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Extremes: A Retrieval Artist Novel | [Kristine Kathryn Rusch]

Extremes: A Retrieval Artist Novel

His name: Miles Flint. His occupation: Retrieval Artist. His job: find the Disappeared - outlaws on the run, wanted for crimes against alien cultures. The catch: Flint isn't working on the side of the law anymore.
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Publisher's Summary

His name: Miles Flint. His occupation: Retrieval Artist. His job: find the Disappeared - outlaws on the run, wanted for crimes against alien cultures. The catch: Flint isn't working on the side of the law anymore.

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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What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Christopher SOMERS, MT, United States 07-29-09
    Christopher SOMERS, MT, United States 07-29-09 Member Since 2006
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    "A good second book in this series"

    Ms. Rusch delivered a good second book in this series, focusing on the characters and the detective work, even by the ex-detective Flint.

    Some of the plot twists seem contrived, but not annoying.

    Another stellar performance by Jay Snyder, as well.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Aaron Staunton, VA, United States 01-24-09
    Aaron Staunton, VA, United States 01-24-09 Member Since 2008
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    "A good continuation of the series staring Flint"

    I was unsure after the first book if I would like to read the entire series. I enjoyed the story lines and how they interleaved with each other in the first book. I decided to give this book a try and I really enjoyed it. The story line continues with the two main characters from the first book and its interesting how the two get together to work on a common issue but in the end the book just stops. I was very curious how in the last 90 minutes the author was going to wrap everything up. 30 minutes left in the book and it still seemed like there was alot to wrap up. Finally in the last 15 minutes both plots in the book suddenly come to an end. Would like to have had more of a developed ending to the overall story.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Kathleen Wolcott, CT, USA 02-11-09
    Kathleen Wolcott, CT, USA 02-11-09 Member Since 2005
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    "Engrossing and exciting."

    This was my third novel by this author. What good writing. Everything is so interesting. The reader is excellent, too. This is science fiction that makes sense.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Ed San Jose, CA, United States 08-31-08
    Ed San Jose, CA, United States 08-31-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Character dev. - break from the weird aliens"

    Not that I disliked the "weird aliens" introduced in the first book, but this humans-only followup was a nice break.

    I've only heard these first two books, so I don't want to rush to judgment. The aliens in book one seem so alien it's a little difficult to relate. In this book, we have humans with accessible human motivations. The setting is good sci-fi, the main characters evolve, excellent second book in the series. Definitely enough for me to get book three.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Dave Wylie, TX, United States 04-20-13
    Dave Wylie, TX, United States 04-20-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Usually, I can make it through a book..."

    I have tried to listen to this book a couple of times, but I failed. The story progression is slow, but that’s not all of it. The narration is really the issue. The voices of the characters are too painful to endure, especially the female ones. The narrator’s falsetto is reminiscent of a Monty Python sketch. His overly forced PRO-NUN-CI-A-TION-S would be helpful if I was just learning English, or maybe at a Spelling Bee, but the end effect is to progress the story with the lethargic stagger of a death march.

    When you combine a slow story with a ponderous narration, the end experience is hard to take. I found myself two thirds through the book wishing all the characters would die just to make it end. I guess it’s time to stop listening.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ed Kingsley, MI, USA 08-17-08
    Ed Kingsley, MI, USA 08-17-08 Member Since 2004
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    "A Gem of a Find"

    My first experience with Kristine Kathryn Rusch was the first novel of this series "The Disappeared" and it will not be the last. This novel ("Extremes") picks up where "The Disappeared" left off, on the moon, and ended up being even better than the first of the series. Flint is now a Retrieval artist and getting good at it. I can hardly wait until I get the next one downloaded to pick up where this left off. Rusch rates right up there with the Sci-Fi greats.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Elle in the Great NorthWest Beaverton, OR, United States 02-08-13
    Elle in the Great NorthWest Beaverton, OR, United States 02-08-13 Member Since 2011

    I LOVE books. And dogs & quilting & beading & volunteering.

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    "Great Aliens and 26K races on the Moon - love it!"

    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!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Loy Benbrook, TX, United States 12-19-08
    Loy Benbrook, TX, United States 12-19-08 Member Since 2006

    Born to read

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    "good mystery on the moon"

    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

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon Brisbane, Australia 05-30-13
    Sharon Brisbane, Australia 05-30-13 Member Since 2011

    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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    "3.5 stars for this series"

    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 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dave Nelson Marietta, GA, United States 04-06-13
    Dave Nelson Marietta, GA, United States 04-06-13 Member Since 2009
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    "A great continuation"

    This is the second book in the Retrieval Artist series of books and is a great continuation of the storyline.

    In this book Flint and Noelle are no longer working together and Flint is learning that he really can’t trust anyone, which is very hard for him as he really wants to trust Noelle with everything he knows, but telling her to much will endanger his clients and their families.

    The tension between Noelle and Flint is growing; they are trying to figure out what there new relationship is and how it will work in the future. It is not something that will be resolved anytime soon. It is this tension between the characters along with the crime-mystery drama that makes these books enjoyable for me.

    Jay Snyder continues doing a great job bringing the characters to life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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