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.
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.
Avid rock climber and adventurer. Lover of sci-fi and Action-Adventure. Advocate of revolutionary thinking.
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.
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.
Yes, couldn't put it down.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I focus mainly on History, Endurance Sports and Science/Speculative Fiction books.
I did not read the print version...
Solid, military Sci-Fi with some larger scientific and political elements thrown in - good story.
I thought he did a great job, I enjoyed his approach to the material.
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.
I will read he next book in the series...
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.
No. This book was highly rated, but there's so much back story and "politics." I wanted an adventure story.
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.
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.
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.
Good action, keeps moving!
Great voice for this, he makes the book work!
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!
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