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Deepsix (The Academy #2)

3.82 of 5 stars 3.82  ·  rating details  ·  2,287 ratings  ·  132 reviews
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 quali...more
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Published June 15th 2010 by HarperCollins e-books (first published September 2000)
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Melissa Proffitt
I remember reading this for the first time and being unable to put it down, it was that action-packed and terrifying. Jack McDevitt does for space-age SF what Michael Crichton did for the earthbound kind: science as the background for what's essentially a thriller. A team goes down to the surface of a planet that's days away from being torn apart and absorbed by a Jupiter-sized rogue world, because naturally this planet turns out to have been inhabited by an alien race, only no one noticed twent...more
Clark Hallman
Deepsix by Jack McDevitt is the second novel in McDevitt’s academy series (or Priscilla Hutchens series, whichever you choose to name it). Maleiva III is a planet that is headed for a catastrophic collision with a huge gas giant named Morgan's World. Within weeks before the collision will occur, Priscilla Hutchens (Hutch) is recruited by the Academy of Science and Technology to lead a team to explore, record, photograph, and even collect artifacts of former civilizations (especially from advance...more
An Odd1
"Hutch", pilot Priscilla Hutchins, leads a team to explore just-discovered evidence of civilization, twelve days before planet Deepsix breaks apart, armed with laser cutters only "a notch or two more efficient" p66 than the first fatal expedition. Randall Nightingale is silent "small in stature, thin, gray, only a couple of centimeters taller than the dimunitive Hutch" p37, reclusive and bitter after taking blame for deadly cardinals on visit 19 years before, some from Gregory MacAllister. The f...more
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.

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
Guillaume Jay
2223. La planète Deepsix est menacée de destruction totale par une collision cosmique. Du coup, l'intérêt pour ce monde oublié et maudit, parce qu'une mission d'exploration y a été décimée vingt ans plus tôt, se réveille. Sans compter qu'en plus sur deux semaines avant le cataclysme, on découvre des ruines de vie civilisée sur la planète. Une expédition archéologique est montée en urgence pour essayer de sauver le maximum d'informations et vestiges avant que tout disparaisse. Mais quand l'expédi...more
Rob Bliss
Many things happen in this novel, so one is not merely reading several conversations amongst charcters, waiting for something to happen (like the last book I read). So that is a good thing.

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
James
I’ve read several of the “Hutchins” series of novels by Jack McDevitt. What strikes me about them has to do with a strong female lead, “Hutch”, her adventures as a pilot for the Academy as they explore the ruins of what was once a thriving civilization across the galaxy but faded out when humans arrived.

“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
Jessica
Apr 09, 2008 Jessica rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Scifi fans looking for a new love
Shelves: fantasyscifi
The character, Priscilla Hutchings shines again in this book. I thought I would get tired of this "heroine who pulls miracles out of thin air" but really, she keeps you rooting for her. And I like her. She's feisty. What really draws me to these books is the idea that we might actually be alone in the universe because all our intellectual equals have vanished, dead or devolved. Makes something inside me feel very lonely indeed.

While not my favorite in this series, it's still very good. I only th...more
Craig
This is a terrific big-concept sf adventure, the second in the Priscilla Hutchins series, in which Hutch and some of her associates are stranded on a planet that's going to fall into a wandering star real, real soon... The clock is ticking, the only spaceships anywhere nearby don't have any rescue craft, but something's got to be done right now. It's a very exciting read, with ingenious solutions to fascinating hard-science problems. There's a large cast of supporting characters that are occasio...more
Dale Crangle
This is the 2nd book in the Priscilla Hutchins series. A group of scientists gather at a planet that is about to collide with a gas giant and set up to study the effects. Along with them, a luxury liner arrives along with a ship full of media people.

When ancient ruins are discovered on the planet, a makeshift archeological expedition is set up, and disaster ensues when two shuttles are destroyed by an earthquake.

The group then needs to find a way off the planet before the collision occurs. It's...more
Brian Krukoski
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Aaron Million
I enjoyed this work by McDevitt: I thought it got more riveting the deeper I got into the book. The storyline did not suffer from the conventional expectations of 'if X was spoken about earlier, then Y will occur later." I liked that McDevitt kept me guessing as to what might happen next.

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
Vincent Stoessel
Had the potential for really cliche and kitch disaster movie style book. But while yes, people did some really silly things to put themselves into a bad situation, from that point on the book becomes a potboiler with some really cool SF elements. It captured my attention right to the end
Tamahome
Mar 19, 2010 Tamahome added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: jungle action, big scifi ending

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.
Steven Cole
Deepsix is the second of McDevitt’s novels featuring the deep space pilot Priscilla Hutchins. Beyond the general universe, however, there’s little that would require you to read the prior novel (Engines of God) before reading this one, nor are there any spoilers that would make reading Engines of God later less satisfying.

