#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.

 

Blood Echo (Burning Girl #2) by Christopher Rice ~ Mystery/Thriller #New Release @chrisricewriter #NetGalley #BloodEcho

Author: Christopher Rice

Published: February 2019 by Thomas & Mercer

Category: Crime, Mystery, Thriller, Sci-Fi, Book Review

Kidnapped and raised by serial killers, Charlotte Rowe suffered an ordeal that made her infamous. Everyone in the world knew who she was. But no one in the world has any idea what she’s become…

Following on from Bone Music, Blood Echo wastes no time and dives straight into the action, giving an insight into the psyche of a serial killer who is on the hunt for his next victim.  Little does he know he’s the one being hunted.

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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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#ThrowbackThursday ~ Dead Set by Richard Kadrey #YA #Fantasy #Paranormal

Renee at It’s Book Talk began this meme as a way to share old favourites, as well as books that were published over a year ago. Not to mention those that are languishing on the to be read pile for whatever reason.

This week I’m looking back at Dead Set by Richard Kadrey, author of the Sandman Slim urban fantasy series. Dead Set is a stand alone young adult paranormal fantasy. I listened to the audiobook. 

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Cooking Up Crime by Harriet Steel @harrietsteel1 ~ available on @instafreebie ~ cozy crime meets sci-fi

Harriet Steel, author of the series of books featuring Shanti de Silva, set in 1930’s Ceylon, has a new book available through Instafreebie. If you enjoy cozy mysteries, all you need to do is sign up for Harriet’s newsletter and the book is yours.

Cooking Up Crime ~ cozy crime meets sci-fi in this light-hearted tale of revenge, reading and cakes.

Far ahead in the twenty-second century, libraries as we know them are a thing of the past. In this brave new world, they’ve been replaced by audio-visual pods that deliver a full sensory experience, so much safer that all those germ-ridden bundles of paper people used to read. But to the despair of Jane, who’s worked in a library for thirty years, some borrowers aren’t as grateful as they should be. Her dissatisfaction increases when glamorous Sarah is appointed manager over her head.  Surely, the job should have been Jane’s?  Then she discovers that Sarah has a dark secret. It’s payback time…

Afterlife by Marcus Sakey #BookReview #TuesdayBookBlog @MarcusSakey **Release Day**

  • Author: Marcus Sakey
  • Published: July 2017 by Thomas & Mercer
  • Category: Thriller, Romance, Sci-Fi, Supernatural, Book Review, Books, Reading

Between life and death lies an epic war, a relentless manhunt through two worlds…and an unforgettable love story.

The last thing FBI agent Will Brody remembers is the explosion—a thousand shards of glass surfing a lethal shock wave.

He wakes without a scratch.

The story opens in 1532 as Edmund killed an apprentice and took his place aboard the Persephone, sailing to the new world. Two weeks into the return voyage a violent storm lashed the ship. The cargo and all provisions were lost and the men who survived on the battered ship resorted to desperate measures to stay alive, until only Edmund was left. He died just shy of a mile from land. Continue reading

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch ~ #Audiobook #Sci-Fi ~ Schrödinger’s cat and parallel universes

  • 30633208Author: Blake Crouch
  • Performed by Jon Lindstrom
  • Published: August 2016 by Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd
  • Category: Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Thriller, Love Story
  • four-half-stars

“Are you happy with your life?” Those are the last words Jason Dessen hears before the masked abductor knocks him unconscious. Before he awakens to find himself strapped to a gurney, surrounded by strangers in hazmat suits. Before a man Jason’s never met smiles down at him and says, “Welcome back, my friend.”

Have you ever wondered what your life might be like had you chosen to follow a different path? The author takes the concept of Schrödinger’s cat and parallel universes to create a complex and conjectural science fiction/fantasy story which surprises, horrifies, challenges and gives pause for thought. Continue reading

#FridayBookShare ~ Dark Matter by Blake Crouch #Sci-Fi #Fantasy @ShelleyWilson72 #books #amreading

#FridayBookShare ~ an excellent idea created by Shelley Wilson

With the weekend approaching it’s the perfect time to seek out new books to read, so Shelley created a Friday Book Share meme to help search for that ideal read.

FridayBookShare

Anyone can join in. Just answer the following F.R.I.D.A.Y. questions based on the book you’re either currently reading (or listening to, in my case) or have just finished reading. Use the hashtag #FridayBookShare and remember to tag Shelley (@ShelleyWilson72)  Continue reading

Fair Coin/Quantum Coin ~ the #audiobooks #SundayBlogShare #YA SciFi #BookReview

 

  • Fair CoinFair Coin ~ Book 1
  • Author: E C Myers
  • Performed by MacLeod Andrews
  • November 2013 by Audible Inc
  • Category: Young Adult Sci-Fi/Fantasy
  • four-stars

After Ephraim’s mother believes she has identified his body after an accident, she’s grief stricken and attempts suicide. Ephraim finds her unconscious and slumped over the kitchen table when he gets home from school.  

While in the hospital with his mother, the boy’s belongings are inadvertently given to Ephraim and among them he finds a strange coin that can grant wishes….except it doesn’t grant them in quite the way Ephraim expects and before long Ephraim realises the coin is much more than a ‘genie’ type object, it’s something a lot more sinister and convoluted. And he’s unable to control what happens after he’s made a wish. He’s the only one who knows he’s wished for something to change and the only one who remembers what it was like before.  Continue reading