Did you know you can put in a set of Ear-Buds, slap your Hearing Protectors over them, and Mow the lawn, Weed-Eat, etc, without your book being drowned out by engine noise? I recently listened to "Augustus" while wandering through the Roman Forum. I'm on my third set of "Sleep-Phones". I've been addicted to audible since 2004... I think my friends are starting to suspect I have a problem ;)
I grabbed this title in a hurry last week, based solely on it's member ratings, because I needed to load some books onto my iPhone to listen to while Hospitalized for a week or so... I was pleasantly surprised by this up-and-coming author!
Some people have a story inside them that they believe will connect with readers, if only they can get that story in front of the intended audience. For a new author, getting a book published the traditional way is very often a lesson in "Why you can't", punctuated by stumbling blocks that seem almost designed to say "give it up, you don't believe in it enough". I'm impressed that Evan Currie went so far as to "Self Publish" the first version of this book, since that's not exactly the easiest way to get a story "out there" either, but Mr. Currie obviously believed he had a message that an audience would enjoy hearing; He believed it so strongly that he "Made" a way to get that message in front of people that he thought would benefit from it. You know a book is going to be enjoyable when an author has that much rock-solid faith in himself, and in the story he wants to tell. He was clearly motivated to push forward to accomplish his goal, despite any adversity in his path saying, "you can't"!
That same motivation, struggle against adversity, and creative problem solving is demonstrated by the central characters all through the storyline of this book! In fact, I think it makes the actions and motivations of the characters much more believable as they keep pushing forward against the odds to accomplish what they believe they must do, just like Currie had to do to bring us this tale! The central characters obviously reflect the author's own determination and attitude.
The advanced culture that the crew of the Odyssey encounters is not just "more advanced technologically", but they also see themselves as "Much more advanced culturally", often looking down their noses with contempt at the barbarians that are savage enough to wage war with their own kind.. as is often the case in the real world, you can almost hear them thinking, "I wouldn't want to live in a society that resorts to violence to survive"... However, just like in the real world, when threatened with extinction, they suddenly find that they want to live very badly! Unfortunately, "looking down their noses" isn't a skill that teaches a society how to defend themselves! War is not always waged just for fun and profit; Often full scale conflict comes about because one society must defend themselves against a Machiavellian enemy that can't be negotiated with, and that doesn't want to see reason; He just wants to wipe you out, "simply because he can".
I enjoyed the nods to Heinlein's 'Star Ship Troopers' sprinkled throughout the book, as well as the descriptions of the "Disturbing effects" of the Transitional Drive on many of the crew members... as an Engineer, I could relate to some of the Characters in that respect alone ;)
The story has some rough edges that caused me to roll my eyes a time or two, but those instances were vastly outweighed by the overall story, and the presentation, which held my attention and kept me listening LONG after I should have been asleep. As I said at the start of this review, I listened to this book while in the Hospital over the last several days, and the story-line pulled me in so much that I got a little aggravated by the constant interruptions of being being wheeled out for tests. Several Doctors and nurses asked, "What's the name of the book? Every time I'm in your room you have your headphones on, so it must be good!" My Stock answer became, "Yeah, if you like straight-forward Military Sci-Fi it's pretty good... it's actually even better than I thought it would be from reading the synopsis, and Member reviews!"
I'm looking forward to more from Mr. Currie, his work is only going to get better as he gains more experience!
INTO THE BLACK: ODYSSEY ONE by Evan C. Currie is a wonderful mix of hard sci-fi and storytelling. Not once in listening to the audible story did I find the technical details, often associated with hard sci-fi, cluttering the novel progression unnecessarily. I easily found myself caught up in the story wondering what was going to happen next. I, also, found myself moved by the characters in a way that only comes from masterful writing. This is a science fiction story that I would heartily recommend to anyone that reads the genre.
This book kept the action moving and kept me wondering.
Great original storyline
I cant wait for the second installment, i have unanswered questions!
Sci Fi Reader
I really enjoyed this. It was smart, believable, exciting military science fiction. The narrator is great, I sure hope the sequel in September is on Audible as well.
