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Armageddon

Expeditionary Force, Book 8
Narrated by: R. C. Bray
Series: Expeditionary Force, Book 8
Length: 17 hrs and 50 mins
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After the Renegade mission by the crew of the starship Flying Dutchman, the UN Expeditionary Force thought Earth was safe for hundreds of years, at least.

After there was trouble on the home front, and the president had to authorize a nuclear strike on an American city, UNEF decided they did need the Merry Band of Pirates again. 

So, the Flying Dutchman is sent out on a simple recon mission. But for the pirates, nothing is ever simple, and their mission will become Armageddon.

©2019 Craig Alanson (P)2019 Podium Publishing

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Great and not so great

This continuation of the expeditionary force was hilarious and highly enjoyable like all the rest but for the love of god move the story forward. Every time a new book comes out I’m like yes finally there’s been enough piddling around with minor struggles now I’m sure craig will explore the Elders plot line and see where skippy came from but it never happens. Another story continuing seven books of a cliff hanger. Find the elders!

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My patience is running thin!

After 8.5 books, this is where we're at? About the only thing holding my attention is the banter between Bishop and Skippy. Seriously, where are these books going?? The first few were fun, but now it just feels like were running from one emergency to another and the overall story isnt progressing. With all the things the Merry Band of Pirates are doing, what is the rest of the galaxy doing? Playing pinochle? Bishop is the captain of a pirate ship, and he's already committed mutiny once, yet he's still hell bound on following the rules of people who don't even care if he's around. Dude, wake up! It's time to see this plot pick up. You have multiple avenues this can go. I'm almost having more enjoyment imagining where I'd take the story at this point.

I can not fault the performance of Mr. Bray. Once again he's done a great job with his narrating! I never get tired of hearing him bring the story to life!

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author got lazy this time.

the first six hours can be summed up as the writer using material from the previous books as filler. EVERY. DAMN. CHAPTER. in the first 6 hours is Joe and someone having flashbacks. it is like a sitcom where about episode 15 or 16 they do a season recap.

that being said RC Bray is phenomenal once again and the stuff after 6 hours is totally worth getting. sorry Craig but you know this is a lazy attempt.

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The only bad thing about this book is the wait for the next one

Bringing a more serious tone in the third act was a refreshing twist to this great series, while still maintaining its rambunctious humour through out the rest of the story

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R. C. Bray is amazing as ever. But...

Loved R. C. Bray vocal talent as always. However the story is getting old.
Character development is painfully slow and the story dosent seem to be changing much either. Earths in is endangered, the pirates save it. Rinse and repeat.

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Repetitive. Why am I surprised?

Earth is in danger, the tin can is sarcastic, and the stupid monkeys are lucky.

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Stupid Monkeys and their cliff hangers...

damn you craig... why must you leave me with a cliff hanger ending.

great addition to the series.

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Schmayybe move the plot forward

While I always enjoy Skippy and the gang, until the last hour of the book it felt like lazy writing... very repetitive. Sorry Craig - I really love this series and the majority of your work but it's true. Bring on the elders already.

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Same stuff, different book.

I returned the last 2 books and now this one. I decided 3 strikes and I'm done. Well this is strike 3. R.C. Bray is awesome as always and I will keep looking for books read by him.

I loved the first 5 books, I lost plenty of sleep listening to them. I think Craig Alanson is trying to pump out books way too fast. At first he was building a great story line. Now The books are 10% story and 90% filler. We spend hours listening about stuff that doesn't even contribute to the story. Many times I find myself going, GET TO THE POINT ALREADY! It has also become easy to predict the story. There are no unexpected twists. It's just here is an impossible situation. Joe mopes around for days with no clue how to solve the new situation and thinks about how he's letting everyone down. Then he looks at some random object and finds a solution and it's done. Unfortunately I that's how the last 3 books have been. I haven't even finished the last 3 books because I got so bored and frustrated. As far as I'm concerned this is a 5 book series, because I'm done there at book 5.

