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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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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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    Phelix_da_Kat 07-17-08 Member Since 2005
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    "Sprint finish.."

    Ok, I must admit this was actually my 2nd attempt at this book.

    On my fist attempt I found the initial 20mins a struggle to get into - but with hindsight it was just the style of writing - with several story lines running in parallel.

    Predominately this is a detective novel within a sci-fi framework. The writer twists several threads that come together at the finale.

    I thoroughly enjoyed this - right to the end. Am definitely getting the next in the series and looking forward to seeing Flint progress. The narrator Jay Synder is great - reminds me of Scott Brick.





    17 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    pakkmom Morgan Hill, CA, US 04-14-09
    pakkmom Morgan Hill, CA, US 04-14-09 Member Since 2006

    Lvstoread

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    "Caught and Retrieved"

    I had for some reason, held off on listening to any of KK Rusch's books and feel like I've been holding out on myself. Well, no more, holding back!
    This was a really interesting book. Rusch has really thought about this idea and developed it so that it sounds plausible. Sort of like witness protection with quite a twist. The alien cultures the she has created sound scary, but also plausible, and I wanted to know more about them. Why do they think the way they do, how did their sense of justice develop, what do their worlds look like, and how do they live? There are just glimpses of these races, a tantalizing taste that piques the curiosity.
    Character development starts of strong and just builds as the story continues. You care about these people, you want them to succeed. Also, the issues that are the heart of the story are frightening and look to be unsolvable. There aren't any nicely packaged solutions that are applied here. Here are imperfect solutions, sort of like real life.
    I also greatly enjoyed Jay Snyder's reading. He has a voice that is easy to listen to, and if you really must know, he sort of "disappears" into the reading. Its as if you aren't really aware that someone else is reading the story to you.
    Excellent read, I am looking forward to my next KK Rusch book!

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Holly Helscher Cincinnati 07-19-10
    Holly Helscher Cincinnati 07-19-10 Member Since 2008

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    "Good Concept"

    Stolen children, betrayals, high stakes and murder - all the things a good mystery is made of only this mystery takes place in future time. Whether a person is a science fiction fan or not would not detract from enjoying this novel because Rusch gets the reader involved in the characters and also in trying to solve the mystery before Miles Flint, the cop. Flint, relatively new on the job, shows his skills to veteran partner to the point where she develops a respect for him that is earned. But in the end, Flint realizes the job isn't exactly what he's looking for and Rusch takes us into a different direction which she actually foreshadows very subtly in the beginning. The character development is good and the plot is intricate without being confusing. I found myself listening to the book in my garage when I would arrive home from work, unwilling to turn it off to go into the house. So for me, this was a book that pulled me in. And it made me want to buy other retrieval artist novels. Jay Snyder does a nice job of reading and bringing the characters to life. This is a good buy and a good read. I recommend it.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Boca Raton, FL, United States 11-11-12
    Amazon Customer Boca Raton, FL, United States 11-11-12 Member Since 2003
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    "Good story but not thrilled with the narrator"
    Would you be willing to try another one of Jay Snyder’s performances?

    Mr. Snyder has a smooth voice, in fact I found it way too smooth and dramatic for my taste. I was always conscious that someone was reading and couldn't lose myself in the story. I kept thinking about the over the top deep-voiced narrators of action-flic trailers that are now parodied for other commercials.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I was so happy to find a sci-fi series that I hadn't read yet and I am interested in the "world" that has been created by the author. I will listen to the next in the series and see if I can get over the narrator.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    crazybatcow East Coast, Canada 12-29-09
    crazybatcow East Coast, Canada 12-29-09 Member Since 2007

    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)

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    "Fast paced space detective novel"

    This is a fast, interesting and well-developed novel with interesting aliens and a suspenseful plot.

    There are some gaps where the story seems to jump and a major story thread gets concluded "behind the scenes" (i.e. we last see one character on the run from the police then at the end of the book we find out she's been relocated to Earth, but there is no indication of how or when this happened).

    The narration is very good; the characters are distinctly voiced and I will certainly be reading more in the series.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Eric Forreston, IL, USA 06-08-08
    Eric Forreston, IL, USA 06-08-08
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    "Great premise"

    This is a terrific combination of SF and Mystery. Very well read and a real page-tuner (if you can use that term with audio).

    16 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth Oakland, CA, United States 12-05-12
    Elizabeth Oakland, CA, United States 12-05-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Pretty good story"
    What made the experience of listening to The Disappeared the most enjoyable?

    The narrator brings some life to the characters.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    no. It's a pretty good story, but not rivetting


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed the book, but I don't think I would listen to other books in the series.

    2 of 2 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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    "Very interesting first novel of a new series"

    Kristine Rusch has developed a great hook with this series, and she's joined with Jay Snyder as narrator to come out with a great new story arc--at last-a NEW SiFi story line.

    Rusch writes tight dialog, both human and alien and Snyder does a wonderful job of inventing the aliens speech patterns and voices. Together they have a intriguing new idea that caught my attention in the first hour.

    Other reviews have covered the story line so I won't-I just have encourage those who love good tight SiFi thats not based in uber tech but reads like it's just the normal day except hundreds of years in the future, to check this first novel out. As for me, I'm on to # 2

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Terijo AUSTIN, TEXAS, United States 09-30-13
    Terijo AUSTIN, TEXAS, United States 09-30-13 Member Since 2008
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    "solid story"
    Would you listen to The Disappeared again? Why?

    perhaps not again


    What did you like best about this story?

    thevery novel take on alien legal interactions


    What about Jay Snyder’s performance did you like?

    he did well. As a narrator he disappeared which is what we want


    Any additional comments?

    It was an excellent premise to begin with - we meet the aliens, live side by side - and how is it we arrange legal matters between us, exactly?- this alone kept me entertaned. I was interested in the characters and the plot, too, however. I will be reading at least the next book in theseries.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon Brisbane, Australia 05-14-13
    Sharon Brisbane, Australia 05-14-13 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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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    "EXCELLENT MYSTERY SCI-FI."

    FIRST IN THIS EXCELLENT SERIES,IF YOU LIKE MYSTERYS IN A SCI-FI SETTING YOU WILL LOVE THIS,THE CHARACTERS ARE UTTERLY BELIEVABLE.I BOUGHT BOOK TWO AS SOON AS I READ THIS.

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