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

Evan Currie
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Book Description

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.

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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."

    Product Details

    • File Size: 1903 KB
    • Print Length: 627 pages
    • Publisher: 47North (September 25, 2012)
    • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B005ML3B0S
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,592 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Good sequel... but left hanging again. September 26, 2012
    By James
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    !!! --- WARNING - HERE BE SPOILERS!!! --- !!!

    OK, so I prepurchased this book and it was waiting for me yesterday morning. I started reading last night and finished it up this evening. (When I began, my first thought was "Cool 600+ pages, things must be wrapped up in the sequel." More on that in a moment.)

    While I enjoyed reading this book, it seemed to be missing something from the first book. To me, it seemed the first book had an underlying sense of urgency and desperation in the battle scenes that the sequel doesn't have. Or maybe it was the lack of "new" horrors the crew were exposed to in the sequel.

    I was glad to see the author had the colonials come up with some gee-whiz weaponry of their own, namely the diamond firing rifles, instead of having the colonials seem like naive children and letting the Terrans come up with something entirely new to use on the Drasin.

    There was a head scratcher or two, such as "Why didn't they fire up the transition drive and return to Ranquil as soon as they figured out they were about to be pulled into the Dyson construct?". But there was nothing that seriously interfered with the story, and I enjoyed this book enough to finish reading it rather quickly. One thing about the book I don't like is that even at 600+ pages, this book is a continuation of the story, and now I have to wait months and months for the third installment to be published!
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    33 of 37 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Nice clean straight forward syfi September 6, 2012
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    I have bad luck when it comes to picking vine books at times because I seem to pick a book that is the second or the third in a series. This problem causes me to be at a lost with the lack of a background story. Several reviewers have stated to read the first one, or you will be lost. I must be lucky then, while there are references to the first book, I had no trouble following the story. So go figure!

    This is not a small book. It is a solid 627 pages. The chapters are short and crisp. The story flows and I had no problem with keeping the characters straight. There is action and the action prose is swift and to the point with no extra adjectives.

    The description of equiment is quite clear to my mind. I found the idea of Central, while not clear as to what it is, to be one of my favorite things. The author uses Central to put forth ideas about bravery and humanity. These small snipettes of moral issues didn't bother me.

    I also like the concept of how close the two worlds were but just a hair off to make things interesting. The villians have this thing for red that is cool. All In all I enjoyed this book and look forward to more.

