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Evan Currie , Benjamin L. Darcie
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
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Book Description

27 Mar 2012 Odyssey (Book 1)

This edition of Odyssey One has been completely edited and remastered to correct the typos and content issues that reviewers commented on in the original edition.

Beyond the confines of our small world, far from the glow of our star, lies 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, pushing past the boundaries of security, 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 that will leave you breathlessly awaiting book two.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.


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  • MP3 CD
  • Publisher: Brilliance Corporation; MP3 Una edition (27 Mar 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1455866989
  • ISBN-13: 978-1455866984
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 13.5 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,089,241 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Evan Currie has been writing most of his life in one format or another and, despite having taken his education in computer sciences and spent the majority of his professional life in the Quebec lobster industry, he has never lost his passion for the written word. As his preferred way to relax and enjoy his down time, Evan often says that there is little he can imagine better than being a storyteller.

Evan Currie is the author of the Odyssey series, Thermals, and On Silver Wings.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not great but not bad. 19 Nov 2011
By Edmond
Format:Kindle Edition
On the positive An enjoyable romp with adventure and action. One of the most creatively unpleasant FTL systems I've even come across (They discuss sedating as much of the crew as possible for future jumps after the first one!) Definitely some interesting ideas.

On the negative, this could have done with more editing. I don't say that meaning there are mistakes, I mean it could have done with being tightened up. There are too many cases of what I would call data dumps or background information that really wasn't needed. The characters are a little two dimensional but military science fiction really isn't a genre given to deep characterisation. Also on the subject of characters the author sometimes shifts between using their first and surnames, when he really should have stuck to one to avoid confusion.

Now frankly none of those flaws were deal breakers for me. What I wanted from it was a book that would get me through a week of commuting with a tale of spaceships shooting at each other and that's what it did. There is supposed to be a follow on book coming out later this year, while I won't be rushing out (metaphorically speaking) to get it, it will be on my 'to read list'
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Battlestar Galactica anyone ? 14 Oct 2013
By A. Ball
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Doesn't work at all for me. Self-publish at its worst, but at an almost commercial price. Pastiche of various TV shows - notably BSG with bits of Stargate and Star Trek thrown in. Very basic writing style - almost early teenage (sorry early teenagers), with some real howlers in use of words. Virtually zero depth to the characters, so you really don't care what becomes of them. I got about halfway through before I got fed up with the relentless whizz-bang action. No desire to read any more of this one, let alone anything subsequent. Take my advice, choose real sci-fi (Baxter, Anderson, Banks, Bear, Brinn, Clarke etc. etc. to name but a few) - far more satisfying ultimately IMHO
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good in parts 17 Nov 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is an interesting story, although it does drag in parts.

I was regularly put off by the strange spellings and grammar. Why are come words like "orbit" always started with an upper case "O" (like German!)? Why can't the author tell the difference between it's vs its, they're vs their vs there, who's vs whose, etc, etc. Some sentences just do not make any sense as they are written (although it is normally possible to guess what is being meant).

An independent peer review of the book would probably have ironed out these errors.

The preview of the second book in the series which is provided suggests that the same errors will be found in there as well.
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89 of 99 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good idea poorly executed 23 Jun 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I'm not being facetious when I say that I almost enjoyed this book. I think that the underlying premise is interesting and the pace of the book is generally pretty good. I liked some of the characters and some of the action sequences did draw me in. However, it seems to me that the author wrote this story at a fairly frantic pace and never went back to check it for errors, of which there are a multitude.

There are errors on every page - errors of syntax (words out of order, etc.), spelling (eg. troops repelling from an aircraft rather than rappelling, smelt instead of smelled), punctuation (commas where there should be full stops and also many, many commas where there shouldn't be anything, not to mention the widespread abuse of the humble apostrophe), typos (eg. in instead of on), spacing (or lack of it between words, so that words run together), mixing up words which sound the same but are spelled differently (eg. martialed instead of marshaled, passed instead of past), mixed up tenses (past tenses suddenly appearing in the middle of present action or vice versa) and so on. All of these errors detract from the enjoyment of reading the book and at times make it difficult to follow.

The book also suffers from other problems. For example, the author will suddenly use the phrase "like the proverbial" several times in as many pages, not use it for a long time and then use it again several times in as many pages. This may seem a very minor issue but it jars. Again, from time to time the author will introduce a scientific explanation of some event or some piece of technology but does so in such a way that it seems unnatural, almost like he's lecturing the reader.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and entertaining sci-fi 26 Sep 2012
By D. J. Burton TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I really enjoyed the balance between detail and action in this book - too many authors get bogged down in detail just to prove they know about the subject. To be honest I couldn't care less as long as the science holds fairly true and isn't just glossed over.

The author has some great ideas here, some are pretty original and some aren't. He alludes to several ideas which aren't followed through which is a little bit frustrating, but it must be for future reference and novels. Other criticisms are that only one or two characters actually have character, the rest are a bit "fill-in" and wooden.

Other than that, the pace of the plot is great, it's based mainly in space (the 2nd is based a lot more on land) and it gets the reader really involved in the heart of the action. It's also quite nice that the weapons energy difference is so vast - only by clever / alternative design do the tables get evened.

I've read the second in the series and will happily buy the third. Highly recommended!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost believable Sci-Fi.
Easy read with continuing tension-not easy to put down!.
Published 1 day ago by N. Di Mambro
5.0 out of 5 stars thoroughly enjoyable
I really enjoyed this and I'm now reading the second book. It's great to read a science-fiction book without great big (black) holes in the logic.
Published 2 days ago by Mr. S. P. Watson
2.0 out of 5 stars There has been a spate of these first FTL flights ...
There has been a spate of these first FTL flights and running into alien intelligences lately. This is run of the mill stuff and lacks any tension to the story. Read more
Published 2 days ago by David G Gazzard
4.0 out of 5 stars Incredibly fast paced military sci-fi
Incredibly fast paced. If you like a lot of action in your military sci-fi then this is worth the money. Read more
Published 3 days ago by A. Butler
5.0 out of 5 stars great read
I'll keep it short as I need to go check if there's another one to read in the series. Seriously hoping that's the case. If you like the space genre give this a book a go. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Shane
4.0 out of 5 stars My sort of book - Really enjoyed it.
My sort of book - Really enjoyed it.
Published 6 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars great read
Fantastic book and read highly recommended - good mix of action and atmosphere so you understand what's happening and can keep up
Published 7 days ago by Southern Gamer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Well written, especially the battle scenes. Very thought provoking; I did not want to put the book down.
Published 8 days ago by rog
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
excellent value and quick delivery
Published 9 days ago by william j curry
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy read.
Good easy read. I enjoyed it.
Published 9 days ago by Mr Robin D J Hall
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