End of the world and Sci Fi are my favorites with a lot of historical fiction added in
Focus more on the human interactions, motivations and emotions and far less on the machinery that surrounds them.
Probably not unless he makes the move to building characters involved in challenging situations. A walking tour of the technology and layout of the equipment in play is just not as interesting as how humans grapple with the problems at hand.
Yes, the story was the problem not the voice.
Maybe. I liked his first book, "into the black". The trick to battle books is to not let the battles get repetitive. He pulled it off mostly in the first book; however, book 2 was a broken record for battles.
Yes, I bought the second book in the series. Won't buy the 3rd book though.
This book is great. His fault was in the second book. If you consider moving from one battle to the next plot, then read the second book.
This novel is a fantastic example of a scifi that is well-researched and thought-out to make you think about the fascinating potentials of future technology all while providing an engaging and action-packed storyline. Admittedly, this first book is rather limited in it's scope as it mostly boils down to a single prolonged engagement but considering the battle will decide the ultimate fate of a planet of billions of people it retains its intensity.
For me, the battle tech imagined in this book was the most interesting part. I won't speak to too many details since they are linked to some of the story's suspense but suffice it to say that there is some pretty cool armor going on that stems from currently emerging camo/invisibility tech and it sees some fun multi-purpose use in this series, as well as a truly bizarre FTL drive. In the interest of full disclosure, I am a physics major so I am probably more intrigued by some of this than others would be and certainly accounts for my love of the way that the ship's captain and crew are able to discuss matters of rather complex physics off-hand throughout the book. That being said, don't be driven off if your knowledge in physics is basic. The story never gets bogged down in theoretical speculations so quixotic that it would be gobbledygook to the layperson. It is always directly connected to frying the bad guys and gives indirect explanation of the technology involved while maintaining the "cool" factor that draws people to scifi.
The only really issue I had with this book was (VERY SLIGHT SPOILER) the idea that the aliens could have a good enough grasp of the nature of light and the practical applications of it to make extremely powerful and precise lasers, defensive force fields, and FTL engines/communications but not understand multi-frequency lasers. That doesn't seem like something that could have not occurred to them. Granted, it seems like they gave up on innovation ever since the overmind started taking care of them. Perhaps that tech just wasn't carried over to the computer for some reason? Maybe there will be an explanation for it later.
I have listened to the other two books of the series so far and they have not disappointed me. Each of them stand as gripping space-warfare scifi with more mysteries and players being introduced as the plot unfolds. The end of book 3 is a particularly huge cliffhanger that I really hope I'll be able to resolve soon. The narrator is the same for all three books and I found him to be quite skilled. He's not quite the best I've heard but he is capable of differentiating characters and flavoring with multiple accents that were not unpleasant to listen to for me. He never got in my way of enjoying the story with jarring tones or volumes and he often enriched it.
I highly recommend both this book and series to SciFi lovers.
Enjoy the adventure
A crew, composed of Earth’s best of the best, is launched into space on a mission of discovery beyond the Solar System. The crew quickly discovers that they have landed in the middle of an intergalactic war and must fight or run back home. Of course they decide to stay and battle the ugly aliens. The book is fast paced and the threat of danger permeates from beginning to end. Very enjoyable adventure.
If it wasn't for one rather long space fight I would have rated it a 5. There was enough other stuff going on interspersing the battles so it wasn't all military action. There was a clear-cut distinction between the good and bad guys. There was good character development and a lot of interaction between characters so it was easy to follow the story. Of course there was a lot of techno speak that just went right over my head but you could sort of get an idea of what they were talking about.
This book could have been called First Contact as it was earth's first voyage into interstellar travel to see what else was out there. Turns out it was a lot more than they bargained for. I'm looking forward to listening to the next book in the series.
The narrator did a great job.
A good way to get through the work day.
Its not the very best i've listened to. Lost Fleet, Star Force, Troy Rising, and Saga of seven suns, but well worth the listen. I would rank this book in the top 10-12 for the genre.
My favorate character in this book has to be Captain Eric Weston. Weston's character makes this book what it is. Even keeled, smart, and tough.
Again Captain Weston. The narrator does a good job with the characters in this book. He doesn't not have incredible range, but it is still good.
I don't know.