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All in all, a good book.

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Seeker is a mix of science fiction & mystery. It focuses on Alex, an antiquities dealer, & his assistant, Chase. Chase is a great character & I sometimes felt that she was getting the short end of the stick -- Alex may be the one with all the ideas but it's Chase who is doing all the work. Anyways. The mystery revolves around a cup that Alex wants to sell. That's it -- the inspiration for this whole story is a single cup. But it's a very old cup & there may be more valuable things where it came from. Alex sends Chase on a mission to discover the history of the cup, involving them both in the politics & reality of a space colony 9000 years in their past (and not that far from our present).

I think that McDevitt did a brilliant job in making this book relevant (sci-fi doesn't have to be that way, but it's always cooler when you can see reality in it somewhere). He took events from today (complete with their political implications), twisted them just a bit, & then had the civilised people of 9000+ years in the future commenting on them. And he does it all without being preachy -- for someone not paying attention to that vibe, it could even be easily looked over in favour of the space operatic essence of the novel.

Added by Vikster
11 years ago on 6 March 2007 22:35

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