Great, Solid Military SciFi / Evolving Space Opera
While one book does not a great, sweeping space opera (usually) make -- this book is a solid foundation for what could be a great series. . .in t..Show More »he tradition of Campbell's "Lost Fleet," or other similar series (Ian Douglas, John Ringo, William Dietz, David Weber, David Drake, John Scalzi). There are really good ideas here, and excellent battles in space. The seeds are also planted for what is coming next -- along with a number of really good "concepts" about technology. I did not read earlier iterations of this book, just listened to the 'final' Audible version -- which I thoiught was EXCELLENT. The writing is not tight -- but tight is not what I think of as the 'be all and end all' in this type of "writ large"" type of opening salvo. And it seems clear that as this rolls out it will provide an opportunity for greater control of language and syntax. But this is no amateur venture by a mile. This is a fine story well written and well performed. If you liked the Lost Fleet you will love this. If you enjoyed the Dietz takeoff on the Foreign Legion, you will also appreciate the sinilarities here. I cannot wait for the next book -- and what more can you say about a new writer and series ????
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! ..Show More »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...
Homeworld is the third (but not final) book in the Odyssey One series. It has a very definite arc ending and fans of the series will find this a satis..Show More »fying end to that arc with a glimpse of how Currie will continue the series with a new arc in Book 4.
I was hard on Currie in my review of his debut book, Into the Black. There are some of the same weaknesses here (e.g., a tendency to overwrite every scene and strong personal political underpinings) but I have to admit that as soon as I was 10-15 minutes into the book, I was so happy to be back in the Odyssey One universe. Currie has really honed his skills and there are a lot of loose ends or logic jumps in Homeworld. We are back with the characters we've grown to love and it is as comfortable as an old leather armchair in front of the fireplace.
The story starts out with action: the Eastern Block has developed an FTL ship (though different from the Odyssey) and head out to explore the nearest habitable star system. What they don't realize is that they aren't alone and that they can't 'see' the Drazin in their FTL state. Which means they may end up leading the biggest threat in the Galaxy right back to Earth.
The action and focus of this book shifts away from the Colonies and the Prim and instead is mostly about the Terrans. About half way through the book, grab a drink and a good seat because you're going to be riveted as the action cranks up and doesn't let up until the epilogue. Currie doesn't have qualms about killing off main characters and certain he'll ratchet up the stakes in this third book in the series.
I listened to the audible version and although the narrator isn't my favorite, I was glad it was his voice consistently throughout. The strength of Currie's books are the 'everyman' characters - the narrator has a voice quality that complements that approach.
There are very interesting reveals about the enemy and certainly some surprises I never expected as well. It made all the action even more fun when it is all put into context.
In all, I've greatly enjoyed this series so far and appreciate that the first arc is finishing and we are starting on a new one.