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Centuries after Earth was rendered an uninhabitable wasteland, humanity was forced from its homeworld and founded the Kepler Circuit, a string of colonies throughout the solar system. These settlements provide resources to the remnants of humankind, the most important resource being the newly discovered element—Gravitum—found only in the Earth’s unstable mantle.But a powerCenturies after Earth was rendered an uninhabitable wasteland, humanity was forced from its homeworld and founded the Kepler Circuit, a string of colonies throughout the solar system. These settlements provide resources to the remnants of humankind, the most important resource being the newly discovered element—Gravitum—found only in the Earth’s unstable mantle.But a powerful religious faction known as the New Earth Tribunal has risen to preside over most of the Circuit. Though there is barely a faction left to challenge them, a string of attacks on the Tribunal’s freighters causes them to suspect their mortal enemies, the Ceresians, of foul play.Tasked with solving the problem is Sage Volus: Tribunal Executor. Spy.Sage quickly infiltrates the ranks of a roguish, Ceresian mercenary named Talon Rayne, seeking to discover the truth behind the attacks, but the longer she works amidst Talon and his squad, the more she finds her faith in the Tribunal tested.While her quest for answers only unearths more questions, a new threat is on the rise, and it plans to bring down the Tribune once and for all....

Title : Executor Rising
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ISBN : 9781626818460
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Number of Pages : 562 Pages
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Executor Rising Reviews

  • Bradley
    2019-04-21 10:45

    Do you like your future solar system full of high-tech iron domination that nears but doesn't quite cross over into religious nuttery? Yeah? So do I. This is Space-Opera! Not Sparta. Space. Opera. :) There's fighting, sure, but it's not really war. It's free zones and oppression and great Earthly tragedy and a long economic spiral of an old trope of Reliance On Special Substance. In this case, it happens to be only harvested on Earth, but none of this is what makes this novel special. This is setting, and SF really loves its setting. It's all good, of course.For those expecting something very similar to the author's Titanborn, think again, unless you mean a similar visiting of father/daughter themes, a very special planet named Titan or a planetoid named Ceres, or a handful of other things that never get in the way of enjoying the novel. Indeed, it only enhances it. You can expect a lot more tech, a lot more glam, and probably a bit more action.But honestly, I think I loved the characters in Titanborn just a bit more, or at least that's what I thought until I finally realized that no one was really quite what they appeared. I got this weird idea that I knew who the bad peeps were and who were the good, eventually settling into the idea that they were all just people, instead, with all the mix, but then I was handed a zinger near the end.Could I have wished to know whether or not there are actual villains, or precisely WHO is the villain? Hmmm... maybe? I don't know! When all of the main character arcs played themselves out, I was satisfied with everyone's changes, and some were rather more impressive than others, while the rest were a perfect setup for grand sequels. By the end of the book, I'm rearing to go. The author is pretty damn smooth when it comes to that trick. I'm hooked.So what characters do I love? And is it *really* like Firefly as per the blurb? Well, I'll answer the second one first: No. Not really. These peeps are pretty much their own people.Cassius probably surprised me the most and became my favorite character by the end, but Sage had the strongest personal development. Talon is good for sympathy, through and through, and I have fallen into that trap completely.I suppose the real breakout character is one that some of my friends will appreciate the most: ADIM. I mean, come on? WHO DOESN'T LOVE HUMANIFORM ANDROIDS? Amiright? Right?We've already been discussing a certain character from Titanborn and how much we love him, but now we've got his original template right here, to a rather offset degree, anyway, but it's hard not to make the connections. This *IS* the author's first novel, but don't worry. It's quite fun and a very solid read that doesn't betray the reader's trust at all. :) I can honestly say I'm looking forward to following all the novels, including the third in this series which is Coming Soon. :) Woo! Woo!

  • Lyn
    2019-03-24 13:22

    “The android ADIM (Automated Dynamic Intelligence Mech) lay motionless on his back. His magnetized chassis held him tightly against the lower hull of a Class-2 Tribunal Freighter. He watched as the astral wake of the ship’s smoldering, blue ion engines tore across the blackness.”Now, THAT’S how you start a space opera.Wikipedia defines space opera as “Space opera is a subgenre of science fiction that emphasizes space warfare, melodramatic adventure, interplanetary battles, as well as chivalric romance, and often risk-taking. Set mainly or entirely in outer space, it usually involves conflict between opponents possessing advanced abilities, futuristic weapons, and other sophisticated technology. “Hell yeah.As Han Solo said, “Kid, I've flown from one side of this galaxy to the other, and I've seen a lot of strange stuff, but I've never seen *anything* to make me believe that there's one all-powerful Force controlling everything. 'Cause no mystical energy field controls *my* destiny. It's all a lot of simple tricks and nonsense.”Nothing a blaster can’t handle right Greedo?Taking a cue from the most successful space opera EVER, SF writer Rhett Bruno keeps the action coming in this 2015 publication that begins his Circuit trilogy.Earth is no more but humanity is spread out in the Solar System and Bruno paints a bleak but cool picture of taking care of business in a far future post-apocalyptic space opera thriller with a fast pace and great storyline.A very good start to a series from an exciting author.

  • BookBandit
    2019-04-04 13:51

    Very enjoyable read and hope to see more from this author.When you hear about a debut author and debut novel, there is the trepidation of the unknown. It's like putting your hand into a grab bag split between tasty treats and sharp razors; not knowing what you will draw. Here, I grabbed a treat.The primary thing that stands out is the writing-story telling. I noticed somewhere that the author was also into screenplays; it shows. As I was reading the book, I really imagined myself watching a movie (versus a TV show as the story does not come across as serialized) where I painted in my own mind vividly what was written before me. The author provides the perfect amount of detail to let you envision the sequences taking place.Why not the extra star for 5 stars/constructive commentary? The world building could have used a little extra attention. I liked the concepts of the Circuit, solar arks, ancients, Keepers, impacting history, etc. More detail about the world-backdrop which affects these well written characters would have rounded out the book (why do the Keepers do XYZ, can we map the Circuit, what killed Earth and how does Gravitum work since it is so desired). If you are looking for a good science fiction story written in a very enjoyable way, pick up a copy for yourself.

  • Guillermo
    2019-04-09 13:48

    This was a very enjoyable book by an author I was not very familiar with. I had heard some buzz about this book and saw it was (and still is) on sale for a very reasonable price for the Kindle, so I decided “why not?” I was not disappointed. The world building in this book was great. I thought it was a very original set up. Questions were raised and answered in this book, but there’s still much left I hope will be answered in the sequel(s). The story was a lean mean machine. It's a little bloody from the get go, but I thought the character's motivations were always pretty clear. Pace and story wise, it's exactly how you want the first entry in a series to begin. The story moves along at a quick pace and doesn't get bogged down with too many characters. I am looking forward to continuing the series and highly recommend The Circuit to all fans of the genre.

