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Out of the Black (Odyssey One Book 4) [Kindle Edition]

Evan Currie
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Deep in blackest space, the Drasin have watched humanity’s journey to the stars—and determined that a species as barbaric as ours has no place in the cosmos.

The wreckage of the starship Odyssey, once Earth’s greatest guardian, lies strewn across New York City. Abandoned by all but its captain, Odyssey’s sacrifice covered the withdrawal of countless troops as the Drasin assault ravaged the planet. When Captain Eric Weston finally emerges from the rubble, impossibly alive thanks to the mysterious “Gaia,” he knows with the Drasin it’s kill or be killed.

But not all of the heavens have proven hostile. The Priminae have felt the full brunt of Drasin aggression on their own home world, and they won’t leave humanity to face annihilation alone. Together with what’s left of the crews of the Odyssey and other starships, they race to join Weston and his group of Earth-bound survivors for a desperate last stand.

The final battle of the Drasin War brings bestselling author Evan Currie’s Odyssey One series to its shattering conclusion.

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    About the Author

    Evan Currie is the bestselling author of the Odyssey One series, the Warrior’s Wings series, and more. Although his post-secondary education was in computer sciences, and he has worked in the local lobster industry steadily over the last decade, writing has always been his true passion. Currie himself says it best: “It’s what I do for fun and to relax. There’s not much I can imagine better than being a storyteller.”

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    5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars Going out with a whimper 28 Sept. 2014
    By Ben
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    This is, in my opinion the weakest of this series, which is sad because you always hope for a strong finish.

    Predictably, dodgy grammar and incorrect transposition of words remains a major problem, though not quite so bad as in 'The Heart of Matter', which remains the low point for editorial quality in this series.

    As has been mentioned in other reviews, there is a whole chunk of 25-30% of this book that is entirely irrelevant to the main story, this is the section that the story starts with, set on earth during the alien invasion. It is far too long and seems solely designed to convince us that Eric Weston is not only the most brilliant ship captain since Drake and Nelson combined, but also the best ground commander ever. It is too long, repetitive and badly plotted.

    Sadly, in a huge change in scope from the previous books which dealt in months and years, Out of the Black spends 90% of its time dealing with a single month and restricts itself almost exclusively to Earth and its solar system, in excruciating, repetitive detail. Hardly the deep space opera we have grown used to. The story flip flops repeatedly between who has the upper hand so many times that you just want it to be over. It feels as though Currie ran out of ideas and decided to drag out one chapter to fill an entire book.

    Characters other than our glorious hero continue to make stupid decisions either to create plot points or it seems in an attempt to demonstrate how magnificent Weston is by comparison. Sadly it just breaks immersion and makes the story even more disjointed. This is most apparent when someone other than Weston is in charge and inexplicably forgets all about their most powerful weapon until it is almost too late.
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Extinction Level Event 23 July 2014
    By andy
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    I really enjoyed this book , couldn't put it down , I think it would make an excellent series of films !
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    4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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    I'm going to have to say that I was disappointed. I've been avidly following this series and it's fascinating premise of where dd we come from, who the hell are the Prims and what is going on and none of that has been addressed here at all.

    The last volume - The book is ok by itself, it's not great, would be an alright $1 or free read but against the backdrop of the previous books and the questions they posed I can only assume that Evan Currie simply didn't know how to explain it all and so didn't bother trying.

    Really disappointing as for a while there I thought we were on the verge of something magnificent.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Read. 15 Feb. 2015
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    Brilliant and Griping read. Sadly I arrived at the last page, tantalising hints of more to come with promise of deeper mysteries yet to be told. Sigh, I guess I can go back to looking out the window until book 5!
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    3.0 out of 5 stars Acceptable but not brilliant 4 Mar. 2015
    By Henry
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    This is a bit more disappointing when compared to the other books in the series. It offers - despite teasing it the whole time - no answers to the most obvious questions readers would have after reading the series, and it seems like it was only partially completed to be utilised as a lead in to the new spin off series.

    Ignoring that, however, the book was quite enjoyable nonetheless. There are some worth-while mentions as to unexpected changes in character and writing style, but I still found the book pleasant to read at least.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    By Huge
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    A great finale to the fight to save Earth and other planets from a plague of alien fighter beings. Really great i enjoyed it a lot.
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    3.0 out of 5 stars Good for commuting 23 Aug. 2014
    By Victor
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    Not a bad read, good escapism and an easy read when commuting to work and back. Will I read the rest of the series, probably yes.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 17 Mar. 2015
    By bill
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    It has been some time since I enjoyed a series of books as much as I did this one. I had difficulties putting them down. The plot line was unusual, the characters believable and, as far as I coukd tell, the science sound. I have read other books by Mr Currie, but this is the best yet. I have preordered the next one.
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