Alex Benedict

7 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 3,189 ratings

A Talent for War Publisher's Summary

Everyone knew the legend of Christopher Sim. Fighter. Leader. An interstellar hero with a rare talent for war, Sim changed mankind's history forever when he forged a ragtag group of misfits into the weapon that broke the back of the alien Ashiyyur. But now, Alex Benedict has found a startling bit of information, long buried in an ancient computer file. If it is true, then Christopher Sim was a fraud.

For his own sake, for the sake of history, Alex Benedict must follow the dark track of a legend, into the very heart of the alien galaxy - where he will confront a truth far stranger than any fiction imaginable.

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

©2004 Jack McDevitt (P)2008 Audible, Inc.
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  • Book 1

    • A Talent for War

    • An Alex Benedict Novel
    • By: Jack McDevitt
    • Narrated by: Gregory Abbey, Jack McDevitt
    • Length: 12 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 434
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 277
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 278

    Everyone knew the legend of Christopher Sim. Fighter. Leader. An interstellar hero with a rare talent for war, Sim changed mankind's history forever when he forged a ragtag group of misfits into the weapon that broke the back of the alien Ashiyyur. But now, Alex Benedict has found a startling bit of information, long buried in an ancient computer file. If it is true, then Christopher Sim was a fraud.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • The Book is Good, But...

    • By Sandy on 12-24-14

    Regular price: $20.72

  • Book 2

    • Polaris

    • An Alex Benedict Novel
    • By: Jack McDevitt
    • Narrated by: Jennifer Van Dyck, Jack McDevitt
    • Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 444
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 246
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 250

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Entertaining.

    • By Pie on 11-24-09

    Regular price: $20.72

  • Book 3

    • Seeker

    • An Alex Benedict Novel
    • By: Jack McDevitt
    • Narrated by: Jennifer Van Dyck, Jack McDevitt (Introduction)
    • Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,124
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 599
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 604

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great mix of sci-fi, mystery and adventure.

    • By Shannon Peterson on 08-20-08

    Regular price: $20.72

  • Book 4

    • The Devil's Eye

    • An Alex Benedict Novel
    • By: Jack McDevitt
    • Narrated by: Jack McDevitt, Jennifer Van Dyck
    • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 442
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 274
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 277

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Moderate Departure from Previous Books

    • By Steven on 12-11-08

    Regular price: $20.72

  • Book 5

    • Echo

    • An Alex Benedict Novel
    • By: Jack McDevitt
    • Narrated by: Coleen Marlo
    • Length: 11 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 165
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 151
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 150

    Eccentric Sunset Tuttle spent his life searching in vain for forms of alien life. Thirty years after his death, a stone tablet inscribed with cryptic, indecipherable symbols is found in the possession of Tuttle's onetime lover, and antiquities dealer Alex Benedict is anxious to discover what secret the tablet holds. It could be proof that Tuttle had found what he was looking for.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • When did Chase become so negative?

    • By Ricardo on 11-03-11
    • An Alex Benedict Novel
    • By: Jack McDevitt
    • Narrated by: Coleen Marlo
    • Length: 11 hrs and 25 mins
    • Release date: 10-31-11
    • 4 out of 5 stars 165 ratings

    Regular price: $20.72

  • Book 6

    • Firebird

    • An Alex Benedict Novel
    • By: Jack McDevitt
    • Narrated by: Jennifer Van Dyck
    • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 367
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 323
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 329

    Forty-one years ago the renowned physicist Chris Robin vanished. Before his disappearance, his fringe-science theories about the existence of endless alternate universes had earned him both admirers and enemies. Alex Benedict and Chase Kolpath discover that Robin had several interstellar yachts flown far outside the planetary system, where they too vanished. And following Robin's trail into the unknown puts Benedict and Kolpath in danger.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • best Alex Benedict in a while

    • By wendy on 11-08-11

    Regular price: $20.72

  • Book 7

    • Coming Home

    • By: Jack McDevitt
    • Narrated by: Jennifer Van Dyck
    • Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 213
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 189
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 188

    Thousands of years ago, artifacts of the early space age were lost to rising oceans and widespread turmoil. Garnett Baylee devoted his life to finding them, only to give up hope. Then, in the wake of his death, one was found in his home, raising tantalizing questions. Had he succeeded after all? Why had he kept it a secret? And where is the rest of the Apollo cache? Antiquities dealer Alex Benedict and his pilot, Chase Kolpath, have gone to Earth to learn the truth.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Not the Best of the Series, But Good

    • By C. Hartmann on 12-13-14

    Regular price: $27.99