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The remnants of the Expeditionary Force stranded on the alien-controlled planet "Paradise" get a chance to prove themselves, in a simple off-world training mission with a ship full of teenage alien cadets. When the mission goes horribly wrong and the survival of everyone on Paradise is at risk, the Merry Band of Pirates may have to come to the rescue. Unless they get killed first....

©2018 Craig Alanson (P)2018 Podium Publishing

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A change of pace

I'm enjoying the main storyline, a bit disappointed the first half of this one followed the other set of characters. I feel this could have been blended better.. this probably should have been done over the previous books.

I was laughing so hard I cried in parts... However, I personally found the first 1/2 of the book very boring.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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    4 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars

Enjoy the authors work, but not this story

More than half the book doesn’t follow the joe or Dutch when it does the author insist on putting you through a comedy routine and insisting that it’s fun.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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    3 out of 5 stars
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A solid B

Lost some of its class, a bit too comfortable with the redneck jokey form. But still keen to know what happens next.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars
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Great

Another fast action packed joy to read. The merry band of pirates are up to their necks in trouble again.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars
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outstanding

Alanson has knocked out of the park once again! R.C Bray killed it as to be expected. highly recommended and can't wait for the next book!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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    4 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars

the book is spilt into two parts

one half is about paradise and the team that dug up the cannons the other is about the merry band of pirates and how they react to the teams decisions

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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    4 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars

Not as good as the others.

This one fell flat for me. There was no big daring mission involving Skippy hijinks which was disappointing.

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Fantastic.

Awesome story all round. Great believable characters, sometimes I can't help laughing. Can't wait for the next installment.

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great effort great result!

and yet another truly great piece of literature created by Craig alanson and RC Bray narration's once again proves to be amazing!

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars

Regrounding the Series

After all the shenanigans, the merry band of pirates had become a sort of untouchable clown crew that lost touch with the origin of the series. All the same chemistry is around, and a lot of the older events are tied back in.

It's all stale though. Everyone is locked to their assigned roles, plodding along small scale issues. You catch glimpses of the bigger galactic community, but not much to matter.

It's in the same place Animorphs was in back in 2001. Series needs a kick up the ass, like Joe dying.

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  • Jono
  • 10-07-18

A change of pace

I'm enjoying the main storyline, a bit disappointed the first half of this one followed the other set of characters. I feel this could have been blended better.. this probably should have been done over the previous books.

I was laughing so hard I cried in parts... However, I personally found the first 1/2 of the book very boring.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Anonymous User
  • 10-05-18

Enjoy the authors work, but not this story

More than half the book doesn’t follow the joe or Dutch when it does the author insist on putting you through a comedy routine and insisting that it’s fun.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
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    2 out of 5 stars
  • Christopher Edwards
  • 10-08-18

A solid B

Lost some of its class, a bit too comfortable with the redneck jokey form. But still keen to know what happens next.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • shane.slape
  • 10-01-18

Great

Another fast action packed joy to read. The merry band of pirates are up to their necks in trouble again.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Anonymous User
  • 09-30-18

outstanding

Alanson has knocked out of the park once again! R.C Bray killed it as to be expected. highly recommended and can't wait for the next book!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
  • scott
  • 09-27-18

the book is spilt into two parts

one half is about paradise and the team that dug up the cannons the other is about the merry band of pirates and how they react to the teams decisions

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Christopher
  • 10-16-18

Not as good as the others.

This one fell flat for me. There was no big daring mission involving Skippy hijinks which was disappointing.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Anonymous User
  • 10-16-18

Fantastic.

Awesome story all round. Great believable characters, sometimes I can't help laughing. Can't wait for the next installment.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Ben Allwood
  • 10-15-18

great effort great result!

and yet another truly great piece of literature created by Craig alanson and RC Bray narration's once again proves to be amazing!

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Jarryd
  • 10-15-18

Regrounding the Series

After all the shenanigans, the merry band of pirates had become a sort of untouchable clown crew that lost touch with the origin of the series. All the same chemistry is around, and a lot of the older events are tied back in.

It's all stale though. Everyone is locked to their assigned roles, plodding along small scale issues. You catch glimpses of the bigger galactic community, but not much to matter.

It's in the same place Animorphs was in back in 2001. Series needs a kick up the ass, like Joe dying.

Sort by:
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Jono
  • 10-07-18

A change of pace

I'm enjoying the main storyline, a bit disappointed the first half of this one followed the other set of characters. I feel this could have been blended better.. this probably should have been done over the previous books.

I was laughing so hard I cried in parts... However, I personally found the first 1/2 of the book very boring.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Anonymous User
  • 10-05-18

Enjoy the authors work, but not this story

More than half the book doesn’t follow the joe or Dutch when it does the author insist on putting you through a comedy routine and insisting that it’s fun.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Christopher Edwards
  • 10-08-18

A solid B

Lost some of its class, a bit too comfortable with the redneck jokey form. But still keen to know what happens next.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • shane.slape
  • 10-01-18

Great

Another fast action packed joy to read. The merry band of pirates are up to their necks in trouble again.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Anonymous User
  • 09-30-18

outstanding

Alanson has knocked out of the park once again! R.C Bray killed it as to be expected. highly recommended and can't wait for the next book!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
  • scott
  • 09-27-18

the book is spilt into two parts

one half is about paradise and the team that dug up the cannons the other is about the merry band of pirates and how they react to the teams decisions

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Christopher
  • 10-16-18

Not as good as the others.

This one fell flat for me. There was no big daring mission involving Skippy hijinks which was disappointing.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Anonymous User
  • 10-16-18

Fantastic.

Awesome story all round. Great believable characters, sometimes I can't help laughing. Can't wait for the next installment.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Ben Allwood
  • 10-15-18

great effort great result!

and yet another truly great piece of literature created by Craig alanson and RC Bray narration's once again proves to be amazing!

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Jarryd
  • 10-15-18

Regrounding the Series

After all the shenanigans, the merry band of pirates had become a sort of untouchable clown crew that lost touch with the origin of the series. All the same chemistry is around, and a lot of the older events are tied back in.

It's all stale though. Everyone is locked to their assigned roles, plodding along small scale issues. You catch glimpses of the bigger galactic community, but not much to matter.

It's in the same place Animorphs was in back in 2001. Series needs a kick up the ass, like Joe dying.