Echo (Alex Benedict Series #5)

Echo (Alex Benedict Series #5)

by Jack McDevitt
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Echo (Alex Benedict Series #5) by Jack McDevitt

Sunset Tuttle spent a lifetime looking for alien species. Twenty-five years after Tuttle's death, Alex Benedict discovers a stone tablet inscribed with cryptic symbols, now in the possession of Tuttle's one- time lover Rachel Bannister. Benedict is determined to decipher its secret-one Bannister doesn't want revealed. Could it be that Tuttle's obsessive quest was successful?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781937007003
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/25/2011
Series: Alex Benedict Series , #5
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 326,982
Product dimensions: 4.28(w) x 6.80(h) x 1.08(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Jack McDevitt is the Nebula Award–winning author of The Devil's Eye, Seeker, Moonfall, and Cauldren, and he is also the author of numerous prize-winning short stories.

AudioFile Earphones Award winner Coleen Marlo has earned numerous Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Awards and won an Audie Award for her narration of Snakewoman of Little Egypt by Robert Hellenga.

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Echo (Alex Benedict Series #5) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 48 reviews.
itsANHonor More than 1 year ago
I believe good sci-fi and fantasy at its best engrosses the audience and pulls them into a place that truly feels alien or different. Jack McDevitt has mastered this art. His books just breathe sci fi atmosphere and his world building is superb. In particular his Alexander Benedict novels combine some good ole fashioned mystery/antiquities hunting and puts it in a world so far in the future that it hardly remains recognizable as our own. Echo continues this fine tradition, once again narrated from the the perspective of Alex's independent and strong female pilot/assistant, Chase Kolpath. Once again embroiled into a mystery they can't let go, they chase the equivalent of an eBay lead to the ends of the galaxy. Echo doesn't quite hit the plot highs of some of his other work (I really loved Seeker), but it was still a novel that I could not put down until the very end.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In eight millennium of space travel, humans met one sentient alien race by 1403 Rimway Calendar. Over the centuries since Melony Brown accidentally met the Ashiyyur when she was measuring solar temperatures her discovery led to many people like Somerset "Sunset" Tuttle, the posterboy for scientific quests, seeking other races, but none have been found since. However, in 1431, Rainbow Enterprises' Alex Benedict learns of a tablet with mysterious rune like writings on it, possessed by the late Tuttle's lover Rachel Bannister. Alex and his assistant Chase Kolpath visit Rachel to ask if they can study the tablet and translate the writings. To their shock, Rachel says no. Both Alex and Chase wonder why she would refuse to reveal what appears to be a genuine artifact from an alien species that survived time and space; this relic would change Tuttle's place in history from an object of mockery to a successful scientist. The pair also wonders if Tuttle found the historical object as most likely happened; why did he, also like Rachel, choose silence rather than affirm his life's work. The fifth Alex Benedict futuristic science fiction novel (see The Devil's Eye and Seeker) is a superb action thriller. The message of how we twenty first century sophisticates interpret ancient scraps to fit our perceptions is made early on with a quote from Frances Bacon: "Antiquities are . remnants of history which have casually escaped the shipwreck of time". Fast-paced and filled with action, Jack McDevitt fans will appreciate his latest Benedict tale as once again the author combines outer space futuristic action adventures with a thought provoking look at how we "customize" historical objects to Echo our belief system. Harriet Klausner
Tejas_Tri More than 1 year ago
Being a McDevitt fan, I was not surprised that this book was well-written or that the story followed the the formula that he has established so well in previous novels. However, there are several surprises that show up with the characters that I had come to know and I enjoyed being surprised. The subtle writing techniques used make this book worth re-visiting. The almost casual way McDevitt slips in the surprise in the end made me re-read the entire chapter immediately.
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The_Wolfie More than 1 year ago
McDevitt continues to put out good "Space Opera" yarns - his "Alex Benedict" series, his "Engines of God" series - all similar in theme and style, and all equally hard to put down.
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