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a true Joe and Skippy adventure

wonderful episode in the opera of Skippy the magnificent. hope to see another book soon

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  • Simon
  • 11-12-19

Stepping it up!

These books are coming out at a lightning pace and once again this pits Joe and Skippy into another set of zany, crazy against the odds adventures. There is plenty of everything that has made this series so very, very enjoyable including of course the one-man human theater troupe we know as RC Bray.

For most of the book it really is more of the same, and for those of us that enjoy it so much this is no bad thing. However, in among all the usual impossible scenarios, crazy sif-fi and of course the banter between the characters there is a real feeling of progression here too. The possibility of Joe developing a real love interest and further hints at the cosmic back story are intertwined in the books fast-paced story. But it's the ending that delivers something of a punch, things genuinely get a bit serious in ways that this series hasn't done before. No spoilers but things do get a bit more real for our favourite Pirates.

If that sounds heavy don't let it put you off at all, this is still one of the most laugh out loud and fast-paced sci-fi series you are going to find anywhere on Audible!

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  • james clough
  • 11-09-19

A long wait for deja vu!!!!!!!!!

Thank god its nothing like homefront!!!!

I love this series, when it started it was not anything like what i had heard before i found it fresh and invigorating a new spin on sifi. Now we are at book 8 with numerous spin offs and everything seems the same nothing new ever happens its the same plot, we never get any solid answers only more questions. The author has said i the past that this was going to be a 12 book series i really hope that has changed because trying so answer all the questions raised so far would feel very rushed if it only spanned 4 books!

Joe's insistence on making sure he is blamed for the cause off all the problems that have befallen humanity is beyond ridiculous, it goes way past him being a young naive officer who feels lost.

Newtons third law is 'for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction'

For this book series there is a similar law 'For every positive action in one book there is multiple bad reactions in the next book' Its getting tiresome never learning any answers.

For me the next book needs to be entirely answering questions it wouldn't bother me if they didn't see any combat and the whole book was a fact finding mission.

CA needs to tread very carefully the series has the potential to be one of the best written (in terms of entertainment not English) if he keeps leading his audience down rabbit holes with no answers he may lose they big fan base he has amassed


I DID ENJOY THE BOOK from the view point of it being on its own but if you look at it from the series prospective it didn't answer any questions for me.

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  • Perfectus
  • 11-11-19

a welcome change of tempo for the series

great addition.
I was getting tired of the old formula.
new toys make for happy monkeys.
author channeled r r Martin this time which came as a shock.

9/10 bananas

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  • Jamie Mair
  • 11-11-19

Story keeps getting better

The books starts the same for a while but ends very very differently. Alanson is starting to ramp up the storyline!

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  • Mr. N. Hoye
  • 11-10-19

How long till the next one!

firstly, I love this series, its very easy to listen too and Skippy the magnificent is, well, magnificent! as an avid fan of the series the character progression of Joe Bishop is masterful from guy in the right place at the right time, to dare devil pirate and all around mischief maker to total baddass in this book. I need to know what happens next! a truly bingeworthy series!

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  • CMattUK
  • 11-10-19

8 books in and I can't wait for the next!

Couldn't stop listening, another great chapter in the story of skippy and Joe. love it.

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  • Pelham
  • 11-09-19

Craig's writing keeps improving with each story!

If you haven't listened to the other books yet then get going!!! Another magnificent performance from RC Bray, giving real life to each character. The story and narrative not only follows the delightfully well worn groove of Skippy and Joe, but also adds depth again in the supporting cast. More please!

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  • Dustyfox
  • 11-08-19

Freaking awesome - 7.5 never happened!!!

Just listened to two very good books before this, so thought this book might be a bit flat...nope, Craig & RC have only gone and smashed another awesome audiobook out. Really hard to think if there's a better series of books out there.

