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Echo by Jack McDevitt
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Dec 01, 10

really liked it
bookshelves: sci-fi
Recommended for: just about anyone but start with A Talent for War
Read from November 30 to December 01, 2010 , read count: 1

This is another in my favorite Jack McDevitt series, the Alex Benedict series. This book starts off faster than some of JM's books. It sucked me right in and then, as usual, I was turning pages as fast as I could. The mystery was interesting but not as riveting as those in the first three books,A Talent For War, Polaris and Seeker but I liked it better than the fourth book, The Devil's Eye. I like Chase Kolpath. I don't necessarily care for the way that JM throws in random stuff about her love life. I guess in this sort of book I just don't care about any romance element. I did feel like in this one, we didn't get as solid a picture of who Alex was but if you've been following the series, it's not like you don't already know him. I like the way the narrator, Chase, throws in stuff about the world and society they live in as if she is just reminding you of stuff you might have forgotten. It's a great world building technique. I love these mysteries or puzzles if you will, in space. Bring on the next one and keep them coming.

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MB (What she read) I agree with you about random bits of Chase's lovelife. It always throws me out of the story. In reading this series, I am always conscious of the fact that Chase is a female character written by a male author. She just doesn't 'feel' female. But, to give McDevitt the benefit of the doubt, he might be trying to show that all our current sexual hang-ups are no longer the same in the future. I.e. Chase feels like what someone who experienced the Sexual Revolution would expect a future female to be.

What do you think?

Jacqueline You're right, she doesn't feel very female. I actually wondered in this one if the author is trying to set up a future romance between Chase and Alex and was clearing the decks so to speak. I hope not because I think it would change the dynamic too much. Then again some men can't write believable female characters just as some women suck at writing believable men. Could just be that.

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