Deepsix (Priscilla

Deepsix (Priscilla "Hutch" Hutchins Series #2)

by Jack McDevitt

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Overview

In the year 2204, tragedy and terror forced a scientific team to prematurely evacuate Maleiva III. Nineteen years later, a rogue moon hurtling through space is about to obliterate the last opportunity to study this rare, life-supporting planet. With less than three weeks left before the disaster, superluminal pilot Priscilla "Hutch" Hutchins — the only even remotely qualified professional within lightyears of the ill-fated planet — must lead a small scientific team to the surface to glean whatever they can about its lifeforms and lost civilizations before time runs out. But catastrophe awaits when they are stranded on this strange and complex world of puzzles and impossibilities. And now Hutch and her people must somehow survive on a hostile world going rapidly mad — as the clock ticks toward apocalypse for a doomed enigma now called...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061020063
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/08/2002
Series: Priscilla "Hutch" Hutchins Series , #2
Pages: 528
Sales rank: 286,609
Product dimensions: 4.19(w) x 6.75(h) x 1.32(d)

About the Author

Jack McDevitt is the author of A Talent for War, The Engines of God, Ancient Shores, Eternity Road, Moonfall, and numerous prize-winning short stories. He has served as an officer in the U.S. Navy, taught English and literature, and worked for the U.S. Customs Service in North Dakota and Georgia.

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Deepsix 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
St_e_ve More than 1 year ago
How do you take a great story by Jack McDevitt and completely ruin it? Simple: Let Harper Collins scan it, OCR it, and turn it into an ebook without checking for errors. The misspellings, inaccurate or misplaced punctuation marks and quotations, and words shifting from straight to italics and back, throughout the novel, are too numerous to count, and totally distracting from enjoying an otherwise great story. And should I mention that THE ENDING IS MISSING? No kidding... the last chapter ends in the middle of an incomplete sentence. Don't spend your money on this... and in fact, if you're looking at any Harper Collins books, I'd put 'em back, and save yourself a stroke in anger. B&N: I want my money back. You ought to be ashamed for letting drek like this pass through your system!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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tajohnson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What can I say but classic Jack McDevitt. If you enjoy this author you will enjoy this story. The story was more about a space survival and rescue story told with a mystery of an alien civilization.
closedmouth on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
(Reviewed October 16, 2008)This is probably the most ludicrous book I've ever read. McDevitt outdoes Matthew Reilly in ridiculous plot turns and impossible feats of physicality and engineering. It's fun, though, you can be sure of that. And his skill for creating an atmosphere of discovery manages to shine through once again. Too bad about the characters, though. Gregory Macallister has to be the most blatant strawman I have ever seen, it's almost embarrassing to read. Oh well. Same pros, same cons. Still a good book.
lithicbee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was more than a little similar to the events in The Engines of God (the part where they have to flee Quraqua before it is destroyed, mixed with the part where they land on Beta Pacifica) but if you can look past that, it is still quite a thrilling ride. Hutch once again lands on an alien planet that is about to be destroyed, and where the wildlife is intelligent and malevolent. Things go wrong and she and her team are stranded on the surface. The book is a race: will they get off the planet before it is destroyed? Along the way, there are a lot of tantalizing hints about the alien race(s?) that lived on this planet at some point. Hopefully the next book in the series, Chindi, will have a somewhat different plot.
SaintBrevity on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A predecessor to Chindi, this book is half sci fi adventure quest and half engineering porn. Part of the "Indiana Jones in space, no Nazis" series which, despite the pithy description, is worth the reader's time, this book follows a group of scientists on a planet that is a few days away from collision with a gas giant--a desperate situation, and worsening quickly.These books are especially good because while the science aspect of the story is excellently done, the character interactions and dynamics are absolutely top notch.A couple of annoying characters lowered the rating, which is probably petty on my part; they're well written, I just didn't like them. There are references to the previous book in this series, but only in passing, and it doesn't detract from the story (I'm apparently dead set on reading this series in reverse order).
kp9949 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Great story. Priscilla Hutch returns. This time on a mission to Maleiva III, a planet on a collision course with another. Her team has 3 weeks to discover whatever they can about the civilization that once ruled. Of course, disaster strikes and the team must try to survive while a rescue is mounted. This author writes great sci-fi.
MorHavok on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Deepsix follows Hutch as she is thrown onto a dying planet. Like McDevitt's previous novels this book is wholly engrossing. The mix of xenoarcheology, lost civilizations, human conflicts makes this an exciting read. My only problems are that it¿s annoying how things always go wrong in a cliché way. You always feel like things will get better for at least the main character, which kills a lot of the suspense the reader should feel. McDevitt's ingenuity with science fiction and fact has created a series of books that I can¿t help but reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jack McDevitt's works are always good, and this one is great. A grand adventure, yet also people centric. Bravo! Always fun to read about 'Hutch' and her life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent writing.
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Shil_Andrachis More than 1 year ago
I received this book as a gift and it sat on my shelf for about a year before I got around to reading it. I'd never heard of the author and it just didn't look interesting. Boy was I wrong. McDevitt is now one of my favorite authors and this is one of his best books. It doesn't have rampaging alien hoards or anything like that. It mixes an interesting sci-fi premise (two planets colliding) with a tried and true tale of a stranded group of people trying to find a way off the planet. McDevitt develops the characters in great depth and variety, from the cable news inspired pundit everyone loves to hate to a fearful scientist in need of redemption. I couldn't put this book down and it drew me into the entire series. Thankfully, you don't need to read the preceding books to understand this one, as it stands completely on its own. I would highly recommend this book to anyone in search of an interesting read.
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