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Polaris (Alex Benedict, Bk 2)
Polaris - Alex Benedict, Bk 2
Author: Jack McDevitt
Jack McDevitt brings back the daring Alex Benedict from A Talent for War, thrusting him into a far-future tale of mystery and suspense that will lead the prominent antiquities dealer to the truth about an abandoned space yacht called the Polaris.
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ISBN-13: 9780441012534
ISBN-10: 0441012531
Publication Date: 10/25/2005
Pages: 400
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  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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3.7 stars, based on 60 ratings
Publisher: Ace
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio CD
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reviewed Polaris (Alex Benedict, Bk 2) on + 20 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
I think that this story could appeal to people who don't usually read sci-fi. It's not overly technical. It is an excellent mystery/thriller. The main character is a strong female, and they don't fall in to the many possible cliches available during the plot line. Highly reccomended for sci-fi readers and mystery lovers!
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Helpful Score: 2
This novel follows SEEKER, but it is complete in itself. I couldn't put it down, and stayed up 'way past my bedtime, 'cause I just had to see what came next.
Well written space opera with a hint of unknown aliens, a mystery such as the Marie Celeste, and an intelligent (though perhaps slightly ammoral) hero. Such fun!
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Helpful Score: 1
This is a moderately fun thriller/mystery with a futuristic setting. I wouldn't call it sci/fi, though, since there is really no science involved, just a lot of spaceships. I had a good time reading it, even though the answer to the mystery is obvious very early on.
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reviewed Polaris (Alex Benedict, Bk 2) on + 201 more book reviews
Set in the far future, Polaris describes Alex Benedict's efforts to understand how and why the crew of the ship Polaris disappeared. Benedict is a dealer in antiquities, not a detective, so his take on things can be different from that of someone "in the business".

The story is actually told from the perspective of his assistant and pilot, Chase Kolpath, and that is perhaps the weakest link in the novel. Telling it from the perspective of someone other than Benedict lets important realizations (and some events) happen off stage, so we only find out about them later. It may be a reasonable way to maintain the story and keep the reader guessing, but it feels a bit forced at times. Not horribly bad, though... just a bit off.

I enjoyed the novel for what it is - a detective story in an unusual environment - and found it pretty good reading. Enough to cause me to start the next in the series now.
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Can't remember when I've ever read a book where the two main characters were so naive. How many times does someone have to try to kill you before you start being more cautious? I thought the book was also a bit predictable, basically knew the end 1/4 of the way thru the book.
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A great story.

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