Seeker (Alex Benedict Series #3)

Seeker (Alex Benedict Series #3)

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by Jack McDevitt
     
 

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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 raisesSee more details below

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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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"'Why read Jack McDevitt?' The question should be: 'Who among us is such a slow pony that s/he isn't reading McDevitt'"? - Harlan Ellison
"Superb storytelling." - Library Journal
"Ideas abound in McDevitt's classy riff on the familiar lost-colony theme. The novel delivers everything it promises with a gigantic wallop." - Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
"Perhaps the best pure storyteller working in the field today." - Washington Post Book World
Publishers Weekly
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.
Library Journal
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.
Kirkus Reviews
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:
9780441013753
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/31/2006
Series:
Alex Benedict Series, #3
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
319,121
Product dimensions:
4.27(w) x 6.84(h) x 1.07(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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"'Why read Jack McDevitt?' The question should be: 'Who among us is such a slow pony that s/he isn't reading McDevitt'"? - Harlan Ellison
"Superb storytelling." - Library Journal
"Ideas abound in McDevitt's classy riff on the familiar lost-colony theme. The novel delivers everything it promises with a gigantic wallop." - Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
"Perhaps the best pure storyteller working in the field today." - Washington Post Book World

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