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- Listening Length: 11 hours and 21 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Brilliance Audio
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 8 July 2014
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00KKRCNWG
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Out of the Black: Odyssey One, Book 4 Audio Download – Unabridged
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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
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.
I regret sticking with it, a waste of time and I should have abandoned it when it started to grate
Missed opportunity by the part time writter
It needed a literate editor to cut cut cut
This book does not finish the series cleanly and leaves the reader wanting the series to progress with some of the ideas with a follow up series, looking at saving the galaxy from the alien menace and the evil humans as well.
Good stuff. Worth the time to get into.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A really riveting read, just make sure you read them in order!Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great Sci-Fy adventure - plenty of action, but a bit heavy on the descriptions of futuristic weapons technology. Captain Eric Weston is an engaging and entertaining hero. Read morePublished 4 months ago by BatCan
Brilliant this guy doesn't stop delivering fantsastic storylines and charactersPublished 6 months ago by Garry Edge