Didn't read print . . . absolutely loved this book
Captain Eric Weston . . . he has the perfect blend of arrogance and humility. He' s able to make a decision when necessary and the consequences be damned!
The first time the ship went into transition. Evan Currie was great at a detailed explanation and the side effects.
Hope the next book is as good!
I'm a technician that does a lot of driving for his job. I use the "windshield" time to listen to audiobooks.
Almost as good as the Lost Fleet series. I think it's a good value for your money, and your time.
Dang good Sci-Fi.
I really hope that the author will continue this storyline. I'll be first in line to purchase a sequel.
Hardcore scifi fan from a galaxy far far away.
A good try at mil Sifi. A bit short on the science and detail of the story. However still a good read. With a bigger word limit we might look forward to good things from this author in the future.
Lots of action
Far too many characters in this - and none given enough character as written or voiced to be able to have a favorite.
If you liked Starship Troopers...
Note that this review is for the remastered (read: fixed the amateurish author pitfalls) edition.
First, there is a LOT here and a lot to like in the action arena. A lot of people compared this to Starship Troopers and I can see why - soldiers, outer space, nature-derivative bad bugs..er..guys. It just doesn't have the Starship troopers soap opera feeling, which is a good thing in my opinion. And you get to see the perspective from a LOT more characters.
And it is that wide array of perspectives that makes it feel like a first novel. That indulgence (and honestly laziness) of having to tell a story from all perspectives when it isn't needed. Rather, more suspense, less verbiage, and a more compelling story could have been told from a more sophisticated, imaginative, and disciplined approach to the writing and characters. At about the point you get a few pages telling random things like how a random alien invader drone dies or a random human reacts to an invasion, it just gets to be too much. We honestly don't need to read from the perspective of EVERY SINGLE PERSON who has a speaking part (or not) in the book. At the point you send in a ground force of 15 soldiers and have to constantly switch from each of their perspectives, it gets old.
All those perspectives mean that characterization suffers greatly. It's all about the plot and each thing the characters say or do is only to advance the plot, and not to deepen the characters themselves. I think that has to be the biggest issue I have with the book.
I also *really* had to suspend disbelief at several instances. E.g., you capture an alien woman, she's the only survivor of a massive battle, and you just blithely continue on and jump to a place in the middle of a war without asking the woman things like the bad guys' strength, abilities, war capabilities, etc????). Things like that were just so distracting, pulled me out of the story in annoyance, and of course makes me realize that character is needed somewhere later in the plot, just introduce her and move on. Ok.
That said, the book is compelling, if draining, and there is a lot of interesting action to keep the reader entertained. For that reason, I gave this book 4 stories. The plot almost, but not quite, makes up for the mess of characterization. There are still a lot of unnecessarily repeated or cliche first-time writer phrasing in there. E.g., if the shuttle is above a 'dessicated' forest - you don't have to use that adjective in front of forest every time you describe something happening there. We get it - the forest is dried up. But the language wasn't too frustrating and I can only imagine how annoying the first version must have been.
In conclusion, I enjoyed it enough to get past the first-time author syndrome and move on in the series.
As for the narration: The narrator was fine, even considering the sheer amount of characters he had to voice.
I've read pretty much everything in the MSCI-FI genre. This has to be the best one I've ever read. I just couldn't turn the book off. Buy it now, you won't regret it!
I very much enjoyed this and look forward to the rest of the series. It feels like listening to the Honnor Harrington series. If your into space battles you wont go wrong with this one. It's easy to keep up with the different people and I found myself identifying with and rooting for many of them rather than one or two.
This was another debut military sci-fi novel, this time by Evan C. Currie. However, unlike the "Man of War" series I recently started as well, this one is not only quite clearly a "first novel", it is also clear that it was self-published first. Although it gets better near the end, the first part of the book is amateurish and difficult to continue listening to. It shows why good editors are so important in fiction writing. The author makes a number of choices in the story that simply are too much to possibly believe. Feeling like a kind of cheap Star Trek copy, the novel starts with humanity's first faster-than-light ship's maiden voyage, that then quickly turns into a Jack Campbell-style military sci-fi romp. But the jump is way too sudden, and the situation utterly unbelievable. Almost immediately upon arriving at Alpha Centauri, the ship responds to a distress signal in yet another system, which they blindly follow, after which continues one unlikely decision after another until this fleet is involved in full-scale battles with alien forces. It is simply not believable that such a captain would make decisions like this, not based on our current knowledge of military procedures and extensive and careful prototype testing.
While the book does get better later on (at least the space battle are well done), it can't make up for the strange and out of place decisions that are made by both the author and characters in the first half. Another seriously unbelievable element is in the type of "aliens" they run into, although I won't spoil that particular point. Ultimately if he wanted to write an exploration novel, then exploration should have dominated the theme of the book and the conflict kept small and realistic. If he wanted to write military space battles, then he should have introduced us to a world in which this was already feasible, not tacking it on to what was essentially an exploration mission. Some people might disagree with me and say that it worked for them. If so, then please continue reading and I hope you enjoy the rest of the series. I'll be stopping here, thanks.
All of them. New book and they came together perfectly.
I love the tribute to Robert A Heinlein.
This is a review of the series as a whole, with minimal spoilers.
tl;dr: The first three books are excellent, while the fourth is so-so. The four combine into one coherent arc, and the conclusion of the fourth book leaves plenty of material for sequels. Altogether, they were a worthwhile read.
For a comparison, the Odyssey One series reminded me most strongly of the Mass Effect video game trilogy. Its major drawbacks are that it can be a bit predictable and simplistic: It's good guys versus bad guys. Evan Currie almost never kills a character that you actually like. The protagonist's genius alone saves the day every time things seem hopeless. And there's a bit of deus ex machina to boot.
Complaints out of the way, here are all the things that make this series worth reading:
- There are lots of creative and novel technologies introduced, particularly in the first three books
- The action is gripping, and by the third and fourth books, it is essentially non-stop. The lack of any lulls makes it really difficult to put these books down
- While it is predictable that the protagonist will always be the one to save the day, you are very often pleasantly surprised with just how clever his solutions are. It makes for a bit of a game to see if you can guess Weston's next move
- The author's deep appreciation of physics, engineering, and military strategy are evident throughout all 4 books. His level of detail on those fronts is extremely gratifying and makes the books particularly immersive to readers with scientific and/or military backgrounds
- Similar to Mass Effect, you get the sensation of bigger forces at work in the universe than your petty battles. Lots of big-picture questions are raised, and many of them are left unanswered by book 4. This leaves lots of opportunity for some really good sequels
One thing to note: The first three books get almost uniformly excellent reviews, while the reception for the fourth is mixed. The four books do form a single arc, so I wouldn't want to read this series and just stop at book 3. Here are my thoughts on book 4:
- It is read by a different narrator. The voices he does are a bit more gravelly than the first narrator, and there is one new character with a Jersey accent that I find annoying, but all in all I found him to be just different, and not objectively worse. Come into the fourth book mentally prepared for an adjustment, and this shouldn't interfere too much with your experience
- Unlike the rest of the series, much of the fighting in book 4 happens on the ground and not in space. This is entertaining, but it gets repetitive
- Not as many novel technologies or tactics are introduced in this book
- I came into the book expecting many of my bigger questions to be answered, but it actually just raised even more questions. I'll be really sad if there isn't a sequel with some of those answers
And a fun error missed during editing: There is an entire chapter of book 2 where Evan switches the names of his Chief Medical Officer and Chief Linguist. No other reviewers I read seem to have noticed.