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The Circuit: Executor Rising [Kindle Edition]

Rhett C. Bruno
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)

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Book Description

  • A 2014 Pinnacle Book Achievement Award Winner
  • Named a 2014 Shelf Unbound Notable Book in the Epic Sagas Category
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 resources to every faction ruling over the remnants of humankind, the most important being 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 to challenge them, a string of attacks on their freighters forces them to send Sage Volus, a Tribunal Executor, to spy on the their mortal enemies, the Ceresians, who they believe are the culprits. She quickly infiltrates the ranks of a roguish mercenary named Talon Rayne, who, for his own reasons, is also interested in the raids. Against all her intentions, however, she finds her faith tested by him and his ragtag squad. While they search for answers, the shadowy power behind it all initiates his plan to bring down the Tribune once and for all.

Join the fight for the soul of humanity in the first installment of The Circuit Series.

Editorial Reviews


  • "A hard-charging opener to a promising, if bloody, space-opera series."Kirkus Reviews
  • "Bruno has crafted a complex, multi-dimensional story that combines the best of his genre with age-old truths--and quandaries--about humanity, politics, religion, family, and, yes, love." - Portland Book Review
  • "Space opera that fans of Firefly and its ilk will appreciate."San Francisco Book Review
  • "The novel's action is swift and nonstop with vivid, realistic character development."The Mindquest Review of Books
  • "Bruno is an architect as well as a lifelong writer - and it shows. The order, the attention to detail, and his passion for the genre is evident in every page." Diane Donovan, eBook Reviewer, Midwest Book Review
  • "As unique a story as any SciFi I've read in a while. I am now a fan of Rhett Bruno."Phillip Tomasso, author of the bestselling "Vaccination" Series
  • "The Circuit is a hit and I urge you to give it a try." - Speculative Fiction Review
  • "He gives us things to be genuinely interested by and characters we can believe in... a thoroughly enjoyable read."Genre Underground
  • "A fun and absorbing read. I finished it in two sittings and look forward to continuing the series."SFcrowsnest 
  • "A fresh new book, one that I quite enjoyed.  It is partially post-apocalyptic, partly a space opera shoot-'em-up, but it works well together."Sci-Fi & Fantasy Reviews
  • "If you are a fan of The Expanse series, or anything remotely in the same vein, then The Circuit: Executor Rising is probably a book you should take a good, hard look at picking up sometime."20four12
  • "This was a wild ride of mercenaries, thieving and political sabotage. Add a dash of sexual tension and I was hooked."Cellar Door Lit Rants & Reviews

About the Author

Rhett Bruno grew up in Hauppauge, New York, and studied at the Syracuse University School of Architecture. He has been writing since before he can remember, but has recently begun to focus on his passion for science fiction as he continues writing "The Circuit" series. He loves to receive feedback from his fans (even if they just want to talk about writing in general) and can be reached through the contact form on his website:

Product Details

  • File Size: 1217 KB
  • Print Length: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Mundania Press LLC (June 10, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00KY04RIC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #318,446 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Adventure! June 29, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
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.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Circuit: Executor Rising September 22, 2014
*I received an ebook copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.*

First Impression: Post-apocalyptic Sci-Fi is always intriguing.

Characters: These are characters written by a man, which was evident as I read. Although not necessarily lacking in depth, they are all tough and seem to be missing an emotional element that makes up a human. Perhaps this was simply a product of their surroundings.

World Building: I enjoyed the concept of Keepers, the Circuit, and solar arks. I wanted a bit more detail regarding Gravitum and what exactly happened to the Earth. Perhaps this could be extended in a series.

Writing Style: Author Rhett Bruno can tell a story. Hard science fiction is a little tough for me to digest, but this felt more like a character story just happening in a Sci-Fi world by chance. I appreciated that although I didn’t have a lot of backstory, the author made it easy for the reader to just drop into his world.

What I Enjoyed: The Circuit: Executor Rising is a good Sci-Fi debut. I’m curious to see where the author goes in upcoming works.

Deal Benders: The main problem is in a world of genius world builders, this book just doesn’t measure up to the status quo. Not without potential, but ultimately a bit forgettable.

