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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.
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By Brad on 08-26-16
Best Book of the Year!
What did you love best about Pushing Brilliance?
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.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Pushing Brilliance?
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.
What about Dick Hill’s performance did you like?
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.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
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.
Any additional comments?
Can't wait for the next Achilles novel! Meanwhile, I'm looking forward to hearing Dick Hill read Lee Child's Night School.
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By shelley on 08-31-16
What does Dick Hill bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
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.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Any additional comments?
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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