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The Heart of Matter: Odyssey One, Book 2 | [Evan Currie]

The Heart of Matter: Odyssey One, Book 2

On her epic maiden voyage, the NAC spacecraft Odyssey introduced Earth to the wonders of an untouched universe - and the unimagined horrors lurking in the black. Now the Odyssey’s second voyage will carry Captain Eric Weston and his crew back to a familiar battlefield, to face an enemy unlike any they have ever known. For on war-torn Ranquil, homeworld of Earth’s newest ally, the Priminae, the invading Drasin are but foot soldiers for a powerful unseen force. Unmasking the mysterious puppet masters means defying orders and venturing into deep space.
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On her epic maiden voyage, the NAC spacecraft Odyssey introduced Earth to the wonders of an untouched universe - and the unimagined horrors lurking in the black. Now the Odyssey’s second voyage will carry Captain Eric Weston and his crew back to a familiar battlefield, to face an enemy unlike any they have ever known. For on war-torn Ranquil, homeworld of Earth’s newest ally, the Priminae, the invading Drasin are but foot soldiers for a powerful unseen force. Unmasking the mysterious puppet masters means defying orders and venturing into deep space, a voyage only the Odyssey’s crew would dare undertake. But soon they will learn that some secrets are better left hidden....

Part old-school space opera, part modern military epic, The Heart of Matter is an exhilarating new sci-fi adventure, a pulse-pounding sequel to Into the Black: Odyssey One that will echo long after its thrilling conclusion.

©2012 Evan Currie (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Richard FOXBORO, MA, United States 04-14-13
    Richard FOXBORO, MA, United States 04-14-13 Member Since 2012

    A good way to get through the work day.

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    "This action packed story keeps getting better!"

    Great twist to a space war story. The second book in the series much improves the story as a whole. Normally I have a hard time keeping up with a story that is told by multiple characters, but this story does a great job making it work. The nonstop action kept my attention from start to finish and I can't wait for the next book. This book has a great plot and is well written. Though this book is already very good the narrator could take this book to another level but fails to do so. The narration doesn't hurt the book, but also doesn't do much help it either. I would think if Christian Rummel or Mark Boyett was the narrator it would be amazing across the board. All in all a great second installment to the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Monte Alpharetta, GA, USA 02-05-13
    Monte Alpharetta, GA, USA 02-05-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Needs more competent subordinates"
    Any additional comments?

    I have to agree with a previous reviewer about the apparent quality of the subordinates. Getting reports from them is like getting blood out of stone. It does get very annoying by the end of this book. Surely the crew is aware of the requirements of the captain? Now, even the Priminae leadership seems to be having the same problems with their subordinates. Why would an admiral or ship's captain have to repeat and explain orders to a junior officer, or the enlisted - the response should be "yes sir". However, I guess the reader needs to know the reasoning behind actions.

    Otherwise - very entertaining series so far. Looking forward to book three, and hoping the bridge officers get more training!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kraka AL 01-02-13
    Kraka AL 01-02-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Slow at first, but Action packed Middle to end."
    If you could sum up The Heart of Matter in three words, what would they be?

    Space Opera sequel


    What other book might you compare The Heart of Matter to and why?

    like the first, but its the sequel... I liked it .. should be a third i would guess


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

    captain


    Any additional comments?

    This is SLOW at the beginning, But once you make it to about the middle, hold on to your seat.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Arthur Glendora, CA, United States 12-09-12
    Arthur Glendora, CA, United States 12-09-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Generally, a very good story"

    I enjoy a good military space opera. This one is no exception. However, I am rather annal about using the correct terminology especially when the author tries to explain a term in detail. In this case, either the author or the reader did not know the difference between the term ecliptic and elliptic. This was a flaw in both volumes of this work. There was a great deal of explanation in the book describing the meaning of elliptic when the term that was being defined was ecliptic. Even though I had to grate my teeth whenever the term was used, I enjoyed the book and recommend it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dennis CRYSTAL RIVER, FL, US 10-17-12
    Dennis CRYSTAL RIVER, FL, US 10-17-12 Member Since 2012
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    "GREAT 2nd BOOK!! ACTION, ACTION, ACTION!"

