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From Ice to Ashes by Rhett C. Bruno

From Ice to Ashes, Rhett C. Bruno, book review, science fiction, Titanborn, On My Kindle Book Reviews

Source: I received an ARC of this book with the option of leaving an honest review.
Genre: Science Fiction, Space Opera
Format: eBook
Publication Date: March 28, 2017

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A humble laborer is caught in the tensions between Earth and Titan, the now-colonized moon of Saturn, in a standalone novel set in the universe of Titanborn (“Sci-fi noir at its finest!”—David Simpson, author of the Post-Human series).

Kale Drayton knows his place. As a Ringer born on Titan, 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.


Kale Drayton helped his mother make ends meet by stealing from rich Earthers. After he was caught, he was sentenced to work on a gas-harvesting ship to pay off his debt to the wealthy merchant he stole from. Kale finds some contentment in honest work, even though the pay leaves much to be desired; however, his contentment with walking a straight-and-narrow path is shaken when his mother becomes ill and is quarantined. As her condition worsens, Kale looks for a better paying job to afford the expensive medicine that she desperately needs.

When Kale is asked to perform a seemingly benign task in exchange for his mother's treatment, he jumps at the opportunity. Once he performs the task, he realizes that he has put his captain, his friends, and the woman he loves in harm's way; only to discover that he is a vital part of a revolution.

In Titanborn, readers were able to see the Ringer revolution from a Collector's point of view. In From Ice to Ashes, readers get a chance to learn more about the revolution from a Ringer's perspective as we learn more about the discrimination, exploitation, and hardship that Ringers must endure.

I think that Kale's character is an incredibly well-developed character. Rather than sharing all of Kale's history at once, Bruno gives readers enough information to understand and empathize with the desperation that Kale felt; the same desperation that drove him to complete what was supposedly a harmless task. As the plot progresses at a fairly quick pace, readers learn more about Kale and discover that his family history is more complex than we initially thought.

Like Titanborn, From Ice to Ashes has Star Wars-like action and plot twists in an immersive and detailed universe that will leave you wanting more. I really had a hard time putting this book down and plan to re-read it soon.

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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