  • C.L. Swinney
    2019-04-20 13:44

    Geez, I did not see this one coming. I was given a free copy of this book and before I finished Chapter One I went ahead and purchased a copy to support this great author. I DO NOT read books in this genre very often. I have to say I was blown away. The plot and dialogue was wonderful and fast paced. I learned something from the story and was entertained, which to me, means it was a great book. I was lured into the plight of the characters and there's a lot of them. It's futuristic/fantasy writing that is well done and I STRONGLY recommend this book to readers across the board.

  • Cathy (cathepsut)
    2019-04-03 15:49

    I really wanted to like this book, but it wasn't working for me. It took me forever to get past the first few chapters and I only managed to finish with some very heavy skimming. I did not really enjoy reading this, but the plot was interesting enough for me wanting to find out how it ends.I really disliked the religious undertones and the vaguely Roman setting with the silly outfits. The explanations of various SF concepts were too vague for me and I would have liked a more detailed world building.The characters were not convincing. The female main character was supposed to be some secret super soldier, but with the exception of a few fight scenes she came across as an insecure girl to me. The bad guy was oddly boring. He had people killed left, right and center and had no reaction of any kind to it. ADIM, the android, was the only character that interested me. He didn't feel like a cardboard cutout.On top of that I didn't like the way women were portrayed. They were either sex objects or too fugly to be considered worthy of notice. Yes, this is fiction, but it still annoyed me a lot.And there was some strange Instalove going on between the two MCs, which I am never a great fan of.Bottom line, this was very, very light space opera with unconvincing characters. I read some great reviews for this book and I don't get it. I doubt that I will pick up the next book. Sorry!I received this free e-copy from the publisher/author via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review, thank you!

  • Mike Coville
    2019-04-21 17:51

    What a great, original read that one was. I received a copy of The Circuit from the author, Rhett Bruno, in return for an honest review. Up front, I am a fan of sci-fi/fantasy, and the more epic the better. The Circuit was not epic in scale, although there are more than enough locations and people to learn about to give it an epic feel, and it was not a traditional Sci-Fi story, more on the lines of a Asimov story with a little less philosophy.Rhett builds an original future scenario where humans are living amongst the stars of our solar system after sucking the Earth dry of it's resources. Now, here comes my one complaint about the story. Rhett tells us through his characters about the circuit they live in and how vital it is, but doesn't tell us where the circuit came from. Sure, he does give the reader enough information to understand the circuit, but a geek like me would have loved an info dump on the nuts, bolts and history of the thing.Even that did not take away from the incredible character development. Not sure who the good guys are or the who the bad guys are, and I like it that way. There are some jerks you know you want to see die, but most of the people you root for are not your typical good guys, which makes them feel real.I would like to thank Rhett for asking me to read this story and say, well done. I would recommend this book to anyone who reads. Some language may make it unsuitable for younger audience, but content is kept appropriate for most. You will not wait your time or money by buying The Circuit.

  • Jay
    2019-03-24 17:27

    This folks, is not space opera. Neither is it cyberpunk. Rhett Bruno has crafted a piece of serious science fiction more along the lines of what you'd expect from a book by John Brunner, or Joe Haldeman. This is not a book for children, as there are scenes of graphic violence.The book presents us with a future where the Earth has been ruined, and the remnants of humanity survive in various pockets within the solar system, connected by giant ships built by the ancestors just before humanity fell into a new dark age, a dark age they only think they've emerged from.Order is maintained (in most places) by a repressive religious hegemony, one that employs assassins to enforce it's will. There is also a character that turns out to be something of an anti-hero. Not quite a sociopath, this person is so psychologically damaged that the killing of thousands of innocents causes no remorse.The technology presented is an interesting mix, but the real story here is the effect of hundreds of years of struggle on society. From our present day perspective these are all damaged people, but they're so immersed in the struggle for survival they see their lives as normal. There are some wonderful little scenes that give you a sense of a complex society, without boring you to tears with excessive exposition. (My favorite is a reference to food rations being referred to affectionately as Crud.)The book is not without it's faults, but none of them are fatal. In one instance, a flight from the earth to the moon is described as taking just a few minutes, something not possible given the technology described.I subtracted one star due to the large number of typographical errors. Spell check is just not a substitute for having a neutral party read the book and keep notes.'The Circuit: Executor Rising' is intended to be the first book in a series, a series I intend to continue reading as soon as the next book is published. As a debut effort, this is a very good book.

  • Andrew Rose
    2019-03-25 16:45

    In a story similar to that of Mara Jade in the Star Wars Saga, an overbearing council sends a Executor to investigate a series of missing transports suspected of being taken by separatists. What she discovers will change the nature of the world they live in. The writing was engaging on several levels, including political and personal and was well edited. The action and characters both have depth to them which is refreshing. The cliffhanger at the end would be enough for me to want to read the next part.

  • Phillip III
    2019-04-16 18:29

    About two months back, Rhett Bruno contacted me. He's an emerging author, and asked if I'd be interested in reading and reviewing a copy of his novel, The Cirtcuit: Executor Rising. He me a copy in exchange for an honest review. I was close to finishing whatever book I'd been reading at the time. When I finally settled in to read his book, I did it an injustice. First, below is the back cover synopsis. As good as I might think I am with words, I do not think I could sum up his tale any better:It has been centuries since Earth was rendered a barren, volatile wasteland. With their homeworld left uninhabitable, humanity founded a system of colonies throughout their local solar system. Known as the Kepler Circuit, these settlements are strung together by a network of nonaligned Solar-Ark transports, locked in continuous motion. They have served to provide an influx of resources to every faction ruling over the remnants of humankind, most importantly the newly discovered element Gravitum which is found only in the Earth’s unstable mantle.By 500 K.C. a religious sect known as the New Earth Tribunal has risen to preside over most of The Circuit. Though there is barely a faction left remaining to challenge them, a string of attacks on their transports force them to summon the enigmatic, yet brilliant, Cassius Vale for help. What they don’t know is that together with his intelligent android creation, ADIM, he is the one orchestrating the raids.His actions lead to the involvement of Sage Volus, a beautiful Tribunal Executor sent by her masters to spy on their mortal enemies – the Ceresian Pact. In order to find out who is behind the attacks, she infiltrates the ranks of a roguish mercenary named Talon Rayne. Against all her intentions, however, she finds her faith tested by him and his ragtag squad.While Sage and Talon are engaged in a futile hunt, Cassius Vale initiates his strategy to bring down the narrow-minded Tribune once and for all. But will anyone be able to survive what he has in store for the Circuit? . . . Okay, so what was the disservice? I did not just sit down and read the book cover to cover. Life got in the way. I picked it up and read a little when I could. This book cannot be read that way. It demands your attention. Thankfully, in one night I finished the remaining two-thirds of the book. Here is what you have. One. Bruno can write. The man not only tells a fantastic and intricate story, he knows words. His description and detail reminded me of Tom Clancy novels. Two. Bruno has created an entire world, complete with a government, colonies on various planets and moons. Three. There is a class system to the people. A heirachy. It's mapped out easily. Four. There is good. There is bad. And the tension is constantly building. Five. The characters are so well drawn that . . . you know them. You see them in your head while you are reading.The action is tight. The pacing is fast. This is a true science fiction novel. Not just a novel with a story that takes place in space --but could just have easily taken place in Arkansas or Ohio. It is nothing like Star Wars, but it is as believable and as energized as a Star Wars novel; as unique a story as any SciFi I've read in a while. I am now a fan of Rhett Bruno. A Fan. And I look forward to the next in The Circuit series . . . there had better be a next!Phillip TomassoAuthor of The Vaccination

