This edition of Odyssey One has been completely edited and remastered to correct the typos and content issues that reviewers commented on in the original edition Beyond the confines of our small world, far from the glow of our star, lies a galaxy and universe much larger and 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 realityThe Odyssey s maiden voyage is an epic adventure destined to make history Captain Eric Weston and his crew, pushing past the boundaries of security, 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 heroA 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 that will leave you breathlessly awaiting book two A real action fest with some nice ideas on technologies and the problems of waging war in space I would never call it a space opera The people on the Odyssey are all perfect soldiers idealistic, courageous, professional, almost infallible Their motivation is very thin and their characters would be the typical soldier cannon fodder used in many movies, if not for the fact that it is not possible to kill them unless they want to sacrifice themselves It is also hard to accept that the Odys A real action fest with some nice ideas on technologies and the problems of waging war in space I would never call it a space opera The people on the Odyssey are all perfect soldiers idealistic, courageous, professional, almost infallible Their motivation is very thin and their characters would be the typical soldier cannon fodder used in many movies, if not for the fact that it is not possible to kill them unless they want to sacrifice themselves It is also hard to accept that the Odyssey was in any danger, despite the situation it was in view spoiler A laser creates a huge hole in the hull and the only problem is to seal it no real problems with critical systems, navigation, etc hide spoiler With respect to the spelling grammar errors, I know this is an indie publication and I don t expect perfection Nevertheless, it looks like the author never read his manuscript twice Besides the constant use of then instead of than and other errors, there are also several cases where one paragraph repeats the previous or contradicts the next view spoiler The author also apparently forgot about one of the most devastating weapons of the Drasin, a weapon that incapacitated the crew of the Odyssey during their first encounter hide spoiler There were also at least two cases where in the middle of the action the author goes on on a tangent to give the history of a rifle or a weapon something that he doesn t bother to do for most of his main cast ruining the pacing of the story This book needs some editing, even some unprofessional one from a friend would improve it considerably.All in all, if you love Starship Troopers then you will love this, otherwise it is hard to recommend My rating It was ok two stars This book was just what I was looking for at the time I picked it up low brow schlub that I am I have included it on my space opera shelf as well as my other science fiction shelves We get lots of action here, lots of esprit de corps as the crew of the new star ship , made up of people from all services pull together into one cohesive unit.So far as this being a military science fiction military fantasy we get fleet action, groundpounder action, even space fighter action Yes the story is w This book was just what I was looking for at the time I picked it up low brow schlub that I am I have included it on my space opera shelf as well as my other science fiction shelves We get lots of action here, lots of esprit de corps as the crew of the new star ship , made up of people from all services pull together into one cohesive unit.So far as this being a military science fiction military fantasy we get fleet action, groundpounder action, even space fighter action Yes the story is well into science fantasy as well as science fiction and that will probably alienate , get it, science fictionalienate Oh well some readers However, I think there s enough hard science involved in the story to appeal to some hard science fiction fans Of course I realize others will be annoyed when that is twisted or whatever Life I guess.This is an adventure read, a first contact read, a war combat fiction read it s enjoyable on several levels and I think most who enjoy imaginative reads will find something to like here.So, as I saidI like it I can recommend it, as a matter of fact I do recommend it, enjoy I plan to snap up the next as soon as I finish another science fiction read I have downloaded from the library If the series stays this good I may move it to my favorites shelf Into the Black is the first published work as nearly as I can tell by Evan Currie, published thought he Kindle Direct Publishing program thathas put into place It is a piece of military science fiction For those not entirely familiar with the term, military science fiction is just that science fiction focused around some military organization In most cases, it involves mankind at war against either themselves or some variety of aliens.Into the Black focuses on the first voyage of Into the Black is the first published work as nearly as I can tell by Evan Currie, published thought he Kindle Direct Publishing program thathas put into place It is a piece of military science fiction For those not entirely familiar with the term, military science fiction is just that science fiction focused around some military organization In most