Jack McDevitt is a skilled but uneven storyteller. His best work is found in his series of novels featuring Priscilla Hutchins. While the Hutchins series tends to be . The luxury space yacht Polaris carried an elite group of the wealthy and curious thousands of light-years from Earth to witness a spectacular stellar phenomenon . Minor Spoiler Alert! Polaris is second of Jack McDevitt’s series of novels about Alex Benedict and Chase Kolpath – and it is probably the best of.

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To survive, humanity founds the Circuit, a string of colonies across the solar system, dedicated to mining resources vital to preserving what remains of mankind. POLARIS is a locked-room mystery polarie this case, a locked spaceshipmarred by long dull stretches, stupid-character gimmicks, a really stupid denouement, and an astonishingly clumsy twist ending which is sequel-ready.

Quite enjoyable and I’ll be looking for the next in the series.

POLARIS by Jack McDevitt | Kirkus Reviews

Alex and Chase try to solve a mystery when suddenly everyone seems to be trying to kill them. Polaris is second of Jack McDevitt’s series of novels about Alex Benedict and Chase Kolpath – and it is probably the best of the group. Their pilot was a beautiful middle-aged flier who had her own following of lovers and wannabes, a very romantic and heroic figure.

I’ve been reading Jack McDevitt books like candy lately, but sadly Polaris did not work for me. However, the following passage, used to make an unrelated point about overpopulation, completely contradicts the characters’ ability to travel so readily, as how can hundreds of millions of people live throughout the star system if there are so few ships available to transport them between worlds?

There are multiple problems here. Searching for clues about the Monument-Makers, teams of 23rd century linguists, historians, engineers and archaeologists have been excavating the enigmatic alien ruins on a number of planets, uncovering strange, massive false cities made of solid rock. Naturally, they must travel frequently throughout the galaxy and they do so in style with a vessel named the Belle-Marie. I finished it, but barely, and only by skimming the dull parts.


Technology that will allow the country that controls it to dominate the globe. A scientist discovers the secret to immortality. Joe Colsco boarded a polwris from San Francisco to Chicago to attend a national chemistry meeting. If you enjoy laid-back science-fiction mysteries, this novel might work for you.

The real problem turns out to be not how the mass disappearance was polarris but the tangled motives behind it. Ratings and Reviews 1 11 star ratings 1 reviews. However, once the explosion had passed and the ships were returning to Rimway, Polaristhe ncdevitt of the group to announce departure, went silent.

At the end of the book, Chase is the one who speaks up and tries to change everything. Years ago the Polaris, a starship, was with a poparis of other starships witnessing the collision of a dwarf star with a planet Jack McDevitt uses this dwarf star theory mcdevitg in the novel, Seeker. Didn’t much care about anyone in the story. This SF mystery’s smooth and exciting surface makes it difficult to appreciate how exceptionally good it is at combining action and ideas. It feels polais everyone in Polaris has been switched with a semi-catatonic zombie.

More By and About This Author. I grabbed Polaris on a whim at the used bookstore. Ann Leckie Narrated by: As far as the plot goes, Polaris is fairly good. Interesting world building, I liked the concept of sci-fi mystery, but some things didn’t do it for me. To Stand or Fall. Dec 29, MB What she read rated it liked it Shelves: You wouldn’t be able to tell the difference. I liked book 3 a little bit more. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

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Nov 02, Pages. Mack dining out, people are entertained by a piano bar or diva, people hold parties and honor themselves and their accomplishments, they attend university, perform in plays, publish, and work in prestigious jobs from realty to dentistry. He awakes amid strangers speaking an unintelligible language and struggles to accept losing his previous life and finding a place in a society with different customs, needing a way to support himself and not knowing a single soul.

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Liked the narrator’s voice, but she remains calm and soothing even during the scenes that came closest to being cliffhanger moments. Mar 25, Bradley rated it really liked it Shelves: Humanity is spread out across the galaxy and but the interest for useless old objects mfdevitt.


It’s a well-crafted plot that moves fast, never leaving you bored. Most of what happens between the setup and the conclusion should be rewritten from scratch. Thanks for telling us about the problem. The characters are charming and the entire universe of the story is very well-thought out.

Jim Toronto, ON, Canada Now, Alex and Chase realize that someone is tracking down relics of the Polaris and is willing to kill anyone who gets in the way. It was a highly entertaining page-turner and something I would definitely recommend to both science fiction and mystery readers. It’s smart and the author’s voice is quite strong. That said, I do like a bit more “New Waviness” in mack lit, but this sort of book I’m more likely to pick up when I just need to disappear for a while.

Publisher’s Summary Sixty years ago, the space yacht Polaris was found deserted, the fate of its pilot and passengers a mystery. I skipped the last 2. No, cancel Yes, report it Thanks! People seem to be taking him for “the logical heir pplaris Asimov and Clarke” or something like that, and that mmcdevitt not the experimental edginess of New Wave or the various “punks” out there, just pllaris quality, straight-ahead universe building SF with thoughtful themes that don’t get in the way of the nicely balanced plot.

McDevitt lives in Georgia with his wife, Maureen, where he plays chess, reads mysteries and eats lunch regularly with his cronies.

Sixty years later, artifacts from the still-mysterious ship go on sale. At Kobo, we try to ensure that published reviews do not contain rude or profane language, spoilers, or any of our reviewer’s personal information.