Brilliance by Marcus Sakey
(Brilliance Saga #1)
July 16, 2013
Genre: Science Fiction, Thriller
Contains: some strong language, sexual references
Source: Audible audiobook purchase
Narrated by: Luke Daniels
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.
'Brilliance' is an exciting, action-packed story revolving around Nick Cooper, a gifted federal agent, who is tracking down terrorists. Gifted terrorists. Because the world now has a small population of people born as "brilliants" with some of those threatening society... or are they? Because as the story unfolds, Nick Cooper will have to get deeper before he can find the truth.
Nick Cooper is a great protagonist. The heart of his character really pulls the entire story together, between his love for his family (even his ex-wife), his gifted ability (which is quite intriguing in the narration), and his drive to do the right thing (and even reconsider "right" when faced with more truth than he planned for). While Cooper is the driving force of this story, the thickening plot showcases the layers that he must trudge through to find what's real and what's true. I don't want to give the story away. I went in blind and loved it. But I will say that I loved the fast pace, the exciting action, the developing questions, and the moments of heart amongst these characters.
Then add in the fact that Luke Daniels narrates the audio version, and it doesn't get any better. Luke Daniels is my husband and my favorite narrator, and he voices Cooper and this exciting story brilliantly. I highly recommend the audiobook of 'Brilliance' though I'm sure reading the book is just as great. Looking forward to the sequel!