[Coming Home] (By (author) Jack McDevitt) [published: October, 2015] Paperback – October 27, 2015
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- Publisher : Ace Books (October 27, 2015)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B071NF3RSF
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I've seen this from at least one other author -- who shortly thereafter had other writers take up the "further adventures" of the main character.
Regardless, this Benedict novel is less satisfying than others. There is a obligatory central mystery that gets revealed after the equally obligatory wrong paths taken. But the author spends most of the book building a future history derived from a nearer-future crash of civilization followed by anarchy, along the lines of Asimov's Foundation series. *Some* of that was a necessary core of the book. The total amount detracted from the story line.
Additionally, the Rescues that are the science part don't bring the sense of wonder that other Benedict discoveries have.
It was a fast read with a good mystery. It just left me wishing for more.
This was a good story and it even tied in with the other novels of Jack McDevitt. In fact, there is a scene where Chase wonders if she would like the fictional character Hutchins (also a McDevitt invention in the Priscilla Hutchins series).
Two stories are going on at the same time. Gabe, Alex’s uncle who we thought dead was actually lost in a time warp in an interstellar ship. It’s due to “surface” to our time in a few months. While they make preparations for his possible return, Alex also is investigating the discovery of an old transmitter from the early centuries of spaceflight. With the granddaughter of the discoverer’s help, Alex and Chase go all over the place to find where this transmitter came from, hoping that it will lead to the treasure of Apollo artifacts thought lost centuries ago during the Dark Ages.
OK, this story does give us a view of our possible future, with economic collapses, a future dark ages that last centuries, the countries formerly known as the USA and Russia dissolve, and a benign universal government, the Confederacy of worlds, is further described and detailed.
The story has some harrowing escapes, a death threat and Chase not getting a boyfriend. You know, the usual McDevitt tale.
I recommend it, especially because the author links his earlier tales all the way back to the original A Talent for War.
The other and more interesting plot line is to figure out why Garnett Baylee, a noted seeker of space age artifacts, would have left a valuable artifact from this era in his attic (of which he told no one) that was discovered by his niece some 11 years after his death. Alex and Chase expend a lot of time and effort looking into this to solve this mystery and to see if other Golden Age space artifacts can be found.
There is a cute cameo from his Hutchins series, though--definitely a "blink and you'll miss it" moment (which are the best kind), but cool for long-time fans. ;)
The best part of this book is the third character that has always been there in this series; unspoken, but ever in the background of each book. You've heard so much about him that you feel like you know him already. And that's the start of a new friendship, by way of Jack McDevitt. If you haven't read the prior books in the series I highly recommend doing so before reading this latest chapter. Its not a must; as each McDevitt book stands on its own, but I believe you will find it more enjoyable.
To Alex, Chase and Gabe; and especially to Jack McDevitt, thank you for coming home. Can't wait to see you again. Come back soon.
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Also the side story about the rescue of Alex's uncle, Gabe, was just a distraction from the main plot and contributed little to the main plot.
If you're a fan, buy it. If not, start with McDevitt's first books.