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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On the plus side, it was I think a better done adventure story in the present than its predecessor, A Talent for War, which derived mccevitt interest almost entirely from the mystery about the past for me, at least; the adventures there in the present did not seem as compelling. What if some really weird events keep happening around you, your artifacts, and your friends?

Jul 31, Patrick Hayes rated it it was amazing. However, once the explosion had passed and the ships were returning to Rimway, Polaristhe last of the group to announce departure, went silent.

Technology that will allow the country that controls it to dominate the globe. I am yet to find one in this series. I have a certain skepticism about any story that relies on some scientific discovery years and years ago that somehow got irretrievably lost, because at least the way we do science now that’s mcdevift going to happen. But when Alex and his partner, Chase Kolpath, polarris investigating the sixty-year-old disappearance of the entire crew of the Polarispeopl I grabbed Polaris on a whim at jcak used bookstore.

I only have one issue with the story – and it is something that bothers me in general about writing. An unknown race, they left stunning alien statues scattered on distant planets throughout the galaxy, encoded with strange inscriptions that defy translation. Rita Longknife – Enemy Unknown. Chase mentions all the various human societies that have arisen—and fallen—since mcedvitt expanded into space. Polaris conventions pop up.

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Time Travelers Never Die. Get access to the Member Daily Deal. Chase remarks that the police on Rimway are unused to investigating crime because the crime rate is so low. Also in An Alex Benedict Novel.

I thought that was funny as hell. I skipped the last 2.


It is 30 years from now, and we have colonized the moon. Besides the character problems there are holes in the plot you could have driven the Polaris space yacht through. The best writers find a way for danger to happen organically, from seeds that are already there in the story, rather than imposing a lapse of thinking upon basically intelligent characters. The question is do you care?

I was happy to see that they had number 2 in the series and so that’s where I’m beginning. We set no limits to human endeavor. Jon’s only companion on his year voyage is his ship’s irritable AI. To survive, humanity founds the Circuit, a string of colonies across the solar system, dedicated to mining resources vital to preserving what remains of mankind.

Fear drove both species into a long and bloody war which was eventually resolved before both sides exhausted their ships and weapons.

Polaris (Alex Benedict, #2) by Jack McDevitt

Trapped aboard the starship EriophoraSunday Ahzmundin is mcdevitr to discover the components of any successful revolution: Hours later, pilot Maddy English reported the ship on its way home—but it never arrived. Besides the character problems there are holes in the plot y In the far future 7 people disappear. These books are all about managing your expectations.


I liked the suspense. When an interstellar probe lands in the heart of the Amazon jungle, powerful nations around the world will stop at nothing to retrieve it. Becoming intrigued, Alex discovers that others connected with the vanished passengers also disappeared under unexplained circumstances.

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Not as good as the first in the series, but not a bad listen all the same. But polarix time is running out. The narrative technique works quite well in a Dr. There are multiple problems here. Now, Alex and Chase realize that someone is tracking down relics of the Polaris and is willing to kill anyone who gets in the way. Books of the Week.

Jack McDevitt is an engaging writer but for some reason, Polaris did not engage. City on Fire Metropolitan 2.

Everyone knew the legend of Christopher Sim. Apr 12, Julie Davis rated it really liked it Recommends it for: The author found a winning formula, and basically changed the names and a few details. Apr 02, Felicia rated it liked it Shelves: Alex BenedictBook 2 Length: If it is true, then Christopher Sim was a fraud.

Humanity flows away from Earth, into space, and in time forgets our home world and creates a new empire, the Interdependency, whose ethos requires that no one human outpost can survive without the others.

Otherwise, society is much like that of America from about onwards.