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Starred Review. Ideas abound in McDevitt's classy riff on the familiar lost-space-colony theme. In 2688, interstellar transports Seeker and Bremerhaven left a theocratic Orwellian Earth to found a dictator-free society, Margolia—and vanished. Nine thousand years later, with a flawed humanity spread over 100-odd worlds, Margolia and its ships have become Atlantis-type myths, but after a cup from Seeker falls into the hands of antiquarian Alex Benedict, the hero of McDevitt's Polaris (2004), Alex determines to win everlasting fame and vaster fortune by finding them. Female pilot Chase Kolpath, this book's narrator, gutsily tracks the ancient Seeker on a breathless trek across star systems and through an intriguing mystery plot, a bevy of fully realized characters, ingenious AI ships and avatars of long-departed personalities who offer advice and entertainment. The scientific interpolations are as convincing as the far-future planetscapes and human and alien societies, bolstering an irresistible tractor beam of heavy-duty action. This novel delivers everything it promises—with a galactic wallop.
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McDevitt's latest gripping novel of future history begins in the late twentieth century, when a technological breakthrough costs the lives of its discoverers. Then it jumps seven centuries forward, to the beginning of interstellar flight and some of the first refugees from Earth. Finally, it moves into the very far future and to the seeker of the title, one of several looking for inhabited worlds that are the results, however longterm, of events recorded earlier. McDevitt is now being compared, quite legitimately, to Arthur C. Clarke, and not only because he has a similar kind of grand vision of the human future among the stars. He also has characters with amiable, or not-so-amiable, quirks, who in the middle of deciphering the secrets of lost races take time to worry about where to get a good meal in the next town. One of these days McDevitt is going to receive an actual and well-deserved big award to go with his professional stature. Roland Green
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Great reading.It did drag on near the end but I would highly recommend it.Published 6 days ago by J. Austin
This is the third book in Jack McDevitt's Alex Benedict series, although it should probably be called the Chase Kolpath series, as the story is told from her point of view, like... Read morePublished 8 days ago by Scott C. Holstad
Another interesting Alex Benedict tale. I really liked this one, even when I knew what was going to happen next there was still just enough twist to give me a surprise. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Shane C. Pruyne
McDevitt can weave a great future history. It's basically a archeological dig across space and time set a few hundred years in the future. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
I regard Seeker as being only marginally less enjoyable a read than Polaris, the book I rate as the best in the Alex Benedict series to date. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Stephen Mann
A very enjoyable read with elements of traditional mystery and hard sci-fi. A search for a lost civilization in the stars with a satisfying arc which doesn't break much new ground... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Gabriel W.
I read this book by accident. A book of the same name was recommended to me but I picked-up the wrong one. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Raj Gandhi