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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It was a highly entertaining page-turner and something I would definitely recommend to both science fiction and mystery readers. She also spent too much time reflecting on her effect on men.

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The review must be at least 50 characters long. At some point in the story everything starts to get a little predictable. I wouldn’t categorize it as hard-sf; I think mystery readers might enjoy it, too. Please provide an email address. Record of a Spaceborn Few.


As far as the plot goes, Polaris is fairly good. Someone was desperate to ensure that the truth behind the Polaris story was never revealed to polarks unsuspecting world. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. A Plague of Giants. As an author, I am very busy, so please be patient with the posts. An alien species has vowed a holy war to eliminate all humans, either on Earth or wherever they might run.

Discover what to read next. Also, a side rant: Technology that will allow the country that controls it to dominate the globe. Sci-fi and mystery fans. This is an example of a more general malaise that perplexed me about humanity in Polaris.

Science Fiction Hyperdrive: Review of Polaris by Jack McDevitt

And when Alex and Chase persist, someone attempts to kill them. Jan 16, Gina rated it liked it. Emily Woo Zeller Length: On the plus side it is a super quick read. Jack McDevitt brings back the daring Alex Benedict from A Talent for Warthrusting him into a far-future tale of mystery and suspense that will lead the prominent antiquities dealer to the truth about an abandoned space yacht called the Polaris.


Boring This was my first and probably last McDevitt novel. You’ve successfully reported this review. Jul 30, Gary Holt rated it liked it. One of them is that all citizens are now given a stipend to live on and do not have to work.

You wouldn’t be able to tell the difference.

Fiction Book Review: POLARIS by Jack McDevitt, Author . Ace $ (p) ISBN

It is also the only novel of the group that is told from the point of view of Alex Benedict; the others are all from Chase Kolpath’s point of view. With the probe hidden within the densest mcdebitt forest on Earth, traditional military power is useless. Descended from good money and raised mostly by his uncle Gabe, Alex lives in a country home well outside the capital city of Andiquar. Could you see Polaris being made into a movie or a TV series? These stories are all mysteries first and science fiction second and that is really what drives them.

Exciting, at times tedious, and occasionally drags, McDevitt keeps you going and maintains your interest. I continue to find myself loving everything I’ve read by Jack McDevitt.

I only have one issue with the story – and it is something that bothers me in general about writing. It is also the first visit for celebrity travel reporter Ta Shu. Despite those problems, it was actually a fairly entertaining mcevitt.

At this point in time, mankind has discovered only one other sentient species – a telepathic race which had been quickly dubbed “the Mutes”. The thousands of years of history of McDevitt’s “Confederacy” of far-flung planets settled by humanity in the distant future is fed to us in dribs and drabs — hints of war and suffering, triumphs and discoveries, even pop culture references to poets, playwrights and sport obsessions — and it makes it feel like there is a very rich, detailed and real background to their world.


Here there are no heroes or villains, only those willing to do what’s necessary to survive. Once, she was the Justice of Toren – a colossal starship with an artificial intelligence linking thousands of soldiers in the service of the Radch, the empire that conquered the galaxy.

For openers, there are few if any appreciable differences between American society of the date written and human society ten thousand years hence. Sci-fi and mystery lovers. I wish McDevitt had spent as much time on his characters and setting as he did the plot.

Swap it for free. City on Fire Metropolitan 2. All of which is really nitpicking; as I said at the beginning, I really enjoyed this. Jim Toronto, ON, Canada Not that they are identical but they sound and feel the same. It was very good; lots of fun. November 2, Imprint: Three will accommodate more than a hundred; many, as few as four. See all books by Jack McDevitt. Jacj it is difficult to get started in a space opera book, but I love these books and the characters are awesome.