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.
In my youth I read a lot of Sci-Fi. But as an adult I spend more of my time in the car, the audio book is a great way to assimilate books. On vacation, I will typically bring a paperback, but still have a selection of audio book in my iPod. Although a great audio performance will make an audio book more enjoyable over print.
This book has a certain "Stargate SG1" feel. The NAC starship Odyssey finds itself in a hostile situation and must use their limited technology and unique humanity to survive ... plus they make some friends along the way. The end of the book raises more questions and sets up the next volume nicely. This book is not as technical as Johnny Ringo's "Looking Glass" series, or as technically ambiguous as Jack Campbell's "Lost Fleet", but the story is still quite entertaining.
I thought that Mr. Darcie's performance was good, as he adjusted his delivery for each unique character. There were a few "wooden" sequences where he sounded like a news anchor reading from the teleprompter, but over all he was easy to listed to.
First off ... it was fun to listen to. I don't read Sci-Fi to be educated. I listed to be entertained, so a certain suspension of disbelief is required. I'm not sure that I could do all 14 hours in one sitting, but about an hour at a time, a couple of times a day is just fine.
I'm looking forward to book 2.
This is a great space marine series that is similar to BV Larson books. Evan Currie is a better storyteller.
Both authors paint their heroes into impossible situations but Currie doesn't use over the top Deus ex machina to solve these crises. When and where something new is introduced to solve a particular problem, it's a variation of what's already there as opposed to something new that comes out of left field. That makes it much more plausible.
The book is not perfect and a sci-fi nazi's will find fault with the use of tachyons and the dismissal of the speed of light as an absolute but it's an entertaining ride whether in the ground or in space.
Into the Black is a military science fiction novel. The plot moves along at a decent, although predictable, pace. The epilogue leaves one with an appetite for more. However, the book seems to the lack some depth. Characters do not seem to develop much. I had a hard time really caring about them. In space battles, the author can't seem to decide if he is describing an interstellar battle taking place at fractional C speeds, or if he is describing a WW2 dog fight. If you like military Sci Fi, The Honor Harrington series or the Lost Fleet series is much better quality in my opinion.
It's not my favorite book of all time. But it was an enjoyable listen. The story kept pace, and the science was interesting.
I've never heard him before. But I liked his voice.
I wasn't really "moved", this was more of an action flick than a tear-jerker. But the ship battles were fun to listen to.
I like that the book didn't just focus on describing an intricately deep world. It highlighted some cool things, kept the story moving, and kept me interested.
"ITS WHAT WE DO!"
Pacing was great...
"IT'S WHAT WE DO!'
Well written and strong performance. No real lapses in the story, with engaging battle sequences. I am on to book Two.
This book is great. The set up of the characters. The plot line. Everything. But then the battle sequences start happening and the author needlessly start dropping in all kinds of cursing that isn't helpful to the story at all. It goes from a pleasant listen to an F-Bomb every 4th word in the blink of an eye. Disappointing.
Cut back the length by about 10%. Try to say "tachyon" far less frequently. Add a bit of romance.
The first battle with the Drasin.
Yes, although his voices for women were not great.
Fun and action filled. The enemy and their capabilities remain intriguing throughout. The tactical decisions that allow the good guys to prevail weren't predictable. Action driven story, not character driven. A very enjoyable ride.
Eh its not bad but I wouldn't rank it as high say Starship Troopers, but maybe around a minor Star Wars extended universe book.
Nope first one. I like it well enough.
I have not. Hes not bad, he kept the character's voices lined up and was very clear in his reading.
Not really it was a little slow at times but I went through it in about four sittings.
It was a pretty good book overall. I think the only thing I have to complain about is that it was a slow. But I'll probably pick up the other books.
"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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