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

Evan Currie
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (770 customer reviews)

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Book 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.

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About the Author

Evan has been writing most of his life in one format or another, and though 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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  • File Size: 684 KB
  • Print Length: 587 pages
  • Publisher: 47North; Remastered edition (March 27, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005ML0EZS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,379 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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318 of 342 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
[UPDATE: After this review was initially posted, the author has had the book professionally edited and re-released. In my opinion, the book is now completely deserving of five stars, and I am updating this review accordingly. I would gladly give the author another five stars for the absolutely superb job he did of flawlessly handling of the reader reviews posted here. He has earned my avid readership, and my sincere thanks for turning an excellent story into one that I can now enjoy re-reading to my hearts content.

Following is the review as I originally wrote it.]

Excellent plot, with a refreshingly unique style. With so many cookie cutter writers in the eBook universe now, it's nice to see a new author that doesn't copy his style or technologies en mass from the prevailing popular authors of the military sci-fi genre.

I would recommend this book without reservation, were it not for the annoying and ever-present grammar, punctuation and typographical errors. I realize that I'm only paying $3 for the book, but that doesn't mean that I don't expect a finished product. But as distracting as these things were, the story was an excellent read and kept me hooked until the very end. With the help of an editor, this author will have an awesome career ahead of him.
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126 of 136 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very enjoyable Start May 9, 2011
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I loved this book. It started out a little slow, but picked up quickly and the combat scenes were very enjoyable. Reminded me in places of David Weber and John Ringo's works, and since I love those too, I quite enjoyed this. It was an interesting take on military space technology that I haven't specifically seen before so that was fun as well. Once I got into it, I couldn't put it down. It had a preview for the sequel, and I already plan to get that when it comes out. I specifically got the kindle app for this book, and don't regret it for a moment. There were a few minor typos, but I run into just as many in some so-called professional novels, so that wasn't a huge turn off for me.
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48 of 50 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A nice little space opera March 28, 2012
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First, I think I should address the "remastered edition" question. I looked through the old reviews of this book before I selected it to review and noted that many complained about the lack of editing, bad grammar, repetitive word usage, and so on. It is my opinion that the editors of the "remastered edition" have successfully eliminated most of those issues. I don't have much tolerance for poorly edited books and I didn't experience any heartburn over the editing of this volume. I never once considered throwing it against the wall in frustration.

Into the Black: Odyssey One has all the elements of a good, old fashioned space opera: a heroic captain, a faithful and competent crew, aliens (both good and evil), spaceships, and big honkin' space battles. I thought that the book had a bit of a retro feel, taking me back to a period of time in the 1970s when I spent about a year reading nothing but sci-fi, with a heavy dose of space opera.

My only real criticism of the book is that feels flat. The characters weren't quite fleshed out. I liked them well enough, but didn't fall in love with them. The space battles didn't quite manage to evoke the tension that keeps you turning the pages well after you should have gone to bed. I didn't *feel* the loss of crew members and ground troops. I wasn't deeply dismayed and horrified by the devastation caused by the Drasin.

As you can tell by the fact that I rated this book 4 stars, I did like it. I enjoyed reading it. It is not perfect, but the strengths outweighed the weaknesses for me. The ending of this book leaves things open for a sequel or two (or more). I liked this book well enough to read the next one and well enough to recommend it to fans of this genre.
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436 of 512 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars My first regret on the Kindle August 18, 2011
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I went into this book with full knowledge that it needed editing. It said so on many reviews, plus any book under five dollars on Amazon right now is pretty much self published. I read a lot of these books for budget reasons and can almost always overlook the little inconsistencies and grammar mishaps. This book was different. I tried, I really did, but after the main character smiled for about the 112th time, I gave up. Here is a synopsis of the first 10% of the book: The captain smiled, he smiled, suppressing a smile, smiling inwardly, he smiled, he smiled, he held back a smile, smile, smile, smile, etc.... Among all the smiles there were two grimaces and one twist of the lips. I am not kidding, EVERY time a character was described before/after they talked or thought it was a smile. I am estimating about 60 to 80 references to smiling in the first 50 pages, no exaggeration! I would have thought that the author wrote all of the 5 star reviews himself except they would have read "I smile as I recall smiling each time I read about the Captain smiling, anticipating smiling as I turned each page, holding back a smile until I couldn't help but smile." If for some reason you can get past all the smiles, the writing is so shallow and clunky that I'm not sure if I could have gotten through it anyway. Don't wast your time or money on this, just move on the next book
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66 of 78 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars We are not alone? May 27, 2011
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I really enjoyed this book. It comes across as a combination of "Starship Troopers", "Star Wars" and the middle "Star Trek" all rolled into one. In fact it almost appears as a updated version of "Starship Troopers". I found it very hard to put down as the plot, the action and description of the characters is great.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good read
I was very impressed with this book, can't wait to read the next in this series. Evan Currie is a very strong writer will be reading a lot of his works!
Published 6 days ago by colan sellen
5.0 out of 5 stars Sci Fi Action
Great action packed science fiction novel. Plan to read the whole series. Reminds me of the Star Trek series even though the main characters are not as memorable. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Walter Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Sci-Fi I have encountered in many years.
Really good book. Held my attention and interest from the very first pages and made me sorry to have to set it down mid-read. Then was anxious to get back to it. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Linda
4.0 out of 5 stars Four stars
Usually more a fantasy reader than sci first, I ENJOYED this book. the characters seemed believable, and the tech credible.
Published 9 days ago by Dave the cat
4.0 out of 5 stars A good start
I really liked this book ,and the combat scenes were great. I liked the interaction and meeting between the humans they came across, as well. Read more
Published 9 days ago by John D. Angus
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad
Over all it wasn't bad. A little to wordy and repetitive sometimes which slowed the story down considerably. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Wickedwon
4.0 out of 5 stars Fit for a movie
It is an exciting book, one I literally could not put down until I finished it. Great details abound with some stabs at character development. Read more
Published 14 days ago by Ferdinand E. Fischer
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and exciting first contact adventure
First interstellar earth ship voyage encounters humans light years away who are being menaced by a strange and powerful alien race. Read more
Published 16 days ago by JOYWIN47
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Far-out Fantasy
This book is about the first faster than light space voyage. The ship lands in the middle of an interstellar war. The story is a fun read with lots of action. Read more
Published 18 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Tightly paced, believable, and intriguing
Downloaded this as a Kindle book because I wasn't sure if I'd enjoy it, but wound up finishing it in 3 days. Stayed up way too late all 3 nights because it was hard to put down. Read more
Published 20 days ago by David Lawler
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Evan is a Canadian author who has been writing both original and fan fiction works for more than a decade, and finally decided to make the jump to self-publishing with his techno-thriller "Thermals."

Since then Evan has turned out novels in the Warrior's Wings series, the Odyssey One series, and the first book in an alternate history series set during the height of the Roman Era. From ancient Rome to the far flung future, Evan enjoys exploring the possibilities inherent when you change technology or culture.

Evan has been writing most of his life in one format or another and, though his post-secondary education in computer sciences and 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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How do we trade our old copy of Into the Black for the remastered edition?
It's a good point. There are at least 3 Kindle ebooks I've bought in the last 6 months that have been revised and updated by the authors, and all of them just required re-downloading the new versions. Sure, I could understand the need to charge for a new paperback as there's a materials cost... Read more
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