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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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As has been the case with the past books this is still a pretty great story. I would say on the plus side the story moves very quickly even compared to past books. Flint's daughter continues to develops as a character and the rest of the returning cast stays interesting. More and more Nyquist seems to take a bigger and bigger focus, which seems to work.
On the negative side, and the reason I cut a star is the dramatic turn of events for two pivital characters. Both seem to be wasted particularly in regards to their development from previous books.
The narrator continues to perform excellently. I am listening to him right now in another story and am amazed at how it is a completely unique performance. He really adds to the entertainment value of the book.
Overall a great and enjoyable story, if you liked the others you will like this one as much or more.
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