  • Per Gunnar
    2019-03-26 11:31

    This is a quite interesting debutant work. It describes a rather dystopian future where humanity managed to destroy its planet of birth. Not that this is a new idea in sci-fi literature of course. The book follows a number of interesting characters including the android ADIM mentioned in the book blurb. The latter is kind of scary in its power combined with its naivety and devotion to its “creator”. How long until it decides the creator is no longer necessary?The book is quite well written, at least for a debutant work. The characters are intriguing and the plot is quite good at making you want to know what happens next. It is difficult to find a real hero to like though in the sense that it is difficult to tell who is a good guy or not. Cassius Vale is of course the central figure but it he really the good guy? Sage Volus actually seems to be the most likable of the characters.I do however find the book lacking a bit in its world building. Not that the world it builds is uninteresting. Far from it. The world of this dystopian future is quite intriguing. However the author provides little background and little information about the world. The reader is just thrown into this world without much ado and although a few pieces of information is thrown around you never really get much explanations. I would really have liked to know more of the history that brought us to this future. How was earth devastated? What is Gravitum really and what is it really used for? All we get to know is that the element is vital, it is poisonous and you can apparently make bombs from it. As more tech-focused sci-fi reader I would liked to have some more time spent on this.The book is very much about the characters, the intrigue and the political machinations some of which borders on religious fanaticism. There are no grand fleets of spaceships slugging it out although there are a few occurrences of “New Earth Cruisers” towards the end. Since I am more geared towards the latter in my sci-fi reading it of course makes this book miss the “my cup of tea” mark a wee bit but it makes up for it with some good writing, interesting characters and a plot that makes you want to read more to know what is going to happen next.On the whole an interesting book and a very good debutant work. I think I might just pick up the next book if one comes out.

  • Lauren Stoolfire
    2019-03-24 10:50

    The remnants of humanity now consists of colonies called the Kepler Circuit. It's been centuries since Earth became an uninhabitable wasteland. One of the most important resources to humanity is only found in Earth's mantle which is provided by the colonies. A new religious group controls most the Circuit and their freighters are getting attacked making them suspect their enemies. Sage, a spy, has been tasked with discovering the truth by infiltrating the enemy camp and the more she learns the more she begins to question her leaders.Intense, fast paced, and intriguing world-building, but I had trouble connecting to the characters. Aside from having difficulty connecting to the characters, I also wish that we got a little more background when it comes to the world-building than we ended up with. However, I still think that I will come back to the series for book two. If you are interested in dystopian stories with an almost space opera/ cyberpunk flavor, you may want to try this debut novel. Fair warning, though, due to it's use of sudden graphic violence, it isn't for the faint of heart. I won this novel through Goodreads Giveaways, thanks.

  • Lawrence Collins
    2019-04-06 12:24

    This is a prime example of hard sci-fi done well. The Circuit takes the future of humanity and spreads it throughout the solar system in vivid and great detail. The uses of technology, religion, politics, humanity, and imagery gives it the backbone of an epic work. The main characters are fully realized with their own back story and motives, making the reader feel hesitant along with the characters about their intentions and actions that they themselves may not fully understand at the time. The relationship between Cassius and ADIM makes one question the ability of androids to have and feel "human" emotions. The story is well-paced, with characters' histories hinted at and given it pieces throughout the book until it is finally revealed. A hard sci-fi work that explores familial and romantic bonds, the Circuit is the start of what is sure to be an excellent series.

  • These Violent Delights (Robin)
    2019-03-26 18:48

    *Note: I recieved a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*I loved this book! I loved the characters, I loved the setting, I loved the idea. I loved everything! I didn't want this book to end, but sadly it did. Anyways, I'm a major dystopian fan and, this being dystopian, I couldn't of been happier to recieve a copy of this book. Although, I may confess that I was slightly confused at parts while I was reading this book, but as the book went on, things cleared up. Overall, I highly recommend this book!

