Firebird A new Alex Benedict novel from a master of describing otherworldly grandeur Denver Post Forty one years ago the renowned physicist Chris Robin vanished Before his disappearance his fringe science the

  • Title: Firebird
  • Author: Jack McDevitt
  • ISBN: 9781101545416
  • Page: 374
  • Format: ebook
  • A new Alex Benedict novel from a master of describing otherworldly grandeur Denver Post Forty one years ago the renowned physicist Chris Robin vanished Before his disappearance, his fringe science theories about the existence of endless alternate universes had earned him both admirers and enemies Alex Benedict and Chase Kolpath discover that Robin had several inteA new Alex Benedict novel from a master of describing otherworldly grandeur Denver Post Forty one years ago the renowned physicist Chris Robin vanished Before his disappearance, his fringe science theories about the existence of endless alternate universes had earned him both admirers and enemies Alex Benedict and Chase Kolpath discover that Robin had several interstellar yachts flown far outside the planetary system where they too vanished And following Robin s trail into the unknown puts Benedict and Kolpath in danger

    One thought on “Firebird”

    1. An outstanding speculative fiction / science fiction mystery. Huge ideas, terrific misdirection, and nobody writes a satisfying conclusion like McDevitt. Books 2, 4 and 5 began to feel a little repetitive, but this one is tied with 'Seeker' and 'A Talent for War' for the best in the Alex Benedict/Chase Kolpath series.

    2. I think this was a solid entry, but it didn't quite spark my imagination quite as much as the previous book in the series. This is is kinda surprising. I'd have thought that Alex mysteriously championing some spooky fringe science and parading it around as an unsolved mystery, much to Chase's annoyance, would be right up my alley, and as a matter of fact, it was.What it actually became was also interesting even if it was kind of an old hat in the SF world, but never mind any discussion of altern [...]

    3. The stakes have never been higher for Benedict Enterprises when Alex puts his reputation on the line in stubborn pursuit of the mysteries surrounding Chris Robin’s death.Firebird the newest Alex Benedict novel by Jack McDevitt is a terrific read full of exciting scientific revelations, social intrigues, and fascinating looks into the past from the historical perspective of a man with a talent for finding valuable objects and dangerous answers. Antiquarian Alex Benedict and his assistant Chase [...]

    4. This is the sixth Alex Benedict Novel. I’ve read them all so obviously I find them entertaining. This one is no exception. Chase Kolpath again plays Watson to Alex Benedict’s Holmes. He’s not a detective though. He’s an antiquities dealer. His critics have less kind descriptions for him. He actually seems to be is a seeker of facts with a distinct reluctance to leave unanswered questions. I like him.When it comes to science fiction, I don’t think I’m hard to please. Present a hopeful [...]

    5. As I have alluded to in past McDevitt book reviews, many of the Chase Kolpath/Alex Benedict series novels are starting to be "much of a muchness", ergo, they are all comprised of elements that have worked for McDevitt before. As a writer, McDevitt is unabashedly not shy about reusing things that worked pretty well the first time. As a reader, I have said that this doesn't matter to me much, a day with the worst McDevitt novel is better than a day without any McDevitt novels. FIREBIRD is far from [...]

    6. I am reading this more out of a sense of duty and completion than of eager anticipation. That's surprising because I usually have no trouble jettisoning a series once it has become stale. I put it down to Will Duquette's comment that he liked this book so I'm willing to give it a chance.I found the last couple of books in Jack McDevitt's mystery series to be rather formulaic although good enough for those who like Chase Kolpath and Alex Benedict. It is easy enough to read although perhaps it is [...]

    7. McDevitt writes in a monotone, with too many short sentences and an uninspired vocabulary. So, no big numbers of stars from me, despite the fact that this novel has lots of theoretical physics, a really interesting plot about disappearing starships, and an equally-interesting subplot (briefly masquerading as the main plot) about artificial intelligences. I'm also not sure how to take a setting that's literally thousands of years in the future but in which so little appears to have changed. Even [...]

    8. At the beginning of this novel, a client offers Alex Benedict a number of items that once belonged to a physicist named Christopher Robin. Robin worked on the fringes of science, concerned particularly with the existence of alternate realities, and the possibility of travel between them. But he's almost more famous for having vanished without trace on the night before a disastrous earthquake. Alex, of course, cannot resist a mystery, and newly generated public interest is likely to raise the val [...]

    9. FBC Mini Review:Since I have read A Talent for War in the early 90's I have been a big Jack McDevitt fan and his subsequent novels mostly worked out very well for me with the Academy series being a huge highlight opened by the superb The Engines of God which alongside A Talent for War still ranks in my highly recommended list of A++ sf novels.Here are the opening lines of A Talent for War that made my list of memorable first lines and note the mystery and sense of history they exude:THE AIR WAS [...]

    10. ‘Firebird’ by Jack McDevitt starts in much the same way most ‘Alex Benedict’ novels do. Alex and his assistant, Chase Kolpath, come into possession of some artefacts and prepare to sell them. Alex Benedict is no ordinary antiquities dealer, however. He has an insatiable curiosity and he’s a salesman. While investigating the estate of the renowned physicist Chris Robin, Alex stirs up the mystery surrounding the man’s disappearance. This has two predictable effects. One, the price of t [...]

    11. I've been looking at other user reviews, and I'm afraid I have to cast a dissenting vote on Jack McDevitt's Firebird. I thought, based on the jacket blurb, this novel would deliver some hard science fiction, but the science wasn't there and the fiction was below average.Firebird opens with an interstellar ship inexplicably failing to arrive at its destination, then introduces the mysterious disappearance of a physicist who had been researching the disappearance of other interstellar ships and w [...]

