This is a modern set fantasy in which Vulcan (the God) has automata running around in the human world causing trouble and adventure. You do not need to know your Greek or Roman Gods to get in here and enjoy the tale. You can’t start with volume 2 though. You really have to begin and the beginning with this series or you will be utterly lost. This is a complicated reality with a lot of ideas in it, and you need to get in and appreciate some of those ideas before you have them taken apart for you.
Volume 2 picks up the plot threads from volume one, laughs at you, and runs off in a whole selection of new directions. Nothing makes me happier as a reader than a well crafted story that I cannot predict. This is one of those. Twisty doesn’t begin to describe it. I was entirely surprised, repeatedly. Plot shapes suggested by volume 1 crumbled. Characters died. Agendas were revealed to be other than expected. No one was quite who I thought they were. By the end of book 2 it looks like the real plot has emerged, and now we know what’s going on. I expect we’re being set up for even more massive rug pulls when volume 3 comes out.
"The follow up to The Automation, called The Pre-programming....I never thought a sequel would be more interesting than the original, but that appears to be the case. Beta readers are really enjoying it, and I think that has something to do with all the setup from the first volume now out of the way."
"The Pre-Programming is volume número 2 of the CIRCO series. It picks up right where The Automation left off. It’s sprinkled with just as many exploding heads—yet with a dash of suicidal cannibal, possessed young girl, and gladiator sport."
The second volume in the Circo del Herrero Series has been given an official title: The Pre-programming. This indie novel follows where the The Automation left off. In The Automation, the story follows nine ancient capital-A Automatons of Greco-Roman myth. Publishers Weekly called the book “charming” and Tales of the Talisman gave it 4.5 out of 5 “talismans.”