#ThrowbackThursday ~ Written In Fire ~ the Brilliance Trilogy #3 by Marcus Sakey #AudiobookReview

Written In Fire was released in January 2016 by Brilliance Audio, narrated by Luke Daniels, and is the third of a trilogy.

My Thoughts

This has been a fantastic series, starting with Brilliance, followed by A Better World and now Written in Fire. It portrays a world in a near, but alternate, future where an extremely small percentage of the population are born with individualised intellectual and physical abilities way above anything previously known. Normals see the abnorms, or brilliants, as a threat, and therefore people to be feared and persecuted. 

Nick Cooper, himself an abnorm, has been fighting a terrorist network led by John Smith, also a brilliant. But so far Nick’s efforts have been in vain and, after the final indignity of a proposal to microchip all abnorms in order to control them, America is on the brink of the civil war Nick feared, but hoped would never happen. Written in Fire picks up the story immediately after the massacre of thousands of troops, in A Better World, by a computer virus put into effect by abnorms.

As the hostilities intensify at a terrifying rate, Nick and Dr Ethan Park are hot on the heels of Dr Abraham Couzen, who has disappeared along with a formula he and Ethan have recently discovered. The Brilliance Replicator. Nick has spent the majority of his life fighting, for his country and his family’s safety. Now he faces his long-standing enemy and everything and everybody hangs in the balance.

Out of the window, the city scrolled past. The same New York he’d visited countless times, and yet, not the same at all. There was an uneasy tension to everything, a nervous twitchiness. America could take a punch, but the last year had been a series of haymakers. The stock exchange bombing in March, resulting in more than a thousand dead. Abnorm terrorists seizing control off Tulsa, Fresno, and Cleveland, the last of which burned to the ground in the ensuing riots. The destruction of the White House and the massacre of seventy-five thousand soldiers. Not to mention the erosion of the social order: shuttered financial markets, basic services falling apart, growing mistrust of the government, increasingly violent tribalism.

A complex and very imaginative story line with equally complex, memorable and well defined characters, both good and bad, who drive the story forward. They, and their objectives, are described in such crisp and believable detail it’s easy to see both sides and view them as real people, not just characters in a novel.

The underlying analogy of inequality, inferior versus superior, has been woven cleverly into the narrative from the beginning and culminates in madness, confusion and complete lack of order with all the main players’ lives at stake. It’s a perfect combination of fast moving action and gripping plot structure. All the separate strands are brought together wonderfully well with a great twist which leaves the end open to interpretation. A terrific series and a seamless, incredibly intense and powerful performance by Luke Daniels.

About the Book

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.

 

Sadie by Courtney Summers ~ A Journey of Revenge #YA Audiobook @MacmillanAudio @courtney_s #FridayReads

Author: Courtney Summers

Narrated by a Full Cast

Published by Macmillan Audio

Category: Young Adult, Crime, Mystery, Suspense, Family, Social, Audiobook, Review

A missing girl on a journey of revenge. A Serial―like podcast following the clues she’s left behind. And an ending you won’t be able to stop talking about.

Sadie hasn’t had an easy life. Growing up on her own, she’s been raising her sister Mattie in an isolated small town, trying her best to provide a normal life and keep their heads above water.

Since their addict mother Claire left, Sadie has been trying her best to raise Mattie, the little sister she loves dearly. Sadie and her mother have always had a volatile relationship, not helped by the severe stutter that’s afflicted her since childhood and her mother’s many live in boyfriends.

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Connections In Death (In Death #48) by J.D. Robb ~ Futuristic #Crime Series #TuesdayBookBlog @MacmillanAudio

Author: JD Robb

Performed by Susan Ericksen

Released on Audible February 2019

Category: Police Procedural, Crime, Suspense, Audiobook, Review

Homicide cop Eve Dallas and her billionaire husband, Roarke, are building a brand-new school and youth shelter. They know that the hard life can lead kids toward dangerous crossroads—and with this new project, they hope to nudge a few more of them onto the right path. For expert help, they hire child psychologist Dr. Rochelle Pickering—whose own brother pulled himself out of a spiral of addiction and crime with Rochelle’s support.

Dr Rochelle Pickering is over the moon when she gets a dream job offer as head therapist at Roarke’s new youth centre, An Didean, a very apt name meaning  refuge or haven.

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The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter ~ #Audiobook Psychological #Suspense #CrimeFiction @SlaughterKarin #FridayReads

Author: Karin Slaughter

Performed by Susie James

Published: July 2017 by HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Category: Crime Fiction, Psychological Thriller, Suspense, Murder, Mystery, Book Review

One ran. One stayed. But who is…the good daughter?