  • Jordan
    2019-04-04 14:46

    Reading works from debut authors can be a game of Russian Roulette, especially if the book has been self-published (This book is not, in fact, self-published, but I thought it was for some reason.) You sometimes find a gem, and other times you wind up beating your head against the wall wishing you'd never won that giveaway. This time, I'm pleased to say, I found something quite enjoyable. Unlike most of the relatively-unknown books and authors I've featured in these reviews, I didn't actually seek this one out. Mr. Bruno was apparently trolling Goodreads reviews, found the one I did of Ancillary Justice, and figured I'd be a good candidate to review his own book. He was incredibly courteous, and of course I cannot speak highly enough of anyone who gives me free books, but beyond that the book was actually very enjoyable. Not perfect, there are some minor quibbles to be hashed out, but very enjoyable nevertheless.It's been five hundred years since the Earth was rendered uninhabitable, but humanity remains unbowed. We've spread throughout the solar system, scrounging and scraping a meager living wherever we can aided by the Kepler Circuit, a series of space stations set up by the Ancients of Earth before the planet burned. The stations of the Circuit are linked by the Solar Arks, traveling at nearly the speed of light from world to world distributing supplies and resources without bias. Most of the solar system is controlled by the New Earth Tribunal, a fanatically religious sect forged around the idea that the Ancients ruined the Earth with their technological and scientific hunger for knowledge that was not theirs to attain. They believe that all humans are linked together into a New-Agey collective spirit that remains tied to the Earth, and that someday the Earth will heal itself and we will be able to return home if we prove ourselves worthy. This has not, of course, stopped them from continuing to mine the Gravitum from the core of the Earth, allowing for humanity's continued existence away from our home planet. Cassius Vale is an ex-Tribune, exiled to his home on the moon of Titan for heresy until the Tribunal is forced to ask for his help dealing with a string of attacks on their transports. Little do they realize that Vale himself is responsible for the attacks, or that these hijackings are only just the beginnings of his plan to bring down the Tribunal he has come to hate. ADIM is an android built in secret by Vale to further his plans. The Tribunal has outlawed all robotics research, declaring such artificial life to be abominations that have no place in helping us reclaim the Earth, even waging a genocidal war to wipe out as many of them as possible. ADIM is wholly devoted to his creator, and for his part Vale sees ADIM as a surrogate son. Together, they may very well bring down civilization as the Tribunal has shaped it for centuries. Sage Volus is an Executor for the Tribunal, operating behind the scenes to find and destroy their enemies wherever they hide. Her latest mission takes her to Ceres Prime, the asteroid colony that constitutes the largest threat to Tribunal domination of the entirety of the solar system. Talon Rayne is a Ceresian miner, formerly a general and bodyguard for one of the clan leaders who dominate the colony before a failed assassination attempt left him slowly dying and obsessed with providing a better life for his daughter before he succumbs. These four characters are on a collision course with one another, and when the dust finally settles fate only knows who will be left standing.Like I said, I really enjoyed this. It was really a great story, especially for a debut work. The prose was simple but cinematic, and you could "see" everything that happened very vividly. I understand the author is currently studying screenwriting, so the visual focus may have something to do with that. The characters were well-formed and complex, not the two-dimensional cardboard cutouts that populate the horde of mediocre fiction the age of internet publishing has unleashed upon us. There were minor issues of grammar, punctuation, and word choice, but much less than I've seen in other Indie works. ("He was a shadow of his formal self" vs. "former self," things like that.)I did have two character-related complaints; one a matter of taste and one I think is more a case of semi-universally accepted practice. I'll start with this latter one: Cassius Vale is too perfect. He's an interesting character, don't get me wrong--I was fascinated by his character, sympathized with him, even occasionally found myself rooting for him despite my misgivings with his work (I'll address that in a minute), but he really had little standing in his way. No, that's not it exactly. He had all kinds of things standing in his way, a whole slew of obstacles to overcome before he can unleash his plan to bring down the tribune...and every single domino falls just the way he plans it. Every single thing that happens is according to his design, or at least easily dealt with. He's got an incredibly complex scheme running here, and not a single wrench gets thrown into it. Maybe this isn't as much a problem as I think it is; it certainly didn't significantly detract from my enjoyment of the story, but I would have preferred to see him have to adapt on the fly to changing conditions in order to achieve his goals. A more minor complaint, more a matter of taste, is that while I enjoyed all of the POV characters found here, I found most of them very hard to root for. Cassius Vale is a snarky antihero with a tragedy in his past, and I think I've adequately demonstrated my weakness for those characters, but he's ruthlessly pursuing a vendetta that cost countless innocent lives. ADIM is awesome, but working towards the same ends as Vale. Sage Volus is a kickass secret agent, again with a tragedy smouldering in her past, but she's completely drank the Tribunal's Kool-Aid and believes their crap wholeheartedly.* I like these characters, but I don't necessarily want theirs goals to be achieved. The only character I can root for without reservation is Talon Rayne, and even there I have to wonder what use his bosses have for the Gravitum shipment they're forcing him to hijack. But who knows, other readers may see this same issue as one of the strengths of the book--heaven knows that it can't be easy to write a character you like even if you don't want him to win.The world Bruno has created here is incredibly complex, and I believe he at least is very familiar with its ins and outs. I could have used a little more information at times though. I had serious questions about a number of things as I read. Most of those were eventually answered, but having that happen sooner would have been nice. I would have been significantly more confused than I was if it weren't for the book's blurb that set the scene. That said, Bruno did manage to almost completely avoid that dreaded practice of "infodumping." For some, that's a cardinal sin. I don't believe so myself, if it's done well and manages to be engaging, but enough people have embraced that doctrine that a writer must think twice before employing it. Thankfully, he also managed to avoid the rookie mistake that many a writer has fallen prey to in their efforts to avoid this dreaded practice: characters telling each other things they should already know in an effort to inform the reader. "As you know, Bob, if Doctor Neffario manages to get his hands on the MacGuffin device he'll end life on the planet Damsellus!" I would have liked to have been told what exactly happened to leave the Earth a barren cinder--it's somewhat implied that it was a result of mining the core for Gravitum, but if that were the case I think the Tribunal would stop the mining as part of their efforts to make the Earth habitable again. Unless that's just rhetoric to keep the unwashed masses in line, of course.Some of the science is wonky, or at least under-explained--you can break the rules of physics, but you should acknowledge doing it and offer some explanation. Some examples: the ease of communication between Vale and ADIM, even across vast distances. Elsewhere in the book it is implied that distance affects the ease and clarity of communication, but ADIM has a communicator with seemingly infinite range built into his head? Seems like that device should be pretty big, if it's possible at all in this universe. Or maybe not, it just seemed a little inconsistent to me is all. Then there's the Circuit itself. Everything is described as if it stays stationary relative to each other, but all of those planets are orbiting the sun at different speeds. I assumed the Circuit was a teleportation network like the Stargates in that universe, but it's revealed towards the end that instead they are space stations that allow the Solar Arks to pick up and drop off people and cargo without ever slowing down from their near-light speed. The routes of those Solar Arks take must be convoluted as all get out and subject to some killer calculations. Again, not insurmountable, but some acknowledgement of the issue and a throwaway line about how it works would be nice.CONTENT: R-rated language, pervasive but not gratuitous. Some brutal violence. Some fairly strong sexual innuendo, but I don't recall it becoming very explicit.*Do I detect the mold of Mara Jade in this character? Methinks I do! That's okay, if you have to imitate somebody, Timothy Zahn is one of the greats. There are other loans from Star Wars, such as the name Talon (not-Karrde) or the Hands and Executors (though their roles are modified/flipped.)

