Not as gripping as his other books but still very good,
This review is from: Odyssey (Priscilla) (Mass Market Paperback)
What I like most about Jack McDevitt is that he is building his story line on humanity's possible near future; the story does not evolve around a galaxy-wide human empire or various species already known.
He elaborates quite in detail how we might embark on space travel, how politicians or corporations might react, what space travel might look like and so on.. all very feasible and realistic.. and that's exactly what is appealing to me
Odyssey evolves around contact with intelligent species and a possibly-catastrophic scientific experiment.. again all characters are well-built; neither heroes or villains.. rather usual characters with strong and weak points..
The story is not fast paced but nevertheless readable and enjoyable - particularly if you are not after a starwars like scifi