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Titanborn by Rhett C. Bruno

Titanborn, Science Fiction, Rhett C. Bruno, Reviewed by On My Kindle Book Reviews

Source: I received a free e-copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Genre: Science Fiction, Space Opera
Format: eBook
Publication Date: June 21, 2016


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.


Our protagonist Malcolm Graves is a bit like Hans Solo and Captain Malcolm Reynolds ("Mal"); he does not like asking questions, and he does not like becoming involved in the political or moral implications of his assignments. However, like the Hans and Mal, he will do the right thing; eventually.

I find it hard to dislike a protagonist who has a good heart, a knack for getting out of tough situations, and wields sarcasm and wit along with a gun. Bruno drops readers into the action immediately, but still does a great job of introducing Malcolm Graves using his vivid memories and engaging dialogue with other characters. Since I am a science fiction fan-girl, I knew that I was in for a wild ride; I strapped myself down and waited for chaos to ensue.

It does not take long for the chaos to ensue, and readers will find themselves following Malcolm as he travels through amazing landscapes and dank underground tunnels to track down his quarry. To complement these brilliantly detailed settings, Bruno created a compelling cast of characters that range from shady to morally upright for Malcolm to encounter.

For fans of movies and television shows like "Star Wars" and "Firefly," some aspects of the plot are predictable. However, it is the journey and the means by which Malcolm discovers his employer's moral ambiguity that make the plot interesting. I will say this; I saw one twist at the end coming, but the ending itself was unexpected.

I really enjoyed this book; the characters that Bruno created and his detail in describing the setting make this book shine. If you enjoy space operas like "Star Wars" and "Firefly," Titanborn is a must-have for your science fiction library.

About Rhett C. Bruno

Rhett C. Bruno, Titanborn, Reviewed by On My Kindle Book Reviews
Rhett C. Bruno. Courtesy of Goodreads
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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