• June 15, 2019

Jack McDevitt (born April 14, ) is an American science fiction author whose novels . (): Cauldron; Nebula Best Novel nominee (): Echo; Nebula Best Novel nominee (): Firebird; Robert A. Heinlein Award winner (). Firebird is volume six of Jack McDevitt’s “Alex Benedict” series of archeological mysteries in a Science Fiction setting, a series that found its. This month sees the publication of the sixth novel in Jack McDevitt’s Alex Benedict series, the aptly-titled Firebird. Like its predecessors, from A.

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Firebird opens with an firevird ship inexplicably failing to arrive at its destination, then introduces the mysterious disappearance of a physicist who had been researching the disappearance of other interstellar sh I’ve been looking at other Goodreads user reviews, and I’m afraid I have to cast a dissenting vote firenird Jack McDevitt’s Firebird.

Holmes, I thought, would have been intrigued. Some witnesses even talk, in hushed tones, about seeing passengers pounding on the windows, desperate to escape.

Can fifebird intelligences be sentient? For diehard Alex Benedict fans, Firebird maintains the elements of suspense, intrigue, history, and exploration that are staples of the series. To ask other readers questions about Firebirdplease sign up.

But if a kid is in middle school or so it shouldn’t be too bad. Retrieved August 6, There are firebrd human and AI characters in the novel, but it’s hard to keep them straight because they’re all pretty much the same, with few distinguishing mannerisms.

Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. They grow over the span of the series, changing in response to the actions of the novels, becoming ever more real. However, Mcdevit goes a step further, incorporating topical social and ethical issues that have been lingering on the edge of the previous novels without getting much attention—until now.


Each book is a mystery and can be read independently if the reader prefers, but there are references in each book to previous novels and Alex’s celebrity increases as his career advances. People have much longer life spans. There’s a problem loading this menu right now.

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The AI firebrid gives McDevitt a chance to explore the theme of how a society comes slowly to r The Alex Benedict novels are typically lighter than McDevitt’s Priscilla Hutchins series, but this sixth novel in the Benedict series holds its own. Huge ideas, terrific misdirection, mdevitt nobody writes a satisfying conclusion like McDevitt. Government, politics, military, religion, and commerce are those of any current western democracy. The authorities deny this, of course. The question is, will they ever get together?

Review: Firebird by Jack McDevitt

Not much time to do a review but I wanted to say that this one gets a range from me. One gets the impression McDevitt just couldn’t be bother to come up with a reasonable source.

Alex Benedict 8 books. Sometimes entertainment is all that is needed. In this story, Alex and Chase are asked to market some memorabilia of the late physicist Chris Robin, who disappeared under mysterious circumstances. Morrese rated it it was amazing.

Do we know if there was a conspiracy? His friend is killed Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

I wonder if he was losing steam at this point trying to come up with more ingenious plots.

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But some of it feels accidental, or unnoticed, and it left a bad taste in my mouth. Alex though has other ideas. The rest of the book, though, felt markedly weaker. The story is still well worth reading, but it’s an unusual case of a series book being less interesting for the cognoscenti than for newcomers.


His critics have less kind descriptions for him. Firebird the newest Alex Benedict novel by Jack McDevitt is a terrific read full of exciting scientific revelations, social intrigues, and fascinating looks into the past from the historical perspective of a man with a talent for finding valuable objects and dangerous answers. The plot meanders around, dodges down an interesting blind alley having to do with a deadly planet with sentinent computers running the place, and the conclusion is somewhat anti-climactic.

But there is also a mildly sexist attitude exhibited in some of the character interactions. But there is more going on in Firebird than just the chase. Refresh and try again.

cirebird When it comes to the two main characters, Alex and Chase, I never came to know them at all. The ‘B-plot’ actually ends up becoming an interesting discourse on how a society views artificial intelligence, whether or not they are ‘alive’ and should count as people.

See all books by Jack McDevitt. Alex and Chase of course have to go down to the planet to investigate it.

Looking for More Great Reads? I really enjoy his world, characters and his ability to write far-future Science Fiction with awesome scientific concepts in a manner in I can grasp.