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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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    Monte Alpharetta, GA, USA 02-05-13
    Monte Alpharetta, GA, USA 02-05-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Needs more competent subordinates"
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    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 12-09-12
    Arthur 12-09-12
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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 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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    C. Hartmann New York, NY 02-14-13
    C. Hartmann New York, NY 02-14-13
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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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    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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    Marty 02-13-15
    Marty 02-13-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great continuation of the series"
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    I really like the new tactics of faster than light combat introduced in this book.

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    Matt Maryland Heights, MO, United States 02-12-15
    Matt Maryland Heights, MO, United States 02-12-15 Member Since 2012
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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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    TERRENCE P DUGAN Mansfield, TX, US 01-07-15
    TERRENCE P DUGAN Mansfield, TX, US 01-07-15 Member Since 2014
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    "NACA ODYSSEY STRIKES AGAIN!"

    Moves the story at a well measured and engaging pace. On to the next installment! Good job well played Eric

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    Brian Bozeman, Montana, United States 09-05-14
    Brian Bozeman, Montana, United States 09-05-14 Member Since 2014
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Heart of Matter to be better than the print version?

    I really liked the book. I found my self listening to it all day, and everywhere. I am hoping that the series will continue. It is brilliantly written with the right amount of technical information.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters were believable. The hero of the book wasnt some whinny person second guessing himself all the time. He made a decision and stuck with it and in some cases hoping for the best. And it turned out good.


    What about Benjamin L. Darcie’s performance did you like?

    some of the charaters seemed to whine when they spoke. And Benjamin everyone that listen/ Reads Sci-fi knows what a HUD is you dont have to say H.U.D everytime it was, making me crazy.


    Any additional comments?

    Looking forward for the series to continue

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