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Pushing Brilliance

Author: Tim Tigner
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 9781535060233
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Some people are naturally brilliant, others have to buy it. What would you pay, to be one in a million? 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.

The Lies Of Spies

Author: Tim Tigner
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 9781539706533
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"Journey beneath the diplomatic veneer of international politics and beyond the reach of conventional military operations into the epicenter of clandestine affairs-- where diplomats dance and spies collide in wars that never make the news. As the next step in its expansionist agenda, the Kremlin devises a covert coup far more devastating than Bin Laden's most dangerous dream. With the American economy in his crosshairs, Russian President Vladimir Korovin picks suitable pawns and pulls sizable levers, initiating the boldest gambit the world has ever seen. Halfway around the world, the White House develops a plan for derailing Russian aggression. A way-off-the-books, high-risk, high-reward plan. American President William Silver identifies the perfect person for his impossible mission: former CIA operative Kyle Achilles. With their plans in place and their spies undercover, each president is confident that he has outplayed the other-- until everything goes wrong.

Chasing Ivan

Author: Tim Tigner
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 9781523320165
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Rumor has it there's a Russian you can turn to if you're very rich, and need dirty deeds done without a trace. The CIA calls him Ivan the Ghost because he's operated for years without leaving a trail or revealing his face. Until now. For the first time in history, Ivan appears to have slipped. The CIA's new director sets Agent Kyle Achilles on an intercept course, surveilling the daughter of a British politician. Then Ivan pulls off a masterful con, and Emily vanishes. With Emily's life, his career, and America's reputation at stake, Achilles partners with an unlikely new agent he meets in Monte Carlo. Together they attempt to get one step ahead of the legendary Russian, while rubbing elbows with the ultra-rich in a high-tech international chase.

Falling Stars

Author: Tim Tigner
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 9781979259385
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"A mysterious summons lures Kyle Achilles to a midnight meeting that shocks the world and sets a master plan in motion. Meanwhile, his former partner also enters a terrible trap. It's ingenious and unprecedented, but just a hint of what's to follow. Achilles and Jo join forces against the cunning culprit, but time is tight and the pressure is great. The Russian is not just making millions with his clever crimes--he's waging war on the United States"--Provided by publisher.

Flash

Author: Tim Tigner
Publisher:
ISBN: 9780615926070
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A DEVIOUS DEVICE A NEFARIOUS PLOT AND THE DEADLY MISTAKE OF MESSING WITH THE WRONG GUY From the #1 Best Selling Author of COERCION and BETRAYAL, FLASH is the story of four lives changed by desperation and one devious invention. An international thriller where biotechnology crosses the law, it's The Bourne Identity meets The Firm. "This story is so fast paced that I was afraid to put it down for fear it would rush on without me!" -- Sue Inge Two blood-spattered strangers awake locked in the trunk of a car--with a murdered cop and the smoking gun. Aside from raging headaches and no idea what has happened they appear to have nothing in common. Troy thinks it's 2001 and he's still a combat surgeon fighting terrorists in Afghanistan. Emmy believes it's 2002 and she's still grifting a living from the streets of L.A. Are they archenemies or co-conspirators? Lovers or friends? What the hell are they doing in the Caribbean? And why is a Croatian assassin determined to kill them? The only thing they do know for certain is that they'll be spending the rest of their lives in prison if the police catch them before they uncover the truth. "Amazingly addicting with great wit and dry sense of humor." --Elizabeth Barbarick for Stuffed Shelves Every once in a while, a story comes along that captures a reader's imagination from the opening pages and refuses to let go until the very last scene plays out. Flash is just such a read! Tim Tigner has delivered an extraordinary thriller that has everything a reader could desire: a well laid plot, unexpected twists and turns, eventual answers to all the mini-mysteries that are set forth along the way, great character development, sincerely genuine and likeable protagonists, and fully believable and despicable villains. --Patricia Reding for Readers' Favorite "The mystery grabs you from the first chapter and zips through tricky twists and turns." - Michelle Williams Not a moment goes by till the end of the book when readers won't be shocked, surprised and delightfully entertained. Flash is fast-paced and mysterious and highly recommended. --BookPleasures.com "I like this author!! I enjoy his sense of humor, his characters and his style." -- Connie L. Scheible The opening scene of this thriller is one of the most memorable and intriguing that I have read in a while.... This really is a cracking story, and you will keep turning the pages to find out what is going to happen next. --Chrissi for BookLore Reviews "Excellent action. Easy to follow and believable." - Merle R. Franks

