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Into the Black [Remastered Edition] (Odyssey One) Paperback – March 27, 2012
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About the Author
Evan Currie has been writing most of his life in one format or another and, despite having taken his education in computer sciences and spent the majority of his professional life in the Quebec lobster industry, he has never lost his passion for the written word. As his preferred way to relax and enjoy his down time, Evan often says that there is little he can imagine better than being a storyteller.
Evan Currie is the author of the Odyssey series, Thermals, and On Silver Wings.
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Originally published as Odyssey One, the remastered edition of Evan C. Currie's novel has been re-edited and titled Into the Black: Odyssey One.
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For what appears to be a self-published series the books are refreshingly free of typos (I realize they have been recently scrubbed) , bad grammar, and - most importantly - banal dialogue. However, the term for a political construct comprised of separate nations is "bloc", NOT "block" and every time I read it (and it appears a lot of times) I shook my fist at Currie because it dropped me out of the created world of the novels for a moment of pedantic reflection.
The science is pretty soft, with the mysterious "tachyon" being the be all and end all of transportation, communication, offense and defense. The idea that the ship can accelerate from virtually dead still to a high percentage of C like you go from first gear to second in your F-150 doesn't just suspend your disbelief, it strangles it and hangs it in a gibbet for others to see.
However, the novels are basically fun, exciting, and page turners. Each time i finished one and the Kindle showed me the next book in the series I looked at my watch and my list of "honey-do" tasks and then bought the book and hid away to read more. This is space opera in its best sense. I was massively disappointed to find that volume 5 won't be out until July 16. I recommend the series highly.
This is an action-based military scifi space opera. The author's camera switches to different characters, often multiple times in the same chapter. This has the benefit of putting us readers where the action is and where the interesting things are happening. It is a space opera but the scifi elements are more grounded (pardon the pun). There is some technobabble and there are some spaceship and weapon descriptions, but they do not distract from the flow of the story if you are not particularly interested in them.
The pace is good, the action moves fast, there are elements of mystery and unknowns to pique the reader's curiosity, and around the halfway point, I had a hard time putting it down until I finished. This is where the audiobook helped, I continued listening while trying to go to sleep. Something I wouldn't be able to do with reading.
Now if you are looking for character study level of involvement with the people or to go deep inside a character's head, this is not what you'll find in this book. There is world building in the story, and it is necessary considering this is happening in the future. After reading the A Song Of Ice and Fire book series, a knock on this book is that this author is relatively gentle with his characters. I won't say more for fear of spoilers.
Timing: this review is written the day I finished Book #1, "Into the Black". As of review date, I have not read the rest of the books in the series. Based on book #1, I will definitely pick up book #2 after I give this book a few months to breathe.
Technobabble: as of review date, only the latest version of the Audible app and only on select mobile and desktop OS versions is able to download Kindle Unlimited audiobooks.