Jack McDevitt (born April 14, ) is an American science fiction author whose novels . (): Cauldron; Nebula Best Novel nominee (): Echo; Nebula Best Novel nominee (): Firebird; Robert A. Heinlein Award winner (). Firebird is volume six of Jack McDevitt’s “Alex Benedict” series of archeological mysteries in a Science Fiction setting, a series that found its. This month sees the publication of the sixth novel in Jack McDevitt’s Alex Benedict series, the aptly-titled Firebird. Like its predecessors, from A.

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Firebird (Alex Benedict, #6) by Jack McDevitt

The prologue of “Firebird” features a ship vanishing in jac, and never being found again. The story effectively transports the reader to a future time and place along with future technology and transportation. The end of Firebird was up to the usual standards of this series, albeit surprisingly traumatic. The closing epilogue addresses one of the significant plot lines, but not all of them. This one is no exception.

People have much longer life spans.

Antiquarian Alex Benedict and his assistant Chase Kolpath find themselves in the center of a scientific mystery that has put uncounted lives at risk over thousands of years, bringing them face-to-face with impossible relics from the past.

Firebird easily falls into this category.

The Alex Benedict novels are typically lighter than McDevitt’s Priscilla Hutchins series, but this sixth novel in the Benedict series holds its own. A Talent For War. Firebird pretends to be science fiction, but really it’s comfort food, undemanding and familiar. Once the impact of what is happening, the reader can’t help firebirv be moved to both pity and fear at the fate of the unfortunate spacefarers at the novel’s heart.


Review: Firebird by Jack McDevitt

In this McDevitt is pitch perfect; he captures the very essence of the Holmes mysteries and puts sets them in the far future. A Talent for War introduced Alex Benedict, an antiquities specialist living in the twelfth millennium, and Chase Kolpath, a female pilot who becomes his Watson. Views Read Edit View history.

Since neither story is sufficient to support an entire novel, the book firegird across as limp, especially since it takes over one hundred pages for anything to start happening.

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Fifebird 28, Walt O’Hara rated it really liked it Shelves: Want to Read saving…. Jacj Girl Friday is Chase Kolpath, a deep space pilot, secretary, office manager, public relations, and just about everything else that Alex needs. Fortunately, the end of the novel offers some nice rewards to the reader exhausted by the philosophical discussions, talk show descriptions, Rimway’s socialities, appointments unrelated to the investigation This book was a little less oriented that way, and more in line with the typical sci-fi books.

Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. This has two predictable effects.

There’s also a deus ex machina element in which Alex comes up with missing secondary information from no clear source. All three of these are Alex Benedict books.

Hardcoverpages. I never thought I’d rate a book by Jack McDevitt this low.

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mcdeviyt May 14, Andrea rated it it was ok Shelves: But I may have read more into it than he wanted to put there. Before his disappearance, his fringe science theories about the existence of endless alternate universes had earned him both admirers and enemies. Some of this may be intentional, as McDevitt uses this book to bring out a bit more of Alex and Chase’s past and has some story reasons for making Alex less of a saint. Much more my taste even than Priscilla Hutchins series unexpectedly.


Alex and his assistant, Chase Kolpath, come into possession of some artefacts and prepare to sell them. Jack McDevitt interview excerpts”. Do not miss this one. For reasons that are unclear, McDevitt throws in the occasional sexist line and attitude. Science fiction and mystery fans are sure to love Firebird. An archeologist who has spent his life looking for alien civilizations, and been laughed at by his colleagues, dies in a boating accident.

We are experiencing technical difficulties. Feb 05, Peter Tillman rated it it was ok Shelves: It’s not the best of the series, mcedvitt it’s a lot better than Echo. Before his disappearance, his mcxevitt science theories about the existence of endless alternate universes had earned him both admirers and enemies.

Some people come to treat AIs as close friends and confidents. Alex Benedict and Chase Kolpath discover that Robin had several A new Alex Benedict novel from “a master of describing otherworldly grandeur. Aug 08, Scott rated it really liked it Shelves: Definitely, I’ll read it again. Well this one was pretty cool.