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 paychecks are clamoring 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.
First lines: Somewhere outside New London, Earth, a tall, lanky Ringer named Nash stood within the cargo hold of an umarked transport shuttle. He was human, but three centuries of his people living on Titan had stretched their bodies and bleached their flesh. He wore a white armored suit with an orange circle painted on the chest.
Titanborn has all the elements of a best seller! Between the corporate greed and rivalries, Bruno plants the seeds of a tale that is really as old as our species. It’s the tale of right over wrong. It’s the tale of the oppressed subjugating their oppressors. ¡Viva la Revolucion!
Among the many thought provoking elements to this novel is the evolution of our species if left on another planet for generations and how “Earth born” or the “unevolved” would see them. I think Bruno adequately represented this dilemma by weaving in the inevitable discrimination and dehumanization this situation would likely inherit. With terms like “off-worlder” and other monikers, the segregation of the different and the “original” delivers a disturbing realism to the thread of fiction.
Another encouraging piece of this novel is the skillful evolution of Malcolm. Watching him reevaluate his employer and his past was an enlightening experience. Clearly, old dogs can learn new tricks.
Bruno’s writing is fluid and captivating. This is definitely an author to keep an eye on. This story has many layers and Bruno skillfully weaves them together to create a world believable and hauntingly realistic.
Zhaff was a striking character. He embodied all the things that Malcolm thought he was. It was interesting to watch the play between the two characters and how it ultimately changed Malcolm.
The end is an absolute surprise on one hand and not so shocking on the other. Towards the end of the book, I started to guess who one of the “terrorists” were but the other events that unfolded were a complete surprise.
I found no faults with this book. It is well developed and well written.
The Technical Data:
Title: Titanborn | Author(s): Rhett C. Bruno |Publisher: Hydra / Publication Date: 06-21-2016 |Pages: 209 (Print) | ISBN: B018CHA2R | Genre(s): Science Fiction | Language: English |Rating: 5 out of 5 | Date Read: 6-26-2016 | Source: Copy from author