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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Headline (23 May 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1472203097
  • ISBN-13: 978-1472203090
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 2.7 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 54,788 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)

Another highly intelligent, absorbing portrayal of the far future from a leading creator of such tales (Booklist)

Combines hard science fiction with mystery and adventure in a wild tour of the distant future. Stellar plotting, engaging characters, and a mastery of storytelling (Library Journal (starred review))

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A Nebula Award finalist for Best Novel from the multi-award winning SF master Jack McDevitt. Second in the acclaimed Alex Benedict series. 'Another highly intelligent, absorbing portrayal of the far future from a leading creator of such tales' Booklist

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I read the first Alex Benedict book a few years ago and quite liked it so I tried the second in the series just recently when I saw it was available on Kindle. Since then, in addition to Polaris I have read Seeker, The Devil's Eye, Echo and Firebird. The plot of all the books deals with a high level antiques dealer/archeologist/graverobber (take your pick), who works with a glamourous female space pilot/sidekick. Together they search out mysteries and often solve crimes. It is a fairly basic formula but ingeniously delivered in a satisfying but not too racy manner. The books are certainly clever and often thought-provoking. Even if my basic description suggests something that has been done time and time again, I can certainly understand why Jack McDevitt has many devoted fans. I don't think I am one of them, but I have found myself looking out for more of his books. Now there's a mystery for you...
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I’ve read a couple of McDevitt’s books and thoroughly enjoyed them. So when I got the opportunity to scoop another offering off the shelves, I didn’t hesitate. Would I enjoy it as much? Oh yes. As ever, McDevitt takes his time to set the scene. There is a fairly long prologue where we are in third person pov, which swings around from passenger to passenger as they witness the death of a star. And even when the first person narrator, Chase Kolpath, takes up the story, you needn’t start bracing yourself for full-on action any time soon. Alex Benedict, Chase’s boss, is primarily a dealt in ancient artefacts and his increasing interest in the disappearance of the Polaris is a gradual affair. In the meantime, we get plenty of slices of Chase’s everyday life and her attitude and approach to her job and her boss.

She is a confident, outgoing woman who thoroughly enjoys her adventurous life – most of the time. I find her an engaging protagonist who manages to be involved in all the main events without coming across as an adrenaline junkie. It was also a refreshing change that there is no romantic relationship between Alex and Chase, so we don’t have to wade through any burning looks or longings in amongst the sleuthing. This adventure is where Sue Grafton’s Kinsey Millhone meets Sherlock Holmes… McDevitt gives us plenty of routine, everyday details about Alex and Chase, which isn’t as mundane as it sounds, given that it’s set in the far future – and yet as the narrator is the junior partner and Alex tends to be the one who comes up with the brilliant insights, there is more than a touch of Sherlock thrown into the mix.
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This is the third book I've read in the Alex Benedict series and I'm growing to love them. McDevitt has a very easy writing style, engaging characters and interesting plots. The space-archaeologist concept works very well and gives the setting a real sense of history. His settings really come alive while he's describing them.
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