• Fallout

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 13
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 22 hrs and 29 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (21,150 ratings)

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By: Craig Alanson
Narrated by: R.C. Bray
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The Expeditionary Force saga continues with Fallout, the eagerly awaited sequel to number one Audible-ranked and New York Times best-selling Breakaway, from an epic sci-fi writer at the top of his game. Join the millions of listeners who have enjoyed R.C. Bray’s hilarious portrayal of Joe, Skippy, the Merry Band of Pirates, and so many other unforgettable characters.

The problem with lying about having a super weapon is that the bad guys might believe they have nothing to lose by doing something stupid that both sides will regret. Or, they might just call your bluff. Either way, the Merry Band of Pirates need a plan to deal with the Fallout.

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How much more epic can this get???

I probably need a full month to just process everything I read. I am impatient. I can't read a book of this series (or the Dresden Files series if we are being honest) and do it in a normal fashion where I only read a little bit at the time. For one, I am too invested in the story, for another, the fast pace and non-stop action make it hard for me to encounter a natural breaking point (chapters? what are those?). So what did I do? I took the entire day off, cooked, walked, shouted, then sadly washed the dishes, as I listened to RC Bray's spectacular narration and immersed myself in the book.
However long it takes me to do a full analysis and update all of my theories about what the heck is going on and how it's going to end, I need to share how amazing this book NOW!
Seriously, it's that good. Like, you'd think after 13 books the whole "new crisis, despair, inventive solution + space battles and a few dirtside adventures" formula would get old, but dude, it doesn't! The cast of characters grows with each book and it makes it all the more interesting.
I can't go into spoilers (which sucks because I very much want to go into detailed spoilers of everything so I can explain very clearly why this book was worth the binge) but I'll say this: I like that in this one it's not about outsmarting someone but continuing to fix mistakes and I do like that we are slowly getting more hints about the whole thing. I can't wait to get book 14 and get some explanation for that ending so be advised, this one ends in a cliffhanger and it's not a small one.
Non spoilery thoughts go like this:
- good adventure
- extremely entertaining hijinks
- few hints, more questions
- excellent narration (as if it isn't obvious)
- Bilby is still a cool dude
- I wanted more Joe and Margaret
- I kinda missed Nagatha
- The Ethics and Compliance Office is still awesome
- I liked getting more insight into the spiders and kitties


Tl;dr: It's a great new addtion to the overall series, I thoroughly enjoyed it 5/5⭐

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Those ship's names........😂🤩

I actually feel disappointed that the Jeraptha are a fictional race of aliens.😞
I don't know how Craig Alanson dreamed up the fleet names for the Jeraptha ships; I laugh every time I hear a new one.
Also, Scorandum and Kinsta are hilarious. Some of the best dialogue in the Expeditionary Force books is between the Ethics and Compliance officers.
I hope C.A. does a spin-off series with this sketchy group of characters. It would be amazing 🤩

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Annoyed

This book like the last two has what feels like more and more filler. This book didn’t pick up with the mail story until almost halfway through the book. Just useless ‘fluff’ until the pirates depart. I honestly don’t know if I’m gonna pick up the next books or not.

It seems to me that CA stretched more books out for a few more bucks.

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Ending is same as a previous book in series

This book has the exact same ending as a previous book in the series. A few details are different but overall EXACTLY the same, and the fact that it doesn’t bother explaining anything about how it happens is annoying.

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Predictable from beginning to end

Saw the ending coming from a mile away; the characters really haven’t changed at all. It’s 13 books, the first book was roughly a year worth of time, the second was about 1-2 years, by now Joe is more than likely in his mid to late 30s. Tired of his insecurities of a young 20 year old. Story overall has less filler, but still has plenty of the same old useless character building that has happened in the last 12 books. Honestly, I feel like I could have skipped the previous books and just picked up this book and not be lost at all because there is so many references to the previous books: it gets old fast. What did book 13 do right though? Battles, plenty of awesome space battles between the spiders and kitties. The whole UN command structure thing gets annoying too; I’m surprised skippy hasn’t exposed all their “child-loving” ways to the rest of the world, and have Joe grow a pair and take command and not listen to worthless bureaucrats. Final thought: I’m happy that we can finally get through the BS of having to save Earth every book and maybe we might get a strong book 14, and not just Skippy and Joe doing “oh, no! Problem…,” “we need to fix it since we caused it and didn’t foresee it,” “we can’t fix it because joe’s got SDE (first word is small, last word is energy, you can fill in the blank) and isn’t good enough,” “look we fixed it because plot calls for it” over and over again. I love the lore, and the universe is rich, and Craig has been really using it to his advantage in the recent books and that is what keeps me reading, but I seriously thought about not finishing the book after the first few hours because I already saw where the book was heading.

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the series is dead. this book is awful

The original story line that made expeditionary force so great is no longer here at all. Skippy isn't even in the first five chapters. I couldn't get past the fifth chapter. terrible story....not even a story. it's just random events as part of a war with little to no context even if you just read the last book.

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TNG references

Sword of Darmok and spear of Jalad at Tanagra… Thank you…just thank you. Temba his arms wide for more expeditionary force

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Another home run

13 books in and I’m still not bored. General Joe and Skippy are still at it and dealing with the law of unintended consequences. Alanson’s writing and Bray’s voices are a perfect match. Hopefully Netflix picks this up for live action. I’d definitely watch.

