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Steven

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  • The Devil's Eye: An Alex Benedict Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Jack McDevitt
    • Narrated By Jennifer Van Dyck, Jack McDevitt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (324)
    Performance
    (167)
    Story
    (170)

    Interstellar antiquities dealer Alex Benedict receives a cryptic message asking for help from celebrated writer Vicki Greene - who has been mind-wiped. She has no memory of her past life, or of her plea for assistance. But she has transferred an enormous sum of money to Alex, also without explanation. The answers to this mystery lie on the most remote of human worlds, where Alex will uncover a secret connected to a decades-old political upheaval - a secret that somebody desperately wants hidden.

    Steven says: "Moderate Departure from Previous Books"
    "Moderate Departure from Previous Books"
    Overall

    The Devil's Eye represents a modest departure from the preceding volumes. The earlier novels all involve the tracking down of a variety of clues, many being dead ends, that are quite engaging, and feel like you're peeling through the many layers of an onion to eventually arrive at the truth (the best of the group being the excellent "Seeker"). The Devil's Eye does not involve so many onion layers, and in fact is pretty well solved about half-way through. The remainder of the book focuses on interracial relations, and concludes with a rather obvious twist that was apparent well before the end. However, it is still a typical McDevitt novel - good dialog and a pleasant story line (and always involving a boobytrapped air vehicle of some sort!). I hope McDevitt continues to write these novels, but I prefer the earlier plotting technique.

    17 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Theorem

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Arthur C. Clarke, Frederik Pohl
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (168)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (73)

    The historic collaboration between Frederik Pohl and Arthur C. Clarke is both a momentous literary event and a fittingly grand farewell from the great visionary author of 2001: A Space Odyssey

    This is a story of one man's mathematical obsession, a celebration of the human spirit and the scientific method, and an intellectual thriller in which humanity, facing extermination from all-but-omnipotent aliens, must overcome differences of politics and religion and come together or perish.

    Toyz etc says: "Good but not Clarke's Best"
    "Needs Tightening"
    Overall

    Though written by a pair of grand master sci fi authors, the book contains too much unneeded material. Do we really need the number games, or the various travels around the world following the hero's sudden fame, or sitting around in a top secret facility for two months with nothing to do? Though the ending is satisfying enough, the journey there can be turtuous and disconnected.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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