Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Into the Black (Odyssey One, #1)” as Want to Read:
Into the Black (Odyssey One, #1)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Into the Black

(Odyssey One #1)

by
4.06  ·  Rating details ·  11,246 ratings  ·  652 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 an

...more
Kindle Edition, 587 pages
Published March 27th 2012 by 47north (first published May 5th 2011)
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 4.06  · 
Rating details
 ·  11,246 ratings  ·  652 reviews


More filters
 | 
Sort order
Start your review of Into the Black (Odyssey One, #1)
Bradley
Nov 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
...more
Choko
Feb 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
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!
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
...more
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
...more
Konstantinos
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
Trish
Apr 22, 2012 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
...more
Christi M
Jan 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi, audio-book
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 ...more
Kat  Hooper
Oct 22, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
Originally posted at FanLit.
http://www.fantasyliterature.com/revi...

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
...more
Donna
May 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
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
...more
Jacob
Apr 04, 2015 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
Diane
Aug 21, 2013 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
...more
Daniel
Dec 04, 2015 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
...more
Laz the Sailor
Sep 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: scifi
This is an exciting space opera where some humans from Earth first journey to the stars, and discover that it's a scary place out there. If you are relatively new to scifi, this should be a refreshing read.

If you are well-read in this genre, you will see where the story borrows from Heinlein, Kris Longknife, and others. The author even acknowledges this, but don't let that deter you. This books is well crafted and entertaining.

I'll read the next one.
Ed Tinkertoy
Mar 10, 2012 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
...more
Katy
Mar 16, 2012 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 Amazon.com 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: http://katysozaeva.blogspot.com/2012/... ...more
MrsJoseph *grouchy*
Good enough to make you want to read the rest of the series.
Jennifer
Following WWIII, the North American alliance has launched the Earth's first interstellar spacecraft, the Odyssey. Lead by Captain Weston, its mission is to explore other systems. (view spoiler) ...more
Lena
Oct 19, 2015 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
...more
Robert Thompson
Feb 19, 2013 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
...more
Melina
Oct 13, 2013 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
Mark Medina
Dec 15, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: science-fiction
Into the black bag. Shocker. DNF.
Soo
Feb 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, reviewed
Mini-Review:

4 Stars for Narration by David de Vries
4 Stars for Tech/Cultures/Language
3.5 Stars for Characters
4 Stars for Action Sequences
-1 Star for Whiplash POV Switches

The very start of the story is good but my attention kept petering out after the Captain of Odyssey One was introduced. It took a few tries to get my mind to focus onto the story. Overall, great setup for the series!

World War III has ended and the first foray into space has been launched. Talented individuals have been chosen t
...more
Dan
A very good read. I look forward to more books in this series.
David
Jan 24, 2013 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
...more
Banner
Mar 02, 2014 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
Michael
May 13, 2014 rated it it was ok
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.
Martha
Aug 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an engaging first contact, space military adventure. My rating 4.25.

The Odyssey is the first spacecraft sent out from earth with a crew culled from the best of the best. They were really on a test mission, intended to see what the Odyssey can manage and do a little exploring beyond the Solar System. They didn’t plan upon warping into the debris of a devastating battle…and rescuing a survivor. Now they know there are other human races in the universe… and other unknown, and apparently bru
...more
Jan
Earth’s first intergalactic-capable vessel is off on an exploration. Guess who they find in the middle of nowhere? More humans…

If the narration of the audiobook had been different, I might have enjoyed this story more. Unfortunately, David de Vries made most people sound like a cartoon character (no joke), and the overacting was pretty awful. His normal reading voice is fine and would have been enough. I almost quit a few times, but the plot was enjoyable enough for me to finish. Definitely woul
...more
Mike
Sep 07, 2012 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
Josh
Feb 09, 2014 rated it it was ok

This was another debut military sci-fi novel, this time by Evan C. Currie. However, unlike the "Man of War" series I recently started as well, this one is not only quite clearly a "first novel", it is also clear that it was self-published first. Although it gets better near the end, the first part of the book is amateurish and difficult to continue listening to. It shows why good editors are so important in fiction writing. The author makes a number of choices in the story that simply are too mu
...more
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »

Readers also enjoyed

  • Ballistic (The Palladium Wars #2)
  • Fields of Fire (Frontlines, #5)
  • Angles of Attack (Frontlines, #3)
  • Lines of Departure (Frontlines, #2)
  • Terms of Enlistment (Frontlines #1)
  • Chains of Command (Frontlines, #4)
  • Aftershocks (The Palladium Wars, #1)
  • Points of Impact (Frontlines #6)
  • Kinetic Strike (Drop Trooper Book 2)
  • To Honor You Call Us (Man of War, #1)
  • Contact Front (Drop Trooper Book 1)
  • Imperium Defiant (Light of Terra, #3)
  • For Honor We Stand (Man of War, #2)
  • Conviction
  • Steel World (Undying Mercenaries, #1)
  • It Ain't Over... (Cole & Srexx #1)
  • Exile
  • Shield of Terra (Light of Terra, #2)
See similar books…

Other books in the series

Odyssey One (7 books)
  • The Heart of Matter (Odyssey One, #2)
  • Homeworld (Odyssey One, #3)
  • Out of the Black (Odyssey One, #4)
  • Warrior King (Odyssey One, #5)
  • Odysseus Awakening (Odyssey One, #6)
  • Odysseus Ascendant (Odyssey One #7)

Related Articles

Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman know the radical life-changing power of a good friendship. The two launched their hit podcast Call Your Girlfriend ...
9 likes · 0 comments
“The main difference between a fighter pilot and God is that God doesn't think he was a fighter pilot.” 18 likes
“Warriors are never appreciated in peacetime except by those they saved during the war.” 11 likes
More quotes…