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Publisher's Summary

USA Today Best-seller Rhett C. Bruno's debut sci-fi series is a gritty, space-opera epic perfect for fans of The Expanse!

Earth is a dying planet. To survive, humanity founds the Circuit, a string of colonies across the solar system, dedicated to mining resources vital to preserving what remains of mankind. Here there are no heroes or villains, only those willing to do what's necessary to survive.

The New Earth Tribunal, a powerful religious faction, has risen to rule the Circuit. They believe a Spirit within the Earth will one day appear and welcome humanity back home. Following a string of seemingly random attacks, the Tribunal suspects its mortal enemy, the Ceresians, have again rallied to challenge their absolute rule. But a new, sinister threat has arisen - and it plans to bring down the Tribunal once and for all.

Join an unlikely band of would-be saviors - the Tribunal's best spy, a roguish Ceresian mercenary, a subservient android, and a disgraced general - as they are drawn into a conspiracy destined to change the Circuit forever.

"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)

©2017 Diversion Books (P)2018 Podium Publishing

What the critics say

"All the distinctive voices carry a complicated, ultimately very human, story to a powerful conclusion." (Audiofile Magazine)

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Powerful Story

I loved the story. All of the characters were pretty deplorable/evil but you still came to love a few. Had me wanting to keep listening to know.

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A bit melodramatic, some inconsistencies

Some inconsistencies in the plot, for example, there are several scenes where the same event is described from the POV of 2 characters, in one, a key event does not match up. Also, much of the physics requires the reader to suspend disbelief too much: times between distances flown seem wrong, what kind of propulsion, slowdown time for ships (you know, Newton's first law?) and a new element that increases gravity, which, if it existed, would completely defy Einstein's theory of relativity (the Earth would have to have less mass than it does, yet gravity still works for other celestial bodies that don't have gravitum). Oh Yeah, STOP CALLING IT A CLIP, IT'S A MAGAZINE!. People who have never touched a firearm call magazines, clips.

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slow to start, picks up quick

Starts off slow, but picks up half way through. really good by the end. :)

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Gripping

I'm a huge fan of The Expanse and this book filled the void. Gripping action, compelling characters and a universe built out at a solid pace kept me in it. Highly recommended.

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Sci Fi at its best!

Loved it! I will definitely be looking at more Rhett C. Bruno and Jefferson Mays works #Audible1

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  • Christopher
  • 2018-07-21

An Epic Trilogy

I thoroughly enjoyed all three of the Circuit novels. As a huge fan of sci-fi, it is a real treat when I find a new author and series to get into. The universe that Rhett Bruno has created here is astounding. Each book builds up to an epic crescendo, with plenty of twists and turns throughout. This is one of those series that leaves you depressed when it is over, as you really feel like you are part of the world and you never want it to end. The character development is amazing, in particular, a certain non-human is probably one of my favorite characters in any sci-fi universe. I can't wait to see what else Rhett Bruno has in store for us!

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  • Norma C.
  • 2018-07-09

Wonderful

I liked the narrator. I loved the story. I carried my device around the house with me and listened while I made dinner, checked emails, etc. Wonderful!

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  • Alan McDonald
  • 2018-07-03

An author who understands science fiction and true story telling!

I truly don’t know where to start in reviewing this tremendous work of sci-fi art. Because that’s what it is.
The narration is flawless! The narrator makes it seem like I’m really in the story.
This is truly a pure understanding of how to compose a story with rich characters along with intricate yet totally understandable backstories, unbelievable, but realistic environments, wonderful awe inspiring action at every turn, but I personally think that the real treat is the lesson the author and narrator have shown humanity.
This tale exposes all of our very real flaws as a supposedly civilized species.
It’s a mirror image of today’s horror here on Earth.
We lie to each other, cheat each other, kill one another and at the same time we’re destroying the only home we have.
Mr. Bruno, I hope I’m not reading more into your stories here than you wanted, but for me it was an exciting lesson.
I can’t give out spoilers, so all I can say to others is to read and or listen to this trilogy and if you love science fiction then this is for you.
Thank you Mr. Bruno and thanks to the narrator, Mr. Jefferson Mays.
Sincerely,
Alan McDonald
(note: my vision is impaired, so I was helped by my daughter to read this wonderful tale and I’ve managed to read most of his other wonderful works as well. The audiobook version provided me with no restrictions and was simply wonderful)

