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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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    Max Winter Springs, FL, United States 08-28-14
    Max Winter Springs, FL, United States 08-28-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Edge of my seat!"
    What did you love best about The Heart of Matter?

    Suspenseful


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

    Great consistent performance


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

    Had my on the edge of my seat while I was driving!


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    Alex 06-21-14
    Alex 06-21-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Bad writer"
    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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 in Financial Services and love History, 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 Member Since 2006
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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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    coreybeth Cincinnati, OH, United States 04-29-13
    coreybeth Cincinnati, OH, United States 04-29-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Not as good as the first but "okay""

    I was a little disappointed. Most of this book is "war in space". With the first one there was more suspense, more discovery, more "edge of your seat" action. This installment was slow, redundant, a little boring and it just seemed to coast along. It's almost as if it was written just to keep readers interested until book 3 is released. Same basic characters nothing new! I'll download #3 when available and pray it's better!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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