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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Goodreads | Eric_W Welch (Forreston, IL)'s review of Extremes

Goodreads | Eric_W Welch (Forreston, IL)'s review of Extremes:

A continuation of the Retrieval Artist series.  These are people who for a fee and whatever other reason specialize in finding those who have been forced to seek out new identities to escape the law, often because they might have violated some obscure regulation of another planet. The book has three parallel points-of-view:  Miles Flint, a retrieval artist,  DiRicci, a cop investigating the murder of a marathon runner, and Oliviari, a “Tracker” who looks for people like a Retrieval Artist, but for very different reasons. It turns out, each is searching for the same person.

Rusch does a nice job of portraying the panic and fear that can result and the extremes to which the non-infected will go to protect themselves from the infected, including killing them. A Utilitarian’s wet-dream.

All this takes place on the moon, near a new city called Armstrong. Rusch’s alternate world is well-thought out with personal links, sophisticated computer connections, and a hostile environment outside the dome that surrounds Armstrong.  Unlike her earlier work that focuses more on Flint and Paloma (his mentor) this one also has fewer aliens and the complex cultural interactions that force the need for retrieval artists and trackers. It’s more of a police procedural (not a negative) than the couple others I have read. I will be reading more.

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