The Testing

Author: Joelle Charbonneau
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 0544035690
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It’s graduation day for sixteen-year-old Malencia Vale, and the entire Five Lakes Colony (the former Great Lakes) is celebrating. All Cia can think about—hope for—is whether she’ll be chosen for The Testing, a United Commonwealth program that selects the best and brightest new graduates to become possible leaders of the slowly revitalizing post-war civilization. When Cia is chosen, her father finally tells her about his own nightmarish half-memories of The Testing. Armed with his dire warnings (“Cia, trust no one”), she bravely heads off to Tosu City, far away from friends and family, perhaps forever. Danger, romance—and sheer terror—await.

Brilliant Blunders

Author: Mario Livio
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1439192383
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Drawing on the lives of five great scientists, this “scholarly, insightful, and beautifully written book” (Martin Rees, author of From Here to Infinity) illuminates the path to scientific discovery. Charles Darwin, William Thomson (Lord Kelvin), Linus Pauling, Fred Hoyle, and Albert Einstein all made groundbreaking contributions to their fields—but each also stumbled badly. Darwin’s theory of natural selection shouldn’t have worked, according to the prevailing beliefs of his time. Lord Kelvin gravely miscalculated the age of the earth. Linus Pauling, the world’s premier chemist, constructed an erroneous model for DNA in his haste to beat the competition to publication. Astrophysicist Fred Hoyle dismissed the idea of a “Big Bang” origin to the universe (ironically, the caustic name he gave to this event endured long after his erroneous objections were disproven). And Albert Einstein speculated incorrectly about the forces of the universe—and that speculation opened the door to brilliant conceptual leaps. As Mario Livio luminously explains in this “thoughtful meditation on the course of science itself” (The New York Times Book Review), these five scientists expanded our knowledge of life on earth, the evolution of the earth, and the evolution of the universe, despite and because of their errors. “Thoughtful, well-researched, and beautifully written” (The Washington Post), Brilliant Blunders is a wonderfully insightful examination of the psychology of five fascinating scientists—and the mistakes as well as the achievements that made them famous.

Brilliance

Author: Marcus Sakey
Publisher:
ISBN: 9781611099690
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Federal agent Nick Cooper draws on his supernatural ability to eliminate terrorists to hunt down a dangerous man who committed a horrific massacre on Wall Street that left hundreds dead and injured.

Coercion

Author: Tim Tigner
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ISBN: 9780615926124
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A DEVIOUS DEVICE AN INTERNATIONAL CONSPIRACY AND THE DEADLY MISTAKE OF MESSING WITH THE WRONG GUY The phone rings and the offer is made. Betray your country or your family dies--right then, right there. The promise sounds real but there's no threat in sight, and you only have thirty seconds to decide. That's the choice select Americans face at the mercy of a ruthless KGB general. After the Iron Curtain's collapse, Russia appears to be finished as a superpower. But Vasily Karpov has a plan to restore his nation's glory by forcing Americans to betray their own. With the KGB's new secret weapon, Karpov is coercing America's elite into traitorous acts of espionage and sabotage. But when he murders the brother of former US soldier and spy Alex Ferris, he creates an opponent whose courage and cunning may prove his equal. Now, racing from San Francisco to Siberia, Alex must elude ambushes, assassins, and death from exposure as he wages a one-man war against the resurgence of the Soviets. "I wish I could give a cluster of stars rather than five to one of the BEST books I've ever read." -- Gwen Norcross Written by a former Green Beret and counterintelligence specialist with a decade of experience on the ground in Eastern Europe and the Middle East, COERCION brings a chilling alternative history to life with what Kirkus Reviews calls "well-paced action, appealing characters and snappy writing." "A brilliant, must-read thriller--as good or better than Tom Clancy & Robert Ludlum." - John Mariotti Coercion is the second of Tim Tigner's works that I have read (in as many days). Just as with the first, I was spellbound from the outset.... Tim Tigner has delivered in Coercion, a tale that is sure to rank amongst the best of today's thrillers. --Patricia Reding for Readers' Favorite "Tim Tigner gives us a grand novel on a scale that has not been seen for a long time." - William D. Curnutt This plan is very well thought out, and is chilling in its simplicity... the story flowed beautifully. -- Chrissi for BookLore Reviews "Calling all Clancy and Patterson lovers- add Tigner to your list of loves." -Jay Mittener

