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Written in Fire (The Brilliance Trilogy) (edition 2016)

by Marcus Sakey (Author)

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Title:Written in Fire (The Brilliance Trilogy)
Authors:Marcus Sakey (Author)
Info:Thomas & Mercer (2016), 345 pages
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I thought that this final book of the trilogy was a little better than the second book (which I thought was mainly a placeholder) but not as good as the first book. I don't think that there was enough plot for three books, but trilogies seem to be the norm these days.

I was particularly troubled by a few things in this book. Among other things, the annoying love triangle was, unfortunately, still ongoing. The characters spent a lot of time explaining their positions to each other. The author resorted to the awful cliche of having a character, when confronting his target, pause to chat with him rather than just shooting him. Cooper, while conducting a commando raid, actually forgets he has a gun and just watches as one of the abnormals pulls one of his stunts to thwart the attack. The explanation of John Smith's actions made no sense at all. The chaos he caused over the course of several years (and three books) was completely unnecessary for him to achieve his ultimate goal. Maybe they will fix some of these weaknesses in the inevitable movie, but I doubt it.

Ultimately, I thought these books took a good, but not terribly original, idea and dragged it out too long. There were too many lapses of logic along the way.

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher. ( )
  fhudnell | May 16, 2016 |
I received an advanced copy of this, the final book in Marcus Sakey's Brilliance trilogy. I am always delighted by the way he makes words and phrases sing. So many times I stopped and reread a sentence because his mastery of language was so delicious. His characters have flesh and blood, sweat and tears, hopes and dreams. They're no more perfect than you or I. So real you can hear distinct voices in your head. I am not sure I will ever see DAR as Daughters of The American Revolution instinctively again, but I can live with that. Although I am ready to find out if Hawk has a successful road trip, I'm ok with not knowing. He's so vividly in my imagination I can see several possibilities for the rest of his story. If this is your first taste of Mr. Sakey's work, go back and read some of his older books while you wait patiently for his next book. You won't regret it. ( )
  BranC | Mar 31, 2016 |
This is more a wrap-up of the entire trilogy than just this book since I never reviewed the first two books.

The first book in The Brilliance Trilogy, Brilliance is about a small percentage of people in the world who are labeled as “brilliants”, as opposed to those who don’t and are considered “norms”. Brilliants have extraordinary senses which can be used in good ways or bad. Nick Cooper, who is a brilliant, uses his skills working as an agent to help the U.S. government track down other brilliants that use their extrasensory powers to commit evil acts. Nick and his partner find themselves tracking a terrorist who has bombed a restaurant, killing many innocent men, women and children. As the investigation unfolds and government secrets come to light, Nick finds himself questioning whether he works for the good guys or the bad guys. 4/5 stars

In the second book in the series, A Better World, Nick became an advisor to the President of the United States. The world’s growing fear of brilliants has escalated due to the activities of a terrorist known as John Smith. Nick works with the government to bring down John Smith, but it’s still questionable which side Nick should be fighting for in order to keep his family and the rest of the world safe. 4/5 stars

Written in Fire is the final book in Marcus Sakey’s trilogy. The White House is in ruins. The President has been killed. Cities have been taken over. The brilliants have become feared and are being persecuted by normal people everywhere. The United States is close to civil war. Nick has lost his job and come close to dying. While working to end the terrorism and stop a war, Nick must find the one person who may have a solution to bringing peace to the nation. 3.5/5 stars

Nick Cooper is a good hero and the dynamics between Nick, his children, his girlfriend, his ex-wife, his co-workers and even the terrorists are wonderfully written. We care about Nick because he genuinely cares about what is best for all of them. Nick isn’t always right and he doesn’t always come out on top. We get glimpses of how the government, the populace and the bad guys think and what defines their actions. There is always that gnawing question of which side is right. Does either side have all the answers? In the world today, we are experiencing terrible acts between people more and more frequently, whether it is over race, religion, sexual orientation, etc. The Brilliance Trilogy can be applied to any of these as an example of what can happen between two disparate groups of people and how far out of control it can become.

While the first two books were amazing, hold-on-by-the-seat-of-your-pants thrillers, this third and final installment failed to excite me in the same way. Most of the great action already happened and there is nothing original added here. It seemed like the storyline grew tiring at this point. However, the series as a whole is definitely a worthy read and even though it’s labeled as a trilogy, the author did leave us with one hanging tidbit that may lead to another book. ( )
  sherribelcher | Mar 7, 2016 |
Written in Fire by Marcus Sakey is the completion of The Brilliance Trilogy. It was as good as the second one was bad. I enjoyed this book start to finish & gave it five stars.

Shannon & Cooper have a challenged relationship. "They were soldiers in a shadow war, both living on the ragged edge of life. In theory that sounded romantic, but in reality it was hell on relationships. She was smart & sexy & incredibly capable, & together they made a formidable team. But they hadn't actually spent much time together."

Natalie, Cooper's ex-wife & the mother of his children is still in love with him.

Cooper is with Ethan, Abe's assistant. They were the head of the team that discovered the 'brilliance' gene.

"Maybe it was the leftover frustration from this morning, or the way the world seemed desperate to destroy itself, or the urine smell of the corridor. Maybe he was just tired & sore & hadn't seen his kids in too damn long. Whatever the reason, the anger surged snake-quick, & without consciously planning the move, he spun & put Ethan up against the wall. The scientist yelped in surprise."

This future dystopian novel is a compelling story. I'm thrilled the the author had a good comeback from the second book of the trilogy. It's a page-burning book that's a pleasure to read.

I would like to thank the publisher, Thomas & Mercer & NetGalley for the complimentary kindle copy in exchange for a fair review. This did not change my opinion for this review.
  carolyninjoy | Feb 18, 2016 |
A not-totally-satisfactory ending to a good trilogy about what happens when 1% of the population start developing superior cognitive abilities.

Whereas there was some thoughtfulness amidst the thriller plots in the first two books on the subjects of elitism, terrorism, patriotism and other isms, this one just plumped for the thriller. The handling of violence moves from Die Hard-ish to a bit short of Tarantino levels. The plot is fairly linear. The philosophical bend is reduced to an impassioned speech at the end.

But…every plot line gets tied up nicely; mysteries are solved; the world is saved; those who lived, lived happily ever after. Well, except for the obligatory plot twist at the very end that leaves you wondering, “…or did they?”

As I said, a good trilogy but the final leg seemed a trifle phoned in. ( )
  TadAD | Jan 30, 2016 |
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