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  • Hardcover: 375 pages
  • Publisher: Ace Books (Nov. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0441020739
  • ISBN-13: 978-0441020737
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 3.2 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 835,062 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jack McDevitt is that splendid rarity, a writer who is a storyteller first and a science fiction writer second. In his ability to absolutely rivet the reader, it seems to me that he is the logical heir to Isaac Asimov and Arthur C. Clarke (Stephen King)

McDevitt hit a grand slam with this one ... I'm still shaking my head and wondering how he pulled it off (Wired.com)

A great entry . . . A fast-paced thriller (Midwest Book Review)

You should definitely read Jack McDevitt (Gregory Benford) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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A Nebula Award finalist for Best Novel from the multi-award winning SF master Jack McDevitt. Sixth in the acclaimed Alex Benedict series. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John M. Ford TOP 500 REVIEWER on 8 Nov. 2011
Format: Hardcover
Alex Benedict is well known to Jack McDevitt fans as a merchant of rare and recently rediscovered artifacts. Since Alex lives far in our future, some of these artifacts can involve lost technology of engaging complexity. Assisted by the lovely, resourceful, skeptical, and multi-talented Chase Kolpath, Alex works through another historical puzzle in this sixth book of the series.

To establish--and perhaps inflate--the value of items in an estate sale, Alex and Chase investigate the mysterious disappearance of the improbably-named physicist Christopher Robin. Robin had himself been investigating the occasional appearances of unidentified starships at seemingly-random locations among the worlds of the Confederacy. Although these sightings have remained unexplained for hundreds of years, they have provoked little lasting curiosity. Of greater concern are the infrequent disappearances of modern starships. This is seen as an unwanted, but acceptable price for travel through the dangerous depths of space.

As Chase and Alex assemble pieces of this puzzle, readers peer over their shoulders and begin guessing at the outcome. We also learn more about Chase's pre-Alex employment, explore a planet hidden for centuries in a dust cloud, and listen to Alex debate his colleagues and critics about the sentience of the artificial intelligences ("Betas") that perform so many of their society's tasks. One cannot help anticipates the role these themes and events will play in future Benedict adventures.

This is an essential and rewarding read for fans of the Alex Benedict series. Although it connects nicely to events of previous books, it can also be enjoyed as a stand-alone story. The time you spend in it will seem short compared to the faster pace of the universe around you.
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For the record, I have read all parts of McDevitts Alex Benedict novels and I am confident they are not everyones cup of tea.

That said, I think this is by a fair margin the best book of the Alex Benedict series, dealing once more with a mistery (imagine 'Flying Dutchman' in space) and a thought provoking secondary plot, which concerns artifial intelligences and their limits. And in case you know the Stephen King novel 'Trucks' you might smirk at one point.

One weaker point has finally been adressed: far too often the end of the previous books looked a bit cobbled together and got squeezed within a few pages. Now, as much as I like resolutions, it usually looked a bit rushed for me. This isn't the case here and I'm very glad about that. And that's precisely the reason why it gets 5 stars from me.

For fans of McDevitt and especially the Alex Benedict novels: definitely recommendable. For those unfamiliar with it, it's a good start to enter this specific fictional universe, but it's the sixth and so far last installment of the series and you might want to begin with the first one called 'A Talent for War'.
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I quite like the way in which these stories are narrated by the "second character", Alex Benedict supposedly being the first. It somehow puts you in the skin of the narrator. As to the story, it builds up atmosphere and suspense such that you want to read the next chapter and then the next and the next and... oops, I've finished the book too quickly.

The story is built around an "existing mystery" in that interstellar ships going missing at a rate of about 1 every 30 years. In particular, one person that went missing where Alex is seeking artefacts related to that person. These disappearances are put down to "life" by the authorities. But is it? Alex isn't so sure, and neither are you.. or Chase.

These books are very easy to read and very enjoyable. It may be that the "limited" perspective of a single narrator allows you to build the Alex Benedict world in your head as you read. Whatever it it is, just read and enjoy!
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By Robert on 25 Dec. 2011
Format: Hardcover
A talent for War is by far the best (and first) Alex Benedict book, but Firebird comes close. In reality the last four should be called Chase Kolpath books, since she is the narrator. Like Watson recounting Sherlock Holmes, she gives a less flattering view of Benedict. This tale starts because Benedict seeks to manufacture a myth about a lost professor in order to increase the value of his estate which Benedict has a contract to sell.

Like all McDevitt books there are red herrings a plenty and it is hard to review the book without giving them away. There is a discussion on the humanness of artificial intelligence. Another reviewer mentioned Stephen Kings 'Truck'. I was more reminded of George H Smith's 'The four day weekend' where intelligent taxis politely but menacingly pursue humans with the war cry of 'cab sir?'
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By Amazon Customer on 1 Dec. 2011
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I love Jack McDevitt's books - he writes well, presents a wholly credible picture in his far future and delivers pageturning action, peppered with detail about futuristic difference in life and the way it works.

One series is his books featuring Alex Benedict. I hate reviews that spell out plots (what's listed on line or on the cover is enough). Let me just say that I found this his best yet - I might even say the best sci fi novel I have read and I read many (though that might need some thought). The mystery devlops nicely, the characters are good and it is a book you simply lose yourself in; it also has as moving an ending as I have ever read in this genre - satisfying too. Highly recommended, if I could give it more than five stars, I would!
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