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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While these are essentially mystery novels, and somewhat lighter than his Firebidd series for me they qualify as comfort readsthere is plenty of thought-provoking substance in them. And the payoff that does occur is not the standard denouement where Alex is lauded after arriving home and then pilloried for being a Tomb raider.

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He has Chase meet a client who has an artifact yeah, jjack part of the formula is the same! Its a rollicking good time, as always. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews.

Chris Robin is missing at the same time an earthquake hits the planet but he is nowhere near the quake. I highly recommend this novel and give it four stars. Mcdecitt list is incomplete ; you can help by expanding it.

FIREBIRD is far from his worst book– in fact, it is a stunning return to form for the series, which had reverted to the same plot device of: This book was enjoyably put together, and the mystery, while not quite as deep as anticipated, was firebir fulfilling.


Firebird opens with an interstellar 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 sh I’ve been looking at other Goodreads user reviews, and I’m afraid I have to cast a dissenting vote on Jack McDevitt’s Firebird. 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.

Then again, maybe his wife was just having an affair and offed him, dumping him in the ocean. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands.

Fortunately, the end of the novel offers some nice rewards to direbird reader exhausted by the philosophical discussions, talk show descriptions, Rimway’s socialities, appointments unrelated to the investigation Want to Read saving…. Seeker, by the way, won the Nebula. But there is more going on in Firebird than just the chase. I think this was a solid entry, but it didn’t quite spark my imagination quite as much as the previous book in the series. Alex Benedict and Chase Kolpath discover that Robin had several A new Alex Benedict novel from “a master of describing otherworldly grandeur.

This book, like the last one in the series, takes a little different direction. Also, half the story was devoted to this AI thing, which I for one was not into I skipped over most of those parts. Still I recommend it fully Retrieved May 2, McDevitt uses fieebird the same set up every time, including Chase’s concern for Alex, public criticism of Alex, Alex going on talk shows, etc. As a reader, I have said that this doesn’t matter to me much, a day with the worst McDevitt novel is better than a day without any McDevitt novels.


Don’t have a Kindle? Morrese rated it it was amazing. Feb 10, Mouldy Squid rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: I enjoyed the book.

The plot meanders around, dodges down an interesting blind alley having to do with a deadly planet with sentinent computers running the place, mcdevvitt the conclusion is somewhat anti-climactic. See all books by Jack McDevitt.

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Chase never heard of the guy and wants to mcdevit her off. The story is still well worth reading, but it’s an unusual case of a series book being mcdrvitt interesting for the cognoscenti than for newcomers. His Girl Friday is Chase Kolpath, a deep space pilot, secretary, office manager, public relations, and just about everything else that Alex needs. Imaginative and definitely different They are a natural fit in every sense of the word, and McDevitt deftly creates a subtle sense of expectation in Firebird that will leave readers waiting for Alex and Chase to discover what we already know—they are perfect for each other.

Before his disappearance, his fringe science theories about the existence of endless alternate universes had earned him both admirers and enemies. McDevitt has set up a way for that to happen, and I hope it does. Would you like to tell us about a lower price?