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King of Thieves (Odyssey One: Star Rogue #1)

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Earth’s survivors face devastating new challenges in the wake of recovering from an alien conflict. Battered and mourning tremendous losses, the once fractious peoples of enemy nations must work together to rebuild their shattered world—and prevent the possibility of their attackers’ return. What they don’t know is that a new, deadlier enemy unlike anything they’ve ever ...more
Paperback, 344 pages
Published March 31st 2015 by 47North
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Brad
May 30, 2016 Brad rated it it was amazing
I'm really enjoying the universe and the setups now. There's something really nice about knowing the rules of the setting and getting to know new characters (or even enjoying old annoying ones like the Translator) and sympathizing with the new characters. :)

I know that there's a new book coming out that brings back the old favorites, but I'll be honest. I really like this crew. I really like their old-school encounters with baddie aliens, lolarachnids, and huge BDO's with pretty epic special eff
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Koeur
Feb 12, 2015 Koeur rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Meh.
Nathaniel
May 09, 2016 Nathaniel rated it it was ok
Shelves: sci-fi
I have to guess about the dates for when I read this book, because I can't remember when I read it. What's more, at first I couldn't remember if I'd read it at all. So, that's obviously not a great mark of quality. Turns out I bought the book in the end of February, so sometime in March seems about right, but it's only May now which means I'd almost completely forgotten the book in just two months, and I can often remember plots for years.

There are all kinds of tropes in this military sci-fi ta
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BookBandit
May 06, 2015 BookBandit rated it really liked it
Evan Currie does both space-space and ground pounder space marine stories well. What I missed here was the space-space ship imploding combat. Nonetheless, an entertaining military scifi read.
Jen
Feb 27, 2015 Jen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
King of Thieves is a science fiction novel set in a future that finds the earth struggling after an alien invasion. The Drasin invasion forced the countries and cultures of earth to end their own wars as the survivors of different nations realized the necessity of uniting to defeat the alien threat.

This is an action novel, not a character driven one. The characters form an ensemble cast--you learn to care about the various individuals involved, but you get little background or character developm
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Azaqui
Apr 03, 2015 Azaqui rated it liked it
One-line review: the author watched the movie "Aliens" once too many.

I have greatly enjoyed previous books of the author, but this one is not in the same league, by far. It reads like a breeze, but is awfully linear, no twists no surprises. I read SF looking for fresh ideas, this book had none. Not giving up on the author yet, though - hopefully next book will restore my slightly shaken faith.
Levent Kurnaz
Sep 25, 2016 Levent Kurnaz rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Not for the people who have a high anxiety and nyctophobia. I would have expected a more interesting ending after all of that stress through the book. Apparently, this book was to get you ready for the rest of the series. Why should I read the rest of the series if I did not enjoy the first one?
Andrew Timson
Mar 15, 2015 Andrew Timson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
King of Thieves starts a new series set in the universe of Evan C. Currie's earlier Odyssey One series (starting with Into the Black ). It's a return to the parent series' roots, a tale of science fiction exploration without the fantastical elements that crept into it along the way.

The novel features the captain and crew of the destroyer Autolycus. In the wake of a massive attack on Earth by a race known as the Drasin, their task is to investigate several anomalous star systems to verify that
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Doc
Jun 03, 2015 Doc rated it liked it
Tough to get into a book like this with such shallow character development. Of course, the book was meant to be completely oriented toward action, but getting a bit into the minds of the characters would have been a nice companion to all the action.
James Cox
Jan 07, 2016 James Cox rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was excellent sci fi and action!
Kelps Leite de Sousa
Good book. Side story that ties in with book 5 of the Odyssey One series.

The audiobook add yet anothe new reader, but the narration is better than books 4 and 5, but still not as good as books 1 to 3. The only things that bothered me were how Todd Haberkorn says Priminae and Drasin. He should've at least listened to book 1 before reading this, but other than that, very good.

The story is also good and relevant to the series plot, but not mandatory reading. I suppose that's why it isn't counted a
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Todd Gutschow
Fun sidetrack from the larger story...

This was a fun and exciting story in the vein of the odyssey one series. Good stuff if you like Star Trek or Starship Troopers style stories.
John Willson
Nov 15, 2016 John Willson rated it did not like it
I read the first chapter, it was all exposition and conflict-free dialogue. How long should I wait for the story to start?
Online Eccentric Librarian
Mar 08, 2015 Online Eccentric Librarian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, arc

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I've really enjoyed Currie's Odyssey One stories and King of Thieves is in that same vein: plenty of action, a wide cast of unique and relatable characters, and plenty of space opera. It's a winning combination that keeps readers invested in the story as each book reveals more and more about the Drasin menace. King of Thieves has a new cast of characters and can be treated as a stand alone or introduction to the series w
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Philip Hollenback
Oct 11, 2016 Philip Hollenback rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, fiction, space
I think the term 'rollicking' is probably a good description of this military space opera novel. Lots of fun, lots of hand-waving about technical details. I doubt I'll remember this book a month from now, but it was enjoyable.
Per Gunnar
May 15, 2015 Per Gunnar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Evan C. Currie is one of those (few) authors that almost never disappoints me. This book is no exception. This is a very good start of a new series in the Odyssey One universe. The book takes off not too far after the events in the last Odyssey One book. Actually, a lot of people will probably think of this one as “Odyssey One #5″. However, according to the author himself a fifth Odyssey One book is “Zero percent likely”. So this is obviously a new series.

