Details about new tech was fun.
Great voices. Fun pace.
No extreme reactions here - but it kept my interest from start to finish.
Give this book a try
Startrek, Starwars and Wing Commander all mixed up in a World War II dogfighter narrative.. in space.
I loved the WC references. From Bossman and Paladin playing Poker on the flight deck, to and I sh*t you not... "Commander Roberts".
The second book is a little too Michael Bay for my taste but does move the narrative along enough to make for a satisfying close in number 3.
Original series of the decade? No. Worth my 30 + hours? Hell yes.
The fact that science plays and actual element if not totally believable.
The main character is fantastic
This book has several moments where you are like ()h $h!t. Which made it that much cooler.
Very good listen. Especially for the cost.
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.
I work full time in Financial Services, teach part time, listen to music (a lot) and love Science Fiction and Speculative Fiction.
I thought it was a good story, the production was very good and it kept my interest. I recommend this to any fan of Sci Fi.
The story is a little more Military Sci Fi than I usually read but it had some solid character development and a back story that served the overall plot well. I enjoyed it and I am going to listen to the remainder of the series.
I thought he did a solid job.
I honestly think that many (if not all) members of the military exemplify the attributes of honor that are depicted in this story. I have a renewed respect for that viewpoint and I am glad I was exposed to it through this fictional story.
I would recommend it, somewhat of a light read with an action based plot but sometimes that is what you need to unwind from work and relax. I am going to finish the series and look forward to finding out how the Odyssey One fares in the coming war with the Drassein....good stuff.
I'm surprised that this has so many high reviews. Not that it is terrible, but it isn't great. The 'military fiction' seemed to have a level of believable similar to a Star Trek episode. The story was lightly entertaining, but was weakened from over use of cliche and coincidence. It is not what I would think of as strong military fiction. I think though that what really brought my rating down was disappointing narration. Relatively flat emotional delivery along with poor use of emphasis and slightly disjointed reading detracted from what would otherwise most likely have been much more entertaining. Overall, from what I now know, I would have preferred to spend my credit and time on something else.
I wouldn't say that Into the Black is a novel without any good ideas. It has some interesting ones, primarily in its usage of technology, and the entrance of humanity into an existing genocidal conflict could make for an interesting allegory to the role of America's military in the modern day.
This is not the book that makes that comparison, however, or at least, it does not succeed in doing so. This is a book written in black and white, where the good guys look like humans and live a peaceful and idyllic existence, and the bad guys are a bunch of bugs. While I'm not opposed to the book's military stance (I came into this book knowing it was military science fiction) it's much too heavy-handed in its delivery of philosophical points.
Even more importantly, however, this book just isn't written well. The author suffers from near-constant redundant word usage, unevocative prose, and his attempts to provoke emotional responses are ineffective. He even suffers from some very basic problems like the inability to decide on a perspective, and will switch from subjective to omniscient within a given page.
The performance is decent, but nothing transformative. I'd stay away from this one.
My wife says she can read me like an open book. Though she regrets not being able to shut me up the same way. :)
Wow. I can't say if any of the tech or physics in this sci-fi are theoretically sound, but the author's narrative pulls it all together reasonably while setting a great tech foundation for the story. It's up there with Taylor Anderson's "Destroyermen" series and Jack Campbell's "Lost Fleet" collection. If you've read any of those and enjoyed them, then you might just find yourself another fave author in Evan Currie. Well done. On to Book 2.
This book did a great job of mixing astrophysics and action-- the scenes of fighting in space seemed very realistic and well researched. The use of technology was deft and added to the story.
The characters in this book aren't too deep, but I'd love to learn more about the Second in Command. He's got a story to tell.
I think he did a very good job of bringing the characters to life.
First Contact meets Starship Troopers
“I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.” ― Jorge Luis Borges
A well written military sci-fi.
It’s a story about first human exploration spaceship (kind of like Enterprise from Star Trek) that rescues the only living Alien from a ship full of dead somethings. Alien turns out to be-guess what- a human, and the mystery ensue. I couldn’t put it down. I kept listening when I got home. Highly recommended for fans of military sci-fi.