Progeny of Vale: The Circuit

Progeny of Vale: The Circuit

by Rhett C. Bruno


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In the thrilling sequel to The Circuit: Executor Rising , Cassius Vale has drawn the Circuit into open war.

After arriving on Ceres Prime, ADIM, ever the loyal companion created by Cassius Vale, is hesitant to help the Ceresians. Their hatred for his Creator will never wane and he starts to understand the danger all of Cassius’ many rivals pose. ADIM must realize the true magnitude of his abilities in order to keep him safe.

When Sage Volus finds herself a captive of Cassius, she begins to struggle with her role in the coming war, and what exactly it means to be an Executor. The removal of her cybernetic implant reveals emotions she thought she’d buried too deep to be found. She must make a decision on who she truly wants to serve: Cassius Vale, The Tribune, or herself.

After breaking free of the Solar-Ark Amerigo and certain death, Talon Rayne finds himself in unusual company. His quests to hold his daughter again brings him to places he never thought he’d go—into the very arms of his people's most hated foe.

As the battle grows ever closer, threatening the all-out war that could annihilate millions, these four must determine what part they intend to play, who they will align themselves with, and what it means to be human in a universe where that means less and less.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781682300848
Publisher: Diversion Books
Publication date: 03/15/2016
Series: Circuit Series , #2
Pages: 230
Sales rank: 856,881
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

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 fantasy stories when he was young to show friends and family. It wasn’t until he was a senior in college that he decided to finally pursue his passion for Science Fiction in writing. 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 Science Fiction Duology.

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Progeny of Vale: The Circuit 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Sue_H More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars. Progeny of Vale is the second book in The Circuit series. You should not read this as a standalone as it ends in a cliffhanger for the next book. There is violence. The book blurb adequately describes the storyline so I'm not going to repeat that all of that info here. Overall the story was good. There are clues in the storyline that keep you guessing what will be revealed next. What an ending! I'm looking forward to reading more of these books. I read this book as part of The Complete Circuit Trilogy set.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So, So much better than the first book ! ! A lot of intertwined characters and scenes that made it interesting . The reading flows very good . Thank you !!
CharityRowell-Stansbury More than 1 year ago
I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review. Progeny of Vale begins by giving readers a glimpse of Sage's past memories that were being blocked by the implants that she received when she became an Executor. Some critics of Executor Rising argued that Sage's character was weak and indecisive, but Bruno addresses these concerns by giving us a glimpse of Sage's past; readers begin to understand Sage's inner struggle, and we get a chance to see how she copes without the implants. Readers find out what lengths Cassius will go to in order to start a war to satisfy his personal vendetta against the Tribune, and we see how this affects the people caught in the middle through the eyes of a character from the first book, Talon Rayne. I thought that there was quite a bit of action in the book; most of the fighting is done on the ground, which is appropriate when one realizes that the various colonies are not as technologically advanced as The Tribune. This makes the categorization of the series as a "space opera" a bit misleading since space operas focus on war in space, rather than on the ground. However, the breaks in the action are where the story shines because Bruno fleshes out the characters and provides intrigue during those breaks. Having read Executor Rising and Progeny of Vale in quick succession, I think that Bruno has done a great job of maintaining continuity in the story line. I am glad that I had the opportunity to read these books back-to-back; Bruno recaps some pertinent events from Executor Rising, but these recaps are scattered throughout the book. I personally do not have a problem with this because I generally re-read the previous book in a series before I move on to a newly released book in a series. If it has been some time since you read Executor Rising, then I recommend reading it again before reading Progeny of Vale. I found Progeny of Vale to be a flawless continuation of the plot in Executor Rising. The series has a combination of politics, intrigue, action, and character evolution that will keep science fiction geeks like me wanting more.
SRandall More than 1 year ago
Over the holidays, I ventured back into the world of The Kepler Circuit, a group of colonies inhabited by humans scattered throughout space. To my delight, all my favorite characters returned to continue their individual journeys. ADIM, the unstoppable, evolving android, lit up the book with his whirling red eyes and human like understanding. Sage, the assassin who lurks in the shadows, saw a change in her perception of the world. Talon, broken and exhausted, looks for a purpose in a world where all its beauty is destroyed. And lastly, Cassius Vale, a villain or maybe not, returns to continue his war rampaging schemes for better or worse. What I loved most about the story is the evolution of the characters. They keep growing and changing, which ultimately is what makes the story so appealing. Where will their roads lead them? I can’t say, which is exactly what I should be feeling. Unpredictable and character engrossing, with nerd-gasm space battles that will delight the inner space-geek in all of us. A truly enjoyable read that I was eager to continue until the end. What I needed more of was a recap. It has been over a year since I read the first book in the series, and I won’t lie and pretend I wasn’t having a hard time remembering everything important that happened in the last book. About halfway through, there was a mini-refresher to a few aspects of the first book that started to jog my memory, but overall I felt there needed to be more woven into the beginning chapters. This was my only disappointment that likely would have added to the quality of my reading experience. Regardless, still an excellent read and I look forward to the next installment. If you are sad you already saw Star Wars twenty times already and can’t afford the twenty first? Then take a look at this story, I believe it will provide a good Science Fiction fix for the story addict in us all.