• Titanborn

  • By: Rhett C. Bruno
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (3,711 ratings)

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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! 

©2018 Aethon Books (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"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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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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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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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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Anything Bray reads.....

Anything that RC Bray reads is good, he could read a manual on dissecting a slug, and make it sound exciting. Story was somewhat predictable, if I can score the follow on books on a deal...I would.

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Who do you send where law don't even feel safe?

If you are a fan of science fiction bounty hunter type stories in the likes of “The Roak” series by Jake Bible or “The Coilhunter” series by Dean Wilson, you will find the first book in the “Children of Titan” series called “Titanborn” to be a welcomed listen. The book is very well written by Rhett C. Bruno and the audiobook narration is skillfully performed by one of my favorites; R. C. Bray. This book is the first I have listened to, written by Mr. Bruno, and I do not think it will be my last. If you are a fan of science fiction, action, adventure, suspense, along with quite a few twists and turns, I recommend you pick up this audiobook and give it a listen. The story felt more like I was watching a movie unfolding than listening to an audiobook. Even though the book was detailed and complex, the author did a good job of leaving out some of the more extraneous information that can clog up a work. The book felt tight and on point having multidimensional characters and well-crafted scenes and technology.

The world, both our planet and others in our solar system, are very different from how we know them today. In the not so distant future, a devastating event happens when a meteor (or m-day) thrusts humankind out to the edges of our solar system in an attempt to survive. Our story takes us from Earth to the moon, and a small trip to Mars, before bringing the party close to the rings of Saturn where we find Titan. The story feels large and expansive which is a good thing for a science fiction space series. Our main character (Malcolm) is a rather rough bounty hunter who often does not care about why he is doing something, it is more about how much he will be paid for a successful job. Our aging bounty hunter reminds me a bit of a futuristic Dirty Harry or Charles Bronson type character from the 80s. Unlike those men, our main character in this story has an augmented savant side-kick name Jaf who tags along. Both of these men are sent to Saturn’s moon Titan to track down and stop a group blamed for an earlier bombing that occurred on Earth. As with many other books in this genre, there are a number of evil corporations vying for turf in the expanding resources being uncovered on other planets or moons. Yet, we see a number of resistant groups, off-worlders, as they are called, who escape into the wild west of our solar system to flee corporate tyranny. Most of these people have suffered much and will not go down without a fight; that is why Malcolm and his partner are brought in to make things right; or will they make them worse

Instead of evolving into a better society for our future, in this book we see that all of the populated parts of the solar system have degraded into a gritty and grimy place where you either conform, corrupt, or collide with the law; often run by companies. Yet, we see that even in this story, there are places where not even the law feels safe treading, so that is when you send in a bounty hunter. There is a fair amount of drinking to help make the hurt go away, some strong vulgar language, and even the ever-present profession of prostitution. Those who are successful or at least surviving are the ones who provide these key necessities to the population. After the Armageddon event, one of the core corporations (Pervenio) provided the means for the population to work and earn a living by mining resources off world. What seems like a rather mundane job, turns into a live and death battle. Add in some earlier family troubles and you have a good idea of what you will hear while listening to this book.

What would I have liked to have seen more of? I am a person who enjoys tech and the actual events that occur during space travel. I felt the author focused more on the procedural chase and left out more of the detailed aspects around space travel itself. We often are transferred in a flash from one planet to another with only slight information on the perpetration necessary for both departure and landing including the impact such travel often has upon the human body. Some of the details provided around the space suits were welcomed along with the differences in gravity while on the various planets. I simply would have liked more scientific data and research backing up the story. Knowing it is a piece of fiction, I can suspend belief in a few areas and the tale is still quite engaging and entertaining.

I have been a fan of R. C. Bray’s narration for years now, and I was excited to see him performing this new science fiction series. He has a smooth yet gritty voice that does the main character justice in this book. He is also a skilled narrator who is able to give each character their own unique characteristics and personality. Although Jaf was often an annoying sidekick, in my opinion, Mr. Bray did an exceptional job of giving him life and feeling that matched his character. I very much like when a narrator is able to complement the story instead of distracting from it. The audio itself was clean and clear of any noticeable artifacts such as page turns, swallows, etc. As well, the book’s volume and pacing were consistent. If you are ever looking for a solid narrator, I suggest you listen to a few of the performances by Bray.

