Odysseus Ascendant (Odyssey One #7) ★★★☆½

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Title: Odysseus Ascendant
Series: Odyssey One #7
Author: Evan Currie
Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Genre: Fantasy
Pages: 303
Words: 81.9K



The Empire is done with playing around with the Priminae and their unknown allies (ie, the humans). They send an entire sector fleet to take the territory of the Priminae and to find the lone homeworld of humanity. It is up to Weston and his small group of ships to stall for time by playing tricks and being ingenious with the resources they do have.

Odysseus, the sentience on the starship of the same name, is learning what it means to be part of a group, as it must work with the humans occupying the ship. At the same time Gaia is in contact with another cosmic entity she simply calls Saul, an entity that seems apathetic (at best) or even inimical to humanity. Saul introduces himself to Odysseus at the very end of the book and pretty much just mocks the kid.

Weston and his allies hold off the Empire for a month but finally the Empire makes it to the Priminae homeworld where the remaining ships helmed by Weston prepare for a do or die last stand. Only to have the Empire’s commander pull a fast one and head to Earth. Where the Earth pulls a rabbit out of a hat with Project Prometheus and is able to wipe out any object in known space with the power of a sun. They give the Empire Commander a stand down ultimatum and he wisely takes it.

The book ends with the Commander vowing to find and destroy this super-weapon and Earth and the Priminae taking a breath and gearing up for the long haul of a fight.


My Thoughts:

Overall, I was pleased with my read. It was typical Currie and the action was pretty good. He dips his toes into the subject of transgender and shows what a woke author he is by including a whole conversation of 2-3 paragraphs. Token-warriors, Unite! I am opposed to the whole transgender movement and even I found it insulting.

However, while I enjoyed the action, it is become evident that Currie is just going to keep writing these as ideas strike him. With a name like Odysseus Ascendant I kept waiting for the named Sentience to do something “Ascendant”. I think my idea of Ascendant has been ruined by how it was used in the Malazan Books of the Fallen, ie, ordinary ascending into the super. Oddyseus never ascends in that sense. I kept waiting for the ship to develop super powers or do something fantastic in the battles but nope, he just “learns” stuff. Throw in the deus ex machina of Project Prometheus and I just kind of rolled my eyes.

I won’t be reading any more by Currie. What pushed me over the edge was the introduction of “Saul”. We met Central, then Gaia and the Odysseus, but to introduce another being, and to leave neon bright signs of “mystery, mystery, mystery” that even Scooby and the Gang could pick up on was a direction that I just didn’t care for. I also changed the genre designation from SF to Fantasy. Currie goes from a science setting to a deeply fantastic setting where the only explanation, an honest one, is “magic”. Sure, he covers it up with quantum this and that and science blather, but the real meaning is “magic”.

“A Decent Read” about covers this book and series. It is no where near ending but I simply don’t have the patience or reading availability for just decent reads. If you like open ended military SFF, then give this a whirl. I think book 8 just came out recently?



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9 thoughts on “Odysseus Ascendant (Odyssey One #7) ★★★☆½

  1. savageddt says:

    Looks like trans people are the way of the future by the rate things are going…

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  2. Found it funny that your own knowledge of certain concepts led often to various disappointments. At least you’re stopping it here without torturing yourself with other surprises…

    Liked by 1 person

    • Bookstooge says:

      Sometimes knowing things and believing certain things makes life harder, that is for sure. On the other hand, deliberately exposing myself to ideas that I disagree with in one way or another keeps me sharp and from living in an echo chamber 😉

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  3. I was indeed wondering why you labeled “fantasy” a book with space battles on the cover, but then I had my answer… 😉

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    • Bookstooge says:

      Ah ha, so YOU’RE the person who looks at tags 😉

      The thing is, what else do you call a life form that spontaneously comes into being? Sometimes I think SF writers use science’y terms without truly understanding them. Or caring that they don’t understand 😀

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  4. Was going to say, this sounds like something I would enjoy. I once read a SF book where the “ship” was actually a huge, sentient, jellyfish-like creature designed (or “evolved”) to live in deep space. This sounds similar.

    And it sounds like I would be intrigued by Saul. But then, I haven’t been following the series as you have. Alas, it’s all too common in books that when we finally meet the mysterious, supposedly superiorly wise being or character, its “wisdom” consists in lecturing us. Must be a hard temptation for writers to resist.

    Then I got distracted by your last comment. You and I might think that “life forms spontaneously coming into being” are magic, not science, but that concept is relied on by all strict Darwinian naturalists, right? And they think of it as scientific, not magical.

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    • Bookstooge says:

      I enjoyed the series up to this point and I might have even enjoyed it if I kept reading, but I don’t enjoy never ending series. I’ve been burned enough times :-/

      An author lecturing is one of the things that really turns me off in a book.

      Darwinian naturalists CLAIM to have science on their side, but all they really have is scyenze and bluster. And a refusal to accept God as an option. Most of them aren’t honest enough to accept that evolution isn’t science but a religion :-/

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      • A guy once gave me his explanation of how the eye could have evolved.

        It went like this:
        Lots of incremental steps involving a light-sensitive spot …
        … MIRACLE …
        a couple more steps

        He didn’t realize it, of course.

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