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  • Posted August 2, 2013

    A Great Science-Fiction Read!

    In this series the protagonist, "Boss," is an investigator of ancient space wrecks, drawn to this because the most interesting wrecks exhibit vestiges of technology beyond the scientific understanding of the time. Investigating this "advanced" technology is extremely hazardous but Boss seems to have an advantage. In "City of Ruins", she and her team come face to face with a new ship of the sort she has been finding and eventually make "first contact" with the crew inside, who find they may never return to their time 5,000 years in the past. The read is fast-paced and hard to put down.

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  • Posted March 17, 2012

    First of the Series

    Because I had read a later book in the same series (Boneyards) before I read this one, I was already familiar with some of the characters. This book introduces the Ivoire, a "Dignity Vessel" from 5,000 years in the past, with its captain "Coop" Cooper, into the story line. The book is very well written, but the ending is a bit abrupt, perhaps because it was originally published as a novella in a science fiction magazine. No editing errors were observed, loose ends were tied up at the end of the book, and the story moves along steadily, in spite of a lack of suspense and action.

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  • Posted November 11, 2011

    Great author, new series

    Take this and diving the wreck into your library, it is completely worth it. A slightly dark take on space and what humans will fo there, strong female character with likable flaws.

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  • Posted May 17, 2011

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    great futuristic science fiction thriller

    Having found that first Dignity vessel and its Stealth Tech (see Diving into the Wreck), Boss, no longer a hermit and her crew seek more similar ancient ships and technology. Currently she and her Nobody's Business team explore the ancient caverns of Vaycehn while remaining her stealth zeal as she knows the Empire leadership covets anything like Stealth Technology that would increase their power.

    Boss struggles with not panicking in the eerie underworld environment as she is most comfortable in the vast openness of space. Adding to her consternation is technology seems to be failing inside these deadly widening holes where recently archeologists have died. The growing rips to the orb are tearing apart the planet at a time when the indigenous population wants the outsiders to leave.

    This great futuristic science fiction thriller successfully deploys the underlying premise that to the victors goes the history books; the heroine and her team comprehend this generalization, but may not survive to tell anyone their lesson as they appear heading to become a forgotten loser. The story line is action-packed from the moment Boss comes to the planet as she and the readers find out more about Stealth Tech and the Dignity Vessels. City of Ruins is another intelligent action packed sojourn into the Rusch Diving universe.

    Harriet Klausner

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    Posted January 8, 2013

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