  • Anthony Giordano
    2019-03-26 15:39

    Note: I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.....The Circuit: Executor Rising is a solid debut novel by Rhett C. Bruno (not counting a fantasy series he self-published while still in high school) that blends dark sci-fi with cinematic storytelling. It is set in a deftly created world where mankind has left the desolated Earth for a conglomeration of civilized outposts along the galaxy (the titular Circuit). In this opening act, we follow a quartet of players as their lives become intertwined (and re-intertwined) as they are caught in the midst of a power upheaval.Before getting into the characters and power plays which are the crux of the tale, it's a good idea to look at the civilization the Bruno has crafted. The smattering of territories form what is known as the Kepler Circuit, and now, 500 years into this system, there is a reigning dogmatic governmental structure known as the New Earth Tribunal (lorded over by four individual, supremely powerful Tribunes). There is also an outland on Ceres, where strong anti-Tribunal sentiment brews. And finally, the is the energy source which fuels the power struggles: Gravitum. Gravitum is a mineral that was first discovered within the Earth's mantle; and, in true human fashion, over-zealous digging to mine it caused the apocalypse which ravaged the Earth. It is still a fiercely-coveted commodity, so much so that recently freighters carrying it have been getting boarded and hijacked. Which brings us to the story.....TC:ER opens with guns blazing, as a lethal android killing machine named ADIM takes control of another freighter bearing Gravitum. Seeing a robot in action is quite an anomaly in 500 KC; their manufacture and usage has been deemed blasphemous by the Tribunal. In fact, any remaining robotics are relegated to the most menial tasks in wastelands like Ceres. And yet, this ADIM droid works with pinpoint precision at the behest of his "Creator", one Cassius Vale. Vale is the most dynamic character in the book, a bitter and enraged former Tribune that has lost all that he ever held dear, and who is harboring a grand plan to make a clean slate. Vale is charged by the Tribune, and begrudgingly agrees, to help investigate and discover the source of these attacks. There is no love lost on either side between him and his former co-Tribunes. They fully suspect his involvement in the attacks, and he gleefully keeps them in the dark.Before going on, I should point out the ADIM is, in fact, one of the four primary players in this book. Where Vale is the most dynamic, the android is easily the most sympathetic. Somehow, Vale imparted to him a sense of consciousness, and ADIM spends a good deal of his page time attempting to rationalize, and juggling the concepts of forming an independent identity as well as seeking to appease his Creator. I've heard it said that one of the most tired tropes in sci-fi is to have a Neon-Genesis (now where have I heard that term before....) story, where the final two characters are named Adam and Eve. Bruno does it one better and plays on a God/Adam narrative, as Vale clearly sees beings like his android as the real future.Now, reading up to this point, you might be wondering what is the "Executor Rising" portion of the title? Executors are operatives of the Tribune which possess "certain sets of skills" to allow them to handle the dirty work that allows a benevolent society to thrive. The Circuit focuses on one young Executor named Sage Volus, a red haired beauty with a murky past and a lethal, cybernetic arm. After a close call taking down a would be bombing strike by a Ceresian fanatic in the Mars colony of New Terrene, she is dispatched by Benjar Vakari, the most odious of the current Tribunes, to get to the bottom of the freighter heists. Sage adopts a deep cover identity and heads to Ceres to see what is going on.While Ceres is populated mostly by society's outcasts, it of course falls onto someone to pull the strings. Out of the grasp of the Tribune, assorted banking cartels don that mantle in Ceresian society. A scion to one of these Houses tasks a former family bodyguard turned miner named Talon Rayne with conducting a dangerous mission. Talon, suffering from an affliction known as the Blue Death (caused by exposure to Gravitum), accepts, and fate arranges it so that Sage is in his party. From this point, all the characters' fates converge on the grand finale.TC:ER is structured in a manner that the arcs primarily involving Vale and ADIM serve as bookends. The introductions of Sage and Talon, their mission, and other background information, comprises the bulk of the rest of the book. As mentioned before, the Vale/ADIM portions end up being the truly engaging ones.The best thing about The Circuit is that Bruno has a definite vision of the world he has created: from the composition to the governmental factors, economics and day to day exchanges. He does his best to fill a lot of details into what is actually a compact, quick read. I will say this: make sure to read the blurb on either goodreads or Amazon, for it provides a good background primer. In my opinion, that info would have been better included as a page or two at the beginning of the book.To say that the best thing is the world-building does not imply that it is the only good thing. TC:ER is, at heart, a character-driven book. And even though ADIM may be the most sympathetic character, you find yourself rooting for all the main characters, despite their flaws. Like I've said, the best scenes in the book go to Vale and ADIM, but there are solid foundations set for Sage and Talon. For reasons beyond her control, we do not get to see all there is to Sage in this introductory book, so that is another reason to look forward to Book 2. Talon, as well, doesn't get a full story arc either. We spend a lot of time getting to know him, feeling his pains and his frustrations, and then he is out of the picture. Sure to return, but we still feel left hanging a bit.Bruno's bio says that he is pursuing writing for screenplays and video games. I would say that might be the perfect niche for him. I mentioned at the beginning that the book has a cinematic quality to it, and it is the truth. Every scene feels meticulously storyboarded, yielding some stellar fight scenes (especially those with ADIM). However, at times, there also seems to be an oversaturation of description. When characters are introduced, it is similar to stage directions. I don't mean this in a bad way, since I am glad to have a clear picture of who I am reading about.Other than that, there are a few facets in which Bruno just needs a little more polish that more books will iron out. Towards the beginning of The Circuit, there are chunks where there are simply too many modifiers all around. As the author hones his craft, he'll learn to tap into the reader's mindset with well-placed words rather than a plethora of words. And again, it's better to have too much detail rather than no detail.Just a final note, TC:ER pushes the limits of a PG-13 rating and borders on R territory. There is some adult language and adult situations, along with some real brutal violence (which is fine by me). Nothing gratuitous, and all well choreographed. Enjoy this book; I sure did!Here's what it is:The Circuit: Executor Rising is a well planned out opener to an exciting series populated by fully realized characters (no cardboard cutouts). Power plays and shadow games culminate in an explosive finale. Final Score:83/100You can read the full review (and many more) here:

