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Titanborn

Written by: Rhett C. Bruno
Narrated by: R.C. Bray
Series: Children of Titan, Book 1
Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins
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Publisher's Summary

Titan's revolution is coming. All it needs is one final spark. 

After decades hunting wanted offworlders throughout the solar system, Corporate Bounty Hunter Malcolm Graves doesn't bother asking questions. So long as the pay is right, he's the man for the job. And he always works alone. 

But when a high-profile bombing on Earth has Pervenio Corp clamoring for answers, they force him to team up with a strange, cyber-augmented partner. A young man more interested in statistics than instinct. Their assignment: Track down a suspected group of extremists from Titan who will go to any length to free their moon from the grip of Earth's corporations. 

Heading into hostile territory, Malcolm will have to use everything he's learned to stay alive. But he soon realizes the situation on the ground is much more complex than he anticipated...and much more personal. 

Experience the epic first entry in the Children of Titan series. If you're a fan of The Expanse, Blade Runner, or Star Wars, you'll love this gritty, space opera thriller from USA Today best-seller Rhett C. Bruno! 

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What the critics say

"RC Bray is perfect as Malcolm Graves, a gruff, no BS character who fights his enemies almost as hard as he fights his own demons." (Michael Mammay, Audie-nominated author of Planetside)

“[Rhett C.] Bruno expertly weaves action, capitalism, smuggling, fragile alliances, and revolution around the hard choices of a life-worn man who regrets always following orders.” (Publishers Weekly

"Riveting, nonstop action. A compelling look at a dark future." (Jack McDevitt, Nebula and Robert A. Heinlein Lifetime Award-winning author of Seeker)

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Sc-fi, action, mystery? Seems to have it all

Initially I purchased this book because I saw the narrarator and as always RC did an amazing job with this one! The book followed a "collector" (basically a bounty hunter) trying to solve a terror plot.

The beginning of the book seemed to start out pretty fast and hard and it quickly ramped up further and I soon found myself emotionally invested in the characters and wondering what was going to happen next.


Towards the end there turned out to be a lot of build up for the future which for the sequal which I can not wait for!

One downside I would give this book is although it was set up for a sequal or possibly a series in the future quite well it felt like there should have been a bit more to close off the first book, though, I do understand some people prefer it that way, it seemed a little abrubt for me.

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Too short!

Too short and ends so abruptly. I'm going to have to get the others I guess...I still would have liked the first one in the series to be longer.

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An excellent start to the series

I thoroughly enjoyed both the story and the narration. The development of the characters and the world in which the story occurs is very detailed and engaging, and the narration of each character and what makes them unique was excellent. I am looking forward to the rest of the series!

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good book

book was a bit slow at first but was worth the purchase price. good job.

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Good story. Poor narration.

Almost returned the audiobook because of the poor narration. Story was decent. Overall good if you can tolerate the poor performance.

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  • Bryan
  • 2019-02-08

Great Mystery Sci-fi

Firstly, let me just say I really enjoyed this book. In the beginning I thought it was a bit slow but the characters were well done and I personally thought the ending was great. There were a couple of plot twists and some people will see them and some won’t. Overall, this was a great book.

Alright, so this book as touted as ‘like the Expanse’ and I’d say this is a fair assessment. The world built by the author has a very Expanse feel in that there’s the ‘earthers’ and then the ‘ringers’, similar to the expanse having the ‘inners’ and ‘belters’ (and nearly identical animosities). I particularly found the reorganization of earth cities into long metropolitan strings to be very unique and also made a lot of sense for a potential society.

The protagonist himself is sorta similar to the Expanse’s Miller - he’s akin to a bounty hunter who has made a lot of mistakes in life, drinks to much and only really lives for the job. The book flashes back to how he got this way and while Malcom (protagonist) lives a less than stellar life, you do end up caring for him.

Without getting to much more into it, the supporting characters are also themselves unique and well written. The book itself is part of a series but the second one is about a different set of characters (according to the description) and the way this book ended, a reader could realistically read only this book and feel they had completed a story if the thought of beginning another series is a bit daunting.

Overall, again - highly recommend the book for anyone looking for a shorter mystery sci-fi.

And as always, R.C. Bray provided a fantastic narration with consistent characters and an ever present enthusiasm for the story.

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  • Brian
  • 2019-05-14

A Solid Read

Titanborn was a solid read, though it did take me quite a while to become fully invested in it. The first half of the book is quite slow but I put that down to building the world and characters so I didn’t mind too much.

The plot was slow to start and I was a little bored at times, but it eventually picked up and I ended up really enjoying it. I love that the book takes us from Earth to Mars and even near to Saturn where Titan is. The world as we know it is completely different and Bruno did a good job with creating such an expansive universe.

