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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Per McDevitt standard, all the men are stupid, manipulative, lying, or shallow while most of the women are heroic, quick thinkers, selfless, and decisive. Also, a side rant: Again, the historical tale is really the more interesting, along with the questions it makes you ask. Like Stars in Heaven. See all books by Jack McDevitt. Polaris conventions pop up. It is also the only novel of the group that is told from the point of view of Ale Minor Spoiler Alert!

Jul 30, Gary Holt rated it liked it. Technology that will allow the country that controls it to dominate the globe. We set no limits to human endeavor. Polarid figure out the big picture of what happened to the crew about halfway through, but the fun is in following the investigation to find out the details.

Fortunately, I am, and so this book fit like a pretty comfortable glove. Men and women still don’t really understand each other, but they accept each other – and they have worked out more of the mcfevitt details than we have. Entertaining but Deeply Flawed Is there anything you would change about this book?


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Love Jack McDevitt Books Sometimes it is difficult to get started in a space opera book, but I love these books and the characters are awesome.

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American Fred Fredericks is making his first trip, his purpose to install a communications system for China’s Lunar Science Foundation. Dec 11, Dev Null rated it really liked it Shelves: Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. That man is Ruslan, the sole known surviving human being in the universe. Besides the character problems there are holes in the plot you could have driven the Polaris space yacht through. Writing mysteries, let alone mysteries set in space, can be tricky.

A Plague of Giants. Interesting philosophy stuff though, and science details.

I was happy to see that they had number 2 in the series and so that’s where I’m beginning. Per McDevitt standard, all the men are stupid, ma The high point An alien species has vowed a holy war to jzck all humans, either on Earth or wherever they might run.

I also enjoyed the writing style, the author apparently knows his limitations as it never seemed forced or pretentious. While Chase saves Alex’s neck from increasingly ingenious attacks, he untangles a complex plot. Newer Post Older Post Home. Years, then decades go by. Craig Robertson Narrated by: His work has been on the final ballot for the Nebula Awards for 12 of the past 13 years.


I wouldn’t categorize it as hard-sf; I think mystery readers might enjoy it, too. He awakes amid strangers speaking an unintelligible language and struggles to accept losing his previous life and finding a place in a society with different customs, needing a way to support himself and not knowing a single soul. One of them is that all citizens are now given a stipend to live on and do not have to work.

Fiction Book Review: POLARIS by Jack McDevitt, Author . Ace $ (p) ISBN

LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices. Parts of the novels remind one of the suave patter between Nick and Nora Charles. After trial, you’ll get 3 titles each month: Descended from good money and raised mostly by his uncle Gabe, Alex lives in a country home well outside the capital city of Andiquar.

The great strength of the two Alex Benedict novels I have read mccdevitt far is the interesting background that McDevitt has created for his amateur sleuths Benedict and his “Watson,” Chase Kolpath. While I enjoyed this second installment in the Mcdrvitt Benedict series, as it was a page-turning futuristic mystery, there were a few things that irked me: I think I liked this book more than the previous. To assess the potential of the threat a high-powered team is dispatched to investigate.

This is the second book about Alex Benedict, the antiquity dealer some years into the future. That’s all the bad stuff.