James McStravick reviews Titanborn by Rhett C. Bruno.
Malcolm Graves lives by two rules: finish the job, and get paid. After thirty years as a collector, chasing bounties and extinguishing rebellions throughout the solar system, Malcolm does what he’s told, takes what he’s earned, and leaves the questions to someone else—especially when it comes to the affairs of offworlders. But his latest mission doesn’t afford him that luxury. After a high-profile bombing on Earth, the men who sign Malcolm’s pay checks are clamouring for answers. Before he can object, the corporation teams him up with a strange new partner who’s more interested in statistics than instinct and ships them both off to Titan, the disputed moon where humans have been living for centuries. Their assignment is to hunt down a group of extremists: Titanborn dissidents who will go to any length to free their home from the tyranny of Earth.
Heading into hostile territory, Malcolm will have to use everything he’s learned to stay alive. But he soon realizes that the situation on the ground is much more complex than he anticipated . . . and much more personal.
Titanborn reminds me very much of two of my favourite sci-fi novels “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep” and “Leviathan Wakes”, but even with these similarities it stills remains completely unique in its own way to make it a great read.
At the start, Titanborn seems like a simple detective novel set in space, but we soon find out that there is more to Malcom Graves than meets the eye. There’s a lot of mystery hidden within his past – none more so than the story of his daughter. At the very start of the book we find out very little about Malcom’s daughter, but as the story progresses we find out more bit by bit. This aspect always kept me guessing, as at times I found myself thinking are we going to come across his daughter at some stage or when we least expect it.
One other aspect I found extremely intriguing is the help that Malcom is assigned by a group of people that very little is known about, and as the book progresses we find out a lot more about them – one person in particular. It is this person that is the most intriguing of all, because as the book progresses, we see them grow beyond where you might expect them to, and their origin will completely shock you.
At times I felt the pace of the book did slow a bit during the political set-up scenes, but thankfully these were few and far between and didn’t really hurt the overall pacing of the book. But as well as experiencing some intriguing and mystery in Titanborn, we also get some great gun-slinging action scenes which I think were very well done, and always came about the right time in the story.
When it comes to the titanborn themselves, we learn very little about what and who they are, but we learn enough to help build a base knowledge about them and make us want to learn more about them in the sequels.
From reading this review you might think that I have told you very little but this is completely intentional as there are a lot of intrigue and mystery that I don’t want to spoil; therefore it is very difficult to say too much about this book.
With all of the above in mind I would highly recommend this book particularly to fans of sci-fi books such as “Leviathan Wakes” and “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep”. This book will always keep you guessing and leave you wanting more and I always found myself wanting to read on. If you want to know more about what goes on in this book then I severely recommend picking this up.
Titanborn is available on Kindle for £1.79 now!