One simple mistake and a Disappeared could end up dead. But this time, the death of an ailing Retrieval Artist has caught Flint's attention. He suspects it was foul play, not a viral infection. Equally suspicious is a young woman's sudden demise during the Moon's prestigious Extreme Marathon. As Flint investigates, he finds an ominous connection. Both deaths lead back to a scientist - a scientist who is now one of the Disappeared.
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"A very readable and thought-provoking novel that satisfied the reader in just about every possible way." (Analog)
"Top 10 Greatest Science Fiction Detective Novels of all Time." (io9.com)
"If you love puzzle mysteries, crime novels, well-invented sci-fi worlds or stories about characters you can believe in and care about, you owe it to yourself to give Rusch's Retrieval Artist novels a try." (Orson Scott Card)
ELLE aka PlantCrone of the Great Pacific Northwest. I enjoy almost every genre-S/F, Action, Biographies and Histories & Romance
What a great story arc---a marathon on the moon...Rusch really comes up with different ideas and I love it! Jay Snyder has the aliens down pat..voices and attitude-he's got it made.
A new protagonist-Miles Flint is introduced in this novel. He's a Retrieval Artist (why artist? I wonder)..someone who makes it safe for those who have crossed an alien culture go into hiding..ya gotta read these..or listen to them..to get what I'm talking about here.
In any case, as a former runner I could totally connect with this novel. And enjoyed it as much as the first. I'm sad to see there's only one more written in this series because I'm hooked as I haven"t been since "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo". And thats saying something!
I read the first book and really enjoyed Flint.
this was a good mystery - I recommend it not many aliens but the story is in the future
worth the credit
I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)
This is a terrible novel. It goes on and on and on and there is just a tiny bit of mystery/plot to it (and to get to it you have to listen to 3 hours of description of a marathon).
Even pretending the book was meant to be a character exploration didn't help because even the main characters are not distinct. One is male, the other female but they talk, act, and respond identically. It seems the author was too busy trying to create 2 intertwined story lines that she forgot to distinguish characters' behaviors or attitudes. The intertwining was well done, but since the characters and plots were lame, you don't care.
The narration is the only redeeming feature but since I fast-forwarded through 10 minute segments at a time in which absolutely nothing happened, I missed much of that too.
Anyway, I won't be reading any more in this series.
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.
This is a fantastic series and the perfect 2nd book. This series opens the doors to how Earth and other worlds may co-exist. This particular book is not just an extension of the first but opens the reader to various aspects to life on the moon and how society works. While the first book helped the main character disappear, this book looks for a disappeared and helps the reader understand the dilemma society faces when interacting with alien worlds.
If you like science fiction and space fantasy this is a fantastic series.
The first book made me really happy to have found the series, it had great character development, nasty aliens and an interesting universe to be introduced to with lots of potential. I could hardly wait to down load the second. This second book really doesn't make use of that potential. It relies on the first book for character development which is not expanded here. Rusch's alien species are not part of this plot which was disappointing. I would probably be willing to try one more book into the series except that this narrator's various character voices are just too irritating. His regular reading voice is smooth and rich, but all the other characters are grating and seem wrong, especially the female detective whose voice is too nasal and sharp and her new side kick who sounds like a surfing teenager- others are exaggeratedly too low, slow or gruff, they are all "off" and distracting. Sorry Audible, I'll be going with paper books if I continue with this series.
The setting of the mystery in a moon colony is just not for show. It adds to the trouble and the suspense. Very clever.
I liked the first book all right (probably 3-4 stars), so I thought I'd try this one. The problem is, this reader is killing me. The reading is over-pronounced and halting. I hate it. The book seems OK, but I can't finish it because of the reader.
Has nothing to do with the first book in the series! It's a detective novel that happens to take place on the moon.....YAWN.
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