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I read this book because it was a nominee for the Nebula award for best novel although it didn t win It s the third or fourth Alex Benedict novel I ve read, and I really don t understand them.The premise of these novels is kind of Indiana Jones in the 15th millennium Alex Benedict goes around the galaxy recovering valuable historical artifacts to sell to private buyers But I m always very, very confused by the temporal scope the stories are set 13,000 years in the future but the people and culture and politics and society are vanilla 20th century Not even 21st century, but really twentieth Couple of quick examples at one point someone Alex had disliked says nice things about him on a talk show When informed of this, Alex says Maybe I ll send him a Christmas card this year Later, Alex also sees some kids on a boat off the coast of Florida he visits Earth in this novel and wonders if they re on Spring Break Again and again there are these kind of details that show that the next 13,000 years of human history are effectively meaningless Almost literally nothing changes There s FTL travel and there s some AIs and there s artificial gravity, but each technology is just treated as a minor, superficial tweak to 20th century society This isn t that unusual for sci fi, a lot of military sci fi or space opera does the same thing, but in those cases the focus of the story is on an exciting plot But and this might just be a personal mismatch in taste it seems especially perplexing to treat 13,000 years of history as basically meaningless when the focus of the book is on precisely that 13,000 years of history That s what Alex does he goes and finds some artifact from the past 13 millennium So in passage after passage you hear a listing of great figures of the past that will go something like, The great explorers Christopher Columbus, Neil Armstrong, and Harrison Burnside where the first two are historical and real and the third is fictional So the focus is always on the past, but it s an oddly sterile, antiseptic past that didn t have any effect This particular novel had the added problem SPOILER of being really obvious In the first couple of passages, you learn that ancient e.g 23rd or 24th century space habitats are prone to blowing up if you turn the power on when you rediscover them Then they find that an archealogist obsessed with that time period had been hiding a priceless artifact in his closet, slightly singed Where did he get it Why didn t he tell anyone If you re guessing Because he found a stash of ancient artifacts, accidentally blew them up, and this is the only piece that survived and he was too ashamed of his carelessness to reveal what he had discovered then congratulations you ve solved the mystery of the novel The only reason I had any doubt was that I thought surely there had to beto it There wasn t.This is the seventh novel, so I assume that there are folks who really get into them I just don t really understand why I don t dislike the books, I just don t really get them. reviews.metaphorosis.com 2.5 starsAntiquarians Chase Kolpath and Alex Benedict search out lost space age artifacts and participate in an attempted rescue of a spaceliner trapped in a spacetime warp In reviewing the prequel to this book, I said I feared the series was growing tired Coming Home is unfortunate proof of that suggestion The prose is good in some places, clumsy and repetitive in others The series has never been based on action and adventure, but this book overdoes the dry descriptions of past excitement I kept wishing I were reading the book about those adventures instead.I couldn t find much of a plot, to be frank Things happen, and Chase and Alex wander slowly around looking for artifacts Mostly, though, Alex goes on talk shows, Chase has an active love life, and they talk with their clients There is one fairly exciting development, but downplayed so far that it s hard to care much about McDevitt also sets the stage for a change we ve all seen coming from the start, but that change doesn t actually happen, and at this stage, won t until book ten.The book readsas an excerpt from Chase s diary than as a story with beginning, middle, and end That didn t work for me even as a dedicated reader of the series, and I imagine anyone who tries this as a stand alone work will be mystified as to the series appeal.If you really love the Benedict series, pick this up If you don t feel so strongly, I advise leaving well enough alone Firebird was an uptick after the disappointing Echo, but it appears to have been temporary Based on the last three of seven books, it looks like the series is pretty well played out, and even McDevitt has lost his interest in it. #READ E-PUB ⛓ Coming Home Í Thousands Of Years Ago, Artifacts Of The Early Space Age Were Lost To Rising Oceans And Widespread