We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access .
SpecOps Audiobook

SpecOps: Expeditionary Force, Book 2

Regular Price:$39.99
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Publisher's Summary

Colonel Joe Bishop made a promise, and he's going to keep it: taking the captured alien starship Flying Dutchman back out. He doesn't agree when the UN decides to send almost 70 elite Special Operations troops, hotshot pilots, and scientists with him; the mission is a fool's errand he doesn't expect to ever return from. At least this time, the Earth is safe, right?

Not so much.

©2016 Craig Alanson (P)2017 Podium Publishing

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.8 (2851 )
5 star
 (2339)
4 star
 (435)
3 star
 (68)
2 star
 (7)
1 star
 (2)
Overall
4.7 (2696 )
5 star
 (2027)
4 star
 (538)
3 star
 (111)
2 star
 (17)
1 star
 (3)
Story
4.9 (2708 )
5 star
 (2515)
4 star
 (173)
3 star
 (17)
2 star
 (3)
1 star
 (0)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Trip Williams Upstate, SC, United States 03-11-17
    Trip Williams Upstate, SC, United States 03-11-17 Member Since 2005

    Did you know you can put in a set of Ear-Buds, slap your Hearing Protectors over them, and Mow the lawn, Weed-Eat, etc, without your book being drowned out by engine noise? OR, you can just let the horses in the yard, and THEY'LL mow and weedeat (literally) FOR YOU!

    HELPFUL VOTES
    610
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    599
    106
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    75
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Best Book Of 2017 So Far!"

    My wife and I have waited for this second book in the series since the moment we finished the first book! We stayed up past 3AM (Eastern Time) on the day it was released, waiting for it to hit our Audible Cloud Library after Pre-Ordering it ("Refresh Library" DANG IT! "Refresh Library", DANG IT! "Refresh Library", WHOOO HOOOO!!!!) . After Downloading it to iPhone, we listened to it pretty much STRAIGHT THROUGH!

    It's well written, AND Hilarious.. In places it's SO funny, and we laughed SO hard, that we had to take a short break to keep the funny parts fresh... you can only laugh so much before "the Funny" wears off ;)

    I liked seeing the Main Character Subtly Mature as the new book went along, and he was forced to rise to the challenge of actually BEING in Command, and thinking/planning ahead, instead of just "Winging it and getting Lucky".

    You probably won't regret dropping a credit on it!

    18 of 20 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Jeff 03-09-17
    Jeff 03-09-17

    Jeff

    HELPFUL VOTES
    14
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    91
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Funny as hell"

    When I listen to Sci-Fi books, I usually don't expect "laugh out loud" humor...

    My introduction to R.C. Bray was "Fear the Sky", and his characterizations were emotion inspiring to say the least...

    But Craig Alanson's ExForce series gives him the characters that make us laugh... while spinning a suspenseful military sci-fi yarn that leaves the listener crave more.

    Hurry up with Paradise.

    14 of 16 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 03-18-17
    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 03-18-17 Member Since 2016

    My taste differs from kid books to gory horror books.

    HELPFUL VOTES
    8547
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1228
    1195
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    381
    10
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY by NO PATIENCE MAN"

    BREAKING IT DOWN BARNEY STYLE
    I wanted to BLUFF IT, but it is your money. I liked this book and will continue the series, but I did not love it. The book is very funny and that is what saves it. It does have some SCIENCY STUFF to the point of over my head. We are talking lots of physics with wormholes and flat universes. I like the main character Joe. I like the fact that he shows humility, but yet is in charge. It is entertaining 90% of the time. I liked the planet of the week, which this week is an Ice Planet.

    BONUS OR BONE US
    Keep in mind, I said I like the book and I am going to continue the series. When I listen to book 3, I will wear my lucky underwear. YEA, LUCKY UNDERWEAR IS A REAL THING. For the first hour or two, the sarcastic SKIPPY almost becomes too much. Almost every line is a sarcastic remark by him. I love this type of humor, but the first hour was annoying. The jokes are repeated so many times, that I found myself giving the sarcastic remark before Joe or Skippy did. You always know that Joe is going to think up something Skippy does not think up. You know that Skippy will get upset over that fact. You know that the solution will almost always involve Skippy listening in on the enemy's communications and often manipulating them to make the enemy see or hear something different than the truth. When it is not that, it will have something to do with Skippy making a small worm hole. After a while it became SEMPER TEDIUM. With all that, there is still some LOL moments towards the end and of course the love that is growing between Skippy and Joe.

