Firebird (Alex Benedict Series #6)

Firebird (Alex Benedict Series #6)

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by Jack McDevitt
     
 

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Forty-one years ago, the renowned physicist Dr. Christopher Robin vanished. Before his disappearance, his fringe science theories about the existence of endless alternate universes had earned him both admirers and enemies.

Now his widow has died and Alex Benedict has been asked to handle the auction of the physicist’s artifacts—leading the public to

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Forty-one years ago, the renowned physicist Dr. Christopher Robin vanished. Before his disappearance, his fringe science theories about the existence of endless alternate universes had earned him both admirers and enemies.

Now his widow has died and Alex Benedict has been asked to handle the auction of the physicist’s artifacts—leading the public to once again speculate on the mystery surrounding Robin’s disappearance. Did he finally find the door between parallel universes that he had long sought?

Intrigued, Benedict and Chase Kolpath embark on their own investigation as they follow the missing man’s trail into the unknown to uncover the truth—a truth people are willing to kill to protect…  

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Library Journal
When antiquities dealer Alex Benedict and his assistant Chase Kolpath find items from the estate of noted physicist Chris Robin, who vanished mysteriously 40 years earlier, they uncover a story of experimental space yachts set adrift and mysterious ships that suggest contact with other dimensions. An intriguing mystery involving the possible true sentience of artificial intelligences adds another layer to the plot. VERDICT McDevitt's sixth far-future mystery featuring Alex and Chase (Echo; The Devil's Eye) delivers a complex and attention-grabbing puzzle that should please fans.
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 Praise for Jack McDevitt
“The Alex Benedict series is reminiscent of some of the work of Isaac Asimov.” —SFRevu

“The logical heir to Isaac Asimov and Arthur C. Clarke.”—Stephen King

“McDevitt hit a grand slam with this one…I’m still shaking my head and wondering how he pulled it off.”—Wired.com

“An intriguing mystery.”—SF Site

“A fast-paced thriller.”—Midwest Book Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780441020737
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date:
11/01/2011
Series:
Alex Benedict Series, #6
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
9.28(w) x 6.28(h) x 1.28(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Jack McDevitt is a former naval officer, taxi driver, English teacher, customs officer, and motivational trainer, and is now a full-time writer. His novel Seeker won a Nebula Award, and he is a multiple Nebula Award finalist.

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Firebird 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 34 reviews.
Thomas-Michaels More than 1 year ago
I rather enjoyed this tromp into the Benedict universe. McDevitt's previous two novels(Devil's Eye and Echo) both seemed a little rushed in their style as opposed to the slow build of Seeker, Polaris and A Talent for War. The only part that felt a little forced was the AI storyline but it was a necessary device to move the story in the direction that brought us to a conclusion point. Whether this be his last adventure or simply a jump-point that takes us on a host of new adventures, this novel is fun, intelligent and highly recommended by this reader. Enjoy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read at almost everything Mr.McDevit has written and enjoy his work. No exception here. If you are new to this author don't start here, start at his early works. Excellent sci/fi author.
gil7894 More than 1 year ago
I'm not really sure why I bought and read the entire series. I think it is because I liked the first book and just kept reading them. All of the books pretty much follow the same pattern. 1) Historically significant event 2) Artifact associated with the event 3) Alex & Chase find our look for said artifact 4) Attempt(s) on their lives 5) They discover some historically or culturally significant event associated with their journey 6) They triumph historically The books are short and easy to read and the premise of most books is reasonably interesting. If your're a Science Fiction space opera fan, you might find the somewhat Indiana Jones connection interesting. While the books aren't bad, they certainly don't represent the best in the genre.
LordVader More than 1 year ago
I can only hope there is a #7 in the series. Alex Benedict and Chase Kolpath are two of my favorite people, and they live in a time and place I would like to live in myself.
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The latest installment in the Alex Benedict series is cerainly among the best in the series. If you're a fan of McDevitt's blending of mystery with science fiction, you won't be disappointed.
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Good one, still think Echo was the best.
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Still good
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