Firebird (Alex Benedict #6)
A new Alex Benedict novel from "a master of describing otherworldly grandeur." (Denver Post)
Forty-one years ago the renowned physicist Chris Robin vanished. Before his disappearance, his fringe science theories about the existence of endless alternate universes had earned him both admirers and enemies.
Alex Benedict and Chase Kolpath discover that Robin had several i...more
I found the last couple of books in Jack McDevitt's mystery series to be rather formulaic although good enough for those who like Chase Kolpath and Alex Benedict. It is easy enough to read although perhaps it is...more
That changed when I picked the book up again shortly before the new year, and found myself reading as much as I could in order to finish th...more
I'm also not sure how to take a setting that's literally thousands of years in the future but in which so little appears to have changed. Even...more
When it comes to science fiction, I don’t think I’m hard to please. Present a hopeful and believa...more
Firebird the newest Alex Benedict novel by Jack McDevitt is a terrific read full of exciting scientific revelations, social intrigues, and fascinating looks into the past from the historical perspective of a man with a talent for finding valuable objects and dangerous answers. Antiquarian Alex Benedict and his assistant Chase Ko...more
Alex and Chase work together in the FAR future - some nine thousand years from now, Alex makes a profit getting buyers and sellers of rare artifacts together. Sometimes he finds, and sells, his own treasures. His detractors, especially the archeologists, call him a tomb robber. The name-calling, and attacks on his integrity, can be a little hard...more
Jack McDevitt continues his excellent narratives, with his usual pace and clarity. Never too wordy, or repetitive,...more
The story focuses on Alex Benedict and his partner Chase Kolpath, a pair o...more
In a far future when humans have settled on planets apparently too numerous to remember, Alex and his female business partner Chase Kolpath deal in antiques, m...more
Firebird opens with an interstellar ship inexplicably failing to arrive at its destination, then introduces the mysterious disappearance of a physicist who had been researching the disappearance of other interstellar sh...more
Firebird, by Jack McDevitt, hits all the right notes in this sixth book of the series.
Chase Kolpath and Alex Benedict, antiquities dealers of a sort in the far future, come in to the belongings of a scientist that studied fringe topics and disappeared one day shortly before a terrible earthquake. That disappearance lead some to believe a conspiracy surrounds his death/disappearance. Alex decides to stir up the mysteries surrounding the scientist to...more
After agreeing to look into the value of some objects that once belonged to the famous physicist Christopher Robin (who allegedly disappeared near his home and was presumably lost in the ocean), Chase and Alex uncover a series of events that Robin was investigating himself: sightings of unidentified spac...more
other umpteen books in the series)...been there, done that..you have to try Jack McDevitt. Even tho the books are set well into the future, the people still eat toast and pizza, drink coffee and wine, and doughnuts! Characters are likeable and the Science (you knew there had to be some, after all...more
I like to call the Alex Benedict titles "cozy science fiction."...more
I also liked the story within Firebird. I was caught up in hoping that A...more
This was my first Alex Benedict novel, and I had no trouble following the plot, so it should be perfectly accessible to those with an aversion to starting at the beginning of a series.
In this book, Alex Benedict has been hired to liquidate some estate items from a fa...more
I was initially very put off because of the multiverse thing. It was too plain that McDevitt had been watching Fringe. Fortunately at some point that went away.
After that, McDevitt manages to deliver its expected deal without incurring in some of his more habitual cliches. I find him particularly inspired in this one. And I just love how he keeps piling more and more accolades on Alex's head. By this point, the guy has...more
Utterly delightful, with a bit of an epic feel to it, as usual populated with colorful, w...more
The story itself is interesting, with a compelling mystery and a nice balance of action and dialog to keep things moving along. I also felt that the right amount of backgrou...more