• Holy Ground

  • By: Evan Currie
  • Narrated by: Paul Heitsch
  • Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (244 ratings)

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By: Evan Currie
Narrated by: Paul Heitsch
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Mankind may be just about ready to reach for the stars, but before the Odyssey can begin...there is a war that has to be won.

Traditional claims, modern borders, and the dreams for a better tomorrow clash when the IndoChina, backed Eastern Alliance, takes a new and aggressive stance on the world stage, ushering in the last great World War.

A patient wait that was over a century long is rewarded when the Chinese portion of the Eastern Alliance Bloc makes their move in the Pacific. For decades, only the US Navy has held them back from reclaiming what they believe to be theirs. Now, the American forces are tired after decades of small wars, underfunded, and unprepared for what is coming. And The Bloc has an ace that shifts the balance of power and they intend to play it for all it is worth.

As the world plunges into the fires of war, a ragtag force of American, Japanese, and a smattering of other nationalities, sent fleeing across the ocean from Japan with aggressors nipping at their heels, are presented with a choice: Keep running, or choose a battleground and face their fate.

No more running. They will make their stand...on Holy Ground.

©2021 Evan Currie (P)2021 Podium Audio

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Awful

I've loved every one of the bubble gum sci fi books in the Odyssey series. All the action and macho swagger was so much fun when fighting pernicious aliens. But in grounding this story completely on the Earth, this became almost racist with its treatment of the Eastern enemy and 'rah rah' North America jingoism. After about 20%, I realized I was starting to hate these earlier incarnations of characters I'd rooted for and enjoyed in the Odyssey series. This wasn't enjoyable at all and I almost felt dirty reading it.

Story: Before the Odyssey set out on its journey, the characters of the series were facing a war that would tear apart the Earth. This is the beginning of that war, when the Eastern Block of China and India develop a new technology that threatens the West and their allies. Tinkerer Erik Weston may have stumbled across the key to the Block's technology and a way to save the West from complete annihilation. With the help of a skinny kid named Stephanos, he might just save America!

I have to wonder that the book has such a gung ho "Make America Great again!" narrative in this current political climate - but written by a Canadian. There is so much American swagger that I felt hair growing on my chest (and I'm female). The whole premise of the book is that America had fallen behind its Eastern counterparts (excluding Japan) and were no longer the 'great nation' they had been. But of course, individuality, Western creativity, and American spirit will always win against narrow minded, robotic, Eastern adversaries (read: Chinese). This all just felt so wrong.

Because I listened to the audio version of this book, I did not notice any of the grammatical or other errors noted by others. But I am assuming Currie has decided to forgo a publisher and self publish - with all the pitfalls that entails. Even the storywriting could have used a strong editor to balance so many issues that were offputting in the book.

The narrator was decent and had to do a lot of accents that admittedly after awhile began to sound cliché. I do not think he could have avoided that situation due to the writing, however. I will not be following this prequel series further.

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Lazy and weak

The story is lame and obviously written by someone who knows nothing about the Marine Corps. Don’t waste your money or time on this book. 🤮

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Another great dive into the Universe

Great ride . I'm transported to a world and people both familiar and new. This is a great start and back drop to all the stories that follow with Westin and crew . Keep them coming !!! Can't wait to see what comes next in this part of the time line .

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This was so good.

I loved this book. It was so great to hear how so many of the characters from the odyssey one series got their start and how some of the tech used came into being. I am going to re-read the Odyssey one series again now that I am done with this.

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An epic prequel to an Epic adventure

Odyssey one is one of my favorite book series ever, and this book kicks off the universe that not only neatly organizes the lore to a momumental event we spent hears hearing about, but is a satisfying tale of military honor and the human spirit.

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Awesome Prequal to Odyssey One

After listening to the first Odyssey One book I always taught the prequals would be awesome and it did not disappoint. Also loved how the books does not hit you over the head with politics. So many books in this genre right now want to play out a far left\right future politics. Hoping he puts out a sequel to Holy Ground.

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damn good!

pretty damn good writing, and that goes for the VA's skill as well! I enjoyed it quite a bit

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some things are just incorrect

it was a decent book to have in the background. Some things like the Japanese war deaths in World War II on Okinawa are just so incorrect that kind of threw up in my mouth. they state almost 20,000 Japanese dead. closer to 120 thousand and that's not including the civilian deaths. they got the Americans wrong too. just if you're going to use real-world stuff make sure you get your stuff right

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If Details Trip You Up, Avoid This One

The story is OK, if a little contrived. If you like military action on land, sea and air, this is the book for you. If you want accurate depictions of weapons, military procedures, and jargon, skip it. The story kept me listening, because it gets better in the second half of the book. My main complaint is the dialogue. Almost every interaction contains trite phrases that sound like they came out of old WWII movies. Most people don't speak the way these characters do.

The narrator was good, given what he had to work with. I've heard him before, and my only complaint about his style is that sometimes he slips into a folksy way of speaking, and adds a little vocal fry to top it off. Most probably aren't bothered by this, but it's something that is a little off-putting to me.

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Full Rush

Edge of the seat action well done on a not so distant future . Excellent narrative by Heitsch Thanks

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  • K E naysmith
  • 11-04-21

Best military ive read on a while

No filler, no flag waving ultra patriotic dribble, straight to the point with constant and varied action