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. – Goodreads Synopsis
Titanborn was a solid read. The characters were well-developed, the action was well-paced. The tech was always believable with nothing seeming ridiculously far-fetched. Malcolm and Zhaff were the perfect compliments to each other, with Zhaff refreshingly not playing the mouthy young upstart.
Actually, as the book went on, I found myself identifying with Zhaff. He’s socially awkward, relies on his skills and learning to get him through, but is a strong, reliable figure. The partnership between the two developed naturally enough that it didn’t seem forced. Bruno does a good job spinning the tale out as they travel from earth to the rings of Saturn and to Titan itself, and the ending definitely took me by (pleasant) surprise.
Of note, though, was Titanborn, though filled with action, didn’t seem to be a fast-paced engrossing read. Instead it was one filled with quiet enjoyment. Easy to walk away from, yet easy to get lost in as well. Its the type of story that draws you in with a certain subtlety that makes it so you don’t even realize it’s hooked you until you’re half done with the book.
Overall, the author has done a good job with Titanborn, and is definitely a science fiction author to keep your eye on in the future. In the meantime, you can support him by ordering a copy of his book via the link below. You won’t regret it. Its worth the money and the time to read it.