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A Better World (The Brilliance Trilogy) Paperback – June 17, 2014
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“Holds the reader in thrall until the final crack of an unthinkable doom—then offers more. Cooper's fight demonstrates the importance of decency, principle, and love in a world where politicians' promises of ‘protection’ lead to the bitterest enslavement.” —Publishers Weekly
“A decidedly adult, disturbingly feasible spin to the dystopian future trend overtaking literature.” —Chicago Sun-Times
“An allegory of America devouring its own…A first-rate actioner forever pulsing forward, told in vivid, even poetic prose.” —Booklist
“Triumphant...Reads like a more gut-punching X-Men story told from a different perspective...Full of moments that will leave you gasping.” —Examiner.com
“Sakey is an absolute master of the suspense novel...The book moves with the speed of a cheetah on cocaine...One of the best books I have read this year.” —Crimespree Magazine
“A Better World shines.” —Toledo Blade
About the Author
Marcus Sakey’s novels have been nominated for more than fifteen awards, including the Edgar and two ITW Thriller Awards. His book Good People was adapted as a feature film starring James Franco and Kate Hudson. Three of his other novels have been optioned for film, including Brilliance.
To research his work, Marcus has shadowed gang cops, trained with snipers, toured the morgue, flown planes, rappelled with SWAT teams, hung out with spies, and learned to pick a deadbolt. He is the host and writer of the acclaimed television show Hidden City on Travel Channel, for which he is routinely pepper-sprayed and attacked by dogs.
Marcus lives in Chicago with his wife and daughter.
His website is MarcusSakey.com, or follow him on Facebook (Facebook.com/MarcusSakey) or Twitter, where he posts under the clever handle @MarcusSakey.
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Top customer reviews
I read at night while in bed. I judge how good a book is by how anxious I am to go to bed so I can read my book. I looked forward each night to reading this series. It was a page turner for me. I'm reading the 3rd and last book in the series (I think it is the last one), and it is as good as the first two.
I gave it 4 stars for being an enjoyable read. It is not a "great" book and gets a little hokey in places - which prevented me from giving it 5 stars.
primarily sci-fi, in the world itself, but also cop/spy type action, heartwrenching drama, a bit of romance, and creepy thriller with lots of twists. The change in the main protagonist (and other characters) throughout the series is a fascinating journey, and the author lends a huge dose of real-life cred in many situations where Nick Cooper's attempts to make a difference fail, or have unexpected outcomes. This kind of detailed, almost realistic story is exactly what I look for in science fiction novels, and it delivered a surprising 100% (I usually expect less from books that I purchase for $2.00 a piece!).
The second of The Brilliance Trilogy is a good follow-up to the first. We get to know the characters better and see the end result of how the presidency has fallen and now is replaced by a vice president who never wanted the leadership role. He is easily manipulated by the leaders of the military complex and now there is the very real threat of another
I don't want anything to spoil your enjoyment of the story so that's as far as I want to go with the review. If you liked the first book, you will love this one. Now I'm ready to start the final. I only hope it's as good as the lead in.
I like Nick a lot. He's a fantastic character. So when the scenes involve him, I generally find them exciting. Then while following along with Nick and the older characters, we are also introduced to some new ones. This took an adjustment, getting used to the change of pace. But I found the new additions to be really important to the overall storyline, liked getting to know them, and enjoyed what Sakey did with them. There were some crazy things happening along the way to all the characters. All of it kept me entertained and trying to figure out where the story was going.
And then that ending! Sakey really put it all out there in a big display. The world will never be the same. Now where will they go from here? I can only imagine it will be gripping, action-packed, heart-racing excitement until the very end. And I'm looking forward to whatever is coming next.
Side note: I listened to this on audio, just like I did with the first book, and once again Luke Daniels does a stellar job.