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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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    Joki Helsinki 04-01-13
    Joki Helsinki 04-01-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Mixed Bag"

    My husband and I both listened to this. While I enjoyed it for what it is, he really didn't like it at all. We both had read the first book. I enjoyed the action; he felt it was poorly written.

    If you're read the first book (and I recommend you do), you can expect the same in the second. A mix of action, philosophizing about war, and a lot of perspectives on the same situation.

    As with the first novel, the writing isn't as strong as you typically find in the genre. It's not terrible (read a few YA dystopian and you'll know what I mean) but does come off as a bit weak in the military sci fi/sci fi genre.

    There is a LOT of philosophizing on the necessity of war and soldiers, told in a way that is a little too obvious (obvious comparisons to big issues in certain wars like Viet Nam and Iraq are rather glaringly obvious and takes away from the plot). But when the action kicks in, it's a fun roller coaster of a read.

    The narrator is the same from the first book. I enjoyed him on the first and was glad he's on the second. However, as with the author, there are some issues in quality of the performance: odd pauses where there shouldn't be and especially in this book, an affectation that has him swallowing the words at the end of every sentence. Unlike the first book, this reading feels a bit too mannered and that is really distracting. That said, I like the way he reads and he brings an easy humanity and grace to the characters that suits the book.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    James Shawnee, Ok, United States 10-07-12
    James Shawnee, Ok, United States 10-07-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Another winner"

    Book 2. This one continues right from where book 1 left off. Most of the book is space battles and ground combat. Must reed book 1, into the black, before this one and if you liked it you will like this one.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Trip Williams Travelers Rest, SC, United States 10-26-12
    Trip Williams Travelers Rest, SC, United States 10-26-12 Member Since 2004

    Did you know you can put in a set of Ear-Buds, slap your Hearing Protectors over them, and Mow the lawn, Weed-Eat, etc, without your book being drowned out by engine noise? I recently listened to "Augustus" while wandering through the Roman Forum. I'm on my third set of "Sleep-Phones". I've been addicted to audible since 2004... I think my friends are starting to suspect I have a problem ;)

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    "Better than Book 1"

    Book 2 in the series is even better than book 1, and you get to the action much quicker; Currie is obviously getting better at his craft as he goes! Despite a few minor things, I enjoyed this book a lot!

    I don't know if its the writing, or the Narration (I suspect it's the narrator), but every member of the Bridge Crew on every ship in the story sounds terrified every time they speak to someone with a higher rank... the stuttering and stammering that goes on in response to EVERY question put to them, and in EVERY report they give, is getting old, fast. Seems to me if you had a crew in vital positions that are this terrified of even speaking, you'd replace them with people who could actually get a report out in a timely, coherent, manner, without every sentence having to be dragged out of them.

    There are places in the narration where sentence structure is broken up so badly, or paused in such an odd spot, that you have to back up to try to figure out what the author actually meant... But it's not too often, and you can work through it.

    Those few things aside, the story moves along much faster than in the first book, the technical details are much improved and believable, and the "Tech-Talk" doesn't bog the story down at all... it's just enough to be interesting, and to enhance the story, without me feeling like the author is trying to tediously teach me how build the thing being described. A Lot of authors get WAY too caught up in trying to show how detailed their knowledge of some piece of physics or 'Tech' is... Currie deftly avoids that common mistake...

    I hope there is a Book 3, and I hope it's soon!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    VyTri Surrey, BC, Canada 10-17-12
    VyTri Surrey, BC, Canada 10-17-12 Member Since 2007

    I love books on personal development and entrepreneurship. For entertainment, I prefer the military sci-fi genre.

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    "Brilliant Follow Up to an Original First Novel"
    What did you love best about The Heart of Matter?

    Great characters, good fresh sci-fi ideas.


    What other book might you compare The Heart of Matter to and why?

    Jack Campbell Lost Fleet series without the political commentary.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    **Spoiler Alert** The escape from the giant beach ball


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

    Good humor mixed into the action.


    Any additional comments?

    Great Canadian author! Can't wait for more on this series.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Michael G. Kurilla ROCKVILLE, MD, United States 03-08-14
    Michael G. Kurilla ROCKVILLE, MD, United States 03-08-14 Member Since 2005
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    "Solid sequel for the Odyssey universe"

    Currie's 2nd installment, The Heart of Matter, is a solid follow-on to Into the Black. With Earth having developed a faster than light drive, Captain Eric Weston has taken his Odyssey crew out for cruise of their neighborhood only to learn that not only are there intelligent alien life forms, but that they appear to be human and have other unknown enemies as well. The sequel begins back on Earth with the Odyssey preparing to return to Rankeel with diplomatic and training teams.

    This time out, we get a glimpse of the AI-like intelligence the Priminae refer to as "Central" that has some general oversight properties. There are more space battles (and planet-side) with the Drasin along with the discovery of a Dyson swarm that appears to be a giant Drasin shipbuilding operation around another star. Finally there are some mysterious and sinister clues revealed that hint at the Drasin origin. The original cast is back along with a few new characters. Currie has crafted a delicious space opera that is very "Star Trek-like" in its general theme, although uniquely original.

    The narration is superb with an excellent range of voices along with good pacing and tone that makes for non-stop listening.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jeff St Joseph, MO, United States 05-06-13
    Jeff St Joseph, MO, United States 05-06-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Great Listen"

    Just as good as the first book. Good action, good sci-fi, alien worlds all the things you need to take you away from your life for a while listening. Its starting to get more interesting the more we learn about the Drasin and their allies.....

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    John Hammond, LA, United States 01-23-13
    John Hammond, LA, United States 01-23-13 Member Since 2012
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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


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    Michael Riverton, Ut, United States 09-28-13
    Michael Riverton, Ut, United States 09-28-13 Member Since 2005

    What an amazing thing a book… to step out of our lives, if just for a moment, to a different world of fantastic new ideas and possibilities.

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    "And the plot builds!"
    Any additional comments?

    Evan Currie has really done a lot of great work here. The plot is advancing and moving significantly forward. I really love the way he takes such different technologies and plays them out against each other and the descriptions of the way each technology works is fascinating. I must say I am really enjoying this series and recommend it.

    Great job Evan, keep them coming!

    Audible, great job of finding this series and getting on audio book!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jesse Lovettsville, Va United States 08-11-13
    Jesse Lovettsville, Va United States 08-11-13 Member Since 2002

    Long commutes have turned me into a dedicated Audible fan. Looking at my stats I can't believe I have 825 titles in my Library.

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    "First Rate Space Opera"

    With practically non stop space battles or land battles with Aliens against overwhelming odds. Can't wait for the third book in the series "Homeworld" due in Sept 2013

    1 of 1 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!

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    "Excellent Space Opera"



    This is for both volumes of the Odyssey - a real saga. It is pretty much Star Trek Enterprise with a bit of Battlestar Galactica mixed in and a very good plot. Fast paced, great characters it has the depth of detail and clout of the earlier Tom Clancy techno-thrillers and then some. Whilst it is not great literature it is a very good value sci-fi book. Looking forward to more from Mr Currie

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