Odyssey (The Academy #5)
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 ...more
"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 ...more
And speaking of the characters, the love story between curmdugeonly writer Gregory MacAllister and the beautiful s ...more
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).
Story (bare bones): Finances are tight, cuts to the Academy funding, and maybe outright closing of the Academy ...more
Jack McDevitt is one of my favorite authors, not only because of his great writing talent, but also because he paints a future where religion, including the Christian faith, still coexists with the rest of society. Unfortunately, this is among the worst of his that I've read. An entire subplot focuses on a student who was allegedly made mentally ill by going to a Christian school. Add a main, oft-quoted character who is a bit of a jerk, a higher profanity count than usual, and ev ...more
But the real delight of THIS particu ...more
There's a strain of dreary cynicism that runs through the whole book, even when it's not the dedicated cynic's turn as PoV character. I don't mind a bit of cynicism in my scienc ...more
In the opening of Odyssey, an Academy ship jumps out of hyperspace with a blown engine thinking they're a zillion miles from earth. Ships are sent to search for them. Turns out they're in our own solar system. ...more
As with a few other books in this series, it takes half the book to get to what feels like the main plot point, with a massive acceleration in the l ...more
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. They are very, very dangerous-in a way that no one could possibly have imagined.
Set in the 23rd ce
There has always been some religion bashing in these novels with MacAllister playing a part in th ...more
I enjoy the characte ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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".
La mejor perla en la primera pgina del prologo. Traduccin de "Jovian" joviano por jovial. O sea que los planetas tipo jupiter son "joviales", jeje... ...more