Starhawk (Priscilla

Starhawk (Priscilla "Hutch" Hutchins Series #7)

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by Jack McDevitt
     
 

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Priscilla Hutchins has been through many experiences.
This is the story of her first unforgettable adventure…
 
Priscilla “Hutch” Hutchins has finally completed a nerve-bending qualification flight for her pilot’s license. But faster-than-light travel is still a new reality, and the World Space Authority is still

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Priscilla Hutchins has been through many experiences.
This is the story of her first unforgettable adventure…
 
Priscilla “Hutch” Hutchins has finally completed a nerve-bending qualification flight for her pilot’s license. But faster-than-light travel is still a new reality, and the World Space Authority is still learning how to manage long-range missions safely. To make matters worse, efforts to prepare two planets for colonization are killing off native life-forms, outraging people on Earth.
 
With low demand for space pilots, Priscilla finds a job on the bridge of an interstellar ship, working for the corporation that is responsible for the terraforming. Her work conditions include bomb threats, sabotage, clashes with her employers—and a mission to a world, adrift between the stars, that harbors a life-form unlike anything humanity has ever seen...
 

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

“An action-packed prequel taking us back to the roots of Hutchins’ love of space. Throughout, McDevitt ramps up the tension.”—Florida Times-Union
 
“You should definitely read Jack McDevitt.”—Gregory Benford

“If you’re a fan of the Academy series, definitely check it out.”—Making It Up As I Go
 
“Takes off like a shot…I was literally unable to put the book down…a fascinating story with exceptional storytelling and extremely believable world building.”—My Shelf Confessions
 
“All the things one has come to expect from one of Jack McDevitt’s novels…plenty of cool ideas.”—SF Site
 
“I had so much fun with Starhawk…It wasn’t just the plot that engaged me, it was the character and the setting and the whole package.”—Bibliosanctum (5 out of 5 stars)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425260852
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
11/05/2013
Series:
Priscilla "Hutch" Hutchins Series , #7
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
6.38(w) x 9.36(h) x 1.34(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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

“‘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
 
“You should definitely read Jack McDevitt.”—Gregory Benford

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 of novels, including the Alex Benedict series (Coming Home, Firebird) and the Priscilla Hutchins series. He is also the co-author of The Cassandra Project with Mike Resnick. Jack's novel Seeker won a Nebula Award, and he is a multiple Nebula Award finalist. He lives in Georgia with his wife, Maureen.

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Starhawk 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jack McDevitt writes great science fiction, fast paced, exciting, full of all the edge of your seat sense of wonder every SF fan looks for in a novel. But what McDevitt writes best are people, characters who you not only care about, but who seem real. These are everyday people filled with the virtues and flaws that make up all of us. There are no black and white characters in one of his novels, no evil villains or shining heroes, just real people trying to do their best in impossible situations. Anyone who thinks good science fiction can't be about character needs to pick up a copy of Starhawk and discover for themselves just how good modern SF can be. Be warned though, the novel's resolution might not be the one you want, but it is the one that makes sense for the story. I hope he writes a few more 'Hutch prequels.' I guarantee I'll be in line to read them.
PowrSteve More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. It is a prequel, as one gets the background of Priscilla Hutchins ("Hutch") in the early part of her career as a star pilot. If you haven't read any of the other "Hutch" books, or only a few of them, you can definitely read this without any problems. (I have read all of the other books in this series). If you like hard sci-fi, then this series is for you.
Cuchillo More than 1 year ago
I have followed Jack's books for nearly 20 years now, I love his writing style. This book is no different. Once I start reading he draws me into the story and I am in his world, enjoying every page. I love the characters and am glad he gave us Hutch's story of her first adventures as a novice star ship pilot. Great characters, several suspenseful scenarios/cliffhangers. I enjoyed this book very much. Jack has a wonderful knack of presenting the advanced technologies of the future without getting bogged down in extreme descriptive details, striking the perfect balance. This frees up the story so it can move right along. Of course, there are the alien mysteries so tantalizing to the characters as well as the readers. This is another great McDevitt story.
Kerry_Nietz More than 1 year ago
Being a fan of the McDevitt’s Hutch series, I was surprised when I found out there was another book being released. The last one I read, Cauldron, came out seven years ago, and seemed to bring the story of pilot Priscilla Hutchins to a satisfying conclusion. (After having been featured in six novels.) Then when I learned it was a prequel I wondered if it wasn’t a case of milking the character. There was no doubt I would read it, mind you. I just wondered if this book would hold up to the others. In general, I think it does. Like all of the other books, excepting Deepsix, StarHawk is extremely episodic. It moves from one small adventure in Hutchins life to another. Also typical of the series, there are common narrative and character threads that link the episodes together, and the final episode—which is the largest climax—brings some of those threads to a close. As a Hutch novel I think it is one of the weaker offerings, but there are still some really fun and interesting episodes here. I especially appreciated how the author managed to, at least symbolically, bring the character back to where she started—at the monument on Iapetus. That was a neat touch. I also really liked the visit to the nomad planet. These sort of events are where the talent of McDevitt really shines. The wonder of the vast unexplored unknown. It is gripping stuff that excites the imagination. All in all, a good offering. Worth reading if you’re a fan of the series, or if you want an introduction to the overall fulfilling series that it represents. I enjoyed it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Needs to be proof read before publication. It has a lot of misspelled words and some incomplete thoughts. The main character seems to be lost in the writing and lacks strength of character.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As i read i kept wondering when the real story would begin, then the book ended. It seemed more like a compilation of short stories about the same character. Granted, the stories were connected but they all lacked depth. I like this author but this book left me disappointed. Even worse, there was no need to kill off Jake, a main character, at the end. Sure, he was conflicted because he blamed himself for the death of another pilot but allowing him to sacrifice himself for redemption? Seriously not needed. I am sorry that I paid 12.99 for this and then wasted several hours reading it.
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I am a huge fan of Mr. Dietz, and this book is excellent. Not only does he construct a great read, but he stays true to the past stories of Hutch. Keep up thd great work. I look forward to your next books. BPL
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I love Jack McDevitt and this book didn't disappoint me!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My husband read this book. He's ready to go to the bookstore to find another book by Jack McDevitt
Birkemose More than 1 year ago
Starhawk continues to follow in the tradition of the first six books. You will not disappointed and could be tempted to go back and read the series all over again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book priscilla was at her best, I know she finally retired and has a family I wonder if she will come out of retirament again Jim
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