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Publisher's Summary

Boss loves to dive historical ships, derelict spacecraft found adrift in the blackness between the stars. Sometimes she salvages for money, but mostly she's an active historian. She wants to know about the past - to experience it firsthand. Once she's dived the ship, she'll either leave it for others to find or file a claim so that she can bring tourists to dive it as well. It's a good life for a tough loner, with more interest in artifacts than people.
Then one day, Boss finds the claim of a lifetime: an enormous spacecraft, incredibly old, and apparently Earth-made. It's impossible for something so old, built in the days before Faster Than Light travel, to have journeyed this far from Earth. It shouldn't be here. It can't be here. And yet, it is. Boss's curiosity is up, and she's determined to investigate. She hires a group of divers to explore the wreck with her, the best team she can assemble. But some secrets are best kept hidden, and the past won't give up its treasures without exacting a price in blood. What Boss finds could rewrite history, cost lives, and start an intergalactic war.
©2009 Kristine Kathryn Rusch (P)2009 Audible, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"Rusch delivers a page-turning space adventure while contemplating the ethics of scientists and governments working together on future tech." (Publisher's Weekly)
"This is classic sci-fi, a well-told tale of dangerous exploration....Compellingly human and technically absorbing, the suspense builds to fevered intensity, culminating in an explosive yet plausible conclusion." (Romantic Times)
"Jennifer Van Dyck has a bright and lively voice, and she narrates at a quick pace. The story is a good old-fashioned space opera, but Van Dyck gives it some weight, turning it into a thoughtful look at history and what it can mean to individuals." (AudioFile)
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3 out of 5 stars
By Pascal Scheffers on 12-11-09

Scubadiving... in space.

The overall story and naration was quite good, I like the retrieval artist novels so took a chance. The characters are nice and if you're looking for some adventure you'll find it.

What makes me stop at three out of five is the weird choice of driving part of the plot with very advanced interstellar and then limiting 'dives' by running out of air in 60 minutes. Even today's EVAs on ISS and Shuttle missions last for 7 or 8 hours. All in all, it feels like the book was written while learning to scuba dive.

Enjoyable nonetheless, recommended.

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4 out of 5 stars
By W. S. on 03-18-10

NOT Clive Cussler in Space

It's best to explain what this book (really 3 short stories/novellas) is -not-, before discussing what it is. As my review title states, don't buy this if what you really want is a Clive Cussler-style space-diving, treasure-hunting adventure. You won't be satisfied at all. The story wasn't a bit what I expected either, but I ended up liking it for the character study it is.

The book's title is somewhat allegorical. The ultimate "Wreck" you end up diving into is actually the protagonist herself, who is revealed slowly (sometimes maddeningly slowly) through the forced first-person perspective. It's a bit claustrophobic at times (I too ended up wanting to be viewing the action from outside Boss's head, knowing I was missing something by being limited to her knowledge, her perspective)--- but that's also what wreck diving is: an exploration of the unknown and potentially dangerous within extremely cramped quarters.

It took me about 15 minutes to warm up to the narrator, but afterwards her cadences actually seemed to be a good match for the words themselves.

I'd prefer to give this a 3.5, but I'll round up to a 4 because, after listening to the entire book, I'm intrigued enough to look out for the next book in the series. I felt almost as if this entire book was mere backstory for the "real" adventures to come, and I'll enjoy learning if this impression is correct.

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