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Subject: Polaris
Date Posted: 10/5/2008 3:28 PM ET
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I  just finished Polaris by Jack McDevitt.  It was great!  A space opera mystery, terrifically well drawn characters in a wonderfully built world.  Really engaging to me.  Anyone else read it?

Date Posted: 10/6/2008 1:27 PM ET
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Yup.  I really like Jack McDevitt.  The Alex Benedict novels are very good with well-built mystery and a satisfying ending.  I've read his other two Benedict novels and looks like another one will come out in November.  Yay!  I can also recommend the Hutchins novels, but be sure to read them in order - much more enjoyable as there is a "back-story" mystery going on in these books too.

http://www.sfwa.org/members/mcdevitt/

Date Posted: 10/10/2008 10:58 PM ET
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Thanks!  I will check them out.

Laura

Subject: Jack McDevitt
Date Posted: 10/11/2008 10:42 AM ET
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My 2 cents worth...  The first of the Alex Benedict novels A Talent For War is the best.  The next two sequels Polaris and Seeker were written many years later.  And while they are good adventure stories and artifact mysteries, I feel they lack the depth of the original.

That said, Jack McDevitt, is one of my favorite writers, so I'm pretty much willing to recommend anything he's written.

And Zylyn is right, read the Hutchins novels in order if possible.

-Tom Hl.

Date Posted: 10/11/2008 12:46 PM ET
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My favorite McDevitt is _Moonfall_.

It's not a Hutchins book, but I prefer books that go boom :-)

Date Posted: 11/1/2008 1:19 PM ET
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I loved Moonfall.  I always thought it would make a great movie.  I've like all of McDevitt's books except Infinity Road.  My favorites were Deepsix and Ancient Shores.  Ancient Shores is a bit dated now but I still reread it.  I'm waiting for the new one which should come in the mail next week.