For parents or younger readers, I would say this book is more geared toward a mature audience. As stated previously, there is alcohol and drug use, sexual themes, and some heavy vulgar language. Nothing was excessive compared to other works in the genre but be aware they are here in this book as well. I understand when an author attempts to construct a specific type of world and these items are often to get a point across. If you are easily offended by any of the above, I would recommend you locate a different series.

In summary, Titanborn looks like it is off to a good start as a new science fiction bounty hunter series. Although most of the story’s plot lines were closed when the last chapter was heard, there are a number of remaining questions leaving the way for the next in the series. If you like your science fiction to be gritty and, in some ways, dark (think Blade Runner), I think you are going to enjoy this book and the ones to come.

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Very dissapointing

Good story idea, terrible implementation. Even R.C. Bray could not make this lame attempt at futuristic noir entertaining. In addition to a bad story with implausible characters the author seems to lack an understanding of basic physics -- in one scene the main character who is on Earth is having a real-time conversation via laser beam with his boss on a moon of Saturn. If you don't see the problem with this, maybe this book is for you.. As for me I was already losing interest and at this point I quit listening. The book was cheap but still over priced.

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Harrison "Malcolm Graves" Ford needs to happen.

Hollywood! Where are you? This is the movie waiting to happen. Bruno delivers a gut-punch with Titanborn and R.C. Bray helps it go down like proverbial medicine with a spoonful of anthrax. What a great read. Beautiful and gritty all at once.

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Depends on what you're looking for...

To offer a full disclosure on the front end, I was offered a free credit for Titanborn from the author/publisher, but was not required to offer a review.

I recently plunged through Titanborn over a 2 day period of time. Being behind the curve in Audiobooks, I hadn't yet listened to a book narrated by R.C. Bray, nor have I read or listened to any of the other works by Rhett Bruno.

WHAT I ENJOYED:
Honestly, I enjoyed the overall state of civilization portrayed in Titanborn. Bruno has done a really thorough job in creating a futuristic world, providing creative insight into the various people groups depending whether they are on Earth, Titan, or elsewhere in the galaxy.

I also really enjoyed the narration by R.C. Bray. I can see why he's popular, especially among Sci-Fi fans.

WHAT I DIDN'T ENJOY:
While the story was easy to follow, it was perhaps, too easy to follow. Not only was the overarching storyline fairly predictable, but I didn't really find myself rooting for the characters. A good story isn't a good story if the reader (or listener) isn't really inclined to root for one or more of the main characters, and by the end of the story, I just didn't really have much of an affinity for any of them.

WOULD I RECOMMEND IT?:
All in all, this depends on what you're looking for. If you're looking for decent sci-fi that helps fill the time and offers some level of entertainment, then sure, I'd recommend it. All in all, I was intrigued enough that I would consider listening to another book or two within the series. But for me, it isn't a series I'll put near the top of my wishlist.

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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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Sci-Fi Noir

Rhett Bruno has done well creating a story that, like his other book The Circuit is set in the far future in our own solar system. The story is well paced and kept me entertained all the way through.

The Corporations are the new governments and our protagonist, Malcolm Graves, is a Collector. Part Cop and Bounty Hunter.

I think the story flowed well with a few interesting twists and turns that take us over many locations in the solar system. The cliff hanger ending left me wanting more and I look forward to the next installment.

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  • Ostfeld
  • 03-06-19

Finally the Bruno that I liked is back.

Excellent!
This is what they mean when they say time flies because those eight hours where gone way to fast, in fact Einstein have proved that time is not a constant and now I’m sure about it to.
Truly a beautiful beginning for an excellent series, I’ve enjoyed this audiobook so much that now I fear of disappointment as I move to audiobook two which came out today of this series.
So, I’ve already said that this audiobook is excellent about choosing R.C. Bray for narration? Also excellent he totally nailed it!

I absolutely recommend this Audiobook.
And I hope that in time I’ll be recommending the whole series.

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  • Mr
  • 04-18-19

An excellent book

Engaging characters, a good pace and entertaining. The lead is a gritty enforcer with a heart and I enjoyed the book.

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  • rob hazelhurst
  • 02-21-19

Enjoyable

A bit sceptical to start but this turned about to be a great book. Don't judge a book by its cover

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  • CameronRoss
  • 08-14-19

Can’t recommend

Lots of people have enjoyed this, but I found it unlistenable. The performance is fine, but the story is more fantasy than science fiction. I won’t go in to details for fear of spoiling it for people who would enjoy it, but the main character’s skills and luck are, to me, entirely unbelievable, and he’s very benignly intended for someone in his profession. I stopped listening very quickly- it just grated constantly against my need for even vague plausibility.

