Polaris (Alex Benedict Series #2)

Polaris (Alex Benedict Series #2)

by Jack McDevitt
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Polaris (Alex Benedict Series #2) by Jack McDevitt

Jack McDevitt brings back the daring Alex Benedict from A Talent for War, thrusting him into a far-future tale of mystery and suspense that will lead the prominent antiquities dealer to the truth about an abandoned space yacht called the Polaris.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780441012534
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/25/2005
Series: Alex Benedict Series , #2
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 186,328
Product dimensions: 4.15(w) x 6.69(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About 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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Polaris (Alex Benedict Series #2) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the book but the actual format is very odd. Every paragraph has a line after it so that by the end of a page you really are missing a third to a quarter of the page. This is not a 350 page book but more like 225 or so. I found it very annoying to read like this. Extending a book by padding it is not cool. I normally get a sample first but I enjoyed the first alex benedict book enough to just buy this one. This is not a decision by the author but a publisher decision. Do not reward publishers by accepting this.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Of all the science fiction authors I've read, McDevitt creates the best worlds. He creates worlds that cry out for expansion because they are so good. Polaris is no exception, McDevitt's storytelling totally immerses you. But, McDevitt's execution of the worlds is lacking. Not that he is bad, but you can't help but feeling that if another author was asked to make a story around the environment McDevitt created, it would be one of the best books ever. Polaris has a plot twist that is predictable and an ending is unoriginal. It is definitely a must read for science fiction fans, you just won't consider this book worth re-reading.
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Kerry_Nietz More than 1 year ago
I read and enjoyed the first book in this series, “A Talent for War,” so I knew it was only a matter of time before I got to the second book. At this point Jack McDevitt is a consistent go-to storyteller for me. If I’m in the mood for a good sci-fi story and there’s nothing else that sparks my interest, I’ll see what book of Jack’s I haven’t read yet. Some stories are better than others, but he rarely disappoints. At first I was surprised by “Polaris.” The narrator was Alex Benedict’s assistant, Chase. I was sure that it was Alex in the first book so I had to check—sure enough, it was. Not sure why the author felt the need to make that change, but it works since she seems to be the more action-oriented of the two. (And apparently, she is the narrator for the rest of the books.) Frankly, she’s almost a daredevil. But action isn’t what drives this story. Like the first book, “Polaris” is all about solving the mystery of a lost crew. As a mystery set in a science fiction universe, I think it works fairly well. It wasn’t a quick read for me—I read it over the course of weeks—but it was an easy book to drop back into after an absence. I would’ve liked a bit more tension on the characters earlier in the narrative. The mystery is interesting, but there is no pressing reason it needs to be solved. It has presumably been a mystery for decades. Only the characters’ curiosity (and our own) keeps the pages turning. That said, I liked the resolution quite a bit. I thought the last forty pages or so were worth the lead up. This one touches on deeper issues than the first book--ponderable questions—and I liked that. Is it my favorite McDevitt book? No. But it is worth the price of admission. A solid addition to his library.
DFY More than 1 year ago
It's a mystery. No, it's a scifi story. No it's both. A great read.
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