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  • Paperback: 629 pages
  • Publisher: 47North (25 Sep 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1612182356
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612182353
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 4.3 x 20.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 504,906 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 2 Nov 2012
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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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Like all his other books this sits firmly at the 'pulp' end of the science fiction genre, and it does not unduly bother itself with the science behind its fiction. Scientific terms and justifications are thrown about with very little explanation (lasers, would someone please explain to sci-fi authors how lasers work), leaving a number of obvious holes, but the pace of the story is generally enough to carry you past them.

The use of repetition for effect is repetitive, in the extreme. I am unsure why some authors feel this is a good ploy. If you explain the emotions and stresses the characters are under 1st time around, there really is no need to repeat yourself in the next paragraph.

There are several instances of characters being willfully stupid as a plot device, this comes across as lazy, and with a little effort could be removed entirely.

The overarching plot is interesting, and will presumably all become clear as the series progresses, at least I hope so, as it is a bigger draw than the individual events that tie it together.

Self published e-books often share one common trait. Terrible, non-existent proof reads. All of Evan Currie's novels fall into this trap to a greater or lesser degree though it was far more noticeable in The Heart of Matter than in Into the Black (perhaps this is what the 'remastered edition' brought us), though there were very few glaring spelling errors, which was a mercy. There were however numerous examples of characters being confused for each other, for example a special forces Major and Colonel swap ranks on more than one occasion (maybe its a job share thing). There are numerous occasions where the wrong word is used making the entire sentence nonsense.
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By R. F. Stevens HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 21 May 2013
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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 re-mastered version of the first book is Into the Black: Odyssey One.
See also Homeworld (Odyssey One Book 3)
And Out of the Black (Odyssey One Book 4)
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Peter Miller VINE VOICE on 7 Sep 2012
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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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