    THAT'S ARE STORY AND WE'RE STICKING TO IT
    I am also very interested in the mystery of the Elders, along with a new mystery, involving an unknown race that is using Elder technology for evil uses.

    IT IS BETTER TO BE SILENT AND BE THOUGHT AN IDIOT, THAN TO SPEAK AND REMOVE ALL DOUBT

    R.C. Bray is no idiot and I will always listen to him speak.

    13 of 15 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Sappy Somewhere in, IL. United States 03-08-17
    Sappy Somewhere in, IL. United States 03-08-17 Member Since 2016

    Jeffersonian thinker

    HELPFUL VOTES
    16
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    55
    4
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Humorous, irreverent, AND a great plot. Love it!!!"
    What did you love best about SpecOps?

    The same thing I liked about the first book in the series - Skippy's sense of humor.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Skippy, you monkeys!


    Have you listened to any of R.C. Bray’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    RC Bray's performance, and Craig Alanson's writing, are both top notch.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, because I just DID listen to it in one sitting. From 8am this morning until just now :)


    Any additional comments?

    The author is gifted at crafting a great sci fi with a wicked sense of humor. This is the best series I've found in a long time. I'm dying for Paradise (book 3) in Audible format.

    16 of 20 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Diana 03-12-17
    Diana 03-12-17 Member Since 2013

    Practicing Idealist, Dabbling Realist ;)

    HELPFUL VOTES
    1191
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    451
    346
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    104
    12
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Sci-Fi Military-In-Space with humor"

    Entertaining, with more emphasis on chat than on plot, ideal as an audio book since there is a lot of repetition of what-is-happening - if you are doing something while listening don't worry about going back because you missed a bit - the author has the characters repeat what's going on at least twice, if not three times.

    The humor is more the guys-insulting-each-other kind of joshing and less the clever or witty kind of humor. It still made me laugh out loud or at least put me in a good mood.

    Sometimes the narrator's British character's voice (Smythe?) slipped into the same as Skippy's voice, but other than when that happened the narration is fantastic.

    Light and fun sci-fi.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Emma Aumack 03-09-17
    Emma Aumack 03-09-17 Member Since 2016
    HELPFUL VOTES
    22
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    154
    20
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "More Skippy!"

    I loved this listen. Humorous & very entertaining. I didn't want to stop listening. R C Bray is an excellent narrator too.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Todd L 03-08-17
    Todd L 03-08-17 Member Since 2013
    HELPFUL VOTES
    13
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    46
    3
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Another great book in this series!"

    Man I'm really liking this series. RC Bray came through with another awesome performance and Craig Alanson another great book. I can't wait for the next book! It can't get here soon enough.

    12 of 16 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Terrell 03-09-17
    Terrell 03-09-17 Member Since 2016
    HELPFUL VOTES
    9
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    9
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    ""DAMN IT!" -Skippy"

    I am in love with this series so far. The story is wonderful. It's not too fast or too slow, it moves along perfectly. Excellent blend of Action, Sci-fi and comedy. Highly recommended!

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Matthew Little Rock, AR, United States 03-20-17
    Matthew Little Rock, AR, United States 03-20-17 Member Since 2013

    1 Star -- Terrible 2 Stars -- Bad 3 Stars -- Mediocre 4 Stars -- Great to the right person. 5 Stars -- Superb, you must pick this up.

    HELPFUL VOTES
    323
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    166
    85
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    16
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Still Laughing"
    Any additional comments?

    No sophomore slump here. This book continues where the first left off with the Flying Dutchman and a new merry band of pirates off through the galaxy on a search for a space telephone for their resident jerk AI, Skippy.

    If you are reading this review without having finished the first book, an explanation: This series follows a dumb lucky military grunt by the name of Joe Bishop as he ends up at the right place at the wrong time, ever time. He has to get himself out of major problems with his average joe sensibilities and the occasional help from a super intelligent AI Skippy who just so happens to be a jerk, and possibly insane.