  • David Lucero
    2019-04-19 17:25

    Rhett Bruno’s latest book is a futuristic, imaginative thriller which will take readers to new millennia where the existence of humankind depends on the bravery and perseverance of characters never before imagined in the annals of the Sci-Fi genre.Set centuries in the future, Earth as we know today no longer exists. Our once lush planet has been decimated and is now a barren wasteland. Humans exist on mining colonies on the moons of planets in our solar system, where life is work, drink, card playing, fighting, and more of the same as each day passes.Settlements where humans live are part of the Kepler Circuit, transports which share the resources to the factions struggling for survival. The Circuit is governed by the New Earth Tribunal, a religious sect which acts with impunity, even taking advantage of the beautiful women devoted to serving them.Enter the man known as Cassius Vale, a member of the Tribune. He is torn over the loss of his son, his greatest treasure, and serving the Tribune. Vale is also the creator of ADIM, an android capable of replicating itself in the images of anyone through the use of holographic screens. This intelligent android is dedicated to following the orders of its creator, and could be one step away from receiving artificial intelligence.When the circuit suffers a series of attacks on their vital transports, Vale is sought by the New Earth Tribunes for help. But does he wish to help the organization he is a part of….Or destroy it?Enter Sage Volus, a brave and beautiful Tribunal Executor dedicated to serving the New Earth Tribune in any way, even in the most humiliating ways if necessary. She is ordered to infiltrate the gang of pirates attacking the vital transports. She meets a handsome mercenary named Talon Rayne.Talon Rayne is a man torn between life as a merc and a loving father whose love for his daughter is unmatched. When Talon puts together a group of fighters to seek and destroy the transports, Sage infiltrates his group to become a member only to find herself gravely attracted to Talon. Together they fight Combat Mechs, mechanized bipedal war-suits serving as tanks, fitted for a single man to operate and allowing the pilot to move quickly over any terrain.In a future where humankind has been thrown in an existence which reminded me of the Roman Empire’s history of gladiators combined with a technological capability we have yet to realize, you the reader will find yourself on an exciting adventure where each chapter leads to a pulse-racing climax.I normally do not read science fiction, but love sci-fi movies. Yeah, I’m that kind of guy! I met the author, Rhett Bruno, in 2009 when he toured another of his books. He was in the former Borders Bookstore, now gone like so many other bookstores (sad to see that happen). I had just come out with my own book and asked Rhett about his experiences in order to learn more of the tools of the trade.I found Rhett to be an eager writer who seemed happy sharing his ideas and experiences, along with his stories. I’m glad to see him continuing his profession as a writer while earning his living in the brilliant field of architecture.I chose to read The Circuit Executor Rising, because I admire Rhett Bruno’s perseverance as a writer. This book is the first of a series where readers will find themselves screaming for more. For instance, the imaginative android ADIM (Automated Dynamic Intelligence Mech), is a devoted creation that appears to be one step from achieving self-awareness….Or has it already? It is armed with weapons beyond imagination and fights with a cunning ability that appears indestructible.Cassius Vale is a man dedicated to the New Earth Tribunal, but more so to his son. He is a man torn between a love for a son which every father will relate with.And Sage Volus, beautiful beyond description, capable of handling herself against even the more despicable kind of humans which leave the future of humankind in question.Rhett Bruno’s book, The Circuit - Executor Rising, does not remind me of other Sci-Fi novels because it is in an elevated class of its own. I highly recommend this book for anyone who enjoys the pleasure of reading. I read this book at work during lunch break, at home in the morning while enjoying coffee during the quiet hours of my day off, and while relaxing in camp during my family’s recent vacation to the Grand Canyon. You don’t have to like Sci-Fi novels to appreciate a good book, and Rhett Bruno’s latest is that kind of book.David Lucero,

  • AMD
    2019-04-09 12:41

    One thing I have always disliked about reviews is too often they give away much of a story. Descriptions on the back of books are but a taste of the sweets inside. To give away more than a sampling is to risk quashing the desire to delve further, leaving you feeling as though you've already had your fill. That said...The Circuit: Executor Rising is a splendid first SciFi novel from author Rhett C. Bruno. It is my kind of SciFi; a story worthy of being called a space opera. An intense, absorbing read that will leave you hungry for more. I expect to see it on the short list for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer.Rhett Bruno has written a fast-paced character driven novel, taking a basic dystopian idea and pushing it far into the future. A time when, we would hope as a society, we would have evolved out of our species shortcomings. In true SciFi fashion, the story reveals the sad potential for humanity's future if we do not change our ways. Even though humans finally journey far out into the stars, we still face the seemingly inescapable brutality of poverty, greed, illness and war. Old evils indeed, but presented in a refreshing way.Earth is a wasteland. Forced out into space, humans travel the solar system using solar-ark transports, traveling what is called the Keplar Circuit. The Circuit is governed by a Druidic-like group know as the New Earth Tribunal. They believe in the power of Earth and that, one day, it will be saved and refilled with life. Four intense main characters, each plagued by their own demons and destinies, slowly intersect. A disgraced ex-Tribunal member inextricably linked with an elite special agent of the Tribunal. Mercenaries, controlled by a criminal overlord, determined to get retribution for the decimation of Earth. A sentient android capable of emotion. All playing a key part in changing the future of human existence.In a seemingly new universe teeming with futuristic devices, we relate to the confusion and trauma of the characters by their point of view presentation, connecting the dots of a well woven plot. A plot which is slowly revealed, luring us deeper into the coming upheaval. Alas I (we) will have to wait for the outcome of this great change but I surmise it will be well worth that wait.Bruno's initial steps into the story were perhaps a tiny bit over-painted but his trepidation is understandable as a first novel into a new, and often highly criticized genre. Initially I myself experience a little trepidation with authors new to me. In this instance, I was very gratified with this novel, kindly provided by the author. I have thankfully grown to be less prejudice in my reading selections enabling me to experience wonderful stories presented by very adept new authors such as Rhett. I look forward to the next link in the Circuit and more from this talented author.If you love SciFi, crave adventure and adore dynamic characters, then I highly recommend you add The Circuit: Executor Rising to you reading list. Bruno has a knack for writing good SciFi. You will not be disappointed!

  • Stefan Svartling
    2019-04-03 16:37

    This review is originally from my website here!This was a really nice experience! I don't know the different genres and categories when it comes to Science Fiction, but the book The Circuit: Executor Rising by Rhett C. Bruno was definitely my cup of tea. It was more like fantasy but written as science fiction in space. I liked it a lot.I liked the Androids, MECH robots, HOLO screens and the other technologies. I also like that the locations is on real planets and moons in our solar system.I like this idea so much that I hope Rhett C. Bruno continues to write books from this universe, with characters, events and places from the Circuit. But unfortunately it looks like his coming novel Titanborn is a standalone novel and not from the same universe that he has built up with the Circuit. Even if it's about the moon Titan. That's too bad I think. But I haven't read it yet, so maybe we can see some connections to the Circuit in Titanborn anyways.I didn't like the ending of the Circuit: Executor Rising though. I don't like "To be continued" endings in books. I would rather had seen a real ending like the ones Brandon Sanderson do in the Mistborn trilogy for example. Then you don't have to read the other books if you don't want, but with the Circuit: Executor Rising you really have to. Otherwise you don't know the ending of the story.But of course I would like to read the next book, the Circuit: Progeny of Vale too someday, but just not right now. There is so much else to read too.I gave the Circuit: Executor Rising 4/5 in score.This review is originally from my website here!

