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Boneyards: Diving Universe, Book 3 | [Kristine Kathryn Rusch]

Boneyards: Diving Universe, Book 3

Rusch's popular character Boss returns in a whole new adventure, one that takes her far outside her comfort zone, to a sector of space she's never seen before. Searching for ancient technology to help her friends find answers to the mystery of their own past, Boss ventures into a place filled with evidence of an ancient space battle, one the Dignity Vessels lost. Meanwhile, the Enterran Empire keeps accidentally killing its scientists in a quest for ancient stealth tech.
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Publisher's Summary

The novellas in the Diving universe have won three Asimov's Readers Choice Awards. When multiple Hugo Award-winner Kristine Kathryn Rusch decided to put her stamp on classic space opera, readers and listeners wanted more. Now Rusch's popular character Boss returns in a whole new adventure, one that takes her far outside her comfort zone, to a sector of space she's never seen before.

Searching for ancient technology to help her friends find answers to the mystery of their own past, Boss ventures into a place filled with evidence of an ancient space battle, one the Dignity Vessels lost. Meanwhile, the Enterran Empire keeps accidentally killing its scientists in a quest for ancient stealth tech. Boss's most difficult friend, Squishy, has had enough. She sneaks into the Empire and destroys its primary stealth-tech research base. But an old lover thwarts her escape, and now Squishy needs Boss's help. Boss, who is a fugitive in the Empire. Boss, who knows how to make a Dignity Vessel work. Boss, who knows that Dignity Vessels house the very technology that the Empire is searching for.

Should Boss take a Dignity Vessel to rescue Squishy and risk losing everything to the Empire? Or should Boss continue on her mission for her other friends and let Squishy suffer her own fate?

Filled with battles old and new, scientific dilemmas, and questions about the ethics of friendship, Boneyards looks at the influence of our past on our present and the risks we all take when we meddle in other people's lives. Boneyards is space opera the way it was meant to be: exciting, fast moving, and filled with passion.

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

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    Dennis CRYSTAL RIVER, FL, US 06-24-13
    Dennis CRYSTAL RIVER, FL, US 06-24-13 Member Since 2012
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    "At last a good book!"

    This is a much better book then the first two. Easy to listen to, well written and a good story. Their needs to be another book or several books!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dr. Curmudgeon Cow Hampshire 02-07-12
    Dr. Curmudgeon Cow Hampshire 02-07-12 Member Since 2008

    Doctor of misanthropy

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    "Nice to be back"

    Maybe not as good a story as the previous two in the series, but it's always delightful to return to Boss's universe. Time well spent.

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    James tallahassee, FL, United States 09-03-12
    James tallahassee, FL, United States 09-03-12 Member Since 2007
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    "good, but awfully jumpy..."

    a good book if you've read the rest of the series, but it jumps around in time through the whole book... one page it's current time and the next it's twenty years ago.

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    Kay USA 04-20-12
    Kay USA 04-20-12 Member Since 2006

    Reader of all things science fiction, fantasy, mystery and paranormal.

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    "Not as good as the first two"
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    I agree with the other reviews that say this narrator isn't the best. She's growing on me (or maybe I'm just getting used to her), but she still isn't doing these books justice. They're first person, so they should be especially emotional, rather than be so monotone/flat. I will say though, that after some recent books, at least she can pronounce words correctly. Compared to the first two books, this book is less focused. There are two POVs this time: Boss and Squishy. Boss's sections are ponderous and slow. Boss builds her business. She and the captain try to figure out where the fleet might have gone. They visit a few worlds and find only a few clues. Finally, at the end, they get a better lead, but the book ends before they can explore it. Very little seems to get resolved, although it looks like the action might finally arrive in book 4. Squishy's timeline jumps back and forth with abandon, giving you moments in time ranging from present day to back when she was in college. It tells her whole history with stealth tech and explains her reactions to the empire's research of it. Squishy's part has some action, but I'm not sure her story even needed to be told. It didn't seem to advance Boss's story much, and I can't help but wish the author had gone in a different direction and stuck with Boss.I wanted to like this book, but it just didn't live up to my expectations.

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    John B. Littlefield Claremont, Virginia 04-18-12
    John B. Littlefield Claremont, Virginia 04-18-12

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    "Poor story, annoying reader"
    What would have made Boneyards better?

    A less harsh reader, I could not bring myself to finish the story. The reader was in my way.


    What was most disappointing about Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s story?

    Reader


    Would you be willing to try another one of Jennifer Van Dyck’s performances?

    NO!!


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

    Disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    No

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    Jared West Jordan, UT, United States 02-03-12
    Jared West Jordan, UT, United States 02-03-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Not quite what the synopsis promised."
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    I've read the other Diving Universe books and loved them, but this isn't quite up to the same caliber as the previous two. It's called

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    3RD BOOK IN SERIES-YOU NEED TO READ/LISTEN TO 1ST TWO,EXCELLENT FOLLOW ON FAST PACED GREAT CHARACTERS,FULL OF MYSTERIES,LEAVES YOU WANTING THE NEXT INSTALMENT NOW.

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