Cauldron (Priscilla

Cauldron (Priscilla "Hutch" Hutchins Series #6)

by Jack McDevitt

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Chosen as One of the Five Best SF Novels of the Year by Library Journal.

When a young physicist unveils an efficient star drive capable of reaching the core of the galaxy, veteran star pilot Priscilla 'Hutch' Hutchins finds herself back in the deepest reaches of space, and on the verge of discovering the origins of the deadly omega clouds that continue to haunt her.

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ISBN-13: 9780441016501
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/28/2008
Series: Priscilla "Hutch" Hutchins Series , #6
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 368,253
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

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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Cauldron (Priscilla "Hutch" Hutchins Series #6) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
lithicbee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was much better than the previous one in the series, Odyssey, but at this point in the series, McDevitt's focus on the small details of interpersonal relationships and politics means that there is no time to focus on the exploration and amazing occurrences that I personally was hoping for. There are hints of amazing landscapes, impossible physics, alien life, extinct civilizations, but only that, and then only in the last third of the book. The book kept me reading at a quick pace to find out what happens next, but was never as fulfilling as I hoped.
harroldsheep on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Simply awful. The whole five books based on the omega clouds and he ends it (in just 60 pages, mind you) by calling the highly-advanced malevolent alien "Frank"??? I was hoping thing would get better as I got more into the book, but they just got worse. In his amazing universe of ours, you know how he kills off one of his main characters? By falling down a flight of stairs.
thkey on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Too many diversions, too much time getting to the point. The main alien intelligence bit was predictable. The book was somewhat reminiscent of Fred Hoyle's Black Cloud, just twice as long and half as good. I'm afraid it ended up being a bit of a drag but, for its size, was a mercifully quick read.
BrowncoatLibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"Cauldron," Jack McDevitt's last installment of the Priscilla Hutchins series of novels, is a double-edged sword. Fans of the series were doubtlessly saddened that this would be the last. Yet, at the same time, it is far from a weak finish.The world that fans of the series grew to love is, sadly, over. The Academy is gone, and humanity has regressed to narrow-minded isolationism, despite the looming question - and one that occupied several books - of what drives the dreaded Omega Clouds. It's a bleak future, turning even the once vivacious Priscilla Hutchins into a morose, subdued version of herself. But things change when a largely-unregarded invention is perfected: a new stardrive that puts the core of the galaxy, the source of the omegas, within reach. And so, with Hutchins as a semi-reluctant leader, a private expedition sets out for the cauldron of the core to find out, once and for all, the story of the omegas.Fans of the series will have a difficult time relating to the Hutch of Cauldron, and with good reason: she's quite unlike herself. Her usually energetic, "can-do" spirit is largely packed away, buried under cynicism and, probably, angst at the demolition of the superluminal exploration effort. Compounding the issue is an usually long and dry exposition. McDevitt books usually start a little slow but manage to catch their gear within 100 pages or so. Cauldron has an atypically slow start, needing about 150 pages to warm up to a canter, and doesn't hit a gallop until the last third of the book. However, the reader that forgives a slow start is treated with a story well worthy of the master that McDevitt has become. Cauldron is a look not only into the galaxy's core, but the core of the character that has driven a series of books, and an unforgiving look at that. Questions are answered, some of which have been with regular readers for several books.Cauldron, although unusual for a Hutch book, is nevertheless an excellent read, and a must for fans of the series.-BrowncoatLibrarian
closedmouth on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
(Reviewed February 18, 2009)This is the last book of his that I will read. Although it is a return to form of sorts, it's still weighted down by the many failings of the author and his style. This time he spends much too long setting up the new engines, which you know from the start will work. There is no tension, mostly just frustration when the damn things apparently don't work the first couple of times. Just get on with it. And then when the plot finally gets underway, he seems to lose interest, and rushes through the last half of the book. This was compounded thoroughly today when I read the first chapter of Reynolds's House of Suns. Oh my goodness, the difference is extraordinary. Jack, put down the hammer.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
a great book which like so many of his works is a gem and will keep you reading to the end.
Scotman55 More than 1 year ago
Cauldron – ** Spoilers ** I have found McDevitt’s stories strangely compelling, despite the many throwaway characters and the only stable person, Hutch, at times making incredible decisions in her life, you just have to slap your forehead and ask why. Why? Because I like space adventure and a great female lead. After reading the Hutchins’ series of novels, I had to read Cauldron. The Cauldron is a place at the center of our galaxy that the omega clouds come from – strange machines, light-years wide, that destroy anything at right angles, i.e. buildings. After a confrontation with one at the start of the story, we first get an update on what has been happening with Hutchins. That’s fine, but the domestic stuff goes on and on way more than necessary. I want to get to the good stuff. Faster than light travel is about to be trumped by a new drive that may save the space program, as more humans want to forget about space exploration and stay on planet Earth. This of course is a criticism of the same things now with NASA. We have not been on the Moon in decades and unmanned probes have taken the place of manned missions. (Frankly I thought I’d be on Mars Station by this time!). But I digress. After a half a book of handwringing we finally make it back in space: an ex-pilot cum real estate agent who gets to go back in space, a man who invented the new space drive and wants to take some ships out for a spin and Hutchins, who had sworn never to do deep space exploration but what the heck, just this one more time. Yeowza. Spaces and Places: The Chindi – we find where it finally came from, but unfortunately the planet they discover is a 20th century technology of frumpy aliens who live a very long time. The A.I. on board, trying to translate their language confuses physics with physical. Hey, it happens. The Omega – we find it possessed by an entity who, as one reviewer mentioned, is similar to the alien God in the film Star Trek V. Trek fans take note. Sigma – hey, cool planet with lizards that blend into snow. I liked it! Bottom Line: Overall enjoyable. I liked how the new Earth looks, what global warming has finally done, and Hutchins’ new love life and family. I enjoyed ex-pilot Mike’s exploration back into the unknown and that he no longer felt archaic. And finally liked how new inventions still often meet with opposition – nice tension there. If you followed the novels from the first, you may be disappointed. But the book stands on its own. Recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The 6th book in the Priscilla "Hutch" Hutchins series has finally answer the question of the Omega Clouds that has been traveling to other planets just to see whatever has been living there to be wipeout. Only the way, they lose a member of the team as well. You have to read this series ending book.
RichardWA More than 1 year ago
It was an enjoyable quick read and most likely the the final book in the "Hutch" series.
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