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Into the Black (Odyssey One #1)

4.02  ·  Rating Details  ·  6,655 Ratings  ·  396 Reviews

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

Kindle Edition, 587 pages
Published March 27th 2012 by 47north (first published May 5th 2011)
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May 26, 2016 Brad rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, space-opera
Often, with me, Space Operas are hit or miss. There's either too much mindless action or too much mindless action or there's even too much mindless action.

But sometimes, fortunately, I get caught up with a crew of some really great characters. They get thrown in some interesting situations with plenty of translator humor, and then, suddenly, all my worries just seem to melt away.

If you're looking for some great pew-pew, vroom, and kaa-plowie action, this novel has it in spades and spades, and i
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
May 26, 2016 Trish rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 18, 2016 Daniel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
More like 2.5.

What to say, the book is competently written with a fast paced plot and looooots of action and some great „stealth“ sections. The tech is futuristic, of course, but described just enough for us to suspend the disbelief and see it as possible. And the story is nicely rounded with an ending that suggest grand things to come.

Personally the greatest failing for the book ar the characters. Fairly one dimensional and uninteresting. I understand they are not important and so the focus isn
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
Dec 12, 2012 Kat Hooper rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
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
Aug 23, 2013 Diane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 12, 2013 Melina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Ed Tinkertoy
Mar 10, 2012 Ed Tinkertoy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 08, 2014 Banner rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
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
Mar 11, 2013 Robert rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 09, 2013 David rated it really liked it
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
May 13, 2012 Katy rated it it was amazing  ·  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:
Feb 03, 2016 MrsJoseph rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good enough to make you want to read the rest of the series.
Apr 02, 2016 Jacob rated it it was ok
A free (on special) book from Amazon and 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 ...more
Feb 11, 2015 Bill rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The overall concept was neat: humans venture forth to find civilization(s) much more peaceful than ours, where our penchant for violence and conflict is exactly what's needed to save the day.

However, the actual storytelling is as vibrant as mayo on white bread. The vast majority of characters are just names, a few with varying degrees of military bravado. Much of the activity in the book is a recounting of procedure, or bland technical descriptions.

I'm not opposed to military sci-fi. There are s
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
Dec 19, 2012 Mike rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
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
Jul 25, 2016 papasteve rated it it was amazing
I have been leaning more towards military science fiction lately over fantasy. I like fantasy. I like the "world building" and all that. But something I've become unsettled with in fantasy is the use of magic. Magic is always a wild card that trumps (pardon that term in this presidential race) straight human courage, ingenuity, and chutzpah. I like to read stories where plain old humans are faced with some audacious situation, and by their own human tenacity, get themselves through it. I guess t ...more
May 13, 2014 Epicurus rated it it was ok
Shelves: nerd-fantasy
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.
Mark Medina
Aug 11, 2016 Mark Medina rated it did not like it
Shelves: science-fiction
Into the black bag. Shocker. DNF.
Dec 16, 2015 Lena rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Military documentary fans, hard scifi fans
"Warriors are never appreciated in peacetime, except by those they saved during the war."

I have never read military science fiction before and am now official in love with the genre. It was great to find our armed forces written with such nobility and compassion in the genre. Too often in science fiction there is a dark military industrial complex looking to rule the universe.

This book takes place in a near future where the world is getting back on its feet after WWWIII, North American Block v
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
Oct 27, 2012 Peter rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 26, 2013 Barbara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf
This is classic military SF, with about 50% of the book given over to detailed battle descriptions. So if that isn't your thing you won't like this story but I enjoyed it.

Mild spoilers I suppose but this tells the story of the maiden voyage of Earth's first FTL spaceship. Its crew encounter another human civilisation based on Quaker-like principles which is the target of genocidal aliens. (Many) battles ensue.

I particularly liked how the author has clearly thought carefully about the science o
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
May 29, 2012 Kim rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: listen-to
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
Jan 07, 2014 Fred Hughes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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“The main difference between a fighter pilot and God is that God doesn't think he was a fighter pilot.” 13 likes
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