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The Devil's Eye: An Alex Benedict Novel Hardcover – November 4, 2008
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About the Author
Jack McDevitt is a former naval officer, taxi driver, customs officer and motivational trainer. He is a multiple Nebula Award finalist who lives in Georgia with his wife Maureen.
- Item Weight : 1.3 pounds
- Hardcover : 368 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0441016359
- ISBN-13 : 978-0441016358
- Dimensions : 6.56 x 1.25 x 9.32 inches
- Publisher : Ace Hardcover; First Edition (November 4, 2008)
- Reading level : 18 and up
- Language: : English
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I’m really enjoying these Jack McDevitt novels, regardless of the somewhat familiar formula of these stories. This is the fourth book I’ve read in the Alex Benedict stories.
Alex and his assistant (and sometimes lover) Chase, run Rainbow Enterprises, a company that specializes in buying and selling (and acquiring at archeological sites) special items of historic significance for sale and profit.
But Devil’s Eye diverges from this and has Alex trying to solve a mystery. A mystery that leads to the lives of a planet. That’s all I can say without ruining the plot!
Story and Plot:
Vickie Greene, horror novelist 9,000 years in our future, a contemporary of Alex and Chase, sends a cryptic message when Alex is returning from an adventure on the Belle Marie, a ship run by an AI (artificial intelligence). Vickie says “they’re all dead.” What’s it mean? Is Vickie on the verge of mental collapse? Or something more?
Our heroes discover Vickie had her personality replaced – contact with her brother reveals no information as to why, but that is pretty serious, as a mind wipe is usually reserved for criminals and malcontents.
Why would Vickie do this? Perhaps the answer lies on the planet Salud Afar, a planet that is at the far reaches of the galaxy, with no moon and not a lot of stars except for one particularly bright one that Vickie called “The Devil’s Eye.”
The story has humor, as when Chase goes topless at a swimming pool and the men applaud. Hilarious. And her usual string of boyfriends who lament that she’s gone so long piloting through the galaxy with her employer.
As in other novels, they have their lives threatened more than once and are urged to abandon their investigation but that makes them even more determined to find out who is trying to kill them and solve the mystery of Vickie Greene.
The story does not end at its natural conclusion but tries to wrap up all its points at once near the end – a method that makes the story seemed rushed.
However, the story runs well overall, not too many slow points as in earlier McDevitt novels, and it’s always a pleasure to imagine another Chase/Alex adventure.
mysteries. Alex and Chase are trying to find out what happened to a famous horror writer. The trail takes them into a really nasty
government coverup where abuse of power by the government goons is just the tip of the iceberg.
The book is well written and the story is a good, but the plot is predictable. I had the central mystery figured out long before
it was revealed in the book. But in a nice twist solving the mystery is not the end of the book as with most mystery novels.
Rather it serves to give rise to the second part of the story with a couple of reasonably good sub plots.
The science in the story is more than a little nutty, even aside from the standard sci-fi problem of zipping around at 30,000
times the speed of light. Having stars ejected from the galaxy is not all that uncommon, but having a habitable survive in a
stabile orbit is really pushing it. The blue giant star would be unlikely to form where it was and could not have survived
long enough to have gotten where it was had it been ejected. Gamma Ray Bursts don`t last 3 and a half days. A long one is 3 seconds,
and their sheilding solution would be unstabile and probably not very effective even if it could be built.
Still it`s a book worth reading. After all, having bad science in a sci-fi novel is more the rule than the exception.
The Devil's Eye, which I recently finished in e-book, was another outstanding one. I began with Polaris and then its wonderful sequel Seeker, only to discover that I missed the first one A Talent for War. So I read and enjoyed it, too, before reading The Devil's Eye. Now it seems there will be a fifth one, Echo, this fall. Their world, in which there is so little crime the police are happy to get a new case, seems ideal. Their planet, Rimway, is in a galaxy far, far away, in the arm of Orion--my favorite constellation.
Not everyone gets to travel by starship like Alex and Chase do, but the opportunity is there. Just flitting about in gravity-free skimmers would be pleasant enough. (I do wish they'd figure out that someone is likely to tamper with theirs and plan accordingly.) Also having one's personal AI, linked to a galaxy-wide net to research anything by voice. But what I like most is the way McDevitt writes. Conversationally. I flow along with the story, happily ensconced in the moment, not entirely concerned about where events are going. Just enjoying the ride and hoping it never ends.
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I particularly like the authors running joke where the Alex and Chase express surprise when their air car mysteriously fails. Yet again.