Middle-aged, married dad of two, living in Northern Burbs of Chicago. Hard Sci Fi addict, and lover of great storytelling. Almost all of my reading is now in audio format.
The first chapters make boss seem like a real tough chick. Cool! This is going to be be fun.
Then it crumbles. She's over-cautious, over-sensitive, and over-conservative.
Whatever. Look, either let her be a spit blood pirate chick, or an housewife with a spaceship. But PLEASE don't try to mix the two.
Disappointed with supposed tech levels described for diving in space. I am an experienced wreck diver with a PADI Divemaster rating and the description for diving a wreck jibs with scuba tech of the 1970's
Between the narrator's stilted reading and the first-person, present-tense writing style, I'm afraid I just couldn't finish this audiobook.
I love this author, and if first-person, present-tense doesn't bother you, the general story was intriguing - as far as I was able to listen to it. Who knows, maybe if I was reading this in print, or if it were a different narrator, I could have finished.
I was very disappointed.
Though I didn't much care for the first person perspective, it does allow the author to quickly explain and jump over parts that would otherwise be boring, but necessary. Although the book does appear to jump in places, it's compelling to read through and all the loose ends get tied up. Jennifer Van Dyck gives the main character a particularly competent feel.
Nice storyline with good naration but the male voices arn't done well. A female with a deep voice..lol The story has some good twists and turns. I will listen to the next one of this trilogy.
Love reading, prefferably books about mysteries, something to figure out.. Have read since I started, will stop when I do. B^)
The story - it is thrilling and fascinating
It did build up tp a quite exciting level - and kept it going vithout ever being boring or tedious
Her ability to use her voice and reading speed to force the listener to REALLY listen
The book is slightly humorous but not something that created extreme reactions
I did expect to use it as night listening before I fell asleep - but the story and Van Dycks reading made me listen fascinated instead. Its a book for daytime listening!
Thought I'd like a new author and got 3 from this series. I was wrong.
Should have gotten another series.
All of them
This was another of her books that makes a great sleeping pill. I'm usually asleep after about 3 minutes.
I like this sub genre where stories are far in the future exploring the past which is still out future. Like McDermott's Alex Benedict books this type of story reveals the "past" while telling the story. I still McDermott better so far but this was entertaining. The protagonists were not as intriguing but I have only read this one in the series so I will have to read a few more. Jennifer can Dyck is one of my favorite narrators so that did make this enjoyable as well. I associate her so much with Chase that it took me a little to get used to her in a new voice.
The writing style (first person) was monotonous at best. "I did this, and then I did that. When I was done I was tired so I did this again." The parallels between ocean wreck diving and the same thing in space was extremely forced. The rationale for the parallels were not logical and had huge technical and scientific holes in them.I have seldom started a book that I was unable to finish. This was one of the exceptions.
Let someone with a science or engineering background review the draft so that they might have pointed out all of the inconsistencies and logical flaws. Once corrected the story would have been more palatable.
The narration was decent but the narrator had little to work with.
This book would have been much improved if not written from the first person point of view.
Say something about yourself!
I'm a huge fan of Rusch's Retrieval Artist series so I went into this with high expectations. Unfortunately, although the reader was great, the material was not and I was not very impressed.
The protagonist is a very unsympathetic character; this is not necessarily a fatal flaw in a book but when it's being told in the first person it doesn't help. I also found myself unable to see the internal logic in many of her decisions (despite the first person narration) and quite often I just wanted to slap her upside the head and tell her to grow up. Particularly when her bad strategic decisions got others killed. There were a number of technological issues that jarred, such as space suits that only had enough air for an hour and were fragile enough that brushing against a sharp edge was fatal. Apparently self-sealing isn't around 5000 years from now even though we routinely use it in car tyres. I also found the complete reversal of attitude of the protagonist at the end of the novel completely unbelievable in light of her actions and attitudes to that point.
I'm going to stick with the Retrieval series.