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Odyssey One (Odyssey One #1)

4.01 of 5 stars 4.01  ·  rating details  ·  4,230 ratings  ·  308 reviews
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.

ebook, 1.0, 587 pages
Published May 6th 2011 by 47North (first published May 5th 2011)
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Mike (the Paladin)
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
John Christensen
Into the Black is the first published work (as nearly as I can tell) by Evan Currie, published thought he Kindle Direct Publishing program that Amazon has 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
This book gets my personal BIBLIOGASM award. You know, that high we all get when reading a good book. Where your practically jumping out of your skin with anxiety, anticipation. Losing sleep because you have to know what happens. Slightly manic and bursting to tell anyone who will listen how good the story is.

I was really excited because it's hard for me to find military sci-fi that I like. That has a good story, straight-forward space travel and battle technology, no cookie-cutter characters a
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 ...more
Kat  Hooper
Originally posted at FanLit.

Because 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
There really are too many editing errors in this book. This couldn't stop me from giving this the five stars it deserves.

Of the 6+ books Evan Currie has written, this is the third one that I have read. Interestingly enough it's as impressive to me as his others because it was his first. This fact is only noticeable through the editing error that mottle this otherwise exceptional military science fiction. Take note, Evan C. Currie is to military science fiction what Brandon Sanderson is to fantas
May 13, 2012 Katy rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of military sci-fi/space opera
Recommended to Katy by: Amazon Vine
Since I received this book through the Vine program, I am unable to post the review directly on this site. You can see it here: Now is Gone review of Into the Black; URL is:
This is a classic space opera tale, big on space battles with a new twist of faster than light speed travel. First of series and it does a great job of setting up an extended plot without cheating you at the end of this tale. Character development was pretty good as far as it went meaning that when there wasn't space battles going on the characters were pretty interesting. The battles were good but a little drawn out and detailed for my taste. I never could quite visualize some of the action, so ...more
Ed Tinkertoy
I didn't like this book. It's too heavy on military tack and bearing and very light on science fiction. I knew pretty much from the first several pages that this person is a lightweight sci fi writer. I think I read a review that said as much.

The book is based on the story line that a ship from Earth named the Odyssey One leaves on an exploratory mission around the universe. But the ship uses a technology that makes the crew sick when it goes faster than light speed and the ship is more a battl
Hali Sowle
At the end of a long and devastating war on earth - World War III - the nations of the confederation (The US, Canada and Mexico) built the first FTL ship and sent it off "into the black" for a shakedown cruise. Until then they had labored under the impression that they were the only sentient species in the galaxy and the Odyssey One was the ship to find out if that was true. What Captain Eric Weston, war hero and Archangel Pilot, finds out changes everything and depending upon how the informatio ...more
Evan Currie’s military science fiction space opera novel Into the Black: Odyssey One, originally self-published, was released by Amazon’s new imprint 47north back in March. The novel centers around the exploration crew of the titular Odyssey One, Earth’s first interstellar spaceship, as they embark on the first manned journey beyond the bounds of the Milky Way. The discovery of the new Transition Drive and the creation of the Odyssey One finally saw the end to a decades long war. Of course it is ...more
Captain Weston and his crew are thrown into an unusual situation on their shakedown cruise in the first real Earth spaceship, at least with jump capability. They handle the resulting conflicts with a lot of competence and this makes for an entertaining read. The story left one major aspect unexplained that should have been explained, and that was about the race of the initial contact. (Trying to avoid spoilers here!)

Also, I do not believe that there had been sufficient 'history" to explain why t
No character development, no back story. The characters don't interact and don't form relationships. What is the reason of introducing 1500 characters by name if it is not to learn anything about them? And to this point, I have no idea, what the culture of the humans or the aliens is, or why the Drasins attacked. No, they are evil beings doesn't count as a reason to me. I have no issue with books that are parts of series, but this book doesn't even feel like an episode in a series. It feels as i ...more
Capt. Eric Weston, ace fighter pilot who has earned an impressive record of leadership and valor as the leader of the famed Archangels Fighter Group of the North American Confederation in the three year war against the Block nations frontline fighters has now accepted a promotion. A promotion that he hopes will relieve him of the memories and stress of three years of war and worry and propel him on a new course in his life with promises of new worlds and wonders as he has now assumed the command ...more
Jo  (Mixed Book Bag)
Into the Black: Odyssey One is a military science fiction book I received from Amazon Vine. There are two editions of this book and I received an ARC of the remastered edition. Apparently the first edition to come out needed a lot of editing. That has been taken care of in the edition released at the end of March 2012. I have had the book for a while and there is a reason I took so long to finish. The book is over 500 pages long and in the ARC form it was very uncomfortable to hold and read. As ...more
Dear Readers:

I sometimes wonder how I always get hooked into book series at the beginning of their publication cycle. Here again I found a wonderful book by a new author and the first book is published, the second published and yet the series is far from done.