Twenty-eight years ago, Charlotte and Samantha Quinn’s childhoods were destroyed by a terrifying attack on their family home. It left their mother dead. It left their father – a notorious defence attorney – devastated. And it left the family consumed by secrets from that shocking night.

The story begins with a look back in time as we discover the devastating events that shaped the lives of two sisters, Samantha and Charlotte Quinn, fifteen and thirteen respectively.

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The Infirmary (A DCI Ryan Mystery) by LJ Ross ~ An #Audible Original Drama @ljross_author #audiobook #Thriller #FridayReads

Author: LJ Ross

Published; November 2018 by Audible Studios

Performed by a Full Cast

Category: Audiobook, Crime, Thriller, Suspense, Book Review

Introducing a new multicast drama by LJ Ross, the author of the international number one best-selling series the DCI Ryan mysteries. 

There’s a serial killer targeting the streets of Newcastle, seemingly picking his victims at random but subjecting them all to the same torturous end. When the Chief Inspector on the case goes missing, it falls on DCI Ryan to track down the man who is brutally murdering women and goading the police to ‘catch me if you can’. 

As everyone becomes a suspect, Ryan and his team get drawn further and further into the case, but for Ryan the nightmare gets closer to home than he could ever have imagined.

The Infirmary is a prequel, filling in DCI Ryan’s backstory pre Holy Island, and how he came to be taking a sabbatical at the start of the series.

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A Keeper by Graham Norton ~ Contemporary/Historical Fiction & Family Drama set in Ireland @grahnort #TuesdayBookBlog

Author: Graham Norton

Narrated by Graham Norton

Released: October 2018 by Hodder & Stoughton

Category: Fiction, Contemporary, Historical, Family Drama, Book Review

The mystery of Elizabeth Keane’s father is one that has never been solved by the people of Buncarragh – not for lack of speculation.

Now, as Elizabeth returns to the village after her mother’s funeral, bringing with her own regrets and wounds, she finds a thin pile of ribbon-bound letters at the back of a wardrobe that may at last hold the key to her past.

It was the first week in January and Elizabeth Keane had flown from New York to Buncarragh after the death of her mother. Someone had to put her affairs in order and, while Elizabeth didn’t have particularly fond memories of Buncarragh, she felt guilty knowing she’d been all her mother had.

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#ThrowbackThursday ~ The House on Hope Street by @MennavanPraag #Supernatural #Audiobook Review

Renee at It’s Book Talk began this meme as a way to share old favourites, as well as books that have been waiting on the ‘to be read’ pile for however long, and are finally getting an airing.

This week’s choice is an audiobook I listened to back in 2016. The House on Hope Street is a contemporary fiction story with a touch of magic.

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One Magical Christmas by Berni Stevens ~ A fun #Christmas Romance #BookReview @Berni_Stevens1 @ChocLituk

Author: Berni Stevens

Performed by Karen Cass

Released: October 2018 and published by Soundings

Category: Audiobook, Christmas Romance, Book Review

Christmas magic doesn’t really exist – does it? 

When Annie Berry collides with Nik Knoll in a car park on the day of her sister’s wedding, it feels like all of Nik’s Christmases have come at once. Annie seems like just the sort of woman he’d like to get to know, and the chance nature of their encounter is almost like, well … Christmas magic.

Veterinary nurse Annie Berry has found the perfect dress for her younger sister’s wedding. Never mind that it was barely affordable, it was midnight blue, sophisticated and gorgeous.

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Fault Lines by Doug Johnstone ~ Murder/Mystery #Thriller set in a reimagined Edinburgh #AudiobookReview @doug_johnstone

Author: Doug Johnstone

Performed by Caroline Guthrie

Released: July 2018 by Audible Studios

Category: Murder, Mystery, Thriller, AudioBook, Review

In a reimagined contemporary Edinburgh, in which a tectonic fault has opened up to produce a new volcano in the Firth of Forth, and where tremors are an everyday occurrence, volcanologist Surtsey makes a shocking discovery. On a clandestine trip to The Inch – the new volcanic island – to meet Tom, her lover and her boss, she finds his lifeless body. Surtsey’s life quickly spirals into a nightmare when someone makes contact – someone who claims to know what she’s done…

Surtsey Mackenzie, a volcanologist studying for her PhD in an imaginatively recreated Edinburgh, is fascinated by an eruption in the Firth of Forth which resulted in a volcanic island.

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#ThrowbackThursday ~ The Promise by Robert Crais (An Elvis Cole/Joe Pike Novel) #CrimeFiction

Renee at It’s Book Talk began this meme as a way to share old favourites, as well as books that have been waiting on the ‘to be read’ pile for however long, and are finally getting an airing.

This week I’m revisiting The Promise, an audiobook released in 2015, and narrated by MacLeod Andrews and Luke Daniels. 

My Review

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