The Circuit: Executor Rising

The Circuit: Executor Rising

by Rhett C. Bruno

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"A hard-charging opener to a promising, if bloody, space-opera series." —KIRKUS

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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781626818460
Publisher: Diversion Books
Publication date: 05/19/2015
Series: Circuit Series , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 1
Sales rank: 690,197
File size: 3 MB

Customer Reviews

The Circuit: Executor Rising 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Sue_H More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars. Executor Rising is the first 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. I'm looking forward to reading more of these books. I read this book as part of The Complete Circuit Trilogy set.
4051666 More than 1 year ago
This is a well written fast paced story. The characters are developed so that you become interested in them almost as soon as they are introduced. Details of the plot are given out in a miserly fashion keeping you always wanting to turn the page. I am very much looking forward to the next book in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It took me a while to get comfortable with this writers flow . All in all I did enjoy this book . I really like the characters . I would recommend this book . And now it's time to move on to book 2.
CharityRowell-Stansbury More than 1 year ago
The beginning of the book drops readers right into the plot, but humanity's history is revealed as the plot unfolds in a dark and elaborate galaxy created by Bruno. Readers immediately get the sense that humanity's fate in space is overseen by an unjust and corrupt group, and that insatiable greed for resources and power are what ultimately drove humanity into space. I received a free book in exchange for an honest review. There are three major players in this plot; the characters have exquisitely crafted histories that are revealed during crucial plot points and, as the plot continues, readers will find that the connections between the characters are multi-faceted. There are several aspects of the book that I enjoyed: - The setting is very detailed, it was easy for me to become immersed in the world. - All of the characters were interesting; each had a compelling history and I understood each character's motivations. - The socioeconomic and sociopolitical aspects of the story were complete and clearly explained. - There are subversive elements and action in the book, so there was always something going on; even during the breaks in action. All of these elements are combined to create a fantastic space opera that science fiction fans will enjoy. I am looking forward to reading the next installment in the series as I am sure that it will be as good, or better than this first book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Rhett does a masterful job of taking a time-honored sci-fi formula and breathing new life into it. The Circuit tells the story of human society, centuries after Earth is left uninhabitable for unclear reasons. Unlike many sci-fi or fantasy books, the Circuit opens up with a breathtaking scene of action, and never stops until the end. The story revolves around four main characters, Cassius, Sage, Talon, and the android ADIM. Throughout the book the background story between the characters is told in short flashbacks, as well as through dialogue. The story is told from the perspective of the four main characters, which adds many different dimensions to the overall story. My personal favorite character is ADIM. I have read many sci-fi books where the story of a robot or android is told, however this is the first book where I actually felt a real personal connection to the android. His quest to understand human emotion and serve his “creator” are deeply touching. As humans it is easy for us to say we understand love, however how would you answer the question “what is love?” Another great aspect of the story is that there are no set good guys or bad guys, no black or white. Every character is both good and bad. The story is told from both perspectives of the war that is brewing in space, and you will most likely find yourself cheering for each side at different points in the story. While the setting takes place in space and the few human colonies, the writing never seems to drown you with made up technologies and words, like some other sci-fi books can. The way that humans survive in space, using a new element called gravitum, doesn't seem too outlandish. With the perfect amount of description, you can actually feel the desperation that the humans feel, living in space. The last few chapters of the book build up to an amazing scene of revelation and action, with all four main characters integrally involved. It left me on the edge of my seat and wanting more. The end sets up for another book, and I truly cannot wait to see what happens to the characters and world that Rhett has created. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys sci-fi or fantasy, or even someone who doesn’t. From the first chapter to the last, you will not be able to put this book down. I can’t wait to see more from Rhett.
Chrissy_W More than 1 year ago
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. Would I recommend it: If you’re interested in more detail and less action in your sci fi, go for it. As reviewed by Melissa at Every Free Chance Books. Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange  for an honest review.
DebbyJ More than 1 year ago
Hard book to get into. Seems like there should have been previous books as this is written like a second or third book. Confusing at times as there is very little to tell you how we got to where we are in this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read the sample or preview before purchasing. You will see why within a few pages. I paid my 99 cents without doing so -- my mistake. If the author was 12 or mentally disabled I would say, "Great job!" Seriously, the writing is infantile. It reads like a play-by-play of a 1980's robot cartoon without the "subtlety". I want my dollar back!
HachiSnax More than 1 year ago
Note: I received a free 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!