If you like action, very able heroes, a fast moving plot, and don’t mind implausible action, then it should be fine. It’s only the second Audible book I’ve abandoned, so it definitely wasn’t for me.

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  • S. M. Wong
  • 04-05-19

new to space/future sci fi

"I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."
not being a fan for space or futuristic sci fi have to say i enjoyed this book,but i think thats down to the narrator cos RC bray is in my top 3 readers,think they author made a good choice in this as it will draw fans of RC bray who may not like me look twice at this novel.

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  • IOI-655321
  • 03-11-19

A good futuristic vision, not a happy one though

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

The Book

This was a dark gritty view of the future of humanity after a devasatating extinction level event. Now humanity is virtually run by corporations in opposition to each other and life is not easy. Our hero is a dissillusioned bounty hunter of sorts who works for one of the largest of these corporations and we see him and his partner interact with all walks of life.

The Production

R.C. Bray narrates this very well and is very well suited to the character. Narration is clear and very well done.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-03-19

Interesting Space Bounty-Hunter Story

If you're a fan of bounty hunter books set in space, then this should be enjoyable for you.
Story is right length, and easy to enjoy.
The narration is top-notch, and gives even more life to the world created by Rhett C. Bruno.

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  • Norma Miles
  • 02-22-19

A pretty decent team.

Having first read Titanborn nearly three years ago and absolutely loved it, I decided it was time to reprise the book but this time in Audio. This can be a mistake - the addition of a narrator can alter the mental pictures created by the original text. But the performance of this novel was by R.C.Bray and if anything he enhanced my enjoyment of the story.
Firstborn is visual in it's worldbuilding. Sent around the time of the 300th anniversary of the meteorite hitting earth, causing phenomenal damage and loss of life and initiating the colonisation of Titan, other space colonies have now been established and rule was controlled by giant corpoations, often in opposition to each other. Malcolm Graves works for one of the largest and has done so for over 30 years. He is a Collector, a sort of bounty hunter, told where to go and what to do for a fee. He has, at least officially, always worked alone. Until, following an explosion on Earth in New London which he is to investigate, he is partnered with a young man on an elite training scheme in which the participants have special cybernetic modifications.

This is far more than a simple detective buddy story set in the future, though it is that, of course. It paints a very plausible, and ugly, picture of racial oppression, of family ties and emotional conflict, of political power games, right and wrong, human frailties and so much more. It is a superb book and excellently narrated.
Highly recommended

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  • Dustyfox
  • 02-12-19

Very enjoyable.

This book was done in one day...it flowed, was great listening to and I really enjoyed it. Pre-ordered book 2 same day.

Craig Alanson tends to make me want to listen all in one go and now titanborn.

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  • Mark Chitty
  • 06-27-22

Interesting, entertaining, and enjoyable

Set some 300 years in a future where Earth survived an asteroid strike and humanity has started to colonise the solar system, while also sending out interstellar colony ships, Titanborn looks at some political and economic issues facing humanity, and the events that follow after a terrorist attack. This one hooked me from the start and took me on a great journey across the solar system while delivering a thoroughly entertaining story. I'll definitely be checking out the sequels.

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  • 02-19-19

Total love

This book was so good. It was funny, emotional, action packed and imaginative. I love the characters and the world so much. The world was expansive and had tackled social and economical issues that is reflective of what we have today. The narrator is brilliant. I knew RC Bray before, having read the Martian before this so I knew I could trust him to give the book justice. I highly recommend this book to readers who love “the Expeditionary Force” and “the Martian”. It will not disappoint you. One of my top fave sci fi books of all time.

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  • AgainstTheWInd
  • 09-13-19

Loved it.

Fun story by Rhett Bruno. Great characters. And if RC Bray is narrating it, I'm reading it...

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  • stv9007
  • 10-29-19

droning

i bought the audiobook from all the great reviews but at no point in the first 2 hours did i get hooked. its a 7 hour book so i'm returning it. it drones on from 1 scene to another never really conveying a timeline of events. feels like i'm playing a first person shooter. no larger picture than the bounty hunters thought. i could never focus on the story because it didn't really have one. sorry to burst any bubbles. i've read every scifi in existence and i'm scraping the bottom of the barrel. my shiny beercan is back november 4th can't wait

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 05-08-19

Amazing voice, great story

The story held my attention and kept my imagination going. Stories within stories and all the little details pieced together to flow from one scene to the next, great listen thanks.

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