Duplicate Effort : Retrieval Artist

  • by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
  • Narrated by Jay Snyder
  • Series: Retrieval Artist
  • 10 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Retrieval Artist Miles Flint is on a personal mission - to bring down the corrupt law firm of Wagner, Stuart, and Xender. Then a journalist working with him is murdered, and Miles may be next. But before he can begin to investigate, he has a more personal crisis to deal with - his daughter Talia is missing.Talia - one of six clones of Miles' long-dead child - has gone off to find the other five. As Miles pursues her, he begins to fear that her search for her "sisters" and his for the killer are on a collision course...

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What the Critics Say

"Top 10 Greatest Science Fiction Detective Novels of all Time." (io9.com)
"Some of the best science fiction ever written." (Orson Scott Card)

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Different from Other Retrieval Artist Novels

This is another exciting novel in the Retrieval Artist series, and I was definite in my 5-star rating. This novel is, however, quite different from the others. First, this one reads much more like a typical detective/thriller novel than a sci-fi novel. Advanced technology definitely plays a role, but I did enjoy Rusch's characterization of alien races in the other books. That is absent in this one. Of course, that this book is even more character-driven than the others can certainly not be considered a fault. But there are no aliens, and Miles does not take a single case as a Retrieval Artist; in fact the concept of the retrieval artist is almost absent from this book.

This book focuses entirely on Miles and Talia and WSX. You really need to have read Recovery Man to have any idea of what is going on in this book. I'd even recommend that you make sure you've read Paloma as well. This is almost just a continuation of the previous book. At the end of the 6th novel, it was clear that some loose ends would have to be tied up, and this novel does that-- and very well.

Jay Snyder again does a fantastic job of characterizing the voices and creating just the right mood for each scene. I started out reading these books to myself, but after I heard Snyder read one, I have only wanted the Audiobook version. His narration heightens the excitement in this already very exciting book.

My only concern is that the ending left me wondering if Rusch is planning on this being the last book in the Retrieval Artist series. I certainly hope not!
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- Tracey Rains "I love the BBC and British mysteries, but my tastes are very eclectic. I live with my husband and menagerie of rescued cats and dogs."

Dissenting opinion

"I have listened to one Retrieval Artist book previously and enjoyed it. I found this one to be tedious and often confusing. That may be because I had not read the books immediately preceding it as recommended by another reviewer, but even if I had, I think I would have found the plodding pace, the long passages of explanation and the diffuse focus troubling.

"In the end, I simply did not care about the simplistic characters or the convoluted plot, and the theme dealing with the relative value of a cloned offspring was not compelling. The conclusion was abrupt, unexciting and did not satisfy since the principal downfall affected a character we had never previously met.

"Most mystifying to me are the rave reviews for the reader. I found his hyper-enunciation and self-consciously sculpted inflections almost as annoying as the cloying and forced voices he used for female characters. Unlike many reviewers, this is not an issue which often bothers me, but in this case it was like feedback on a mic.

"Sorry, but I could not recommend this recording to anyone, especially if they had not read the previous books in the series."
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- David "Actor/director/teacher. Split my time between Beijing and Seattle now. Listen to Audible on the subway and while driving or riding my bike."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-03-2009
  • Publisher: Audible Studios