Deepsix (The Academy #2)
However. The whole basis for the novel is corrupt.
One planet is going to blow up because another planet is slowly crashing into it. Its gonna take a couple weeks. FOR SOME REASON, people have decided to explore the dying planet within those weeks (or days, I forget, it doesnt matter -- a short time span) befo ...more
“Are we next” is kinda the question the books imply in this series.
In “Deepsix”, Nightingale (“Randy”) leads a exploratory colony to the planet Deepsix. The life on this planet is deadly and so ...more
After finishing the disappointing novel, Ancient Shores, I wasn't in a hurry to read another McDevitt, but a friend went out of his way to hand Deepsix to me, saying it was a good sci-fi story.
The premise sounded exciting: Trapped explorers must escape an earthlike planet before the approach of a gas giant tears it apart. Will they have time to learn the mysterious origins of a long-lost alien civilization before all is lost?
What I got was mostly a dull read.
All but one of the charact ...more
This of course is of very high interest to the scientific community of the 23rd Century, so they are gathered in that solar system to ogle at the upcoming spectacle of Deepsix being ripped apart. However, when the spectators arrive six weeks prior to the event, they find that the incomplete ...more
I found this book engaging and just a good fun read.
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 series. Overall though, it is good "hard sci-fi". A couple of things that stand out in ...more
While not my favorite in this series, it's still very good. I only th ...more
Disastrous first contact with the wildlife on a planet meant the Academy has not explored it for many years. It's only once they revisit the site in order to record its collision with a gas giant that they discover evidence of past civilization and need someone to go down to the surface and record as much information as possible before it is lost forever. Enter Priscilla Hutchins, known as Hutch, to lead an under-supplied team to Deepsix, while a superluminal cruise ful ...more
Pretty good. I think with his characters and suspense, I can finish any McDevitt novel. Maybe I'll read something not in this series next. I'm now seeing that Engines of God was 2 novellas put together, unlike the other books, so you had 2 climaxes in that one.
I really enjoyed the characterization of everyone, and as the novel progresses the cast of characters gets quite long. No matter how minor a character, though, McDevitt takes the time to make them feel like a real person. As big a SF fan as I am, I much prefer the works that take time to make their characters feel human as oppose ...more
Tras un prólogo ambientado unos años antes en el que nos da un atisbo de la exploración del planeta Deepsix, nos ponemos en materia. Varias naves esperan par ...more
A back plot. An earth-like planet is found and a group of scientists found to explore it, but they're nearly all killed by bird-like creatures. One scientist named Nightingale remained alive. Fast forward twenty years. In the same system, this same earth-like planet is about to collide with a huge planet floa ...more
In the year 2204, tragedy and terror forced a scientific team to prematurely evacuate Maleiva III. Nineteen years later, a rogue moon hurtling through space is about to obliterate the last opportunity to study this rare, life-supporting planet. With less than three weeks left before the disaster, superluminal pilot Priscilla "Hutch" Hutchins -- the only even remotely qualified professional within lightyears of the ill-fated planet -- must lead a small scientific team to the surface to glean wha
I've read the entire Academy Series, and I wanted to go through it again.
That being said, from a literary standpoint I'd have to call this one of the weaker novels in the series.
Previously, I'd read a hardcover copy of the book, and I rated it three stars.
Although as a standalone novel, I might have rated it higher, I felt that this novel was very like the first. The storylines are s ...more
But as they struggle to make sense of this strange uninhabited world with its stone cities under ice, unexpected predators and inexplicable hints of impossible technology buried in the rubble, their only means of escape is sudde ...more
A running theme throughout the novel was the short-sighted, impersonal, uncaring attitude of "The Academy." One thing that I thought was missing at the end was that McDevitt did not wrap up that background stor ...more
Scientists and tourists have converged on Maleiva III, aka Deepsix, to witness the destruction of the world by a rogue gas giant. The gas giant, nicknamed Morgan, is on a collision course with Deepsix and will tear it apart just as comet Shoemaker-Levy was torn apart by Jupiter. But as the scientists a ...more
***Complete review below. Zero Spoilers***
New to Jack McDevitt? McDevitt is NOT a cheap science fiction writer. He puts a lot of work into the science behind his novels and it shows. He clearly has an understanding of what he's writing about.
The rewards for reading his books are education, beautiful sentences, incredible ideas, and chilling dialogue.
Action movie or Jack McDevitt Novel?
That's the question I h ...more