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Polaris: An Alex Benedict Novel | [Jack McDevitt]

Polaris: An Alex Benedict Novel

Sixty years ago, the space yacht Polaris was found deserted, the fate of its pilot and passengers a mystery. Now, to mark the anniversary of the disappearance, there is to be an auction of what was left behind on the ship. Using his insider knowledge, Alex Benedict, one of the preeminent antiquities dealers in the galaxy, secures some of the artifacts.
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Sixty years ago, the space yacht Polaris was found deserted, the fate of its pilot and passengers a mystery. Now, to mark the anniversary of the disappearance, there is to be an auction of what was left behind on the ship.

Using his insider knowledge, Alex Benedict, one of the preeminent antiquities dealers in the galaxy, secures some of the artifacts. But then an explosion destroys most of the collection, convincing Alex that drastic measures are being taken to hide what happened aboard the Polaris - which is why that's exactly what he has to find out, especially if it means risking his life.

BONUS AUDIO: Includes an exclusive introduction by author Jack McDevitt.

©2004 Jack McDevitt; (P)2008 Audible, Inc.

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    Pie Saint Petersburg, FL, United States 11-24-09
    Pie Saint Petersburg, FL, United States 11-24-09 Listener Since 2007
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    "Entertaining."

    Kind of like a Magnum PI episode: not incredibly deep but entertaining...

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jim Toronto, ON, Canada 01-07-10
    Jim Toronto, ON, Canada 01-07-10 Member Since 2005
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    "Hummmm"

    It takes about an hour into the book before all of the pieces come together but Jack McDevitt sure knows how to write a gripping story

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Fitzroy Jamaica 08-03-12
    Fitzroy Jamaica 08-03-12 Member Since 2010

    Listening is not the same as reading, but it is still fun

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    "The reading performance is perfect"

    Every book usually has a boring moment during which you just skim.

    I am yet to find one in this series.

    There are very few books that I am willing to listen to over and over again. Jennifer van Dyck's reading has made this series so immersive that I feel like I am living in that time period. I can even relate to the background characters. Now I actively seek out titles where she is a reader.

    I wish there were more than 6 titles in the series.

    At some point in the story everything starts to get a little predictable. I guess this is because I have read so many sci fi titles but, I still rate the story high.

    If you are looking for a title (or a series for that matter) that will engage you for a few days, this series is perfect.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Cynthia Whitewater, CO, United States 01-08-10
    Cynthia Whitewater, CO, United States 01-08-10
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    "Entertaining ear candy"

    I've listened to all the Chase Kolpath/Alex Benedict novels. I like the point of view and the character buildout. The narrator has offbeat intonation, but the wry humor of the character comes through well. Not a deep mindbender, but a fun mystery romp with unlikely heroes.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Michael G. Kurilla ROCKVILLE, MD, United States 11-22-10
    Michael G. Kurilla ROCKVILLE, MD, United States 11-22-10 Member Since 2005
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    "Sherlock Holmes meets Indiana Jones"

    McDevitt creates an enjoyable futuristic environment with likeable characters and an interesting and compelling plot.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    majkia Niceville, FL USA 01-26-14
    majkia Niceville, FL USA 01-26-14 Member Since 2004

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    "Indiana Jones in Space"

    Alex and Chase try to solve a mystery when suddenly everyone seems to be trying to kill them. Who knew antiques were quite so dangerous?

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    Susan Madison, WI, United States 11-14-11
    Susan Madison, WI, United States 11-14-11 Member Since 2004
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    "Boring"

    This was my first and probably last McDevitt novel. Can't recommend this on any front: not enough science for the sci-fi crowd, a boring mystery that will leave mystery lovers unsatisfied, so slow moving that there isn't any tension or suspense for those who favor thrillers.

    The secret that the main characters are trying to uncover has a scientific bent, but otherwise any science fiction elements are only trappings on a worn out "ghost ship" mystery. The hero and heroine aren't particularly clever (getting caught by the same trick twice) and MUCH slower than the reader/listener to grasp the nature of the mystery. I skipped the last 2.5 hours of the first section, and when I picked it up on part 2, the characters were just beginning to understand what was going on, which was obvious at the point I'd stopped listening in Part 1. So glad I didn't suffer through the needless "development." Way too much detail on things that have nothing to do with the plot.

    Liked the narrator's voice, but she remains calm and soothing even during the scenes that came closest to being cliffhanger moments. She needed more animation.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Brewster, NY, United States 03-05-09
    Mark Brewster, NY, United States 03-05-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Good listen"

    Not as good as the first in the series, but not a bad listen all the same.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
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