Coming Home – Jack McDevitt

Alex Benedict #7 Antiquarians Chase Kolpath and Alex Benedict search out lost space-age artifacts and participate in an attempted rescue of a spaceliner trapped in a spacetime warp. In reviewing the prequel to this book, I said I feared the series was growing tired. Coming Home is unfortunate proof of that suggestion. The prose is good in some places, clumsy and repetitive in others. The series has never been based on action and adventure, but…

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Cryptic: The Best Short Fiction of Jack McDevitt – Jack McDevitt

A substantial collection of fantasy and science fiction stories from Jack McDevitt. Jack McDevitt is at his best in ruins. I first encountered him in The Engines of God, the first of a series in which humans seem to constantly stumble across alien ruins created by the Monument Makers. I went on to Eternity Road, in which post-apocalyptic humans look for the mysteries behind vast ruins. Even his other series, starting with A Talent for…

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Firebird – Jack McDevitt

Alex Benedict #6 Famed physicist Christopher Robin has vanished. Antiquarian Alex Benedict and his pilot Chase Kolpath take up the search. After the disappointing Echo, I’m happy to say that McDevitt is back on track with Firebird. It’s not the best of the series, but it’s a lot better than Echo. This book was enjoyably put together, and the mystery, while not quite as deep as anticipated, was still fulfilling. McDevitt, as usual, keeps the…

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Echo – Jack McDevitt

Alex Benedict #5 Antiquarian Alex Benedict discovers a strange tablet that may be the key to decoding a mystery, but its possessor doesn’t want the mystery solved. I don’t understand why this isn’t the Chase Kolpath series, rather than the Alex Benedict series, since while Alex is the guy in charge, it’s Chase that the books are about. In any case, while just as friendly and readable as McDevitt’s other books, Echo isn’t the best…

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Time Travelers Never Die – Jack McDevitt

Shel Shelborne discovers that his missing father had built a time machine, and tries to follow his father’s trail. I’m a big fan of Jack McDevitt, but this book is one of the rare exceptions in his work. It’s fun enough, but if you don’t read it, you’re not missing anything. I’d suggest that there’s nothing new to say in time travel stories, but that’s clearly not true. Every now and then, something new comes…

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