Turmoil Garnett Baylee Devoted His Life To Finding Them, Only To Give Up Hope Then, In The Wake Of His Death, One Was Found In His Home, Raising Tantalizing Questions Had He Succeeded After All Why Had He Kept It A Secret And Where Is The Rest Of The Apollo Cache Antiquities Dealer Alex Benedict And His Pilot, Chase Kolpath, Have Gone To Earth To Learn The Truth But The Trail Seems To Have Gone Cold, So They Head Back Home To Be Present When The Capella, The Interstellar Transport That Vanished Eleven Years Earlier In A Time Space Warp, Is Expected To Reappear With A Window Of Only A Few Hours, Rescuing It Is Of The Utmost Importance Twenty Six Hundred Passengers Including Alex S Uncle, Gabriel Benedict, The Man Who Raised Him Are On BoardAlex Now Finds His Attention Divided Between Finding The Artifacts And Anticipating The Rescue Of The Capella But Time Won T Allow Him To Do Both As The Deadline For The Capella S Reappearance Draws Near, Alex Fears That The Puzzle Of The Artifacts Will Be Lost Yet Again But Alex Benedict Never Forgets And Never Gives Up And Another Day Will Soon Come Around I ve said many times often, in reviews on Goodreads.com that a day with a bad McDevitt novel beats a day with no McDevitt novel whatsoever The last two or three Alex Benedict novels haven t been bad, exactly, but they have struck me as increasingly repetitive COMING HOME follows closely on the heels of FIREBIRD, and the two share plot elements, particularly about the disappearing ships plot thread The standard McDevitt plot structure is in play here see my Firebird review for a rehash of it all , so there are no great surprises COMING HOME is probably the first novel where I ve actually sort of egged on the author to get past the expected twists and turns of the standard plot structure and get to the meat of it all when a mysterious white skimmer shows up to shoot up Chase and Alex at one point in the story, I found myself sayingYeah, right, we all know they are going to get past that. so move on why don t you I won t reveal much about the plot, except to say that the big McGuffin this time is a mysterious long lost cache of Earth artifacts, from the early days of space exploration So this gives McDevitt a chance to write a novel set on Earth in the far future, after severe climatic change and political social evolution has had its effect As the artifacts being sought are largely from the 20th and 21st century, we get to see the past from the perspective of someone searching for knowledge we take for granted as readers It s an interesting literary device for instance, we learn that in the far future, only a relative handful of Shakespeare s plays survive intact Coming Home is also the most self referential of the novels so far, as it features Chase Kolpath discovering the life of Priscilla Hutchens, the star of the other big McDevitt series Hutch lived millenia before Kolpath, it turns out A nice Easter Egg For the first time, as well, Chase mentions writing her memoirs in the real time narrative so we experience Alex s reaction to them This is a SPOILER The other great reveal, the one we have been building up to since Firebird, was the rescue of Alex s Uncle Gabe from the hyperspatial rift his passenger liner fell into 20 years previous When it actually happens, it s kind of a non event For such an influential character throughout the series, Gabe kind of comes off as a non starter He ll need fleshing out in later books SUMMARY Coming Home wasn t my favorite of the Alex Benedict series of novels It was solid and workmanlike, but the repetitiveness is starting to become increasingly obvious with every novel and that is starting to affect my enjoyment of them. I m coming home, I m coming home, tell the world I m coming home Sorry couldn t resist referencing that song Seriously, I enjoyed this one. McDevitt fans always delight at the release of a new Alex Benedict novel This novel is no exception for delight by the telling of human activities over 9 millennia in the future In this story Alex and Chase are on a search for artifacts from the Golden Age of Space Travel, especially from the Apollo missions.I was struck by an immense notion of history reading this novel Events of my life are put a in historical perspective by my era being viewed as a time many millennia in the past when we are ancient history So much has been lost due to a dark age and time So much has been misinterpreted due to lack of context Think of how we try so miserably to understand human civilization during the post Roman dark age, before the burning of the Great Library, before writing was invented McDevitt uses the current state of our civilization as the foundation of the collapse leading to our coming dark age Climate change and global warming, the failure of capitalism and its destruction of democracy, fascist governments and dictators, the