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Out of the Black: Odyssey One, Book 4 | [Evan Currie]

Out of the Black: Odyssey One, Book 4

The wreckage of the starship Odyssey, once Earth's greatest guardian, lies strewn across New York City. Abandoned by all but its captain, Odyssey's sacrifice covered the withdrawal of countless troops as the Drasin assault ravaged the planet. When Captain Eric Weston finally emerges from the rubble, impossibly alive thanks to the mysterious "Gaia", he knows with the Drasin it's kill or be killed.
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Publisher's Summary

Deep in blackest space, the Drasin have watched humanity's journey to the stars - and determined that a species as barbaric as ours has no place in the cosmos.

The wreckage of the starship Odyssey, once Earth's greatest guardian, lies strewn across New York City. Abandoned by all but its captain, Odyssey's sacrifice covered the withdrawal of countless troops as the Drasin assault ravaged the planet. When Captain Eric Weston finally emerges from the rubble, impossibly alive thanks to the mysterious "Gaia", he knows with the Drasin it's kill or be killed.

But not all of the heavens have proven hostile. The Priminae have felt the full brunt of Drasin aggression on their own home world, and they won't leave humanity to face annihilation alone. Together with what's left of the crews of the Odyssey and other starships, they race to join Weston and his group of Earth-bound survivors for a desperate last stand.

The final battle of the Drasin War brings bestselling author Evan Currie's Odyssey One series to its shattering conclusion.

©2014 Evan Currie (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    SteveK The Woodlands, Texas 07-14-14
    SteveK The Woodlands, Texas 07-14-14 Member Since 2006
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    "Unworthy of Series"
    Would you try another book from Evan Currie and/or David deVries?

    This book as a totally different vibe than the previous books in the series. Up until now, the characters seemed genuine and very real. Each book had some new and way cool technology weaved into the story line. This 4th book is just a rehash with way to much bravado and totally unbelievable dialog between characters and an annoying amount of repeated information. I get the concept that the old ship and the new ship are different, give it a rest!


    Would you recommend Out of the Black to your friends? Why or why not?

    I'm on the fence here. The 1st three books where excellent.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Never, ever change narrators.I'm might have been less critical if not totally annoyed by all the gravely barking voices and really awful Jersey-Texan accents.


    Was Out of the Black worth the listening time?

    No.


    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Kennesaw, GA, United States 07-12-14
    Paul Kennesaw, GA, United States 07-12-14 Member Since 2011

    I like to listen to a good book. Mostly Sci-Fi but some others. I listen to them while on the road or before I go to sleep. Thanks Audible!

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    Where does Out of the Black rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    AS far as the series goes this is a good book and I like it.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes, the opening. It was someone's elses voice and someone who didn't even bother to listen to the books that were before it.


    Any additional comments?

    What happened to Benjamin L. Darcie? Nothing against David deVries but I miss Benjamin L. Darcie voice for this series. For one thing David calls Mia - Mila. Captain Eric Weston now sounds like Batman. I wish it would be a pre-requisite for anyone who takes over a series to first listen to the books before they takeover. I don't know who has the power to make decisions but they really need to take into account the listeners.

    19 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Alspaw 07-15-14
    Mark Alspaw 07-15-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Not what I was expecting!"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes, but this fourth book simply isn't as good as the first 3 books. It was much more repetitive introducing few if any new concepts.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Captain Weston remains my favorite character, but much, much, much more so when performed by Darcie.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Never ever change the narrator mid-series. I would like to know what happened to Benjamin L. Darcie? David deVries performance was "ok", but lack luster. I found many of his vocals to be actually annoying. By example Weston sounds like Batman. Disappointing.


    Do you think Out of the Black needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I do. Many of the questions in book three were not answered. If Benjamin L. Darcie performs it I would buy it without question, however I would likely pass if performed by David deVries (nothing against deVries, but what I loved in Darcie's performance was lost here).


    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Mitchell Gobles, MI, United States 07-15-14
    Mitchell Gobles, MI, United States 07-15-14 Member Since 2012
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    "He went full on Michael Bay with this one."

    I am sure it is in part due to the change from Benjamin L. Darcie's slightly austere reading on the first 3 books to David deVries more boisterous delivery, but I can't quite make the Weston in this book match up with the character that was developed in the first three installments. Combine this with a major shift in the setting and action sequences and the whole book feels like it is trying to be a summer blockbuster with kitchy one liners at every turn. Really kind of disappointed in this one.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Brandon 07-11-14
    Brandon 07-11-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Left me wanting more"
    Would you try another book from Evan Currie and/or David deVries?

