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Into the Black (Odyssey One, Book 1) [Remastered Edition]

Into the Black (Odyssey One, Book 1) [Remastered Edition] [Kindle Edition]

Evan Currie
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)

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Product Description

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.

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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 684 KB
  • Print Length: 587 pages
  • Publisher: 47North; Remastered edition (27 Mar 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005ML0EZS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,879 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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39 of 39 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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read 9 Aug 2011
By aao
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Better than expected, it won't set the world alight but it makes for a light and enjoyable sci-fi read. Well worth the kindle price.
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8 of 8 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
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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story 9 April 2012
By ChrisG
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having read the reviews, some being a little negative regarding spelling etc. i found this updated book to be simply a great read. good story and interesting people. the battle scenes fantastic. really looking forward to book two.
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76 of 85 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good idea poorly executed 23 Jun 2011
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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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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good in parts 17 Nov 2011
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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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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Nice 7 Jun 2011
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I liked it. However having said that, well researched science or not he needs to read a bit of EE Smith or early John W. Campbell. When moving into space opera it is always best to go to the greats. I have enjoyed his FanFiction and look forward to the next volume in this series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good story, well told.
When I received my Kindle from my wife 18 months ago I was sceptical . It has however proven to be something of a boon. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Phillip Terence Morgan
4.0 out of 5 stars Trekkers Delight
It read a bit like a Star Trek episode, starting a bit weak but built-up nicely into really good action with some good characters too. Enjoyed it.
Published 10 days ago by Huge
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read, looking forward to reading follow up
I bought this book as it was a "daily deal" and for the money it was a great deal, even if I had paid the full amount, I would still have enjoyed just as much. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Laserman59
5.0 out of 5 stars Woof woof, a fine read
I have just finished reading this book and ten minutes of chasing my tail after. It is a little different from others is Sci-fi books but the story is strong and is well written. Read more
Published 1 month ago by S. Pentney
5.0 out of 5 stars Spectacular
Being a sci-fi nerd, I had to pick this one up to pass my daily commute. What a book! Good characters, semi-hard tech and, ofcourse, brilliant battles. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mr. A. D. Richards Evans
5.0 out of 5 stars First contact with a twist
Great story, great characters, interesting technology and story leaps along at great pace, start of a great series? I think maybe!
Published 3 months ago by P. Terry
5.0 out of 5 stars Addictive
Action all the way. Page turning that you will find hard to put down. This will get you hooked on Odyssey series
Published 4 months ago by John Alan Swan
5.0 out of 5 stars Cracking
Great military sci-fi fast paced and chock full of action. Technical details provided for those who ask how. Can't wait for the next instalment.
Published 4 months ago by DJB
4.0 out of 5 stars liked it a lot
Nice one. I've got the next in the series before I finished this one. I need to know what happens :-)
Good read.
Published 4 months ago by ArisK
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy reading - Good pace
I bought this on a random whim and with the expectancy of its being another so-so, wannabe "free book", but it's actually been a riveting read despite a dodgy edit. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Pat Godfrey
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