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Brilliance
by Marcus Sakey

Published: 2013-07-16
Paperback : 439 pages
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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 ...

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Introduction

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.

A 2013 Edgar Award Nominee

“The kind of story you’ve never read before.” —Lee Child, New York Times bestselling author of the Jack Reacher Series

“Ridiculously good. I love this story so much.” —Gillian Flynn, New York Times bestselling author of Gone Girl

Nominated for the Edgar, Lovey, Sideways, and Prometheus awards.

Editorial Review

Author Gillian Flynn Reviews Brilliance by Marcus Sakey

Gillian Flynn

Let me first begin by saying, Marcus Sakey is a friend of mine. He’s a friend because I read his whip-smart thrillers years ago (The Amateurs is one of my favorites) and loved them so much I decided I had to meet the twisted mind behind them. So I was a fan before I was a friend. After reading Brilliance, the scales may have tilted: I may now be more fan than friend—it’s that ridiculously good.

Brilliance is the kind of novel that makes you grin at its high-flying feats of imagination, and then grin harder because it sticks the landing. It’s thrilling and funny and disturbing and sharp as hell... Read the rest of this review at www.kindlepost.com.

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what is justified in the name of righteousness?
who do you feel our society has looked on as abnorms in the past or even present?
could the twist society happen?
by Kathryneisen (see profile) 08/11/14

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  "brilliance"by Carolynr (see profile) 05/27/18

It is interesting to read the variety of reviews on this book. I tend to agree with the most positive and even the less positive points. However it was an interesting read for me and kept me entertained.... (read more)

 
  "Scary real"by Kathryneisen (see profile) 08/11/14

This book was a departure for our club and a welcome one. Although at tines the plot slowed and the dialogue just average, the concept was fascinating-sci fi in a present setting. We felt there were... (read more)

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