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Seeker: An Alex Benedict Novel | [Jack McDevitt]

Seeker: An Alex Benedict Novel

Thousands of years after an entire colony mysteriously disappears, antiquities dealer Alex Benedict comes into possession of a cup that seems to be from the Seeker, one of the colony's ships. Alex and his assistant, Chase Kolpath, follow a deadly trail to the Seeker, strangely adrift in a system barren of habitable worlds. But their discovery raises more questions than it answers, drawing Alex and Chase into the very heart of danger.
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Publisher's Summary

Thousands of years after an entire colony mysteriously disappears, antiquities dealer Alex Benedict comes into possession of a cup that seems to be from the Seeker, one of the colony's ships. Alex and his assistant, Chase Kolpath, follow a deadly trail to the Seeker, strangely adrift in a system barren of habitable worlds. But their discovery raises more questions than it answers, drawing Alex and Chase into the very heart of danger.

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

©2005 Cryptic, Inc.; (P)2008 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

  • Nebula Award, Best Novel, 2006


"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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    Daniel Laredo, TX, USA 09-28-08
    Daniel Laredo, TX, USA 09-28-08
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    "no science in this fiction"

    First off, the narrator, she basically has only one good voice: the main characters (in other words her natural voice). As soon as she tries to make a different character it just sounds fake and sometimes It sounds ridiculous, for example one of the main characters friends (I forgot the characters name) sounds like a retard with a volume problem, and the AI voices were like a robot from the 1950s (thats the ridiculous part) its more than 10,000 years into the future and computers sound like robots? Give me a break. Shouldn't computers sound like lusty supermodels in the future!?! Second, the story is very lacking, I have no idea how this won any awards. The author went WAY too far into the future. Can anyone really imagine what humanity would be like more than 10,000 years into the future? Well the author certainly could not! There was basically no mention of any future technologies except for the space travel. There was no science in this fiction, very disappointing. Listen at your own risk!

    16 of 39 people found this review helpful
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    Fabian V. Gurrola 07-21-09
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    "A boring read, interesting idea"

    Maybe it was the narrator or the book it was interesting but overall still boring. I do expect a little action with my science, but this book had less than a little.

    3 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Will Moscow, ID, United States 12-15-11
    Will Moscow, ID, United States 12-15-11
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    "A boring story read by an over excited narrator"

    As other reviewers have mentioned, the majority of this book involves the main characters doing research. Really. That's it. The mysteries were never that intriguing, and their solutions were still a let down. But the narrator was what really got to me. She says every line like its the most exciting thing she's ever read. I think I would prefer listening to Microsoft Sam. I finished it just because I had nothing else to listen to. A sad waste of my monthly credit. I often choose books from the Nebula and Hugo award winners. This book is making me second guess that strategy.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    John Stratford, Ontario, Canada 08-20-11
    John Stratford, Ontario, Canada 08-20-11 Member Since 2011
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    "ok, but...."

    hard to believe this won the Nebula: more info-dumps than story.

    I finished it mostly because the narrator was decent: the story itself has potential but is poorly told.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    relate sydney, Australia 09-18-10
    relate sydney, Australia 09-18-10
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    "I agree not much science in this fiction"

    I am about 2 hours into the story and it really is just a detective story with a couple of sentences about planets and space travel. I don't even know if I will finish the story.

    Next time I will listen more to other peoples reviews, I am pretty disappointed.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Gi'me my stuff!!!! Vancouver, WA 02-05-12
    Gi'me my stuff!!!! Vancouver, WA 02-05-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Very Slow!"
    If you could sum up Seeker in three words, what would they be?

    slow! Boring! action-less!


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    the very end had a Little action but it took forever to get there.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like the investigative reporter type stories, then this is your book! If you like high speed action like me this book had me saying out loud

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kirk Richmond, TX, United States 06-04-09
    Kirk Richmond, TX, United States 06-04-09 Member Since 2013
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    "Not good at all."

    Not much of a science fiction novel. It doesnt feel as if you are 10,000 years into the future. Narrator wasn't very good. Not well written either.

    2 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Frederick, MD, USA 01-15-09
    Susan Frederick, MD, USA 01-15-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Very good listen"

    Very good !

    2 of 13 people found this review helpful
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