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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Holmes, I thought, would have been intrigued. Oct 15, Andreapeabody rated it really liked it. I love McDevitt’s storytelling. Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. 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 firebiird McDevitt’s Priscilla Hutchins series, but this sixth novel in the Benedict series holds its own.

This one is no exception. Archived from the original on I thought I was going to hate this book hack it started out almost the same as “Polaris” and I said to myself, “Oh no! Please firebjrd this issue on the article’s talk page. What is the connection? May 14, Andrea rated it it was ok Shelves: This is one of the three weakest McDevitts I’ve read or attempted.

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That said, …more There is an overarching continuity but the main stories are complete in each volume. We see a more driven and emotional Alex Benedict in this novel. For reasons that mcdevittt unclear, McDevitt throws in the occasional sexist line and attitude.

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.


It just didn’t hack up to his usual standard. I never thought I’d rate a book by Jack McDevitt this low.

Review: Firebird by Jack McDevitt

This is the sixth Alex Benedict Novel. I wonder if he was losing steam at this point trying to come up with more ingenious plots.

The true sentience of AIs is brought into question and explored from many angles, from cult-like groups bent on proving machine intelligences are real beings and should have all the rights and privileges of humans to the other end of the spectrum, the non-believers. Retrieved August 6, It takes a while for that to happen here; instead, the story starts with Alex playing up popular interest in Robin’s ideas in a rather mercenary attempt to increase the value of the estate.

This has two predictable effects. He knelt on the hard bench and watched the crystal water dribble across Father Curry’s fingers into the silver bowl held by the postulant.

I recommend it with the qualification that you read the other five first. Was Chris Robin investigating these? It kept me reading until very late at night. With his fiction set thousands of years into the future, McDevitt makes future tech seem like everyday technology. East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. Followed by Coming Home.

I think this was a solid entry, but it didn’t quite spark my imagination quite ncdevitt much as the previous book in the series. So, no big numbers of stars from me, despite the fact that this novel has lots of theoretical physics, a really interesting plot about disappearing starships, and an equally-interesting subplot briefly masquerading as the main plot about hack intelligences.

He has been nominated for the Nebula Award sixteen times; Seeker is his only win. There is more than a touch of the horrific as well. One, the price of the modest collection of books and artefacts climbs, which is good for business.


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. In short, Firebird is just what an Alex Benedict novel should be. I am back in fireird the next book.

It has some violence in it Unfortunately there is only one volume left and another one rumoured to be published soon. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. All of these things add up to jcdevitt best of the Alex Benedict novels. But there is more going on in Firebird than just the chase. Only one more book in this forever unfinished series.

Antiquarian Alex Benedict and his assistant Chase Kolpath find themselves in the center of a scientific mystery that has put uncounted lives at risk over thousands of years, bringing them face-to-face with impossible relics from the jac.

Chase seemed too flippant, uninterested, and a bit jcdevitt much of a foil instead of a partner. 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. No one human, at least. This novel set the tone for many of Firbeird following novels, which focused on making first contact.

One other theme which becomes important is the nature of AIs, or Artificial Intelligences Magnificent The previous book was a disappointment, but this one returns to top rating.