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The Heart of Matter (Odyssey One, Book 2)

The Heart of Matter (Odyssey One, Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Evan Currie
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After an epic maiden voyage that introduced Earth to a larger universe—and a cosmos full of terrifying new enemies—Captain Eric Weston and the crew of the NAC spacecraft Odyssey have spent months cooling their heels under their admiral’s watchful eye. But when Earth’s newest ally, the Priminae, strike a defense deal with the North American Confederacy, the Odyssey finally receives her orders: return to Ranquil, the Priminae’s war-ravaged homeworld, and lend badly needed support against the invading Drasin.

Weston and his crew are hungry for action, yet once back on Ranquil, they realize not all is as it seems. Yes, the Drasin are a formidable foe, but Weston suspects a powerful unseen force is waging the war that could alter forever the face of the universe. Determined to unmask the mysterious puppet masters, Weston and his motley crew defy NAC protocol and venture into deep space…where they will discover an enemy unlike any they have ever faced. The long-awaited follow-up to the spectacular Into the Black: Odyssey One combines old-school space opera with modern storytelling to create an exhilarating new sci-fi adventure.

About the Author

Evan Currie has been writing most of his life in one format or another. 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. In his own words, “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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 738 KB
  • Print Length: 627 pages
  • Publisher: 47North (25 Sep 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005ML3B0S
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Military science fiction 2 Nov 2012
Format:Paperback|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
This book deals with military science fiction, and is the second in series of books written by the author. So this book is not a standalone affair and it would be advisable to read the first book in the series. As readers have already commented you are `missing some key information as you're reading through it.

There is a lot of attention detail here, in terms the science in using military applications/equipment in an outer space environment, or should I say there is a clear lack any form environment except hard vacuum. All the concepts delivered seem sound on the face of it and translates well into the narrative, whether the concepts are scientifically sound is another matter. The talk of Dyson Constructs is an interesting one, and more information can be found in Wikipedia.

I have always thought of Space battles in terms of naval warfare, especially in the Submarine environment where the vehicle is working in 3 dimensions literally. The tactical planning and the way in which battles and actions are brought to the fore are done extremely well. Unlike Star trek, our Captain Weston does need not `battle computers' to figure out strategic ploys but rather they are employed to just execute what he wants them to do. He thinks his way out of dire predicaments.
There is continuous action in this novel and this reader found it hard to find the right time to take a break that said there are periods on the Weston's starship where actions are taking days to come to fruition, a very enjoyable read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Builds on from `Into the black'... 8 Dec 2012
Format:Paperback|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
This is a competent sequel to Into the Black: Odyssey One: Remastered Edition that continues to build background to the world and system that Currie began to construct. The action is fast paced and keeps you turning pages as you get sucked into the action sequences in the book. Currie is developing a strong storyline that will probably last for several books as the Odyssey explores its universe.

My only concern is that you really have to have read Into the Black: Odyssey One: Remastered Edition and as the series develops unless Currie develops a more standalone style for his novels you'll have to have read all the books in sequence to keep up with plotlines and developments within the narrative. I had read Into the Black: Odyssey One: Remastered Edition, so I understood (I think) the developing story in this novel, however, if I'd have read this as a standalone I may have given up, so you may want to consider reading Into the Black: Odyssey One: Remastered Edition first, and then having a go at this one.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pure Space Opera 7 Sep 2012
By Peter Miller VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
In Odyssey One Into the Dark. The ship NACS Odyssey set off on a voyage and discovers aliens intent on destroying planets. Then they discover new civilisation of humans. Most of the book is taken up with running battles against the aliens. Now read on...

In The Heart of the Matter, book two of Odyssey One the ship makes it return to the new civilisation. WE get more information about the new system and its inhabitants. Then we have some more fighting on the ground and in space.

Meanwhile NACS Odyssey sets off to try and find out where the aliens are coming from.

These books are real space opera and full of excitement. If you want psychological angst and detailed human relationships don't bother. If you like action and adventure in space these are the books for you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Space Opera, but part of a sequence 21 May 2013
Format:Paperback|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
I have always enjoyed Space Opera, it is one of my lifetime passions, and 'The Heart of The Matter' goes a long way towards satisfying the hunger. Alas, we need to have read its predecessor to make the most of the adventures of the ship Odyssey and its crew, and there are enough loose ends to mandate buying the following volume as well (I hope there is one). This 'Next Exciting Episode' marketing strategy is what loses it a star for me.

Believe the Az blurb, it is fair, and I'm not going to add anything to spoil your enjoyment of a generally very well written romp in space following several popular themes with our heroes confronting epic space battles and interesting aliens. Vine gave me a preview copy (Thanks! :^) and I hope the release edition has fixed the few inconsistent spellings and other sillies I found in it.

The remastered version of the first book is Into the Black: Odyssey One.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good second volume. 27 Mar 2013
By John
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Fast moving and well structured. Not too much replay of original, really looking forward to the next one. Writer really has an ability to keep you guessing like some of the old fashioned Detective novels but translated into the future.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful space opera 1 Feb 2013
By Mad Saint Uden VINE VOICE
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What a wonderful read this is. I could sing for joy over how happy I am to have found an engaging, in depth (but not contrived or convoluted) epic future/space set tale. It's been a long time coming.

So typically we follow a number of people (species and individuals)on a number of locations (space ships, planets and open space) through their interconnected story, seeing events unfold in a standard linier fashion that is easy to follow. As such this is an 'easy' read if not a quick one (nearly 700 pages) but mostly easy as the plot is plausible and the characters realistic. So often alien tech and technobable combine with made up names to such an extent you can't pronounce let alone remember who or what is happening where. No such problems here as there is no disguising a real plot and great writing.

My only possible niggle is that the ending came about quite quickly & I would have enjoyed even more to have a longer resolution even if it added another 50 pages or so to the book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good so far
Just started book 2,and its as entertaining as the first one, which was pretty gripping. Classic military space opera, even down to the insect like aliens
Published 28 days ago by J E Longhurst
4.0 out of 5 stars not bad read
Having read the first in the series I was expecting a little more from this, however it has set things up for the last book in trilogy. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Master Chief
5.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyed this book
It's Star Trek mixed with Aliens and a bit of space above and beyond (anyone remember that) thrown in, but it's entertaining and enjoyable to read. Read more
Published 2 months ago by C. Farrelly
5.0 out of 5 stars very nice
Joyful reading. Liked the book. Looking forward to getting the next one in the series. All in all very good.
Published 3 months ago by ArisK
4.0 out of 5 stars Out of this world
With very few liberties taken with future science, this launches straight into a "topgun" type action. Brilliant. You will need to pause to take breath frequently.
Published 3 months ago by William Fleet
5.0 out of 5 stars A super follow up to the previous one
Another well written and exiting book. Slight change of pace from the first as this is more ground based - however not a problem. Will be reading the next in the series.
Published 4 months ago by G. Davies
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Scifi writer, a real page turner
Seldom do I get wrapped up in a series of books, Currie is a rare believable author that can thrill a reader and make these books difficult to put down.
Published 5 months ago by Robbie
3.0 out of 5 stars headline
Lots of battlefield action. Easy reading with fast action so not boring. Not for those looking for new concepts or thought provoking situations.
Published 7 months ago by Andy
4.0 out of 5 stars Odyssey series
Thoroughly enjoyed this episode but would have preferred to read in in sequence - could not find a listing showing the chronological sequence.
Published 8 months ago by Jumbojim
5.0 out of 5 stars good flowing space opera
Not a bad read. Make sure you have read the previous in the series before you read this one - otherwise too many spoilers. Read more
Published 10 months ago by C. Denham
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