A Talent for War - Alex Benedict, Bk 1 Author:Jack McDevitt Christopher Sim changed mankind's history forever when he forged a rag-tag group of misfits into the weapon that broke the alien Ashiyyur. But now, one man believes Sim was a fraud, and Alex must follow the legend into the heart of the alien galaxy to confront a truth far stranger than any fiction.
C. W. reviewed A Talent for War (Alex Benedict, Bk 1) on
Helpful Score: 3
McDevitt's books provide reliable entertainment for me. If you like his books, you'll like this one. Science fiction with a mystery twist, pretty much like all his books. This is the first in the Alex Benedict/Chase Kolpath series.
A Talent For War is pretty good science fiction. It's set in the far future, after humanity has had first contact with aliens, and fought a war with them. The story revolves around someone trying to find out what really happened to a war hero who turned the tide of that battle.
I found the characters reasonably well developed, though not perfect, the descriptions of future technology were interesting and well done, and the story moved along at a good clip, mostly without bogging down. From me, given my recent reactions to science fiction, that's high praise.
If I have a complaint it is that some of the story winds up being a bit opaque, and I am still not entirely clear on what really happened in the history being described. Then again it is, after all, history, and that may well be deliberate.
There are two more books in the series, or so I am informed: Polaris and Seeker. I will probably look them up.