Review: Into the Black: Odyssey One by Even Currie

Into the Black: Odyssey One by Evan Currie
Into the Black: Odyssey One by Evan Currie

Into the Black: Odyssey One
Evan Currie, read by Benjamin Darcie
Brilliance Audio, 2012

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 isn’t long into this journey that the Odyssey stumbles into a new and more dangerous threat, and that is where the novel’s story truly kicks off.

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Review: A Guile of Dragons by James Enge

A Guile of Dragons by James Enge
A Guile of Dragons by James Enge

A Guile of Dragons (A Tournament of Shadows #1)
James Enge
Pyr, 2012

A Guile of Dragons by James Enge features the return of Morlock Ambrosius though not in quite the same way as the previous novel, The Wolf Age. I rather loved the The Wolf Age with the fantastic character of Morlock and an original and fascinating setting it was a high water mark for the first three Morlock novels. A Guile of Dragons takes things back to the start detailing the birth and rise of Morlock Ambrosius and marks the beginning of a new serious of Morlock novels.

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Review: The Prisoner of Cell 25 by Richard Paul Evans

Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25

Richard Paul Evans, read by Fred Berman

Simon and Scuster Audio, 2011

I’m always looking for a good book from the Young Adult world. Sometimes I’m looking for an easy straightforward read, sometimes I’m looking to see what sort of new experimentation is being done in the youth market, and sometimes I just want to know what all the hype is about. My experience with Richard Paul Evans’ Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25 definitely falls into that first category. The titular Michael Vey is a young man with Tourette’s syndrome who is constantly bullied in school and who even the administration has a hard time believing isn’t the cause of all of his own troubles. Of course, Michael is hiding a secret–he is charged with electricity, able to conduct and store electrical currents. He thinks he is the only “freak” until he finds out the schools prettiest cheerleader, Taylor, has powers as well (also based in electricity but in a different way). With the help of his best friend Ostin, Michael and Taylor set forth to discover exactly who and what they are.

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