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Echo (Alex Benedict) Mass Market Paperback – 25 Oct 2011


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 367 pages
  • Publisher: Ace Books; Reprint edition (25 Oct. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1937007006
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937007003
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 2.8 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 689,673 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By John M. Ford TOP 500 REVIEWER on 10 Jun. 2011
Format: Hardcover
Nearly ten thousand years in the future people are still making bad decisions about what to buy on the Internet.

Antiquities dealer and well-known historical detective Alex Benedict purchases a stone tablet covered with inscriptions in an unknown language. When he sends his long-time assistant Chase Kolpath to pick it up, she runs into a few problems. As Alex and Chase make repeated attempts to find the artifact, they encounter false leads, attempts on their lives, and the terrified silence of those keeping a thirty-year-old secret. Could Sunset Tuttle, the deceased owner of the tablet, succeeded in his lifelong search for a new alien civilization? If so, why would he keep it quiet...?

This latest Benedict/Kolpath adventure is a good read. There is a mystery to solve, a few clues, a few more false clues, and an end-of-the-book resolution to most of the story's questions. Fans of this series get to see interesting developments in Alex's and Chase's personal lives. And there is the trademark skimmer-in-trouble-over-water scene.

There is the same odd, patchwork view of civilization as in the other books of this series. We see lots of business- and neighborhood-level scenes, and a few descriptions of planetary cultures, but not much at the level of cities or regions. It is as though there is no longer cultural differentiation at this level. Maybe this is intentional, meant to be the result of planet-wide communications and low-cost, high-speed travel. But it feels odd. Consistent, but odd.

The book is a must-read for McDevitt fans. Readers new to this author, or to the Alex Benedict series, should start with A Talent For War.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By James E. Rusler on 5 April 2011
Format: Hardcover
I enjoy Jack McDevitt as an author. Echo is a solid, fun space opera romp which deserves more than off-hand one-star reviews from people who haven't read the book. So I'm giving it five to balance the karma.
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I have to confess that American author Jack McDevitt is one of my favourites. It should be noted that he is not often published in the UK. As far as I am concerned he has never written a poor novel and some are excellent. This is his last but one in the Alex Benedict series of SF/Mystery novels of which there are now six. Set in a far future where humanity has colonised numerous star systems but lost much of its history the series concerns the activities of a future dealer in antiques of humanities past looked upon by some as a grave robber. The stories are narrated by his female assitant Chase Kolpath. There is always a mystery to be solved that frequently leads to a surprising conclustion and as usual it is a good satisfying read. I should also add for new readers that each book is complete in itself and can be read in isolation without any real problems of continuity. I look forward to reading the next in the series 'Firebird' when finances permit
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By Dr. Mike on 3 May 2013
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
About a third of the way in I started wondering - mind wandering - so took a look at the ending. Then read the last third.
May have been my state of mind, so I'll shelve it and try to re-read it in a couple of months' time. It's written competently enough and I read its successor straight through the next day, so it may really be a problem with this story.
Don't understand quite why Amazon lists these as "Alex Benedict" stories - they're told (in the main) from the viewpoint of Chase Kolpath.
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