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Earthfall (The Circuit, Book 3) by Rhett C. Bruno

Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Earthfall, The Circuit, Rhett C. Bruno, science fiction, space opera, book review, On My Kindle Book Reviews

Source: I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
Genre: Science Fiction, Space Opera
Format: eBook, Print
Publication Date: December 12, 2016

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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?

Review

Cassius Vale is intent on bringing down the Tribunal by any means necessary, regardless of whatever collateral damage his actions may cause. Using his creation, ADIM, to buy more time to prepare, Vale encourages ADIM to build and control a robotic army. What Vale is too distracted to realize is that ADIM is becoming increasingly autonomous and more powerful; perhaps too powerful.

After finding out that his daughter is alive, Talon Rayne teams up with Sage and Vale to rescue her. After gaining allies to help them with this task, Talon realizes that Vale, not the Tribunal, is responsible for the destruction on Kalliope that put his daughter's life in jeopardy and the Arc that he was on.

Will ADIM's autonomy and power wreak havoc on Vale's plans to seek revenge? Will Talon be reunited with his daughter and stop Vale before he is able to exact his revenge on the Tribune?

This last installment of The Circuit is amazing! Bruno continues to develop his protagonists throughout this book, but the focus seems to be on ADIM's evolution and how its ability to think independently influences Vale's end game.

Not missing a beat from the previous book, alliances are quickly formed and broken as Vale's plans for revenge come to fruition. Some factions realize that Vale is using them as cannon fodder, while others see an alliance with him as a potential opportunity for future profit and control. Bruno keeps his readers in the know by providing us with convincing and thoughtful inner dialogues of the main players in the plot.

After reading the first two books, I thought that the common thread amongst most of the major characters in the plot was Vale; however, it seems that it is a small galaxy after all. Readers will begin to see how the different threads were interconnected as we are propelled to an epic ending that is unpredictable and bittersweet while oddly satisfying.

I really wish that I would have been able to revisit the first two books in The Circuit before I read Earthfall. I think that I missed some nuances in Earthfall that I would have caught if I had read them back-to-back. However, this is an undertaking that I will gladly perform in the future because I have enjoyed this series immensely.

About Rhett C. Bruno

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Rhett Bruno grew up in Hauppauge, New York, and studied at the Syracuse University School of Architecture where he graduated cum laude.

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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If you are a fan of space operas such as Star Wars or Firefly, I recommend that you give The Circuit a try! If you enjoy the series as much as I did, make sure to leave a review on Amazon and Goodreads. Also, let us know your thoughts in the comments.