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Seeker: Book One of the Noble Warriors Hardcover – May 1, 2006

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Grade 7 Up–The Noble Warriors (Nomana) are dedicated to protecting the All and Only god who, according to prophecy, will be killed by the Assassin. Once a year, pilgrims are allowed on the island of Anacrea and accepted into the Nomana. Seeker after Truth, 16, has wanted to join the Noble Warriors all of his life even though his father is intent on him being a scholar. When he enters an open door into the monastery, he sees his brother being publicly humiliated and cast out of the Nomana. Soon two pilgrims arrive who will change Seeker's life forever: Morning Star, who can sense a person's colors and interpret what they mean, and The Wildman, a spiker (outlaw) who is looking for power and peace. After all three teenagers are rejected by the Nomana, Seeker formulates a plan to ensure their acceptance. Written in the same style as Christopher Paolini's Eragon (Knopf, 2003) and Terry Brooks's The Sword of Shannara (Ballantine, 1983), the quest itself will form the characters into the people they were always meant to be. A novel of friendship, loyalty, and accomplishment, Seeker will draw readers into the conflict between believing with the eyes or with the heart.–June H. Keuhn, Corning East High School, NY
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Gr. 6-9. If one were to categorize fantasies with respect to religion, Nicholson's first entry in his new Noble Warriors series would side with C. S. Lewis, not Philip Pullman: its 16-year-old hero vows to protect his compassionate, monotheistic religion from destruction, even as his rejection by its exclusive sect of warrior-monks tests his faith. Seeker's quest brings him to the culturally distinct city of Radiance, where evildoers plot to send a suicide bomber into the Noble Warriors' stronghold. Tight plotting and numerous perspectives, including those of a devout shepherd girl, a not-quite-reformed bandit, and Seeker's elder brother (a shamefully defrocked Noble Warrior), lend the novel a cinematic breadth perfectly consistent with Nicholson's background as a Hollywood screenplay writer. Less appealing is the often heavy-handed moralizing, particularly apparent in the portrayal of Radiance's mercenary citizens, who offer human sacrifices to prove their wealth and status. All the same, readers with a strong belief in their own god may welcome a novel that depicts such unswerving devotion in young people, and fans of Nicholson's Wind Singer trilogy will find many of its same attractions reincarnated here. Jennifer Mattson
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 750L (What's this?)
  • Series: Noble Warriors (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Harcourt Children's Books (May 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152057684
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152057688
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.5 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (140 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,001,457 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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84 of 91 people found the following review helpful By Christopher K. Koenigsberg VINE VOICE on February 23, 2006
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I really enjoyed this book. It satisfies various "itches" that I try to "scratch", by reading good mature science fiction.

One thing I appreciate about his writing in this novel (and its predecessor) is his use sometimes of fairly realistic first-person narrative, by a woman character. Male authors often don't get their female characters quite right (my wife made me especially aware of this).

McDevitt has carved out a sort of unique niche for himself, with this and some (not all) of his other novels, perhaps you might call it "future archaeology"?

For the most satisfying experience, before reading this novel you should read the two earlier, equally good novels, that take place in the same world, with the same main characters (Alex Benedict and Chase Kolpath): "A Talent For War" (don't be put off by the awful title) and "Polaris".

And for "A Talent For War", you can get it by itself, or you can also get it in a book called "Hello Out There", that combines it with a rewritten earlier novel of his ("The Hercules Text").

McDevitt's other, equally good series, of "future archaeology" novels, features a different world and different main character (Priscilla "Hutch" Hutchinson". That series starts with "The Engines of God" and continues through "DeepSix", "Chindi", and "Omega".
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By W Boudville HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 3, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This is another story set in the universe of "A Talent For War", some years after Alex Benedict and Chase Kolpath made their discovery about Christopher Sim. It follows the earlier "Polaris".

