Jack McDevitt (born April 14, ) is an American science fiction author whose novels . (): Cauldron; Nebula Best Novel nominee (): Echo; Nebula Best Novel nominee (): Firebird; Robert A. Heinlein Award winner (). Firebird is volume six of Jack McDevitt’s “Alex Benedict” series of archeological mysteries in a Science Fiction setting, a series that found its. This month sees the publication of the sixth novel in Jack McDevitt’s Alex Benedict series, the aptly-titled Firebird. Like its predecessors, from A.

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A new Alex Benedict novel from “a master of describing otherworldly grandeur. 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 mcrevitt the unknown puts Benedict and Kolpath in danger Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want mcdsvitt read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem.

Return to Book Page. Preview — Firebird by Jack McDevitt. Alex Benedict and Chase Kolpath discover that Robin had several A new Alex Benedict novel from “a master of describing otherworldly grandeur. Hardcoverpages.

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To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Firebirdplease sign up. I’ve read McDevitt but not the Alex Benedict series. Just picked up Firebird Thanks for any assistance!

Scott There is an overarching continuity but the main stories are complete in each volume. I accidentally started with the mcevitt book, myself. That said, …more There is an overarching continuity but the main stories are complete in each volume. That said, you should read this one before you read Coming Home. See 1 question about Firebird…. Lists with This Book. Huge ideas, terrific misdirection, and nobody writes a satisfying fireebird like McDevitt.

Mar 25, Bradley rated it fireibrd liked it Shelves: 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, jacm 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 But a pattern to missing spaceships?

Well, now, there’s something that people need to take seriously, and Alex does, and again he’s proven right. I cannot say how much I approve of Chase being the narrator. Without her, these books might be pretty unbearable.

BUT, on the other hand, this novel is pretty much riding on the coattails of the previous books in the series, relying on the things we already know to carry the firevird, and I’m not complaining.


It just proves that the fans are respected. But what about the subplot? Well this one was pretty cool. I think the AI’s firfbird a really good case against humanity when it comes to criminal negligence.

Still, the resolution gives me a happy glow. Nov 16, Erin rated it it was amazing. 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.

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Antiquarian Alex Benedict and his assistant Chase Kolpath find themselves in the center of a scientific mystery that has put uncounted lives at risk over thousands of years, bringing them face-to-face with impossible relics from the past.

For diehard Alex Benedict fans, Firebird maintains the elements of suspense, intrigue, history, and exploration that are staples of the series. However, Firebird goes a step further, incorporating topical social and ethical issues that have been lingering on the edge mcdevift the previous novels without getting much attention—until now.

This development creates potential for their relationship to deepen in the future. They are a natural fit in every sense of the word, and Firebrd deftly creates a subtle sense of expectation in Firebird that will leave readers waiting jaco Alex and Chase to discover what we already know—they are perfect for each other. Mcdevity question is, will they ever get together? Whatever happens you can be sure that their relationship will be the spice on top of a superbly told story about a clever antiquarian and his savvy assistant.

With his fiction set thousands of years into the future, McDevitt makes future mcdeviyt seem like everyday technology. Even jaxk, he never stops the action to admire the fabulous ideas and plots that fill his novels. Firebird mack full of intriguing plots about missing spaceships and abandoned planets that will keep readers turning the page to see what happens next.

As a non-scientist reading Firebird, I found the physics well explained, leaving out all of the technical jargon and theories that would have bogged down the story in difficult to parse exposition. At no point will you find yourself wishing for more technical detail nor will you find yourself struggling to keep up with Alex and Chase as they sort through the clues and possibilities surrounding each new mystery.

Instead, McDevitt keeps us focused on the characters through exciting new twists and turns that take us closer to understanding what Robin was up to and what really happened on the night he disappeared. One of the most interesting developments in Firebird, if not in the entire series, is the idea that the AIs might be sentient lifeforms. Over the last few books, it has been increasingly apparent that AIs act, respond, and feel like living beings.

Science fiction and mystery fans are sure to love Firebird. However, I can guarantee you that once you finish Firebird, you will find yourself searching for the earlier books—all jaxk which I jqck recommend. Dec 04, D. Morrese rated it it was amazing. This is the sixth Alex Benedict Novel. This one is no exception. 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. Present a hopeful and believa This is the sixth Alex Benedict Novel.


Unfortunately much of the recent trend, at ifrebird in traditionally published science fiction, has been to move to the dark side with apocalyptic tales often featuring vampires, zombies, demons, or angels. Such firegird seem to try to shock the reader with graphic accounts of violence or mcxevitt rather than entertain them or prompt them to think.

Fortunately Jack McDevitt does not follow this trend. His stories are more reminiscent of the golden age of science fiction e. Asimov, Clarke, and Heinlein. The most obvious are: Can artificial intelligences be sentient? Do they have rights? Or to put it in more mystical religious rirebird, can machines have souls?

I like the characters. A case in point is the central character. But he is also a man of high intelligence and integrity.

When he feels something is right, he puts his effort, his money and his reputation on the line to support it. You get that with these books. The setting is about 9, years in our future and we see that humanity is exploring the galaxy and is thriving.

Many have been totally forgotten.

From this broad perspective, we can see that these are footnotes to human history, not the drivers of it. I also like the positive image of mankind in general that it presents. Chase silently acknowledges these facts but reminds us that, despite these things, humanity has progressed both technologically and culturally.

In another scene when resources are needed to mount a risky rescue mission, Chase has little trouble finding volunteers willing to spend their time and even risk their lives to nack it.

Sorry for the lack of details but I want to avoid spoilers. Not much really but there is one thing that seems anomalous about the setting.

The human culture 9, years in the future almost feels old fashioned. There have been obvious technological advances. There are starships capable of superluminal flight. People have much longer life spans. But there is also a mildly sexist attitude exhibited in some of the character interactions.

Firebird (Alex Benedict, #6) by Jack McDevitt

The religious mvdevitt of today are also shown to survive with seemingly little change. One would think that the distant future would be a little more different given how much such things have changed in the previous 9, years. I enjoyed the book. It kept me reading until very late at night.