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? OR, you can just let the horses in the yard, and THEY'LL mow and weedeat (literally) FOR YOU!
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!
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.
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
The problem with numeric scores is that if a book finds a target audience, they tend to come out and rate the book a "5", even when the book is half-baked with little substance (see the Twilight series for more on this).
"Into the Black: Odyssey One" is the top-ramen of the sci-fi genre. It's "The Last Airbender" of military sci-fi. It's pointless, boring, and treats you like your an idiot. You'll be treated to thin caricatures, devoid of substance or motivation. There are better ways to spend fourteen listening hours.
If you want an entertaining military sci-fi human-vs-bugs romp, just read Heinlein's "Starship Troopers". It's just as shallow, but a hell of a lot more entertaining.