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The Devil's Eye: An Alex Benedict Novel | [Jack McDevitt]

The Devil's Eye: An Alex Benedict Novel

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.
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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, though the price of that silence is unimaginable.

Bonus Audio: Includes an exclusive introduction by author Jack McDevitt.

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

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    Steven Centennial, Colombia 12-11-08
    Steven Centennial, Colombia 12-11-08
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    "Moderate Departure from Previous Books"

    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
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    Christopher Howrah, Australia 07-31-10
    Christopher Howrah, Australia 07-31-10 Member Since 2007

    Social Scientist and Researcher; mostly retired but conducting longitudinal research into social issues especially the media and social networking. Avid SF and alternative history fan; enjoy a good crime yarn and have become something of an addict for audiobooks.

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    "I hope there's more to come"

    Jack McDevitt is one of my favorite science fiction authors. I consider his work A Talent for War to be a masterpiece by any definition. It matters little that as the series evolves, one of the two main characters, Alex Benedict becomes slightly less likable, more avaricious and given to duplicity. Polaris and Seeker continued the tradition of an interstellar antiquities dealer with an eye for profit. The Devil's Eye commences with some conundrums and poses the problem of why a gifted author would allow herself to be mind-wiped, losing all traces of her original character and remembering nothing of the terrible events experienced far from the center of the galaxy. In the printed form, this is a book that you can't put down and in audio, you can't stop listening. There are rumors of another Alex Benedict novel and I hope they are true because there is hope for the old rogue and perhaps, his rather sexy pilot.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Don Virginia Beach, VA, United States 12-10-10
    Don Virginia Beach, VA, United States 12-10-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Semi-solid continuation of Benedict/Kolpath line."

    "Seeker" got me hooked on Jennifer Van Dyck as a reader/narrator. She's absolutely wonderful, a true gem. McDevitt got me hooked on Benedict/Kolpath stories. This story is a nice expansion to the Rainbow Enterprises universe, a good continuation, but not quite the "Detective Archeologist" long drawn out multi onion layer plots/stories that Seeker and Polaris are. If you are looking for another Seeker, this isn't it; if you are looking for a solid continuation of the Rainbow theme, it is. The main mystery is "solved" 2/3 through, that’s true; McDevitt does a very good job continuing the story, though, so the last 1/3 is not a disappointment. And JVD - did I say she's the absolute best and completely believable as Chase Kolpath? I hope JMD writes more, so JVD can read them.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    David San Francisco, California, United States 09-16-10
    David San Francisco, California, United States 09-16-10
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    "Nicely done"

    I have read most of Mr. McDevitt's work. This is the first I have listened to as an audio book and I found that nothing was lost in the experience. The narrator did an admirable job. The story loses a bit of steam two-thirds through, but I still enjoyed the whole.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Gary anaheim, CA, United States 04-29-10
    Gary anaheim, CA, United States 04-29-10 Member Since 2006
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    "Good book"

    Jennifer Van Dyck did an excellent job as narrator. Her voice is rich and she manages male characters well. She injected appropriate emotion when it was called for. In this series by Jack McDevitt, the main character is a woman and the choice of Van Dyke as narrator was an excellent one. The story is good entertainment. It won't change your life but it is a very pleasant way to spend time. I started listening to audible books a few years ago and have listened to about 400. I'm sure there are others who have listened to more. Based on my experience, it amazes me when a book is rated as a 1 or 2 star. I imagine they exist but I have not come across one (well, perhaps one). Maybe it all comes down to taste, the standard one sets and expectation. When I listen to a McDevitt book I expect an enjoyable story and that is what I get. I believe that qualifies as a success. Good work Jennifer Van Dyck. I imagine you are as beautiful as your voice.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    William Winter Park, FL, United States 05-14-12
    William Winter Park, FL, United States 05-14-12 Member Since 2004
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    "A Slight Departure"

    This is the first of the Alex Benedict novels I have listened to vs. physically read. Right off the bat, it did take me a while to stop expecting "Boss" to show up. This is due to the narrator, as I have listened to all of the Diving Universe books she has narrated via Audible.

    The story itself was ultimately satisfying, yet a departure from the previous books. I can only assume that redoing the same old troupe was getting old for the author. Although I would like him to go back to what make's Alex a great series. But overall, I was well satisfied and will listen to the rest of the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    A. Hogue Birmingham, AL 04-22-12
    A. Hogue Birmingham, AL 04-22-12 Member Since 2009
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    What did you love best about The Devil's Eye?

    the completeness of it. it is a well rounded book. it almost felt like more than one book because of the way the plot goes. Thats a dangerous move, sometimes i find that to be the downfall of a book. but it was done very well all loose ends tied up and brought back around.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The mutes. I like the amount of thought put into their race and the shared conciousness.


    What does Jennifer Van Dyck and Jack McDevitt bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    the ai voices. i think i would have made them smooth and more human sounding. But i like the idea that they sound like computers while also being so human like.


    Any additional comments?

    i usually steer clear of future space traveling books. i don't know what made me get into his works, but i am really glad i did.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Doreen Collegeville, PA, United States 01-29-12
    Doreen Collegeville, PA, United States 01-29-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Very Entertaining"
    Where does The Devil's Eye rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is the second Alex Benedict story I listened to and it was very emjoyable. Great reading again.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    rob 04-17-10
    rob 04-17-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Good Book"

    I have enjoyed the Alex Benedict series. This was not as good as Polaris or Seeker. I wold recommend reading those first and then coming back to Devil's Eye. I enjoy having the stories told through the eyes of the assistant, Chase Kolpath. It gives us an honest look at Benedict.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Carpenter Reno Nevada 04-05-14
    Richard Carpenter Reno Nevada 04-05-14
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    "GREAT ARTICULATION, ATROCIOUS ACCENTUATION!"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This reading is great for someone who enjoys listening to verbal cues which are completely unrelated to the storyline...


    What didn’t you like about Jennifer Van Dyck and Jack McDevitt ’s performance?

    Ms Van Dyke consistently places the wrong emphasis on the wrong words, which leaves me focused on her voice, wondering, "what's she saying, what's she saying"? NOT entertaining!


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Well, it was still a great story by Jack McDevitt!


    Any additional comments?

    I'll be sure to NOT buy any more audio books...by anyone!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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