Reviews of Seeker (2005)
Review by physik (2007-01-02)
Strap in, science fiction fans, this one is a keeper! It's been many thousands of years since mankind first journeyed into the stars. Chase Kolpath and Alex Benedict are simple people who deal in artifacts from derelict ships and abandoned space stations across the Confederacy. After coming across a cup that may have belonged to a lost colony ship, the Seeker, the two of them begin an intense investigation to locate its origins. The story is told from the viewpoint of Chase (who we establish early is a VERY attractive woman). Chase and Alex journey to many different worlds searching for the Seeker and clues to what happened to its inhabitants.
As for the outcome of this one, I was pleasantly surprised. There's only so much you can do when dealing with a derelict ship. McDevitt takes the reader in a very unique direction with the discovery of the derelict ship. I was thrilled to know that the Seeker was just the beginning of the discoveries and danger that Chase and Alex would become involved with. Although the final revelation of the enemy and the resulting conflict was somewhat obvious during the story, it was well played out and believable. McDevitt makes up for any criticism he could have taken for the cliché bad guys with the novel's grand finale which made me only wish that I could have been there to see the look on the main character's faces when they made the BIG discovery.