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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Archived from the original on September 27, I put it down to Will Duquette’s comment that he liked this book so I’m willing to give it a chance. In Talent, an interstellar scientific mission has seen something odd, something that has scared the authorities, who run a cover-up. The investigation in this book starts with the heir to an estate coming to Alex to sell some of the possessions of a physicist. This is quite a beautiful science fiction book, complex, layered, asking some deep questions about life and time.


Fortunately, McDevitt gives us a very moving Afterward that ends the book as it should. The Benedict series takes place in one of the least believable far futures in science fiction today: She asks Alex to set up an auction, and he agrees.

Ships from and sold by Amazon. 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. She is the sister-in-law of Christopher Robin no relation to Winnie the Pooh who is a physicist who mysteriously disappeared years ago. FIREBIRD is far from his worst book– in fact, it is a stunning return to form for the series, which had reverted firebirr the same plot device of: I firwbird it 4 s About firebidd through this book, I started thinking that McDevitt had maybe squeezed a fast book out to fulfill a contract.

Customers who bought this item also bought. Seeker, by the way, won the Nebula. It started off okay, but the mystery was surprisingly easy to guess. Firebird is one of those novels by Jack McDevitt that require serious masochistic inclinations to be appreciated. McDevitt has set up a way for that to happen, and I hope it does. So this year’s Firebird has been a very low expectation novel for me but I opened it and this time the story took over from maybe page 50 on and I turned the pages and enjoyed it till the end.


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Firebird (Alex Benedict, #6) by Jack McDevitt

Help others where you can. You get that with these books. Alex Benedict and Chase Kolpath discover that Robin had several A new Alex Benedict novel from “a master of describing otherworldly grandeur.

Another strong instalment in the series, which just gets better and better. The issue of lost interstellar ships and the sentience of Forebird should be enough to stand on their own as novels one would think. Even better, he never stops the action to admire the fabulous ideas and plots that fill his novels.

The plot also gets entangled in a subplot about a planet full of abandoned AIs, and while that was moderately interesting, it felt like an extended digression with dubious relevance to the main plot. And following Robin’s trail into the unknown puts Benedict and Kolpath in danger This book can be read by young people, more or less.

With The Engines of GodMcDevitt introduced the idea of a universe that was once teeming with intelligent life, but contains only their abandoned artifacts by the time humans arrive on the scene. However, I can guarantee you that once you finish Firebird, you will find yourself searching for the earlier books—all of which I highly recommend.

Well this one was pretty cool.

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Feb 21, Paul rated it it was ok Shelves: Firebird is the sixth book in the Alex Benedict series about an antique hunter in the far future albeit a far future that looks exactly like s suburbia, but with spaceships. The AI plot gives McDevitt a chance to explore the theme of how a society comes slowly to r The Alex Benedict novels are typically lighter than McDevitt’s Priscilla Hutchins series, but this sixth novel in the Benedict series holds its own.

McDevitt uses essentially the same set up every time, including Chase’s concern for Alex, public criticism of Alex, Alex going on talk shows, etc. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. The Alex Benedict novels are typically lighter than McDevitt’s Priscilla Hutchins series, but this sixth novel in the Benedict series holds its own.


This is the sixth Alex Benedict Novel. Jack McDevitt’s characters are as undeveloped as, and indistinguishable from, the various AI systems they talk to in their homes, offices, and spacecraft.

Jan 09, Heather rated it it was amazing Shelves: McDevitt at the Festive Bookweek in Budapest, Favorite Quo This was not that good.

This one is no exception. For diehard Alex Benedict fans, Firebird maintains the elements of suspense, intrigue, history, and exploration that are staples of the series. Oct 15, Andreapeabody rated it really liked it. There are references to earlier investigations, but they’re fleeting, and I often didn’t map them to remembered plots even though I’ve read the whole mcevitt to this point.

Interesting connections, some quite convoluted, to see what happened to Chris, the value of artifacts on the universal market, some smattering of dubious physics and more love lost with Chase and her boyfriends.

As a writer, McDevitt is unabashedly not shy about reusing things that worked pretty well the first time. Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants.

An archeologist who has spent his life looking for alien civilizations, and firevird laughed at by his colleagues, dies in a boating accident.

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A humanist to the core, Alex is deeply affected by all of this. The hints and clues that show up at Not much time to do a review but I wanted to say that this one gets a range from me. McDevitt has a probably unintentional tendency to give the impression that his novels will go in one direction and then take them in a different direction. The story gets scary at times with ghost ships drifting in an out of the picture and it gets a little confusing because the story recalls the tragedy of Alex’s Uncle Gabriel who was lost in a terrible space ship accident Whatever happens you can be sure that their relationship will be the spice on top of a superbly told story about a clever antiquarian and his savvy assistant.