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Odyssey (The Academy #5)

3.73 of 5 stars 3.73  ·  rating details  ·  1,607 ratings  ·  92 reviews
To boost waning interest in interstellar travel, a mission is sent into deep space to learn the truth about "moonriders," the strange lights supposedly being seen in nearby systems. But Academy pilot Valentina Kouros and the team of the starship Salvator will soon discover that their odyssey is no mere public-relations ploy, for the moonriders are not a harmless phenomenon ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 432 pages
Published October 30th 2007 by Ace (first published January 1st 2003)
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Dirk Grobbelaar
Conflicted Review

I’ve long been a fan of McDevitt. In his fictional universe there is still more than a little mystery and sense of wonder out there. These days, in fiction, the stars are only a backdrop to the story. Not so in McDevitt’s mysteries. Stephen King blurbs him as the logical heir to Isaac Asimov and Arthur C. Clarke. This makes sense, considering the irresistible old-school charm of his novels.

There is an incredibly authentic feel to McDevitt’s future. His unique approach, such as
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James
First Impressions: Odyssey took some getting used to in order to plow through it! My only other introduction to the author Jack McDevitt is through his excellent novel, "Time Travelers Never Die" so I was hoping this book was going to be a continuation of the excellent style I was used to.

"Not so" say a few other reviewers, who pointed out to this writer that McDevitt has a series and Odyssey is the culmination of such a series starring Hutch, a former space pilot now administrator of the Acade
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Mike
Apr 06, 2008 Mike rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: own
As another review mentioned, the short punctuated sentences were pretty annoying. There was one (possibly) self-referential part where MacAllister talks about how that type of writing is the best type of writing (or something).

Also, though it came out in previous books, and despite having Hutch as a lead, McDevitt comes across as misogynistic. This brought out further by the author's identification with the misogynist character MacAllister (see above, Mc/Mac).
Bruce
Quantum mechanics is a strange beast, a typically human construct whose utility is just that. Because of that some things get ignored, like the quantization of space/time and how some states come to be occupied other than by determinism that transcends the supposed stochastic inherency. Altruism and unintended consequences are two such: the first by its transcendence of the Copenhagen interpretation as a state that can only be collapsed by an actor rather than an observer; and both their admixtu ...more
Brent Soderstrum
This is the 5th of 6 Priscilla Hutchins novels and I think it is the best so far. Hutch is still working as an administrator in the Academy which is under attack heavy spending with not much to show for it. Orion Tours, an interstellar touring outfit, starts seeing Moonriders on various parts of the tour. Moonriders are basically UFOs. The Academy sends out a ship to see if there are such a thing as Moonriders. On the ship are MacCallister, a newspaper reporter who has been critical of the Acade ...more
Mike
Initial Thoughts/Review: Interesting enough story. There are many point of view changes, and by the end, I'm not sure that even the author knows which character he is following (specifically referring to the last chapter). Deceptive cover, in implying what the book is about. A somewhat deeper (and yet oddly thin) look at Hutch's earth and Academy (and the system set up to explore space).

Story (bare bones): Finances are tight, cuts to the Academy funding, and maybe outright closing of the Academy
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Clay
Jack McDevitt's ‘Odyssey’ ($24.95, Ace, 416 pages) is set in the same universe as the popular ‘Chindi’ and ‘Omega’, but it’s not nearly as successful. In fact, ‘Odyssey’ is basically a novella expanded well beyond its limits -- which is clearly revealed by the fact that it takes 188 pages to get the main characters to where they need to be (and we knew they’d be) to advance the plot.

And speaking of the characters, the love story between curmdugeonly writer Gregory MacAllister and the beautiful s
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Craig
There's quite a lot to think about in this fifth Priscilla Hutchings/Academy novel; space and religion and society and politics... McDevitt presents the puzzles and leaves much of what he concludes ambiguous, allowing the reader to draw their own conclusions. Hutch herself is still serving as an administrator for the unpleasant politician Asquith at the Academy, and is busy raising her daughter. The irascible Gregory McCallister returns, and goes on a voyage with a new pilot named Valentina, a p ...more
Kristin
Okay, this ones a bit melodramatic, but it is a sci-fi mystery thriller. This is the third book of McDevitt's I’ve read (the other two being Chindi and Omega) and I found this one to be most interesting. The plot wasn’t the greatest, but the story didn’t seem to drag on as it did in the other two. I found myself interested enough to keep turning those pages. McDevitt seems to have a theme in his books, or at least the three that I’ve read now – big mysterious object in space is threatening human ...more
Benedict
McDevitt is a smart author, and his characters have emotional depth -- and he's masterful in his understatement of that: often a single clause or sentence will reveal the deeper layers of the interactions of a scene, and if you aren't paying attention, you can miss it. On the other hand, when I caught them, these moments often made me pause, shaking my head in admiration, and take a few moments to reflect both on what was happening and how well-crafted it was.