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  • Dan D.
  • 2019-02-22

An Enjoyable Space Opera

I received a free audiobook copy of The Circuit for review. Honestly, at first I was not into it at all. It was a slow start, I had no investment in the characters and I really didn't understand what was going on. However, after the first few chapters, I was definitely hooked. A space opera set in the distant future, The Circuit will draw you in and make you genuinely care about these characters, root for them at different time periods, and realize that with few exceptions, most of them exist in grey areas far between exclusively good or exclusively bad. "War does not determine who is right — only who is left." Well written with an appropriately paced story-line, The Circuit is definitely worth a read.

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  • Elissa
  • 2018-11-06

I hope they make it a movie

Great book! Slow start but once it gets going you are hooked!!! Highly recommend it!

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  • Daniel O.
  • 2018-07-13

Surprised and disappointed (in a good way)!

I hadn't read or listened to any works by Rhett C. Bruno before this title nor have I listened to any works narrated by Jefferson Mays. I was happily surprised at how much I enjoyed this book (compilation) and was disappointed when it finally came to a conclusion (I wanted more!). The publisher's summary compares it to The Expanse and I can see some similarities but I also got a slight "Red Rising" by Pierce Brown vibe (books 2+). I feel like if you enjoy either of those series this book would be a great addition to your reading/listening library.

The story took a bit to get going while it introduced characters and the universe (i'd say about 20 chapters or so before I was moved from interested to thoroughly hooked) but once it hooked me I couldn't stop listening! I think what I found most interesting about this book was that, despite some pretty clear indications that some 'bad' decisions were made (i.e., serious negative consequences for many), I really liked all of the 4 main characters! It was (for me) a unique experience where you start rooting for the 'bad guys' alongside the 'good guys' and find yourself at odds with who you really want to 'win'.

I was pleasantly surprised by the wonderful narration by Jefferson Mays and would not hesitate to pick up additional works narrated by him! Excellent performance and character variation throughout!

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Tm
  • 2018-08-19

Arrrrggghhhhh

I just can’t continue. How did this book get so many 5 star ratings? The other critical reviews are 100% correct in my opinion. I’m about 4 hours into this book a could not care less what happens next. I am sending this one back. Btw Mays did a fine job. I don’t think he was a good choice for this book. His performance didn’t help or hurt this book it just is.

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  • Ecualegacy
  • 2018-07-04

An Ugly Yet Beautiful Gift to Space Opera

Rhett delivers a fast-paced, dystopian, gray-morality thriller in the Circuit Trilogy. Having read science fiction for over 30 years, it is refreshing to find new authors with the talent to create characters that you'll remember after putting their books down. Rhett delivers here: from a broken-hearted megalomaniacal savior, to a brain-hijacked, religious assassin to a pirate father who is desperate to save his innocent daughter, you'll find gems of humanity in this story about so much inhumanity.

The fact that Podium picked Jefferson Mays, narrator for the wildly successful Expanse series, tells you all you need to know about the confidence that they have about how much you will enjoy this story.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2018-09-25

If you liked The Expanse, walk away.

If you came here from the Expanse and want another thrilling space opera, this isn’t it.

Jefferson Mays is fantastic, granted. But even his performance can’t save this.

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  • Willis Burns
  • 2018-07-03

Some of the best Sci-Fi on Audible!

This is some of the best SF on Audible. The three books found within are set in the distant future. Its a true space opera in the sense that there's a need for a bit of disbelief suspension, but that's not a bad thing. Bruno does a great job of shifting between characters and plot lines and then back again. he built a wonderful world with the Earth uninhabitable and human settlements on the Moon and Mars, as well as on asteroids. It is violent, however not too graphic.

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