    Skippy and Joe get a bit of character development this time around, however it kind of gets repetitive and draggy at times. That said, overall, it was necessary and I'm fine with it. The humor from the first book remains, and that is all that matters.

    This book is just like the first one, no change to the formula or anything else. It is what I wanted, because I like being entertained. So if you feel the same, I recommend this book to you.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Jason Mount Juliet, TN, United States 03-08-17
    Jason Mount Juliet, TN, United States 03-08-17 Member Since 2012

    Say something about yourself!

    HELPFUL VOTES
    100
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    309
    30
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    5
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "As good as it gets!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is the absolute best space opera series I've ever listened to, there I said it. It's funny very funny but in a very good way, our characters our in a very serious situation a fairly dreadful situation really so it all balances out very well that is the best way I can explain it. Beware this is book 2 you really need to start with book one Columbus Day.


    Which character – as performed by R.C. Bray – was your favorite?

    R.C. Bray and this book where made for each other like peanut butter and jelly, Bray is fantastic thank you.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Laugh laugh worry a little and then laugh some more. Repeat


    Any additional comments?

    All you Monkeys who enjoy space opera should have this in your library and downloaded onto our kindle.

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
Sort by:
  • John
    3/8/17
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Take my money and give me book 3"

    Well book two was just as amazing as book one can't wait for book 3
    R C brey has done a outstanding job again.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Simon
    Waterlooville, UK
    3/9/17
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Forget Siri, We Need More Skippy!"

    I think there's a very simple way to review this book. If you've read the first book and want some more, then get this book because the adventure just takes off in the same way. There's more Barney, more Skippy, more irreverent monkey insults and more great action.

    RC Bary the microphone maestro continues to do his thing and I grow more in awe of his talents as a narrator with every passing word I hear from him. He's on top form with this performance and I really get the impression that he has particularly enjoyed reading this series so far.

    Even though this really is space opera and the kind of thing to give plot hole pedants nightmares Alanson creates a universe with a little depth, has interesting sci-fi ideas and gives his books a sense of action and adventure.

    Maybe I should grow up more but it had me both laughing out loud and rooting for Joe and his merry band of pirates the whole way through. So, when's the next one out?

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • MR R CANNON
    3/10/17
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "THAT WAS TOTALLY AWESOME"

    Next please.........
    More more more more more more more more more more more I need more.


    Gimme MOAR.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Patrick Buckland
    3/10/17
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Chrome Beer Can of excellence"
    Any additional comments?

    I love this book. The banter between Joe and Skippy is hilarious and those hateful lizards have no chance. R.C Bray delivers a spectacular performance, can't wait for book three

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • james smith
    3/9/17
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Great!"

    really enjoyable, just as good as the first book! I can't wait for the third book in the series.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • David
    Worcester, United Kingdom
    3/9/17
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A good listen"

    I normally listen to a book over a week or so, this one I could not put down. Can not wait for the next one

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Rockgoby
    UK
    3/12/17
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Excellent SciFi Silliness"
    What did you like most about SpecOps?

    This audiobook is just a lot of fun.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of SpecOps?

    The whole adventure was enjoyable from start to finish.


    Which character – as performed by R.C. Bray – was your favourite?

    Skippy - the AI character is a bit of a one trick pony on the joke front, but somehow the joke always remains amusing.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes - definately. It was a virtual page turner...


    Any additional comments?

    This book, in literary terms, probably does not stack up against the best scifi - but that is missing the point. It is great escapist fun and a thoroughly enjoyable listen. It sounded like Mr. Bray enjoyed reading it - and he did another great job. Please hurry with No. 3!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rich88
    3/11/17
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "awesome"

    it was awesome R C Bray really brought Skippy to life and have the story a whole lot more depth it was very entertaining

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • SBRAL
    3/10/17
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Damn monkeys..."

    Yet another awesome instalment. Excellent book, once again well read by R C Bray and I really can't wait for the next part. 5/5

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • harry condy
    3/30/17
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "class audio book"

    Iloved this book great story. listen for skippy he is the funniest ai ever

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.