But the real delight of THIS particu
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Jeff Miller
So far the weakest book of the series. Previously each circumstance in the series seemed to top itself in its imagination and world building. It also didn't help that the character of MacAllister was prominent in this book MacAllister an H.L. Menken type was interesting in the previous novels, but combined with a minor subplot made this book less enjoyable than the ones where Hitch is more prominent.

There has always been some religion bashing in these novels with MacAllister playing a part in th
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Lisa
I enjoyed the book overall. I liked the space adventure and McDevitt always builds a good mystery. He is weak on how the mystery plays out though. Things are inevitably disappointing. Potential aliens are a great mystery it is so fun to wonder about them, but things gets very lame once actual aliens appear. This is espcially the case when these aliens are supposed to be "superior" to mankind. Its as if our imaginations can not handle this and freeze up and only produce lame!



I enjoy the characte
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Antonin Januska
Odyssey is definitely one of the best books in the series. There seems to be much more personal and emotional involvement with the characters than in the other books which brings a new whiff of freshness into the "Hutchins" universe.

This is one of the better sci-fi books I've read in a long time and it stands apart from the contemporary sci-fi and typical best-sellers. It is neither a typical story wrapped in speculative fiction, nor is it a "coming of age" novel frequently seen on the stands. I
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Dawson
You can get a synopsis of the plot on the Amazon pages. So I am going to give my impression of the overall series.

A good read, though maybe one of the weaker in the series. However, I really liked the interplay between the characters of Amy and Gregory.

If you've read one of my review of the series you've already read below.

Part of a 6 book (so far) series. As another reviewer said, the books have something of a mystery novel feel to it. Much more noticeable is the documentary/diary feel to this
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Randy Mcdonald
Jack McDevitt's science fiction novels have always struck me as refreshing for their author's willingness to imagine a space opera universe without clichéd space opera tropes: rapid FTL travel without any immediately appealing destinations, intrepid characters who can't pierce to the heart of the mysteries they encounter, truly inscrutable alien species. Odyssey, an installment in his Priscilla Hutchins series, continues this tradition, pitting Hutch and her colleagues up against the mysterious ...more
Bradley
Jack McDevitt's latest novel returns to the Academy series, home to such gems as The Engines of God ,and Chindi . Unfortunately, Odyssey fails to capture the same atmosphere as his previous works.

In McDevitt's other Academy books, he does an extraordinary job of bringing alien worlds to life, and building up an underlying mystery, usually resolving itself in some surprising, thought-provoking way. In many ways, McDevitt's books are like Science-Mysteries. Odyssey contains little of the magic of
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Michael
The adventure aspect of the book was minimal. There was a lot of politics and social commentary that, to be fair, turned out to be very important to the story told. It all hangs together well. The politics and social commentary reflect things as they are today even though events take place 200 years in the future. The greenhouse effect is an accepted fact but no one is really doing anything still. People are moving north and away from the coasts, that's all. No huge programs of carbon sequestrat ...more
Paul
This far-future novel is about mankind’s attempt to learn the truth behind mysterious lights in space called moonriders.

Space travel and industrialization just has not paid off the way humanity had hoped. The search for intelligent life has been disappointing. On Earth, there is a growing call to cut the space exploration budget, and focus on domestic issues, like global warming. In a last-ditch effort, the Academy puts together a mission to investigate moonriders, once and for all. The modern e
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Kris Sellgren
This science fiction novel has well-drawn characters, political machinations, corporate chicanery, starships with failing FTL drives, and mysterious aliens. One of the three point of view characters is a journalist, and the author uses a snapshot of each day's headlines, or part of an editorial, to frame each chapter. Jack McDevitt won a Nebula the previous year for Seeker, a novel which I did not find interesting; they should have given the Nebula to him for Odyssey instead.
Barry Martin Vass
I'm a big fan of Jack McDevitt and have read most of his novels. Deepsix was a great read, as were Infinity Beach, Seeker, Eternity Road, and Omega. That being said, Odyssey seems extremely over-written and just plain tedious to read. When you consider that it's a 400-page novel and the first 180 pages are simply plot- and character-development, with zero action, this is a book in need of serious revision. But then it's McDevitt, and any McDevitt is better than none at all...
Manuel Nesbet
De lo mas flojo hasta el momento de McDevitt... se pierde un poco la sensación de asombro y soledad ante lo inmenso e incomprensible de las grandes distancias interestelares. Aún así bueno, me gusta su estilo, y es capaz de darle mucho relieve a sus personajes.

