lott
  • 20/12/2014

Slogged through....

I struggled with this one. Interesting concept, but this book could have been edited down to half the time and it would have been tighter. Sometimes it seemed that not much was happening and I was waiting to get to the next "good part". Well, the dirty deed is done. I finished it.

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  • Renato M. Lellis
  • 18/02/2015

X-Men Diet

It's like an X-Men history where the powers people have are very less impressive than the ones in the comics and movies.

One thing that bothered me is that is not clear what separates the "brilliants" (people with talents in the book universe) from normal but intelligent people or intuitive people. Since the superpowers in question are very underwhelming, it is not clear to me how the brilliants are spotted. The only explanation given is that there is a test. People that score too high are mutants, sorry brilliants, and committed to government institutions until adulthood.

The other point that bothered me in the book is that the reaction from USA government from the terrorist that marks the rupture between normal humans and brilliants is way over the top.

Imagine that on the follow-up of 11/9 the government sent all Islamic Children to be educated as Christians and receive Western names. Is more or less what happened in the book in response to a much less dramatic terrorist strike.

Besides that, the book is not as surprising as the cover suggests. If you have some knowledge of the X-Men or similar stories, it is very predictable.

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  • BJ
  • 31/01/2016

All Action, no character developement.

When a story is all action with no character development, who cares who wins or looses?
The idea is original and could have been very interesting and fun, but the author went straight to dire and death before we got to know anyone. Maybe he backflashes later. I don't know. I quit reading/listening after 2 hours.
I'm sad because I was hoping to discover a new series.

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  • Lady Pamela
  • 28/12/2015

Not Very...Brilliant

This book is about genetically mutated people who have particular individual skills far and above the normal humans. Our hero has just a little bit better intuition. I liked the setup and the ideas of what might happen in an alternate universe with just a few "brilliant" individuals. After reading/listening for five hours, I gave it up--cut my losses...just not very interesting and did not make me want to avoid other things to keep reading. The "brilliants" did not display their super powers very much and it became just like another shoot-em-up cop saves the world. The plot is evident and the ending predisposed about a third or the way through it. Much potential, not demonstrated. I'll take the Brilliance series off my list.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11/01/2015

ponderously slow and dull,

the premise was good, characters flat, more than 6 hours into it, I gave up, doubtful finishing it would have improved my review.

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  • Dubi
  • 02/02/2016

Limited Abilities

Marcus Slakey knew he was entering a crowded field with Brilliance. Asked about the obvious parallel to X-Men, he said he wanted to write about real people with special abilities. Never mind Heroes, The 4400, The Magicians, Harry Potter, I Am Number Four etc. etc. etc. (look up superpowers on Goodreads, the lists are hundreds of titles long). So you can't fault him for trying something that's been done umpteen times before -- he's hardly the only one.

Lack of originality is the least of Slakey's problems. Familiar constructs can still be fresh in characterization, dialogue, humor, world building, symbolism, subtext, and other literary devices. For Slakey, none of those elements ever rises above cliche. The plot is familiar and predictable, the dialogue laughably trite, the characters straight from central casting -- the two main characters even discuss getting to know more about each other beyond the one-dimensional reputations that preceded them. Humorless agent? I also love hot sauce, dance badly, can quote Hemingway. Fanatical terrorist? I now know a few things about you too (unspecified). Nothing like demonstrating to your readers via dialogue how badly constructed your characters are.

Then there are the superhuman abilities some people have, including our protagonist. Too bad his ability fails him so often, for no reason other than, well, the ability failing him for no reason. Not much of an ability after all. How are we tp believe these people are dangerous when their batting averages are below the Mendoza line?

Making matters worse: Luke Daniels. I've listened to him a half dozen times or so. His over the top voices can't totally ruin a good book. But they can make an average book not worth the listen. And they can only make a mediocre paint-by-numbers book like this worse. My wife likes to say you can deep-fry cardboard and it would taste good -- not even the best narrator could make these cardboard characters palatable, and Luke Daniels is not even close. Needless to say, the remainder of this trilogy will remain unread by me.

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  • Benjamin
  • 26/03/2014

Predictable Thriller

I generally liked this book. It was well characterized and read by Daniels. It has good pacing, some pretty exciting events, and a good premise. It is easy to follow. The dialogue is not bad and the characters are interesting. The plot twists are a bit weak and predictable, but forgivable. Readers of Larry Correia's Grimnoir Chronicles will recognize the superhumans-among-us, alternate history, premise.

The major problem, and it is a big one, is the inconsistency of the fictional science. Sakey gives some of his characters superhuman powers of perception. For example, the main character can tell what people are thinking, whether they are lying, and predict what people will do next because of his incredible ability to perceive patterns in their behavior. This is what makes him such a good cop. Sakey makes special mention, numerous times, that he cannot turn his abilities off. That is all well and good until you learn that many characters in the book are lying to him at will.

I won't spoil the book. It's a thriller, readers should expect plot twists. The problem is the main character's powers. He basically loses his ability when it is convenient to setting up a plot twist. It's just shoddy writing. The main character can tell where you're going to retire by the way you hold your salad fork, but he can't perceive a conspiracy that has been sitting in front of his face for years. A guy who can tell what people are thinking and what they are going to do should not be surprised as often as this guy is. Fix that and the book would be a lot better.

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  • MissRed
  • 16/09/2014

Easy and predictable, but enjoyable

Would you listen to Brilliance again? Why?

Probably not, but that doesn't mean I didn't enjoy it the first time around.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Not especially. I do love easy listeners once and a while but too much in one sitting and I find myself rolling my eyes and becoming irritated during certain trite instances.

Any additional comments?

I purchased this book during the daily deal special, where they brought them all back at the sale price. I did enjoy it. But not once did I feel the desire to see if there was a sequel. It was easy going in the sense that it was a rhythm I'm familiar with. Where characters predictably make right/wrong choices and the bad guys could be seen a mile away. I'm not saying don't listen to it, just be aware that you will know what's coming and the end is very predictable.

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  • Clayton
  • 07/03/2016

disliked

the concept could have been alright but the narration ruined it. its like a preteen comic book. on second thought the concept wasnt that great either...

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  • Thorsten Lind
  • 19/09/2014

Ein packender Sci-Fi Roman

Wenn man sich einmal darauf eingelassen hat, dass Menschen aufgrund von Mutationen besondere Fähigkeiten bekommen haben, ist der Roman nicht nur sehr spannend, sondern durchaus realistisch. Ich jedenfalls war von der ersten Minute an gebannt. Ein fesselnder Plot, rasantes Tempo und auch als soziales Gedankenspiel interessant. Volle Punktzahl auch für den Sprecher. 5 Minuten nach dem Ende des Hörbuches hatte ich schon die Fortsetzung geladen. Wenn das keine Empfehlung ist!

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  • Kindle-Kunde
  • 12/07/2018

Read and Think!

A story which has a lot of adventure, exitement and intrige. Perhaps some truth in it also? A story which should open also eyes while reading/listening!! Never less enjoying