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The Devil's Eye (Alex Benedict, Bk 4)
The Devil's Eye - Alex Benedict, Bk 4
Author: Jack McDevitt
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...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780441016358
ISBN-10: 0441016359
Publication Date: 11/4/2008
Pages: 368
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

4 stars, based on 12 ratings
Publisher: Ace Hardcover
Book Type: Hardcover
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gabshere avatar reviewed The Devil's Eye (Alex Benedict, Bk 4) on + 24 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
I don't think i've ever written a bad review for McDevitt but this one will probably rate as one of my lowest for him. I have enjoyed every other book i've read from this author. I would rate it lower than Polaris & Seeker, but it does have a mystery storyline. The Storyline takes about 100 pages just to setup and from then it slowly developes. The story by far delves into the political dynamics of a distant planet Salud Afar, which stands outside the Galactic disk and whose night sky is dominated by only one star. it is a good story and i guess i'm being to cross when dealing with this author, or maybe he's setting us up with a Priscilla Hutchins type book next. Cause the mention of a world with a long gone civilization lies within 1200 light years from this planet "Salud Afar". This book is listed on several peoples' wish list, i just hope they can endure the slow story long enough to enjoy the book. Hopefully the author takes a hint and explores the above mention for his next book.
Zylyn avatar reviewed The Devil's Eye (Alex Benedict, Bk 4) on + 48 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
I enjoyed this book, thought it was a typical Alex Benedict novel. Not as gripping as Seeker, but still a good mystery, clues laid out logically, quiet heroes. I hope McDevitt continues to write in this universe 'cause I like living there, if only for a few hours.
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cyndij avatar reviewed The Devil's Eye (Alex Benedict, Bk 4) on + 744 more book reviews
This is the fourth in the series, and despite many references to previous events - mostly involving the alien Mutes - I think a new reader could start here. You may not get a lot in the way of character development, and I never try to figure out if the science is plausible; for me these are nice solid SF thrillers. I thought the initial mystery was a good one - while Vicki voluntarily chose to undergo the mind-wipe procedure, Alex is sure that she did it because it was the only way she could cry for help. These follow something of a formula, and I thought I had the Big Secret figured out but much to my glee I was wrong. I like Alex's doggedness, and despite her stated skepticism Chase is right there on the hunt too. Small gripe: I am still amazed that Alex and Chase manage to survive an average of two air/spacecraft crashes per book - McDevitt needs another method to put them in danger. The solution to the "murder" takes place about 3/4 of the way through, but the initial problem needs to be solved as billions of lives are at stake, and this is where a knowledge of previous books might be nice.
reviewed The Devil's Eye (Alex Benedict, Bk 4) on + 35 more book reviews
McDevitt is a favorite of mine. His novels include great story lines as well as interesting characters. You don't have to read the Alex Benedict novels in order. They are self standing.
Benedict is a cross between Indiana Jones and Columbo with maybe a pinch of Mike Hammer.
An enjoyable read without having to work your way through it.


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