Mas centrado en tramas políticas que en la esencia de las obras anteriores. Buen final a pesar de todo, aunque mantengo la opinión de que es lo mas penquita hasta el momento de McDevitt, dentro de la saga "Academy". Sigue "Cauldron".
Ramon Yáñez lópez
Entretenida como todas las De McDevitt. Correctamente traducida, pero aun asi, llena de errores que se podrian haber corregido con una relectura antes de publicarla.
La mejor perla en la primera p��gina del prologo. Traducci��n de "Jovian" joviano por jovial. O sea que los planetas tipo jupiter son "joviales", jeje...
Space
Apr 10, 2013 Space rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Space by: Byron
Shelves: e-books
This was good. I was wrong in my update about being able to predict it. I don't remember what it was that I had found to be predictable, but I had been wrong, so the thought now escapes me. All of his stories are so wildly different and exciting in their own way that they stand alone very well from each other. They also do line up with continuing characters to make an interesting series.

I will be checking into more of McDevitt's endeavors after I finish the final book in this series.

Odyssey was
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Chuck Childers
McDevitt's Academy Series isn't so much science fiction as it is rethemed modern adventure with a bit too much commentary. One shouldn't read Odyssey expecting a Sense of Wonder. You read McDevitt for some interesting scenery and slightly dull people in unexpected (for them, not us) situations and larger than normal stakes. For the most part, this is enough to allow me to enjoy a McDevitt novel. However, he adds numerous, tedious intertextual pieces to the beginning and end of each chapter in Od ...more
Kalyn
This is the first Jack McDevitt book I've read so I really want to read other books with Priscilla Hutchins. She was the only character I liked in the book. All the others felt very "stock" and only Amy (the teenager) felt like she had any depth (though she still behaved very predictably).

The story was interesting enough, not a page turner but it passed time on an airplane for me. Other reviewers have described the plot line well and I'm in agreement with the assessments that it had a tendency
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Peter Bugaj
Jack McDevitt is a very talented and skilled writer. This is the third book I've read that happens to contain another entertaining story involving a dangerous threat existing somewhere within the cosmos of space, and humanity's amusing course of action to inspect its existence.
Roger Ladd
Another "Hutch" novel that doesn't do much with the character of Priscilla Hutchins, this book follows the bureaucracy of superluminal space travel through a series of crises having to do with mysterious aliens called "moonriders." The alien plotline is solid enough, but the real meat of this novel is the satire on the politics of science and space. Hutch's primary role in the novel is that of a pilot turned bureaucrat, trying to save her space program without crossing any ethical lines. Faced w ...more
Kelly
After reading a review and synopsis of a Jack McDevitt book, I decided to purchase the title from my book club. He quickly became one of my favorite sci-fi authors and proceeded to read all of his books. Great character development and world creations. I always look forward to his new releases.
Jeffrey
I have made this observation before with regards to McDevitt's works, but this one slowed down so much in the middle that I almost didn't pick it up and finish it. That said, I did eventually finish it, and am happy that I made the effort. As before, the hints are all there, and once you reach the end you can clearly see how those hints built toward the inevitable conclusion, but to me those clues were not sufficient to actually give away the story. The story itself was a fun enough journey, and ...more
Wilco Roos
The attitude over star travelling is depressing me, the arrogance of the scientists (We already know everything) is annoying me even more, and star travel but no colonies? What gives? Alien species discovered but described as dumb, and as such not worth studying, the bloody arrogant nitwit quotes every chapter.. Arggg! still i read the next one, sigh.
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Jack McDevitt is a former English teacher, naval officer, Philadelphia taxi driver, customs officer and motivational trainer. His work has been on the final ballot for the Nebula Awards for 12 of the past 13 years. His first novel, The Hercules Text, was published in the celebrated Ace Specials series and won the Philip K. Dick Special Award. In 1991, McDevitt won the first $10,000 UPC Internation ...more
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