- Mass Market Paperback: 506 pages
- Publisher: Harper Voyager (1 February 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0061020052
- ISBN-13: 978-0061020056
- Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.7 x 17.1 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 240 g
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Jack McDevitt is the author of A Talent for War, The Engines of God, Ancient Shores, Eternity Road, Moonfall, and numerous prize-winning short stories. He has served as an officer in the U.S. Navy, taught English and literature, and worked for the U.S. Customs Service in North Dakota and Georgia.
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Infinity Beach is one of his earliest novels, and as such, I think it stands up pretty well. It does start slower than most, and as other reviewers have noted, the first third of the book is more a murder/disappearance mystery than a standard sci-fi novel. Only the fact that the mystery happens in the future makes it speculative at all.
After the initial mysteries began to get solved is when Infinity Beach really started moving for me. That's also when the "grandeur and danger" McDevitt style started to shine through. From there it was one revelation after another, mixed with some fun action and adventure, and a little social commentary.
Infinity Beach isn't my favorite McDevitt novel, but it has a great premise, good characterization, an interesting (though uneven) plot and a satisfying conclusion. Not a bad winter read!
I liked this book -- my first by Jack McDevitt. First contact stories are not a new idea in the sci fi genre, but this one has some intriguing twists to it. Along the lines of: be careful what you wish for, because you just might get it. The story, as other reviewers have noted, is by turns a mystery, sci fi, gothic horror/ghost type of tale. The characters aren't special, but I found them likable. The plot is the book's strength, though. The storyline was quite engaging, and kept me turning the pages from start to finish. INFINITY BEACH was, in short, not necessarily deep, but entertaining. I had fun reading it, and will read more books by McDevitt in the future.
The perception of clone development was interesting. The development of their personalities was similar to twins. As I raised twins, I saw the similarities. Before reading the book, I would have put clones in more of a mirror image, if I had thought about it at all.
The reality of what happened was good. A bit of a surprise but one that fit right in with the characters. I do so love his character driven books. And the aliens? Well, you will just have to read it to find out!