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text 2018-07-05 12:05
Blog Tour: The Circuit: The Complete Saga by Rhett C. Bruno with Giveaway

 

Today’s stop is for Rhett C. Bruno ’s The Circuit: The Complete Saga. We will have info about the book and author,and a great giveaway. Make sure to check everything out and enter the giveaway.

Happy Reading :) 

 

 


 

 

 

USA Today Bestseller Rhett C. Bruno's debut sci-fi series is a gritty, space-opera epic perfect for fans of The Expanse! 

Earth is a dying planet. To survive, humanity founds the Circuit, a string of colonies across the solar system, dedicated to mining resources vital to preserving what remains of mankind. Here there are no heroes or villains, only those willing to do what's necessary to survive. 

The New Earth Tribunal, a powerful religious faction, has risen to rule the Circuit. They believe a Spirit within the Earth will one day appear and welcome humanity back home. Following a string of seemingly random attacks, the Tribunal suspects its mortal enemy, the Ceresians, have again rallied to challenge their absolute rule. But a new, sinister threat has arisen--and it plans to bring down the Tribunal once and for all.

Join an unlikely band of would-be saviors--the Tribunal's best spy, a roguish Ceresian mercenary, a subservient android and a disgraced general--as they are drawn into a conspiracy destined to change the Circuit forever.

"Bruno has crafted a complex, multi-dimensional story that combines the best of his genre with age-old truths--and quandaries--about humanity, politics, religion, family, and, yes, love." -Portland Book Review

 

 

**Only .99 cents 7/2 – 7/12 !!**

 

 

 

 

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Rhett C Bruno is the USA Today Bestselling Author of 'The Circuit Saga', 'Bastards of Titan Series', and the 'Buried Goddess Saga'; among other works.

He has been writing since before he can remember, scribbling down what he thought were epic stories when he was young to show to his friends and family. He currently works at an Architecture firm after graduating from Syracuse University, but that hasn’t stopped him from recording the tales bouncing around inside of his head. 

 

 

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review 2016-12-01 03:11
A Mix of Classic SF, Buddy Cop, and a little bit o' politics that just hit the spot
Titanborn - Rhett C. Bruno
I’ve been to the rotting sewer tunnels submerged beneath the Martian domes. I’ve been to the most remote slums on Earth, and to the depths of asteroid mining colonies where being able to see the outline of your own hand in front of your face was considered bright. I’ve seen death all over and been on the end of the killing more times than I cared to count . . .

When he's not reminiscing like an inverse-Roy Batty, Malcolm Graves is a bounty hunter of sorts -- working for one of the handful of corporations that really run the solar system. He's been at it longer than most, and has no intention of retiring anytime soon. His body, however, might have other things in mind -- he's slowing a bit, both in reflex and thought -- add in a little bad luck, and Malcolm's starting to worry about his future.

 

So when he's near the site of a terrorist attack during Earth's biggest celebration, he seizes the opportunity to get some justice and re-establish his position with the company. Sure, they're saddling him with a partner rather than letting him work alone, but if that's what it takes. . . . Only it's not just a partner, it's a young guy, fresh from an elite training program for exceptional cadets. Zhram is almost an android, it seems.

 

Their investigation brings them into contact with a seditious group, trying to overthrow the ruling forces on Saturn's moon, Titan, so that the descendants of the original colonists (Titanborn). It soon becomes a race against time -- can the duo find those responsible for the crime on earth and bring them in before the movement can grow and begin to make inroads against the ruling powers? Why they attempt to do so, their partnership grows and the two being to trust and learn from each other. Zhram is one of the more promising characters in the Lt. Commander Data/Odo/Sheldon Cooper-vein of people trying to learn to be more human that I've seen recently.

 

At its core, the central relationship is the classic mismatched police partners (see the Aykroyd/Hanks Dragnet, Lethal Weapon), but with a SF twist (see The Caves of Steel and Almost Human). The book is full of themes, tropes and scenarios straight from these (and similar) sources. Which isn't to say that Titanborn is derivative -- it's part of the tradition, reflecting the best parts of its antecedents, shaping them to tell Bruno's story.

 

The writing was strong (I thought a couple of times early on that he overwrote a line or two, but nothing too horrible) -- the fight scenes good, the tech was believable, etc. An all-around well constructed novel.

 

I've said it before, I'll say it again -- it doesn't matter if you tell a story that's been told before, or using tropes commonly used -- it's how you use those tropes, how you tell the story -- and Bruno did it in a very satisfactory way. I liked Malcolm from the get-go, I enjoyed watching the budding partnership between he and Zhaff, and even though I pegged (most of) the solution very early on, I really dug the reveal. I liked the characters, I appreciated the way that Bruno paced things and guided us through the shaky political landscape (and at least some of the reasons for the instability). I'd gladly read another half-dozen (at least) novels about these two racing around the solar system.

 

Disclaimer: This was provided to me by the author in exchange for my honest take on the book -- note that I said "honest" and not "timely." I was supposed to have this done months ago. My thanks for the book and apologies for the tardiness, Mr. Bruno.

Source: irresponsiblereader.com/2016/11/30/titanborn-by-rhett-c-bruno
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review 2016-08-05 13:28
BOOK REVIEW: This Long Vigil by Rhett C. Bruno
This Long Vigil (A Short Story) - Rhett Bruno

Aboard the Interstellar Arc, Hermes, Orion has spent the last twenty-five years being entertained and educated by Dan, the artificial intelligence that runs the ship and ensures the continued viability of its cargo, only needing human hands occasionally.

