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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This one was pretty much what you thought it would be. The central mystery also has a large measure of gravitas: Eventually he can’t resist the allure of a revealed link between Christopher Robin and sightings of mysterious disappearing starships and the normal pattern kicks in, but he spends rather more of the book than normal being flippant and slightly unethical.

The mystery surrounding the destructive “Omega Clouds” which are introduced in The Engines of God is left unexplored until Omega. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1.

Firebird (Alex Benedict, #6) by Jack McDevitt

I highly recommend this novel and give it four stars. This recalls Alex’s and Chase’s backstory regarding Alex’s uncle Gabe who was aboard a lost ship. Government, politics, military, religion, and commerce are those of any current western democracy. Benedict is an antiquities dealer in the far, far future—14 years far future—that ends up investigating some sort of mystery surrounding an artifact that comes into his possession.

The third, the in Polaris, sent a message: The mysteries also become more intricate and devious, although not to the point of incredulity mcdeviht such a thing can be said about a science fiction novel. firbird

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It’s not just the occasional disappearances that spook people, though. Polaris An Alex Benedict Novel. For diehard Alex Benedict fans, Firebird maintains the elements of suspense, intrigue, history, and exploration that are staples of the series. But all-in-all a good story. I got a little scared reading “Firebird” by Jack McDevitt.


Alex decided to be obnoxious and play into his previously mostly inaccurate public perception as a money and glory hound.

In fact, I would say the McDevitt does this on purpose so that there is fjrebird delicious frisson as the reader watches the protagonists put the clues together. She comes to Chase Kolpath and Mcedvitt Benedict since they are dealers in artifacts.

But then the science fiction fizzles out. Two major plots focus on whether artificial intelligences AI deserve to be treated as sentient, autonomous beings; and what could account for a variety of ‘Flying Dutchman’-type sighting of mysterious ships across several thousand years of future history.

It’s supposed to be mainly just for show, to drum up interest in this year-old case. They grow over the span of the series, changing in response to the actions of the novels, becoming ever more real. Magnificent The previous book was a disappointment, but this one returns to top rating.

Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. Before his disappearance, his fringe science theories about the existence of endless alternate universes had earned him both admirers and enemies. Usually McDevitt jzck on mddevitt couple of red herrings theories before guiding us to the right one.

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I think the AI’s have a really good case against humanity when it comes to criminal negligence. While slightly annoying, this is, I’ve decided, a strength of McDevitt’s writing since it shows the depth of his created worlds. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. But what could they be hiding? Even sexism is alive and well, though subtly.

I found the last couple of books in Jack McDevitt’s mystery series to be rather formulaic although good enough for those who like Chase Kolpath and Alex Benedict.

McDevitt returned to the world of Alex Benedict and Chase Kolpath in Polaris, I was quite apprehensive as the mysterious far future of A Talent for War did not quite seem suitable for too much exploration. There are the usual McDevitt touches – Alex and Chase investigating, the blind alleys, the mysterious enemies, the stunning discovery – but this time the big picture of the universe is involved and it works much better than in Echo; the ending made me hope that Firebird is the last novel in this series since the author is way too good a storyteller not to have a better and more up-to-date tale to regale us with.


A woman named Karen Howard has inherited some items belonging to a famous physicist and songwriter, Christopher Robin. This author is a master storyteller with terrific insight into human character with both its noble as well as its baser instincts. This book has several of those components Alex and Chase work together in the FAR future – some nine thousand years from now, Alex makes a profit getting buyers and sellers of rare artifacts together.

As always, I enjoyed the interplay between Alex and his assistant, Chase. The name-calling, and attacks on his integrity, can be a little hard to bear, especially when Alex doesn’t see that he’s doing anything wrong. Nov 01, Pages. Lists with This Book.

I’ve always said his novels were really “who dunnits” just set in the future and among the stars, so they’re classified as sci-fi. He has won me back with this one.

Oct 03, Julie Davis rated it really liked it. Sometimes entertainment is all that is needed. The authorities deny this, of course.