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Seeker Mass Market Paperback – October 31, 2006
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"'Why read Jack McDevitt?' The question should be: 'Who among us is such a slow pony that s/he isn't reading McDevitt'"? - Harlan Ellison
"Superb storytelling." - Library Journal
"Ideas abound in McDevitt's classy riff on the familiar lost-colony theme. The novel delivers everything it promises with a gigantic wallop." - Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
"Perhaps the best pure storyteller working in the field today." - Washington Post Book World
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.
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As these things have a way of doing, history gives way to myth, so it is with great incredulity that antiquarians and auctioneers Alex Benedict and Chase Kolpath find themselves in possession of a 9000-year-old cup with Seeker markings on it. They set off to find the Seeker, and if possible the colony they founded. Some people don't believe it really exists. Some people hope to beat them to the discovery. Some people don't like their methods and try to sabotage their efforts. Through it all, plucky Chase and dogged Alex piece together the puzzle and work towards the biggest discovery of all time.
To place a story 10000 years in the future is risky - will we even be recognizable as humans? Will we have developed technology that is, to our eyes, "indistinguishable from magic"? (Arthur C. Clarke's term) McDevitt wisely, I think, keeps the technology subdued, and assumes that basic human nature doesn't change that much (and to emphasize that, his intelligent aliens are also very "human"). We can then settle in and enjoy the story, which is very well written and has a number of genuine edge-of-the-seat moments to keep you coming back for more. It is no wonder that this is an award-winning novel: and as "hard" science fiction combined with mystery-suspense, it recalls the glory days of Isaac Asimov.
The book is not perfect. Some of the suspense is over-simplified; for example, after multiple attempts on their lives, the characters still seem surprised when there's yet another attempt (also, the law of conservation of characters comes into play - when a new character is introduced on p. 300, you know he's an assassin by what he says, but the heroes seem willfully naive). The ending seems a bit drawn-out and artificially positive - I could have done without the last 75 pages or so. (It's still very interesting and well-written, but the plot itself seems contrived). But these are relatively minor, and I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
For me, Seeker has set a high bar for the rest of the series -- and, as I read reviews of the later entries, I'm anxious they won't live up to this excellent story.
To us the most under-praised and under-publicized fantasy trilogy of all is "The Noble Warriors," in three volumes-- Seeker: Book One of the Noble Warriors,Jango: Book Two of the Noble Warriors, and Noman: Book Three of the Noble Warriors.
It's about two teen boys (Seeker and Wildman) and one teen girl, (Morning Star), and it soars, with evocativeness and compassion and even tenderness, into their fantasy and magical civilization's politics, hypocrisy, authoritarianism, homeless underclass, gangs, wars, and above all these sensitive teen's heroism and their spirituality -- their engagement with each other, fraudulent cults, barbarous religion (including human sacrifice), peaceful (and magical) monasticism, and their true spiritual seeking.
It touches seamlessly and coherently on so many deftly interwoven themes. It is absolutely action-packed entertaining, audaciously intelligent, adventurous, deeply reflective, much too-little known, and a simply stunning achievement.