    When I listened to the first book INTO THE BLACK, I was Hoping for a second one. It NEEDED a 2nd book. Then it came. I was NOT disapointed at all. Lots of Ground Action, and GREAT Space Battles! There will have to be a 3rd book and if we're lucky many more!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    C. Hartmann New York, NY 02-14-13
    C. Hartmann New York, NY 02-14-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Best Space/Military sci-fi in an age-a MUST listen"

    Wow...Seriously.....When I reviewed the first book in the series, I noted that "while one book does not a great, sweeping space opera (usually) make -- this book is a solid foundation for what could be a great series. . .in the tradition of Campbell's "Lost Fleet," or other similar series (Ian Douglas, John Ringo, William Dietz, David Weber, David Drake, John Scalzi.") This second book moves from that foundation to a full realization of a great series in one brilliant step. I faulted the author for that first effort not being a masterpiece of control of language and syntax." But this second book moves the series into the realm of the Lost Fleet and the Dietz takeoff on the Foreign Legion. The maturation of the ideas and writing style is amazing. Multiple but understandable story lines, great battle scenes, a mix of humor and serious thought. I can't put it more simply: listen to this book if you like hard science fiction and space warfare (but start with the first one!) It is a great new series. The narrator was fantastic too -- not only a good storyteller, but a range of good voices. I recently said that I wished that Audible allowed each frequent listener a sixth star once a year so that I could award it to Peter Hamilton's latest -- but as much as I loved that book, this one gives it a run for the money. . .maybe we could make it two a year !

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Alex 06-21-14
    Alex 06-21-14 Member Since 2014
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    What did you like best about The Heart of Matter? What did you like least?

    The battles were well thought. I didn't like the way-too-long interruptions during battle narration. It makes me loose the mood and forget what was happening.


    Would you recommend The Heart of Matter to your friends? Why or why not?

    No. It would bore them.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narrator totally fails to build on the inertia of the action. Thrilling battles and short countdowns are ALLWAYS interrupted by REPETITIVE, long and irrelevant attempts to describe states of mind. It completely disengages the reader and breaks the suspense.
    Half an hour of stupid side comments for every few seconds of countdown? Come on...
    I think the writer tries to build suspense but it just bores you down.


    Do you think The Heart of Matter needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?


    Any additional comments?

    Good story. Poor writing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ted Surprise, AZ, United States 05-23-14
    Ted Surprise, AZ, United States 05-23-14 Member Since 2012

    Avid rock climber and adventurer. Lover of sci-fi and Action-Adventure. Advocate of revolutionary thinking.

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    "Boring style of writing, particularly the battles"
    What would have made The Heart of Matter better?

    Instead of telling the reader what to think and describing the action sequences by narration, the author should have provided more dynamic interaction between characters. I simply could not maintain interest in the story, because it was too much reading about what happened instead of experiencing it.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I found the first book in the series to be adequate, but not spectacular. This one was much less satisfying, to the point that I finally gave up on it nearly half way through. I simply didn't care what happened . . . which is NOT like me. I will turn to some classics such as Asimov and Walter Miller.


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    Thomas Auberry, CA, United States 05-05-14
    Thomas Auberry, CA, United States 05-05-14 Member Since 2008

    My pic says it all. That's my dog and he is really barking for me to throw another snowball. Scary looks but really just a playful guy by nature. Been reading sf/fantasy like a power nerd my whole life which is almost 50 years now. I like all sorts of stuff just make the story believable...

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    "Really has SF but not bad enough to be good"

    I liked the first novel in this series for the battle sequences. But his volume was tedious. If your going to read it skip immediately to Chapter 28. That's where the action starts and you won't miss a thing. This author uses every SF cliche out there. Almost to the point you start chuckling.

    The worst is the constantly changing effects of the technologies to make the scenes more exciting. An glaring example was when the human ship was tracking the enemy ship through space. The humans had the advantage of instantaneous travel but for some reason they could barely keep up. It made no sense. The book is filled with these. Sometimes a weapon blows a ship to pieces with ease. Later the same weapon hits it three times and barely damages it.

    There is also a lot of filler such as a ten minute explanation on how a persons computer consul operates by soft touches. You see my point.

    This book is drivel.

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    Tanya 04-30-14
    Tanya 04-30-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Can't Wait to Read the Next One"
    If you could sum up The Heart of Matter in three words, what would they be?

    Outstanding, Riveting


    What did you like best about this story?

    Very imaginative and he has brought into science fiction something new and different. It is totally different from anything I have read in science fiction and it is totally believable.


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

    The Captain


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, couldn't put it down.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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