    This was aan OK listen. the store was great but not what I was expecting. This book is just a wrap up from book 3 and adds almost nothing to the story. All the big questions you had after book 3 you will have after listening to this book.

    Its not bad but not what I was expecting.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    curtis 07-17-14
    curtis 07-17-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Sad!"
    What disappointed you about Out of the Black?

    Changing the narrator on the last book, nice move, NOT. He could not even pronounce many of the words right. This book seemed rushed and was not as fluid as the first three.


    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph Yarmouth, ME, United States 08-22-14
    Joseph Yarmouth, ME, United States 08-22-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Disappointing! Poor narration!"

    I had been really looking forward to this 4th installment of of Evan Currie's heretofore great story. The first 3 had the excellent narration of Benjamin L. Darcie but this one has a narrator that in comparison, makes the dialogue seem hokey and overly melodramatic, like a comical caricature that's supposed to be serious instead of funny. I had to try to ignore the phony tone of the narration and focus on the story. While the overall thread of the previous 3 parts continues logically, the part that involves battles back on Earth are often mundane and are chock full of the phony dramatic and cliched dialogue. Will look forward to the next part but only if Benjamin L. Darcie narrates.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Omaha, NE, United States 08-31-14
    Amazon Customer Omaha, NE, United States 08-31-14 Member Since 2010
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    "A good listen...But there's a crucial part missing"
    Any additional comments?

    I have listened to all 4 of these, and liked them a lot. But, all through the books reference is constantly made to "World War 3" and all of the storylines that came out of that. But so far I can't find any books about that.
    WTF?
    Why would an author dangle those sorts of threads to his readers without following through with them?
    To me, that shows a total lack of respect for his readers.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kris THREE RIVERS, MI, United States 07-30-14
    Kris THREE RIVERS, MI, United States 07-30-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Why? Why? Why change narrators after 3 books? Why?"
    Would you try another book from Evan Currie and/or David deVries?

    Yes from Evan Currie. Nothing from David deVries.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Action on Earth was incredibly dull. Characters were not interesting. Every character has a 'stereotypical' New York accent. Really? Also, is the National Guard that incompetent?
    Best part was anything taking place not on Earth.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Odyssey books 1-3 had narrator Benjamin L. Darcie. Book 4 had different narrator. Changing narrator during a series changes the entire tone of the story and personalities of the main characters. I am a HUGE fan of Odyssey 1-3 and DON'T LIKE 4. As book 4 narrator reads, I just don't know who the characters are and It's like an entirely different series (sort of).


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Out of the Black?

    Who is Captain Eric Weston in book 4? He sounds like a WWII drill sergeant with a half-chewed cigar in his mouth, barking out orders. Not the calm and calculating captain of Earth's first interstellar space ship in Odyssey books 1-3.


    Any additional comments?

    Do not like the change in readers. Bad move on the audiobook's production.
    **I contacted Evan Currie and he said there was a problem that prevented continuing with Benjamin L. Darcie, so there was no choice but to bring in a new reader. I would have appreciated someone with closer reading / narrating style like Darcie.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joki Helsinki 07-25-14
    Joki Helsinki 07-25-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Exuberant"

    Out Of The Black is an exuberant, action-packed, and wildly fun conclusion to the Odyssey One series. Although not all our questions were answered and the door was left open to continue a new series in the same world, we get a very definite conclusion as the Odyssey One crashes into Earth.

    Story: Weston survives the destruction of the Odyssey One as it crashes into New York City in a last bid attempt to take out as many enemy as possible. The planet is under full assault by a massive Drasin force - from Beijing to Dallas, Cities fall to infestation and millions are dying. Weston picks up local heroes and tries to hold the City from complete destruction. But if help doesn't come, Earth will be razed. And the Priminae are very unlikely to join the battle.

    Listening to this Audible reading was like watching a Bruckheimer film - over the top macho swagger, non stop action, yet in a really fun way. Sure, Weston is raised to godlike proportions - now he's a military genius, assault specialist, hidden secret agent who saved the confederation, directly linked to Mother Earth Gaia, and more. As well, his former 'covert team' is reassembled and they read like a cliche of every movie character in the past from femme fatale to James Bond. And if I make a lot of movie references in this review, it's because this book is just so cinematic. Tarantino without the blood and guts.

    The entire plot of the book is the battle for Earth, told from many perspectives. There is very little Priminae here - it's all about NYPD, marines, Texas Rangers, Chinese generals, and more. There are definitely a lot of archtypes to go around.

    In all, a very fun, almost silly, but ultimately enjoyable final volume in the Odyssey One series.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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