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Starred Review: Set in a near-future America tragically accustomed to terrorism, Edgar finalist Sakey’s stellar sequel to 2013’s Brilliance holds the reader in thrall until the final crack of an unthinkable doom—then offers more. U.S. President Lionel Clay, a man temperamentally and intellectually better suited to the classroom than to national leadership, desperately needs the help of Nick Cooper, one of the “brilliants” born since 1980 with special gifts that outstrip 99% of humanity. The members of a shadowy group, the Children of Darwin, are burning truckers alive, starving three American cities, and threatening all-out civil war. Cooper’s fight against this foe demonstrates the importance of decency, principle, and love in a world where politicians’ promises of “protection” lead to the bitterest enslavement. Sakey skillfully juggles a complex backstory while setting up an intricate foundation for this apocalyptic trilogy’s conclusion.
Starred Review: Grumps will say they’ve seen this movie before. Or they read something like it ages ago by Robert Heinlein. The heck with them. This is one fine, thumping thriller. It’s book two of a series Sakey began with last year’s Brilliance, and, like the earlier book, it mixes science fiction with slam-bang crime-fiction suspense. For about three decades, a tiny percentage of the population has been born with gifts that border on the paranormal: sensing invisible patterns, predicting the future, even turning invisible. One of these “abnorms” is holed up with followers in a compound suggesting high-tech Branch Davidians. Another could be a billionaire Bond villain, using his spooky computer powers in a pitch for world dominance. The hero, Nick Cooper, is a fed with startling talents of his own, but as he dopes out the solution to the chaos, so do the bad guys, and the race is on. Sakey’s series has been taken as an allegory of America devouring its own. Could be. But recommend it, too, as a first-rate actioner forever pulsing forward, told in vivid, even poetic prose.
ZIONISM for BRILLANTS - "........New Canaan. The fragile DREAM would be DESTROYED." - Making the desert bloom. Read morePublished 3 hours ago by T. Ramos
This was a great read but ended with a cliffhanger. I really hate it when books do that. One star of for that. It's like cheating.
The rest of the book was great. Read more
This was an excellent story and I am so looking forward to the next one! Long live the brilliantly. ,Published 2 days ago by Simon J. Sobo
Wonderful read. I can't wait to start the third book. I couldn't put the book down. I read it in two days.Published 2 days ago by Annabelle Hill
The first book was very good, but this one is better. It doesn't wait for you, it just runs ahead. Wow, what will he do in the next one?Published 2 days ago by E. W. Bertram
A page turner. Although a bit predictable. Great vacation read. I love it when the good guys win...or not. I won't tell.Published 3 days ago by Amazon Customer
Very fast paced and good in depth background/character analysis. I recommend it highly to anyone who enjoys a goo read.Published 3 days ago by paul festenstein