Upon seeing the cover I think I expected more of a space opera type of book, but it’s not really, it’s more focused on the Bounty Hunter and the mystery behind the bombings, which I enjoyed.

The characters were well written and developed and I pretty much enjoyed it as much as I did because of them. They more than made up for the slow pace. Malcolm was gruff, strong, and did his job really well. He let no one or nothing influence him. He is seen as one of the best in the business and usually works alone. When he’s asked to look into the recent bombings, he is told that he will have a partner. Zhaff was the total opposite of Malcolm and I loved that! It was funny to see them interact and to see how Malcolm reacted to Zhaff. I loved both their characters!

In all, Titanborn, while being slow to get going, was still a pretty good read. The world building and character development more than made up for the pacing and I’m hoping now that that’s done, the rest of the books will have more action. Upon finishing it, (because the ending was awesome) I had to see if the next one was available because I’m excited to see where the author goes with it.

R.C. Bray is one of the best in the business. His array of voices and tones are astounding and he never just reads a story, he performs it. A true storytelling master. It’s hard to come up with new things to say about him but he really is that good!

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  • UtahRunner5
  • 2019-10-26

Great Story!

Rhett C. Bruno is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. I thought this book started off a bit slow, but it sure picked up and was a thrilling ride! Especially that ending! Well done. Malcolm is gruff and does what needs to be done to get the job done. R.C. Bray really brought this book to life. He was a great choice to narrate this book. Overall I recommend this one and will be continuing this series for sure.

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  • Ezflyer54
  • 2019-08-20

Bruno writes a great story

This is my first Bruno book, and, thanks to RC Bray, I’ve found a new author that I like. The story was engaging and the characters full of life...on to book 2

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  • ryan joseph brennan
  • 2019-07-21

not bad

predictable after a certain point. but still entertaining. not sure I'll listen to the others.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2019-11-22

Straightforward, Excellent sci-fi adventure

Between the wonderful story writer Rhett C. Bruno has crafted, with all its exquisite worldbuilding and character defining detail, and the terrific narration by veteran sci-fi book reader R.C. Bray, this book really is a real treat for all fans of sci-fi Westerns, space opera, and tech noir... I'll definitely be coming back for the next installments in the Children of Titan series, and I encourage everyone to start here at the beginning!

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  • Erin Koepplinger
  • 2019-08-13

Awesome surprise!

I purchased this book only because it was on sale for $5 and I'm so glad I did! Great story! I loved the characters and RC Bray had the perfect gravelly voice

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  • Tom
  • 2019-08-12

Gritty Sci-fi Crime Hunter

Loved this book and the rest of the series. Really says a lot when 4 books in I can’t wait to re-listen to the series from the beginning with this book.

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  • Angelina Bickley
  • 2019-02-25

I'm underselling this book

I feel like I will either undersell this book, or give away all the good parts. I decided on underselling.

Though on first appearances this looks to be a sci-fi, this is not a story of spaceships battling in space, but instead of a man trying to do his job.

In a World/Galaxy where companies have at least as much or as the government, their internal security are somewhere between police and military, with morality at times a bit ambivalent.

But this is not a morality story about business and government, but about the impact on someone living such a life. What would that do to someone and how would it shape the way they see the world and the decisions they make?

But the end I was more emotionally invested than I usually get in characters I read about, and I feel I learned more about myself as a reader for reading it than I have in a while.

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  • Mike C.
  • 2019-12-10

Unique world that draws you in.

Titanborn is the first book in a four book science fiction series. It follows the struggles between humans of Earth and our cousins on Saturn's moon of Titan that have been separated from us for hundreds of years.

Rhett C. Bruno has done a masterful job of creating a future world full of history and culture. The people of Titan, known as Ringers, have had three hundred years of progress without Earthbound humans, and have developed their own civilization. When these civilizations collide the action begins.

The story in Titanborn is told from the viewpoint of Malcolm Graves, an aged collector whose job it that of an enforcer for a mega-corporation with business on Titan. Malcolm has a deep history that is revealed through flashbacks and encounters throughout the book. You get a real sense of who Malcolm is.

Much like Malcolm, Bruno’s world is vast and is presented to the reader as it is relevant to the story. The more books in the series you read the more you learn about the people and places and you are drawn in as if it were your own history.

The Audiobook was narrator by R.C. Bray. His deep, gravelly voice lends itself to adding a gritty atmosphere to the story. R.C. does a wonderful performance when giving different tones and speaking styles to different characters. You often know who is speaking before you are told. R.C.’s pacing is slow and precise. He speaks clearly and you can understand every word.

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