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.
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.
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.
Avid Science Fantasy Reader, Steampunk enthusist.
I'm new to Audible.com. So, I haven't listened to a lot of books before. But I found this book to be very good & exciting to listen to. The narrator is a very good voice actor.
I also like the feature of listening to a chapter & having the written Kindle version of the book advance to the last page played.
The book has aspects of a Star Trek novel and CJ Cherryh's Alliance-Union Universe series. So much so, I wonder if that wasn't the author's intention.
I haven't finished the book yet, but so far I liked the scene where Stephanos explains why he's a soldier. Even though the book is set a sci-fi context, I think it explains the ordinary soldier's mindset very well to a civilian person.
I would if I had the time.
If this book is the 1st in a series, I may continue to read/listen to them.
Middle-aged, married dad of two, living in Northern Burbs of Chicago. Hard Sci Fi addict, and lover of great storytelling. Almost all of my reading is now in audio format.
Battlestar Galactica without the passion.
Basically wrote a story about a US Navy aircraft carrier, and put it in space.
The story was actually quite good and I enjoyed it. That being said, if this book was a movie, the continuity director would have been fired. There are so many errors, mistakes, etc in the book that I was hard pressed to listen to the whole thing. However I persevered and it was probably worth it.
The author tosses around military and astronomical buzzwards in a flashy, yet for the most part, inappropriate way. I don't believe he has had much experience in either field and certainly didn't do any research.
The use of units is inconsistent, 'meters' in one paragrapgh followed by 'feet' in the next. The timing, speeds and distances are often inconsistant and if you do the math often wrong. In some chapters one of the characters is a major in other chapters he is a colonel.
If you can ignore all of the obvious mistakes and inconsistencies then it's an entertaining story. No thanks to whoever did the proofreading.
I finished 1st book and don't plan on continuing.
I would not recommend the book. For better military series, there is the Lost Fleet. For awesome characters, there is Miles Vorkosigan.
None. The characters are distinguishable only by name (That's not meant to be disparaging towards the narrator)
Decent plot, non-existent character development. There was exactly one instance of humor in the entire book. Why so serious, mr. author? This could be an awesome series, given likeable characters and more varied writing. Every time I heard "blazing", I cringed. There are other words to describe this concept. Ouch.
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!