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RC and Craig did it again

Good storyline great narration yet again. All my favorite aliens are back. RC and Craig came through with another wonderful installment.

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excellent

RC Brey killed it again! finally getting some questions answered in this book. if you've made it this far in the series you won't be disappointed.

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  • Mohamed Alibi
  • 12-11-21

Good but so much time wasted in useless stories

So the book as all the other books is amazing. The author clearly lissen to the readers and adapts his books accordingly. Very well done. But also he is still has this attachment to the marvricks and their story line evn when it was not too much of success and no it kind of murged in the main story that with totally honesty not so many readers are interested in. The first part of the book was bad, bad enough for me to skip chapters just to ignore it and not even care what happened then. And then it got a bit dull but alright as it was main story line. The last 6 to 8 hours are gold, gold as in what the older books used to be the good jucy action and evens that made this series a success. Please make your next book the whole book like that. So much to cover, so much going on, and so much I am afraid won't be written about in the very few books left in the serie. Please revise your priorities here and only write about what is really important. Thanks for the great story

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  • Dustyfox
  • 12-13-21

Brilliant

Thought I’d just listen to a couple of hours…ended up doing the whole book in a day and a half best one yet.

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  • S. Morris
  • 01-09-22

Simply Brilliant

Alanson has done it again and in such style! Fall Out, Expeditionary Force book 13 has to be one of his best. There is nothing here I didn't enjoy. it's hard to write reviews of these books as, for the most part, they are simply brilliant. There really isn't too much I can add. Anyone who is familiar with this series will know what I mean. To anyone that might be dipping into this review, not being familiar with this series, then I'd urge you to go right back to the first book in this series, Columbus Day, and start reading what must be one of the most exciting and well written science fiction stories I've ever had the pleasure to read.

R.C bray,as ever, does a superb job reading this story, although I have to point out that I do think he slipped up slightly in consistency of one minor character's voice. The rather nervous soldier, Kowalski. Initially he is rendered as a bit of a timid type character, as was written, but his voice changes to a deep, confident one that sounds more like the Marine commander in the scene. A rare and forgivable error, given Bray's otherwise immaculate record.

Not entirely sure where the series can, or will, go after this. I'm sure the ever inventive Alanson will develop the story further. Bray's narration combined with Alanson's brilliant writing is a potent mix of narrative story telling that is exciting to listen to in a way that most modern movies simply cannot match.

No more needs to be said, get it!

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  • MR
  • 04-21-22

Great again!

Alanson tees them up and Bray knocks them out of the park.
At this point in the series, 13 books in and all over 15hrs, this should be getting a bit samey. it's still fresh, it's still good and it's still entertaining as hell. Roll on #14

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  • scott
  • 01-23-22

Love these books but

I love these books, this one is an important part of the story but 14 hours of nothing happening then the story is forced in to the last 1 hour

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  • linda
  • 12-20-21

Simply excellent

I never leave a review but after 13 books in the series I had to, excellent

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 08-29-22

Amazing book

Thought this series couldn’t get any better, boy was I wrong. Great flowing story with a cliff hanger ending. The characters continue to grow and the awesomeness of skippy should never be doubted!

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  • Nicola Tomlinson
  • 04-08-22

Fantastic as always a real treat.

The only problem with the book was that it ended, R C Bray is amazing as always he really brings the books to life.

The last third of the book was some of the best of the series, I can't wait until June for the next book in the series.

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  • David
  • 03-03-22

What a great 'read'!

I have never enjoyed an audiobook more than this! To be honest, though, I said that about each of the previous books in the series too. I'm really looking forward to book 14!

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  • Ryan Lewis
  • 12-21-21

Excellent series

This is a excellent series with a great performance. The Only bad thing about each book is that they come to an end… Can’t wait until the next one!

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  • Richard McKenna
  • 01-15-22

good but

I'm looking forward to this series to end. there really is only two other pathways this story line can take and it's being dragged out a bit. good series but could have been about 8 books shorter

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 01-10-22

trust the awesomness

can't wait for the next book in what is most probably the best scifi space opera I have read in decades. The first in the series will seem slow until the awesomeness makes an appearance. Then hold on for a rip rollicking story of high stakes snarkyness, insults and WWJBD. Read it and find out.

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  • Barry
  • 01-06-22

this just keeps getting better !

the stakes get higher and more extreme and the results even better than before. I can't wait to re-listen and get the subtle layer having just been dragged through the racing narrative.

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  • Joshua Crawford
  • 10-25-22

waffling garbage

this is one of my favourite series but they could condense into like 20% of what they do. He must get paid per word because it is getting much worse

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  • Matthew
  • 10-21-22

Thrilling till the end

The story just keeps you on the edge of your seat. I kept checking how much time was left thinking what else could happen. well worth the listen 5/5 performance and story.

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  • Greg
  • 10-03-22

Better and better!

I don’t know where he gets his crazy schemes from for the books but damn it’s awesome!

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  • Joanne
  • 09-10-22

Excellent

Enjoyed the different story lines. . . . . . . . . . .,

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  • Julie
  • 09-04-22

Brilliant

Brilliant book. Love this series and the narrator is hilarious and really makes the story pop and come to life.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-27-22

Simply brilliant!

The continuing story of the Merry Band of Pirates does not disappoint! RC Bray is outstanding and is one of best voice actors you will ever hear!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-11-22

same same

boring, the aliens seem to get dumber in every book I'm done with it