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Into the Black: Odyssey One | [Evan Currie]

Into the Black: Odyssey One

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

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    Mel Aclaro ANAHEIM, CA, United States 03-24-14
    Mel Aclaro ANAHEIM, CA, United States 03-24-14 Member Since 2008

    My wife says she can read me like an open book. Though she regrets not being able to shut me up the same way. :)

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    "Cool. I found another "go to" author."

    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.

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    Jon Atwater, CA, United States 03-24-14
    Jon Atwater, CA, United States 03-24-14 Member Since 2006
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    "First Contact with Guns Blazing"
    What made the experience of listening to Into the Black the most enjoyable?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


    Which character – as performed by Benjamin L. Darcie – was your favorite?

    I think he did a very good job of bringing the characters to life.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    First Contact meets Starship Troopers


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Oli 03-18-14
    Oli 03-18-14 Member Since 2015

    “I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.” ― Jorge Luis Borges

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    "I'd buy it if I were you"

    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.

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    Jim 03-11-14
    Jim 03-11-14
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    "Just couldn't get into it"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Listened to almost the first half of the story with disinterest.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Evan Currie again?

    maybe


    Which scene was your favorite?

    transition


    What character would you cut from Into the Black?

    none


    Any additional comments?

    Reminded me of Star War - I didn't love this either!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rob Woodstock, GA, United States 03-08-14
    Rob Woodstock, GA, United States 03-08-14 Member Since 2004
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    "Looking forward to the next installment"

    Great start to a new SciFi Saga. Many new ideas made it a fresh story with great potential. I greatly enjoyed it twice before putting it down.

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    Alexander Hamilton 03-05-14

    Just another history and sci-fi geek

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    "A Paint-By-Numbers Space Opera"
    Any additional comments?

    I truly enjoy this genre of grand space exploration and adventure, but Currie's book, while well-conceived, seems to lack any soul. His world-building and future technology are interesting. I particularly liked how rough fast-than-light travel was for its participants. Yet his characters are almost archetypes drawn from better space operas, like the television show Battlestar Galactica, the video game Mass Effect, or classics like Starship Troopers. My advice: go read the classics or another modern series like B.V. Larson's new Undying Mercenaries series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mark PLANO, TX, United States 02-19-14
    Mark PLANO, TX, United States 02-19-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Story ok but permerfomance was lacking"

    The story is ok however just is hard to believe. It is a scifi book so of course it isn't going to be true to life but the way it is writing trying to explain scientific terms it seems like the author wants it be close to real as possible. The performance was really lacking. It was hard to tell what characters he was speaking in because he really only had two character voices he could do.

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    Brandon 02-17-14
    Brandon 02-17-14 Member Since 2015

    I'm definitely a geek. I have a 6th sense when it comes to tech, and Sci-Fi is my favorite.

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    "Non-stop. Pulse pounding action.."
    What made the experience of listening to Into the Black the most enjoyable?

    Not only did the author provide a gripping and suspense filled story, he was able to portray a rather convincing array technology. His grasp of physics as well as military procedures made the story more real. A great example was when he explained in the story how two opponents were firing lasers at each other when they were 75 light seconds apart. Neither opponent knew they hit their enemy for 2.5 minutes. No sci-fi book I have ever read has made that fact clear. At great enough distances, when you "have a visual" that information is VERY out of date. Bravo. This book will have physics geeks check the math to see if some of the tech involved might be possible.


    Have you listened to any of Benjamin L. Darcie’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No I haven't. It was a good performance, but there wasn't a lot of difference between many of the character's voices. There was either the raspy batman style voice for commanding people, or the "im so scared I might wet myself" voice for those under the command of the raspy voices types.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    There was several times I had the "fist pump" followed by the "hell ya!" reaction. Like when your team scores the winning basket at the last second.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Northampton, United Kingdom 02-07-14
    Paul Northampton, United Kingdom 02-07-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Fantastic start....Dissapointing middle and end!"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, the book starts with a bang and captured my interest and I was drawn in by Audible's book sample. However, I soon got tired of wooden characters and a all too common military Sci-Fi theme. It was hard work to make it to the end!


    If you’ve listened to books by Evan Currie before, how does this one compare?

    This was my first listen.


    What about Benjamin L. Darcie’s performance did you like?

    The performance was good.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Probably not, at least not without a serious re-write.


    Any additional comments?

    If you're a hardened fan of Military Sci-Fi you'll probably like this, if you're like me and look for something different and appealing in your Sci-Fi books then I'd recommend Old Man's War by John Scalzi instead of this!

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    LAJ Toronto, ON, Canada 01-23-14
    LAJ Toronto, ON, Canada 01-23-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Couldn't finish it. Just too clunky."
    Would you try another book from Evan Currie and/or Benjamin L. Darcie?

    This is my first book by Mr. Currie and I think it will also be my last.


    What could Evan Currie have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    He could reduce the meaningless minutiae and focus instead on plot and real character interactions.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Benjamin L. Darcie?

    I thought Mr. Darcie did an ok job of narrating. His voice was a bit flat when reading all of the ponderous military details, but he did animate the characters in dialogues.


    What character would you cut from Into the Black?

    They were all pretty much the same. None of them very engaging or sympathetic.


    Any additional comments?

    Most of the book seemed to be about military protocol and descriptions of hardware, but not in an interesting way. When there was dialogue or character first person impressions, they were so stilted and unbelievable. The premise and the plot were very engaging, but I just couldn't get to them through all the layers of meaningless details.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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