Thursday, January 11, 2007

Book Review: Odyssey

by Jack McDevitt.

I've liked just about everything I've read by Jack McDevitt.
His SF stories have action, suspense, mystery, intrigue, and most definitely character and heart. His characters are real, and we come to car about what happens to them.

This is one of the "Priscilla Hutchins" books, set relatively early in the exploration of the galaxy. Hutch is basically the main character of these stories, or at least the driving force behind the stories. In the "Hutchverse" the galaxy isn't teeming with life, but there is evidence of other civilizations. Man hasn't met a contemporary space-faring civilization yet. There have been hints - abandoned spaceships, monuments, etc. Odyssey features what may be the first evidence of another co-existent spacefaring race - and they don't like our science experiments!

The "Hutch" story line is apparently set to wrap up in a forthcoming novel called Cauldron.

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