Seeker was honored with the 2006 Nebula Award for Best Novel.
These books remind me of a mix of Sherlock Holmes and Indiana Jones thrown into a sci-fi setting. (A mystery story set in the future, with an antiquities dealer as the main protagonist.) In this universe the human race has been in space for about 20,000 years. In that time many ships, colonies and valuable items have gone missing. Alex Benedict, with the help of Chase Kolpath, specializes in finding missing and valuable items.
Seeker is the story of Margolia, a lost colony that disappeared long ago and has become a legend much like modern day Atlantis. One of the interesting concepts in the book, and McDevitt's writing, is the use of computer generated avatars of long dead people that are recreated through what is left behind and known of the person. In this case, Harry Williams the founder of the lost colony is used to help with the search. While he does not know where the colony is, or what happened to it, the avatar allows Benedict and Kolpath to get some unique perspectives on the colony and its foundation. In the end the avatar becomes a very sympathetic character.
This is a fun, quick book offers many twist and turns with a very satisfactory ending. Although it is the third book in Jack McDevitt's Alex Benedict series, these books can be read completely independent of each other.
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Just finished listening to this a second time and enjoyed it just as much. Jennifer Van Dyck is the perfect narrator for Chase Kolpath.
If you want non-stop action, you are probably best off watching an action movie while sitting on your couch instead of listening to an audiobook while operating a moving vehicle. The suspense in this book builds up slowly and with convincing detail so that by the time Chase is fending off the villains, you are right there with her. And while the narrow escapes keep you on the edge of your seat, the actual puzzle that Benedict is solving (with Chase's sometimes reluctant help) engages your attention.
***A note on listening order*** There are currently 5 books in this series. Jennifer Van Dyck is the audio narrator for three of them: Polaris, Seeker, and The Devil's Eye. The order doesn't matter for Polaris and Seeker, but you should listen to Seeker before starting The Devil's Eye. All three are good listens, as is Omega from the McDevitt's other series.
Also, while the last book, Echo, has another narrator, McDevitt's website has the following information:
"The Tantor audio edition of Echo was inadvertently recorded using a male voice. It will shortly be available with a female narrator from Audible.com."
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I was on the edge of my seat for most of this novel, it is by far the best of the Alex Benedict novels.
Seeker is a hard sci fi story without the info dumps and cardboard characters that plague the genre. The characters feel real and the story incorporates an interesting mystery that involves cosmic incidents that only an astrophysicist could predict, but McDevitt makes fun and believable.
Jennifer Van Dyck did a wonderful job, her voice fits Chase very well and kept a good pace throughout.
I have to say that the complaints in the comments seem somewhat petty.
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I enjoyed the pace of the book - it was never dull even when describing the astrophysics involved. I like the fact that the future was familiar and strange at the same time. I listen during my daily commute and always know an audiobook is a winner when I start slowing down as I get closer to work/home so I can listen a few extra minutes. I found myself doing that every day I listened to this one
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This book stays close to the true flow of the growth and fall of knowlege in society over many millenia. Every time man thinks he is great he falls flat on his face. This is a fun romp through time and the galaxy. It does venture into real physics but sticks to what a layman can understand. A who-dunnit with some reverence to what would life be like if?...
It is an enjoyable listen.
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This is not great fiction, but I really enjoyed the read. It is a nice mystery with some interesting ideas. The characters are fun and the story has enough twists to keep me interested. The technology side of the sci-fi is on the weak side, but the interesting ideas part of the sci-fi is alive and well. This is mostly a mystery, and like most mysteries, there is only a modest amount of action. Overall this is was well worth it. The narration is good and adds to the story.
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SUMMARY: archaeologist/antique dealer duo Alex Benedict and Chase Kolpath (well, probably better to describe them as salvage team) find an artifact in the form of an old cup, from a lost colony ship. In turn this leads them on a voyage to discover what happened to the ship, its crew and passengers....
On it's on it was a good story, albeit a little sluggish in parts - in the end I was still left wanting more.. due to the bold description that Jack McD is the next Isaac Asimov and Arthur C Clarke.
With the hype it was a close 3 - but I am giving this a 4 out of 5 because I enjoyed the book on its own merits. There's a good level of detail and the narration is what I would call mature and firm.
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Having read them all. This is the best.
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I REALLY enjoyed the narration by Jennifer Van Dyck & Jack McDevitt, Fantastic. I've listened to this story 4 times now, and recommended it to several friends. This is a very good story in audio format. If you miss a minute here and there the book has enough supporting detail so you don't get lost. The concept is excellent; very 'novel', if you pardon the pun. Pacing is really good, the future is familiar and a different, the concepts are really fun, and the SF Mystery concept is put together in a enjoyable package.
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I enjoyed both the plot and the narrator.
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Hard-boiled crime meets hard SF and the result is a superb tale about an Atlantis to be lost a long time away in the future. And Alex Benedict is about to find it. Twice …
This third instalment of the Alex Benedict series is again told from the perspective of his sidekick/assistant Chase Kolpath, perfectly performed by Jennifer van Dyck. I can recommend it without any reservations: Enjoy!
Suche nach einer verlorenen Geheimgesellschaft im Weltraum. Erstklassig gelesen und spannend bis zum Schlu?.