Academy

8 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 1,659 ratings

The Engines of God Publisher's Summary

Humans call them Monument-Makers. An unknown race, they left stunning alien statues scattered on distant planets throughout the galaxy, encoded with strange inscriptions that defy translation. Searching for clues about the Monument-Makers, teams of 23rd century linguists, historians, engineers and archaeologists have been excavating the enigmatic alien ruins on a number of planets, uncovering strange, massive false cities made of solid rock. But their time is running out.

Earth's ravaged environment is quickly making it unlivable, and colonizers want to begin terraforming these abandoned worlds for human habitation. Only interstellar archaeologist Richard Wald and starship pilot Priscilla Hutchins are convinced that uncovering the secrets of the monuments may hold the key to survival for the entire human race.

©1994 Cryptic, Inc. (P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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  • Book 1

    • The Engines of God

    • By: Jack McDevitt
    • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
    • Length: 14 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 431
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 328
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 335

    Humans call them Monument-Makers. An unknown race, they left stunning alien statues scattered on distant planets throughout the galaxy, encoded with strange inscriptions that defy translation. Searching for clues about the Monument-Makers, teams of 23rd century linguists, historians, engineers and archaeologists have been excavating the enigmatic alien ruins on a number of planets, uncovering strange, massive false cities made of solid rock. But their time is running out.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Conceptually intriguing, but uneven writing style

    • By Michael G Kurilla on 05-12-11

    Regular price: $20.72

  • Book 2

    • Deepsix

    • Academy Series
    • By: Jack McDevitt
    • Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
    • Length: 16 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 240
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 172
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 173

    In the year 2204, tragedy and terror forced a scientific team to prematurely evacuate Maleiva III. Nineteen years later, a rogue moon hurtling through space is about to obliterate the last opportunity to study this rare, life-supporting planet. With less than three weeks left before the disaster, superluminal pilot Priscilla "Hutch" Hutchins must lead a small scientific team to the surface to glean whatever they can about its lifeforms and lost civilizations before time runs out.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A great second book

    • By Lon on 04-10-15

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  • Book 3

    • Chindi

    • Academy Series
    • By: Jack McDevitt
    • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman, Khristine Hvam
    • Length: 18 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 302
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 182
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 182

    The universe has been explored - and humanity has all but given up on finding other intelligent life. Then an alien satellite orbiting a distant star sends out an unreadable signal. Is it the final programmed gasp of an ancient, long-dead race? Or the first greeting of an undiscovered life form?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Everything You Want in a Sci-Fi Novel

    • By Robert on 05-02-13

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  • Book 4

    • Omega

    • Academy Series
    • By: Jack McDevitt
    • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman, Khristine Hvam, Jack McDevitt
    • Length: 17 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 187
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 128
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 127

    A civilization-destroying omega cloud has switched direction, heading straight for a previously unexplored planetary system--and its alien society. And suddenly, a handful of brave humans must try to save an entire world--without revealing their existence.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Engrossing

    • By By Samantha a series FAN of the vampire earth books on 04-22-11

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  • Book 5

    • Odyssey

    • Academy series
    • By: Jack McDevitt
    • Narrated by: Khristine Hvam, Jack McDevitt
    • Length: 14 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 157
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 107
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 105

    To boost waning interest in interstellar travel, a mission is sent into deep space to learn the truth about "moonriders," the strange lights supposedly being seen in nearby systems. But Academy pilot Valentina Kouros and the team of the starship Salvator will soon discover that their odyssey is no mere public-relations ploy, for the moonriders are not a harmless phenomenon. They are very, very dangerous-in a way that no one could possibly have imagined.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Could have been so much better.

    • By Mark on 12-05-09

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  • Book 6

    • Cauldron

    • Academy Series
    • By: Jack McDevitt
    • Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
    • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 160
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 107
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 108

    When a young physicist unveils an efficient star drive capable of reaching the core of the galaxy, veteran star pilot Priscilla "Hutch" Hutchins finds herself back in the deepest reaches of space, and on the verge of discovering the origins of the deadly Omega clouds that continue to haunt her.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • This is the end of the Academy Series for me

    • By Richard Siggins on 04-22-18

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  • Book 7

    • Starhawk

    • By: Jack McDevitt
    • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
    • Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 2

    Interstellar pilot Priscilla 'Hutch' Hutchins has seen a lot of action. But now, multi award-winning science-fiction master Jack McDevitt gives us the thrilling, edge-of-your-seat tale of how it all began... Hutch has finally realised her dream: she's completed a nerve-bending qualification flight for a pilot's licence.Her timing is far from optimal, however. Faster-than-light travel has only recently become a reality and the World Space Authority is still learning how to manage long-range missions safely.

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    • Starhawk

    • Priscilla Hutchins, Book 1
    • By: Jack McDevitt
    • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
    • Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 180
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 164
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 164

    Priscilla "Hutch" Hutchins has finally realized her lifelong dream: She’s completed a nerve-bending qualification flight for a pilot’s license. Her timing is far from optimal, however. Faster-than-light travel has only recently become a reality, and the World Space Authority is still learning how to manage long-range missions safely. To make matters worse, efforts to prepare two planets for colonization are killing off native life-forms, outraging people on Earth.So there’s not a lot of demand for space pilots.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • lacking attention to detail

    • By shirley on 11-10-13

    Regular price: $20.72