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on July 18, 2016
I read a lot of books (usually at least one a day) and when I saw this concerned a spy/CIA operative up against a Russian threat I though… “this scenario has been overused” but… I was very pleasantly surprised! Very entertaining book, unique premise, suspenseful flow of action, well-crafted back and forth from the US to Russia, and great character development. Anxious to read the next saga with Achilles & Katya.
Rather than racing through this book to finish and get on to the next book, I “savored” the read and enjoyed the ride. Keep them coming Tim!
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This novel started slowly and the plot seemed somewhat improbable, but "Pushing Brilliance" really grabbed my interest about a quarter of the way through, and didn't let up! I greatly appreciate creativity, especially with character development, and Tim Tigner definitely has a gift in this regard. Kyle Achilles, aka "Achilles" (okay, maybe too much of an homage to Reacher), isn't the usual hero with a Special Operations Operator backstory. He IS an interesting person, and so are the main characters who are fellow heroes and villains.

The plot is also creative and fresh, and quite believable, which is a key element for my liking a novel enough to give it a five-star rating. I enjoyed "Pushing Brilliance" enough that I purchased the sequel, "The Lies of Spies" 30 seconds after finishing. (I enjoyed the sequel as much as the first book.) There's even a short prequel, "Chasing Ivan", which isn't half bad, and helps to understand why Kyle Achilles is the way he is.
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on September 25, 2016
WOW! This was the last Tigner novel for me left unread. So I REALLY tried to drag it out for as long as possible. But if you really like a fast-paced plot, interesting techno thrillers, with a kick-ass protagonist, it is VERY HARD to not just sit down and read it in 1-2 days. Tigner's military background as a Special Forces -trained specialist well versed in Russian and Soviet counter-intelligence, and his civilian experience working in the post-Soviet Moscow with prominent multinational medical companies, and finally extensive experience working in silicon-valley as a CEO of a start-up launching new medical technologies is ALL evident in a most skilled plot with fascinatingly possible medical technologies and targeted bio-weapons. Like any good movie hero, the protagonist is bigger than life, and the "bad guys" are very evil. The personal combat series are very believable for a "not-too-old" CIA-trained biathlete. As someone who has written non-fiction medical books, I am frustrated by reviews who complain about "small print." Tigner I am confident has NOTHING to do with the selection of the cover-art nor the size of the text. I agree with thoughtful comparisons of Kyle Achilles with Brad Thor's Scot Harvath, and Steve Berry's Cotton Malone, Nelson DeMille's John Corey, and Brian Haig's Sean Drummond. Tim Tigner is "Brillyan(t)". Can't wait to see the movie. Also would really like to hear this as an AudioBook with either Dick Hill or Scott Brick.
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on May 4, 2017
This is one never-ending, continuously suspenseful thrill ride with brief moments that allow you to catch your breath before it's unexpectedly stolen again! And it doesn't stop until the very end!! Sit down, get comfy, take a deep, relaxing breath before the first page because you might not get another before the last. Easily worth 5 stars!!! Probably more but I am still coming down from the high and calming my racing heart before I dive head first into the next in the Kyle Achilles series. :) Tim Tigner is one scary former counterterrorism specialist with either an imagination that's been starving for the action of his past work or one fertilized by those same experiences...and I don't think I want to know which it is! I'm just going to keep enjoying the benefits of his racing imagination and talented creations!
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on March 18, 2017
Just finished the book tonight. I love suspense novels with international drama. I actually enjoyed the escape and the information. But what really struck me most was at the end he thanked the reader. He explained that sticking with the book was appreciated. And the final turn surprised me. I found little suspension of belief about money and how long it takes to do some things. But I enjoyed the book and am an avid reader of all the suspense novel hero. My late husband and I always enjoyed reading a book and sharing the points we thought were interesting.

Will be going for more of his books.
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on August 1, 2016
In this second Achilles book, former Olympic biathlete and retired CIA operative Kyle Achilles has just returned from a year of free-climbing the peaks to attend his father's retirement as an entrepreneurial physician and a family reunion with his mother, brother Colin and Colin's fiancée, Katya. The morning after the party, Achilles is awakened to the news that his entire family has died. Katya is the only survivor and Achilles is a suspect in their deaths. Achilles is on his own to solve the crime before he can be tried, convicted and sentenced to life in prison.

With Katya also under suspicion and by his side, the action swings back and forth between California and Moscow. Achilles uncovers an international pharmaceutical conspiracy that extends into the highest government levels of two superpowers. This story includes cutting-edge technology, edge-of-your-seat suspense and a growing bond between Achilles and Katya forged by their mutual grief and determination to find justice for those they lost.

Tim Tigner has combined an ingenious plot with a hero coming into his own as a force to be reckoned with. I could not put this book down and look forward to more adventures with Achilles. Well done!
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on September 10, 2016
It is not difficult to write glowing remarks after reading this book. I wrote "you have got to read this book" after reading "Flash." I could write that again as the title to these words of praise for "Pushing Brilliance." About half way through the book (which didn't take long) I understood the weird title. Awesome scenarios throughout, a page turner, hard to put down, etc. If you have not read one to Tim's books, you need to start with Betrayal, then Coercion, the Flash and on to Pushing Brilliance. Amazing content and excitement throughout. Best books since Vince Flynn and a host of other action/suspense/thriller authors. You rock Tim!
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on August 16, 2016
This is an incredibly explosive book from the first to last page! Kyle Achilles is accused of murdering his family. He's sent to jail, but he manages to break out to clear his name and find the guilty parties .. A bio weapon is in place to kill POTUS. I don't won't to spoil the book with telling you what happens... but if you like Lee Childs Jack Reacher books... you will salivate reading this!!! A stupendous read!!
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I actually wish there were more stars to point out the excellence and Brilliance ( to borrow from the title ) of this Action filled International Thriller. If you only read one thriller this year, let it be Pushing Brilliance and you can bet that you won't look at the world again through rose colored glases. Tim Tigner is an incredible author and his unorthodox hero has fast become heads and shoulders above the likes of Reacher, Bourne, etc.

Now that I have read Pushing Brilliance, Chasing Ivan, and The Lies of Spies, I have to read everything else that Mr. Tigner has written with other characters until he once again puts out another Kyle Achilles novel
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on April 26, 2017
I am now on book 3 in this series. I love this author. Mr. Tigner writes a fast paced thriller. Twists and turns to surprise and delight. Achilles is the new 007. I cant wait for the movies. Just when you think you have figured out the ending - well haha you have not.Prepare to be up all night, you really cant put these books down. I hope there are going to be more after number 3. So enjoyed this book. Thanks. Its so difficult to find a really good book.
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