Knucklehead

Author: Adam Smyer
Publisher: Akashic Books
ISBN: 1617756032
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"By setting his novel in the '90s, Smyer, who lives in Oakland, has crafted some brutal deja vu. As [protagonist] Marcus reflects on Rodney King, the Million Man March and the Oklahoma City bombing, we think of Freddie Gray, Black Lives Matter and school shootings that have become a way of life. And when Marcus laments San Francisco's dwindling black population, here we are more than 20 years on, and it's only gotten worse. We should all be furious." --San Francisco Chronicle "This book is bold in how it treats the reader as an insider to the reality of American blackness. It can be, in turns, lyrically poignant, cynical, hilarious, and infuriating." --Foreword Reviews, Starred Review "In this comic debut novel, lawyer Marcus Hayes careens through the racially divisive 1990s while trying to manage his compulsive anger, chaotic love life, and economic misfortunes...Smyer gives Marcus a sardonic and hilarious voice reminiscent of a Paul Beatty protagonist and endows him with a troubled psychology that plumbs the nuances of black male identity." --Kirkus Reviews "Marcus is an intelligent, acerbic, and often hilarious narrator, bringing a fresh, biting perspective to the social and racial tensions of the time that, as debut novelist Smyer makes clear, are not particularly different from today." --Library Journal "While loss and loneliness are at its core, Knucklehead is a mordantly funny book." --San Francisco Chronicle, Recommended Reading roundup "While not strictly a crime novel, Smyer's debut Knucklehead does contain a whole lot of guns, violence, and rage, as well as plenty of love and sadness. A black lawyer in the late 80s through the mid-90s deals with micro and macro aggressions from a society determined to treat him as a criminal. Also, there are cats. Lots of cats." --Literary Hub, included in the Most Anticipated Crime, Mystery, and Thriller Titles of 2018 "While the provocative subject material will take readers to a sometimes-uncomfortable place, this brilliant debut is also deeply, darkly funny...This is one of those books that simply has to be discussed, as it managed to tackle difficult topics with unexpected humor and pathos. While Marcus is a troubled character, his journey and the choices he makes will provide rich meat for discussion about race in America and how justifiable anger can turn toxic." --IndiePicks Magazine "[A] masterpiece...In this, his debut narrative, Smyer dramatically encapsulates the ancestral trauma, the collective guilt and suffering of tens of millions of people. Indeed he has scored big. Real big...A must buy." --Kaitur News (Guyana) "Like Smyer, the book has a wicked sense of humor, even as it gives the reader a tour of the dystopian Clinton years. Comparisons to James Baldwin, Richard Wright, and Zora Neale Hurston are well earned, yet there are also strains of Anthony Burgess and Hubert Selby Jr. in Smyer's prose." --48 Hills "From page one, Knucklehead is a literary punch in the face. Adam Smyer's exploration of rage is unflinching, brave, and absolutely brilliant. There's so much energy in this debut you could put it in your tank and drive on it." --Mat Johnson, author of Loving Day In Knucklehead we meet Marcus Hayes, a black law student who struggles, sometimes unsuccessfully, with the impulse to confront everyday bad behavior with swift and antisocial action. The cause of this impulse is unknown to him. When Marcus unexpectedly becomes involved with the brilliant and kind Amalia Stewart, her love and acceptance pacify his demons. But when his demons return, he is no longer inclined to contain them.