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City of Ruins Paperback – May 24, 2011
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About the Author
Kristine Kathryn Rusch is the author of Diving into the Wreck and Boneyards. She is an award-winning mystery, romance, science fiction, and fantasy writer. Her previous novel in this series, Diving into the Wreck, was nominated for Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Novel of 2009 in RT Book Reviews. She has written many novels under various names, including Kristine Grayson for romance, and Kris Nelscott for mystery. Her novels have made the bestseller lists—even in London—and have been published in fourteen countries and thirteen different languages. Her awards range from the Ellery Queen Readers Choice Award to the John W. Campbell Award. She is the only person in the history of the science fiction field to have won a Hugo award for editing and a Hugo award for fiction. Her short work has been reprinted in sixteen Year's Best collections. She is the former editor of the prestigious The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. Before that, she and Dean Wesley Smith, started and ran Pulphouse Publishing, a science fiction and mystery press in Eugene. She lives and works on the Oregon Coast. Visit her online at kriswrites.com
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Boss sleeps on Nobody's Business, but never on the singleship. She always has it on manual mode looking for wrecks and spends her sleep periods in stations. On one voyage, she finds a Dignity Vessel.
In this novel, Boss is a professional, who has dived into over a thousand wrecked ships. She now manages a wreck-diving company that is also researching stealth technology. She has four Dignity Vessel wrecks tethered to her station and parts of two more on nearby ships.
Mikk and Roderick are the best professional divers in the company. They have made many dives through wrecked ships, including Dignity Vessels.
Ilona and Tamaz are trained divers. They work for Boss.
Matthew Bridge, Lentz and Gregory are scientists in the company. They have some dive training, but are not professional divers.
Lucretia Stone and Bernadette Ivy are archaeologists in the company. They too have some dive training.
Orlando Rea, Fahd Al-Nasir, Elaine Seager, Nyssa Quinte, Rollo Kerstin, and Julian DeVries have some dive training, but definitely are not professional divers. Yet they have a gene marker that indicates that they are not susceptible to the effects of stealth technology. These Six were lured away from the Empire researchers.
Jonathan Cooper is the captain of the Ivoire. They have escaped an attack by the Quurzod, but received damage. They have spent two weeks repairing the anacapa drive. Coop is now taking the ship to the Sector V base under Venice.
In this story, Ilona has found mentions of people dying in the tunnels underneath Vahcehn. The deaths seem much like the effects of stealth technology. Boss and twenty-nine others arrive in the city to check the causes of these deaths.
Vahceln is within the Empire and is the oldest city in the sector. The city government is not very cooperative, but Ilona gets permission for a team to examine the tunnels. The city does insist that the team use licensed guides.
Boss is not convinced that the deaths result from stealth tech, but she is gradually changing her mind. They find a tunnel under the city that has the sounds of stealth tech. When she returns with the Six to check out the area, they find a huge cavern with unknown technology.
Then a ship appears in the middle to the cavern. Luckily for Rea, Boss senses the changes and calls him out of the landing zone. Boss has a problem fighting off the gids when an active Dignity Vessel lands in front of her.
Meanwhile, the crew of the Ivoire are relieved that their ship has made it to the repair facility. Then they notice Boss and the Six within the cavern. Coop tells his crew to remain in the vessel and observe the intruders.
This tale has the Coop and his crew making contact with strangers from their future. Fahd and a linguist from the ship have found a language that they both partially understand. Both crews start studying their recordings of the meetings.
Boss shocks the Fleet crew by telling them how much time has passed since the base was last active. She also tries to explains their situation. Coop finally refuses to believe her without proof.
This story concludes with the diver crew fleeing the planet. The next installment in this series is Boneyards.
Highly recommended for Rusch fans and for anyone else who enjoys tales of time travel, lost spaceships, and ship salvage. Read and enjoy!
-Arthur W. Jordin
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