Books Detective Science Fiction

Polaris – Not very exciting…

PolarisPolaris (Alex Benedict, #4) by Jack McDevitt
My rating: 4 out of 10 stars

The luxury space yacht Polaris carried an elite group of the wealthy and curious thousands of light-years from Earth to witness a spectacular stellar phenomenon. It never returned. The search party sent to investigate found the Polaris empty and adrift in space, the fate of its pilot and passengers a mystery.

Sixty years later, prominent antiquities dealer Alex Benedict is determined to find the truth about Polaris-no matter how far he must travel across the stars, no matter the risk.

I was in the mood for a change of pace and since I had read the first book in the Alex Benedict series by Jack McDewitt and found it somewhat entertaining I decided to have a go at the second instalment in the series. Unfortunately I did not find this book very exciting.

First of all, the story is told from the perspective of Alex Benedict’s sidekick Chase Kolpath. I have never liked it very much when a story is told from someone who is not really the main character and I did not really like it this time either. I think this put me off a bit from the start. The book is not poorly written in any way but it did never really catch my interest when reading it. To some extent I guess you can compare Alex and Chase to Hercule Poirot and Captain Hastings but they both lack the catching charisma of these two. The story is not really fantastic and the events are fairly predictable. The ending is especially predictable and fairly non-imaginative. I almost found myself skimming through the last chapters since I pretty much knew where everything was going anyway.

The book was certainly a change of pace compared to my usual selection but after the last page I was left with a rather meeh feeling or “bof” as the French say. It will probably take a while before I have a go at the next book in this series.

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