The Devil's Eye (Alex Benedict Series #4)

The Devil's Eye (Alex Benedict Series #4)

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by Jack McDevitt
     
 

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Interstellar antiquities dealer Alex Benedict and his assistant Chase Kolpath travel to the most remote of human worlds and uncover a secret connected to a decades-old political upheaval-a secret that somebody desperately wants hidden.

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Interstellar antiquities dealer Alex Benedict and his assistant Chase Kolpath travel to the most remote of human worlds and uncover a secret connected to a decades-old political upheaval-a secret that somebody desperately wants hidden.

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Publishers Weekly

McDevitt fills the fourth far-future Alex Benedict adventure (after 2005's Nebula-winning Seeker) with historical details and thrilling stunts as well as sharp political allegory. When famous horror writer Vicki Greene leaves antiquities dealer Alex a desperate message and then voluntarily has her memory erased, he and his pilot companion, Chase Kolpath, follow clues literally to the end of the galaxy, where Vicky had been researching her next novel. Official threats and a kidnapping reveal a planet-threatening catastrophe, covered up for years by hapless bureaucrats. As panic ensues and evacuation looks hopeless, the space opera turns into commentary on government reaction to emergencies and the values of openness. McDevitt balances the two sides of his story well, never losing sight of either the fast-paced action or the message behind it. (Nov.)

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Denver Post
Jack McDevitt is a master at describing otherworldly grandeur.
Washington Post Book World
No one writing today is better than McDevitt at combining galaxy-spanning adventure with the genuine novel of ideas.
Library Journal

When interstellar antiquities dealer Alex Benedict (Talent for War; Polaris; Seeker) receives an urgent message from famous writer Vicki Greene, he accepts a most unusual challenge. Someone has wiped Greene's memory, so she doesn't remember why she asked for Benedict's help or that she has given him an enormous amount of money to accomplish something she no longer remembers. Benedict and his assistant, Chase Kolpath, soon find themselves on a planet outside the galaxy, uncovering political secrets that someone desperately wants to hide. The Nebula Award-winning McDevitt's gift as a raconteur and a creator of genuinely likable characters comes to the fore as Benedict and Kolpath follow the trail that leads to more than they bargained for. A solid addition for libraries where the series or the author has a following.
—Jackie Cassada

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780441017850
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/27/2009
Series:
Alex Benedict Series, #4
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
496,796
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Jack McDevitt is a former naval officer, taxi driver, customs officer and motivational trainer. He is a multiple Nebula Award finalist who lives in Georgia with his wife Maureen.

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Devil's Eye (Alex Benedict Series #4) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In the far future, famous horror writer Vicki Greene leaves a message of despair with antiquities dealer Alex Benedict. Soon after dispatching her note, Vicki has her memory expunged.--------------- Alex and his pilot companion Chase Kolpath follow a series of clues that take them 36 light years away to the rimway of the galaxy. Apparently Vicki was conducting research there for her next novel. Something or someone panicked her. Soon after arrival at the edge of nowhere Alex and Chase are harangued by officials who want them to leave or else. The pair begins to unravel a pandemic crisis threatening Salud Afar, but are swept aside by government officials and bureaucrats and it seems too late to safely evacuate the residents.----------------- The latest Alex Benedict futuristic science fiction novel (see SEEKER) is a superb action thriller that focuses on how central governments act and react to internal emergency crisis especially concealing critical information. The story line is fast-paced with a deep cautionary message that those in charge will choose to save face not people. With a nod to the Bush response to Katrina, fans will relish this strong exhilarating thriller in which the spin does not just supersede the need, it is the need as far as those in charge are concerned. This is the genre at its extrapolating best.---------- Harriet Klausner
CGAux26 More than 1 year ago
McDevitt brings multiple storylines (some spanning several of the Alex Benedict novels) to a great conclusion. The near disaster of the gamma ray burst, the resolution of the long-running feud with the Mutes, and Chase Molpath's critical part in it all. Thoroughly enjoyable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For whatever reason, this novel seemed to lack the creativity of the previous Chase & Alex stories. The creative juices weren't flowing and I had to force myself to finish the book. *Spoiler: Anothe great discovery is made, then the book nosedives as our duo saves the world, literally, complete with The Mutes tagging along. I guess what frustrated me here is that the series' realism seemed chucked out the window in favor of a nicely-wrapped conventional plot line.
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Really love these novels, Devil's Eye is a great scifi novel and Alex and Chase are always good to return to for a reading.
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Another great book in a great series!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
More of Alex and Chase. Starts slow, like they all do. Especially liked the interaction between the Confederacy and the Mutes. All in all, a ggod story well worth reading!
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