The Brilliance Saga

3 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 327 ratings

Brilliance Summary

In Wyoming, a little girl reads people’s darkest secrets by the way they fold their arms. In New York, a man sensing patterns in the stock market racks up $300 billion. In Chicago, a woman can go invisible by being where no one is looking. They’re called "brilliants," and since 1980, one percent of people have been born this way. Nick Cooper is among them; a federal agent, Cooper has gifts rendering him exceptional at hunting terrorists. His latest target may be the most dangerous man alive, a brilliant drenched in blood and intent on provoking civil war. But to catch him, Cooper will have to violate everything he believes in - and betray his own kind.

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.

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  • Book 1

    • Brilliance

    • By: Marcus Sakey
    • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
    • Length: 12 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 157
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 138
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 138

    In Wyoming, a little girl reads people’s darkest secrets. In New York, a man sensing patterns in the stock market racks up $300 billion. In Chicago, a woman can go invisible. They’re called "brilliants," and since 1980, one percent of people have been born this way. Nick Cooper is among them; a federal agent, Cooper has gifts rendering him exceptional at hunting terrorists. His latest target may be the most dangerous man alive, a brilliant drenched in blood and intent on provoking civil war. But to catch him, Cooper will have to violate everything he believes in.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Surprising

    • By JChatwin on 06-10-15

    Regular price: £9.89

  • Book 2

    • A Better World

    • The Brilliance Saga, Book 2
    • By: Marcus Sakey
    • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
    • Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 94
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 84
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 86

    The brilliants changed everything.

    Since 1980, 1% of the world has been born with gifts we'd only dreamed of. The ability to sense a person's most intimate secrets, or predict the stock market, or move virtually unseen. For thirty years the world has struggled with a growing divide between the exceptional...and the rest of us.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Fast pace, but getting a bit silly in places

    • By T on 29-02-16

    Regular price: £9.89

  • Book 3

    • Written in Fire

    • The Brilliance Trilogy, Book 3
    • By: Marcus Sakey
    • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
    • Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 76
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 71
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 71

    For thirty years humanity struggled to cope with the brilliants, the 1 percent of people born with remarkable gifts. For thirty years we tried to avoid a devastating civil war. We failed. The White House is a smoking ruin. Madison Square Garden is an internment camp. In Wyoming, an armed militia of thousands marches toward a final, apocalyptic battle.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A finely read ending to a brilliant trilogy.

    • By Grizzly on 02-09-17

    Regular price: £9.89