Review of Odysseus Ascendant

Odysseus Ascendant (Odyssey One #7)

Odysseus Ascendant by Evan Currie

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The story of plucky David versus Goliath continues. Everything seems to be “paint by numbers” where the humans lay ambushes along the line of advance. The Empire has never seen the humans before, never encountered the technology, and try not to be over-confident. They had the advantage of numbers and warnings by two captains who had fought them before in the previous books. Maybe after reading enough history and scifi, nothing seemed to phase me.

And once again, the ending is predictable when Earth reviews a final super weapon that is half real and half bluff. Currie ends the book with more questions. How does one planet that just reached the space age defeat a multi-planet Empire? The Priminae allies and the “avatars” – what role do they play?

Currie’s characters and stories are pretty 2-D and I don’t plan to re-read them, unlike Flint, Weber, Kratman and Ringo, or Clancy.

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