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The Heart of Matter Audiobook

The Heart of Matter: Odyssey One, Book 2

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Publisher's Summary

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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    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 10-17-12
    Dennis 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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    John 01-23-13
    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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    C. Hartmann D.C. & St. Croix 02-14-13
    C. Hartmann D.C. & St. Croix 02-14-13

    Sci-fi, History, Police Procedurals and Science

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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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    Richard Scott 04-02-17
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    "The Heart of Matter"

    One solid thrill ride with a great group of characters. Enjoyed it from start to finish.

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    TEPPO K. 01-15-17
    TEPPO K. 01-15-17
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    "Same as first book mostly, but better"

    Similar space fights as book one, but in the middle and towards the end there's finally big plot twists that actually make me want to read the third book too.

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    thomas dye 11-20-16
    thomas dye 11-20-16 Member Since 2016
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    "the fun continues"

    a fun continuation of the series in book 2. More questions are answered, but it simply brings up more and more questions. Situations are tense, and only our Intrepid band of Heroes have a chance. If you liked the first one you'll like this one.

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    Matthew Little Rock, AR, United States 10-26-16
    Matthew Little Rock, AR, United States 10-26-16 Member Since 2013

    1 Star -- Terrible 2 Stars -- Bad 3 Stars -- Mediocre 4 Stars -- Great to the right person. 5 Stars -- Superb, you must pick this up.

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    "Tighter and Smoother than the First"
    Any additional comments?

    This book was better than the first one, and honestly, the first one was surprisingly enjoyable.

    A large reason for the increase in quality is the fact that all the pesky introduction stuff is out of the way. So after an initial reintroduction and necessary "back on Earth" jibberjabber, we are thrown back 'into the black' of space. Pretty quickly the action starts in this book, and it doesn't let off until probably ten minutes from the end, maybe only five.

    Not joking about that pacing either, after about 10% in, it just becomes military action with some sci fi curveballs that I don't usually see thrown in. As such, this book is a prime example of what I call a road trip novel. You can just turn it on and listen or read on and on without getting tired of it, but also not have to pay too close attention to it.

    More story-wise, most of our favorites from the previous book are back, but they take more of a backseat this time around. Instead we get some new characters with character. I don't know how Currie does it, but he transitions between multiple perspectives and from old to new characters with out it being even a little deal, let alone a big deal.

    I still can't believe how much I enjoyed this book and the first one, but I do recommend it to anyone wanting science fiction military action with some unique twists.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Paul N. Chiasson Athol Ma 10-23-16
    Paul N. Chiasson Athol Ma 10-23-16 Member Since 2015

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    "I am very glad I found this series"

    the storyline is very very good and well worth the read the narrator is getting used to the characters however he is able to consistently keep the attitudes in performance of one character versus another separate. I have just bought the rest of the series and I doubt that I will be disappointed

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