Polaris (Alex Benedict Series #2)

Polaris (Alex Benedict Series #2)

by Jack McDevitt

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Overview

Jack McDevitt brings back the daring Alex Benedict from A Talent for War, thrusting him into a far-future tale of mystery and suspense that will lead the prominent antiquities dealer to the truth about an abandoned space yacht called the Polaris.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780441012534
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/25/2005
Series: Alex Benedict Series , #2
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 418,415
Product dimensions: 4.14(w) x 6.79(h) x 1.06(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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Polaris (Alex Benedict Series #2) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 40 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the book but the actual format is very odd. Every paragraph has a line after it so that by the end of a page you really are missing a third to a quarter of the page. This is not a 350 page book but more like 225 or so. I found it very annoying to read like this. Extending a book by padding it is not cool. I normally get a sample first but I enjoyed the first alex benedict book enough to just buy this one. This is not a decision by the author but a publisher decision. Do not reward publishers by accepting this.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Of all the science fiction authors I've read, McDevitt creates the best worlds. He creates worlds that cry out for expansion because they are so good. Polaris is no exception, McDevitt's storytelling totally immerses you. But, McDevitt's execution of the worlds is lacking. Not that he is bad, but you can't help but feeling that if another author was asked to make a story around the environment McDevitt created, it would be one of the best books ever. Polaris has a plot twist that is predictable and an ending is unoriginal. It is definitely a must read for science fiction fans, you just won't consider this book worth re-reading.
SaintBrevity on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
One sentence: decent mystery type book marred by not so decent POV choice and characterization.A sequel to A Talent For War, this book stars the same characters, but where the previous book was first person POV from the artifact dealer, this book is first person from his assistant, the accomplished space pilot that also apparently has to flirt with all men and compare herself to all women. Somewhat irritating, especially because other books by Jack McDevitt start competent females and they're better fleshed out as characters.I also worked out most of the mystery about halfway through the book (though I wasn't certain), which disappoints me.
Isamoor on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Nov11:Characters: The leads are better fleshed out this time. The targets under investigation are fewer and can really be better understood. Still, it's not entirely a character driven story.Plot: Quite the fun one actually. The twist is pretty easy to see coming, but I missed some of the ramifications.Style: Much smoother than the prior. But still mostly exploration with a touch of action.
ceart99 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I had heard this author mentioned as the heir to Asimov's writing style. I think the description fits. I will be giving his other books a look as well.
plappen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Set in the far future, the spaceship Polaris takes a group of rich passengers thousands of light years away to watch the destruction of a sun by another star. The ship never returns. The nearest rescue ship reaches it six days later to find the ship undamaged, but drifting...and deserted. The destruction of the sun wiped out any planets or moons that could have sheltered the ship's passengers.Nearly sixty years later, the ship has become a legend. The fate of the crew has been the subject of books, TV documentaries and even a yearly convention, which brings forth all sorts of theories. Antiquities dealer Alex Benedict, and his assistant, Chase Kolpath, manage to acquire a few personal items that came from the ship, for their rich clients, just before the rest of the collection is destroyed in a mysterious explosion. The clients report visits from equally mysterious people who want to buy the items for astronomical sums of money. A couple of high-tech assassination attempts convince Alex and Chase that this is not just another rich collector at work. Someone is looking for something among the Polaris items, and that someone knows just what happened to its passengers.As Alex and Chase get closer to the truth, it becomes clear that everything revolves around a scientific breakthrough made by one of the passengers. A method had been found to not just stop the aging process, but actually reverse it. At minimum, this would force radical changes on humanity, including, for instance, a near ban on any new births.This is another well-done piece of writing from McDevitt. It is nice and thought-provoking, along with being a really good mystery.
djgreg40 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Entertaining Sci-Fi mystery. Great story but I had hoped the ending would have gone another direction. Easy writing style makes for a good read.
geertwissink on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Just read Polaris and the Seeker just after it ... did find his last book The Seeker more interesting. Polaris is entertaining, but the plot is quite easy to see through.
clong on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another solid and entertaining read from McDevitt. Alex Benedict and Chase Kolpath are an engaging detective duo, and McDevitt has set up an intriguing "locked room" mystery for them to solve. The pace moves quickly, with an effective alternation of action, exploration and contemplation. Don't expect anything profound, although McDevitt does manage to raise some reasonably interesting issues about the potential impact of longevity advances and different variations on FTL travel. Like much of McDevitt¿s work, this is set in a far future in which mankind has settled distant stars and seen a series of long lived interstellar political entities rise and fall and be almost forgotten. I enjoyed the concept that people both famous and not so famous would build VR ¿avatars¿ that are available on demand for future generations to chat with about whatever strikes their fancy. The solution to the mystery (which I figured out about halfway through the book) was a bit gimmicky, but this book is more about the journey to the answer than the answer itself.
SatansParakeet on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A basic crime novel set in the far future. The foolhardiness and intelligence of the main characters makes one wonder whether they are idiots or the geniuses others see them as. Still, it's an enjoyable romp through space written in a gripping way. There's just not much that makes the book stand out from the usual sci-fi schlock.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was always a fan of fantasy writing but Mcdevitt has pulled me into science fiction inthe best possible way. Humans in outer space adventures rather than robots creates an empathy towards their adventures.
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Kerry_Nietz More than 1 year ago
I read and enjoyed the first book in this series, “A Talent for War,” so I knew it was only a matter of time before I got to the second book. At this point Jack McDevitt is a consistent go-to storyteller for me. If I’m in the mood for a good sci-fi story and there’s nothing else that sparks my interest, I’ll see what book of Jack’s I haven’t read yet. Some stories are better than others, but he rarely disappoints. At first I was surprised by “Polaris.” The narrator was Alex Benedict’s assistant, Chase. I was sure that it was Alex in the first book so I had to check—sure enough, it was. Not sure why the author felt the need to make that change, but it works since she seems to be the more action-oriented of the two. (And apparently, she is the narrator for the rest of the books.) Frankly, she’s almost a daredevil. But action isn’t what drives this story. Like the first book, “Polaris” is all about solving the mystery of a lost crew. As a mystery set in a science fiction universe, I think it works fairly well. It wasn’t a quick read for me—I read it over the course of weeks—but it was an easy book to drop back into after an absence. I would’ve liked a bit more tension on the characters earlier in the narrative. The mystery is interesting, but there is no pressing reason it needs to be solved. It has presumably been a mystery for decades. Only the characters’ curiosity (and our own) keeps the pages turning. That said, I liked the resolution quite a bit. I thought the last forty pages or so were worth the lead up. This one touches on deeper issues than the first book--ponderable questions—and I liked that. Is it my favorite McDevitt book? No. But it is worth the price of admission. A solid addition to his library.
DFY More than 1 year ago
It's a mystery. No, it's a scifi story. No it's both. A great read.
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