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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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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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    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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    Carrie Turner Salt Lake City, UT United States 04-19-14
    Carrie Turner Salt Lake City, UT United States 04-19-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Battle, repeat, repeat, repeat, repeat..."
    Would you try another book from Evan Currie and/or Benjamin L. Darcie?

    Maybe. He can write well. I enjoyed his book one "Into the Black". Problem with this book is the repetitiveness of one battle after the next that doesn't really add plot in my opinion.
    The book even went into depth of training for a battle. The plot that existed was good, but there was very little of it between the constant battles.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    The Black Prism by brent weeks. My favorite categories are sci-fi and fantasy. Moving on to this because I LOVED the night angel series so I am going to try his lightbringer series.


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

    He is a decent narrator. I would say I liked his narration. He didn't distract from the story. I have 150 audible books so I have been through narrators I liked more and less. Benjamin held is own quite nicely though. I would listen to him again.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    when it actually had plot, the plot was very good. I will keep it vague so I don't give away spoilers, but I liked the details about central. Also the ending had some nice information revealed.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    thomas charlotte, NC, United States 04-14-14
    thomas charlotte, NC, United States 04-14-14 Member Since 2012

    I work full time in Financial Services, teach part time, listen to music (a lot) and love Science Fiction and Speculative Fiction.

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    "Enjoyed It!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Heart of Matter to be better than the print version?

    I did not read the print version...


    What did you like best about this story?

    Solid, military Sci-Fi with some larger scientific and political elements thrown in - good story.


    Have you listened to any of Benjamin L. Darcie’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I thought he did a great job, I enjoyed his approach to the material.


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

    I found the discussion of matter and the way it comprises the universe and can be manipulated to be fascinating. This book comes with a mini physics lesson, which is interesting and enjoyable.


    Any additional comments?

    I will read he next book in the series...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jon Atwater, CA, United States 03-24-14
    Jon Atwater, CA, United States 03-24-14
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    "In Space, No One Can Hear You Snore . . ."
    Would you try another book from Evan Currie and/or Benjamin L. Darcie?

    I didn't flush this book immediately. I dutifully listened to it for over 3 hours before deciding that nothing was going to happen. I found myself begging for the characters to do something more than talk. "Just shoot an Alien" crossed my mind more than once.


    Has The Heart of Matter turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No. This book was highly rated, but there's so much back story and "politics." I wanted an adventure story.


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

    He is a solid performer, and was very good in the first book. I think he did the best he could with the material he had, but it just wasn't that compelling.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Heart of Matter?

    I would have cut the first 3 hours-- and gotten to "The Heart of the Matter." Pun intended. The best authors weave the backstory in with the action, there was too much work to get to the action.


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    David Bel Air, MD, United States 07-14-13
    David Bel Air, MD, United States 07-14-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Great Space Action Book"
    Would you listen to The Heart of Matter again? Why?

    I listened to this book and could not wait to do the second one. Great action series with good narration. To me it was just a very entertaining book. These books are suppose take you into them and let you be a part of the story. This book and the next do just that. Worth the credit to me.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Good action, keeps moving!


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

    Great voice for this, he makes the book work!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kenneth Richmond, TX, United States 04-22-13
    Kenneth Richmond, TX, United States 04-22-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Didn't grip me as well as the first one did."

    ARRGGHHH!!! As you can see I am upset with you Evan! I'm going to buy the third book, but you better make it as good as the first one. Cause for some reason I am struggling to finish this second installment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    wayne seattle, WA, United States 11-14-12
    wayne seattle, WA, United States 11-14-12 Member Since 2012
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    "entertaining, Love the story.."

    This is like the classic space stuff I grew up with. I love the the way the author leaves just enough unknown to make you wonder what he has up his sleeve next. I'm not sure the author is necessarily up to date on all tech, but that is forgiveable. The story if fun and moves along at a brisk pace.

    However the narrator does not. The narrator is depressed, along with an entire cast of characters. He does the character voices well.. even if they are all depressed. My theory is that the narrator actually wanted to do self hypnosis, but got stuck with this instead. Almost every single sentence drops in pace and volume at the end, as if he is trying to put you to sleep, or perhaps he really is depressed. I don't know but either way it detracts from the action of this book severely, as it's difficult to feel the tension through the depression.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dan CORAOPOLIS, PA, United States 10-13-12
    Dan CORAOPOLIS, PA, United States 10-13-12 Member Since 2010
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    "What can I say it was great"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Heart of Matter to be better than the print version?

    Just got the audio book


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

    They all were really good, he did a really good job doing the different voices.


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

    Yes and no. It was 15hours long and I did listen to it in 1 sitting. The 15 hours went really fast and the second time I listen to it which was a few days later, it took me two day.


    Any additional comments?

    This was book 2 of The Odyssey. Book 1 was really good too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    jeremiah philadelphia, pa, United States 10-05-13
    jeremiah philadelphia, pa, United States 10-05-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Great books bad narration."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would not recommend this book to a friend. I would recommend they buy the book, and skip through the painful drone and lilting voice of the narrator.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This story has a lot of action and wonderful characters with an interesting story line.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Benjamin L. Darcie’s performances?

    Not in a million years.


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

    The book yes.. again with the Mr. Darcie.


    Any additional comments?

    Buy the book and read it yourself. It's very much worth it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    BookWizard 09-27-13
    BookWizard 09-27-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Mediocre followup"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    E.C. does present some good ideas that do linger in the back of your mind and make you curious about what is to come. However, the book takes way too long to lift off. That would be okay if the time spent was interesting or relevant for the plot, but you are left with a feeling the author used it as stuffing to meet the "required" number of pages. Uninteresting radio chatter is another example of the listeners time being wasted throughout the book.


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

    By all means yes, once you read all your favorite 5-6 Sci-fi writers have made, its quite hard to find a new series. Notice how that somehow is not a resounding endorsement ?


    Any additional comments?

    Listening to gun-ho comments like "Guns gun guns"..."no joy!", is jarring and distracting in the extreme.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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