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Everyone knew the legend of Christopher Sim. Fighter. Leader. An interstellar hero with a rare talent for war, Sim changed mankind's history forever when he forged a ragtag group of misfits into the weapon that broke the back of the alien Ashiyyur. But now, Alex Benedict has found a startling bit of information, long buried in an ancient computer file. If it is true, then Christopher Sim was a fraud.For his own sake, for the sake of history, Alex Benedict must follow the dark track of a legend, into the very heart of the alien galaxy - where he will confront a truth far stranger than any fiction imaginable.BONUS AUDIO: Includes an exclusive introduction by author Jack McDevitt.
©2004 Jack McDevitt; (P)2008 Audible, Inc.
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"In his ability to absolutely rivet the reader, it seems to me that McDevitt is the logical heir to Isaac Asimov and Arthur C. Clarke." (Stephen King)
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4 out of 5 stars
By Brian on 09-25-10

Very good - but the cover and title are deceptive

This is NOT a book about war, or fighting in space, or action of any kind. You should NOT judge the book by it's cover or title or you will be disappointed (as several reviewers were), but if you know going in that it is more of a detective story (where the detective is a librarian type) you will like it. I would actually compare it to "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" or the other George Smiley spy books - there is very little action currently happening (but past action is discovered and discussed by the protagonist). That is not a bad thing (John La Carrie sold millions of those books, and they are great), but if you are expecting the protagonist to have a "talent for war" (he doesn't) or men in spacesuits (the cover depicts a man dead for a hundred years) you will be disappointed. If you want an interesting future mystery with some science fiction (it is the future, but that future is 90% like the present) and several very interesting "twists", give this a try.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Sandy on 12-24-14

The Book is Good, But...

I enjoyed the story, but the narrator detracted from it due to many mispronunciations. I don't know how many times I yelled NUCLEAR NOT NUCULAR and DE-MOS-THE-NES NOT DE-MOS-THENES! It became very annoying.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Neil on 10-08-08

An absorbing tale

This is the first of the Alex Bennidict series of books, the only one of the three currently available that is narrated as the main protaginist instead of his associate Chase.

Unfortunatly due to the release order on Audible, i have listened to the books in reverse order, but this has not dimmed my enjoyment of these novels.

Set in a distant but utterly belevable future of a human race spread across the stars with the lessons of 14000 years of recorded history behind them, and yet still vunerable to the same faults that exist today.

This book is placed in a time of political unrest and tension, the story line weaves through worlds filled with belivable charactors, places and events.
It is not a story full of violence and inconsistancies, but the story of a detailed search for a something hidden, which during the finding takes the listener into the worlds of the Confederacy, and in my case left me wanting more.

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