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Recovery Man by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

17 Jan

recoverymanruschFavorite Line: “The autopsy confirmed that it was Emmaline, and that she had died horribly.” (p. 96)

Miles Flint is a retrieval artist determined to flush out the files of his past. He has found clues that point toward his ex-wife who might be keeping a life altering secret.

The Recovery Man has taken Rhonda Shindo, fka Rhonda Flint, to face alien justice on another planet, but not before terrorizing her 13-year-old daughter, Talia.

The police on Callisto, Jupiter’s Moon where Rhonda lives, begin to search for Rhonda immediately and assume responsibility for Talia. But a legal document throws everything off balance.

Rhonda signed a contract with her employer before she became a parent and agreed that if anything were to happen to her, the company would become her child’s guardian.

Is the kidnapping really about Rhonda? Or is it a way to gain access to her child?

Ms. Rusch has an entire series entitled the Retrieval Artist. This series takes place far in the future when people live on Jupiter and its moon, Callisto. Recovery Man is book six in the series and the only book I’ve read that was written by Ms. Rusch.

It was told in the third-person and kept me up to date as it traveled from character to character. It was cleanly written; I never wondered what was going on nor did I become confused. The science and technology was nothing new (moving sidewalks, talking houses, computer avatars…), but I did find the actual story to be detailed, interesting and entertaining.

Would I read it again? No and I don’t see myself urging others to read it, but if you’re in the mood for a science fiction book and have no other story in mind you might want to check Recovery Man out.