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- Book 2 of 4 in Odyssey One (4 Book Series)
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More About the Author
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."
Top Customer Reviews
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!
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.
The most aggravating is the lack of attention to detail. One of the characters started the book as a Staff Sergeant and somehow shows back up as a Master Sergeant. That's an impressive career tract. However, the most impressive is the complete vocational transition of a character from book 1. Dr. Palin is the linguistic specialist in book one who somehow in book two has become the Chief Medical Officer. I'm not sure how this happened, and I'm kind of worried about the original CMO, Dr. Rame. I hope he's okay.
Other than that and the author sometimes forgetting the names of his own characters (there's one part where he uses both the first and last name of one character over the actual two different names of the people there), it's an interesting if somewhat predictable story arc.
Mr. Currie, if you're going to continue to write military sci/fi, contact me. I'll proof it for you, clean up your rank structure, make recommendations for officer/enlisted interactions and edit the various mistakes that just generally populate the story.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Enjoyed the series, but by the end I was really tired of the overall writing/Published 6 days ago by Amazon Customer
Enjoyed this read with gusto. Haven't read Sci Fi for years until! I read his first in the Odyssey series. I'm. Mostly into espionage/thriller/action. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Jaime Fresco
Really enjoyed this book. Well thought out with believable characters.Published 16 days ago by Jason L
very good book kept me wanting to keep reading and not put it downPublished 19 days ago by Harleyjoe
Once again Evan Currie writes an absorbing space opera that kept me engaged. I didn't even realize how close to the end I was.Published 20 days ago by Troy
The only reason I did not give this 5 stars is that while the author is very good at building a few characters I believe he has the skills to develop more. Read morePublished 28 days ago by broomfield53
Those who love science fiction and its untamed mixture with space at times with find this book everything they wished for. Looking forward to the next book. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Pietro P.
|Topic||From this Discussion|
|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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