Firebird (Alex Benedict Series #6)

Firebird (Alex Benedict Series #6)

by Jack McDevitt

Hardcover

$23.32 $24.95 Save 7% Current price is $23.32, Original price is $24.95. You Save 7%.
View All Available Formats & Editions

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…  

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780441020737
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date: 11/01/2011
Series: Alex Benedict Series , #6
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 9.28(w) x 6.28(h) x 1.28(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About 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.

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See All Customer Reviews

Firebird 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 39 reviews.
Thomas-Michaels More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
gil7894 More than 1 year ago
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.
LordVader More than 1 year ago
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.
halo_star on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
At the beginning of this novel, a client offers Alex Benedict a number of items that once belonged to a physicist named Christopher Robin. Robin worked on the fringes of science, concerned particularly with the existence of alternate realities, and the possibility of travel between them. But he's almost more famous for having vanished without trace on the night before a disastrous earthquake. Alex, of course, cannot resist a mystery, and newly generated public interest is likely to raise the value of the items. Not really expecting to find anything, he nonetheless embarks on his own investigation.All the books in this series are great reads individually, but after reading the fifth one I did start to think they were feeling a bit samey, formulaic. For instance, you knew that at some point there was going to be at least one attempt on Alex's (and/or his assistant's) life when they started to find out too much. In this story, no one is hiding anything, so nobody tries to kill them. No one human, at least. Just eliminating that one plot element really makes a big difference. The series feels fresh again.As always, I enjoy the real (or at least real-theoretical, in this case) science on which McDevitt bases his stories. While these are essentially mystery novels, and somewhat lighter than his Academy series (for me they qualify as comfort reads), there is plenty of thought-provoking substance in them.(Oh, and the author also seems to obliquely address a criticism I've seen in some reviews: that people 9000 years from now speak the way we do. They don't, of course, but in deference to the reader's sanity, it is "translated" for us.)If you thought you were getting tired of this series, I'd recommend giving this installment a try. It's a step up...and forward.
bezoar44 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Alex Benedict novels are typically lighter than McDevitt's Priscilla Hutchins series, but this sixth novel in the Benedict series holds its own. Two major plots focus on whether artificial intelligences (AI) deserve to be treated as sentient, autonomous beings; and what could account for a variety of 'Flying Dutchman'-type sighting of mysterious ships across several thousand years of future history. The AI plot gives McDevitt a chance to explore the theme of how a society comes (slowly) to rethink widely-held but racist views. It resolves somewhat blandly, but perhaps he's saving real conflict over AI civil rights for a future book in the series. The other plot provides a great adventure, with a mystery to solve on a staggering spatial and temporal scale. The Benedict series takes place in one of the least believable far futures in science fiction today: human social structures, cultures, and even technologies are incredibly close to modern patterns, despite the passage of thousands and thousands of years. If you can get past this incongruity, the novel provides a good tale.
aulsmith on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Slow start, but a great sweeping ending. These are getting better as the series progresses.
Queensowntalia on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The case of a missing physicist sends Alex and Chase on an adventure through time and space in Jack McDevitt's latest Alex Benedict novel. As usual, it begins with artifacts, but as mystery upon mystery surfaces, the pair find themselves drawn into something more remarkable than they could have imagined, leading up to a space journey that, though the chances are slim, just might accomplish something amazing.Utterly delightful, with a bit of an epic feel to it, as usual populated with colorful, well-fleshed characters its easy to identify with. There's also a really fun side story regarding AIs and whether or not they are sentient beings, with all that would imply. A bittersweet epilogue gives welcome closure to the tale. Certainly the best of the Benedict novels to date.
BryanThomasS on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyable hard SF mystery. I had not read an Alex Benedict book before but now I want to read them all. These books stand alone so you don't need to read them in order. Highly recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good one, still think Echo was the best.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago