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Duplicate Effort: A Retrieval Artist Novel [Kindle Edition]

Kristine Kathryn Rusch
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“If there’s any such thing as a sci-fi CSI, the Retrieval Artist novels set the tone.”
—The Edge Boston

Retrieval Artist Miles Flint has a mission: take down the law firm of Wagner, Stuart, and Xendor. He enlists the aides of old friends and old enemies. But as the mission gets underway, one member of his team dies horribly.

Flint can no longer take on the entire universe. He violated the rules of his Retrieval Artist mentor and now has a lot to lose. But he can’t reverse the events he set in motion—and the crisis he caused might destroy everything—and everyone—he loves.

International bestselling writer Kristine Kathryn Rusch has won two Hugo awards, a World Fantasy Award, and three Asimov’s Readers Choice Awards. IO9 called her six (so far) bestselling, award-winning Retrieval Artist novels, inspired by this novella, one of the top ten science fiction detective series ever. For more information about her work, please go to

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International bestselling writer Kristine Kathryn Rusch has won or been nominated for every major award in the science fiction field. She has won Hugos for editing The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction and for her short fiction. She has also won the Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine Readers Choice Award six times, as well as the Anlab Award from Analog Magazine, Science Fiction Age Readers Choice Award, the Locus Award, and the John W. Campbell Award. Her standalone sf novel, Alien Influences, was a finalist for the prestigious Arthur C. Clarke Award. I09 said her Retrieval Artist series featured one of the top ten science fiction detectives ever written. She writes a second sf series, the Diving Universe series, as well as a fantasy series called The Fey. She also writes mystery, romance, and fantasy novels, occasionally using the pen names Kris DeLake, Kristine Grayson and Kris Nelscott. For more information, go to

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 494 KB
  • Print Length: 370 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0615727859
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: WMG Publishing; Original edition (29 Nov. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006G70DNU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #159,986 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 11 Mar. 2015
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A fantastic story continued. Detection, family, murder, deception and greed. What else could you want or need. Excellent Sci-Fi with a clever premise.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not good, just not good. 31 Oct. 2014
By Steve - Published on
So this book was just not my cup of tea. I will say that I like other sci-fi books, but I have never read anything else in this series, so some of the intricacies of the story might be lost on me. I will also say that like the typical critic I cannot produce something as good as this, but I know I don't like it.

1. The dialogue and interstitial writing is very poor. A lot of the scenes are between the protagonist and his daughter with very little variety in the language used. As well, it is almost every chapter that it is reiterated that his daughter is clone.

2. The who-done-it aspect of the story is a let down. I read some other reviews that state this was a good mystery novel, but in the end it isn't. Once the perpetrators of the crime has come to light, it isn't a big revelation. There are some red herrings thrown in, but they feel like cheats.

3. Pseudo-technical jargon. Some of the jargon that is made up is lazy. The protagonist doesn't like some food because it is made with Moon Flour, really? Make something else up, just adding moon, space, or laser to a word isn't how spoke language usually works. While I might be typing this on my digital computer, I don't call it that. I am on my laptop or PC.

4. This last gripe is a bit of a spoiler. This is billed as having to do with a clone looking for answers, but this doesn't really pay off. This aspect of the story is addressed, but it isn't integral. In the grand scheme of things the daughter could have been a red-head, ghost, alien, cyborg, or little-person and it would have made just as much sense. Being a clone is just something that was tacked onto the character that is then explored in some parts of the story.

There are some good aspects to this story, such as the dealing with the philosophical implications of cloning, but even those aren't handled at depth. It doesn't deal with the idea of what the moral implications are of cloning, or what a clone fundamentally is, rather it brushes these aside for a Hallmark interpretation of Sci-Fi. I won't give this story 1 star, because the voice acting was good.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Alright, You Will Never Guess Who Did It 13 Mar. 2014
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Starting with The Disappeared: A Novel, we enter a future where many races live in an ocean of data. Your financial, work, travel and video records exist on a massive network and everyone has implants to read, send messages or film more vids to expand the ocean. we can be traced through our on-line lives, unless we choose to disappear. Assuming a new identy is sometimes the only way to escape sentences imposed on humans for violating alien laws when visiting another planet.
Each book in the series concentrates on one aspect of experience- medicine, humans building dome habitats, or perhaps extreme modifications to human life forms. The drama is the law that applies when someone is killed. This volume mixes Flint & daughter with an investigative journalist, a couple lawyers, Moon-based law enforcement, and lots of incriminating data files. He begins to teach Talia about data mining. From scattered passages, we learn how Flint discovered his daughter in an earlier book, and calls upon old friends when he trades information with the police. I guess that qualifies as incluing.
I am reading this series out loud and both of us speculate how the clues fit together, who might have committed the crime(s), and how it will resolve without harming more innocent bystanders. There is always a scene where friends come to the aid of one who is in danger- loyalty being an important quality to KK Rusch.
This is not a book as steeped in alien physiology, fights and evil plots as Night Train to Rigel, but when you run out of Retrieval Artist mysteries, see the Quadrail series for a different sort of detective.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sci Fi Mystery 19 April 2013
By Deire - Published on
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A fast paced, tightly written mystery even by mystery genre standards is especially welcome in the sci fi genre, where such writing is more of a rarity.
4.0 out of 5 stars Reiteration 25 Jun. 2013
By Bruce 22 - Published on
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of other reviews. You have to read all the previous six books in the series to be comfortable here. I admit to being hooked on the series. Especially the aspects that involve interaction with alien cultures and the aliens themselves. There are a few plotlines wrapped up here, but there are a lot left for future books!
4.0 out of 5 stars !!! 3 April 2015
By Kris S - Published on
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Still a very interesting story. Ready for the next one. Only distraction was the Audible narrative didn't match to the e-book. There was actually an extra paragraph in the Audible version not in the written book. (Referenced Flints take over of Paloma's files)
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