  • Eamon Ambrose
    2019-03-29 14:48

    Space operas generally aren't my thing. They tend to be complicated, over-ambitious, and convaluted with vast plot gaps and two-dimensional characters. But a change is as good as a rest so I decided to take a look at Rhett C. Bruno's The Circuit: Executor Rising as a palate cleanser.Set in the distant future, Earth is now a barren wasteland devoid of life and mankind has moved to the stars, populating planets, moons and even asteroids in the solar system connected by The Kepler Circuit, a group of conduit stations allowing solar ark transport between them.A dangerous religious sect, The New Earth Tribunal, rules most of what remains with all but a few factions left to defy them. A series of attacks on their ships, carrying Gravitum, a powerful element discovered in Earth's now highly unstable mantle leads them to call on a former member Cassius Vale to investigate. As we soon discover, Vale has plans of his own for the Gravitum and has orchestrated these attacks with the help of ADIM, a lethal and unstoppable android created by him.The Tribunal have also sent Sage Volus, an Executor to infiltrate a gang of mercenaries they suspect are behind the attacks led by Talon Rayne, a former miner forced into servitude after killing a co-worker in a brawl.I was pleasantly surprised by Bruno's ability to drop us into this world with very little backstory. I didn't expect the world building to be as effective as it was but the structure of The Circuit and its inhabitants and political and religious background is easy to understand. As a main character, Cassius Vale is brilliant, enigmatic and devious and as his plan is revealed throughout the cleverly-woven plot we see the true nature of his endeavours. Sage Volus, is a tough yet multi-faceted character, struggling with the subservient nature of her role as an executor while also coming to terms with the loss of the man she loved (who happens to be Vale's son) and Talon Rayne is a man facing death left with no choice but to do the bidding of his masters in order to protect the future of his daughter.The relationship between Vale and his creation ADIM is a very interesting one and plays an important part in the plot development. Although relying on the classic Pinocchio conundrum of the creation's curiosity about being human and the intricacies of emotion and relationships, on the other hand ADIM is a brutal killing machine in the hands of Vale, as we see in the opening scene where he performs a chillingly clinical attack. It is clear, however that ADIM is evolving and I'm certain there is a much bigger story unfolding here.As a debut, The Circuit: Executor Rising is highly accomplished and injects enough vibrant energy into a tired genre to entertain the reader from start to finish. It's a thrilling, cinematic, action-packed adventure buzzing with tension and while violent in parts it expertly balances that brutality with sentiment in just the right places, while leaving space for a social commentary that sadly resonates with global events of late.

  • Sheilah
    2019-04-13 14:24

    When I first read the book summary I was not sure that this book was going to be to my liking. It did not pull me in instantly. However, after reading the book and even just flipping through the first chapter I can say that the summary does not do the book justice. This was a wild ride of mercenaries, thieving and political sabotage. Add a dash of sexual tension and I was hooked.From the get-go I was launched into perilous action. I wasn't even sure I was reading, it felt more like I was watching a movie as ADIM, the robotic assassin brought men to their knees. The story flew by with very little down time and I can definitely say I was never bored. Bruno does an amazing job at world building. Post-Earth is definitely incredibly different from anything we could imagine and his take on how humans would survive if Earth was no longer habitable was very creative and realistic. I loved how certain colonies are known for certain things like the mining colony where the blue death is always a threat or New Terrene, the capital city and home of the Tribune, the cult-like organization that currently rules The Circuit.His character creation was also really well done. All of his actors I felt were well rounded and defined. It was hard to hate the bad guys because even though they were all kind of crazy, there was also a lot of logic to what both sides were doing and I personally have yet to decide whose side I am on. The Tribune is a controlling, manipulative, horrible organization, but so is Cassius Vale and what he does in the name of justice and vengeance against the Tribune. Both are mad hatters and yet, both have reasons for what they do. You will be torn with who your loyalty lies with.The other leading actors being Sage and Talon, both loveable and fascinating in their own right. As a woman, I appreciate a strong female character who can take care of herself. Sage can do more than take care of herself as a trained assassin with her awesome metal/mechanical arm. I felt Bruno did a darn good job at her characterization. Her conflict between duty and faith and personal struggle was compelling to witness. I am excited to see what happens to her and how she changes in the books to follow. I think her character was one of the more mysterious and exciting to observe.Talon is the loveable, nice guy, AKA gentle giant --even though he is an experienced killer. His softness is what pulls you in. The contrast between hard Sage and soft Talon was a nice combination.My only complaint that I have is that I think the romance needed more development. I felt based on the female love interest's past that it all happened a little too fast and there was not enough build-up and reasoning for why she would have the feelings she does. It all seemed to hinge more on sexual attraction than anything else, and I didn't really buy it. However, I still loved both of the characters and felt that with more development they were an excellent pairing.

  • Kelly
    2019-03-26 11:24

    ‘The Circuit: Executor Rising’ by Rhett C. Bruno is my kind of book. Earth is dead (yay, apocalypse!) and humanity has taken to the stars. We haven’t gotten far. Still within our Solar System, humanity inhabits a string of Solar-Ark transports that continually travel what is known as the Kepler Circuit. Resources are mined and cultivated from the system’s planets and moons, none of which have been successfully terraformed.The Circuit is governed by a band of religious nutters known as the New Earth Tribunal. They revere the planet of our origin, but have absolutely no belief whatsoever that we will ever be able to return there. It’s important to note that that belief is not shared by everyone.When Tribunal ships are attacked, they call on former Tribune, Cassius Vale. Disgraced, he has a debt to pay or so they think but, also, he is the only man in the Circuit who can puzzle out why the override embedded in the control of every ship has been successfully disabled. He invented the code, after all. He’s also the man disabling it, after his android, ADIM, boards the transports. The Tribunal also engages one of their elite agents, Sage Volus, to investigate. By accident or design, she and Cassius are inextricably linked.Throw in a band of mercenaries, a criminal underlord and a ship full of dying men and women indentured by the Tribunal and there are more than a few diversions. Then there is the matter of whether Earth really can be saved (I’m thinking not, at this stage) and what Cassius Vale intends to do with all the Gravitum he’s been stealing from Tribunal transports.Fast-paced and full of well-written action sequences, ‘The Circuit: Executor Rising’ is worthy of the genre placement: space opera. There is a greater story than can be told in one book, one that will likely keep author Bruno and his readers engaged for quite some time. ‘Executor Rising’ is a complete chapter but, like all good chapters, there are questions at the end that will compel the reader to move forward.As imaginative and exciting as the story is, however, it wouldn’t work without a good cast of characters. ‘Executor Rising’ has ‘em. There are villains, heroes of both sorts -idiots and white knights – assassins, the aforementioned religious nutters, cute kids and femme fatales. In between, we have a handful of Tribunal stooges who spout the expected lines, but not everyone is destined to be interesting. Then there is ADIM, who is actually my favourite character. While completing his checklist of dastardly deeds for his creator, ADIM ponders the meaning of life and what it is to be a sentient being.All in all, ‘The Circuit: Executor Rising’ is a fun and absorbing read. I finished it in two sittings and look forward to continuing the series.Written for SFCrowsnest.

  • Todd
    2019-04-12 18:51

    I was extremely fortunate to be asked to preview & review this book by the author, so I ended up moving it ahead in my current reading list, which turned out to be a great choice! A short synopsis: this is a universe where man has managed (in a bit of a different way) to wreck his home world and now is scrambling for survival on any piece of rock available between Venus and Pluto, with the players coming from all walks of life from elite to broken down, scientists to sociopaths to pseudo-religious leaders, to those just trying the best they can to do the right thing and survive, and even the AI arguments thrown in. Hope can be as fragile as a weedy plant or leafless tree that manages to survive this tough universe or a little girl's smile that pushes a dying character to do what ever is necessary to protect that child from the reality of the universe. I really would prefer not to give any serious spoilers, as everyone should have the pleasure of discovering the twists and turns of this fast paced work for themselves. Executor Rising is an excellent start to what promises to be an very intriguing series and the tone is reminiscent of those old masters who drew so many of us into science fiction reading to begin with, including Godwin, Heinlein, Herbert, and Asimov among others. It was truly a pleasure to read a science fiction book once again that I don't need a master's degree in science or have an in-depth military background to follow the plot. I highly recommend any serious or newbie to science fiction reader grab a copy of this series as I know I am looking forward to the next installment and hopefully soon! Enjoy!

