The Circuit: Progeny of Vale (Book Two of The Circuit Trilogy) – Rhett C. Bruno
Over the holidays, I ventured back into the world of The Kepler Circuit, a group of colonies inhabited by humans scattered throughout space. To my delight, all my favorite characters returned to continue their individual journeys. ADIM, the unstoppable, evolving android, lit up the book with his whirling red eyes and human like understanding. Sage, the assassin who lurks in the shadows, saw a change in her perception of the world. Talon, broken and exhausted, looks for a purpose in a world where all its beauty is destroyed. And lastly, Cassius Vale, a villain or maybe not, returns to continue his war rampaging schemes for better or worse.
What I loved most about the story is the evolution of the characters. They keep growing and changing, which ultimately is what makes the story so appealing. Where will their roads lead them? I can’t say, which is exactly what I should be feeling. Unpredictable and character engrossing, with nerd-gasm space battles that will delight the inner space-geek in all of us. A truly enjoyable read that I was eager to continue until the end.
What I needed more of was a recap. It has been over a year since I read the first book in the series, and I won’t lie and pretend I wasn’t having a hard time remembering everything important that happened in the last book. About halfway through, there was a mini-refresher to a few aspects of the first book that started to jog my memory, but overall I felt there needed to be more woven into the beginning chapters. This was my only disappointment that likely would have added to the quality of my reading experience.
Regardless, still an excellent read and I look forward to the next installment. If you are sad you already saw Star Wars twenty times already and can’t afford the twenty first? Then take a look at this story, I believe it will provide a good Science Fiction fix for the story addict in us all.
Synopsis: In the thrilling sequel to THE CIRCUIT: EXECUTOR RISING, Cassius Vale has drawn the Circuit into open war.
After arriving on Ceres Prime, ADIM, ever the loyal companion created by Cassius Vale, is hesitant to help the Ceresians. Their hatred for his Creator will never wane and he starts to understand the danger all of Cassius’ many rivals pose. ADIM must realize the true magnitude of his abilities in order to keep him safe.
When Sage Volus finds herself a captive of Cassius, she begins to struggle with her role in the coming war, and what exactly it means to be an Executor. The removal of her cybernetic implant reveals emotions she thought she’d buried too deep to be found. She must make a decision on who she truly wants to serve: Cassius Vale, The Tribune, or herself.
After breaking free of the Solar-Ark Amerigo and certain death, Talon Rayne finds himself in unusual company. His quests to hold his daughter again brings him to places he never thought he’d go–into the very arms of his people’s most hated foe.
As the battle grows ever closer, threatening the all-out war that could annihilate millions, these four must determine what part they intend to play, who they will align themselves with, and what it means to be human in a universe where that means less and less.
THE MAN BEHIND THE STORY:
He has been writing since he can remember, scribbling down what he thought were epic short stories when he was young to show to his parents. When he reached high school he decided to take that a step further and write the “Isinda Trilogy”. After the encouragement of his favorite English teacher he decided to self-publish the “Isinda Trilogy” so that the people closest to him could enjoy his early work.
While studying architecture Rhett continued to write as much as he could, but finding the time during the brutal curriculum proved difficult. It wasn’t until he was a senior that he decided to finally pursue his passion for Science Fiction. After rededicating himself to reading works of the Science Fiction author’s he always loved, (Frank Herbert, Timothy Zahn, Heinlein, etc.) he began writing “The Circuit: Executor Rising”, The first part of what he hopes will be a successful Adult Science Fiction Series.
Since then Rhett has been hired by an Architecture firm in Mount Kisco, NY. But that hasn’t stopped him from continuing to work on “The Circuit” and all of the other stories bouncing around in his head. He is also currently studying at the New School to earn a Certificate in Screenwriting in the hopes of one day writing for TV or Video Games.
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*I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.