This story gives us more background on how humans left Earth in the 3rd and 4th millenia. Here, for instance, we find that English was no longer spoken after the 3rd millenium. And that the colonisation of nearby star systems took centuries. With early efforts marked by failure. It also places the stories some six thousand years in the future. Whereas the earlier books were somewhat unclear about when they were set, relative to our time.

The plot follows McDevitt's usual quiet pace. Too quite for some readers. But he has attracted a decent readership with his other books, who will not be disappointed here. The ideas here are fairly ingenious. He has put some thought into the scenario of a lost colony. Of how it got lost and how it survived.

Perhaps a disappointment, and which is constant in this series, is how few advances in longevity have occurred. No diseases are mentioned to afflict people. But the average life span is discernibly little improved over ours. People are considered middle aged at 60 and elderly at 90.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Cypherpunk on September 23, 2006
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Let me say right off the bat that I really like Jack McDevitt and both of his series: "Hutch" Hutchins and the Chase Kolpath and Alex Benedict duo (in this series). I have tremendously enjoyed most of his other books (I wasn't wild about Ancient Shores, which doesn't belong to either of these series). Others describe the story well, so I won't go into that. McDevitt is up to his usual standard, which is pretty darn good.

My main complaint with this story is that it is very, very similar to a couple of his other books, including scenes that involve an uncomfortable meeting with the only known alien race, realistic but prolonged research phases of the story, scenes that involve narrow escapes from attempts on the main characters' lives, and a similar denger/trap when the last site or artifact is found. Also, I appreciate the fact that McDevitt's stories are built on human characters, and he never goes for the 'deus ex machina' conclusion, but rather his stories are driven by very human characters that read like people you know, or would like to know. However, this time around, McDevitt's far future feels a little TOO much like today, and I felt that way in this book more than many of his others, even though he actually offers an explanation for that similarity (there is an upper limit on the intelligence level that allows people to function well in society, once exceeded by too many members, the society begins to disintegrate).

I read a lot, and I often go several years before returning to an author and getting several of his/her books and reading them consecutively. I read more than half this book before I finally decided that I hadn't read it a couple of years ago. It was that similar to his other books.

I like the characters and the universe he's created, but I really felt that I hadn't read anything new when I finished this book.
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25 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Book Reviewer 2009 on September 7, 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
(***** = breathtaking, **** = excellent, *** = good, ** = flawed, * = bad)

McDevitt is more of an idea-guy than a writer: his characters are flat and his descriptions employ so little sensory information that he manages to make scenes like an apartment break-in by a vengeful man and a fight for survival outside of a spaceship seem boring.

BUT -- his ideas such as a journey among a telepathic alien species among whom lying is unknown, and (especially) what happened to the lost colonists of the Bremerhaven and the Seeker) are absolutely breathtaking.

Reading Seeker was sometimes a slog, but I was entertained and glad I'd read it in the end. Longer review at ImpatientReader-dot-com.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. Scudiero on December 7, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Having read almost everything McDevitt has ever written, I must say one of his major weaknesses is his ending: he always ties the story together, but he is so good at the buildup that the ending usually comes as an anti-climax, it's never as dramatic as I hope it will be. Seeker absolutely does not suffer from this. This story follows McDevitt's Alex Benedict character and is told from the point of view of his assistant, Chase Kolpath.

The chapters that follow Chase through Mute territory and back to Earth make this book into a great adventure spanning most of this universe's galaxy, but (thankfully) don't drag into onerous side plots. While the major conflict strains credibility slightly (although much less than in other books), the ending is absolutely epic in proportion - beautifully crafted and wildly imaginative - far moreso than any of McDevitt's other works. You know it's coming but that doesn't make it any less fantastic.

This book is well worth the read for the world created in the Epilogue alone, but a great space mystery/adventure at the same time. The little tidbits thrown in almost in passing that allude to Kolpath's personal life are a nice polishing touch that makes the book flow much smoother as well.
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