I discovered this book through Amazon. I have stated before I am a Kindle user. I love books in all forms, paperback, hardcover, and e-book. My Amazon Kindle allows me to have so many books at my fingertips and ready at a moments notice, us
Richard Radgoski
Man builds faster than life transportation and a great warship around it...then eads out to the stars. It's a bit Star Trek like in that. While out and about, they find a survivor of an attack by the Drasin - a brutal enemy bent on complete distruction of the survivors world. And the Survivor...A human?! This provided my biggest beef with the book - there seemed to be little or no surprise, despite this being the first voyage into deep space. Aliens? Check. Aliens who also look exactly like us? ...more
This book started out as a 4/5 star story. I'm a Trekkie, so earth's first star ship 'The Odyssey' going on her maiden voyage and immediately getting into a dangerous situation and has to battle it out with 'Star Ship Trooper' type insects was right up my alley. But the stars started falling off my rating about about half way through the book. The Odyssey is gearing up for the fight of her life, soldiers and civilians are fighting for their lives on the planet below and the author decides its a ...more
Fred Hughes
NAC starship Odyssey is out for a shake down cruise. The first of it’s kind it’s time to see if all the new technology works.

Captain Eric Weston is on the bridge and has no idea of the adventure he is about to enter.

Arriving near a planetary system they discover debris and no sign of a civilization on an industrial type planet. Upon closer inspection it appears there are aliens on the planet slowly taking all the buildings apart piece by piece. What is going on ?

Soon Odyssey, it’s captain and c
This was a great military space opera in the spirt of Weber, White and Ringo. For me, it had a [original] Star Trek vibe, updated for today's (well tomorrow's) tech.

The science wasn't too bad and I liked how differences between the different sets of tech between the different civilitations.

My main beef? Not enough ScfFi references. There were a few made by some characters ("on the bounce", "Bug Hunt", etc) but I would have thought there would be more. In the future, when/if we do venture beyond
I'll admit that I did not finish this book. This is the only book on goodreads that I failed to finish and still reviewed. I read most of the book a year ago and failed to get into it. Honestly, I think it was Evan Currie's writing style. I did not feel connected to the characters or absorbed into the space odyssey environment that I was promised.
Mike J
I'm a sucker. This isn't Scalzi, or Haldeman. We're not talking about a modern science-fiction classic. At least, I doubt it. But, Currie does write an incredibly fun story, echoing elements of Star Trek, and even Haldeman. He's created a story that lets the reader easily escape into their imagination for a few hours, and I had a great time doing it.

Apparently, I'm not the only one who appreciated Currie's work. Into The Black is a re-release, now published by Amazon under its own Sci-Fi imprin
Alex Smith
This is quite a good military sci fi series. At the moment I am awaiting the final chapter to be published in July "Out of the Black".

This book has everything I look for in Military Sci Fi. Humans making first contact. Homocidal aliens. Desparate battles and ship to ship action. It is very much in the David Weber space combat mode, in that it still uses hard science as a basis for the combat and sets clear boundaries for the science behind the wonder drive that allows for interstellar travel.

John Booth
Great First Book.

Great First Book.

excellent. Great read. loved the entire first contact theme along with the unparalleled action. good interstellar thriller. Thanks for the ride. looking forward to the next one.
Mason Stuehm
A good start on an engrossing story.

A good start on an engrossing story.

An excellent blend of science and military descriptions that helps you imagine the scenario. fixing to start next book =)
Jeffrey Oliver
Much better

The 'remastered' version of this book is far superior to its predecessor. This has transformed the book from mediocre to excellent; if only other authors would learn this lesson.
Pace, pace,

Pace, pace,

beautifully conceived military scifi. I liked it from the first page and couldnt stop myself buying the second book, now I am on the third and those were within few days...
Billie Diel
Not our war or so they thought

Not our war or so they thought

wonderful sci fi good storyline great characters. is the captain of the Odessey getting in over his head, can he handle his first space flight?
I don't read a lot of military scifi, so maybe I didn't come into this book with the right expectations, but I found it almost painful to read due to its lack of subtlety. The intrepid Americans put their lives on the line to defend the helpless peaceniks, teaching them the value of the military. There was absolutely no drama or tension at any point; it was just a question of what ingenious way our heroes would succeed in the next battle despite overwhelming odds. I won't even get into my issues ...more
Welcome to the maiden voyage of the NACS Odyssey! Humanity's first tachyon drive powered super-luminal interstellar voyage is about to begin! Then we meet ALIENS that are HUMAN, so that whole 'first' thing... not so much... but boy does the adventure continue! This novel looks to be the beginning of another great space opera! The writing is excellent, the characters are well developed, the exposition is totally part of the story, and the science 'fiction' is well thought out! I really like this ...more
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