As I reached the top of the ladder, zero-g gently lifted my body. I drifted into the space – a tremendous, hollow sphere around which the Living Ring rotated. Rows of plantings and heat lamps wrapped in 360 degree arcs as if I were in a sea of green. Dan’s many appendages tended to the crops, probably using Fish’s remains to fertilize them.

Dan is transporting one thousand people to another star system, some 350 years away from Earth, which has an eighty-three percent chance of being able to harbour human life. Each person on board is suspended in a chamber full of fluid, connected to life-sustaining tubes for oxygen and nourishment from birth to seventy, at which point they are recycled.

When I reached the pregnant inhabitant, I turned my back to her chamber. It never seemed right to me to watch them give birth. The tubes attached to her would lift her legs and spread them so that the spindly apparatus descending from the ceiling could draw out her offspring. When I finally turned around, that metallic arm was lifting a bloody infant up through the opened ceiling. I made sure her readings were satisfactory while I waited for it to disappear. Everything went perfectly, as usual. The red-stained fluid in the chamber was flushed and replaced straight-away, clean as ever.

At any given time, there are 999 people aboard the Hermes living and dying without ever waking up, their ages staggered so as to insure a range of abilities when they reach their destination. One person, a monitor, is allowed to wake for roughly twenty-five years, returning to their slumber once they hit fifty, never to wake again before recycling.

“In twenty-three hours you will be fifty-years-old. As you know, I was programmed by my maker to ensure that there is always an able-bodied human on watch-”
“I know that!” I snapped, somewhat unintentionally. Last time he told me it was thirty-seven hours. There was less than one day until my eyes would never open again. It was going by too fast.

Orion, the sixth monitor, isn’t ready to hand over his post just yet. He wants to know another person, he wants to set foot on a planet, he wants to live.

And time is running out.

“You only have nineteen hours remaining-”
“Stop!” I bellowed, so loud that if the Life-Chambers weren’t filled with liquid I might’ve woken half of the inhabitants outside my quarters. I leaned my head against the cold metal wall beneath the viewport and stopped myself right before my clenched fist slammed into it. “Just stop.”



The rest of this review can be found HERE!

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review 2016-03-06 00:00
Titanborn
Titanborn - Rhett C. Bruno Titanborn was a solid read. The characters were well-developed, the action was well-paced. The tech was always believable with nothing seeming ridiculously far-fetched. Malcolm and Zhaff were the perfect compliments to each other, with Zhaff refreshingly not playing the mouthy young upstart.

Actually, as the book went on, I found myself identifying with Zhaff. He’s socially awkward, relies on his skills and learning to get him through, but is a strong, reliable figure. The partnership between the two developed naturally enough that it didn’t seem forced. Bruno does a good job spinning the tale out as they travel from earth to the rings of Saturn and to Titan itself, and the ending definitely took me by (pleasant) surprise.

Of note, though, was Titanborn, though filled with action, didn’t seem to be a fast-paced engrossing read. Instead it was one filled with quiet enjoyment. Easy to walk away from, yet easy to get lost in as well. Its the type of story that draws you in with a certain subtlety that makes it so you don’t even realize it’s hooked you until you’re half done with the book.

Overall, the author has done a good job with Titanborn, and is definitely a science fiction author to keep your eye on in the future.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review.
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review 2016-01-30 00:00
Titanborn
Titanborn - Rhett C. Bruno This review is based on a eARC copy that the author graciously provided to me in exchange for a fair review. Normally I am a bit hesitant when it comes to reading eARCs since they are sometimes a bit too unfinished and rough around the edges for my taste. This author however (I really do not know the guy apart from a few interactions on Goodreads) has surprised me by providing eARCs that are actually of better quality than some of the released works out there so I felt reasonably safe to jump into this particular eARC. The author did not disappoint this time either.

This is a quite good adventure story. A crime / thriller story set in a post-apocalyptic setting in our own solar system. If you are looking for a space opera with space ships travelling huge distances and armadas of space ships slugging it out then this book is not for you.

This book is about the characters, the interaction between them and the development of both the story and the characters. As far as the characters goes the author have created quite a few (very) interesting characters which compels you (me at least) to want to read the next page in order to get to know what happens, perhaps not so much as far as the story goes which is sometimes a wee bit predictable. Nothing wrong with that though, I rather have a wee bit predictable story than one that splatters the book with ludicrous twists in each chapter. However the main interest to me was rather the characters themselves and what they are about to do next.

I quite liked the main character as well as his, forced upon him, somewhat bizarre, sidekick. I think this relation was my main enjoyment of this book. It was really fun to read and the few pages where both of these colleagues/antagonists where not present felt that they were actually missing something. There are a few other characters as well which has a rather profound impact on the events but I will let you discover that for yourself in order not to spoil the book.

The book also delves into a few subjects like big corporations, class systems, life after the apocalypse etc. All of these subjects are threated quite well although, to me, whether it was intentional or not they were overshadowed by the actual crime plot and the character interaction. I am not complaining though since this is how I like it. These things provided a nice backdrop to the story but they did not overwhelm the “good stuff” in it.

Now we come my main gripe about this book. The ending. Those of you who have read my previous reviews knows that I am a bit particular about my endings. I am especially getting a wee bit upset about tragic endings. Now, as I have pointed out several times before I am not a professional reviewer so I allow myself to let my reviews be coloured by personal preferences. I also would like to point out that it is not at all a bad ending but a wee bit tragic one. I am especially, shall we say upset, about the ending since I had hoped that there would be a continuation of all the relations that was built up between the various characters and now I have some difficulty seeing how that could happen.

As with the books in The Circuit series this one is not the longest one around weighing in at 246 pages. What is there is good quality though and well worth reading. It is only personal bias/preference (the ending) that prevents me from giving it another star.
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