Titanborn (Children of Titan #1) – Rhett C. Bruno
Thanks to Bruno, I have rekindled my sci-fi roots that were starting to dry up. As a reviewer, I often get asked to read various genres, but nothing makes me more eager than when it is a story that comes from the fantastical and star gliding side of the book world. Bruno has become a writer I have featured more than once on this blog, and will continue to do so, as long as he continues to write.
As a writer, Bruno is an awesome world builder, creating populated planets with frantic, chaotic human depravity. And complex characters that fill the reader with hope as we witness their evolution. I am always satisfied with his character development and only wish to see more of these characters I become attached to.
In his previous series, The Circuit, I became attached to an android named ADIM, who I felt was the heart of the story, which is the irony since he has no physical heart. In Titanborn, a completely separate series, I find myself drawn to Zhaff, a uniquely intelligent human that lacks social graces, reminding me of someone who might have a degree of Asperger’s. The characters I find myself drawn to, are not the witty, friendly characters, but the complicated android and the socially awkward Zhaff, who we begin to warm up to as the story progresses. Both these characters are different than the humanoid swarms that populate the cities, and because of their differences they become my favorite characters. They end up being the reason I want to keep reading, I want to know their stories in their entirety.
Titanborn will keep you reading as you follow Malcolm Graves, the collector, a corporate bounty hunter and Zhaff, a cogent initiative with skills that surpass the everyday normal, through their investigative journey to track down terrorists throughout the galaxy. I whipped through the story fairly quickly, eager for more. The finale, left me depressed and needing to know how it will continue. My only desire is that Bruno writes quickly, so that I can continue the journey.
If you are a science fiction lover, and enjoy gun blazing show downs with a flair of family drama, I believe this story is for you.
You can find the story on Amazon in Kindle, audiobook and paperback format.
Synopsis: In this gritty and innovative science-fiction thriller in the vein of Philip K. Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, turmoil on one of Saturn’s moons rattles Earth’s most powerful citizens—and draws one planet-hopping rogue into a fight he never saw coming.
Malcolm Graves lives by two rules: finish the job, and get paid. After thirty years as a collector, chasing bounties and extinguishing rebellions throughout the solar system, Malcolm does what he’s told, takes what he’s earned, and leaves the questions to someone else—especially when it comes to the affairs of offworlders.
But his latest mission doesn’t afford him that luxury. After a high-profile bombing on Earth, the men who sign Malcolm’s paychecks are clamoring for answers. Before he can object, the corporation teams him up with a strange new partner who’s more interested in statistics than instinct and ships them both off to Titan, the disputed moon where humans have been living for centuries. Their assignment is to hunt down a group of extremists: Titanborn dissidents who will go to any length to free their home from the tyranny of Earth.
Heading into hostile territory, Malcolm will have to use everything he’s learned to stay alive. But he soon realizes that the situation on the ground is much more complex than he anticipated . . . and much more personal.
THE MAN BEHIND THE BOOK
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 of the book in exchange for an honest review.