  • Clyde Wolfe
    2019-03-31 16:28

    The Circuit: Executor Rising is a fine addition to the sci-fi genre. Well-developed characters and settings bring it all to life as you read. The universe in which Mr. Bruno writes is thoughtful and detailed, but not to the point that could lose all but the most hardcore of science fiction mavens, in other words, it is ideal for engaging a variety of audiences.Spacecraft, robots and mechs, advanced technology, yes, this ha all of that, but there's something deeper to the story, as well. At no point did I find the reading get bogged down in an overabundance of warpdrive explanation or the hyper description of outer armor layers of a battleship. The prose flows.What grabs me the most is that there are no "white knights" here. Sure, there are characters you'll root for and wish were tossed into vats of acid, but no one is a saint. It made the story all the more real for it, and it is a quality not all authors can achieve in their works.Only one area of criticism: there appeared to be an increasing amount of grammatical or textual errors the deeper into the novel I read. Inconsistencies such as writing both "com-link" and "comm-link", missing letters, or even missing words. Overall, the book is clean and well-written, just looks like it could use another editing sweep.I look forward to the next chapter in this series. You should, too.

  • Thomas
    2019-04-08 15:51

    Interesting and all too realistic potential future. What happens when mankind can't live on the Earth anymore, but still can't travel to other stars. They move to anything in the solar system that will house them. However, greed for power will still rule men, and the distance between the haves and have nots expands. What will they do to keep power or gain power? Sage, Cassious, and Talon get caught in the middle. While ADIM tries to figure out where he fits in. An intriguing and different story. Well worth the read. There are some minor grammatical glitches that don't affect the reading.Looking forward to book #2.

  • Arni Vidar Bjorgvinsson
    2019-03-22 16:42

    A very cool story, that kept me at the edge of my seat for most of the book. The characters were good, the plot solid, and the writing sound.Very much looking forward to the next book, whenever it may be published.

  • Igor
    2019-03-26 11:51

    Got this book from the author himself and to be honest can't wait to start reading!

  • Susan Beuerlein
    2019-04-05 18:22

    Really enjoyed the characters and concepts in Executor Rising and was left wanting much more!

  • Martha
    2019-04-12 13:50

    This has lots of high tech, action and some interesting characters, but I found the plot a bit confusing. Sage Volus is a Tribunal Executor who handles the necessary enforcement against those who violate the rules of the cult-like Circuit Tribunal. She also serves as a spy when so instructed. It is a rough job but she dedicated herself at a time when she had nothing else to live for.Cassius Vale is a rare commodity. He is an Ex-Tribune and there are those who would prefer to see him dead. Cassius son, Caleb, was married to Sage. Seven years ago, Caleb died while exploring new growth on the husk of old earth. Sage was injured in the explosion too, but Cassius made sure she survived.Cassius has broken faith with the Tribunal whom he blames for his son’s death. He has put into place a plan to circumvent the control of the Circuit, or at least to create chaos. After all, he is known as ‘creator’ to his Automated Dynamic Intelligence Mech (ADIM).Sage is directed by the Tribune to investigate the attacks on the Circuit freighters. Some suspect their mortal enemies, the Ceresians, but one or two of the Tribune suspect Cassius. Sage manages to infiltrate the team of a Ceresian mercenary named Talon Rayne. The things Sage discovers begin to test her previously unquestioned devotion to the Tribunal. And facts have only begun to surface.I really liked ADIM as an AI character, although he is a bit brutal in his approach to his tasks. Sage is a Kick-butt character and I liked that she has feelings even after years of trying to numb her heart. I liked Cassius but honestly, I am not sure if he is good, bad or simply mad.The story moves at a good pace with lots of action and high tech. It is not one that can be read lightly as it takes concentration to follow what is happening. It didn’t seem totally clear what had happened to destroy earth and why the Circuit had to rely on the Gravitum from earth. Even when finished I felt confused as this seemed like the second book in a series that didn’t pull in all the backstory. There were numerous grammar errors plus the story ends without wrapping up either line of action, for Sage or Cassius. So – I liked the basics but it has some drawbacks. I noted that the reviews on book two are favorable so that is a good sign.I received this from the publisher through NetGalley.

  • Lindsey Roberts
    2019-04-07 17:21

    Original Review HereIt’s difficult writing a review for a book that left you feeling `meh` about it. We all know the type I’m talking about: it’s not bad, and you want to find out what happens. But at the same time, you’re reading it just to get to the end rather than for any true enjoyment.This is exactly how I feel about The Circuit: Executor Rising.The premise is interesting: man has fled to the stars because Earth has died and become inhabitable. But in true humanity form, they have broken into factions and are now warring amongst themselves. The characters come from three very different backgrounds, which gives an interesting mindset into the different regimes.Cassius was initially an interesting character. He has broken away from the Tribune and is determined to make them pay for the loss of his son. But the death count rose too high for me to still be able to empathise with his character by the end – he had become too cold even if I understood his motivations.Sage is an Executor – part of the Tribune but operates in secret to maintain the peace. She has a complicated history with Cassius, which definitely added depth to their interactions. But despite her amazing fighting skills, the majority of the book seemed to focus on men reaction to her – or her reacting to the men’s reactions! She should have been a powerful character in her own right – and to some degree, she was – but it felt she was objectified. As the only main female character in the book, this was frustrating!Talon was by far my favourite. I could relate to his character. I understood what drove him and why he made the choices he did. He only wanted to protect his daughter and was determined to do whatever it took to do so. But unlike Cassius, he doesn’t become cold or detached from his situation.The characters’ relationships weren’t given sufficient time to develop. Sage and Talon had a budding friendship (if not romance) but it was killed before it could be explored. The entire book felt like the characters were isolated from each other and telling different stories even when they were together.This lack of unity was reflected across the book. The switching narration between the three of them (and ADIM, Cassius’ android) gave the book a disjointed feel. It took me a long time to get a grip on the characters and the world they were living in. In fact, I think I was almost halfway through before the pieces started slotting together for me.While this works for some books, it just felt disjointed and jarring in this one. It was a shame because the worlds being created were unique and a different take on man leaving for the stars that I have read before. But the characterisation didn’t work for me, and that unfortunately made the whole book fall flat.I’m didn’t engage enough to want to read the second book.