Cover by Larry Price. Reviewed by Steven H Silver. Jack McDevitt's fiction has always focused on strong female characters. In Odyssey , he not only revisits, Priscilla Hutchinson, one of his favorites from The Engines of God , Deepsix , Chindi , and Omega , but he also adds pilot Valentina Kouros, who appears to be following in Hutch's footsteps, and fifteen-year-old Amy Taylor, the daughter of a Senator who shows every sign she's a force to be reckoned with.

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Known for combining galaxy-spanning adventures with the genuine novel of ideas Washington Post Book World , multiple Nebula Award-finalist McDevitt returns to the world of Chindi and Omega and humanity's struggle with its own existence.

Get A Copy. Hardcover , pages. Published November 7th by Ace Hardcover first published November More Details Original Title. The Academy 5. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Odyssey , please sign up. This is really unusual. Used copies with creased spines are going for new price, with shipping inc. This is why people pirate books you know I spent an hour trying to find a brand new copy online.

No luck unless I want to buy at a high price from a random seller, or a creased used copy for new price. See 1 question about Odyssey…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Odyssey The Academy, 5. In his fictional universe there is still more than a little mystery and sense of wonder out there. These days, in fiction, the stars are only a backdrop to the story. This makes sense, considering the irresistible old-school charm of his novels.

In fact, Odyssey reads a bit like a future mockumentary. Therein also lies the problem. But there is a chance. However, I happen to know McDevitt is better than this. The first three novels in this series are stunning!

That said, even a mediocre McDevitt outing is still pretty darn entertaining. As far as the characters are concerned Hutch herself takes a bit of a back seat in this novel to another recurring character refer Deepsix. He is cynical to the point of being a caricature, but he is also very amusing at times. Does he work well as the primary protagonist? I preferred Hutch in the driving seat.

The final word Odyssey is a good book, but suffers from pacing issues, and as a result falls short of being very good. There is a decent amount of Sense of Wonder in the novel - one thing in particular will stay with me: a derelict space ship orbiting a planet dozens of light years from earth and which now serves as an automated museum.

The flurry of excitement toward the end of the novel goes some way into pulling it through barely. I was reminded of L. Modesitt Jr. In the end it's all moot - you owe it to yourself to read some McDevitt, but not necessarily this. Sep 13, Bradley rated it liked it Shelves: shelf , sci-fi , space-opera.

While this novel was generally okay, I can't rank it higher than a three for a couple of important reasons. He has a few good moments in a previous novel but he's given a LOT more time in this one, pushing Hutch out of the limelight. He's no longer just a foil for charming Atheism against all the believers in the 23rd century I kinda squirmed. I hunted and double checked and went Almost or sometimes fully verbatim.

It was good the first time, but I'm not so sure about a second time. A lot of it is more long-winded and slower-paced than the previous novels. Does lackadaisical fit? The adventure part is kinda missing, in favor of mirrored commentary and a slightly forced "sense of wonder". This is me saying I was bored. Well, this isn't the same as saying I hated the novel. I didn't. I just didn't fall head over heels for it. I missed some of what I appreciated a lot more in the previous novels, too.

This is probably my favorite book of the series so far, along with Chindi. I would happily read a new series about Gregory McAllister and his journalistic adventures for The National. Feb 09, James Mourgos rated it liked it. First Impressions: Odyssey took some getting used to in order to plow through it!

My only other introduction to the author Jack McDevitt is through his excellent novel, "Time Travelers Never Die" so I was hoping this book was going to be a continuation of the excellent style I was used to.

Odyssey moves slow, and takes its time in commenting on that 23rd century life, implying criticism of today naturally. It's just too obvious and too much!

For example there is a thread through the story of a mousy man named Beemer who attacked a priest for preaching hellfire which frightened him and "ruined his life" when he was told there was no redemption for this 12 year old now man. MacKenzie was backing up Beemer hoping for some kind of conviction.

The end chapters give headlines and blurbs of the ongoing trial. Very minor part of the story and a bit of a waste of time for this reader. After a few hundred pages of administrative angst by Hutch, and her politically motivated boss, there are rumors that the Academy may be shutting down since it has been found that there is little to no life in the immediate vicinity of the Milky Way and that we are wasting our time on the space effort and that we should concentrate on the failing Earth's ecology — greenhouse has really come a long way in two centuries, apparently.

Finally some political intrigue, the death of a favored character and still the unexplained and incomplete ending of the first and only contact with alien life left me a bit "so what. Was this a hoax? Should we pay attention to their threat of destroying an atomic collider that could give us the answers to the Big Bang, or should we worry about reputation and not tell anyone of the true dangers of this collider?

Bottom Line: Great potential, but the story could have been shortened a couple hundred pages as an interesting short story than a novel. Still, I have not given up on Jack McDevitt. Let me look up his Hugo winners and see if I can see some of his early work. The present Odyssey, though supposedly in alignment with Homer's similarly-titled tale, drags for me and is more a political criticism in the guise of science fiction than a novel that would rival Heinlein or Asimov.

No danger there! This is the 5th of 6 Priscilla Hutchins novels and I think it is the best so far. Hutch is still working as an administrator in the Academy which is under attack as a result of heavy spending with not much to show for it. Orion Tours, an interstellar touring outfit, starts seeing Moonriders on various parts of the tour. Moonriders are basically UFOs. The Academy sends out a ship to see if there are such a thing as Moonriders.

On the ship are MacCallister, a newspaper reporter who has been critic This is the 5th of 6 Priscilla Hutchins novels and I think it is the best so far. On the ship are MacCallister, a newspaper reporter who has been critical of the Academy; Valya a Greek lady pilot; Amy, the daughter of a Senator who is critical of the Academy and Eric who is the publicity director of the Academy who wants to see some action.


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A blog about science fiction and fantasy novels, films and related matters. Post a comment. Odyssey, and Cauldron, by Jack McDevitt. Odyssey and Cauldron are the fifth and sixth books in the author's Academy series, following on from Omega.


Cauldron (Academy - Book 6)

Odyssey is the fifth book in the Academy or Priscilla Hutchins series, which started with The Engines of God , but like many of the books in this series it can be read independently. One will miss the numerous references to previous events in the history of space exploration, but none of them are horribly important for following the plot. That unfortunately also means that it's not a direct sequel to Omega and doesn't advance the plot of the Omega clouds, which I found frustrating. It's becoming harder and harder to maintain funding for deep space exploration as humanity turns inward to deal with serious environmental problems at home. The Academy is short on ships and funds for routine maintenance, and an increasing amount of space travel is tourism instead. But that might change when a group of spheres, maneuvering in formation, are spotted outside a tourist ship.

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