The novel kinda started out slow for me, but past a certain point, it was truly hard to put down again. I'm so glad I kept with the series. It's truly a Space-Opera potboiler par-excellence. View all 3 comments. Feb 27, Anrie rated it liked it.
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This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Have Chase remark that Alex isn't that easily persuaded then have Chase suggested two or three times during the novel that they should stop investigating the mystery. Throw in some references to Chase's boyfriend of the month, who she feels really strongly about, then never mention them again.
Have the vast majority of the male characters mention in some way or other how beautiful Chase is. Now would be a good time for an attempt on either Alex or Chase's life. Extra bonus points if it was caused by a sabotaged craft.
Remember to remind the reader numerous times that Chase loves partying. Have Alex figure some stuff out before Chase, but not tell her straight away.
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As they're en route to the mystery destination or as they arrive there , add another attempt on their life. Bonus points if your mystery reveal contains a scene from "Death from the Skies", by Phil Plait. Remember to get some basic science wrong. More specific criticism: Rachel Bannister was so guilt-ridden by what she'd allowed to happen, that she commited suicide.
You'd think that she and Tuttle would've thought to search the entire planet before deciding that the whole of the civilisation had been wiped out. Given how easily Alex and Chase did it and the equipment Bannister and Tuttle had at their disposal , this is a big flaw. Also, the fact that the scout simply didn't do his job right before deciding that the planet was devoid of life he only did a scan for radio signals , seems ludicrous.
We're to believe that although eating meat from actual animals are considered primitive and that animals aren't killed unless necessary, this guy was happy to send a whole planet full of live creatures to their doom, simply because they weren't capable of producing radio signals?! I doubt anyone will ever read McDevitt for the words - his prose is sufficient, but no more.
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The strength of the novels lie in the stories themselves. The plots are usually good and exciting, even though the last two books have been weaker than the preceding ones. View 2 comments. Nov 27, Brian rated it liked it. Not up to the standards of the series in the end. It did make me want to immediately reread the entire series, though. The central mystery is great -possibly the best set-up in the series- but the resolution has a major groaner that made me shake my head in disappointment.
Also, I have the feeling that he or his editors pulled back from a much more disturbing truth for some reason. Star Not up to the standards of the series in the end. Instead, she ends up as merely a witness to a natural disaster. Jack McDevitt books are must buys for me. This series is among my favorites of all time. I desperately want more and soon. It sounds like I am being unduly harsh on this entry. But I had a great time reading it and will undoubtedly read it again.
Jan 26, Jeffrey rated it liked it Shelves: science-fiction , mystery. This is extremely well written, but shows signs of being a really great short story or short novella that has been padded to novel length. I really had the feeling that it was going to be one of those novels where in the end, nothing has happened. Am I grumpy. Because of this novel?
Not really, but it wasn't helping. If you like alien artifac This is extremely well written, but shows signs of being a really great short story or short novella that has been padded to novel length. If you like alien artifacts, you will like this novel. If you like lost civilizations or lost human colonies you will like it and saying that does NOT give the secret away. Jul 15, Ugur added it Shelves: science-fiction. I ve started reading Alex Benedict's adventures 6 years ago, still these books are one of my favorite sci-fi books.
It's fun to read Jack McDevitt books. The story in this book is not as great as the seeker but still I enjoyed reading it. It's like visiting an old friend.
McDevitt s books remind asimovs universe, humanity has colonized lots of planets and still trying to. And our character Alex Benedict is trying to solve mysterious mostly there is dead in the I ve started reading Alex Benedict's adventures 6 years ago, still these books are one of my favorite sci-fi books. And our character Alex Benedict is trying to solve mysterious mostly there is dead in these mysteries. Probably I will buy the next 2 books of the series this year and finish the series.
Jan 22, Mike rated it it was ok Shelves: scifi. Wow, a triple shot of meh for this one. Barely 2 Stars. Pointless wandering around for hundreds of pages with very little reward at the end.
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Least interesting entry into this series so far and the last I shall read. Nov 02, David Ketelsen rated it it was ok. It's hard to believe an entry in this series won a Nebula Award. This book, 5th in the series, certainly isn't written at that elevated level. Echo revolves around a mystery of where a stone tablet originated from. It was found in the yard of a deceased space explorer whose purpose in life was to find intelligent alien life. Supposedly he never found anybut perhaps this tablet is proof that he did. In any case that's what Case and Alex try to find out.
I found the first two hundred pages very slow going. It did pick up after that but due to numerous plot shortcuts I found the book's payoff to be annoying and poorly executed. I can't recommend this bookbut it's got a number of 5-star reviews so who knows, you might like it. They even take trains to get to far flung places yet have AG flitters for just getting around.
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Chase takes a long time to find her flitter yet still manages to save Alex who was dropped into a river heading towards a waterfall. Aliens who look and act exactly like us. Universe where green worlds are rare and other intelligent species are almost non-existant 2 known, about to be 3 yet corporate scout advocates sending watching? For the viewing pleasure of one spaceshipnot even much of a profit motive there for enabling viewing mass extinction Chase, who's never used a gunpowder based rifle, is able to take out the AG drive of an enemy spaceship with a few shots, and that spaceshipdespite being able to withstand the rigors of spaceis ruined when it falls into a river.
Stone tablet is written in a language that is almost, but not quite, identifiably human but is really from an alien species. How likely is it that the written language would be that similar? This would indicate a strong financial or legal need to get rid of them and their investigation but that never comes about. The villain, so to speak, is only inferred at the end and frankly I didn't find it very believable.
If the owner of the company was that afraid of the debacle being revealed, he'd have killed off the pilots involved decades before this.