Beyond the confines of our small world, far from the glow of our star, lie a galaxy and universe much larger and more varied than anyone on Earth can possibly imagine. For the new NAC spacecraft Odyssey and her crew, the unimaginable facets of this untouched world are about to become reality.The Odyssey's maiden voyage is an epic adventure destined to make history.
Captain Eric Weston and his crew encounter horrors, wonders, monsters, and people; all of which will test their resolve, challenge their abilities, and put in sharp relief what is necessary to be a hero.
A first-rate military-science-fiction epic that combines old-school space opera and modern storytelling, Into the Black: Odyssey One is a riveting, exhilarating adventure with vivid details, rich mythology, and relentless pacing.
©2012 Evan Currie (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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
"Unable to finish this (minor *spoiler*)"
My biggest problem with this is possibly the genre. I love science fiction. I don't mind a bit of war. I do like some real story. However this feels like an endless advert for the US Marine Corps - devoid of real feeling and story, full of gungho action types who spend all their time being soldiers and not much time doing anything else. Having listened to titles which really paint alternative cultures in interesting ways - this doesn't. And *spoiler* the crew's reaction to meeting aliens (lots of them) seems like vague interest and rampant paranoia rather than fascinated intrigue (in one case, with some justification).
I listened to about 30% of the whole thing, and I really tried to stick it. But for me (and I'm at odds with some others who possibly knew better than I what they were expecting) I had a "life is too short" moment, and decided to move onto something I would find more rewarding.
Good choice of narrator. Fantastic futuristic descriptions of technologies that are theoretically possible. Exploratory and militaristic. Unfortunately for me the, the dialogue can be very 'boys toys.'
"What a great story!"
I read a few mixed reviews on this story but I thought I'd give it a go not having read or listened to any of Mr Currie's work, I am so glad I did. The story to me felt like a mix between Black Hawk Down, Hunt for Red October and Battlestar Galactica [the new series].
This is one of those visual audio books, you really get in there with the characters and feel the story unfolding. I thought Benjamin L. Darcie's voice nailed the feel of the story, so big credits to him as well.
It's a great story that will leave you itching for more. It did for me, so after tapping this out ... I'm of to get part 2 to see how this universe unfolds.
"Disappointing and formulaic"
I wanted to like this more than I did. There is nothing wrong with the narration but the story is weak. It feels more like an old "Battlestar Galactica" episodes. The main human characters have faster-than-light technology but all the tactics are from a marine WW2 movie. Even the ranks used are taken directly from the US Marines. None of the challenging ideas you get from other authors. Seemed more like a 50s sci-fi movie script.
"Excellent Space Opera"
This is for both volumes of the Odyssey - a real saga. It is pretty much Star Trek Enterprise with a bit of Battlestar Galactica mixed in and a very good plot. Fast paced, great characters it has the depth of detail and clout of the earlier Tom Clancy techno-thrillers and then some. Whilst it is not great literature it is a very good value sci-fi book. Looking forward to more from Mr Currie.
Real edge of you seat stuff! If you like sci fi you will like this. Listened to it again over the last few days and felt compelled to leave my first review!
This book is so well written, I could almost visualize the scenes I found I t so exciting I read and finished it in two days. Looking forward to the next adventure.
"A gripping novel"
Hard to put down, one authors idea of mankind discovering he is but a minor part of creation. Slightly biased In favour of mankind wins but a great audible, in car, home and headphones..filling the spare hours
"Sci Fi at its best."
Very well put together, characters well defined, begging a sequel
this really held may attention through-out, almost heart in the mouth writing.
not knowingly, but they certainly made a good job of it otherwise i would have recalled the reader rather than the story.
i must admit to making time for this yarn, from walking rather than driving, and going to bed earlier.
please put the sequel on my wish list as i would enjoy another dose of good Sci Fi writing.
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