Firebird

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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 ...

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Firebird (Alex Benedict Series #6)

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Overview


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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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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781937007805
  • Publisher: Ace
  • Publication date: 9/25/2012
  • Series: Alex Benedict Series , #6
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 398,719
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted February 20, 2012

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    Worthy successor to Seeker

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2012

    Firbird

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 26, 2012

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    Great stuff as usual

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 5, 2012

    Pretty formulaic

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2014

    Lil

    Honey brown eyes and 5'8 wearss blue rey bans and is sorta skinny.i love volleyball and singing and i stay up til 2 am cali time. I always wear blue jeans but not always skinnies. I love band tees and plaid button ups.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2012

    Can i join?

    O

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2012

    Midnightkit

    Nightkit? ~Midnightkit

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2012

    Loved it!

    McDevitt weaves a great story.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2012

    Well worth the read

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2012

    Alex and Chase books are always fun

    Good one, still think Echo was the best.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2011

    Slow to start but...

    Still good

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2011

    Another fun read by McDevitt

    Couldn't put it down. Very enjoyable!

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  • Posted September 20, 2011

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    great entry as the lead sleuths search for a lost astrophysicist that takes them on a wild adventure

    Karen Howard arrives at the office of Alex Benedict and Chase Kolpath wanting to hire them to find good prices for her late sister Elizabeth's estate. After insulting Chase by demanding to meet with Alex, she explains her sibling was married to famous physicist Chris Robin who had theories on multiverse realties and vanishing ships before disappearing over four decades ago. Chase explains to Karen there is no market for items owned by a scientist. Alex tells Chase that Chris is famous for vanishing just outside his house; his junk should sell well.

    Alex tells Chase they will look into the disappearance though they will not solve it as their investigation will drive interest and value up. Chase cautions Alex that if they solve the mystery value collapses. Thus they begin the odyssey when retired Dr. jerry asks about the Robin items. Thus the pair visits the Christopher Robin Society and soon travel to planet Villanueva, home to abandoned raging AIs while the inquiry turns as convoluted as the missing Abonai vessel that became "lost" six years ago .

    The latest Benedict-Kolpath science fiction mystery (see The Devil's Eye) is a great entry as the lead sleuths search for a lost astrophysicist that takes them on a wild adventure. Besides not pooh the name of the scientist, this is a fast-paced thriller from the moment Karen meets skeptical Alex. Fans will enjoy Alex's narration of what happens to Chase and him as his partner leads him into several hair-raising escapades.

    Harriet Klausner

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