Homeworld (Odyssey One #3)

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Title: Homeworld

Series: Odyssey One #3

Author: Evan Currie

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Genre: SFF

Pages: 507

 

 

Synopsis:

The other Political Bloc on Earth has created their own FTL ship and sent it off to explore an earth like planet.

Said spaceship runs into the Drasin and leads them to Earth.

It is now up to the Odyssey and its crew to save the Earth. If that is even possible against 2,000 Drasin ships.

 

My Thoughts:

Bloody fantastic. And spoilers galore.

This was pretty much one ginormous battle. We see the handlers of the Drasin for the first time and we see how the Drasin are being controlled, or not. Horrific really. Sentients sure are stupid, thinking they can control things that they really can’t.

The battle for Earth was awesome. Humanity pulling moves out of its collective butt and doing things that no other race has tried, and succeeding.

Which made the ending all the more poignant. If you’ve ever watched Titan, A.E., you know how this book ends. Or at least that is the impression the author gives. Earth falls, a remnant of humanity taking refuge with the Priminae and hope splutters out like a candle under a bucketful of water.

I am really looking forward to the final book in this series [even though there is another series Currie has started that takes place after this one and that series starts with King of Thieves].

 

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The Heart of Matter (Odyssey One #2)

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Title: The Heart of Matter

Series: Odyssey One

Author: Evan Currie

Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars

Genre: SFF

Pages: 539

 

Synopsis:

The crew of the Odyssey One are back at a homeworld of the Priminae, deepening political ties.

However, said world is attacked by the Drasin and the Odyssey chases off the spaceship portion of the attack and the Marines and other ground support crew deal with the ground invasion.

Lots of things are learned, such as how immense the super computer on the planet is, that the drasin are biological weapons tailored to wipe out the Priminae and that whoever the guiding hand behind the drasin are, they are apparently technologically exponentially beyond us.

 

My Thoughts:

Kickass action! I went in with a groan, because 500 pages seemed like an awful lot and I was sure there was going to be whine and angst and other such stuff-n-nonsense to pad things out.

Thankfully, I was wrong. The buildup was good, the action intense, the reveal predictable yet satisfying and in general I was satisfied. Overall, I am liking this series much more than the Hayden War Cycle/Warriors Wings series, as there is just a lot of action and that is what I expect from my SFF.

Into the Black (Odyssey One #1)

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Synopsis:

Mankind has built their first faster than light starship. For its initial voyage, a select group of all the special force branches from various nations are on board, along with various groups of scientists. Almost a galactic joyride you might say.

Of course, they land in the middle of a new war between a civilization that has been at peace for 8 Millennia and some shadowy mystery badguys. The Terrans kick butt and gain some allies and they find that they are BEHIND enemy space lines.

To Be Continued.

 

My Thoughts:

I’ve read some of Currie’s work before, the Hayden War Cycle, and while I enjoyed it, I wasn’t really impressed. This book I was impressed.

There was a great mix of space fighting, ground troop fighting [which I love! Give me marines and guns any day!] and a lot of setup for the future.

In a lot of ways it reminded me of John Ringo’s Through the Looking Glass and Alan Dean Foster’s The Damned trilogy. Lots of military action, Terrans being totally bad ass as natural warriors and some really good/scary alien baddies.

There were definitely some very cliched and roll your eyes moments, mainly when Currie tried to give his guy characters some emotional depth. These guys are all either super fighter jocks or ultra-marines.  Currie should have left well enough alone.  But if he had then I’d be complaining about lack of character depth, so I guess he just can’t win *grin*

Definitely going to be reading more in this series.

 

Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars

Author: Evan Currie

Into the Black

Odyssey One #1