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From Nebula Award winner Jack McDevitt comes the eighth installment in the popular The Academy series

Priscilla “Hutch” Hutchins discovers an interstellar message from a highly advanced race that could be her last chance for a mission before the program is shut down for good. Hutch has been the academy’s best pilot for decades. She’s had numerous first contact encounters and even became a minor celebrity. But world politics have shifted from exploration to a growing fear that the program will run into an extraterrestrial race more advanced than humanity and war. 

Despite taking part in the recent scientific breakthrough that rejuvenates the human body and expands one’s life span, Hutch finds herself as a famous interstellar pilot with little to do, until a message from an alien race arrives. The message is a piece of music from an unexplored area. Despite the fact that this alien race could pose a great danger and that this message could have taken several thousand years to travel, the program prepares the last interstellar ship for the journey. As the paranoia grows, Hutch and her crew make an early escape - but what they find at the other end of the galaxy is completely unexpected.

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Very Disapointed

I have read/listened to all but 1 of Jack McDevitt’s Academy series…I was very disappointed by this latest installment. I rate this a 2 out of 5…..It is almost as if Mr. McDevitt forgot that he had written the other 7 books… I enjoyed the other books a great deal. This one seems as though someone else wrote it…It ignores so much of the other book’s logical science base, and previous characters who should have been involved. It has been dumbed down, it portrays all of the characters as simplistic fools, including the main character Hutch. They fumble through the story and discover other alien races and cultures that are so unrealistic. Considering the previous stories that had plausibleility , this one…1950’s New York Type offices with telephone’s et al??? I had to struggle to stay with this book, it was so childlike (and not in a good way). All I can say is a quote from the Leader of this exposition when he gets too frustrated by the situations he’s created “What Ever”
I hope Jack writes a better thought out story in the next installment.

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One for Humany; one of the best space dramas

This book took a while to get going; almost 4 hours of background and tension , and then it never stopped.
t was a very good read and very moving too. I found myself stopping to ponder what I just heard several times.

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Good production but unimaginative story

Very little suspense or excitement. Science is especially weak. the central message is that the universe is a pretty cruel place. Characters are uncompelling.

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Entertaining, but predictable

This book is much like the previous entries in this series. Having said that, fans of Priscilla Hutchins will be pleased. The ending is very predictable for anyone that's familiar with politics and politicians. I wonder if maybe the author was expressing his frustration with same.

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Why the long pause

I enjoyed the story. The reader’s vocals where strong and great at creating individual voices for the characters. But the long dramatic pause between thoughts, transpired time and chapters was frustrating. Maybe it was an editing issue maybe it was done intentionally I don’t know. But was was distracting and took away from the overall performance.

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Fun and Thoughtful

The book starts a bit slow, but the last 2/3 of it is classic McDevitt.

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An interesting novel despite its pacing.

The beginning is strong, and intresting. The ending is satisfying if abit abrupt. The middle is where the pace drags way down, and it becomes a real slog to get through. Ultimately I enjoyed the story, but I had to force myself to get through parts of it.

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easily the best Academy book yet

Despite shaking my head at the idea that clothespins (much less clothes) are a universal development throughout the galaxy, this was thoroughly entertaining and the most unpredictable McDevitt book I've read yet. There narration is perfect.

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Adventure science fiction

A bumpy ride with a happy ending.
While no physics based explanation was offered for how the FTL drive functioned,
It worked flawlessly for the purpose of scientific exploration of the universe.
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Great Science Fiction/Great Story

This was a great story and much like other books in the series makes you hope that similar events in real life would happen nearly as well.

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  • 02-18-19

Grown up sci fi

Compared to some sci fi's I've listened to recently this is slow and wonderful. Mcdevitt is a mature storyteller and puts more depth into his minor subplots than others have in their main plotline. But it helps if you've read the previous novels in the series to get the context. One difficulty is the characters which are not as cleanly defined as they could be, and tend to do rather stupid things. That's part of the 'world', with humanity dumbing down and spending much of their time indulging in entertainments, rather than knowledge, so its in keeping, but difficult none the less.

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  • DENNIS
  • 11-01-18

GOOD NEXT PART TO SERIES

NOT AS GOOD AS SOME OF HIS PREVIOUS BOOKS IN THIS SERIES.SOME OF THE IDEAS WERE NOT DEVELOPED ENOUGH AND OTHER PARTS WERE DRAGGED OUT TOO LONG.OVERALL STILL A GOOD READ,COULD BE READ AS A STAND ALONE NOVEL.END SEEMS TO HAVE BEEN LEFT OPEN FOR A FOLLOW ON.