The Circuit: Earthfall (The Circuit 3#) – Rhett C. Bruno
As usual, when it comes to Bruno, I enjoyed the final installment just as much as the previous two. Characters have evolved, some stories have ended and others have begun.
There is no main protagonist, this is a story about many and their individual paths that have crossed. But if I had to choose a main character, I would say that Cassius and ADIM are the stars of these final chapters. It is their actions that will dictate the rest.
A huge part of the story-line is ADIM and Sage’s evolution (a former Tribunal assassin). They spring from simple characters into much more complicated ones as the books progress. I appreciate that the romance Bruno began to weave in the first book between Sage and Talon (a diseased mercenary and father), was tamed down in the subsequent two, with just the undertone of affection that lingers.
At its core, this whole series is about character maturation, relationship growth and personal missions. The characters expand into their true selves as the story advances, revealing facets of themselves unrealized until the necessary time.
If intelligent, evolving androids are your jam and space battles are your peanut butter than this story will likely rock your space socks.
Synopsis: The conclusion to Rhett Bruno’s stunning science fiction epic series The Circuit, which the San Francisco Book Review called “space opera that fans of Firefly and its ilk will appreciate.”
Earth is uninhabitable, but beneath its ruined surface sits massive deposits of Gravitum, a powerful, dangerous element with the ability to generate artificial gravity. Whoever controls the element can control the settled regions of our solar system, now known as the Circuit. For centuries the peoples of the Circuit endured an uneasy, if peaceful alliance designed to share resources. Now the Tribunal, a religious order, is nearly ready to take over all of it. With only the reconvened band of Clans inhabiting the asteroid belt known as the Ceresian Pact standing between the Tribunal and system dominance, one man Cassius Vale intends to end their oppressive rule. Vale s brutal and brilliant plan is nearly complete.
In order to gain more time to complete preparations, Vale builds an army under the control of his robotic creation ADIM in order to attack one of the leaders of the Tribune. ADIM loves his creator, but is growing more independent by the day, and soon may be too powerful for anyone to stop.
Talon Rayne, a mercenary, teams up with Sage Volus, a former Tribunal spy, when Talon discovers that his daughter has been captured by the very Tribunal leader Cassius Vale is after. Together, they have no choice but to ask for Vale s help in saving her. Vale agrees, but are they just another cog in his scheme for bringing down the Tribune, or is there a part of him left that cares about anything other than vengeance?”
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 story in exchange for an honest review.