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With Polaris, multiple Nebula Award-nominee Jack McDevitt reacquainted readers with Alex Benedict, his hero from A Talent for War. Alex and his assistant, Chase Kolpath, return to investigate the provenance of the cup. Alex and Chase follow a deadly trail to the Seeker - strangely adrift in a system barren of habitable worlds. But their discovery raises more questions than it answers, drawing Alex and Chase into the very heart of danger.

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Overview

With Polaris, multiple Nebula Award-nominee Jack McDevitt reacquainted readers with Alex Benedict, his hero from A Talent for War. Alex and his assistant, Chase Kolpath, return to investigate the provenance of the cup. Alex and Chase follow a deadly trail to the Seeker - strangely adrift in a system barren of habitable worlds. But their discovery raises more questions than it answers, drawing Alex and Chase into the very heart of danger.

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Alex Benedict and his executive assistant, Chase Kolpath -- ambitious antiquities dealers from Jack McDevitt's A Talent for War (1989) and, more recently, Polaris -- are back in Seeker, a story in which the two antiquarians search for a legendary lost colony that is both a science fiction thriller and a remarkably complex mystery.

More than 9,000 years after an interstellar transport named Seeker left an overcrowded and politically repressive Earth with the dream of founding a new society on an unspecified planet, Benedict and Kolpath stumble across a ceramic cup that was once on the now-legendary lost starship. But tracking down how the ancient artifact got from the ship into the hands of a maltreated woman and her thuggish boyfriend turns out to be more than Benedict and Kolpath bargained for -- as their search leads them across multiple star systems and straight into an anonymous assassin's crosshairs. But as the killer closes in, the two courageous antiquarians uncover the jaw-dropping truth about the lost starship and the legendary colony…

Equally reminiscent of Frederik Pohl's Hugo and Nebula Award-winning Heechee saga (Gateway, Beyond the Blue Event Horizon, et al.) and a classic Ellery Queen mystery, McDevitt's Seeker will appeal to readers of hard-core science fiction, as well as adventurous mystery fans looking for an out-of-this-world story. And just like Polaris, Seeker is characterized by a bombshell of an ending that will leave readers absolutely awestruck. Paul Goat Allen
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Ideas abound in McDevitt's classy riff on the familiar lost-space-colony theme. In 2688, interstellar transports Seeker and Bremerhaven left a theocratic Orwellian Earth to found a dictator-free society, Margolia-and vanished. Nine thousand years later, with a flawed humanity spread over 100-odd worlds, Margolia and its ships have become Atlantis-type myths, but after a cup from Seeker falls into the hands of antiquarian Alex Benedict, the hero of McDevitt's Polaris (2004), Alex determines to win everlasting fame and vaster fortune by finding them. Female pilot Chase Kolpath, this book's narrator, gutsily tracks the ancient Seeker on a breathless trek across star systems and through an intriguing mystery plot, a bevy of fully realized characters, ingenious AI ships and avatars of long-departed personalities who offer advice and entertainment. The scientific interpolations are as convincing as the far-future planetscapes and human and alien societies, bolstering an irresistible tractor beam of heavy-duty action. This novel delivers everything it promises-with a galactic wallop. Agent, Ralph M. Vicinanza. (Nov.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Fleeing Earth's repressive societies in the 27th century, a pair of ships-the Bremerhaven and the Seeker-sought refuge in the stars and established the colony of Margolia. Then they disappeared. Several thousand years later, an artifact that may have come from the Seeker falls into the hands of antiquities dealer Alex Benedict and his assistant, Chase Kolpath. Their investigations into the lost colony lead them into a web of intrigue and danger as they become targets for assassination by powers that don't want them to pursue their goal. Set in the same universe as the author's Polaris and Deepsix, McDevitt's latest sf adventure features personal drama as well as fast-paced action in the depths of outer space. Combining hard science with superb storytelling, this compelling take belongs in most sf collections. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Another far-future adventure for obsessive relic locator/dealer Alex Benedict and his gorgeous pilot/assistant, Chase Kolpath (Polaris, 2004, etc.). When Alex examines a strange old cup inscribed with English characters, he's sure it's from the vanished Seeker, one of two transport ships aboard which 5,000 colonists fled the U.S.'s 27th-century religious dictatorship. Nobody knew where their planet, Margolia, was located, and the colonists were never heard from again. Now, 9,000 years later, Margolia is a myth, like Atlantis. Following an equivocal chain of evidence, Alex and Chase infer that two space Survey employees stumbled upon Seeker during one of their voyages, filed a false report and then died in an accident. Chase must visit the creepy, telepathic alien Mutes to retrieve the original ship's log. After more sleuthing-not to mention the unwelcome attentions of rival dealer Oliver Bolton, and the explicit disapproval of archaeologists and Survey bigwigs-Chase and Alex discover the system where Seeker drifts, derelict, its engines having exploded. They retrieve some artifacts, fight off a murderous attack by a robot probe and return home, narrowly avoiding an assassination attempt. However, Seeker's system contains a planet that might once have been habitable, as well as the other colony ship and a space dock in mystifyingly eccentric orbits. Was this Margolia's original location? If so, what happened 9,000 years ago to wreck the system and the colonists' hopes?Sounds far more exciting in summary than when stretched over several hundred pages, and it's hard to sympathize with protagonists who are merely looters. What really grates is that McDevitt is capable of much better work.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780441013296
  • Publisher: Ace Books
  • Publication date: 11/1/2005
  • Series: Alex Benedict Series , #3
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 6.36 (w) x 9.16 (h) x 1.08 (d)