AMDHamm More than 1 year ago
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!
ClydeWolfe More than 1 year ago
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.
happy-2 More than 1 year ago
*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!
Emerson67 More than 1 year ago
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!
SRandall More than 1 year ago
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.
KevinPeterKP More than 1 year ago
Dawn of Control – A review of the novel ‘The Circuit: Executor Rising’ “For the wise man looks into space and he knows there is no limited dimensions” - Lao Tzu Destruction of the world looks imminent, the end of the human race as we know it... not original or updated thoughts they are, for our fiction writers in both books and films have been toying with this idea as a sub genre of science fiction for a very long time now. So what is this grand fascination with a dystopian society in a post apocalyptic future that enthrals us all? Why are we so keen on destruction of this civilisation and the beginning of a new one? Perhaps it has got to do with a quiet resentment over the life as we know it or perhaps wanting to do away with some ills of this society which we hope wont present itself in the ‘new world’; a sort of rebooting the system, a fresh start, new beginnings, newer rules and newer classes... perhaps? But then why do all this ‘new worlds’ still resemble the old ones? With these new societies having the same kind of individuals at the helm who dictate or fame rules which enables the ruling class to always be one step ahead of the rest? Or maybe what they are trying to say is that we humans are never going to change, the inherent characteristic that makes us who we are will stay for eternity, and continue on with the rise and fall of many a great world. But let’s say such an apocalypse is upon us and earth as we know it has becomes inhabitable. So what do you do now? Well a long time ago theoretical physicist and also a cosmologist Stephen Hawking authored an idea for space colonization as a means of saving humanity. He predicted that the human race would become extinct within the next thousand years, unless colonies could be established in space. And space could technically support a lot more human life than the earth can do at the present. It can offer plenty of energy and the yet to be uncovered vast amounts of minerals and rare elements all support his views. In author Rhett C. Bruno’s new novel ‘The Circuit: Executor Rising’ such an apocalypse has hit earth a long time ago and space colonies have already been established and have become the order of the day. And this group of colonies even have a name; they are referred to as the Kepler Circuit. These colonies are kept in the loop of resources delivery by a group called the Solar-Ark transports and the most valuable and precious element is Gravitum which is unfortunately found only in the mantle of that old planet, earth. Peace and tranquillity of everyday living in this colony is soon brought to a halt when a new religious sect known as the New Earth Tribunal rises over to preside over most of The Circuit. Their enigmatic rise to power goes unchallenged until one day when their crafts of transport starts getting attacked and stolen. This soon leads to the New Earth Tribunal calling on a man, Cassius Vale for his help in solving their problem but unknown to them it is Cassius Vale himself along with a special creation of his, an android called ADIM who are responsible for the attacks. Why does he do so and what does Cassius Vale have in plan for The Circuit forms the rest of the story. Mr. Rhett not only manages to imbibe a strong message through his narration, but makes the book a real joy to read because at its core is a plot which is both enthralling & exciting with characters who are both complex and realistic and yet speak in a very beautiful language not usually found in sci - fi fiction. Alongside all this rich character development is an exciting world of alien technology and epic devastation, the descriptions of the battle scenes will fill your head with fantastic images. The narration maintains a fantastic sense of suspense, excitement, and wonder throughout while always keeping you on your toes guessing what is going to happen next. Rhett has also done a fantastic job in The Circuit: Executor Rising by capturing the human element of deep space exploration, with all its hopes and fears. And even though some of its main characters are flawed, Rhett finds a way for you to get inside their heads, understand them better and in the end you will end up empathising with each of them. Another good thing the author has managed to do is that even though such themes calls for the use of several incomprehensible jargon and made up scientific sounding words, Rhett has kept it to the minimum of at least tried to use them in such a manner as not to confuse the reader about the proceedings going on in the background. This book is the first in the series of (hopefully) many instalments. And there are a number of indicators in this first book itself which promises that the future books too will continue in the same lineage and continue to garner positive reviews. There are plenty of references to real life situations in the world today which are bound to make you sit up and notice the underlying message. The android’s quest to be more humanlike although not completely original still warms you up to the character and the deep philosophical questions that the author asks hiding behind the guise of voicing ADIM are also noteworthy. There is a discourse on love between Cassius and ADIM which will surely stay with you even after you have finished with the book. Rhett sets the series up for more stunning political & economic challenges that Cassius, Sage and ADIM will have to deal with along with Talon who wakes up from cryo sleep and gets ready for part two of the adventure. There is a big finish as well, the last 40 -50 pages of book will keep you on the tenterhooks as the action unfold on the pages before you. There’s this line from the book - “There are no monsters... only different perspectives”, which pretty much sums up what The Circuit: Executor Rising is all about. Recommend.