Overall Rating: I give this one 3 stars because I liked it. Not a bad start!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Jona
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I will begin by first saying that Sci-Fi is not my genre of choice, although I am avid reader most other genres. However, stepping outside of my comfort zone has never proved so fruitful. Bruno proves to be an imaginative writer, carefully constructing a world for the reader to be immersed in. His attention to detail in regard to imagery does not go underappreciated with me as I felt that throughout the entire book, I was able to visualize every scene. Bruno leaves you racing to finish the book after coaxing you to invest yourself entirely in the story line.

I was especially captivated with the character Sage; she is heroic, flawed, nuanced,and most importantly, relatable. Her character is in one of several plotlines that simultaneously play out in the novel, which flawlessly coalesce at the end. His commitment to character development is also clear in how intricately he establishes each character, avoiding archetypes that would bore the audience and result in a completely predictable plotline. Like a true master of the trilogy, there is enough resolution to satisfy your hunger for one but he also opens up new avenues for future exploration.

Bruno has truly made an impact on me as a reader, opening up a whole new genre for me. I recommend this book to any established Sci-Fi consumer as well as any reader curious about a world beyond our own. It has been a perfect book to kick off my summer reading binge. I eagerly await the next book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Story, Great Characters August 21, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Full Disclosure : I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I do not know the author personally, except for our brief interactions by email.

The Circuit : Executor Rising is a fast-paced and enjoyable science fiction yarn that takes place in a most interesting setting. It’s our own solar system, either during a time before interstellar travel becomes possible, or perhaps in a universe where the laws of physics never become more than what we know now. Regardless, Mr. Bruno does a great job showing us how our own tiny, insignificant star system can feel like a vast and wondrous place.

The story follows several principal characters : Sage is a young, deadly assassin known as an Executor ; a hard-working miner named Talon ; and perhaps most intriguingly, a disaffected scientist and former member of the system’s ruling council, Cassius Vale. Vale, and by extension, his AI creation known as ADIM, are definitely the antagonists in this story… Villains, even. And yet they are, by far, the most fascinating and sympathetic characters in the book. It takes a lot of storytelling talent to make a monomaniacal mad scientist feel like a real person, justified in his horrific actions to the point where you root for him, instead of those trying to stop him.

By and large, the plot is not something which will surprise a veteran science fiction reader, but rather serves as a showcase for Mr. Bruno’s adept worldbuilding and strong characterization. He gives us things to be genuinely interested by and characters we can believe in within the space of a few hundred pages, making for a thoroughly enjoyable read.

With no major editorial issues to speak of and pages that kept me coming back for more, The Circuit : Executor Rising earns 4.5 out of 5 stars. As is my standard policy, I will round this up to 5 stars on the appropriate websites.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Not too bad
Good characters and story but it needs better editing. I also didn't like where it ended. I am not sure who to recommend this book to.
Published 11 days ago by melodyah
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but no ending...
The book itself has an interesting plot and seems reasonably novel. So I will say that I found the characters were being developed appropriately. Read more
Published 20 days ago by RP
3.0 out of 5 stars A good story but in need of refinement.
Potential: 5*. Originality: 4*. Structure: 4*. Execution: 2*. This review refers to what should have been a pre-publication edition so I will make no further reference to the... Read more
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I sadly found myself getting pulled away from this book to fulfill other reading obligations, although while I was being pulled away, I wasn't excessively reluctant to take a break... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very enjoyable, spins threads together in a way that keeps you thinking. Looking forward to next book.
Published 2 months ago by Gernon Earley
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fantastic book! Great read with a solid and interesting story. Excellent character development.
Published 2 months ago by LR
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Interesting read
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Can't stand the misuse of language.
I'm posting what might be a premature review; I've only read 13% of the book. I'm having a really hard time not pulling my hair out because I can't stand all the misuse of words. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Pamela Conley
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun read
Fun read not happy how he left it clearly set up so you would want the next book it the series to see how this come out...
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Well, I am hooked.
I don't usually read sci-fi. I have read quite abit of epic fantasy. A lot of best sellers and action adventure. Maybe because this is so different, it has captured my attention. Read more
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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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