Meet the Author

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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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    fun science fiction adventure

    Amy Kohler shows antiques dealer Alex Benedict a decorated cup with an eagle and strange language etched onto it. Alex looks up the language and says it is Mid-American English last used in the third millennium. Amy is stunned that she possesses an artifact that is nine thousand years old, but Alex says it is probably recent with just an ancient inscription though he has no idea outside of academia who would use a dead language like English especially on a cup. As he looks closer at the relic, Alex becomes convinced that the cup is from the mythical space vessel the Seeker that legend says along with the Bremerhaven transported 5,000 expatriates from the religious intolerance of the twenty-seventh century United States. They supposedly founded a colony on the planet, Margolia, but no one ever heard from the colonists again so they are part of the mythos. Alex and his assistant pilot Chase Kolpath begin to follow clues while a rival follows them, pirates await their return to steal their booty, aliens control information, and a Survey team wants them stopped. --- This science fiction adventure is quite exciting in spite of the over kill of opponents that seem to run the gamut of outer space adventures (besides the above there are killing robots and weird aliens), Jack McDevitt spins a fun futuristic thriller. Readers will appreciate how the future looks back and interprets twenty-seventh century America the same way archeologists do to ancient and prehistorical societies. Alex and Chase come across as the good guys against a horde of nasty dudes though the heroes are artifact mercenaries (somewhat like Han Solo) in a fine tale that fans of Mr. McDevitt will appreciate. --- Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2012

    Terrific. Best of the first four...

    which I tore through quickly. Yes, some duplicate plot devices (not another "slider out of control"...or "outwit the aliens by sneaking back on the lander" ploy) but still great fun and good mysteries. I'm a new fan of this fun summertime kind of series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2012

    HELP!

    WE CANT FIND 2 GIRLS NAMED ROSE AND ADICATED READER!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2012

    Favorite story of the series

    I really enjoy this book! Even though you kind of know how it is going to end, it is a great story. I've read it multiple times just for the last few chapters, which always get me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2012

    Great book and excellent series, very entertaining

    Great book and excellent series, very entertaining

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2011

    A great addition to the Alex Benedict series

    Jack McDevitt seems to get better and better as he goes along. Taking place in a far distant future when our current era is thought of as ancient history, Seeker is a great combination of a mystery and science fiction. Plastic cups and clothing from our era and the next hundred years or so are sought after collectibles.

    This is the third installment in the series. It is not necessary to read the first two to understand what is going on. Lots of fun.

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  • Posted August 5, 2011

    Readable and enjoyable if not a wow

    Unexceptionably competent and clear English, nonboring nonovertly obvious plotline with few holes (a never-followed-up mention of living beings on a newly discovered planet is one, the unexplained reappearance of a lost box in the hands of the hero is another), unembarrassing characterizations with discretely described copulation--these are some of the reasons i'll come back to this writer for recreational reads. (For brilliance, check out Iain Banks.)

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  • Posted June 25, 2011

    Good read

    This is a really good book and series.

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  • Posted April 27, 2009

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    Should Be The "Chase Kolpath" Series!!!

    Jack: I loved this book. The story line was terrific and the characters well developed except for Alex Benedict. To me he was quite in the background and our real hero was Chase Kolpath who did all the work, chased all the bad guys/gals, piloted the ships and took all the risks while Alex kind of sat back and enjoyed the view.

    As far as I am concerned however, every science fiction lover should have every Jack McDevitt novel, short story etc. in their library.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2007

    Sucks you in!

    This book is great! If you want a book that'll send your imagination flying, this is the one. It's got plot, characters, and even humor. I simply love the ending too. Great book. You must read this

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2006

    A KEEPER

    You love sci-fi? you will LOVE this... this author has a way of pulling you in, and keeping you in the action.. GREAT BOOK!

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