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Titan's Wrath by Rhett C. Bruno

Two men are caught on both sides of a violent, off-world rebellion in this standalone, Science Fiction epic set in Rhett C. Bruno's bestselling Titanborn Universe.

After inciting rebellion against Earth throughout Titan's off-world colonies, Kale Trass learns that leadership isn’t only about fighting. Keeping control of his people--even his own family--requires a different set of skills. Following a pivotal battle over Saturn, Kale travels deep into enemy territory under the guise of seeking peace, though peace is the last thing on his mind.

Malcolm Graves used to be an infamous Collector for a powerful Earther corporation--and then he nearly lost his life on Titan. Now he’s retired. But when Kale’s wake of destruction follows Malcolm to Mars and claims the life of a friend, it's time for the ex-Collector to dust off his pulse-pistol and leap back into a fight he thought he’d left behind.

With the solar system divided, heroes are few and short-lived ... but someone has to put the self-proclaimed King Trass of Titan in his place.
Source: I received a free copy of this book with the option of leaving an honest review.
Genre: Science Fiction
Format: eBook
Publication Date: December 11, 2017
Series: Titanborn Universe

Review

After successfully starting a rebellion against Earth on Titan's colonies, self-proclaimed King, Kale Trass, seems less interested in ensuring that he and his Titanborn brethren are treated as equals and more interested in the destruction of Earth's government and corporations. Trass has managed to loot, pillage, and capture many of the Earther's assets and, with each victory, his ego and power madness rise to new heights.

Malcolm Graves, a former Collector, used to be a force to be reckoned with; now, he's a ghost of his former self after his brush with death on Titan. Wanting nothing to do with his former employer or the rebellion, Graves has found himself a nice niche in the galaxy to hide and drown his pain in; until his daughter, a doctor and Trass' ambassador to Earth, makes an appearance. Only interested in his daughter's well-being, and maybe taking down Trass so he can retire in style, Graves follows his daughter and finds that he and his daughter are merely pawns in Trass' twisted plans to take down Earther corporations.

It's one thing to play games with Malcolm Graves, but it's another thing to mess with his daughter. It's time for Graves to dust off his guns, join the fray, and save the day (again).

Welcome to the dark and seedy underbelly of the Titanborn Universe. It's ugly, adventurous, breathtaking, and intense!

The plot is narrated from two perspectives: Kale Trass and Malcolm Graves. In the previous installments of the series, it seemed as though Trass was fighting the good fight, that's changed. Trass has an endgame in mind and feels no remorse as he litters the universe with bodies to achieve his goals. Trass has gone off the deep end and keeps falling into the pit of madness, egoism, and power hunger. Malcolm Graves, on the other hand, just wants to be left to himself. After nearly losing his life on Titan, he views himself as a washed-up Collector with a crappy job trying to eke out a living. In spite of their differing points of view and methodologies, it seems that both men are intent upon a descent into madness.

I've read all of the books in the Titanborn Universe and my favorite character throughout has been Malcolm Graves. I have to admit that it was a bit heart-wrenching to watch him devolve from a cocky, witty, self-assured Collector into a pitiful, drunken ghost of his former self. Even though I was sad to see how far Malcolm had fallen, I have to admit that it took some skill on Bruno's part to ensure that readers knew Malcolm was throwing himself a pity party and nobody was invited. The setting was impressively dismal, think of the underground in the first Total Recall movie, and Malcolm's self-deprecating narrative was brilliantly written.

Kale Trass is a protagonist who I love to hate; he went from inciting a rebellion to free Titanborn from the shackles of servitude and ill-treatment to waging all-out war on Earthers and conquering the galaxy bit by bit. His descent into madness was equal parts repulsive and compelling to read. Bruno gets high marks for creating a character who is repugnant, self-centered, and self-righteous while maintaining Kale's realism by including the little lies and justifications for his behavior that led to him to believe that his actions were right and just.

Titan's Wrath is just as much of an adventure as the previous installments in the series are; however, it's a darker and more introspective narrative than the gun-wielding, swashbuckling adventures of Trass and Graves. I wholeheartedly recommend it to readers who have followed the series and readers who are new to the series alike!

About Rhett C. Bruno

Rhett C. Bruno, author
Rhett C. Bruno, author. Courtesy of Goodreads.
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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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