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Anniversary Day: A Retrieval Artist Novel: Book One of the Anniversary Day Saga (Retrieval Artist series 8) [Kindle Edition]

Kristine Kathryn Rusch
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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 DeRicci 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.

A thriller with several mysteries at its core, Anniversary Day launches the Anniversary Day Saga, which will expand the Retrieval Artist Universe and change it forever.

"... the Anniversary Day Saga could become a milestone in the field."
-Amazing Stories

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About the Author

USA Today bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch writes in almost every genre. Generally, she uses her real name (Rusch) for most of her writing. Under that name, she publishes bestselling science fiction and fantasy, award-winning mysteries, acclaimed mainstream fiction, controversial nonfiction, and the occasional romance. Her novels have made bestseller lists around the world and her short fiction has appeared in eighteen best of the year collections. She has won more than twenty-five awards for her fiction, including the Hugo, Le Prix Imaginales, the Asimov’s Readers Choice award, and the Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine Readers Choice Award. Publications from The Chicago Tribune to Booklist have included her Kris Nelscott mystery novels in their top-ten-best mystery novels of the year. The Nelscott books have received nominations for almost every award in the mystery field, including the best novel Edgar Award, and the Shamus Award. She writes goofy romance novels as award-winner Kristine Grayson, romantic suspense as Kristine Dexter, and futuristic sf as Kris DeLake. She also edits. Beginning with work at the innovative publishing company, Pulphouse, followed by her award-winning tenure at The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, she took fifteen years off before returning to editing with the original anthology series Fiction River, published by WMG Publishing. She acts as series editor with her husband, writer Dean Wesley Smith, and edits at least two anthologies in the series per year on her own. To keep up with everything she does, go to To track her many pen names and series, see their individual websites (,,,, She lives and occasionally sleeps in Oregon.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 965 KB
  • Print Length: 358 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: WMG Publishing, Inc. (27 Nov. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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3.0 out of 5 stars The first taste is free ... 17 Mar. 2015
By T. Hole
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Like her other books "Anniversary Day" is fast paced and true to its noir roots. The "point of view" style is immersive and really allows Rusch to flesh out her Universe as she jumps back and forth through the unfolding events.

What is massively frustrating is how short each installment is. A total read time of around 3 hours for each of the books in the series (I have yet to read the final three books in the series as they will come out over the next few months - March 2015).

The ~300 page length of each "saga" installment stacks up poorly against other books in the genre which typically hit ~1,000 pages. (Something like Peter Hamilton's "Commonwealth Saga" is similar in scope but still comfortably sits as a trilogy format).

The first two books - "Anniversary Day" and "Blowback" in particular feel like one coherent novel that has been split in two. Though once the series progresses new POV characters are introduced and this allows later books to stand up on their own more convincingly.

However if you pick up "Anniversary Day" thinking you just want a taste of Rusch Saga then be prepared to shell out for the full 8 books. It isn't going to be a cheap read...
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great read. 24 Dec. 2011
By M
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This series of books are well written sci-fi invesigation kinda books - i.e. they are murder/mystery/detective but in a sci-fi setting.

This book has a great pace - and I couldn't put it down.

Two caveats though - you could really do with having read the previous books in the series (no big problem - they are all excellent too) - and the cliff hanger at the end is frustrating - especially as it is 6 months before the next book is out.

Still - buy it. A change from my usual choice of space opera, but a most excellent read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Moon Noir Triumph -- Winning the John Campbell Game 5 Dec. 2011
By GeekyGal - Published on
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The latest in the Retrieval Artist series of Science Fiction Mysteries is a well written, fast paced, couldn't put it down gritty and gripping police procedural set in the believably near'ish future. Ms. Rusch is at her best in exploring that future, both for humans and the numerous others she has brought to detailed, consistent, chilling and sometimes beautiful life. This book focuses on the Moon and humans, rather than xenopology [what I think of as alien anthropology] as in some of the other books in the series.

This could be a read as a stand alone book, but I'd advise reading at least Extremes and Consequences first for the bigger picture. Heck, do what I did, read one book by this author, and get pulled into finding pretty much everything Rusch has written.

I think she is the best current writer playing my favorite game of "John Campbell's Dillema". When the probably most influential SF editor of his day told a handful of writers that Science Fiction / Fantasy mysteries were "not possible" because the detective could just pull out a time machine, several of his best writers took up the challenge to make him pay to prove himself wrong. Isaac Asimov did it in the Caves of Steel trilogy. Hal Clement got him in Needle. Randall Garrett wrote the Lord Darcy stories in fantasy. That's quite a group to join; Ms Rusch fits right in.

I read the Kindle version. This book flows well from a pure reading point of view. No typos or conversion errors which interrupted the flow of the story. That is, happily, only to be expected with Ms. Rusch's works. Her long and distinguished service as an editor have have helped contribute to perfectionism on that side of her work; I prefer to think it is more that she assiduously practices the writer's professionalism she espouses through classes, blog and appearances.

