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Anniversary Day Audiobook

Anniversary Day: Anniversary Day Saga, Book 1 (Retrieval Artist Universe)

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Publisher's Summary

Four years ago, a bomb destroyed part of the dome protecting Armstrong, the largest city on the Moon. Now, as the city celebrates its survival with an event it calls Anniversary Day, a larger threat looms - one that begins with the murder of the mayor, and spreads across the moon itself.

Even with every new technological device at her disposal, Moon Security Chief Noelle DiRicci can't stay ahead of the unfolding disaster. As the situation gets worse, Retrieval Artist Miles Flint hurries to his daughter's school to protect her. And Detective Bartholomew Nyquist finds himself in the middle of everything, from that first bombing to the Anniversary Day crisis itself.

Fan-favorite series narrator Jay Snyder is back to lend his voice to this thriller with several mysteries at its core. Anniversary Day is Kristine Kathryn Rusch's most exciting Retrieval Artist novel yet and available exclusively through Audible for the first two months of its release.

Listen to more in the Retrieval Artist series.

©2011 Kristine Kathryn Rusch (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“Some of the best science fiction ever written.” (Orson Scott Card)

“[One of] the top ten greatest science fiction detectives of all time.” (io9.com)

"Rusch mounts hard-boiled noir on an expansive sf background with great panache." (Booklist)

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    Adam Shields 04-20-17 Member Since 2014

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    "Start of a sub-series, so a lot of set up"

    A Facebook friend of mine loves this series. On his recommendation I picked up the first book in the series, The Disappeared, about a year ago. The Disappeared was a well written police procedural with a scifi setting. But I haven’t picked up any more of the series until Anniversary Day went on sale.

    I do not traditionally like reading books out of order, even if they do stand alone. Anniversary Day is the start of an 8 book sub-series within the larger 15 book series. I did feel like I was jumping into something that I did not fully understand. The main characters from the first book were still here, but a lot of additional characters had also been added.

    The story was easy enough to follow (just missing character backstory.) Several years ago, there was a bombing in the moon’s largest city. It kill a number of people and that bombing was never solved. Every year there are remembrances, but also wariness because the bombing could happen again.

    One of the police detectives of the first book in the series is now the head of security for the whole moon. When the mayor of the largest city and the head of the moon’s national government both die mysteriously, as do other political leaders around the moon, she coordinates a response from her office.

    But there are a ton of threads (and characters) in this book. Because the crimes happen independently, different characters have to respond to the sub plots. The threads are the way real coordinated attacks would work. Lots of different people, with part of the picture have to respond with inadequate information because the whole picture is not in view to any one person.

    The police procedural elements are still here, but this is a larger triller style plot. It is well written and I want to read more. The question is whether I go back to the books I missed earlier, or whether I keep reading this sub-series.

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    Susan 05-18-16
    Susan 05-18-16 Member Since 2008
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    "You gotta buy all 8 books or else. Be warned."

    You won't find the answer to the mystery (or any answers at all) until you get to the last book, number 8. Each book is not a standalone. None of the smaller storylines are tied up at the end of each volume, like most normal series. As another review said, it really should have been a trilogy with 3 large volumes. At the so-called "end" of each novel, I felt totally un-satisfied, almost cheated.

    If I'd known what I was getting into, I'd never have started. I wish I'd known this at the start. But I guess this is getting to be the fashion nowadays: to write multiple small volumes that are just one story, rather than just one long book. Some authors warn you up front, but some don't.

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    Pamela Impson 10-16-15
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    What disappointed you about Anniversary Day?

    Everything


    What was most disappointing about Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s story?

    I thought I'd fine another series to get into


    What didn’t you like about Jay Snyder’s performance?

    Boring


    What character would you cut from Anniversary Day?

    All of them


    Any additional comments?

    I didn't even realize it came it 2 downloads and it didn't bother me. I didn't go back for the other half.

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    N Oakleigh South, Australia 08-16-15
    N Oakleigh South, Australia 08-16-15
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    "Not really great Si-Fi"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    er not really, the book had it's moments, I felt it was trying to be great sci-fi, (great space opera), but was only able to achieve it now and then. The author is no Peter F Hamilton.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Create characters I feel are real, and so I care about them. I need wonder, awe amazement. Like Peter F Hamilton! Create new worlds. Hint it takes more than saying "well we are are on the moon and under a dom" etc...Maybe its best viewed as a story about a cop tying to solve a case? Just derivative fiction.


    What three words best describe Jay Snyder’s voice?

    A bit implausible.


    Do you think Anniversary Day needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Its clear the author is trying for one. If book one did not work forget book 2.


    Any additional comments?

    It could have been a Peter F Hamilton great, but the writing and story was too pedestrian, to uninteresting, etc...

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    David Scorca South Florida 03-12-15
    David Scorca South Florida 03-12-15 Member Since 2002

    Seattle Slew

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    "Interesting characters and intriguing story."

    I really got into the story... The plot was intriguing and the characters very interesting. My only disappointment was that the book wasn't longer.

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    A. A McIntyre, GA 02-18-15
    A. A McIntyre, GA 02-18-15 Listener Since 2007
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    "This series keeps me coming back"

    loved it. I can't get enough of this universe. The narrator is exceptional. The best series I've read.

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    ketil vestby 02-12-15

    Love reading, prefferably books about mysteries, something to figure out.. Have read since I started, will stop when I do. B^)

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    "Great start, exiting, reading got gaps"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It's exiting, made me listen to it for longer sessions than I initially wanted - could not put it away..


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    This book got a rare quality: The story changes from character to character, makes me want to keep listening to get another persone view of whats happening. The initial main caracter get in the background after a while - and a different / new caracter becomes the front lead for a while. Fascinating


    Have you listened to any of Jay Snyder’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    It's my first book from this author - but it will not be the last


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The seconds from the initial start until a different voice told me the book was over


    Any additional comments?

    A combined whodoneit and thriller - exiting and refreshing. The reading got small one- or two second gaps where the voice got cut. Irritating, but the reader was so good (and the story so exiting) that I kept listening

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    Sharon Brisbane, Australia 05-30-13
    Sharon Brisbane, Australia 05-30-13 Member Since 2016

    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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    "4 stars are misleading 3.5 should be the rating"

    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.

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    Oenophile 02-19-13
    Oenophile 02-19-13

    In vino veritas

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    "Timely warning"
    If you could sum up Anniversary Day in three words, what would they be?

    Remember. Beware complacency.


    What other book might you compare Anniversary Day to and why?

    Most other books on terrorism because of the similarities to recent events in this country. One part of the book, near the end, has Miles saying that if he were to plan another attack, he would wait until we let our guard down and our new security rules become routine--then he would attack somewhere completely unexpected. Unfortunately, this is not a needed warning only in sci-fi.


    Have you listened to any of Jay Snyder’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes. I like Jay Snyder very much. I am picky about narrators, but I would put him in the same highly-regarded class as Dick Hill and James Marsters.


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

    Ha. I did.


    Any additional comments?

    This whole series is pretty well done. It was a little difficult for me to see how people raised on the moon could function on Earth immediately, though, but I decided it was due to enhancements.

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    Paul 03-19-15
    Paul 03-19-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Fast paced mystery with engaging characters"

    I liked the fact that there wasn't just one super hero character and most characters had at least one likeable quality. bought the next book in the series right away.

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