The Circuit: Executor Rising
written by Rhett C. Bruno
published by Mundania Press
Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Did I enjoy this book: It was ok. I’m not usually a fan of books that rely heavily on long descriptions and plot — I prefer more in-depth characterization. I enjoyed the book (it’s actually not a half-bad idea); it just wasn’t my favorite style of writing.
“Come, my creations.” Cassius whirled around and made his way toward the lift. “There isn’t much time.”
Would I recommend it: If you’re interested in more detail and less action in your sci fi, go for it.
About the book – from Goodreads: 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?