Category Archives: Retrieval Artist Series

Book Review 91: Masterminds by Kristine Kathryn Rusch


Masterminds is the eighth and final book of the Anniversary Day Saga in the Retrieval Artist Series by Kristine Kathryn Rusch. All the threads of the previous seven books in the saga finally comes together as we find out who is the mastermind behind the Anniversary Day Bombings on the Moon’s colony of Armstrong. You will have read it for yourself to find out who that person is and make sure you begin with Anniversary Day, the first book of the saga, and continue with the rest of the books before reading Masterminds.

This novel revolves around another possible attack on Armstrong that will destroy the colony once and for all.  Retrieval Artist Miles Flint and Moon Security Chief Noelle DeRicci are racing against time to thwart the latest attack to the colony. Along the way, both of them receive more clues from unlikely sources about the mastermind’s plans to destroy Armstrong and cause chaos across the galaxy.   Also, it shows the role of clones and how they are used like chattel for humankind.

Rusch has written an excellent conclusion to a thrilling series and has all of the superlatives that I have written in previous reviews of these books. It has been a real treat to discover those books (by accident) and be totally engrossed into a fictional universe that I’m sad to leave.  Rusch has written publicly that she will return to the Retrieval Artist Universe at a later date.  I will have to wait until that time arrives….but I will give all the Retrieval Artist books my highest reading recommendation.  I would suggest you start with the standalone books beginning with The Disappeared and read all through to Masterminds. I promise that you will be intrigued and engrossed into a fascinating near-future fictional world as much as this reviewer has been.


Book Review 90: Starbase Human by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Can an old and dilapidated starbase be the key to solving the Moon’s Anniversary Day Bombings and it’s survival? Starbase Human, the seventh book in the Anniversary Day Saga of the Retrieval Artist Series, by Kristine Kathryn Rusch attempted to answer that question. Long ago, this starbase became a clone-testing ground intent on destroying humanity… Continue Reading

Book Review 79: The Petyi Crisis by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Miles Flint and Noelle DeRicci are back! I had to write that as my first sentence for this latest review in the Retrieval Artist Series by Kristine Kathryn Rusch. The previous two books in the series, A Murder of Clones and Search and Recovery, did not feature Retrieval Artist Flint and Moon’s Chief Security Officer… Continue Reading

Book Review 78: Search and Recovery by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

This latest installment in the Retrieval Artist Series by Kristine Kathryn Rusch focuses on different characters outside of the main protagonists, Retrieval Artist Miles Flint and the Moon’s Chief Security Officer, Noelle DeRicci. In her author’s note, Rusch writes that Search & Recovery is actually written out of order.  The events of this novel takes… Continue Reading

Book Review 72: A Murder of Clones by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

How would you feel as a reader about the direction of a series when the author introduces a brand new character? This is the question that Kristine Kathryn Rusch presents in the third book of the Anniversary Day Saga of the Retrieval Artist Series.  I have read and review the nine previous books in the… Continue Reading

Book Review 71: Blowback by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Blowback is Book 2 of the Anniversary Day Saga by Kristine Kathryn Rusch.  This novel continues into the exploration of the Moon’s Anniversary Day attacks that happened in Book 1 of the saga.  As a result of the attacks, Moon’s Chief Security Officer Noelle DeRicci is trying to hold the remaining vestiges of the government… Continue Reading

Book Review 69: Anniversary Day by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

I’m coming up on seventy posted reviews for this website and I’ve written many other reviews on various book social websites like Goodreads, Booklikes, and such. I have noticed there are some books you read and review because of their importance to the literary culture.  There are some books you read and review and that… Continue Reading

Book Review 62: Duplicate Effort by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

  There is always consequences when you try to take down the Moon’s most powerful law firm. This is the dilemma that Retrieval Artist Miles Flint faces in Duplicate Effort: Book 7 of the Retrieval Artist Series by Kristine Kathryn Rusch. Being a retrieval artist means you are suppose to work alone and keep those… Continue Reading

Book Review 61: Recovery Man by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

What if you found out that your child you thought was dead….might not be? And your ex-wife may have hidden this information from you? Those two questions creates the theme in Recovery Man (Book 6 of the Retrieval Artist Series) by Kristine Kathryn Rusch. For the first six books of the series, we had not… Continue Reading