Books Military Science Fiction

King of Thieves – Very good new series by Evan C. Currie taking off where Odyssey One ended

King of Thieves by Evan C. Currie
My rating: 8 out of 10 stars

Star RogueEarth’s survivors face devastating new challenges in the wake of recovering from an alien conflict. Battered and mourning tremendous losses, the once fractious peoples of enemy nations must work together to rebuild their shattered world—and prevent the possibility of their attackers’ return. What they don’t know is that a new, deadlier enemy unlike anything they’ve ever faced will usher in the dawn of another war.

Captain Morgan Passer commands the Rogue Class destroyer Autolycus, charged with an interstellar recon mission to detect traces of the repelled enemy while gathering information for the fortification of Earth’s defenses. What the expedition finds instead is a deeply disturbing mystery: a discovery that redefines everything they thought they knew about Earth’s place in the galaxy…and reveals deadly new horrors. In this original story set in the Odyssey One world, former enemies unite for their own survival, and Passer and his intrepid crew seek answers to help them save their people. Instead, they find that the invasion may be over, but the danger is just beginning.

Evan C. Currie is one of those (few) authors that almost never disappoints me. This book is no exception. This is a very good start of a new series in the Odyssey One universe. The book takes off not too far after the events in the last Odyssey One book. Actually, a lot of people will probably think of this one as “Odyssey One #5”. However, according to the author himself a fifth Odyssey One book is “Zero percent likely”. So this is obviously a new series.

Although we get a brief appearance of our well known hero Eric Weston, the main character in this book is, as the book blurb indicates, Captain Morgan Passer of the new (or is it old?) Rogue Class destroyer Autolycus. If you are wondering about the name of the ship you have to brush up on your Greek mythology (I had to). He is not the only one in the spotlight in this book though. There are several others, a female commander from what used to be the enemy and a marine commander who used to do his best to try and kill said enemy for instance. A half-crazy prima donna and genius scientist rounds off the ensemble creating some interesting personal chemistry issues.

So it is a whole new team that embarks on adventures in the same universe as Odyssey One. The Drasin have been repelled, for now, but they still lurk out there and the Autolycus is sent to out scout for potential future dangers. As can be deduced from the book blurb they find quite a few things and that is not necessarily good news.

The book starts off like a scientific expedition, then turns into somewhat of a horror and suspense story to finally explode in quite a bit of action. Most of the action is marine grunt action and it is well done but I would have preferred a larger portion of ship action myself. Not that the Autolycus is left entirely out and the chief have to play around with various unstable compounds that you normally do not let loose on a space ship (or anywhere else for that matter) in order to save the ship.

Previously mentioned personal chemistry issues comes into play of course. I especially like the rather nutty science genius. The book is nicely written as usual from Evan C. Currie and it is a good mix of adventure, suspense, horror and action with almost entirely likable characters. Actually, I do not think there was any non-likable characters event though the science genius tried hard to be one. I especially liked the more or less total absence of stupid politics. Humanity have been standing on the edge of the eternal abyss and this time they appear to have learned their lesson…finally.

On the whole this is a very good book and a good start of a new series taking off where Odyssey One finished. Personally I would not have minded a bit more space action (I known the author is quite good at it) but it was still a very enjoyable book.

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