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Polaris (An Alex Benedict Novel) Mass Market Paperback – October 25, 2005
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A diverting, enjoyable, if somewhat predictable mystery, "Polaris" will provide any sci-fi fan with some enjoyable hours of reading ... lots of whiz bang high-tech gadgetry, a dash of celestial mechanics and the science of stellar evolution plus a very provocative series of philosophical divertimenti pondering the potential effects of science's ability to stop or reverse the aging process. "To age or not to age, this is the question", McDevitt puts forward some extremely interesting arguments on both sides as to how the world might react and evolve were it possible to stop aging and prolong life indefinitely. And how does that fit into the mystery plot? Ah ... for that, you're just going to have to pick it up and read it!Read more ›
So when I saw this book, I read it eagerly. Hoping for a similarly engaging plot. As a twist, this book is told from the vantage point of the female character, Chase Kolpath, who is the secondary persona in the earlier novel. It expands on her personality, and gives another look at Alex Benedict, who was the main character in Talent.
But, the plot is tepid. Sadly, nothing to match the grandeur of Talent. Also, the plot unfolding contains elements that have been seen in McDevitt's earlier works. Somewhat predictable.
A portion of this book also deals with the topic of aging. His story is set millenia in the future. With faster than light travel and artificial intelligence software as a viable construct. Many futuristic details. But, the human lifespan is still only some 120 years. A marginal improvment over what we already have. This seems very implausible, given the other advances in the book over the postulated time period. It is as though our biology and medicine sputtered to a stop right about now.
But there is one nice item in the book - the quote in my subject line.
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This is the second book in this series that I've read. It is nearly as good as Seeker. The plot twists and danger keep the reading interesting. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Raj Gandhi
I like a good mystery, I even like predictable mysteries that are written well. This one falls into the second category. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Shane C. Pruyne
Twists and turns but never a dead end.....dead humans ....... but the clues flow faster than stars.....starts with misdirection....followed with mirco-details...... Read morePublished 13 months ago by ed rumbaugh
Jack McDevitt is a skilled but uneven storyteller. His best work is found in his series of novels featuring Priscilla Hutchins. Read morePublished 16 months ago by TChris