SPOILER: No, it does not tie up all the loose ends of a story arc which started early in the series nor reach closure on everything. I think that the one star review posted before this is based on what that reader wanted out of the book, not what it is. Without that review, I would likely have assigned 4 stars. This is not life-changing great literature, for which I tend to reserve 5 stars. For what it is, I can't find a flaw to pick which might be another reason to award full marks.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hooray for Anniversary Day! 4 Jan. 2012
By Paul J - Published on
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This latest installment of The Retrieval Artist series by Kristine Kathryn Rusch is an intense beginning to a different direction for the series. While I see the continued influence of the rebellion against Earth society's acquiescence to being subject to alien race laws by the main character, this level of terror introduced appears to me to be the next focus. The parallels of what is occurring in real life are obvious. Ms. Rusch's ability to authentically express the characters' motivations and feelings in this is one aspect that keeps me enthralled; especially when dealing with such all-encompassing issues. Perhaps some characters are a little more self-aware than your average person but they are certainly not perfect.

The focus in Anniversary Day is mainly Nyquist and DeRicci which was enjoyable. Nevertheless, I found myself cheering inside when Flint is finally called upon to be more than the Best Dad in the Universe. I wish I was as good and insightful person and father as he is portrayed to be... That really has been one of the draws to him all along though. His motivations and actions are such that it makes those identifying with his personality to want to be better themselves. This is also balanced some since unfortunately the flawed qualities in Nyquist and DeRicci are also very identifiable to me.

The universe created by Ms. Rusch continues to astound me with the different cultures and future possibilities. Nevertheless, most still comes down to the same types of humans as exist today.

The resolution leaves much more to be resolved than in previous Retrieval Artist installments but that is acceptable to me. For an extended series of books the topics/characters/situation are still being kept brightly intriguing. The character development and situation created were well worth the wait for Anniversary Day.
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3.0 out of 5 stars hoping the next installment is better 15 Feb. 2013
By Lynn - Published on
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Ms Rusch is one of my favorites and I was truly looking forward to this book. In previous books in this series she developed strong 3 dimensional characters. In this book, the main characters were flat and "wimpy". Hopefully they will have perked up in the sequel.

The world she created for this series remains well thought out and detailed. I am ready to move to the moon!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A page turner, Rusch knocks it out of the park again 1 Jan. 2012
By YaoB - Published on
Wow! Kris Rusch has quickly become one of my favorite writers. I read more of her books in 2011 than anyone, I believe. I discovered two incredible series of hers which I adore. And she also did a SFFWRTCHT interview and became a friend. Nonetheless, this is the best Retrieval Artist book yet despite the fact that Miles Flint is a minor character. Yep. You heard me right. Flint is almost absent from the first half and only slightly more present in the second. But given the increasing importance of his role and the fact that this is the first Retrieval Artist novel I can remember which is not stand alone--the follow up will continue this story--I think he'll be more important in the next one.

Instead of Flint, this one centers around Noelle DeRicci and Bartholomew Nyquist as they investigate assassination attempts on major political figures and uncover a conspiracy which could change their entire universe forever. Yep. This is a major plot and the book centers around it and the affect it has on people who experienced the bombing of Armstrong in Consequences, book 3 in the series. The book starts powerfully with a flashback to Nyquist's experience of the bombing and then jump to modern day, four years later, and mantains a relentless pace that never lets up.

This is a page turner in the classic sense. I couldn't put it down. Rusch, as usual, does a great job with inserting needed backstory and developing the characters, even Flint who has been developed so much in other stories. Here Flint is adjusting to fatherhood for the first time and that challenges him to grow and change in many ways. Nyquist is better developed as well and DeRicci, too.

This is the first Retrieval Artist book that I've read (I own them all and have read 4 including this) which does not involved disappearing. That isn't even part of the plot so far, which is surprising but refreshing and proves to be a very wise choice. Rusch has done the disappearing thing so many times and built the universe. This time we have the chance to examine a larger and different plot. And the alien races play no role so far either. So it's a new kind of Retrieval Artist book and one which opens up all kinds of possibilities but still great writing and very enjoyable.

Highly recommended for fans and anyone else. This would be a good entry way into the series for characters, although not so much the Retrieval Artist concept. But once you get hooked, you'll want to read the rest, fear not.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A solid continuation of a good sf/mystery series 22 Sept. 2013
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This book is less focused on "Retrieval Artistry", and more on terrorism. As such is has thing to say about our own time and place... but that's not the point of the book.

I liked re-connecting with some of the people I've liked in previous novels in the series. Flint's daughter Talia is stepping up as someone formidable in her own right.

The plotting of the terrorists is complex and enigmatic; it's not even clear what they are trying to accomplish. There's a good character study of a suicide bomber in here, too- it makes the decisions plausible, though still not forgivable.

The plot is complex, and we only see part of it since it's not clear who's doing it, or what the point is; the scrabble is to minimize damages. There are hints that the terrorists are trying to take down the Earth Alliance, which is quite possibly a Good Thing, based on events in the previous novels, and the injustices. (Though I would like to see some descriptions of aliens inadvertently offending human law, and getting "unreasonably" punished for that...)

It does end a bit in media res, and so I am diving right into the sequel.

You could probably start here if you wanted to; the backstory is not especially relevant to the current events, and enough context is provided that one can catch up.
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