cases, it involves mankind at war against either themselves or some variety of aliens.Into the Black focuses on the first voyage of the Odyssey a new, high advanced spacecraft built by a conglomeration of nations formed in the aftermath of a war with the other conglomeration of nations The Odyssey is piloted by Eric Weston, a highly decorated pilot from the aforementioned war, has been assigned to leave the solar system and test their new FTL drive During this, they make contact with an entire civilization of humans and the bugs that are trying to kill them Naturally, matters move forward and the Odyssey finds itself taking an active part in the war This mostly seems to be due to the fact that Earth humans are good at fighting wars, and alien humans really don t have a clue in that regard There are other reasons, but going into them would be spoilers.Into the Black brings into play a variety of characters this is nearly 600 page book, after all It handles them with a certain amount of skill characters stay in character and dialog is somewhat interesting The military jargon flows thick here, though, and many of the characters would have benefited from a littlein depth exploration of their motivations in all but two or three characters, we never get to know these people outside of their uniforms.One thing the book does very well is technology The writer clearly has a pretty good grasp on lasers, and shows that throughout the book He also is able to write about tachyons good enough to allow one to suspend disbelief about the vast variety of uses that they are put to which is a talent required of any science fiction author, especially one writing about FTL The combat scenes are also very interesting, though the space combat is, perhaps,so than the ground combat Descriptions are done well enough to allow one to visualize what he s talking about, and he mostly succeeds in not putting the reader to sleep with page after page of technology explanations In this, he succeeds in not falling into a pit fallen into by many other, very good, science fiction writers.The book s primary enemy is the Drakin, a sort of rock based insectoid race Its an interesting concept for a race, particularly given a revelation made in the epilogue of the book, but the Drakin have no real personality We re given no reason for understanding why they re prosecuting this war, other than they are terrible creatures who are going to eat us all This short changes a potential interesting conflict, and threatens to turn it into a meaningless exercise in blowing up the evil bugs.Another frustration are the alien humans Throughout the book, we re given the barest hints as to where this civilization came from, and various vague references to an Oath At no point does the book go deeper into these details, however much one can imagine the characters asking and however curious the reader is to know It is, in fact, somewhat probable that the Drakin and this Oath are all tied together a littleexplanation to this could have made the Drakin ainteresting enemy.As stated, though, this was an interesting book I finished it about a week after having started it The book has a sequel it seems pretty clear that the author intends this to be a series , which I will likely pick up at some point and read I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a good action read, and particularly to those who enjoy military science fiction I would not recommend this book who are looking for a good character based drama I ll be giving this book three stars There is a classic approach to this space opera story and I loved the simplicity of it The Odyssey has been designated as the first ship to use a transition drive system to allow faster than light travel It s mission was just to go to a predetermined area, scope it out a little, and come home Except, when they transition to their predetermined star system they pick up a distress beacon and feel obligated to look into it, which in turn leads them to make first contact with a human from another There is a classic approach to this space opera story and I loved the simplicity of it The Odyssey has been designated as the first ship to use a transition drive system to allow faster than light travel It s mission was just to go to a predetermined area, scope it out a little, and come home Except, when they transition to their predetermined star system they pick up a distress beacon and feel obligated to look into it, which in turn leads them to make first contact with a human from another planet Priminae colonist and eventually helping them fight to overcome spider like ugly creatures who are intent on destroying all the Priminae colonies.The book and story is just fun it s space opera and space battles The heroes are obviously those of Earth and the Priminae colonies and the bad guys are the Drasin the spider like ugly creatures It s set up where you can easily understand everything including the overall approach to the plot and story as well as the battles and build up to the battles, which is key in this type of story.Audio Book ReviewSo, I started with the follow on series, Archangel One, which uses a different voice actor than this series does, which is David de Vries I was ok with the Archangel One narrator and had gotten used to his style and found myself having to adjust a little at first to this series narrator But the adjustment didn t take too long because I came to really enjoy this