From Ice to Ashes – Rhett C. Bruno

(I apologize for my slacking ways. My reading list has been growing longer as I have not been as diligent in my reading the past couple months due to life).

I was pleased to be offered an ARC copy of this new title by Rhett C. Bruno. An ever-growing favorite of mine, Bruno really outdid himself with this novel.

Bruno comes into this novel with a different voice from his other pieces of work — a subtler tone that invades the overall story. This voice resonated with me on a different level. I felt drawn in, in ways his other works hadn’t quite captured. I was a hooked fish. This story truly shows Bruno’s evolution as a storyteller.

I felt there was deeper character development than I had seen before with Bruno. I really felt entrenched in the story and the events that unfolded. I loved so much of the scenery that was painted for my imagination. One of my favorite scenes is when the characters enter the atmosphere wearing sky wings that allow them to soar like birds. I could feel the characters soaring through space, the atmosphere whipping their synthetic wings violently. What a great scene that remains with me even now.

It made me finally download Mass Effect, not because they are related, but because I needed another Sci-fi fix.

I was excited to be back in the Titan universe, and my love of Bruno’s work continues on with this latest installment. Kale Drayton’s (protagonist) story is an exceptional rebirth story, a criminal to hero tale. This is a dystopian novel, where the oppressed rise up when the chips are finally bloody enough.

If you are looking for a tale of unlikely and complicated heroes, then check this story out.

You can find the book on Amazon in Kindle format for $4.99.

Synopsis: Kale Drayton knows his place. As a Ringer, he’s used to keeping his head down and his mouth shut—no matter how much the Earthers abuse him or his own kind berate him. So when he’s caught stealing from a wealthy merchant, he’s lucky to be sentenced to low-paying maintenance work on a gas-harvesting ship instead of life in a cell . . . or worse.

But when his mother is quarantined, Kale finds himself backed into a corner. To pay for her medicine, he needs money—the kind of money he’ll never make sweeping floors and cleaning ships. So when he receives a mysterious offer asking him to do a simple job in exchange for his mother’s treatment, Kale takes a chance once more. All he has to do is upload a program onto his employer’s ship and all of his problems will disappear.

What starts as a straightforward smuggling gig soon reveals its shattering repercussions. The people who hired Kale are more dangerous than he suspected—and he’s more important to them than he ever could have imagined.


Rhett is a Sci-fi/Fantasy author currently living in Stamford, Connecticut. He is represented by Dystel & Goderich out of NYC and his published works include books in the Amazon Bestselling CIRCUIT SERIES (Published by Diversion Books) and TITANBORN (Random House Hydra).

Rhett has been writing since he can remember, scribbling down what he thought were epic short stories when he was young to show to his friends and family. When he reached high school he decided to take that a step further and write his first novel. 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 at Syracuse University, he 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 authors he always loved, (Frank Herbert, Timothy Zahn, Heinlein, etc.) he began writing “The Circuit: Executor Rising”, the first part of a space opera series.

Since then he’s been hired by an Architecture firm in South Norwalk, CT. But that hasn’t stopped him from continuing to work on all of the countless stories bouncing around in his head. He’s also recently earned  a Certificate in Screenwriting from the New School in NYC, 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

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