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Book Title: Infinity Beach|
The author of the book: Jack McDevitt
ISBN 13: 9780061020056
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 19.63 MB
Edition: Harper Voyager
Date of issue: February 6th 2001
Read full description of the books Infinity Beach:Though I “discovered” Jack McDevitt after he was already a well-established sci-fi writer, I’ve read a good share of his books now—most notably the series featuring Priscilla Hutchins (Engines of God, Deepsix, Chindi, etc.). McDevitt does a great job, I think, at illustrating the grandeur, adventure and danger of space travel. I like his writing enough that occasionally I’ll mine his older works. I’m sure eventually I’ll have read them all.
Infinity Beach is one of his earliest novels, and as such, I think it stands up pretty well. It does start slower than most, and as other reviewers have noted, the first third of the book is more a murder/disappearance mystery than a standard sci-fi novel. Only the fact that the mystery happens in the future makes it speculative at all.
After the initial mysteries began to get solved is when Infinity Beach really started moving for me. That’s also when the “grandeur and danger” McDevitt style started to shine through. From there it was one revelation after another, mixed with some fun action and adventure, and a little social commentary.
Infinity Beach isn’t my favorite McDevitt novel, but it has a great premise, good characterization, an interesting (though uneven) plot and a satisfying conclusion. Not a bad winter read!
Read information about the authorJack McDevitt is a former English teacher, naval officer, Philadelphia taxi driver, customs officer and motivational trainer. His work has been on the final ballot for the Nebula Awards for 12 of the past 13 years. His first novel, The Hercules Text, was published in the celebrated Ace Specials series and won the Philip K. Dick Special Award. In 1991, McDevitt won the first $10,000 UPC International Prize for his novella, "Ships in the Night." The Engines of God was a finalist for the Arthur C. Clarke Award, and his novella, "Time Travelers Never Die," was nominated for both the Hugo and the Nebula awards.
McDevitt lives in Georgia with his wife, Maureen, where he plays chess, reads mysteries and eats lunch regularly with his cronies.
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