The Devil's Eye (Alex Benedict Series #4)

The Devil's Eye (Alex Benedict Series #4)

by Jack McDevitt

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Overview

Interstellar antiquities dealer Alex Benedict and his assistant Chase Kolpath travel to the most remote of human worlds and uncover a secret connected to a decades-old political upheaval-a secret that somebody desperately wants hidden.

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ISBN-13: 9780441017850
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/27/2009
Series: Alex Benedict Series , #4
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 367,044
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

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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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Devil's Eye (Alex Benedict Series #4) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 37 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In the far future, famous horror writer Vicki Greene leaves a message of despair with antiquities dealer Alex Benedict. Soon after dispatching her note, Vicki has her memory expunged.--------------- Alex and his pilot companion Chase Kolpath follow a series of clues that take them 36 light years away to the rimway of the galaxy. Apparently Vicki was conducting research there for her next novel. Something or someone panicked her. Soon after arrival at the edge of nowhere Alex and Chase are harangued by officials who want them to leave or else. The pair begins to unravel a pandemic crisis threatening Salud Afar, but are swept aside by government officials and bureaucrats and it seems too late to safely evacuate the residents.----------------- The latest Alex Benedict futuristic science fiction novel (see SEEKER) is a superb action thriller that focuses on how central governments act and react to internal emergency crisis especially concealing critical information. The story line is fast-paced with a deep cautionary message that those in charge will choose to save face not people. With a nod to the Bush response to Katrina, fans will relish this strong exhilarating thriller in which the spin does not just supersede the need, it is the need as far as those in charge are concerned. This is the genre at its extrapolating best.---------- Harriet Klausner
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Isamoor on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Dec11:Probably my least favorite.Characters: At least the horror writer was a good addition. As was the president. And the aliens.Plot: By far the weakest of all the Alex books for me. The twist is quickly over and then it's just a long slog through the consequences.Style: Same as before, but married with a weaker plot.
nbmars on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In the past I have liked SciFi author Jack McDevitt enough to keep on the alert for his new books, but this one was a disappointment.There are two main plots intertwining in this episode of what I call "The Amazing Adventures of the Renowned Antiquities Expert Alex Benedict and His Assistant, The Girl Wonder (and Navigator) Chase Kolpath." One plot concerns the suspicion and hostility between the humans and the other major sentient species in the Universe: The Ashyyur, or Mutes as they are called by humans. The Mutes, great big insect-resembling creatures, are telepathic and so have no need to speak. They are able to communicate with humans by using voice boxes but it is an imperfect system. Moreover, humans resent the invasion of their private thoughts by Mutes, and their ability to know other humans far better than humans could ever know each other. This particular plot line had a lot of possibilities, but was largely glossed over. (For a terrific look at the repercussions when one group can read minds and one group can¿t, I recommend The Chaos Walking Series by Patrick Ness, which includes The Knife of Never Letting Go, The Ask and The Answer, and the forthcoming Monsters of Men.)The second plot line is the investigation into the mysterious message left for Alex by horror writer Vicki Greene, right after she left Alex a large sum of money, and right before she had her memory wiped, virtually ending her life as Vicki Greene. To get to the bottom of the message, Alex and Chase travel to the far off world of Salud Afar, Vicki's last known location. On this planet, there are few stars at night, except for the hazy rim of the Milky Way; the far off planet Sophora; and the bright but vastly distant supergiant Callistra, also known as The Devil's Eye. The Devil¿s Eye has great symbolic importance on Salud Afar.While trying to solve the mystery, Alex and Chase have their lives endangered and become involved in a political can of worms when they discover Vicki¿s secret and why she chose to erase all her memories. Unlike the first plot line, this second plot line wasn¿t neglected, except by the Editor. It dragged on interminably, and seemed full of extraneous political machinations of the kind that Asimov or Herbert knew how to make relevant but McDevitt hasn¿t mastered. I was ready to be done with this book long before the author.Evaluation: This book is okay, but probably more interesting for those who are already fans of the Alex and Chase series than for new readers. Message to McDevitt: unless you're being paid by the word, try to keep in mind that "brevity is the soul of wit."
gregandlarry on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I still think Chase is the star of this series.
aprillee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Well-known antiquities dealer, Alex Benedict, gets a mysterious message from popular horror writer, Vicki Greene, a woman he has never met before. She asks for his help, but by the time Alex and his assistant, Chase Kolpath, track her down, they find she has undergone a mind-wipe and is no longer the person she was. Before the mind-wipe, she had transferred a large amount of money into Alex's account.He feels an obligation to find out what happened to Vicki Greene. They trace her footsteps on a distant planet she had recently visited. Salud Afar is so far beyond the galaxy the night sky is devoid of stars, save for one vastly distant star that is sometimes called The Devil's Eye.The travelogue of the sites and history and people of Salud Afar is interesting and not without adventure and excitement between the sight-seeing. The mystery is solved around two-thirds through the book and what remains is a planet-shattering secret that, when revealed, will affect the human Confederacy as well as the worlds of the insectoid, mind-reading Mutes, as the two space-faring civilizations inch closer and closer to war.The last part is full of missions and diplomacy and politics and PR, with huge stakes, as well as action and suspense. It seemed like a very different kind of story than the first part, but it ultimately all hung together and had a satisfying conclusion.
CGAux26 More than 1 year ago
McDevitt brings multiple storylines (some spanning several of the Alex Benedict novels) to a great conclusion. The near disaster of the gamma ray burst, the resolution of the long-running feud with the Mutes, and Chase Molpath's critical part in it all. Thoroughly enjoyable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For whatever reason, this novel seemed to lack the creativity of the previous Chase & Alex stories. The creative juices weren't flowing and I had to force myself to finish the book. *Spoiler: Anothe great discovery is made, then the book nosedives as our duo saves the world, literally, complete with The Mutes tagging along. I guess what frustrated me here is that the series' realism seemed chucked out the window in favor of a nicely-wrapped conventional plot line.
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Really love these novels, Devil's Eye is a great scifi novel and Alex and Chase are always good to return to for a reading.
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Another great book in a great series!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
More of Alex and Chase. Starts slow, like they all do. Especially liked the interaction between the Confederacy and the Mutes. All in all, a ggod story well worth reading!
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