Boss, a loner, loved to dive derelict spacecraft adrift in the blackness of space.... But one day, she found a ship that would change everything - an ancient Dignity Vessel - and aboard the ship, the mysterious and dangerous Stealth Tech. Now, years after discovering that first ship, Boss has put together a large company that finds Dignity Vessels and "loose" stealth technology.
Following a hunch, Boss and her team come to investigate the city of Vaycehn, where 14 archeologists have died exploring the endless caves below the city. Mysterious "death holes" explode into the city itself for no apparent reason, and Boss believes stealth tech is involved. As Boss searches for the answer to the mystery of the death holes, she will uncover the answer to her Dignity Vessel quest as well - and one more thing, something so important that it will change her life and the universe forever.
©2011 Kristine Kathryn Rusch (P)2011 Audible, Inc.
"City of Ruins is a solid mystery (with a dash of adventure) whose ending teases even greater things in the next novel, Boneyards. Sign me up." (SF Signal)
I've listened to 20+ scifi books on Audible and this is only the second that I could not finish. I'm a big fan of Rusch's other works (particularly the Retrieval Artist series), but this book has been a disappointment . The main character is VERY irritating which is only made worse by the fact that most of the story is written in first person. The narrator actually does a good job of portraying the quirky antisocial characteristics of the protagonist (which in some ways is unfortunate).
I do like the premise of "archaeology in space" and there is considerable potential for this to be a great series (assuming the protagonist is replaced). If you like this genre, check out Jack McDevitt's books as the concept is similar but the characters are more relatable.
This was an amazing listen, though it was a little slow in the beginning compared to the first book. You really won't get into the story unless you've also read or listened to the previous book, but I absolutely loved it and couldn't stop listening. I was also a little disappointed that the story ended in somewhat of a cliffhanger, but that just means I'll have another amazing story to look forward to. 5 stars.
Starts a little slow - builds artfully. Much suspense & creativity. Leaves the reader craving for the next book in the series.
This sequel to "Diving Into the Wreck" takes us for an interesting ride through an underground ruin, and many of the themes from the first book return - the mysterious "stealth tech", the care and caution the team takes while diving, etc. The latter issue does get a bit boring, when you just want to know what happens next and are sick of hearing the members try to see who can be safest while diving!
The story is interesting, but kind of ends on an unfulfilling note, and I'm not sure it makes me care enough to read any more of the story.
I thought the plot had potential
The omniscient voice of the main character is pompous, mind numbingly repetitious.
The narrator was fine. the material was bad
There is a broken record feeling that interrupts the flow of the story
I got this book on the high reviews this received and I really don't get it.
The dialog and the characters are so boring I could not get through this book. It seems all the main two characters talk about is how they need to go slowly. That may be safe and conservative in practice, but who wants to read about it in excruciating detail.
The premise is actually pretty good which makes this book even more disappointing.
I would not recommend this book if you are looking for fast paced action with likeable characters.
This is a great space adventure book that takes place on a distant planet. I enjoyed the unique story line because it is a twist from other space based books. At times, I did feel some planet, and alien names sounded like they were from old Star Trek episodes. I look forward to the next book in the series.
I purchased the previous book in this new series and was pleased to see this one come along... the plot and narrator are excellent - drew me in from the first few pages. Author tends to be a bit over descriptive at times, but makes up for it with an outstanding plot. Really draws you in to the story. I'm now hooked on the series and wait patiently for the next book in this new series.
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