Into the Black, Currie's first installment in the Odyssy one series is a gem of listen. While the story is placed far in the future and involves the testing of the first faster than light drive. the crew of the Odyssey begin their journey as mere test pilots / guinea pigs. After their "jump" they find themselves encountering what appears to be human beings who refer to the Earth people as potentially the mythical "others" that are the stuff of their legends. At the same time, the Earth crew bump into another alien species intent on human destruction, without regard to home world origin.
The sci-fi elements are pretty standard at about the level of a typical Star Trek movie. The compelling storyline is a combination of excellent space warfare that is skillfully executed by the Earth crew with an exceptional ensemble crew (no one character does it all). Currie also does two other things right: 1) the aliens are uniquely different, intelligent, and inscrutable, and 2) the "alien" human counterparts are not so much advanced relative to Earth, but rather they have progressed in some, but not all areas of science. While this first salvo in a longer story arc bodes well for a good run, this first installment is also pure listening pleasure with good pacing and plenty of surprises.
The narration is first rate and does a respectable job of capturing the mood of the various characters (of which there are many).
I had a colleague recommend this one to me. I tried it out and am having a hard time giving it even two stars.
1. Characters are paper thin, secondary to the story.
2. Plot. WTF?
3. Out of water Military story. I've read much better. Whats up with so many authors taking a group of military persons and putting them into a weird scifi environment where they are fish out of water, but manage to win the day anyhow. Seems like every single one of them has the same plot structure and characters.
I'd recommend the Lost Legion series over this one.
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.
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.
I am an avid reader of science fiction, adventure and technology. My hobbies consist of PC gaming, movies, 3D printing, and software dev.
This book is a thrilling ride from exploration to combat and sets the tone for a interesting series. Not much focus was placed on actual human behavior but the story had a well formed ark. If unease were an issue they would take a bag...
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.
I came to Into the Black after finishing Jack Campbell's books and I confess I was looking for more of the same. Naturally, Currie has his own style and at first I was disappointed. However, I stuck with it and was glad I did.
The story begins with humanity's first excursion into deep space with faster than light travel and its discovery, reaction to another humaniod species. While, initially, my reaction was "Ya, right!" I realized that the mystery as to how this improbability came about is one of the continuing themes in the series. Currie includes space, fighter, and ground combat in his novel and does an excellent job of all three. The characters are well rounded and you become invested with them.
My only quibble is with the narration. Darcie doesn't always get the right emphasis. However, the plot is engaging enough to get you through the times you might cringe a bit at the reading.
As a old naval aviator and current airline captain, I have enjoyed this series more than any other. Strap in for one hell of a story. -GC