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The Disappeared: A Retrieval Artist Novel | [Kristine Kathryn Rusch]

The Disappeared: A Retrieval Artist Novel

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.
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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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"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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    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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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.

    5 of 10 people found this review helpful
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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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    Dohagirl Qatar 10-04-10
    Dohagirl Qatar 10-04-10 Member Since 2014

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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 33 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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