Earth's survivors face devastating new challenges in the wake of recovering from an alien conflict. Battered and mourning tremendous losses, the once fractious peoples of enemy nations must work together to rebuild their shattered world - and prevent the possibility of their attackers' return. What they don't know is that a new, deadlier enemy unlike anything they've ever faced will usher in the dawn of another war.
Captain Morgan Passer commands the Rogue Class destroyer Autolycus, charged with an interstellar recon mission to detect traces of the repelled enemy while gathering information for the fortification of Earth's defenses. What the expedition finds instead is a deeply disturbing mystery: a discovery that redefines everything they thought they knew about Earth's place in the galaxy...and reveals deadly new horrors. In this original story set in the Odyssey One world, former enemies unite for their own survival, and Passer and his intrepid crew seek answers to help them save their people. Instead, they find that the invasion may be over, but the danger is just beginning.
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While set in the same universe as Odyssey One (a 4 installment series), Currie diverges with a new crew that is a fresh start. Westin (from the original series) provides the marching orders which include putting a new ship class through its paces as well as exploring distant star systems that present anomalies that may suggest alien Dyson constructs in production. What the crew stumbles upon instead is even stranger alien technology that hints at an intelligent race related to, but far beyond anything they have previously encountered with the Priminae. Just getting out alive is not certain.
Th sci-fi elements draw heavily from Odyssey One, but add some quite nifty physics / cosmology with powerful gravitational lensing and distortion as well as unusual alien creatures.The action is well paced with excellent interpersonal relationships complicated by quirky peccadilloes. As an opening act, this cast promises new adventures that build on and rival their older siblings from earlier installments.
The narration is superbly rendered with a solid range of voices even for both genders. The tone and mood match the haunted house impression for most of the tale.
I found this series when Homeworld was the latest book, and couldn't wait for Out of the Black. With this book, however, I'm about half way through and I think I'll call it quits here.
Story-wise, I just never got into it. It may be that in the interim since OotB I discovered the Frontiers Saga, which bundles many of the same concepts into a much more polished storyline that combined with much quicker releases of new installations makes it a hard series to compete with. Even so, the previous four books never bored me to the point of quitting, rather far from it. I guess the new storyline simply doesn't have the same appeal to me as the previous one, for whatever that's worth.
One thing is certain: the narrator didn't help here. His various voices are so odd at times that several of the characters ended up sounding like variations of Cartman from South Park, while others sounded like they just hit puberty - or a combination. The story has to be exceptional for it to survive its characters sounding like cartoon characters.
However that dwarfs the issue of a narrator (or producer, whoever's fault it is) caring so little that he can't be bothered checking the established pronunciation norms for a given literary universe. How that even happens in a profit-driven business run by supposedly intelligent human beings is just beyond me. Or Bayand My as Mr. Haberkorn would probably have pronounced it.
The reader is outstanding. But the book is a big disappointment. I have listened to all but the last hour and frankly don't care how it ends. the Author has written some good books but this is not one of them. It seems to be a set up for a new series in the universe he created in an earlier series. The book is so caught up in developing ground-breaking sci-fi concepts that there is no real plot or character development.
it was a good enough entry into the series. though I would have preferred the further chronicles of Eric Weston. That said, it dies last the groundwork for an offshoot into done interesting directions. It's worth a listen if only for continuity.
As an aside, for the new narrator, PLEASE listen to the previous books and pronounce the name of the main antagonist the same way as the rest of the series. I can't stress enough how annoying it is to listen to you mispronounce the name. It is almost as annoying as the way M. Knight Shamalyn butchered Aang's name in the last airbender, which is a VERY low bar indeed.
Did Evan Currie actually write this book? The story takes place in the same universe as the other titles, but this story feels like it was written by someone else.
A little more...no...at lot more scope. I really think that most fans of the Odyssey books are going to be let down here. King Of Thieves does not even come close to meeting my expectations based on the previous books. I realize that it's surely a "setup" for the rest of the trilogy but in my mind the first book in a trilogy MUST generate enough excitement to make you want to continue the series and Thieves just doesn't do it for me!
Something that DOES NOT have space marines as the main characters!
The narration is first rate and is likely the main reason I was able to finish the story.
Currie needs to step up his game for part 2.
An excellent addition to the In To The Black universe. New and well thought out characters with out copying characters from the original series. I can't wait to see them grow in the coming books. The hardest part of Evan's books is waiting for the next!
The title does not imply anything about the story. I think the science, performance, dialogue, and story were excellent. However, I was very disappointed that the author missed an opportunity to expand his concept of the breadth of the this series (as part of Odyssey) by simply confining this adventure to one location when he could have had the ship continue its investigation to other stars to see what other worlds The Empire influenced, but it was stuck in this one small location.
Loved this whole series of books. Wished there were more of it.
Good book. Side story that ties in with book 5 of the Odyssey One series. The narration it's better than books 4 and 5, but still not as good as books 1 to 3. The only things that bothered me were how Todd Haberkorn says Priminae and Drasin. He should've at least listened to book 1 before reading this, but other than that, very good.
The story is also good and relevant to the series plot, but not mandatory reading. I suppose that's why it isn't counted as being part of the series. I want more of this :)
I found myself rather bored with this one the story is pretty cool but honestly the talk of submarines and wars in the Pacific Co fused me into thinking I was in some universe that was stuck between ww2 and some distant future rolled into a episode of jeepers creepers... rather corny in places but compared to some of the other sci-fi books I listened to this one was regrettably not one of my favorites ... worth listening to a second time incase the parts that left me zoning out yielded things I missed...
New characters mixed with old ones from Odyssey One series and new branch of original story to explore.
Most voices sounded too young but overall it was ok.
I can't wait for second part!
"Very good 8h"
The author does not lost his mind :) and wrote book that continues story / universe in the way I liked it - good ideas, humour etc. Very good story, well writen ( the author is getting better and better in mine opinion). If you liked odyssey one you will 100% like it. More please ;)
BTW red shirt joke... Old but good one:)
Interesting and enjoyable, slightly annoying with different pronunciation and stressing different sounds in names but still good! I'll be buying the next one!
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