- Series: Odyssey One (Book 6)
- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: 47North (December 12, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1542048478
- ISBN-13: 978-1542048477
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 230 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #643,835 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Bestselling Canadian author Evan Currie’s imagination knows no limits, and he uses his talent and passion for storytelling to take readers everywhere from ancient Rome to the dark expanses of space. Although he started out dabbling in careers such as computer science and the local lobster industry, Evan quickly determined that writing the kinds of stories he grew up loving was his true life’s calling. Beginning with the techno-thriller Thermals, Evan has expanded the universe within his mind with acclaimed series such as Warrior’s Wings, the Scourwind Legacy, the Hayden War Cycle, and Odyssey One. He delights in pushing the boundaries of technology and culture, exploring the ways in which these forces intertwine and could shape the future of humanity both on Earth and among the stars.
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I don't mind long space battles either - I really like them when they're well executed. This one was not. It was like watching a bunch of eight year-olds play starfleet battles, get bored, pick up the capital ships and make pew-pew noises at each other while bragging about how powerful their ships are. The ships held by the less aggressive kids are ignored, while the overly aggressive bragging kids can take thousands of hits from hundreds of lasers that can destroy planets while continuing to dish out the golden rays of justice and righteousness.
The first three books in this series had me really hoping I had a new favorite space opera / military Sci Fi author. The last three books have crushed those hopes.
I've been a fan of Evan Currie ever since I randomly stumbled upon his first space opera series, the Hayden's War. Since then, I've read pretty much every book by him, including all of the Haydens War series and this series, the Odyssey One. This book was set up perfect in the previous book to both answer a number of question and probably leave one asking a few more... and it starts out in a similar way, which is no problem it all- the setup is great and making you want more, but, in the end, this entire book is one long and somewhat inconsequential battle, with no one really learning any new information on either side. this Empire doesn't get Earth's secrets, and Earth (and the Primmies) haven't learned much of anything more about this empire... There's a lot of building about this gestalt that is inhabiting the ship, and is revealed at the end of the novel- yet, It was more or less revealed at the end of the previous book, making all this buildup rather silly. I really wish Evan had gone into more detail about this gestalt (or whatever it is) at the beginning of the book and had the captain reacting to it throughout the battle- would have honestly been more entertaining. Additionally, The battle just went on for too long- It should have been far shorter, and I would have loved to have seen more from the Empire's Elder's POV, Earth and Primmy leader's POVs and to see the Odysseus and her small fleet begin to reciprocate this Empire and actually probe their borders (and consequently make them seem like the have a greater reach than they do). Finally, there was a lot made out of the super structures found in previous books including the entire side novel about one of them, yet they weren't even mentioned in this newest novel, yet were set up to be a proper interesting (yet hopefully not too deus ex machina) part of the solution to this otherwise very unbalanced match up between Earth/Prim and the Empire...
tl:dr this book had a lot of potential, but failed to live up to previous excellent novels.
In the first four books the "Terrans" were clearly the underdog, with unreliable allies, against overwhelming odds, and ultimately, winning by basically risking it all. It was also a very "clean" kind of story - good vs. an enemy as close to pure evil as possible. You can get behind the wholesale destruction of such an enemy with enthusiasm.
This new story arc is far more conventional and at the same time, far more nuanced. The Imperials makes for a much more complex enemy, deserving a richer, more complete back story. Yet I fear Mr. Currie have sacrificed a little too much in plot and story development in order to maintain suspense. A lot was said in this new addition, yet not much is given.
This is pretty much a straight up large scale space battle. It was a thrilling, action packed book to be sure. But there's only so much you can get into the weapon systems, the ships capabilities, and battle tactics, and even CQB before it starts to feel repetitive and dragged out.
While I eagerly awaits book 7 (This is still my all time favorite series, with Silver Wings a close second), I hope Mr. Currie will take the book (and the series) in a direction that focus more on plot and character developments. Many lingering mysteries should also be push forward as well - Example: The Imperials were introduced way back in book 2, yet we still knows very little abut them, nor their relationship / back story with the other factions in the book.