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  • Paperback: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Headline (12 Sept. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1472203232
  • ISBN-13: 978-1472203236
  • Product Dimensions: 14.7 x 3.8 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 258,832 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. Clark (Stephen King)

McDevitt will grab you by the throat of your curiosity and keep a firm hold until the final chapter (Science Fiction Chronicle)

McDevitt continues his lovingly detailed exploration of interstellar reconnaissance and alien contact ... this one is really quite splendid (Booklist)

Hutch is one of the most formidable - and credible - heroines in contemporary SF. Both she and McDevitt are at the top of their respective forms ... Chindi is one of his very best (Locus)

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A Nebula Award finalist for Best Novel from the multi-award winning SF master Jack McDevitt. Third in the acclaimed Academy series.

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Why do authors these days think we only want half a story. The ending to this book was poor, thrown together at the last moment obviously hoping the reader will buy the next instalment. why don't the authors say at the beginning that they are going to drag the story out into numerous additions. I bought this book on the understanding I was going to read a complete story only to find out I had been hoodwinked into buying a taster. Miffed!
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Another good book by McDevitt. This time Hutch is involved in a mission to investigate "transmissions" by a satellite orbiting a neutron star. Note I inserted quotation marks since at no time do we know if these transmissions are in fact radio signals or some form of FTL communication which is used between superluminal ships in the book. This form of FTL communication is not explained or described. There are a few problems here and there, e.g. the transmission sent to Tor while he was travelling at relativistic speeds should have been adjusted so he could in fact hear them given the relativistic effects. While much of the physics practised in the books is explained well there are a few bits and pieces which float by unnoticed. If the author wishes to maintain a hard science fiction base then this needs to be supported.

These are a few remarks which don't really matter that much in the overall story. The one thing which does appear to be the case in all of the Academy books so far is 1. some sort of disatser befalls the crew or passengers of a give ship, 2. Hutch is sent in or takes part in the disaster, 3. almost all alien contact is of a more primitive form, usually a voracious predator, herbivores almost never play any role in threatening anyone even though on earth for example they can be extremely dangerous e.g. hippos, elephants, rhinos, 4. even the intelligent aliens appear to be equipped with talons, sharp teeth or fangs, surely there must be a few non-violent civilisations out there. In addition, the humans in the stories appear to possess no military ships and very little in the way of proper protocol when sending ships to investigate potential alien contact. The fact that no weapons are carried is very surprising indeed.
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I had read the other books in this series and couldn't find Chindi in the shops for years. Fortunately, Amazon (and Kindle) were there. I loved this book. It is a great addition to the others and a typical Jack McDevitt story: a new breath in science fiction, a book that you'll want to keep reading until the end (and then re-read many times over the coming years). I have read most of his other books, and read them several times already since they were published. Each time, they can be enjoyed in a new way. I would definitely recommend this book (and others by the same author) to anyone starting with science fiction, or wanting to go back to the sense of wonder of the 1950s, with a definitely modern take.
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