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.
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!
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.
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.
Moves the story at a well measured and engaging pace. On to the next installment! Good job well played Eric
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.
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.
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.
Looking forward for the series to continue
Great consistent performance
Had my on the edge of my seat while I was driving!
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.
No. It would bore them.
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.
Good story. Poor writing.
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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.
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.
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...
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.
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