So what is Deepsix? This is a classic scifi Adventure story, where the emphasis is on “Adventure” much more than “Science”. The story is one of future extra-terrestrial archaeo...more
Lee
I'm a sucker for enormous shenanigans in science fiction. Whether these shenanigans be in the shape of enormous Big Dumb Objects like Larry Niven's Ringworld or Stephen Baxter's Ring, or whether they be natural occurrences but on a scale so big that they make the reader go "Crikey, that's a big scale." Falling firmly into this second camp is the crux of the plot of Deepsix: a gas giant is on a collision course with a planet that our plucky heroes find themselves stranded upon.

That aspect of the...more
Roddy Williams
'With less than three weeks to go before a rogue gas giant collides with the world known as Deepsix, Priscilla ;Hutch’ Hutchins and her crack team land on the surface to record and salvage as much of the planet’s ancient civilisation as they can before it is lost forever.

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
Scott
Twenty years ago, a mission to Maleiva III ended in disaster when explorers found themselves unprepared for the planet's native wildlife. No one ever went back...until now. An orbiting craft has found signs of civilization that were missed before. The Academy sends pilot Priscilla Hutchins and a crew to learn what they can about the inhabitants. There's just one wrinkle: in a few weeks a massive gas giant will pass through the system, obliterating Maleiva III. No pressure.

Hutch and friends reach...more
David
Deepsix is the second novel in the Priscilla Hutchins series. Priscilla has once again found herself in an archaeological mystery that must be solved before a cataclysm befalls the world she is on.

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
Coleman
Beautiful writer, tons of action, and contains best character in any book I've read EVER.

***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
Creature
Hello my Deep Space Comrades:
I just finished reading "Deepsix," by Jack McDevitt and I can tell you that this book was a thrilling ride from start to finish. What started out being the observation of a lifetime ends up being the adventure of a lifetime.
The planet Maleiva III is on a collision course with a rogue space body of Jovian dimensions, Morgan's World, that is going to ram into it, obliterating the planet out of existence. A few large luxury Spacecraft are lined up to witness the even...more
Chet
This is the second book in the Academy series, but it stands on its own. (I have not read the first book, yet, which is The Engines of God.) A planet is about to collide and get deep-sixed into another planet, and researchers are on site to investigate the collision. The planet has life forms, but are any of them advanced? Technology is seen, and the researchers risk being stranded as they try to find out who created the technology.
Thompson
People are stranded on a doomed planet, which is about to collide with a gas giant.
This book is like a bad disaster film. There is just one contrived crisis after another. To make it worse, the writing is sub par. The author will refer to someone by first name, then last name, OR will overuse pronouns. It was frequently hard to discern who the subject was in a sentence. Geesh...starting a paragraph with a pronoun??! Please!
Brian Tingley
I've been reading SciFi for over 50 years and this is my first review. I found this book exciting and fun to read because the suspense just kept building and building almost from the start and never let up! I thought I knew how things would go but was never very sure and was frequently surprised by the turn of events. I really enjoyed the characters and their development throughout the story. Good job Mr. McDevitt and thanks!
Darth
Certainly not the highest form of the art, this is still good reading, and an edge of your seat kind of action climax that Hollywood would love.

I know many folks think the characters in Jack McDevitt books are paper thin and very easy to see through. They might be a bit on the transparent side, but in some ways they are just window dressing for the provocative ideas in the book.
Maybe this series just sparks my imagination, but I dont have any problem with the characters in them.

In this installm...more
Garret Reece
A predecessor to Chindi, this book is half sci fi adventure quest and half engineering porn. Part of the "Indiana Jones in space, no Nazis" series which, despite the pithy description, is worth the reader's time, this book follows a group of scientists on a planet that is a few days away from collision with a gas giant--a desperate situation, and worsening quickly.

These books are especially good because while the science aspect of the story is excellently done, the character interactions and dy...more
Chris Chivers
Like the first book in this series, this book sees the universe through the eyes of 'Hutch', a starship captain who has some archaeological field work experience (book 1). And, like the first book, this one sees little actual 'character development' and instead puts Hutch and some other characters into a situation that keeps getting progressively worse.

This book/series seems closer to 'hard science fiction' than many others on the market, to the point that it's makes the 23rd century become 'rea...more
Charles
McDevitt is quickly becoming one of my favorite recent SF authors. He's pretty solid on the science. Apart from a few inventions like faster-than-light travel which are necessary for the plot, he sticks pretty close to a realistic appraisal of how things would work - and does a fascinating job depicting alien archaeology. He's also good at blending a pretty solid action story with the conceptual stuff.

This one has a crew investigating an abandoned planet about to get crushed by a gas giant care...more
Kris Sellgren
Fast-paced action, hard science fiction, and the end of the world is an irresistible combination. The planet Deepsix is ending, rather than Earth, but the story is still gripping. Character development is not one of McDevitt's strengths, but he does a good job of illustrating how everyone is prey to both cowardly and heroic impulses.
Pzikmanis
This is the second book in his “Academy” series. Once again the main character is a strong woman, in this case Pricilla Hutchins. I read the first one many years ago The Engines of God. Both of these are my favorite kind of sci fi: discovery of ancient lost races. This book was really fun
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