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Blowback: Anniversary Day Saga, Book 2 (Retrieval Artist Universe)

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Publisher's Summary

The Moon, shaken by the Anniversary Day tragedies, deals with devastation. The Earth Alliance believes another attack imminent, but no one knows where or when it will strike. Just like no one knows who ordered the attacks in the first place.

The Moon’s chief security office, Noelle DeRicci, does her best to hold the United Domes government together. But Retrieval Artist Miles Flint, dissatisfied with the investigation into the Anniversary Day events, begins an investigation of his own. He builds a coalition of shady operatives, off-the-books detectives, and his own daughter, Talia, in a race against time. A race, he quickly learns, that implicates organizations he trusts - and people he loves.

©2012 Kristine Kathryn Rusch (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“Rusch does a superb job of making the Retrieval Artist books work as fully satisfying standalone mysteries and as installments in a gripping saga full of love, loss, grief, hope, adventure, and discovery. It is also some of the best science fiction ever written.” (New York Times best-selling author, Orson Scott Card)

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    michael NEWTON CENTER, MA, United States 03-31-13
    michael NEWTON CENTER, MA, United States 03-31-13
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    "Feeling more experienced."

    The book is an easy read -- it takes you and moves you forward with ease and entertainment. Many issues are relevant to earthly experience: relationships between men and women, daughters and fathers, etc. Some ideas revealed in the book are interesting to think about and some sounded silly (that is why 4 starts -- actually I would put even 3.5 stars, if there was such grade), but nevertheless it is a good read engaging in a thought with a pleasant aftertaste and feeling that you have gained some useful experience.

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    Sheila A. Sherwin Michigan, USA 02-16-13
    Sheila A. Sherwin Michigan, USA 02-16-13 Member Since 2013

    A 50-something who loves sci-fi, cozy mysteries, thrillers, an occasional romance, and any genre if it is a good story. And especially if it makes me laugh! No vampires or zombies though - these are NOT sci-fi!

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    "Starts slow, but hang on!"

    Another in the retrieval artist series. This is not a stand-alone book, since there are many references to previous ones, and it would be hard to care about the characters if you don't know who they are. Several different threads are going at once, but they do come together! I found it a bit slow at first, but by the end my heart was racing! Looking forward to the next in the series!

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    Noel 11-29-12
    Noel 11-29-12 Member Since 2009

    Compulsive reader, compulsive listener.

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    "Very Worthy Addition to the Series"

    I'm never disappointed by Retrieval Artist novels. I love good science fiction, and Rusch has created an incredibly compelling and delightfully-researched world.

    This novel re-introduces several characters from earlier Retrieval Artist novels and traces logical development well. Characters are wonderfully, imperfectly PEOPLE, and the plotting and pacing of this particular story are especially masterful. The story is full of politics, intrigue and plain old detective work.

    Jay Snyder still does an excellent job of narration.

    This is very much what I've come to expect of and love in the Retrieval Artist series.

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    Robin United States 11-05-12
    Robin United States 11-05-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Pretty good!"

    Way to leave them wanting more! I felt it ended too soon, but I hope it's because going any further requires another book, and another book.... You get the idea.

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    Pamela Impson 10-16-15 Member Since 2015
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    "11 Hours of my life"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    nothing


    Has Blowback turned you off from other books in this genre?

    no


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jay Snyder?

    unknown


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    I ordered this book because I like series, it turned out to be 11 hours of my life I'll never get back. think I'll keep to Anne McCaffrey from now on.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Patricio 02-20-15
    Patricio 02-20-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great!!!"

    Love this series! Had to review before I go on to Murder of Clones. This series would make a great film noir science fiction movie or TV series but I'm sure the suits would mess it all up!

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    ketil vestby 02-12-15

    Love reading, prefferably books about mysteries, something to figure out.. Have read since I started, will stop when I do. B^)

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    "Exiting continuation from the initial book"
    What did you love best about Blowback?

    It took the loose threads from the first book, tied a few of them, untangled some more - and made the story leaner. The story is terrifyingly addictive becouse of all the fascinating small bits and pieces the author presents.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Impossible to say - each thread got their own main character, and all are presented lively and natually.


    What about Jay Snyder’s performance did you like?

    He is REALLY good at presenting the characters like living people - and his reading style keep me attached to my headphones.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I wanted to listen in one sitting, but gaps in the recording makes it difficult.
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    This book and the first one was two books I did enjoy in several small bits and pieces - the first night I heard most of it in one sitting, but I re-heard the story in various sittings - from beginning to the end - the following days.


    Any additional comments?

    As in the first read: Several one- or two second gaps in the reading. I bought the Kindle version to find what was wrong and it seemes as if the first four words on some pages are cut.

    I hate the gaps, it makes me wonder if Jay Snyder got a problem when submissing recordings - or if the Audible system got a presentation problem. Irritating. I am listening on four devices: An Android phone (HTC M8), a Windows 7 computer, a Macbook pro and a Acer Chromebook. The gaps are in the same places on all four devices.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jarod 06-19-14
    Jarod 06-19-14 Member Since 2006
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    "A little disappointing"
    Would you try another book from Kristine Kathryn Rusch and/or Jay Snyder?

    Yes


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Meh


    Was Blowback worth the listening time?

    This is a story about a man who really loves his daughter and he would do anything to protect his daughter because his daughter is so special and he loves her so much he will do whatever it takes to keep her safe since he loves her so much, and some stuff happens on the moon too I think. I loved every book in the series until the last two, they took such a turn from what the first seven books were that these two hardly fit the series at all. She goes on so much about how much he loves his . . well, you get the idea from my first bit, every time the story just gets going it comes to a crashing halt with another diatribe about how much he loves his daughter.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm not sure I'll bother with anymore books from this series unfortunately.

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    Sharon Brisbane, Australia 05-30-13
    Sharon Brisbane, Australia 05-30-13 Member Since 2016

    I am an Australian woman who enjoys reading many different styles of books, from history to sci fi and mystery to poetry.

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    "I would have given 3.5 stars if able"

    These are detective stories in space. No great strain on the brain matter and some gaping holes in the plot. I felt that I made a mistake buying the entire set after the first one thinking that the author was going to build on that story. She didn't really, The characters continue on with a series of detective stories that are not especially thrilling. I listened to them all and cannot say that I was inspired, but I enjoyed them for what they were, fairly bland. I wish we had 1/2 stars, these books only deserve three and half, the four is misleading but three would have been too low.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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