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City of Ruins: Diving Universe, Book 2 | [Kristine Kathryn Rusch]

City of Ruins: Diving Universe, Book 2

Boss, a loner, loved to dive derelict spacecraft adrift in the blackness of space...But one day, she found a ship that would change everything - an ancient Dignity Vessel - and aboard the ship, the mysterious and dangerous Stealth Tech. Now, years after discovering that first ship, Boss has put together a large company that finds Dignity Vessels and finds "loose" stealth technology. Following a hunch, Boss and her team come to investigate the city of Vaycehn, where 14 archeologists have died exploring the endless caves below the city.
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Boss, a loner, loved to dive derelict spacecraft adrift in the blackness of space.... But one day, she found a ship that would change everything - an ancient Dignity Vessel - and aboard the ship, the mysterious and dangerous Stealth Tech. Now, years after discovering that first ship, Boss has put together a large company that finds Dignity Vessels and "loose" stealth technology.

Following a hunch, Boss and her team come to investigate the city of Vaycehn, where 14 archeologists have died exploring the endless caves below the city. Mysterious "death holes" explode into the city itself for no apparent reason, and Boss believes stealth tech is involved. As Boss searches for the answer to the mystery of the death holes, she will uncover the answer to her Dignity Vessel quest as well - and one more thing, something so important that it will change her life and the universe forever.

©2011 Kristine Kathryn Rusch (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

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"City of Ruins is a solid mystery (with a dash of adventure) whose ending teases even greater things in the next novel, Boneyards. Sign me up." (SF Signal)

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    David Fall Branch, TN, United States 12-22-11
    David Fall Branch, TN, United States 12-22-11
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    "Disappointing...."

    I've listened to 20+ scifi books on Audible and this is only the second that I could not finish. I'm a big fan of Rusch's other works (particularly the Retrieval Artist series), but this book has been a disappointment . The main character is VERY irritating which is only made worse by the fact that most of the story is written in first person. The narrator actually does a good job of portraying the quirky antisocial characteristics of the protagonist (which in some ways is unfortunate).

    I do like the premise of "archaeology in space" and there is considerable potential for this to be a great series (assuming the protagonist is replaced). If you like this genre, check out Jack McDevitt's books as the concept is similar but the characters are more relatable.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Rodolphe valdor, Quebec, Canada 06-02-11
    Rodolphe valdor, Quebec, Canada 06-02-11
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    "good sci-fi"

    nice book, entertaining, its about 5000 years into the future, so its hard core.
    I want a sequel !

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    Dr. Curmudgeon Cow Hampshire 06-02-11
    Dr. Curmudgeon Cow Hampshire 06-02-11 Member Since 2008

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    "A Great Listen"

    What's the audible equivalent to "I just couldn't put this book down?"

    This was that.

    I just want more.

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    Suzanne 05-05-12
    Suzanne 05-05-12 Member Since 2004

    * love to work (nursing informatics) * love dogs * love speed * listen to books constantly *

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    Starts a little slow - builds artfully. Much suspense & creativity. Leaves the reader craving for the next book in the series.

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    Striker Waynesboro, PA 10-04-11
    Striker Waynesboro, PA 10-04-11 Member Since 2011

    Pennsylvania resident. Reader of mostly Science Fiction, some Fantasy, and a dash of History and other Non-Fiction.

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    "Amazing Listen"

    This was an amazing listen, though it was a little slow in the beginning compared to the first book. You really won't get into the story unless you've also read or listened to the previous book, but I absolutely loved it and couldn't stop listening. I was also a little disappointed that the story ended in somewhat of a cliffhanger, but that just means I'll have another amazing story to look forward to. 5 stars.

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    Mark 10-05-14
    Mark 10-05-14 Member Since 2012

    Hello all, I am a Father of a not so little boy. A tech head and Sci-Fi lover.

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    "A city of the shaken people"
    What did you love best about City of Ruins?

    As a whole Mrs Rusch wrote a rock solid story. This is my favorite series of books When they get to the planet and so a little (no pun intended). digging. They find out about the earth quakes and cave ins. When the ship appeared on the pad.


    What did you like best about this story?

    How both sides were careful. Doing exactly what the other would do.


    Which character – as performed by Jennifer Van Dyck – was your favorite?

    She does very good accents for the different people in the book.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    if you think it is safe on the panet. Think again


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    David Morgenstern San Francisco 06-18-13
    David Morgenstern San Francisco 06-18-13 Member Since 2005
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    "I am warming up to this series"

    I had some serious issues with the first volume in this series, Diving into the Wreck. I am happy to report that this book is worth reading. The story line of a space vessel lost in in time is interesting and there's plenty of suspense and action. But even better, now we have a second viewpoint from another character, which is done in the third person.

    As I said in my previous review, I find the first-person narration for the major character off-putting -- it's difficult to write in this mode successfully. The entire first book was done in first person, and I'm sorry to report that it's still not effective here in the second volume. But now, we have another viewpoint, so the book was saved for me.

    Like many classic science fiction tales, this book ended in a rush. I wanted more, which perhaps is a good sign.

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    Joshua mcleansville, NC, United States 12-07-11
    Joshua mcleansville, NC, United States 12-07-11 Member Since 2011

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    "Decent follow-up to the first, but doesn't go far."

    This sequel to "Diving Into the Wreck" takes us for an interesting ride through an underground ruin, and many of the themes from the first book return - the mysterious "stealth tech", the care and caution the team takes while diving, etc. The latter issue does get a bit boring, when you just want to know what happens next and are sick of hearing the members try to see who can be safest while diving!

    The story is interesting, but kind of ends on an unfulfilling note, and I'm not sure it makes me care enough to read any more of the story.

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    James Wright 12-02-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Irritating!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I thought the plot had potential


    What did you like best about this story?

    archeological investigations


    What about Jennifer Van Dyck’s performance did you like?

    The omniscient voice of the main character is pompous, mind numbingly repetitious.


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

    The narrator was fine. the material was bad


    Any additional comments?

    There is a broken record feeling that interrupts the flow of the story

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    Bradley cockeysville, MD, United States 11-08-11
    Bradley cockeysville, MD, United States 11-08-11 Member Since 2004
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    "I don' understand"

    I got this book on the high reviews this received and I really don't get it.

    The dialog and the characters are so boring I could not get through this book. It seems all the main two characters talk about is how they need to go slowly. That may be safe and conservative in practice, but who wants to read about it in excruciating detail.

    The premise is actually pretty good which makes this book even more disappointing.

    I would not recommend this book if you are looking for fast paced action with likeable characters.

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  • Susie
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    "Loved it"

    Wonderful story by KK Rusch. I've read most of her Retrieval Artist books and really enjoyed them. This has a new set of characters, and is told from two different points of view almost on a chapter-by-chapter basis. Really intriguing to watch the two groups of people come closer and closer, and finally meet. I was completely engrossed, and can't wait for the next one in the series - there will be another one won't there?!!

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