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The Disappeared Audiobook

The Disappeared: A Retrieval Artist Novel

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Publisher's Summary

Retrieval Artists help the lost find their way back home, whether they like it or not. Specialized private detectives, they investigate the most unusual crimes in the galaxy. But Miles Flint isn't a Retrieval Artist. He's just a cop, trying to do his job.

In a stolen space yacht, three people have been found eviscerated, the grisly signature of an alien vengeance killing. Moments later, the border patrol halts another ship launched out of the moon's orbit. Its passengers are two human children, kidnapped by the most ruthless aliens in the universe. Both ships are linked to a woman on the run: a Disappeared relocated to the inhospitable landscape of Mars. A reluctant outlaw with a bounty on her head and a detective on her case, she's about to teach all of them a lesson: it's dangerous to gamble with your life in a universe that rigs the game.

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What the Critics Say

"A masterful writer is at work." (Orson Scott Card)

"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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    Sharon Brisbane, Australia 05-14-13
    Sharon Brisbane, Australia 05-14-13 Member Since 2015

    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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    "A good story and well read"

    This story has a few surprises in it that you do not expect. A few twists and turns that keep you interested throughout. I like the way in which the story unfolds, slowly but, without boredom becoming an issue. So the plot is a good one, and it is well written without the plodding unimaginative prose that so often goes along with this genre. The narrator does a fine job with only one of the voices that does not quite fit the character in my humble opinion. That being said, the character only plays a minor part, so this isn’t a huge issue. Hence if you like this genre I would certainly recommend you buy this book.

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    thomas leming, TX, United States 01-12-13
    thomas leming, TX, United States 01-12-13
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    "I took a chance.....was not dissapointed"

    It took a bit of effort in the beginning, but the story just kept expanding until the threads all came together......I thought the narrator did a fine job with all the different voices and the story line kept me listening... found myself almost late for work by sitting in my car for just a few more minutes....

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Colin atascadero, CA, United States 01-07-13
    Colin atascadero, CA, United States 01-07-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Entertaining"

    While it's not the best book I've ever read it's paced well, has enough character development and the plot is interesting enough to keep me listening. There a some pretty big holes in the premise the Disappeared is based on but if you can get over that you will be entertained. 3.7 stars would be a fair overall rating.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Patricia Boise, ID 11-03-10
    Patricia Boise, ID 11-03-10 Member Since 2012
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    "Wonderful"

    This was my first KK Rusch book. It was very engaging and well paced. I looked forward to my listening time and found myself with many "driveway" moments not wanting to leave the story. I enjoyed the descriptions of aliens and their worlds and cultures. Very thoughtfully put together. The narration was perfect.

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    Lynn Plymouth, MN, USA 08-17-09
    Lynn Plymouth, MN, USA 08-17-09 Member Since 2010
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    "Put me to sleep - literally"

    This had to be one of the most plodding and simplistic books I've listened to in quite some time. As another poster asked, "And I paid for this?" nails my feelings on the head. I was listening to it the other day and realized I had fallen asleep!

    I felt the characterizations were one-dimensional and poorly developed. The author telegraphed every thing that occurred in book and just fell flat. I will not be ordering any more in the series.

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    kukkurovaca 07-05-08
    kukkurovaca 07-05-08 Member Since 2006
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    "Interesting premise, sloppy execution"

    There are some interesting ideas here, but I found it hard to get past the presentation. The language was both stiff and in several places grammatically suspect -- a bad combination. There was considerable redundancy, particularly in the thoughts and feelings of the characters, which demonstrated no growth, just recurrence, over the course of the novel. Plot was weak. Get Frank Herbert's Whipping Star instead.

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    Dr Dionne P Joseph Qatar 10-04-10
    Dr Dionne P Joseph Qatar 10-04-10 Member Since 2016

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    "boring and tedious"

    dont understand what people liked about this. the premise is totally far fetched and the alien races are not explained properly. the whole novel is about an argument over paperwork! struggled to finish. wont be listening to any more in the series. good narration though.

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    Amazon Customer Houston 07-29-08
    Amazon Customer Houston 07-29-08 Member Since 2012
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    "And I Paid for This?"

    It is true that the plot of a novel sometimes cannot avoid driving from points A to B over well-worn stones, but the plot of this one my dog could sniff out in her sleep. The fate of the main protagonist was apparent within two hours. Not good.

    I think the main flaw in this novel is Rusch's stunning lack of understanding of human nature. Our history is an ever-quickening march toward individualism. The individual is, for better or worse, gaining power faster than he is losing it. To propose that government could get away with placing interstellar treaties above the lives of children is unrealistic in the extreme. A totalitarian regime might be able to make that stick, but not the society Rusch draws for us. One scandal would lead to interstellar war.

    As another reviewer observed, perhaps this was intended to be a juvenile series. Adults should steer clear.

    12 of 34 people found this review helpful
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    Nomo Tax 02-25-13
    Nomo Tax 02-25-13

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    "Rusch and Snyder equals a very good novella."

    The Retrieval Artist series provides glimpses into a plausible world where the audience continually wondering what/where/how will Miles do next.I love books that provide thought provoking concepts as well as spots of humor. Well done.

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    george United States 01-29-13
    george United States 01-29-13 Member Since 2011

    I'm a technician that does a lot of driving for his job. I use the "windshield" time to listen to audiobooks.

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    "Lifetime Movies Network meets SciFi channel."

    Not a lot of sci fi in this book, it's more about babies being abducted and mommies and daddies being sad. yawn. zzzzzz.

    1 of 6 people found this review helpful

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