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Into the Black: Odyssey One
by Evan Currie
narrated by Benjamin L Darcie
Series: Odyssey Series, book 1
Copyright: 2012 Brilliance Audio
Duration: 14 hours, 55 minutes unabridged
Genres: science fiction
Filed in: Audiobook Reviews
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PUBLISHER’S SUMMARY: Beyond the confines of our small world, far from the glow of our star, lie 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 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.
©2012 Evan Currie (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
AUDIOBOOK REVIEW: Now this is what science-fiction is all about! Call it a space opera if you want, whatever that means, but to me, Into the Black: Odyssey One is just a good, old-fashioned space adventure that Star Trek and Star Wars fans are sure to love. New planets, new civilizations, space battles: it’s all here.
Actually, Into the Black: Odyssey One reminded me a lot of the Robotech series. It’s mankind’s first faster-than-light spaceship, and their first trip outside their own solar system. They almost immediately make contact with two alien races that are war with one another and, in direct violation of the Prime Directive, choose a side and join the battle. The enemy is a race of insect-like creatures bent on total genocide. They have powerful ships and, once on a planet, they can double their numbers every three days and can completely break that planet down in no time at all. The enemy is overwhelming in number and technology but they know nothing about the courage, ingenuity, and downright stubbornness of humans.
Evan Currie writes an exciting book in Into the Black: Odyssey One. I thought he did a pretty good job of explaining how and why things work in his universe without delving into the boring technicality of hard sf. He may have cut a few corners on the plausibility scale; the climactic battle between the NAC Odyssey and about six highly powered enemy dreadnaughts for example, but this book was just plain fun to read.
Narrator Benjamin L Darcie did a fine job in his reading of Into the Black: Odyssey One. His pacing and inflection were good, and while his voice characterizations are not great, he did at least differentiate the characters.
Into the Black: Odyssey One is classic sci-fi with a few modern twists. It’s fast-paced and exciting, and just when you think it’s all over, Currie delivers the knock-out punch when he reveals that the insect hoard may not be the true enemy at all, but merely a weapon of the true enemy. The next book in the series will no doubt prove to be a nail-biter for sure.
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