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While The Peyti Crisis is not up to the standards of Rusch’s earlier Retrieval Artist novels, I did enjoy it. Because it focused on the old cast, the description led me to expect more of Miles Flint, Noelle De Ricci, and Detective Nyquist. I was almost halfway through the book before they had any kind of substantial role. I never "connected" with any of the new characters although they were well enough drawn and expertly read. If you had been waiting for this one anticipating if to be a reunion with the old cast, though, it is not that.
This novel had an interesting plot--as advertised a continuation of the investigation of the Anniversary Day tragedy and its aftermath-- and I enjoyed the deeper view into the Peyti, but I did feel that too much of the novel was spent in catch-up mode, re-telling info from previous books. I did not listen to Anniversary Day Saga books 3 or 4 and did not feel like I had missed anything at all. (I had skipped them because I was waiting for this one with the old cast...Since I enjoyed this semi-old cast book, I plan to at least go back and try #3.)
I always enjoy Jay Snyder’s reading of these novels. Somehow, he is perfect at voicing these particular characters and portraying the seriousness of these situations without making them seem overly melodramatic.
I still found it satisfying enough in the absence of more Retrieval Artist series books, but not a replacement for them. I looked for reasons to stop everything and listen to those novels and have heard each one several times. I'm not sure this one will stand up to even a second pass.
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On the plus side, our favorite characters from the early Retrieval Artist novels are back. On the negative, they spend most of their time noticing how bad each other look.
If you've read the prior Anniversary Day books, then you know much more about what's going on than do the characters. Not unusual, but as the characters finally get a clue, it's a big duh to the reader. Then the book ends.
The RA universe is suffering from series-itis: too many books, not enough story.
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