Synopses & Reviews
Thousands of years ago, artifacts of the early space age were lost to rising oceans and widespread turmoil. Garnett Baylee devoted his life to finding them, only to give up hope. Then, in the wake of his death, one was found in his home, raising tantalizing questions. Had he succeeded after all? Why had he kept it a secret? And where is the rest of the Apollo cache?
Antiquities dealer Alex Benedict and his pilot, Chase Kolpath, have gone to Earth to learn the truth. But the trail seems to have gone cold, so they head back home to be present when the Capella, the interstellar transport that vanished eleven years earlier in a time/space warp, is expected to reappear. With a window of only a few hours, rescuing it is of the utmost importance. Twenty-six hundred passengersincluding Alexs uncle, Gabriel Benedict, the man who raised himare on board.
Alex now finds his attention divided between finding the artifacts and anticipating the rescue of the Capella. But time wont allow him to do both. As the deadline for the Capellas reappearance draws near, Alex fears that the puzzle of the artifacts will be lost yet again. But Alex Benedict never forgets and never gives upand another day will soon come around...
Praise for Jack McDevitt
“The Alex Benedict series is reminiscent of some of the work of Isaac Asimov.” —SFRevu
“The logical heir to Isaac Asimov and Arthur C. Clarke.”—Stephen King
“McDevitt hit a grand slam with this one…I’m still shaking my head and wondering how he pulled it off.”—Wired.com
“An intriguing mystery.”—SF Site
“A fast-paced thriller.”—Midwest Book Review
Praise for Jack McDevitt and the Alex Benedict Novels
“The logical heir to Isaac Asimov and Arthur C. Clarke.” —Stephen King
“The Alex Benedict series is reminiscent of some of the work of Isaac Asimov.”—SFRevu
“Jack McDevitt is a master of describing otherworldly grandeur.”—The Denver Post
“‘Why read Jack McDevitt? The question should be: ‘Who among us is such a slow pony that s/he isnt reading McDevitt?”—Harlan Ellison
“An exemplary merger of mystery and science fiction…An intelligent, provocative entertainment by a man who brings energy, style, and a fresh perspective to everything he writes.”—The Washington Post Book World
“You should definitely read Jack McDevitt.”—Gregory Benford
“If you love reading good sci-fi and you havent read a Jack McDevitt book, youre really missing out.”—Wired.com
“More ghost hunters than an Indiana Jones adventure, with twists that reveal secret after secret.”—The Florida Times-Union
“McDevitt imagines the far future with precision and believability.”—Library Journal
“McDevitt manages to make the odd coupling of the cozy and the cosmic into effective and moving SF.”—Locus
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.
Alex Benedict ("A Talent for War") returns in this 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."
Forty-one years ago, the renowned physicist Dr. Christopher Robin vanished. Before his disappearance, his fringe science theories about the existence of endless alternate universes had earned him both admirers and enemies.
Now his widow has died and Alex Benedict has been asked to handle the auction of the physicist’s artifacts—leading the public to once again speculate on the mystery surrounding Robin’s disappearance. Did he finally find the door between parallel universes that he had long sought?
Intrigued, Benedict and Chase Kolpath embark on their own investigation as they follow the missing man’s trail into the unknown to uncover the truth—a truth people are willing to kill to protect…
About the Author
Jack McDevitt is a former naval officer, taxi driver, English teacher, customs officer, and motivational trainer, and is now a full-time writer. He is the author of the Alex Benedict novels, including Firebird. His novel Seeker won a Nebula Award, and he is a multiple Nebula Award finalist. He lives in Georgia with his wife, Maureen.