This is the second book I have read in Jack McDevitt’s Academy Series, about 24th century humanity and their experiences in space exploration. It is also the second book, chronologically. This one is about a planet about to be swallowed up by a rogue gas giant, and the people who try to learn what they can from it before it’s gone. Of course things don’t go according to plan, and drama ensues.
Like the other books in the series, Deepsix is not for you, if you are not a fan of the genre. It can get bogged down in pseudo-sciency detail, and the swashbuckling adventure sequences can get a little repetitive at times. But I really like the picture it paints of future humanity, and McDevitt has a real gift for imagining alien worlds and creating engrossing stories in which to explore them.