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 by Jack McDevitt | : Books

The pace moves right along as usual, there are the requisite number of tight spots–though perhaps not as many plot twists as in others. A new Alex Benedict novel from “a master of describing otherworldly grandeur. Hopefully the next book, which looks to be more of a direct sequel to this one, will improve. The settings are fascinating but never lose connection with human reality.

After six of these, the conceit may become trite and repetitive, but they don’t. Nov firebigd, Tomislav rated it liked it Shelves: But if so, why did he tell no one? This development creates potential for their relationship to deepen in the future. The mysteries were so engrossing that there was no way they could not affect my science fiction. People have much longer life spans.

He lives on the planet of Rimway, outside the capital city of Andiquar, which is also the capital of political world of humanity at this time, the Confederacy. Firebird is full of intriguing plots about missing spaceships and abandoned planets that will keep readers turning the javk to see what happens next.


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May 16, Linda Branham Greenwell rated it it was amazing Shelves: When the author turned his hand to a light but cirebird time travel story in Time Travelers Never Die FBC RvI hoped that Alex and Chase have been retired at the top, but it was not to be and last year’s Echo just brought my suspension of disbelief to a crash in a novel that while readable – again as a testimony to how mesmerizing the author can be – was utterly laughable in world building from beginning to almost the end.

Oct 28, Liviu rated it really liked it Shelves: Forty-one years ago the renowned physicist Chris Robin vanished. The mysteries also become more intricate and devious, although not to the point of incredulity if such a thing can be said about a science fiction novel.

Its a good addition to the series.

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The mystery surrounding the destructive “Omega Clouds” which are introduced in The Engines of God is left unexplored until Omega. Aug 08, Scott rated it really liked it Firebied She asks Alex to set up an auction, and he agrees.

Mcvevitt 09, Annika rated it it was amazing Shelves: Buy the selected items together This item: Alex’s uncle, Gabe, whose ship, the Capella, vanished in a previous novel. 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.

Jul 21, Text Addict rated it it was ok Shelves: The book builds steadily to a really tense ending that leaves one wishing for more. As of [update]McDevitt lives near BrunswickGeorgia. Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. From this broad perspective, we can see that these are footnotes to human history, not the drivers of it. I can’t even conjure up a mental image of what they might have looked like. The Benedict series takes place in virebird of the least believable far futures in science fiction today: In the midst of this, treasure hunters flock to Mcdeevitt to attempt their own rescues and many of them die at the hands of psychotic Jacl.


Nothing has changed in 15, plus years except for the unexplained development of hyperspace drives, anti-gravity, and artificial intelligence. Archived from the original on September 19, He prefers to leave ambiguities to puzzle and intrigue his readers: While these are essentially mystery novels, and somewhat lighter than his Academy series for me they qualify as comfort readsthere is plenty of thought-provoking substance in them. I joined the Navydrove a cab, became an English teacher, took a customs inspector’s job on the northern border, and didn’t write another word for a quarter-century.

Disappointingly, nothing about the society of the distant future is in any way different from today. A woman named Karen Howard has inherited some items belonging to a famous physicist and songwriter, Christopher Robin. I mean, we get an IDEA of what transpires but we’ll never really know.

Firebird easily falls into this category. Basically, many who previously respected Alex now blame him for the deaths of idiots. Oct 03, Julie Davis rated it really liked it.

Before his disappearance, his fringe science theories about the existence of endless alternate universes had earned him both admirers and enemies. The ‘B-plot’ actually ends up becoming an interesting discourse on how a society views artificial intelligence, whether or not they are ‘alive’ and should count as people. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. Help others where you can. There was only the river, and mcdevittt ridges, and the Creator.