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Into the Black Audiobook

Into the Black: Odyssey One

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Beyond the confines of our small world, far from the glow of our star, lie a galaxy and universe much larger and more varied than anyone on Earth can possibly imagine. For the new NAC spacecraft Odyssey and her crew, the unimaginable facets of this untouched world are about to become reality.The Odyssey's maiden voyage is an epic adventure destined to make history.

Captain Eric Weston and his crew encounter horrors, wonders, monsters, and people; all of which will test their resolve, challenge their abilities, and put in sharp relief what is necessary to be a hero.

A first-rate military-science-fiction epic that combines old-school space opera and modern storytelling, Into the Black: Odyssey One is a riveting, exhilarating adventure with vivid details, rich mythology, and relentless pacing.

©2012 Evan Currie (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Skipper 04-28-17
    Skipper 04-28-17

    I prefer 3rd-person POV, books with <500 pages, and a hard-won fairly happy ending. Graphic language makes audio unsuitable around family.

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    "Swarming, tunneling world eaters"

    Military space opera told in 3rd person, set mostly in a distant solar system, but also on earth. The main character is Captain Eric Weston. He's likable enough, but his character feels a bit flat and starchy. I would have preferred to see more of other characters, including Savoy the Navy SEAL tech wiz, Dr. Palin the linguist, Admiral Tanner and his big roughneck friend, etc.

    This series is battle-based more than character or relationship based. As for the plot, it's clear enough, even though there are some holes here and there. Save the planet. Kill the swarm. Stay alive.

    The are many unanswered questions / mysteries, and the author uses them as interest bait. Who are The Others? Who is the emperor? Who/What are the Drasin, where did they come from, and what motivates them? Who/What is Central? What is the Forge? We don't get any answers to these questions in this book. In fact, most of it is pretty much still a mystery after three books. I find that frustrating. I like answers to gradually come clear, a little in each book, as with The Spiral Wars series (Shepherd) and the Riyria Revelations (Sullivan).

    If you like books based on battles and epic heroes saving planets from complete destruction, this series could be for you. But fair warning -- the author reveals some of his political agenda (not enough to drive me away).

    Contents include swearing, religious cuss words, and death. No sex.

    Narration is okay, but I found myself reading more than listening, so I could skim through the long battle scenes.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    clifford United States 03-22-14
    clifford United States 03-22-14 Member Since 2016

    akitonmyers

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    "ugh"

    OK,

    I had a colleague recommend this one to me. I tried it out and am having a hard time giving it even two stars.

    1. Characters are paper thin, secondary to the story.
    2. Plot. WTF?
    3. Out of water Military story. I've read much better. Whats up with so many authors taking a group of military persons and putting them into a weird scifi environment where they are fish out of water, but manage to win the day anyhow. Seems like every single one of them has the same plot structure and characters.

    I'd recommend the Lost Legion series over this one.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Kenneth Richmond, TX, United States 04-12-13
    Kenneth Richmond, TX, United States 04-12-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Why do I love Space Opera?"

    Probably for the space ships. This book worried me at first. I have an extremely short attention span. But even though it started a little slow (for me) I shouldn't have worried. Very soon there were mysteries i wanted answers to, characters I wanted to root for, and impossible situations for me to cheer for when they were overcome.

    If you like space opera, or military Sci Fi this is simply one of the best of the genre I have come across. Satisfying fun, and I immediatly purchased the second in the series. And since I can't force myself to finish even the first half of most books I buy that is the biggest complemeint I can pay to a new series.

    I'm off to read the second installment now. Fingers Crossed!

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Carrie Turner Salt Lake City, UT United States 04-19-14
    Carrie Turner Salt Lake City, UT United States 04-19-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Liked the book. Couldn't finish the series"
    Would you try another book from Evan Currie and/or Benjamin L. Darcie?

    Maybe. I liked his first book, "into the black". The trick to battle books is to not let the battles get repetitive. He pulled it off mostly in the first book; however, book 2 was a broken record for battles.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Evan Currie again?

    Yes, I bought the second book in the series. Won't buy the 3rd book though.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    This book is great. His fault was in the second book. If you consider moving from one battle to the next plot, then read the second book.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jacob Donley Pekin, IL, United States 07-28-13
    Jacob Donley Pekin, IL, United States 07-28-13 Member Since 2017
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    "Great Mix of Hard Sci-Fi and Storytelling"

    INTO THE BLACK: ODYSSEY ONE by Evan C. Currie is a wonderful mix of hard sci-fi and storytelling. Not once in listening to the audible story did I find the technical details, often associated with hard sci-fi, cluttering the novel progression unnecessarily. I easily found myself caught up in the story wondering what was going to happen next. I, also, found myself moved by the characters in a way that only comes from masterful writing. This is a science fiction story that I would heartily recommend to anyone that reads the genre.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Akron, OH, United States 08-09-12
    Amazon Customer Akron, OH, United States 08-09-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Awesome book.I hope book 2 will come to audible."

    This book kept the action moving and kept me wondering.

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    Great original storyline

    I cant wait for the second installment, i have unanswered questions!

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    Brian United States 04-15-12
    Brian United States 04-15-12 Member Since 2012

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    "FANTASTIC EPIC SCIENCE FICTION"

    I really enjoyed this. It was smart, believable, exciting military science fiction. The narrator is great, I sure hope the sequel in September is on Audible as well.

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    Daniel Abrams 05-23-16
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    "Listened with my brother and WOW"
    What made the experience of listening to Into the Black the most enjoyable?

    There was a great mix of intensity & suspense, and humor and background. The blend was almost optimal.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Into the Black?

    *Spoiler FREE* The way the crew talks to their Captain was perfect. There were moments that had us nodding with agreement, and other that had us cracking up. Can't say enough that we loved this book!


    Have you listened to any of Benjamin L. Darcie’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not heard Mr. Darcie as a narrator before. He did a good number of accents to differentiate key characters. I would describe his voice, at times at least, as near deadpan. His timbre changed to suit the moment, though. However, his deadpan tone really ADDED for the humorous moments, in our opinions.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, but we couldn't do so


    Any additional comments?

    We are looking forward to Transitioning into book 2!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jaco du Preez South Africa 03-01-16
    Jaco du Preez South Africa 03-01-16 Member Since 2015

    I am an avid reader of science fiction, adventure and technology. My hobbies consist of PC gaming, movies, 3D printing, and software dev.

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    "Into the beyond there is death"
    What did you like best about Into the Black? What did you like least?

    This book is a thrilling ride from exploration to combat and sets the tone for a interesting series. Not much focus was placed on actual human behavior but the story had a well formed ark. If unease were an issue they would take a bag...


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    Jack USA 07-06-14
    Jack USA 07-06-14 Member Since 2015

    End of the world and Sci Fi are my favorites with a lot of historical fiction added in

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    "No depth of character"
    What would have made Into the Black better?

    Focus more on the human interactions, motivations and emotions and far less on the machinery that surrounds them.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Evan Currie again?

    Probably not unless he makes the move to building characters involved in challenging situations. A walking tour of the technology and layout of the equipment in play is just not as interesting as how humans grapple with the problems at hand.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Benjamin L. Darcie?

    Yes, the story was the problem not the voice.


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    "A gripping novel"

    Hard to put down, one authors idea of mankind discovering he is but a minor part of creation. Slightly biased In favour of mankind wins but a great audible, in car, home and headphones..filling the spare hours

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  • alexander
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    7/20/14
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    "an interesting concept for SiFi buffs."

    an interesting story though the central characters came over as 2 dimensional.
    the characters, and the story, would have neen greatly improved with a little more depth .

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