Although we get a brief appearance of ou
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Chris
Feb 19, 2015 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
*Copy from Netgalley in exchange for a review*

King of Thieves is a finely done piece of military science fiction. It’s apparently a stand-alone novel, set in the same universe as a wider series by the same author. Not having read that series, I thought I’d put that to the test.

The narrative follows the Captain and crew of a starship, as they set out to investigate various stellar anomalies. One of those turns out to be something rather larger, and everything very quickly goes from bad to worse
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Benjamin Shehu
Sep 22, 2016 Benjamin Shehu rated it liked it
It's an interesting premise, lots of hard sci-fi elements, and a dyson sphere like construct which uses gravitational lensing to well, observe the entire galaxy or something like that.
Parsons Parsons

Autolycus a thief, the son of Hermes and Chione, and the grandfather of Odysseus. He possessed the power of changing the shape of whatever he stole and of making it and himself invisible. The King of Thieves in Greek mythology. The star ship Autolycus has the ability to change its shape and become invisible and is tasked with the mission of stealing secrets from the enemy who attacked the Earth


King of thieves Star Rogue takes place in same the universe as Evan Currie’s Odyssey One. It takes plac

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Tony
Sep 20, 2016 Tony rated it it was ok
Didn't really like the way they made the scientist dude out to be such a kook. It kept me engaged enough to finish it, but I won't be following this series.
John Purvis
Apr 27, 2015 John Purvis rated it it was amazing
“King of Thieves” was published in 2015 and was written by Evan Currie. Mr. Currie is the author or co-author of 15 books. This is the first of his “Odyssey One: Star Rogue” series, which follows in the world he created for his “Odyssey One” series.

I obtained a galley of this novel for review through https://www.netgalley.com. I would categorize this novel as ‘R’ as there are instances of Violence and Mature Language. This Science Fiction novel is set in a far future where Earth is colonizing o
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Reute Butler
Heavy handed sci fi

I was looking forward to more of this series, but this one disappointed. If you are interested in long explanations of theory about everything scientific to do with the story then this book will delight you. I'm not long on astrophysics, so finally I started skipping entire else sections of text to follow the story. It reminded me of the same thing I'd done in the earlier books but in those I'd found the story compelling enough to pick up this book. This book has finished the
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Michael
Sep 11, 2016 Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another entertaining look into the world (worlds?) of the Odyssey One universe with this side story from the main series. (It is set between books 4 and 5 of the main series more or less).
Sic Transit Gloria
Sep 19, 2015 Sic Transit Gloria rated it really liked it
The Terran spaceship "destroyer" Autolycus has been sent on a top secret mission: investigate anomalies found in telescopes, and make sure they're not signs of more Drasin Dyson Swarms. While searching, the destroyermen certainly found something "anomalous", but it's not from Drasin origin, or even Priminae. No, it's something far more alien, and far deadlier. Because now that someone is exploring the strange facility, it's woken up, and its current inhabitants are hungry.

Like many people here,
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Alex
Sep 21, 2015 Alex rated it it was ok
The story goes on in the universe created for the Odyssey One series and features new characters and a new starship. Although the plot was fine and the setting made me feel like reading through a potentially good episode from Stargate, the execution was not up to par, in my opinion. Repetitive combat scenes in numerically and tactically impossible situations resolved at the last minute by one trump card or another make it rather hard to feel the actual suspense of the combat scene.

And last but n
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Jo  (Mixed Book Bag)
King of Thieves is set in the world created by the Odyssey One but works well as a stand-alone. Back-story is there but in very small doses and that is all you really need. The world building for King of Thieves is simple. A new and unusual structure is the focus and setting of the story.

That is where the danger and the thrust of the story reside. Captain Morgan Passer and his crew face new and unusual threats both in and around the structure. There is a large cast of characters who are caught u
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Bart Welch
May 04, 2015 Bart Welch rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another Fun Read from Mr. Currie

Star Trek TOS meets Aliens in Wheadonesque fun romp.

This is old school sci-fi fun set in the Odysseus One universe. The author gives us a great read with an honest eye to the realities of the universe he created and those of space itself. It is not for those who can't get past the physics of fun sci-fi. The author has included a ton of Easter egg homages to the greats of the genre throughout. I am far from unbiased, as a fan, but as a fan of the series I recommen
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Mark
Sep 10, 2015 Mark rated it liked it
Evan Currie is becoming a very strong contributor to the military space opera genre and if you like that kind of thing, I strongly suggest you give him a ride.

This book kicks off a new cycle in the world that Odyssey occupied and ended with the Drasin invasion of Earth. It's now a year (two?) later and we have a new protagonist (Capt. Morgan Passer) and a new ship (Autolycus) and a new mission (go investigate all the anomalous systems we've been ignoring). And of course they find something and
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Trish
Apr 09, 2015 Trish rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun, fun, fun, fun, fun.
Although not strictly part of the Odyssey/Odysseus arc, this book does take place in the same universe (thank goodness) and the action in it was as thrilling as in the previous 4 volumes. Also, some of the dialogue was pure fun again, too. And then, of course, there were a couple of hints as to what will be in store for Cpt. Weston and his crew (which I was looking forward to the most).
However (and this is the reason I deducted one star), although some characters were qui
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Shane
Apr 08, 2015 Shane rated it liked it
Shelves: military-scifi
Three and a half stars. This is a new branch in the "Odyssey One" universe. A couple characters cross over, but it is mostly a new crowd. Currie's character development is improving but what really shows is the development of his prose. One line in particular just reached out and grabbed me by the throat; "Everyone with a view to the outside held their breath long enough that the moment registered on the ship's life support computers." There is more prose that really keeps the pages flowing but ...more
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