The Devil's Eye : Alex Benedict

  • by Jack McDevitt
  • Narrated by Jennifer Van Dyck, Jack McDevitt
  • Series: Alex Benedict
  • 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Interstellar antiquities dealer Alex Benedict receives a cryptic message asking for help from celebrated writer Vicki Greene - who has been mind-wiped. She has no memory of her past life, or of her plea for assistance. But she has transferred an enormous sum of money to Alex, also without explanation. The answers to this mystery lie on the most remote of human worlds, where Alex will uncover a secret connected to a decades-old political upheaval - a secret that somebody desperately wants hidden, though the price of that silence is unimaginable.Bonus Audio: Includes an exclusive introduction by author Jack McDevitt.


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Moderate Departure from Previous Books

The Devil's Eye represents a modest departure from the preceding volumes. The earlier novels all involve the tracking down of a variety of clues, many being dead ends, that are quite engaging, and feel like you're peeling through the many layers of an onion to eventually arrive at the truth (the best of the group being the excellent "Seeker"). The Devil's Eye does not involve so many onion layers, and in fact is pretty well solved about half-way through. The remainder of the book focuses on interracial relations, and concludes with a rather obvious twist that was apparent well before the end. However, it is still a typical McDevitt novel - good dialog and a pleasant story line (and always involving a boobytrapped air vehicle of some sort!). I hope McDevitt continues to write these novels, but I prefer the earlier plotting technique.
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- Steven

I hope there's more to come

Jack McDevitt is one of my favorite science fiction authors. I consider his work A Talent for War to be a masterpiece by any definition. It matters little that as the series evolves, one of the two main characters, Alex Benedict becomes slightly less likable, more avaricious and given to duplicity. Polaris and Seeker continued the tradition of an interstellar antiquities dealer with an eye for profit. The Devil's Eye commences with some conundrums and poses the problem of why a gifted author would allow herself to be mind-wiped, losing all traces of her original character and remembering nothing of the terrible events experienced far from the center of the galaxy. In the printed form, this is a book that you can't put down and in audio, you can't stop listening. There are rumors of another Alex Benedict novel and I hope they are true because there is hope for the old rogue and perhaps, his rather sexy pilot.
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- Christopher "Social Scientist and Researcher; mostly retired but conducting longitudinal research into social issues especially the media and social networking. Avid SF and alternative history fan; enjoy a good crime yarn and have become something of an addict for audiobooks."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-25-2008
  • Publisher: Audible Studios