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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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    "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.

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    Dennis CRYSTAL RIVER, FL, US 10-17-12
    Dennis CRYSTAL RIVER, FL, US 10-17-12 Member Since 2015
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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!

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    VyTri Surrey, BC, Canada 10-17-12
    VyTri Surrey, BC, Canada 10-17-12 Member Since 2014

    I love books on personal development and entrepreneurship. For entertainment, I prefer the military sci-fi genre.

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    "Brilliant Follow Up to an Original First Novel"
    What did you love best about The Heart of Matter?

    Great characters, good fresh sci-fi ideas.


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

    Jack Campbell Lost Fleet series without the political commentary.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    **Spoiler Alert** The escape from the giant beach ball


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Good humor mixed into the action.


    Any additional comments?

    Great Canadian author! Can't wait for more on this series.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    John 01-23-13
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    "I could see it in my mind!"
    What did you love best about The Heart of Matter?

    I can't wait for book 3 the story continues from book 1 I could not stop listening. captivating


    What does Benjamin L. Darcie bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I knew who was speaking as soon as he started speaking


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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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 !

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    Javier A. Valdes-Moncayo 06-30-15 Member Since 2015
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    This book is a great listen, can't wait to start the next one in the series

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    James S. Bowers 05-31-15

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    "Thriller after a few grist chapters"

    I found this very hard to put down after the first few introductory chapters. Throughly enjoyed it. Hurrying to the next book. See you there!

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    Terrel Hoffman Western Washington, USA 05-23-15
    Terrel Hoffman Western Washington, USA 05-23-15
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    "Evan Currie is a writer to watch!"

    I've been a fan of Evan Currie for quite some time now. I thoroughly enjoy his books. I'm so glad he chose to publish for himself rather than wait to be chosen by a capricious publisher. His work is excellent. This book is no exception. The second in the series, it ramps up the tension yet several more notches. I'm on to the next book.

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    I really like the new tactics of faster than light combat introduced in this book.

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    "Really well thought out science fiction."

    I like smart sci fi. Nothing takes me out of the story faster than poorly considered "super science" or weird nonsensical economies that detract from the feeling of a well considered potential future. The setting of these books feels cohesive and smart. The action is well described and plotted and the narration is solid. Some of the characters are a little thin, but they play their parts well with basic sketches to tell them apart. Mr. Darcie does a nice job with subtle accents to further bring the characters to life.

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