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.
Those not familiar with common sense.
I can't think of one.
They are all bland and soulless.
The performance was fine but the story was bland and things just didn't add up. For example wouldn't you think if you'd just made first contact with an alien race in the form of a derelict ship where something unknown had dessicated the entire crew and there was a weird organic compound covering everything wouldn't you quarantine and decontaminate the troops on the return to your ship? Apparently not in that universe.
Also you've got this new interstellar drive system and the first ship to use it to leave the solar system is a massive battleship. That might make sense if you were already aware of and at war with an alien race but that is not the case here. Scientists and engineers who make things like interstellar drives happen are much more rational than that.
I'll be honest I haven't yet finished the book I'm at about the halfway point and if things turn around I'll update my review. I can't wait for Ryk Brown or Christopher Nuttall's next books as they are much better examples of this genre.
There wasn't passages filling text. The sci-fi (no spoiler) flowed from structured visualized progression crafting plot and technology to progressive story line.
Nothing really flows in the same venu
There was one voice mistake ;-)
If I were to say it would be a spoiler.
I wrote this because the book sets itself apart.
The length is almost 15 hours.
Discovery of advanced human race in far space who are being sought after and destroyed by robots from yet another part of the universe.
Odyssey One is very similar to any number of popular Star Fleet missions. It is immediately familiar as such and it takes very little time to get into the meat of the story. Don't read this as "stale" because the differences are significant. It was exactly the fast paced adventure I was looking for. All of these made it one of the easiest "reads" I have come across in some time.
All of them. New book and they came together perfectly.
I love the tribute to Robert A Heinlein.
This is a review of the series as a whole, with minimal spoilers.
tl;dr: The first three books are excellent, while the fourth is so-so. The four combine into one coherent arc, and the conclusion of the fourth book leaves plenty of material for sequels. Altogether, they were a worthwhile read.
For a comparison, the Odyssey One series reminded me most strongly of the Mass Effect video game trilogy. Its major drawbacks are that it can be a bit predictable and simplistic: It's good guys versus bad guys. Evan Currie almost never kills a character that you actually like. The protagonist's genius alone saves the day every time things seem hopeless. And there's a bit of deus ex machina to boot.
Complaints out of the way, here are all the things that make this series worth reading:
- There are lots of creative and novel technologies introduced, particularly in the first three books
- The action is gripping, and by the third and fourth books, it is essentially non-stop. The lack of any lulls makes it really difficult to put these books down
- While it is predictable that the protagonist will always be the one to save the day, you are very often pleasantly surprised with just how clever his solutions are. It makes for a bit of a game to see if you can guess Weston's next move
- The author's deep appreciation of physics, engineering, and military strategy are evident throughout all 4 books. His level of detail on those fronts is extremely gratifying and makes the books particularly immersive to readers with scientific and/or military backgrounds
- Similar to Mass Effect, you get the sensation of bigger forces at work in the universe than your petty battles. Lots of big-picture questions are raised, and many of them are left unanswered by book 4. This leaves lots of opportunity for some really good sequels
One thing to note: The first three books get almost uniformly excellent reviews, while the reception for the fourth is mixed. The four books do form a single arc, so I wouldn't want to read this series and just stop at book 3. Here are my thoughts on book 4:
- It is read by a different narrator. The voices he does are a bit more gravelly than the first narrator, and there is one new character with a Jersey accent that I find annoying, but all in all I found him to be just different, and not objectively worse. Come into the fourth book mentally prepared for an adjustment, and this shouldn't interfere too much with your experience
- Unlike the rest of the series, much of the fighting in book 4 happens on the ground and not in space. This is entertaining, but it gets repetitive
- Not as many novel technologies or tactics are introduced in this book
- I came into the book expecting many of my bigger questions to be answered, but it actually just raised even more questions. I'll be really sad if there isn't a sequel with some of those answers
And a fun error missed during editing: There is an entire chapter of book 2 where Evan switches the names of his Chief Medical Officer and Chief Linguist. No other reviewers I read seem to have noticed.
Evan Currie - yes
Benjamin Darcie - no
The narration was snooze- monotone and uninteresting
Sorry but narration ruined the book for me
I love this story. I'm tired of all the preachy hippy nonsense that has been seeping into science fiction. This is some good clean sci-fi goodness. If you enjoy starship troopers you will probably enjoy this.
I really like this kind of book where you can be there with the character through the story as if living it yourself. No book is perfect but a book that transports you to another time and place is a undeniable success!
Gibraltar Earth. They both are from the same prospective and the main character is of similar type and it is a great book as well.
It took me awhile to finish this book because I kept expecting more action, but then I usually listen to thrillers. However, the book was interesting enough and the narrator was good. I thought the most outstanding part of the book was the epilog. I enjoyed the intrigue in this section along with the condensed activity, plus the ending certainly laid a solid foundation for the next book in the series.
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