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Echo by Jack McDevitt


by Jack McDevitt

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Series: Alex Benedict (5)

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Jack McDevitt has become my favorite science fiction writer. I look forward to each book eagerly. "Echo" is another in the Alex Benedict series. I look forward to each adventure Alex and his assistant, Chase, begin. This time they are determined to find out if Sunset Tuttle actually found alien life. What they find may or may not be exactly what they hoped for. ( )
  kp9949 | Aug 17, 2014 |
Another excellent "Alex Benedict and Chase Kolpath" book from Jack McDevitt. This one seemed a little darker, a little more uncomfortable at times than previous outings with the antiquities brokers/adventurers. But that didn't affect my enjoyment of the story. It made the world, the characters all that more real.

As these characters grow older (which doesn't mean much in a future where most people live at least a couple of centuries), they are definitely experiencing character growth as well. Chase becomes uncomfortable with her seemingly stagnate unadventurous role as a glorified secretary/pilot and in dealing with the fallout of Alex's reputation in some fields. Though he is great at exposing mysteries and discovering answers, he's seen more as a looter or tomb robber - selling artifacts to the highest bidder.

Their investigations this time have some disasterous implications for some people, opening up a can of worms that they've tried to hide for 25 years. Chase and Alex struggle to make it right.

I love setting in these novels. Jack McDevitt tells the story (or Chase does) as if the reader is intimately familiar with the world(s), the technology, etc. And makes the reader feel right at home, come in, have a cup of coffee. It's always good to get back to this world.

If your a fan of the Alex Benedict novels, read it! If you've never read one, go start further back in the series and work your way to this one and get to know the characters before embarking on this adventure with them.

Echo was provided to me by the publisher for the purpose of review. Ace is awesome like that!

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  kevbayer | Jun 20, 2014 |
Echo by Jack McDevitt is a book in the Alex Benedict Series. True Science Fiction, in a sense, set in a time thousands of year in the future. Written from the point of view of what could be called his secretary, pilot, and good friend, Chase Kolpath. Echo is about a mystery surrounding an ancient tablet found over 30 years ago by a man who zealously searched for alien life but never found it in his lifetime, or so everyone thought. Most humans believed aliens do not exist and thought the man mad.

Alex and Chase embark on a journey to find where the tablet came from, if indeed from an alien civiliazation and run into major obstacles along the way. There are many threats made on their lives which adds to the mystery and begs the question, if an alien civiliazation does exist, why would anyone want to keep them from finding out?

An enjoyable, fast-moving novel with many unexpected twists and I would recommend it. ( )
  shelbel100 | Aug 19, 2013 |
Good plot. As usual Chase is more interesting than Alex. ( )
  gregandlarry | Jun 28, 2013 |
I don't understand why this isn't the Chase Kolpath series, rather than the Alex Benedict series, since while Alex is the guy in charge, it's Chase that the books are about. In any case, while just as friendly and readable as McDevitt's other books, Echo isn't the best of the series. Perhaps, as with the Priscilla Hutchins series, McDevitt has simply run out of steam towards the end.

Echo is a good mystery story in the tradition of the Benedict series, but it suffers from a couple of defects. First, it sets up what seems a token effort at Chase-Alex conflict, which brings a welcome uncertainty into the book, but which McDevitt never really commits to. Second, the book has Chase and especially Alex pursuing an investigation at a very high cost - so high that not only is it not really credible, but it succeeds at the difficult task of making our heroes a lot less likeable. The book doesn't really recover from that.It means that while I have the next book in the series, Firebird, on my shelf, I'm less excited to read it.

Finally, the final reveal and denouement don't really fulfill the promise of the early chapters. They could have been successful with a different lead in, but here, it's a bit of a disappointment.

If you're a serious fan of the Benedict series, by all means, buy this - you'll enjoy, even if it's not your favorite in the series. If you're new to the series, go back to A Talent for War or Polaris and start there. If you've sort of enjoyed the series, but not loved it, skip this and go one to one of McDevitt's other excellent books - try Eternity Road or The Engines of God. ( )
  BMorrisAllen | May 14, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0441019242, Hardcover)

A new novel of the fantastic unknown by the national bestselling author of Time Travelers Never Die.

Eccentric Sunset Tuttle spent his life searching in vain for forms of alien life. Thirty years after his death, a stone tablet inscribed with cryptic, indecipherable symbols is found in the possession of Tuttle's onetime lover, and antiquities dealer Alex Benedict is anxious to discover what secret the tablet holds. It could be proof that Tuttle had found what he was looking for. To find out, Benedict and his assistant embark on their own voyage of discovery-one that will lead them directly into the path of a very determined assassin who doesn't want those secrets revealed.

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After 8000 years of star travel, humanity has found only one alien species. Alex Benedict may be on the path to finding another one, but an assassin has other ideas.

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