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Jack McDevitt
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23 May 2013 Alex Benedict

Everyone knows the legend of Christopher Sim. An interstellar hero with a rare talent for war, he changed mankind's history forever when he forged a rag-tag group of misfits into the weapon that broke the alien Ashiyyur.

But now, in a forgotten file, Alex Benedict has found a startling piece of information. If it is true, then Christopher Sim was a fraud.

If he is to see it through, Alex Benedict will have to follow the dark track of a legend, into the heart of an alien galaxy, where he will confront a truth far stranger than anything he could have imagined...

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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Headline (23 May 2013)
  • ISBN-10: 1472203070
  • ISBN-13: 978-1472203076
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,397 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)

A superlative novel ... bridges the gap between literary and commercial SF with rare facility and belongs in every collection (Booklist)

A marvellously constructed novel. If McDevitt never writes another word, his reputation is assured (Science Fiction Chronicle)

Delivers everything it promises with a gigantic wallop (Publisher's Weekly)

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 (starred review) (Library Journal)

A real writer has entered our ranks, and his name is Jack McDevitt (Michael Bishop, Nebula-winning author)

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The first novel in the acclaimed Alex Benedict series from the multi-award winning SF master Jack McDevitt.

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5.0 out of 5 stars An involving read 17 Jun 2013
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An old favourite, I was delighted to see this come out at last for Kindle. Long overdue. It has all the hallmarks of an involved detective novel hunting for the truth. It lays down the background and characters to the rest of the Alex Benedict series with some interesting differences that got ironed out in the later books. Any fan of Jack McDevit must read this one!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it 1 Mar 2014
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As an Asimov fan, this was right up my street. Some lovely ideas in the book, and it's well paced. I read the entire series back to back on my e-reader.
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5.0 out of 5 stars History SF Crossover 12 Feb 2014
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This is a really successful attempt to blend history - except this is future history - mystery and science fiction. Under the guise of a mystery it covers future war, politics and the re-writing of history. Great characterisation and some very good edge of the seat moments.
I don't want to say anymore because it's hard to describe without giving away spoilers - but really if you ar an SF fan this is great stuff. Five stars!
Oh and best of all - its the start of a series that GETS BETTER. Incredible but true.

Two: warnings - DON'T READ the blurb. The blurb on mine gave away half the book. Do have a good memory for names: sometimes I'd forgotten who was who.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining space opera. 10 Feb 2014
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The first in the Alex Benedict series does a great job of introducing the character and gives a well-written space opera/mystery. The space-archaeology setting really fleshes out the setting and you get a real sense of history. Very enjoyable.
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