Jack McDevitt is a skilled but uneven storyteller. His best work is found in his series of novels featuring Priscilla Hutchins. While the Hutchins series tends to be . The luxury space yacht Polaris carried an elite group of the wealthy and curious thousands of light-years from Earth to witness a spectacular stellar phenomenon . Minor Spoiler Alert! Polaris is second of Jack McDevitt’s series of novels about Alex Benedict and Chase Kolpath – and it is probably the best of.
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An interstellar hero with a rare talent for war, Sim changed mankind’s history forever when he forged a ragtag group of misfits into the weapon that broke the back of the alien Ashiyyur. In this series View all Book 3. I did like the opening of the book, where the lost ship Polaris is present mcdevity an unique cosmic event – a pulsar going right through another star.
Not that they are identical but they sound and feel the same. This is a series of novels that need not be read in order, as there is no real development from one to the next. When dining out, people are entertained by a piano bar or diva, jackk hold parties and honor themselves and their accomplishments, they attend university, perform in plays, publish, and work in prestigious jobs from realty to dentistry.
Ren has worked hard as the colony’s 3-D printer engineer, creating the tools necessary for human survival in an alien environment – and harboring a devastating secret. People who don’t think to deeply about science and have time to kill at an airport.
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Here there are no heroes or villains, only those willing to do what’s necessary to survive. As long as you don’t take it too seriously, and aren’t looking for profound or challenging writing, you can have some fun reading it. They’re reasonably well crafted, if a little trite in places. The best writers find a way for danger to happen organically, from seeds that are already there in the story, rather polarus imposing a lapse of thinking upon basically intelligent characters.
I wouldn’t categorize it as hard-sf; I think mystery readers might enjoy it, too. For openers, there are few if any appreciable differences between American society of the date written and human society ten thousand years hence. Nov 02, Pages Buy.
All of which would just be a trivially miscalculated detail if it weren’t for the fact that the entire plot of the book relies on this scarcity of FTL in a way which I wont explain, to avoid spoilers. This is a series of novels that need not be read in order, as there is no real development from one to the next.
Alex manages to grab a couple; a handful of others are distributed before a bomb, apparently intended to assassinate a nasty local dictator, destroys the rest. Good listen Not as good as the first in the series, but not a bad listen all the same.
It’s the second in a series featuring Alex Benedict, a dealer in rare artifacts, told from the perspective of his pilot and assistant, Chase Kolpath.
What’s there to like? Ann Leckie Narrated by: Jack McDevitt is a former naval officer, taxi driver, customs officer and motivational trainer. Jack McDevitt brings back the daring Alex Benedict from A Talent for Warthrusting him into a far-future tale of mystery and suspense that will lead the prominent antiquities dealer to the truth about an abandoned space yacht called the Polaris.
That’s because it is! Polaris is both the title of the novel and also the name of a rather famous space vessel. It contains adventure, mystery and science in sufficient doses to make any SF reader happy. The compliment of passengers onboard Polaris consisted of famous scientists and popular personalities, handpicked by Survey the agency directing space exploration for the Confederacy for this amazing viewing. Jul polarjs, Dianah rated it did not like it Recommends it for: Earth is a dying planet.
I look forward to the wise cracks and how each mystery unravels. That’s appropriate in an SF mystery novel, but especially in one that turns out to have a surprisingly serious human core. Another problem is McDevitt’s failure at creating a believable female character let alone writing as one.
Science Fiction Hyperdrive: Review of Polaris by Jack McDevitt
Not as good as the first in the series, but not a bad listen all the same. I jck to find myself loving everything I’ve read by Jack McDevitt.
When dining out, people are entertained by a piano bar or diva, people hold parties and honor themselves and their accomplishments, they attend university, perform in plays, publish, and work in prestigious jobs from realty to dentistry.