Some people are naturally brilliant, others have to buy it. What would you pay, to be one in a million?
Framed for murder and on the run, former Olympic biathlete Kyle Achilles is also in the crosshairs of assassins' guns. Why? He has no idea. He's fighting blind against two master strategists and one extraordinary invention - known as Brillyanc.
Achilles' only ally is the other prime suspect, a beautiful Russian mathematician who is either the best or worst person to ever enter his life. Katya was engaged to Achilles' brother - before he died.
Chasing clues while dodging bullets, Achilles and Katya race around the globe, uncovering a conspiracy conceived in Moscow, born in Silicon Valley, and destined to demolish both the White House and the Kremlin. Along the way a lost soul finds purpose, a broken heart confronts forbidden love, and America gains a new hero.
Packed with heart-stopping surprises, paced by razor-sharp plotting, and populated with richly rendered characters, Pushing Brilliance will leave you breathless and longing for more.
©2016 Tim Tigner (P)2016 Tim Tigner
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"Finally, Tim Tigner has an espionage series!!"
The series protagonist is ex-CIA Agent Kyle Achilles. Chasing Ivan, a 4 hour audiobook released in March or this year., is the series prequel. This recently released Pushing Brilliance is Book 1. It also appears that the Russian mathematician Katya will return in the next Kyle Achilles novel The Lies of the Spies (according to the end notes in this audiobook). Kyle Achilles has real promise as an espionage series protagonist. This is a superb book made even better by the narration of Dick Hill.
"A fantastic author with best narrator. Get this!"
I don't write reviews often but I deeply appreciate good talent, and it's difficult to find the wheat among the chaff. From his opening dedication, to his prior novella, Chasing Ivan, we can celebrate a new master along the likes of Lee Child, Mark Greaney, etc. It is challenging to find a good storyteller so I want to congratulate one when he appears. I look forward to his other works. If Tim reads this, bravo, and keep it up. I would love to see further in this series and I appreciate your writing about relevant plots, and not the usual "war on terror" silliness that plagues so many books in this genre that feel commissioned by the Mossad, lol. People like books that show our real world corruption. The Grey Man books and Bourne movies question our establishment instead of cheerleading our establishment. It's a nuanced fine line to write about espionage heroes and show the good and the bad. I like how this book felt original while still delivering good trade craft and escapism with a great tone, humor and intelligence.
Dick Hill is perfect for the Tim Tigner books. He brings something to military/espionage books that you wouldn't get if you read the book yourself. I personally feel like he enhances the books he narrates.
I really enjoyed this book. I am so excited to see the next book in this new series. So far I have thoroughly enjoyed all of the books written by Tigner but wanted more then a stand alone because all of his books could be the start of a series. This one does not disappoint. The protagonist in this book, Kyle Achilles loses his family, gets sent to prison, breaks out and does an awful lot that I can't tell you about because it will spoil the rest of the book for you.
This is thrilling from the first few pages right up through the end.
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"Best Book of the Year!"
I stumbled onto Tim Tigner a few months ago, and as I did when I first found Lee Child and John Grisham, quickly gobbled up all his other books. Unlike those other authors, however, I think Tigner gets better with each book. At least this one, his new release, struck me as his best.
Tigner's plots are always two steps above most other mainstream thrillers. They're a thinking-man's books, exposing the underbelly of a 3D world and teaching the reader a thing or two. Pushing Brilliance was no exception.
Where this new release stood out to me was with the characters. Tigner's characters are always good, but these are somehow better. They're richer and more defined, but he presents them without slowing the story. He just works in colorful, memorable bits and pieces rather than devoting chapters of (boring) backstory to it as many authors do. I can't wait to spend more time with these characters.
By the end of the novel, you're so ready for the main bad guy (there are a few) to get his comeuppance. I don't want to give anything away, but I LOVED the way Achilles dispatched that one.
Dick Hill's just the best. After listening to dozens of his audiobooks, he feels like an old friend, a voice in my head as familiar as my wife's. In Pushing Brilliance, I like the way he dealt with the foreign accents, giving them a slight touch without making them disruptively strong.
Hard to say without giving things away (there are so many twists in this book) so let's just say the 'romantic scene' surprised and touched me. It felt very real, and left me longing for more.
Can't wait for the next Achilles novel! Meanwhile, I'm looking forward to hearing Dick Hill read Lee Child's Night School.
"Rich Characters and a Fresh Plot"
I do often recommend Tim Tigner to my friends who read Grisham or Patterson. His plots are so fresh and fast paced, and his characters feel like friends themselves.
