Retrieval Artist Miles Flint is responsible for putting the dead woman in harm's way. He may be the only one with the information needed to solve the case. Now, with DeRicci pressing him for answers he's not ready to give, he must relive the events that led up to his client's death, including her role in a war between humans and a mysterious alien race. And that ongoing war continues to escalate, threatening to consume the entire solar system.
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"An engrossing, thought-provoking murder mystery." (Locus)
"Top 10 Greatest Science Fiction Detective Novels of all Time." (io9.com)
"Some of the best science fiction ever written." (Orson Scott Card)
First off let me say read the books in order, don't start here. While the author does give a lot of background and set up you really do yourself a disservice if you start here.
With that said I believe in many ways this is the best books of the series (at least through the first 5 or so). Many of the characters really hit their stride. This book in many ways is the basis for major plot events of the books to come.
While it does set the stage it never wastes your time or bores you. As with the past books there is action, and drama with tons of politics and universe building.
As has been the case all along Snyder continues with his A game and helps bring the story to life.
Overall a really enjoyable story, one well worth listening to.
Ms. Rusch's 3rd book in this series, and there are so many things going on, it's hard to figure out what happened and why, and not much explanation for the opening 6 or so chapters.
The rest of the book plays much better, and wraps up with an awesome ending.
Jay Snyder's performance brings a 3-star book up to a 4.
I really liked this one. So far it is the best book in the series. The tension between Noelle and Flint continues to grow as they try to sort out how they feel about each other.
I liked the mystery aspect and the depth in which it was explored by Flint. His honor and ability to sleep at night are seriously on the line. It is this aspect that made the story interesting to me, I could use a lot more of that type of story. Action, conflict, mystery and more action.
The politics in this book did get on my nerves; I could do without all the back and forth about alien politics.
Rusch does a great job in developing her characters and the story line is compelling and interesting. The narrator does a good job with the different voices. The beginning was a bit confusing, but the end was done in a rather fast manner and left you hanging with a lot of questions and loose ends; which is too bad as the novel itself was very good.
I will try book 4 and hope the ending will be better.
He is a good narrator with different voices.
This series is so interesting. Everything makes sense even though it is science fiction. The descriptive writing helps you to imagine what everything looks like and how things work. I drove 268 miles last night and never got bored.
I have read all of this series. Hard to put down. You can see facts and thoughts of characters as the mystery is revealed. Often two stories going on but are connected. Well written and narrated.
Set in a science fiction universe, the ethical detective appeals to an historical ideal.
A person with the conscience to stand up
For the "most abused among us" rings a chord
That is missing in the far right stories consumed by the masses in military SCIFI today.
I am an Army Wife and full time student who loves to read. If I'm not reading a book I'm listening to one.
I really like this series but for some reason this one has never really made me as happy as the rest. Miles was just as smart, Diricci was just as acidic and the pace was fast but there was so much back story that it just grated on my nerves. I understand why it was there. There was no way to move the story along without it. The action would have seemed weird without a reason for it. I listen to this series a couple of times a year but I think that I'm just going to skip this one from now on. I love the series but what's the point if you just fast forward through huge chunks?
I am an Australian woman who enjoys reading many different styles of books, from history to sci fi and mystery to poetry.
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.
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