#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.

 

Of Blood and Bone (Chronicles of The One, Book 2) by Nora Roberts ~ Dystopian Fantasy @NoraRobertsFans #TuesdayBookBlog

Author: Nora Roberts

Performed by Julia Whelan

Published by Brilliance Audio December 2018

Category: Dystopian, Fantasy, Post Apocalyptic, Audiobook Review

They look like an everyday family living an ordinary life. But beyond the edges of this peaceful farm, unimaginable forces of light and dark have been unleashed.

Of Blood and Bone picks up the story over a decade after the Doom decimated the population and gave rise to the dark in Year One.  Fallon Swift’s thirteenth birthday is approaching fast.

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Birthday Blog Blitz for Visions of Zarua by Suzanne Rogerson #GuestPost @rararesources #FridayReads

I’m delighted to be part of the birthday blog blitz for Visions of Zarua, courtesy of Rachel’s Random Resources.

Suzanne Rogerson tells us about Visions of Zarua’s unexpected route into traditional publishing….

First let me share a little of the history behind Visions of Zarua. It’s my debut novel, though I do have a couple of unsuccessful fantasy attempts hidden away. Back in 2013, I submitted it to a few agents and a publisher. Without finding any success with them, I decided to use a critique service to see where it was going wrong. The critique was spot on with the various issues in the book and I rewrote it into its current form.

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The Things We Learn When We’re Dead by Charlie Laidlaw ~ A New Beginning #Fantasy @claidlawauthor #FridayReads

Author: Charlie Laidlaw

Published: September 2017 by Accent Press

Category: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Book Review

The Things We Learn When We’re Dead is about how small decisions can have profound and unintended consequences, but how we can sometimes get a second chance.

On the way home from a dinner party, Lorna Love steps into the path of an oncoming car. When she wakes up she is in what appears to be a hospital – but a hospital in which her nurse looks like a young Sean Connery, she is served wine for supper, and everyone avoids her questions.

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#BookSpotlight ~ Violet Souls: Book 1 The Evoxian Legacies by @abbeymacmunn #Fantasy @rararesources #PubDay

Today I have a book spotlight to share, courtesy of Rachels Random Resources. Violet Souls, book one of the Evoxian Legacies, is released today on kindle. 

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#BookSpotlight ~ Bollywood Invasion by Ricardo Alexanders #Fantasy Time Slip Novel #Extract

I’d like to welcome Ricardo Alexanders as he explains the idea behind his new book…..

What if Lennon was born an Indian…

If John Lennon was born in India in 1940 with the same talent, could he still conquer the world? 

This is the very question that I kept asking myself during my writing of Bollywood Invasion. Something extraordinary had to happen if the Indian (British) Invasion was to take America by storm as the world back then was not even close to be as multi-cultural as we are today. 

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#ThrowbackThursday ~ Elvis Has Not Left The Building by J.R. Rain #Mystery #Fantasy

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 a book I couldn’t resist. It was first published in digital format in 2010 and proved to be a light, enjoyable read.

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#CoverReveal ~ The Gemini Connection by Teri Polen ~ A #YA SciFi/Fantasy #Thriller #TuesdayBookBlog

The Gemini Connection
by Teri Polen
Paperback Release Date: May 31, 2018
E-book Release Date: June 7, 2018
Young Adult > Sci-Fi/Fantasy > Thriller

Teen twin brothers Evan and Simon Resnik are fiercely loyal to each other and share an unusual bond—they experience each other’s emotions as their own and can sense where the other is.

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Bone Music (Burning Girl #1) by Christopher Rice #SciFi #Fantasy @chrisricewriter #NetGalley

Author: Christopher Rice

Published: 1st March 2018 by Thomas & Mercer

Category: Thriller, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Book Review

Charlotte Rowe spent the first seven years of her life in the hands of the only parents she knew—a pair of serial killers who murdered her mother and tried to shape Charlotte in their own twisted image.  If only the nightmare had ended when she was rescued.

Trina Pierce was abducted as a baby and spent her first seven years with the killer couple who murdered her mother. They wanted to ‘train’ her to be just like them. After she was rescued from the clutches of the serial killers, Abigail and Daniel Banning, her nightmare should have ended, but her father saw fit to exploit her experience, through the tabloid press and the movie industry. That, together with a weird stalker who admired the Banning’s, gave Trina the incentive to escape and detach herself from everything her life had been and had become by going to live with her grandmother.

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The Royal Deal (Chasing the Romantics #1) by D.G. Driver #BookReview for #RBRT

Author: D.G. Driver

Kindle Edition Published in January 2018

Category: Modern Fairy Tale, Fantasy, Romance, Book Review

A pampered princess is told she must marry a prince she doesn’t like, let alone love, on her nineteenth birthday. Desperate to find a way to stop this arranged marriage, she makes a bargain with her father. 

Princess Faith is well aware of the circulating whispers after she turned down an offer of marriage from Prince Jaeger of Aronsite. But she was determined she would marry someone of her choosing, not be forced into a union with a man more concerned with what cloak he should wear while riding than the fate of the people in his kingdom, despite her father’s displeasure. She had counted on marrying the prince’s elder brother, Mikhail, but he has been missing since a battle with the Northerners. 

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