Monday, June 20, 2016

Titanborn by Rhett Bruno Review

Rhett is a relatively new author to me but that will change because I want to read all he wants to write about Titan and all the other places in the solar system.
Rhett and I did an interview in February about Titanborn and other things too, Click HERE to read it.
I hope you enjoy my review and showcase of Titanborn
Note Titanborn releases Tomorrow!

ISBN-13: 9780399594793
Publisher: Hydra/Random House Publishing Group
Release Date: 06/21/2016
Length: 246pp
Buy It: B&N/Amazon/Kobo


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.

My Review

By Rhett C. Bruno

Bruno’s latest tale is Sci-Fi fantastic, a mix of dystopian and space crime drama, a read that will resonate with die-hard and novice space odyssey fans alike. Introducing readers to a new world is tricky but he does it with ease using an interesting world building concept of space travel and interplanetary settlement and a dialogue that is catchy, edgy and techy enough without overdoing it. His protagonist is likeable, believable and kick-butt awesome in an anti-hero way and his co-stars rock the galaxy and add depth to the novel. Plus the fast-pace, the interesting twists and turns and the dynamite ending makes this unforgettable.
On the 300th anniversary of Earth’s near destruction from an asteroid an act of terrorism erupts during holiday celebrations killing and maiming innocent citizens. It’s not the United Sol Federation (USF) government who calls the shots but the big corporate giants like Previnio Corp. and they in turn call their “collectors” (hired guns) to quell the disturbance.
Malcolm Graves is one of those elite guns, a 30-year veteran, he’s jaded and hardened but he always answers the call to action. He just hopes he’s still got what it takes to get the job done especially now that he’s questioning his competence and his new mandatorily assigned partner.

Praise for Titanborn:

Publishers Weekly
A solar system–spanning adventure of freedom fighters and corporate espionage delights readers in Bruno’s fully realized world. In 2334, New London is celebrating the 300th Meteor Day, the anniversary of a meteorite striking Earth and nearly wiping out humankind. When a bomb explodes, 30-year veteran bounty hunter Malcolm Graves goes after those responsible. The suspects are a group of Titanborn descended from colonists who settled Saturn’s moon Titan. The Titanborn are being marginalized as immigrants from Earth take their homes and jobs. Graves works for Pervenio Corp.; Pervenio and competitor Venta Co. control the mining industries of the entire Sol solar system. Graves and his new partner, Zhaff, follow the trail of clues to Old Russia and then to frozen Titan. Helping and hindering them are Venta bounty hunter Trevor Cross; information broker Mazrah, who’s Graves’ old flame; and Luxarn Pervenio, the richest man in the solar system. Bruno (The Circuit) expertly weaves action, capitalism, smuggling, fragile alliances, and revolution around the hard choices of a life-worn man who regrets always following orders. (June)
Kirkus Reviews
A futuristic thriller set in a solar system teetering on the brink of revolution. Malcom Graves is a collector for Pervenio, one of the handful of powerful corporations that runs the solar system. Three hundred years ago, a meteorite nearly destroyed life on Earth, and a spaceship carried a few thousand people to Titan, one of the moons of Saturn. The two civilizations developed separately for centuries, but now, Earthers returning to Saturn's Ring have taken Ringers' jobs and brought in diseases the Ringers' immune systems can't handle. Malcom's job is to put down strikes, chase criminals, and generally keep order among the restless outworlders. After a job on a mining asteroid goes bad, Malcom is on a mandatory vacation just in time for M-Day, the anniversary of the day the meteorite hit—and just in time to be on the scene when a bomb hits the celebrations in New London. Soon, Malcom is back on the clock, unraveling a plot that turns out to be much bigger than just one bomb. And he's saddled with a new partner, Zhaff, the product of the top-secret Cogent Initiative, who's as efficient, and as humorless, as an android. The stakes aren't fully clear until midway through the book, which undermines the suspense. But Malcom is a classic hard-bitten hero, Zhaff is an intriguing presence, and the plot moves along briskly. This solar-system-spanning mystery will scratch the genre itch.
An exciting tale of a futuristic mystery with universe-changing potential that can be enjoyed on a visceral level . . . All science fiction fans should do themselves a favor and pick this book up.”

“Malcolm is a classic hard-bitten hero, Zhaff is an intriguing presence, and the plot moves along briskly. This solar-system–spanning mystery will scratch the genre itch.”Kirkus Reviews

“[Rhett C.] Bruno expertly weaves action, capitalism, smuggling, fragile alliances, and revolution around the hard choices of a life-worn man who regrets always following orders.”Publishers Weekly

“[Bruno] has done a good job with Titanborn, and is definitely a science-fiction author to keep your eye on in the future.”Sci-Fi and Scary

“Revolution, rebellion, conquest, corporate greed, and individual ethics versus the good of a larger community: it’s all there, and more, neatly tucked into a cohesive narrative that hardly stops to take a breath. . . . The prose is as compelling, witty, and atmospheric as the best hard-boiled future noir can be. . . . This up-and-coming author may have to quit his day job—a career in architecture—or give up sleep, to keep up with reader demand.”Perihelion

Other Works By Rhett Bruno

Adult Sci-Fi/Fantasy

Teen Fantasy

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MEET Rhett:
I’m a Sci-fi/Fantasy author currently living in White Plains, New York. I’ve been writing since I can remember, scribbling down what I thought were epic short stories when I was young to show to my friends and family. When I reached high school I decided to take that a step further and write my first novel. After the encouragement of my favorite English teacher I decided to self-publish the “Isinda Trilogy” so that the people closest to me could enjoy my early work.
While studying architecture at Syracuse University I continued to write as much as I could, but finding the time during the brutal curriculum proved difficult. It wasn’t until I was a senior that I decided to finally pursue my passion for Science Fiction. After rededicating myself to reading works of the Science Fiction author’s I always loved, (Frank Herbert, Timothy Zahn, Heinlein, etc.) I began writing “The Circuit: Executor Rising”, The first part of what I hope will be a successful Adult Science Fiction Series.Since then I’ve been hired by an Architecture firm in Mount Kisco, NY. But that hasn’t stopped me from continuing to work on all of the countless stories bouncing around in my head. I’m also taking classes at the New School in NYC in order to earn a Certificate in Screenwriting, in the hopes of one day writing for TV or Video Games.

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  1. Sounds like a fun story. I do love dystopians and sci-fi. I don't know if I've ever read one that is mashed together before or not.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

    1. Yeah Mel think of the expansion of the West in America when we almost wiped out the natives then put it in outer space

  2. Yes to dystopias and science fiction stories Debbie. I have been devouring them like potato chips this summer.

    1. ooh potato chips, now I'm hungry LOL
      You're welcome!

  3. Two great genres to mix together! Thanks for sharing this one!

  4. Hmm sounds like a great one for the sci-fi fans. I sure admire your wide range of reading. I am rather narrower and just never reach outer space much.If I did though this would be on my list!

  5. Oo a space crime one? It's been ages since I've read a spacey one. I think I'm in :D

    1. It was really good and makes me want to read the next one!