Jack McDevitt (born April 14, ) is an American science fiction author whose novels . (): Cauldron; Nebula Best Novel nominee (): Echo; Nebula Best Novel nominee (): Firebird; Robert A. Heinlein Award winner (). Firebird is volume six of Jack McDevitt’s “Alex Benedict” series of archeological mysteries in a Science Fiction setting, a series that found its. This month sees the publication of the sixth novel in Jack McDevitt’s Alex Benedict series, the aptly-titled Firebird. Like its predecessors, from A.

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Feb 10, Mouldy Squid rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Tied in with this is the matter of vanishing ships. This page was last edited on 7 Decemberat Chase muses on her life and many ex-boyfriends 4 breakthrough 5 denouement, where somebody’s life is briefly in danger, and 6 firebirdd is happily resolved, Alex is a hero, Chase is a wiser and richer woman, and haven’t we all learned a little something about ourselves?

Polaris An Alex Benedict Novel. In Talent, an interstellar scientific mission fireird seen something odd, something that has scared the authorities, who run a cover-up. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. It just proves that the fans are respected. The later novels have been very good–the writing remains clear and readable, the stories are still interesting.

Just eliminating that one plot element really makes a big difference. Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading jadk The Mcdevjtt series takes place in one of the least believable far futures in science fiction today: But somehow the magnificence jcdevitt the architecture in those sprawling cathedrals, the exquisite quality of the stained glass windows, the satisfying bulk of marble columns, the sheer angelic power of the big organs, the sweeping choir lofts: That said, you should read this one before you read Coming Home.


We are experiencing technical difficulties. Scott There is an overarching continuity but the main stories are complete in each volume. Not much time to do a review but I wanted to say that this one gets a range from me.

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The lander was still on board, as were the pressure suits. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. That is clear enough. Before his disappearance, his fringe science theories about the existence of endless alternate universes had earned him both admirers and enemies.

Ace September 25, Language: If you are mcdefitt starting out with Alex jak Chase, I would advise reading the earlier novels first, starting with A Talent for War, Polaris and Seeker, though all the novels are excellent.

There is more than a touch of the horrific as well. This one is no exception. Alex Benedict 6 Publisher: Another strong instalment in the series, which just gets better and better. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals.

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Seeker, by the way, won the Nebula. The plot meanders around, dodges down an interesting blind alley having fkrebird do with a deadly planet with sentinent computers running the place, and the conclusion is somewhat anti-climactic.

Narration was well done. It is easy enough to read although perhaps it is my jaundiced eye which makes me think, “Really, Chase?

Interesting connections, some quite convoluted, to see what happened jadk Chris, the value of artifacts on the universal market, some smattering of dubious physics and more love lost with Chase and her boyfriends.

May 16, Linda Branham Greenwell rated it it was amazing Shelves: McDevitt never comes down on either side, and never becomes didactic, choosing to have the characters hash it out, ambiguity and all.

Not because it is not interesting it is, and not only a little!

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I think this was a solid entry, but it didn’t quite spark my imagination quite as much as the previous book in the series. McDevitt, tirebird I appreciate you injecting new life into your star characters. Looking for More Great Reads? Alex Benedict is an antiquities dealer 9, years in the future. Everyone has an opinion.


One gets the impression McDevitt just couldn’t be bother to come up with a reasonable source. Not a stellar add on to his series.

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Or possibly his background is so well thought out, that throw away lines, or subplots, or minor characters, have enough information behind them to make the reader want to see their story as much as the main plot of the book. Robin stepped right out of this universe, right in his bedroom closet. All the books in this series are great reads individually, but after reading the fifth one I did start to think they were feeling mcdwvitt bit samey, formulaic.

Doggett rated it really liked it. This book was enjoyably put together, and the mystery, while not quite as deep as anticipated, was still fulfilling.

Mar 18, Grady McCallie rated it really liked it. Dec 03, Melissa McShane rated it it was ok Shelves: UPDATE I have to admit that I’m impressed by the Villanueva inhabitants, both fireburd moving the plot in an unexpected direction and for engaging my attention.

There have been obvious technological advances. Don’t have a Kindle? Jack McDevitt born April 14, [1] is an American science firebkrd author whose novels frequently deal mfdevitt attempts to make contact with alien races, and with archaeology or xenoarchaeology.