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Recovery Man: A Retrieval Artist Novel | [Kristine Kathryn Rusch]

Recovery Man: A Retrieval Artist Novel

On Jupiter's moon, Callisto, a mysterious Recovery Man kidnaps Rhonda Shindo after he terrorizes and then abandons her brilliant 13-year-old daughter, Talia. While authorities on Callisto search for Rhonda, her employers at the Aleyd Corporation try to gain custody of Talia. Somehow, Callisto authorities realize, she's part of the crime, even though she was left behind.
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On Jupiter's moon, Callisto, a mysterious Recovery Man kidnaps Rhonda Shindo after he terrorizes and then abandons her brilliant 13-year-old daughter, Talia. While authorities on Callisto search for Rhonda, her employers at the Aleyd Corporation try to gain custody of Talia. Somehow, Callisto authorities realize, she's part of the crime, even though she was left behind.

Meanwhile, Miles Flint is having a crisis of his own. In his murdered mentor's files lies a long-held secret, one that could change his life. His investigation of the secret leads him to the Aleyd Corporation, into the middle of the search for Rhonda Shindo, and to a case that threatens the entire legal system that enables the Earth Alliance to function.

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"Rusch has a knack for creating interesting characters and a future that moves and breathes." (The PhiladelphiaWeekly Press)

"Top 10 Greatest Science Fiction Detective Novels of all Time." (io9.com)

"Here's Rusch's genius: She doesn't confine herself to the rules of any one genre. She does world-creation and social criticism like the best sci-fi writers; she creates crime stories that would be best episodes on Law & Order or CSI; and she creates stories of human relationships that rank her with the finest character writers working today." (Orson Scott Card)

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    Melisa Ponchatoula, LA, United States 10-21-08
    Melisa Ponchatoula, LA, United States 10-21-08 Member Since 2004
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    "I hope there will be more."

    I've listened to all 6 books in the Retrieval Artist series and enjoyed them all. The characters are interesting and easy to come to care about, despite their flaws. The futuristic story line is interesting, but still believable. The narrator does a great job, too. I hope there will be more in this series.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Donna Lakeland, FL, United States 09-21-08
    Donna Lakeland, FL, United States 09-21-08 Member Since 2007
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    "I want more!"

    I have just finished this book and have listened to the other five. I have thoroughly enjoyed each book. The characters are supportive to the main character "Miles Flint". He has become a friend of mine. I am caught up to the last. I'm gonna miss him. I recomend this book for many ages. Easy listening with enough grip to keep you intrested.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    MrBoobo Bethpage, NY, United States 01-31-12
    MrBoobo Bethpage, NY, United States 01-31-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Too much coincidence"

    I've really enjoyed this series so far. I like the characters and the universe. While much of the set up to this point has been extreme at times I always enjoyed it. Examples would be how Flint seems to be the best at almost everything he does, smarter than everyone, not to mention a super hacker etc.

    But overall that has been fun. While I still enjoyed this book I was annoyed by how it turns so much plot on it's ear from the previous books. It intertwines so many layers from previous books that I think were better left as character development rather than future plot.

    Don't get me wrong it is still a very good book, but both not as good as some of the past ones and foreshadows future events in a way I am not currently looking forward to.

    As always though Jay Snyder does an excellent job bringing the written words to life.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    R. Parker NM USA 02-05-10
    R. Parker NM USA 02-05-10 Member Since 2005

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    "Too much instrospection"

    I really like these books, and think Miles and the other characters are worth following. But there's so much discussion of internal states, twisting and clenching of stomachs, and recitation of backstory that I find myself sometimes telling the narrator to just move on instead of dwelling incessantly on some of the details. Perhaps an abridged version would be more enjoyable. Nevertheless, I look forward to the next installment, having discovered some surprising information about Miles and his family. The narration is good, too.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Loy Benbrook, TX, United States 07-04-09
    Loy Benbrook, TX, United States 07-04-09 Member Since 2006

    Born to read

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    "another great retrieval artist novel"

    this is another great book. Miles Flint's history about his family is the basis of this installment.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    James Union City, Tunisia 04-07-09
    James Union City, Tunisia 04-07-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Left me hanging"

    As you read this review please understand that as a whole I believe The Retrieval Artist Series is one of the best that I have found in a long time. As a long time sci-fi nut and retired police officer I found that I could relate to the characters very well. I even found myself bring up suggestions as Noel and Miles did their thing. I could not wait for the next audiobook to come out. Unfortunately for me the Recovery Man left me hanging. I really did not get a true since that the story ended. All of the bad guys were taken care of in true Kristine fashion but the bringing together of the 2 main characters toward then end could have been smoother.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Gerald Willow Grove, PA, United States 02-08-09
    Gerald Willow Grove, PA, United States 02-08-09
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    "A very nice end to the series"

    In a way, this novel "closed the circle" that began with the first of the series. I've enjoyed the series far more than expected.

    Unlike other reviewers, wanting another episode, I think it might be better to end on this satisfying note. Other series that grabbed my interest during the first few novels, turned out to be very disappointing - and never ending wastes of time. I won't mention any series by name, but hints are in my wording. (Smile).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kristi Bartlesville, OK, USA 01-14-09
    Kristi Bartlesville, OK, USA 01-14-09
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    "I am ready for the next adventure with Miles"

    I find this series of books very entertaining. It keeps you guessing all the way to the end. I look forward to listening to more books about Miles Flint. I agree with the other reviewer, he has become a friend.

    The books are very easy to listen to, easy to follow. The descriptions are wonderful and in my mind, I feel I see them as the writer intended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Anna Fresno, TX, USA 10-30-08
    Anna Fresno, TX, USA 10-30-08
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    "Outstanding sci fi beginning"

    The auther is very imaginative with some great details of different life in a sci fi world of creatures and races. The reader has an awesome voice so it's easy to get invovled with the story, leaving you wondering what next! Great buy to start a series you'll enjoy.

    1 of 1 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 across the board"

    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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