    P.s. The author has created a very nasty surprise with his Drasin. There is a spot toward the end of the book where a Navy Seal presents a very interesting idea that when thought about will provide a very interesting next novel.
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    6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars A good read for hard sci-fi fans October 22, 2012
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    The author has done a very good job of mixing human interactions, relatively easy to understand physics and space battles. It is one of those books you keep returning to in order to find out what happens next. It is evident, however, that the publisher and author want to spread out the full story over several books so that all questions raised in this first book hopefully can be answered eventually.
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    7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars As you might expect... October 22, 2012
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    This, the second novel in the Odyssey series, continues on from the first. The plot is as well conceived as the first novel and the action moves things along too. This story has the feel of a Star Trek episode as did the first. If you liked the previous book, you may also enjoy this next adventure with characters that are now familiar in a slightly different story arc. The writing style flows easily enough and the technical details are as understated as in the previous story. An enjoyable read.
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    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    By SGL
    Format:Kindle Edition
    Odyssey , The Heart of Matter. I am not so certain we got to the heart of the matter. Rather it felt like there were more questions than answers prompted by the second Odyssey volume. While interesting , it's focus wasn't as clear and crisp as Into The Black. Expectations were high for this sequel, Into the Black was very good. It was clear Into the Black wasn't meant as a stand alone story but it did feel complete. While Heart of Matter is not really a stand alone book either it did not feel as self contained as complete and it would suffer a bit with out the momentum of the first book. It was good, but was it as good as Into the Black? Possibly not but it is a sequel and it was interesting.
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Great sequel, looking forward to more! September 26, 2012
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    I enjoyed this book, as I enjoyed the last book, and yes it did leave me wanting more. I guess my biggest reason for not giving it 5 stars was simple that it didn't really answer any questions, and left you with a lot more. It felt like watching Lost, enjoyable but you never get any of the questions you had answered. Adding one chapter at the end with the Captains discussion with central could have left it with many questions, wanting more, but actually answered some of them. Instead we were left with the same questions from the old book, plus a few more. Character development wasn't as much as I'd hoped for the sequel, and some of the main characters from the first book that were my favorite recieved almost no place at all. Those are my only gripes. All in all a very good book, strongly recommended, along with the first one.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Great read, couldn't put it down!
    Published 1 day ago by Greg James
    4.0 out of 5 stars A lot of technical jargon that could more easily be used for...
    A lot of technical jargon that could more easily be used for relationships. For example Milla is pretty pushed to the side lines in this book. Read more
    Published 1 day ago by Bus Lamp
    4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
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    Published 2 days ago by Barry Bowman
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great space and ground battles
    Very well written battles and dialogue. The author's mind is extremely creative in ideas and weapons and situations. A terrifying enemy.
    Published 6 days ago by Hal
    5.0 out of 5 stars Part 2 of an enjoyable space saga down, hopefully lots more to enjoy!
    Really enjoying this series. Saw an ad for the latest book so decided to start from the beginning. This is why we have internet publishing. So me really new and enjoyable authors.
    Published 7 days ago by Myst Mysterium
    3.0 out of 5 stars the book itself is a great book. However the printer messed up on mine
    the book itself is a great book. However the printer messed up on mine. The first time I opened the book, 30 pages fell out.
    Published 8 days ago by ryan
    5.0 out of 5 stars Non-stop action, Non-Stop FUN
    Mounting mystery with slam bang action. Great characters and plot development. Fantastic second book. I'm looking forward to reading the nex book.
    Published 10 days ago by KRD575
    2.0 out of 5 stars Good Concept but Slow Pace
    The overall concept is a good one, but it just takes sooooo long to get to the point. There are way too many lengthy conversations that add absolutely nothing to the mood, plot or... Read more
    Published 14 days ago by Jim
    5.0 out of 5 stars Truly a great read, I could not stop even for coffee!
    Creating a believable Universe Is rare and being able to ride shotgun rarer still. Currie has provided the readers escape from our own gravity well! Read more
    Published 15 days ago by Chris Naddaff
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great second installment
    Book 2 posts a lot of action and plot development. It also leaves a lot of questions to be answered, but only in a good "now I want to read book 3" way.
    Published 21 days ago by Logan
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    More About the Author

    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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    Why does 47North hate Evan Currie fans?
    Heh, I'm pretty sure that no one at 47North hates my readers. :) It just takes longer to fully edit a novel to professional levels, and since both Odyssey and the sequel required that treatment that set the schedule along with other factors in play which include marketing, printing times,... Read More
    Apr 4, 2012 by Cleigh Currie |  See all 3 posts
    Did anyone ever proofread "Heart"?
    Proofreading for basic grammar and punctuation issues is one thing, but Mr. Currie would also do well to find a TECHNICAL editor who can help with the the correct terminology for basic science. The orbital plane in which planets orbit a star is the plane of the ECLIPTIC, not the... Read More
    Feb 24, 2013 by E. Williams |  See all 4 posts
    Well, Odyssey sold originally for 2.99 with no editing. When I had On Silver Wings professionally edited it increased my costs on this side to where I raised the prices a dollar, and that was for a shorter novel with no publisher. The sequel to Odyssey has far better editing, is as long as the... Read More
    Apr 4, 2012 by Cleigh Currie |  See all 10 posts
    Chapter lengths bother me

    Here is a book I recommend Sliding Void (Book 1 of the Sliding Void science fiction series) that you might find to your liking. It is free right now. Read More
    Oct 21, 2012 by Mark Ketchie |  See all 2 posts
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