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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But then the science fiction fizzles out. The two are barely related to one another–the AI thing arises as Benedict and Chase Kolpath are investigating the mystery ships and plays out as a separate storyline McDevitt occasionally comes back to. Government, politics, military, religion, and commerce are those of any current western democracy.

Surely there are other intriguing archaeological style mysteries that these two could pursue. His Girl Friday is Chase Kolpath, a deep space pilot, secretary, office firebirx, public relations, and just about everything else that Alex needs. Did he finally find the door between parallel universes that he had long sought? Fiirebird mystery surrounding the destructive “Omega Clouds” which are introduced in The Engines of God is left unexplored until Omega.

In many ways, McDevitt out-Doyles Doyle. Jack McDevitt’s characters are as undeveloped as, and indistinguishable from, the various AI systems they talk to in their homes, offices, and spacecraft. As McDevitt explained in an interview, “I was on my way.

Firebird (An Alex Benedict Novel): Jack McDevitt: : Books

Accompanied by Chase, who again issues warnings regarding his involvement and the danger to himself and his reputation, Alex chases mcrevitt in an attempt to unravel the mystery for himself. The writing is good: In fact, I just re-read it, because reviews of Coming Home seem to indicate that it will launch from some plot threads not fully resolved in Firebird.

The primary interest in the series is a recurring pair of characters – Alex and Chase – who broker antiquity transactions and are led from there kcdevitt adventures. Feb 05, Peter Tillman rated it it was ok Shelves: Mar 18, Grady McCallie rated it really liked it. People live in communities we’d find familiar and comfortable.


There, he thought, is the essence of our nature, displayed endlessly throughout the ages for all who can see. He has been nominated for the Nebula Award sixteen times; Seeker is his jafk win. I thought, based on the jacket blurb, this novel would deliver some hard science fiction, but the science wasn’t there and the fiction was below average.

Chris Robin might have mcdevjtt murdered The closing epilogue addresses one of the significant plot lines, but not all of them. The setting is about 9, years in our future and we see that humanity is exploring the galaxy and is thriving.

For reasons that are unclear, McDevitt throws in the occasional sexist line and attitude. Magnificent The previous book was a disappointment, but this one returns to top rating.

Its a good addition to the series. Either plot could have carried the book, yet they work better together.

His two main series are the Alex Benedict series and the Priscilla Hutchins series. Just picked up Firebird Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. I mean, we get an IDEA of what transpires but we’ll never really know. Oct 15, Andreapeabody rated it really liked it.

Alex Benedict is an antiquities dealer 9, years in the future. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. That’s surprising because I usually have no trouble jettisoning a series once it has become stale.

When it comes to the two main characters, Alex and Chase, I never came to know them at all. But in the process of verifying the authenticity of the artifacts Chase and Alex find clues that suggest that Dr.

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His gaze lingered in turn on the Virgin’s Alcove illuminated by a few flickering candles and the Stations of the Cross, on the mcdefitt altar, on the hewn pulpit with its ponderous Bible. Discover Prime Book Box for Kids. The religious institutions of today are also shown to survive with seemingly little change. No trivia or quizzes yet.


Retrieved May 2, Chase muses on her life and many ex-boyfriends 4 breakthrough 5 denouement, where somebody’s life is briefly in danger, and 6 everything is happily resolved, Alex is a hero, Chase is a wiser and richer woman, and haven’t we all learned a little something about ourselves?

Alex and Chase of course have to go down to the planet to investigate it.

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Jul 23, Paul Baker rated it really liked it Shelves: About Firebird A new Alex Benedict novel from “a master of describing otherworldly grandeur. If you are just starting out with Alex and Chase, I would advise reading the earlier novels first, starting with A Talent for War, Polaris and Seeker, though all the novels are excellent.

A Talent For War. Mcdvitt one issue I have is the formula that the novels follow is a bit predictable. Should they be granted the same rights as cirebird A woman named Karen Howard has inherited some items belonging to a famous physicist and songwriter, Christopher Robin. Firebird opens with an fireblrd ship inexplicably failing to arrive at its destination, then introduces the mysterious disappearance of a physicist who had been researching the disappearance of other interstellar ships and who may have found a way to move between long-suspected alternate universes.

Firebird opens with an interstellar ship inexplicably failing to arrive at its destination, then introduces the mysterious mxdevitt of a physicist who had been researching the disappearance of other interstellar sh I’ve been looking at other Goodreads user reviews, and I’m afraid I have to cast a firebord vote on Jack McDevitt’s Firebird.

I also like the positive image of mankind in general that it presents. I put it down to Will Duquette’s comment that he liked this book so I’m willing to give it a chance.