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Into the Black

Odyssey One, Book 1
Written by: Evan Currie
Narrated by: David de Vries
Length: 14 hrs and 59 mins

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Publisher's Summary

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 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, 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 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 that will leave you breathlessly awaiting book two.

©2011 Evan C. Currie (P)2019 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2019-11-30

very good

The story was so very good. That's all I'm going to say. I'm no spoiler.

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  • Dee McCracken
  • 2019-11-06

Inconsistencies and lots of unanswered questions

Was an interesting book once you got past the inconsistency. The Colony crew lieutenant that they rescued was in an escape pod with a RADIO emergency beacon. Later in the read the planetary admiral was unable to communicate with the Odyssey because they no longer used Radio signals. The Drasin did use radio waves to send three pulse transmission which is also interesting or may prove so in later books.
There are a large amount of secrets still being withheld. And why was there a break in the colonies that created “The Others”? Why are the Drasin all of a sudden attacking the colonies? Why is the Drasin origin so close to earth?

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  • 2019-10-12

Solid adventure

Liked the technical detail and action. Too many characters and too much headhopping. Too long, needed an editor to cut it down. Reads like the first novel of an incredibly skilled yet unpracticed writer.

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  • M. F. Hampton
  • 2019-09-17

Great space opera

I loved the story. I had a bit of trouble following the characterizations the narrator used and sometimes confused who was speaking. Fortunately, I also have the print version and was reading that when I could and listening when that was more convenient. I'm eager to read the rest of the series now. Great non-cliffhanger ending with enough to tempt me to keep going!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-09-15

I’ve listened to this book a lot over several years; The new performer is great!

This book is one of my favorites to read and listen to. I enjoy the unique technologies and setting, as well as how the characters interact with both in compelling ways. It is a very different first contact scenario than those encountered in other sci-fi books I have read. I always found the performer, Benjamin L . Darcie, to be good despite the lack of an expected amount of... vigor in his performance. I decided to listen to the book again, through kindle unlimited as I usually do (is is probably my 5th listen in 3 years), and was surprised to hear a different performer. This performer, David de Vries, did a fantastic job! There is energy, emotion, and technical expertise throughout his performance, which really took my experience to the next level. The quality of the recording has also improved. I am pleasantly surprised to find that even my purchased audiobooks of this series, which I bought last year, have been updated to the de Vries version, so I can now experience familiar stories in a new way without additional cost. If you would like to try this book without using an audible credit, I recommend checking it out though kindle unlimited, as the entire series is available to read and listen to for $10 a month. This is cheaper than the cost of a credit, even if you don’t like the book. If you do like the book, you can binge listen to all the currently released books for $10 in that month instead of having to wait a month for your next credit or spend ~$90 on enough 3 credit packs to listen to the entire series (which is still ongoing). I hope you give this series a go!

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  • James R. Bussey
  • 2019-08-13

Into the black

Read book four first, it was very good!! Book one was way better,great characters and plot!!! Read this series it's well worth it!!! JRB

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  • Gregory Buchanan
  • 2019-07-14

Fantastic military scifi

Great start to what promises to be an amazing saga. Can't wait for the second installment

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