narrator Every character has their own unique voice and different accent, which to me is very key for a good audio book performance And I never had any issue identifying if it was Steph and his southern accent and relaxed manner of speaking or Milla and her Priminae accent, which sounds like a mix of different European accents.But one thing was very apparent to me in the audio book space battles and space fight scenes are a ton of fun to listen to when there are many different, unique characters to listen to It was like being part of the action a fly on the wall as all of them go back and forth giving each other a hard time, or giving orders, or directing attention to specific issues at hand They are all stressed due to the conflict and you can hear it in their voices, which kept me engaged and on the edge of my seat.Overall, a great start to this series and look forward to picking up the next one.Rating 5 stars mostly because the book was just a lot of fun Just finished and would like to quote Cpt Weston as much as Adm Tanner Wow The author is incredibly good in writing what I call a classical sci fi novel Nothing is sleek, shiny or too clean as most new sci fi novels and movies are The characters are being introduced, then developed as if the reader was on board the Odyssey itself the crew got scrambled together so that gives the reader a sense of reality The action is incredible, breathtaking and exhilarating but also the science, poli Just finished and would like to quote Cpt Weston as much as Adm Tanner Wow The author is incredibly good in writing what I call a classical sci fi novel Nothing is sleek, shiny or too clean as most new sci fi novels and movies are The characters are being introduced, then developed as if the reader was on board the Odyssey itself the crew got scrambled together so that gives the reader a sense of reality The action is incredible, breathtaking and exhilarating but also the science, politics and inter human relations are being adequately and elaborately described Great book And while reading the last few chapters, I discovered that the second part will be available in September already Yay I hope there will be quite somebooks about the Odyssey and its crew Originally posted at FanLit.http www.fantasyliterature.com reviBecause he was such a spectacular fighter pilot during WWIII, Captain Eric Weston has been given command of the new spaceship Odyssey which is making her maiden voyage beyond the galaxy, to boldly go where no man has gone before What Weston and his crew find out there is quite a surprise a small spacecraft emitting a distress signal and containing a nearly dead human woman named Mia.When they take Mia back to their ship, reviv Originally posted at FanLit.http www.fantasyliterature.com reviBecause he was such a spectacular fighter pilot during WWIII, Captain Eric Weston has been given command of the new spaceship Odyssey which is making her maiden voyage beyond the galaxy, to boldly go where no man has gone before What Weston and his crew find out there is quite a surprise a small spacecraft emitting a distress signal and containing a nearly dead human woman named Mia.When they take Mia back to their ship, revive her and learn her language, they discover that her ship had been attacked by non human aliens In fact, the Odyssey has arrived just in time to witness the aftermath of the destruction of an entire planet of humans by a horde of insectoid aliens, and these aliens don t seem to be content with just one planet The human targets, unfortunately, are somewhat pacifistic and do not have the weapons they need to defend themselves.For Captain Weston, there are so many questions that need answers First, obviously, is how there are humans so far away from Earth but that s going to have to wait, because the most pressing concern is whether or not the crew of Odyssey should try to help their genetic cousins Their duty, after all, is to go straight back to Earth and report what they ve found because if they stay and help, they ll likely be destroyed, and then Earth won t know to prepare for a possible alien attack But can they, in good conscience, leave their defenseless fellow humans to certain destruction Of course not.Into the Black, the first in Evan C Currie s ODYSSEY ONE saga, is a fast moving military science fiction novel akin to Jack Campbell s LOST FLEET or David Weber s HONOR HARRINGTON series It also reminded me somewhat of Taylor Anderson s DESTROYERMEN series Americans surprised to find humans in another world and needing to fight hordes of hive minded aliens and, because our heroes are fighter pilots, the movie Top Gun, and of course, Star Trek Into the Black was originally self published but has been picked up by 47North, animprint whose books are produced on audio by Brilliance Audio.Unfortunately, Into the Black, feeling like a mish mash of several other military and or science fiction series, doesn t really stand out in any way Plotwise, I don t think there was anything in Into the Black that I haven t seen before It s all a bit gadgety with lots of emphasis on how the guns, spacesuits, and spaceships work, including lots of explanation about vectors, velocity, weapon trajectories, and such For readers who love, or at least aren t tired of that sort of thing, Into the Black may be a satisfying if not original story.I would have enjoyed Into the Blackif it had excelled in some other area, but it doesn t The writing is