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Diving into the Wreck (Diving Universe, #1)

Diving into the Wreck (Diving Universe, #1)

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by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

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Boss dives derelict space vessels, for money, yes, but more for their historical value. So, when Boss uncovers the find of a lifetime, she enlists the best divers she can convince to help her pursue it—off the grid and under the Empire’s radar.

Boss’ discovery leads her and some of her team to the Room of Lost Souls. Boss remembers the Room.


Boss dives derelict space vessels, for money, yes, but more for their historical value. So, when Boss uncovers the find of a lifetime, she enlists the best divers she can convince to help her pursue it—off the grid and under the Empire’s radar.

Boss’ discovery leads her and some of her team to the Room of Lost Souls. Boss remembers the Room. It haunts her. Her mother died there. Now, a client wants her to go back. She wants Boss to help her uncover the Room’s mysteries. But the truths she discovers might destroy everything Boss holds sacred.

Because the more they discover, the less they realize they know—and the more it will cost them all.

This is classic sci-fi, a well-told tale of dangerous exploration.  The first-person narration makes the reader an eyewitness to the vast, silent realms of deep space, where even the smallest error will bring disaster. Compellingly human and technically absorbing, the suspense builds to fevered intensity, culminating in an explosive yet plausible conclusion.”

—RT Book Reviews Top Pick

Diving into the Wreck has much to offer, including what even Boss—the avid researcher into lost forms of science—describes as ‘secrets which, if understood, can teach us more about ourselves than any science can.’”

Locus Magazine

 “Rusch delivers a page-turning space adventure while contemplating the ethics of scientists and governments working together on future tech.”

Publisher’s Weekly

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Diving into the Wreck 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
kitkat3ny More than 1 year ago
[CAUTION CONTAINS SPOILERS] I've never read anything from this author before, however, the premise of this book really appealed to me. I found the mystique of diving into an ancient earth space vessel that leads to another dimension very intriguing. Especially since said vessel's technology dates backs before a time for its own potential to exist. Unfortunately, this story didn't intrigued me as I had hoped. I was very disappointed with how the discovery of another dimension was handled. It was so blasé. They find a doorway to another dimension and instead of exploring it, they blow it up? What is the point? Nothing really became of the story. There was lack of a sense of adventure you expect to find with stories that concentrate on exploration of the unknown. There wasn't much action and the heroine spent most of her time thinking, researching books and databases, instead of exploring the final frontier. I did manage to read this entire book, however, I do admit to skipping through the long-winded parts [which were many]. I gave this book one-star because it wasn't entirely all bad [and because B&N doesn't allow you to rate a book ZERO stars]. There were a couple of dives that piqued my curiosity but like the rest of the story they all seem to fall flat. I honestly don't feel like I'm missing out if I banish this series from my reading list. Basically I found this book a waste of my time and I will not be reading book 2 in this series. In addition, this book is way over priced; thank goodness I checked this book out from the library instead of buying it. What a waste of a potentially brilliant storyline.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Boss prefers to work alone when diving into a wreck though she works salvage operations with others. She feels she is more ethical than most of her rivals in their search for historical vessels as she always helps those in dire need in outer space though she prefers not to. Some of her unsavory colleagues would wait for a trapped crew to die so they can salvage like scavengers. For her current quest the recluse uses her single crew ship rather than her larger Nobody's Business vessel, but what awaits her is a shocker. Her computer claims the derelict is somewhat between 5,000 and 10,000 years old and from old earth; an impossible scenario as that time frame and locale did not have the technology for the faster than light speed to float this far. She searches for historical data as she is curious about this enigmatic anachronism, but fears what she will learn as the misunderstood ancient sciences might prove deadly. Bringing together a special crew of loner divers, Boss and company explore the vessel while she considers following her mom who left her to vanish inside the mysterious Room of Souls. DIVING INTO THE WRECK is an exhilarating fast-paced yet cerebral science fiction thriller. Filled with action and adventure but purposely with two dimensional characters including Boss who is a bit more philosophical. Kristine Kathryn Rusch uses outer space to have her audience consider ethics and morality re the scientific-government complex and how society looks back at ancient civilizations through a modern day lens while failing to provide a historiographic disclaimer about the background of the anthropologist or archeologist leading the glimpse through time. Harriet Klausner
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ba56 More than 1 year ago
I am so glad I started reading this series. Start with the short story - Becalmed. Stick with it. I thought it started slow, but grows on you very quickly
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deesy58 More than 1 year ago
This appears to be the first of a series of books about a long-lost technology called "stealth tech." It has an unsatisfying ending with loose ends. Although the characters are believable, the story is slow moving.
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luckyX3 More than 1 year ago
This is a dismal outing all around. Readers of Rusch's other SF works will know that the science part of her science fiction is sketchy at best, and it hits a new low in this novel. The plot and characters fare no better. Despite its far future setting, where humans have prowled the depths of space for many thousands of years, spacesuits are fragile things that can be easily damaged, and apparently can only carry enough air for a couple of hours. Our current astronauts can manage better than that (apparently re-breather technology has been lost in the misty past along with the "stealth tech" that forms a focal point of the story.) In most places where technology is mentioned, it is glossed over as quickly and opaquely as possible. Part of the joy of science fiction is in imagining the technology of the far future. Rusch instead tries to mumble her way through it and hope that no one notices. This lack of technical acumen is tolerable in the Retrieval Man series, where the characters are stronger and more interesting, but here it guts the already weak story. The main character is a mess of contradictions: a renowned wreck diver, she is not a very good spaceship pilot or explorer; sometimes she's timid to the point of exasperation, other times she is reckless. She shares the paranoia of another Rusch protagonist, the able Miles Flint of the Recovery Man series, and after seeing some of the same character traits recycled here, one begins to think that Rusch's bag of tricks is quite small indeed. In passages where "The Boss", as the main character is known, interacts with her crew, she seems completely inept. She keeps having insights about other characters' facial expressions, then fails to make any sort of lucid comment that plays on that character's divined mental state. Well before I got within spitting distance of the conclusion, I no longer cared what happened, because I no longer believed in the characters or the setting. I've read plenty of books that were just blah, but this one is so aggressively bad that it actually reached out and killed my suspension of disbelief. A huge disappointment, and best avoided.