Books Marines Military Science Fiction

The Heart of Matter – Very good

The Heart of MatterThe Heart of Matter (Odyssey One, #2) by Evan C. Currie
My rating: 9 out of 10 stars

After an epic maiden voyage that introduced Earth to a larger universe—and a cosmos full of terrifying new enemies—Captain Eric Weston and the crew of the NAC spacecraft Odyssey have spent months cooling their heels under their admiral’s watchful eye. But when Earth’s newest ally, the Priminae, strike a defense deal with the North American Confederacy, the Odyssey finally receives her orders: return to Ranquil, the Priminae’s war-ravaged homeworld, and lend badly needed support against the invading Drasin.

This is another good book from Evan C. Currie. This author is definitely one of my favourite authors. What I especially like with the books by Evan C. Currie is that space flight, manoeuvring and battles are depicted in a quite realistic way (for being science fiction of course).

There’s plenty of action in the book, both in space and on the ground. I wouldn’t have minded less on the ground and more in space but that’s just my personal preference. We get to know a bit more about both our new allies and our enemies. The latter who turns out to be more and more frightening the more we learn.

One thing that disturbs me is that I find it somewhat unbelievable that a race that can build something like the Dyson construct in the book wouldn’t simply crush their opponents rather quickly. Yes I know there’s some form of explanation in the book but I find it a not-so-convincing.

I’m also a wee bit disappointed that the Odyssey One didn’t benefit more from the technology of their new allies. Already when I read the first book in the series I was hoping for the Odyssey One to get some of that power from the aliens to feed their clearly superior weapons. That would do for some nice “clobber time”. But then given what they have just discovered about the bad guys that might come in the next book to even out the odds a bit.

This book ends, if not really in a cliff hanger, so without any form of conclusion so it’s fairly clear that the intention is for at least one more in the series which I’m looking quite forward to.

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