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A Talent For War (An Alex Benedict Novel) Kindle Edition
|Length: 324 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
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Lost in the fog of an old interstellar war, legend, truth and misinformation merge in the story of how Christopher Sim built a rag-tag group of ships into the mystical guerrilla fleet that fought the alien Ashiyyur invaders to a standstill. Alex Benedict takes on the legacy of his dead uncle - a lifelong work trying to find out the truth of Cristopher Sim and his exploits. How much of the story is true? How much demon was in the hero? Was Sim really killed by a betrayal, and what happened to his lost and legendary flagship?
McDevitt builds the legend of a hero forged in a desperate war, and then dismantles the legend to find the man beneath, his triumphs, failures, and betrayals.
This book is a thoughtful, exciting, atmospheric, page turner.
This is a great page-turner. It's easy to get pulled into the plot, and the frequent use of "archive" material in the chapters adds a real melancholy to the story (which in itself is both clever and somewhat moving; a very unusual combination for a sci-fi novel.). Having read Omega, Polaris, and Engines of God, A Talent For War is the one I enjoyed the most - and it's a great pity the others aren't more like it.
The story is essentially the uncovering of a semi-legendary hero accredited with saving mankind from an implacable alien enemy. The hero himself, however (Christopher Sim), has great depth and humanity, and ultimately, it seems everyone has taken what they wanted from his mythos, rather than the truth - until the events in the story take place. And the truth both is and isn't what people want to hear.
I've reread this book about four times and loved it each time.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
"A Talent for War" is the third novel by Jack mcDevitt that I've read this year, following "Engines of God" and "Deepsix" from the Academy-series Universe. Read morePublished on 19 Sept. 2011 by Stuart Millard
This is the first book in Jack McDevitt's Alex Benedict series, in which Alex and his talented assistant Chase Kolpath meet for the first time. Read morePublished on 8 Jun. 2011 by John M. Ford
I have varied tastes in SciFi from the greats of the 60s to the modern stuff from Reynolds & Hamilton. Read morePublished on 28 Sept. 2010 by Mr. T. C. Jones