    12. Firebird is the sixth novel in what is called "The Alex Benedict Series" by Jack McDevitt. This isn't strictly speaking a series as the story doesn't really move forward from one novel to another. However, they are sequential and therefore it is best to read them in order. Each book is a mystery and can be read independently if the reader prefers, but there are references in each book to previous novels and Alex's celebrity increases as his career advances.Alex Benedict is an antiquities dealer [...]

    13. I never thought I'd rate a book by Jack McDevitt this low. (Okay. Time Travelers Never Die was a real dog.) I don't like the Alex Benedict books nearly as much as the Priscilla Hutchins series, but that aside, Firebird was still kind of a mess. There are two stories in this plot: one is the mystery of space ships appearing and then disappearing without warning; the other deals with the question of whether AIs are sentient. The two are barely related to one another--the AI thing arises as Benedic [...]

    14. I'm abandoning this one, about a third of the way in. Nothing much has happened, which makes for really dull reading. Plus I don't like Alex Benedict.This is one of the three weakest McDevitts I've read (or attempted). All three of these are Alex Benedict books. A pattern emerges OK, slow learner. I like McDevitt, especially the Academy/Priscilla Hutchins books, but not this series.

    15. Firebird, the sixth outing of Alex Benedict and his partner/starship pilot Chase Kolpath, is probably on of the best novels Jack McDevitt has written. The Alex Benedict novels are always entertaining, and for those out there who are not familiar with them, think Indiana Jones meets Sherlock Holmes in Star Trek (although with less action). Benedict is an antiquities dealer in the far, far future—14 000 years far future—that ends up investigating some sort of mystery surrounding an artifact th [...]

    16. I'm not a hard-core sci-fi fan but I do love stories about the future, time travel and parallel universes :) This book has several of those componentsAlex and Chase work together in the FAR future - some nine thousand years from now, Alex makes a profit getting buyers and sellers of rare artifacts together. Sometimes he finds, and sells, his own treasures. His detractors, especially the archeologists, call him a tomb robber. The name-calling, and attacks on his integrity, can be a little hard to [...]

    17. I got a little scared reading "Firebird" by Jack McDevitt. Nothing serious but I had the feeling the author was winding up the series. Luckily he left it open. I breathed a sigh of relief. I thought I was going to hate this book because it started out almost the same as "Polaris" and I said to myself, "Oh no! He's run out of ideas so he's recycling old ones!" but he eventually pulled out of that near-miss collision and wound up with a pretty good book.The story: a famous physicist, Dr. Chris Rob [...]

    18. The Alex Benedict novels are typically lighter than McDevitt's Priscilla Hutchins series, but this sixth novel in the Benedict series holds its own. Two major plots focus on whether artificial intelligences (AI) deserve to be treated as sentient, autonomous beings; and what could account for a variety of 'Flying Dutchman'-type sighting of mysterious ships across several thousand years of future history. The AI plot gives McDevitt a chance to explore the theme of how a society comes (slowly) to r [...]

    19. I love McDevitt's storytelling. Only one more book in this forever unfinished series.Narration was well done.

    20. second read - 3 November 2017 ***1/2This is #6 of Jack McDevitt’S Alex Benedict series, of which I have read #1 through #6. In fact, I just re-read it, because reviews of Coming Home seem to indicate that it will launch from some plot threads not fully resolved in Firebird. Here's the chronology:#1 A Talent for War (1989)#2 Polaris (2004)#3 Seeker (2005)#4 The Devil’s Eye (2008)#5 Echo (2010)#6 Firebird (2011)#7 Coming Home (2014)I noticed again how many details of the social culture of the [...]

    21. Not much time to do a review but I wanted to say that this one gets a range from me. That is it is somewhere between 3.90 and 4.20. Can't quite make up my mind. The writing is good: good descriptions, well done action scenes, great characters. There isn't a lot violence type of action but it isn't needed in this type of story. I think McDevitt could get into his characters' minds and hearts more especially in danger scenes but still the mystery is a good one. The hints and clues that show up at [...]

    22. It was very well written. Most of the references to history were also not all from 15th-20th century, but from some other future history which I liked a lot. He has a lot of imagination. I want to read now all the other Alex Benedict books as well, though at first I thought it is not my cup of tea. Much more my taste even than Priscilla Hutchins series unexpectedly. :)

    23. This book, like the last one in the series, takes a little different direction. We do get a mystery from the past to investigate, but there is less of the treasure hunter vibe to this book. We do get a good look at the culture and technology of Rimway. Its a good addition to the series.

    24. Magnificent The previous book was a disappointment, but this one returns to top rating. Very good, enjoyed it from the start to the end.

    25. Starts slow, great finishI almost gave it up until about a third of the way through, when the pace and storylines picked up. Well worth the initial slog.

    26. Better than the last Alex Benedict novel, Echo. Firebird, by Jack McDevitt, hits all the right notes in this sixth book of the series.Chase Kolpath and Alex Benedict, antiquities dealers of a sort in the far future, come in to the belongings of a scientist that studied fringe topics and disappeared one day shortly before a terrible earthquake. That disappearance lead some to believe a conspiracy surrounds his death/disappearance. Alex decides to stir up the mysteries surrounding the scientist to [...]

    27. Firebird is volume six of Jack McDevitt’s “Alex Benedict” series of archeological mysteries in a Science Fiction setting, a series that found its formula in its second volume and has stuck to it very closely since then. This novel, too, chugs along smoothly and comfortably along the rails laid down by previous volumes in the series - some things, however, are different this time round, and if Firebird doesn’t exactly deviate from the established formula it does expand on it somewhat.This [...]

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