BONUS AUDIO: Includes an exclusive introduction by author Jack McDevitt.
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"Ideas abound in McDevitt's classy riff on the familiar lost-colony theme. The novel delivers everything it promises with a gigantic whallop." (Publishers Weekly)
"The logical heir to Isaac Asimov and Arthur C. Clarke." (Stephen King)
"Jennifer Van Dyck keeps the story exciting as she recounts each find, telling of artifacts that are much older than anything Indiana Jones ever got his hands on. Jack McDevitt himself reads the introduction." (AudioFile)
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This book is one in a series of books by Jack McDevitt that are sort of like a long miniseries, but each book has a definite, independent story. This one has several fascinating twists. I think that the author does not follow through with all the story ends, but it is still a fun story and the ending, while somewhat predictable, is still a bit surprising.
Worth the read.
I wasn't sure what to expect from this book, especially as much of the hard science fiction written these days seems to take a dystopian view of the future. I was totally blown away. Jack McDevitt writes with science firm in hand, but it's a backdrop to a truly grand adventure story. Think Indiana Jones crossed with a procedural mystery in space and you have Seeker. And no dessert without dinner, either, this story's deep.
I didn't care for some of Jennifer Van Dyck's fantasy narrations, but she shone here. Pacing and voicing combined for an immersive listen with a few laugh-out-loud moments. I'll definitely look for more Alex Benedict in the future!
This was my first McDevitt.
Most of the galactic civilization books I've read have been rather epic in scale. This one is a nice change of pace: simply a mystery story set within the bounds of an established galactic civilization. There isn't much in the way of crazy aliens or far out tech; it's sort of like Star Trek without the humanoid aliens. Social commentary is also limited.
Van Dyck does a pretty good job reading with one.
Overall, "Seeker" is entertaining but not enlightening.
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The thought of artifacts being mundane things is very interesting but not without merit considering what we feel are artifacts today were likely to be common objects in the past.
I liked the interviews with the common folks and how they were handled very close to how I feel they really would be.
The skewed perspective of the journal entries works to the advantage of the reader as it brings to light several logic issues but they can be expected.
Well written book with a litany of information to add to the realism. The characters, dialog and events are all very realistic. The reader does an excellent job at portraying other voices and genders. Good read.
The first half of the book was a bit slow and almost rambling. As the story progressed, though, the pacing sped up and the book really started to shine. Some very interesting ideas in this one, and recommended for scifi/mystery/adventure fans. Good stuff.
After reading the positive reviews for this book I was really looking forward to it. The basic idea seems intriguing enough, a treasure hunt in space.
Unfortunately this book does not deliver. I wasn't really expecting a roller-coaster thriller but this book is on defiantly on rails, rails running across a flat landscape with nothing much to look at as you go by at a sedate 35MPH.
I have always been a fan of sci-fi, enjoying everything from space operas, to hard sci-fi to thrillers. I don't require space battles every five minutes but I do think that there should be something to drive a story along. This book is missing its engine.
From the beginning you know that every mystery is going to be solved eventually and its becomes just a matter of waiting for the inevitable. Must of the 'action' of this book consists of the characters performing research. This in itself is a not a bad idea but instead of a CSI like delving into details the investigation mostly consists of traveling from place to place to ask a few questions.
The few genuine action pieces are so clumsily written that you never are driven to feel any emotion. Mostly you just want it to be over so the plot can move on.
For a much better story of space archeology consider "The Engines of God" which tells much the same story but does a far better job at it.
The only reason this book gets two stars is for the narration, which unlike the writing, is excellent. This reader has one of the most pleasant voices I've listened to on Audible.
If you like science fiction read this book. It's not great but it is a good read. It is set so far in the future that present day is considered an ancient civilization that little is known about. They are finding ancient artifacts that were lost 3 millennia in our future.
It moved along nicely, and it had the right amount of mystery and intrigue throughout. It was never a dull moment. Also the narrator was excellent.
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