accumulation of most wealth by the few, corporate ruleand the failure of our tribalized civilization to do anything to prevent it Coming Home is not only about the archeology of our time, but also a prediction of our near future. Jack McDevitt books, especially the Alex Benedict Chase Kolpath novels, tend to be books that, when they are released, I put down whatever else I m reading to read the new one And I did so with this one Overall, it was OK It tied up some things from the first book indeed, that set the whole series in motion but overall it felt like a shaggy dog story A well written shaggy dog story, but a shaggy dog story In fact, it almost seemed like it would have been better as a novella or two novellas, each dealing with one of the plots And Chase seemed kinda dumb in this one But that s the problem with having a character a lot of people like that has to be slow enough for exposition, but sharp enough to be believable as writing a series of memoirs I think someone who s really as slow as you need them to be for the story would not know they were that slow and hence would not say things to the effect of Maybe I m dumbAnyway, mostly recommended for Benedict completists, but still an OK read. Direct suite of Firebird, Coming Home is a disappointing novel The subplot of the book, an investigation about an archaeologist who has suddenly abandoned his research, is very dull Any reader with a minimum of experience in detective novels is able to guess the solution of the plot quite quickly.This narrative thread is only a pretext for visiting McDevitt s future, and in particular that of the Earth This is far from the strong point of the author, his universe is neither exciting nor convincing The main plot, that of the rescue of Capella, occupies only the beginning and the end of the novel it is about the only interesting thing in the book, even if the author has already done much better.This is not the first time McDevitt has written a boring novel because of a weak plot The Mutes, the great aliens of this series, are again almost completely absent from the book.As inconsistent as McDevitt s universe may be, there has always been in all his books a great idea of science fiction to save them For the first time, there is absolutely no great idea in this book Here there is only the envelope a yellowed and poor quality envelope , and nothing inside.Unlike the Academy series whose latest books are great, the series of Alex Benedict is less and less exciting. This series continues to be a solid and consistent read There are several plotlines going on simultaneously, with one picking up on the spaceship rescues from those outside of time, including relationship angst for Chase, and also the delightful return to Sol.Of course, a return to the Earth and our solar system is roughly on par to returning to Sumeria a few thousand years from now to try and figure out, from scratch, what those people were like.It s really a shame that humanity had a breakdown about 5k years go and anything that wasn t written in stone was lost, or else this little job of trying to figure out what a cell phone is or how the cradle of civilization had gotten to the moon in the first place would have been a much easier proposition.Ah, but our favorite characters do have tidbits and hints from the diligent work of previous archeologists, at least, and some names have passed through 9k years relatively intact, the God Einstein not being one of those intact personages Still, it s fun uncovering our present and our near future through the very distant eyes of these characters, thereby becoming a wonderful mirror to ourselves trying to figure out Sumerian culture or architecture from the scant clues that are left to us The idea that our pasts, including what we might call our pre written history, might actually be nothing of the sort Things fall apart We could have come from a very advanced past, outgrowing so many kinds of needs, but even if they had all made things to last, the fact is This is a Very Long Time Nothing lasts We just cannot know.I feel pity for Alex and Chase, but pride in the fact that they re trying.This is a very thoughtful novel Not so exciting as some of the previous ones, but being thoughtful is good, too. I have never read a Clive Cussler book It s just not my normal sort of fiction, although I have nothing in particular against it Reading Jack McDevitt s Coming Home, though, I kept thinking that this book was an awful lot like what I would expect a Clive Cussler book to be, just set in the future, with space hopping treasure hunters and antiquarians, instead of being bounded by the confines of the Earth.Note The rest of this review has been withheld due to the changes in Goodreads policy and enforcement You can read why I came to this decision here.In the meantime, you can read the entire review at Smorgasbook