For anyone who hasn't started this series, i would say go and start it and you can join the "spacesuit" club.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-08-19

Amazing Series

Possibly the best book of the series, excellently narrated as usual by R.C.Bray. Can't wait until the next one.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 11-06-19

Trust the Awesomeness

No, really, TTA.
Ok, if you haven't started this series, just please, go back and start with book one, Columbus Day, if you don't you're going be a little lost and won't appreciate the full awesomeness of this story.

RC Bray is one of those narrators who is so good, he can take something truly epic and bring it to life. Just give it a go, you have nothing to lose. Craig, as always, thankyou for giving us this outstanding series and for trusting Bob with reading it.

I have listened to the first 6 books 3 times now (to refresh myself as each new book comes out)and will probably go through the entire series once a year for the rest of my life.

Another reason to get into this series, as Craig is self published through amazon, he doesn't have all that pesky hoop jumping that authors going the traditional route (having one book published every year or so) have, so his books are only a few months apart. Book 9 is coming out in the next month or so as an eBook and hopefully on audio within a couple of months depending Bob's commitments.

I'm not talking about the story itself, because that would mean spoilers. It's well written, excellent story continuation, lots of easter eggs. and I miss Kate Mulgrew as Nagatha (see Homefront).... just putting that out there.



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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-12-19

joe gets real<br />

Joe and Skippy carry on, but this time they are not all coming back .
if you have read all the other books then as like me, you will shed a tear for real this time.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-17-19

Excellent!

All I can say is, Craig can you write faster please, I am always eager for your next book.

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  • Danny
  • 11-17-19

Band of pirates screw with the universe again

Band of pirates screw with the universe again, easy going nice to see skippy and nagatha have not lost their appeal.

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  • shane.slape
  • 11-17-19

Awesome

I love this series ! Action packed excitement.
The pirates once again face overwhelming odds.
Can't wait for the next book !

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  • Caleb
  • 11-16-19

fun and entertaining sci-fi

I really admire this author, he knows how to tell a story. The dialog is engaging and the characters are well developed, enen if there is a teenage romance thread going on in the background that I find a little trope. There's a few mistakes in the book but the story is engaging and I'll keep listening because it's Skippy the magnificent and a bunch of stupid monkeys flying around in space.

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  • Corey Rodwell
  • 11-15-19

Trust the Awesome

once again Craig Alanson has produced a well written, funny, yet heartbreaking story. If I had a hat to take of, it would be of to you Sir. simply outstanding work with the voice talent, R.C. Bray rules, I could listen to him reciting the instructions for an IKEA flat pack wardrobe.

These books get pumped out pretty fast so hopefully, Craig, if you read reviews, please hurry up,I may actually die from suspense. :)

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  • Debbie
  • 11-15-19

Awesomeness!

What’s not to love, fast paced, actioned packed adventure. This book takes your emotions on a roller coaster. Want to escape then join the monkeys on the adventure with Mr Bray reading the way.

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  • Michael
  • 11-14-19

Craig at his best

Everything about the Expeditionary Force books are compelling and enthralling. The journey Craig takes us on is full of twists and turns and emotionally charged scenarios. The characters are strong and although not always likeable there isn't a single character I would change. Bray continues to bring the story alive with his masterful performances.

Can't wait for book nine!

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  • Ben
  • 11-14-19

Amazing

Craig Alanson has done it again. Home run with this book, there is happy moments and very sad ones in there but the story is heading in the direction where will will finally get those mystery answers we have been dying for the clues to be revealed. And of course R.C Bray is absolutely fantastic with all the character voices he uses for this series thanks again Bob.

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  • Joe
  • 11-14-19

Book 8 and he's still just repeating himself

seriously were at almost 10 books and he's still barely scratched the surface of the deeper elder lore. I'm starting to feel cheated at this point. next one better do more than just "defeat impossible odds" for the 9th time or I'm done with this Series.