merely serviceable and even a bit choppy in places The jokes that make the fighter pilots chuckle didn t have the same effect on me I was baffled by a sudden shift in Currie s style about half way through the book his characters, who had not uttered I believe a single curse word up until that point, abruptly start cursing regularly, and this couldn t be explained by the story s plot I was seriously wondering if someone else was now writing the dialogue, or if Currie had suddenly obtained permission from his editor to use bad language The language didn t bother me the obvious stylistic switch did.Another thing that didn t work too well was the characterization, which is not an uncommon problem in gadgety science fictions stories Currie does a good job with Captain Weston though I m still wondering how his superiors thought he was qualified for this mission and a few of his characters are quite likeable, but most of them seem like stock characters Perhaps there are only, as Myers Briggs suggests, 16 different personality types to work with, but somebackground or introspection from the main secondary characters would have helped This is perhaps forthcoming in future installments of the ODYSSEY ONE series The crew is also unwaveringly courageous, obedient, and noble, even when faced with an attack by a horde of aliens they didn t know existed The humans that the Odyssey encounters are similarly pale Except that they were pacifists and had different fashion trends, Mia s race was indistinguishable from American people You d think that humans living in another galaxy wouldn t be so much like us.I listened to Brilliance Audio s production which was read by Benjamin L Darcie I like his voice, but I thought his reading was dull I m not sure that was his fault, though I should mention that the audio edition of this book has received excellent reviews by other readers at Audible, so mine seems to be the minority opinion I have the next book in the ODYSSEY ONE series, The Heart of the Matter, which also has good reviews at Audible I may or may not try it This is Space Opera Science Fiction For the most part, this was 3 stars for me It was heavy on the science which isn t a bad thing even though science was never a favorite subject of mine There were times where it seemed a little on the wordy side I did add a star to the rating because I was impressed by the time I finished I liked the story and the characters, even though both were a little on the perfect side The world building was also nicely done There were also some thought provo This is Space Opera Science Fiction For the most part, this was 3 stars for me It was heavy on the science which isn t a bad thing even though science was never a favorite subject of mine There were times where it seemed a little on the wordy side I did add a star to the rating because I was impressed by the time I finished I liked the story and the characters, even though both were a little on the perfect side The world building was also nicely done There were also some thought provoking questions and they were eloquently tossed around I always appreciate when there is that kind of food for thought But the one thing I absolutely loved, was the ending When I finished, I immediately thought, Where do I get the next one in the series Really the ending was worth getting to So 4 stars and I ll definitely be moving forward in the series Hard Sci Fi with a ton of action and characters you could grow to love Very much an Enterprise feel to it, but I am feeling the genre at the moment, so I enjoyed it quite a bit A free on special book fromand it reflects that The story takes place after World War 3, when the good guys North Americans, of course have won and are just starting with a new phase of space exploration that includes faster than light speed travel Captain Weston takes his starship out of system and receives an alien signal in another star system What do you think he does next Travels to that transmission without any communication back to Earth He finds the remnants of a massive A free on special book fromand it reflects that The story takes place after World War 3, when the good guys North Americans, of course have won and are just starting with a new phase of space exploration that includes faster than light speed travel Captain Weston takes his starship out of system and receives an alien signal in another star system What do you think he does next Travels to that transmission without any communication back to Earth He finds the remnants of a massive battle and a trail his sensors can pick up to where the survivors went Now what do you think he does Yep, he follows it Then he finds a decimated planet, presumably destroyed by the aliens he is following and another trail Now guess what he does You guessed it, he follows this trail until he becomes embroiled in a firefight with aliens, chock full of military and literary cliches It was actually pretty amusing to read all the different descriptions of how thick the tension was and what you could do with that tension Saving graces that kept it from a one star The descriptions of space battle and likening them to naval surface battles was actually well done And the fact that there was talk of him being court martialed for his absolute idiocy although he wasn t , at least acknowledged to some small degree that the plotline was ludicrous So many better books to pick up off the shelf in this genre Don t start here