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.
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.
Listened to almost the first half of the story with disinterest.
Reminded me of Star War - I didn't love this either!
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.
Just another history and sci-fi geek
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.
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.
I'm definitely a geek. I have a 6th sense when it comes to tech, and Sci-Fi is my favorite.
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.
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.
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.
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!
This was my first listen.
The performance was good.
Probably not, at least not without a serious re-write.
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!
This is my first book by Mr. Currie and I think it will also be my last.
He could reduce the meaningless minutiae and focus instead on plot and real character interactions.
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.
They were all pretty much the same. None of them very engaging or sympathetic.
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.
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