Absolutely. Pushing Brilliance is told from multiple points of view with short, punchy chapters like James Patterson. Most chapters/scenes end with a teaser for what's to come next, like the season finale of a TV series, except better because you only have to turn the page.
The great thing about Tigner books is that you even enjoy the bad guys. You kind of revel in their deviousness, if that makes sense. Reminds me of Ken Follett in that regard.
There were many. The beginning, where the hero finds out what happened, really drew me in, and Tigner never let me go.
"Another Brilliant story"
Another refreshingly different story in the vein of Robert Baldacci, excellently told and "brilliantly" told by Dick Hill.
I have read all of Tim Tigner's available books and have become a big fan. In my opinion his stories have their own appeal with stories that are "outside the box". They are fast paced and keep you gripped from start to finish.
Those who have all of Lee Child's audiobook will know Dick Hill well. In the same way that he he brings Jack Reacher into being, Dick Hill gives Tim's characters the realism and life so that you are caught up in the actual story - not just the spoken word.
Who cares what my tag line would be? I would love to see all Tim's book made into movies.I presume some studio already has bought the rights?
If you haven't heard of Tim Tigner, buy any of his books.- You will be pleased that you did.
"Another great story by Tim Tigner"
This book offers another unique plot line from Tim Tigner. It is full of page after page suspense, plot twists, and believable escapes from certain death. The characterizations are first-rate and compelling. After finishing this third novel, I consider Tim to be one of my most favorite authors, right up there with Douglas Preston, David Baldacci, and Issac Asimov.
"Brilliance all around"
Yes, after 10 or so books in this series, in order to refresh my memory
Yes, brilliantly written and delivered
A perfect performance, he brings everyone to life with talent and passion
Yes, and almost did
When I heard that one of my new favorites authors, Tim Tigner, will launch the 2nd book with Kyle Achilles as the main protagonist I said to myself: Finally, Tim is starting a series and that’s what he should have done long time ago. Being an avid audiobook listener myself, I always prefer series to standalone novels, because I get more attached to the characters and I usually look forward to the next one, if the first was good enough…
This is a short review for the audiobook version of Pushing Brilliance and you can also find my thoughts on Chasing Ivan, the 1st book in this series by following this link.
In Pushing Brilliance we meet once more with ex-CIA operative Kyle Achilles, but this time around he is in big trouble, the personal kind and even the big, bad, Russians are involved. Without me giving anything away, more than the Publisher’s Summary does, Kyle is accused of murder, he has to clear his name and the only ally he has is a drop dead gorgeous Russian mathematician called Katya… but, can he trust her?
The action switches between the United States and Russia and the smartly written plot will keep you guessing until the end. As with all the other books written by Mr. Tigner, the story is told from both the good and the bad guy’s perspectives, while some thrilling events unravel at breakneck speeds.
Tim Tigner is a great writer and Pushing Brilliance is his best book yet, in my humble opinion… All his books are very good, with original plots and memorable characters, but Pushing Brilliance is quite… brilliant :). We have much deeper character development without slowing the pace, the idea behind it all is very intriguing and everything falls in its place just the right way, leaving you very satisfied with the end result.
Tim Tigner and Dick Hill are the perfect example of a good author and narrator pair. I’m sure Dick enjoys performing Tim‘s books and this fact is obvious as well when it comes to Pushing Brilliance. Dick takes his time, reading, acting, using a few Russian accents and he brings Kyle, Katya and others to life with different voices. After listening to probably more than a hundred audiobooks performed by Dick Hill, he feels like an old friend, or should I say, a family member that has just dropped in for dinner to delight the entire room with his storytelling ability…
I am looking forward to the 3rd book in the Kyle Achilles series and will bring you a review of that as well, as soon as I can get my eager ”ears” on it! But, until that time comes I suggest that you try Pushing Brilliance, it’s a great espionage adventure, entwined with a mystery and the story is told the right way… Fans of Robert Ludlum will love this one!
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This story did not have an ounce of fat on it. It whipped the reader through so many unexpected turns, it was very difficult to put down. As always, Dick Hill provided a masterful performance. I can't wait for more adventures with Achilles.
"Once hooked, I found this hard to put down"
It became an effort to put this story away so as to focus on the necessities of life--sleep, meals, work, conversations with boss, co-workers, customers, spouse, etc.
Certainly parts of the story (who dunnit, for example) were easy to figure out before the author revealed them, but it was a well-designed and well-presented yarn in every respect. Dick Hill rarely disappoints in his narrations, and this time he is outstanding. Tim Tigner is becoming an author I enjoy following, and if he makes this tale into a series, I will surely get the sequel(s).
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