Saturday, February 17, 2018

Book Review: 'This Long Vigil' by Rhett C. Bruno


New York author/screenwriter Rhett C. Bruno began his interest in art by studying (quite with honors) architecture at Syracuse University School of Architecture. But the writing bug entered rather early (epic stories composed as a child) and proceeded to high school where he penned his ISINDA TRILOGY, later publishing it at the urging of his teachers and mentors. Though committed to further his interest in architecture, he continued his passion for science fiction reading and writing and by his senior year at university he began this book - THE CIRCUIT: EXECUTOR RISING. His day job remains that of an architect in Mount Kisco, New York but in addition to working on THE CIRCUIT he pushed his boundaries a bit further, exploring Screenwriting at New School in New York. His dream? Writing for television or Video Games.

Hopefully all of these interests will not dissuade him from writing novels because he most assuredly has the knack for it. Successful science fiction writing is a challenge - avoiding the tendency to repeat the stories of space exploration or android monsters or the devastation of this planet in favor of other planets as we see almost continually in the theaters. Yes, sci-fi stories are escapisms as well as mental challenges to normalcy, but the world needs to pay attention to quality art, too, as a means of allowing our minds to create situations more acceptable than what we are seeing at present globally. And that is precisely how Bruno approaches his story - not just bigger than life monstrous make believe, but situations that are peopled with credible (and for the most part likeable) characters. He touches the imagination but fortunately keeps us grounded with the human aspects of his characters and their impact on his `new worlds'. And now to discover Rhett has the skill to distill volumes in that most difficult of literary forms – the short story.

As he posts in his synopsis: ‘After twenty five years serving as the lone human Monitor of the Interstellar Ark, Hermes, Orion is scheduled to be placed back in his hibernation chamber with the other members of the crew. Knowing that he will die there and be replaced before the ship’s voyage is over, he decides that he won’t accept that fate. Whatever it takes he will escape Hermes and see space again, even if it means defying the regulations of his only friend -- the ship-wide artificial intelligence known as Dan.’

To enjoy Rhett Bruno to the fullest the reader must jump into this new place and not miss a page of the beautifully scripted story. Rhett C. Bruno seems to have it under his belt already. Grady Harp, January 16








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