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While the crew of the starship Flying Dutchman have been trying to assure people that hostile aliens do not have access to Earth, the UN Expeditionary Force has been stranded on the planet they nicknamed "Paradise". The Flying Dutchman is headed back out on another mission, and the UN wants the ship to find out the status of the humans on Paradise. But Colonel Joe Bishop warns that they might not like what they find, and they can't do anything about it without endangering Earth.

©2016 Craig Alanson (P)2017 Podium Publishing

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Slowing down but still great

This series is full of laughs and Joe and Skippy share an entertaining relationship but it may be time to come up some new dynamics for the two. Grrr Joe how did you out smart me again is getting a little old.

63 of 67 people found this review helpful

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running out of ideas...

Loved book 1, book 2 seemed long winded but still had me and this book leaves me wondering if this saga is done with me. I enjoy skippy but he has become very meh... same old same old and Bishop's interactions with him have become underwhelming. Perhaps some more drama between the two...? Idk... I guess I want more elders... or introduce the superior species.

Performance is in my opinion the best around. I Really enjoy Bray's work. He brings characters to life.

I'm a fan of both Alanson and Bray. But book 1 is still the best by far.

50 of 53 people found this review helpful

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  • W. Brooks
  • Seattle, WA United States
  • 05-28-17

These books are so much fun

Let me just get it out there. I'd read anything that had Skippy and Col. Joe at the heart. Their relationship grows in this installment, but the humor and wit are still at its core.
The story picks up where book 2 ended. There's a brief period back on earth, but the real begins once the Flying Dutchman is back in space.
This plot has some good twists and turns, but in the end the plot is just the way that we get to ride along with Skippy and Joe. And what a fun ride it is.

And the end sets up book 4.

Finally, RC Bray is absolutely perfect for this book. He's an awesome reader. He gives each character unique, memorable voices. But it is more than that. RC captures the essence of the story. He didn't miss a beat. I don't know if the book would be as good as it is without his talent at telling the story.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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R C Bray never disappoints.

the overall story was a 3.5 stars for me. There is a good bit of action, some interesting and unique scenarios, but the dialogue between Skippy and Joe gets a little old. It just follows the same and repetitive formula; There's a sticky situation, Skippy the super duper artificial intelligence can't find a solution, Joe a monkey brain human comes up with a clever solution, Skippy hates himself and bemoans his existence. repeat this 1000 times and you have a book. That said the banter and scenarios are interesting, the characters are fun, and I found the book to just be a great listen in the background while doing other things.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Great writing and reading

I have been waiting for this third book and it didn't disappoint! I have loved this whole series so far. Many times I literally laughed out loud.

Best Sci-Fi trilogy I have heard to date and the reading and interactions between characters are done to perfection! Bravo

24 of 27 people found this review helpful

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This is a bridge Novel

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

While the reading by R.C.Bray was excellent, I can't say that I enjoyed this story as I had enjoyed the first two books in the series. It bounces about from Paradise to Joe, To Paradise to Joe every few minutes. The first 5 hours was a chore to get through.

Has Paradise turned you off from other books in this genre?

Not at all. All series sometimes takes you in directions, or just seem to stall on certain events as the author gets his bearings.

Any additional comments?

I don't want to give away anything here, and I certainly do encourage readers to give this series serious consideration, but Alanson could have made this into a shorter story, and I hope the next book in the series will not stall out and become so repetitious as this one was.

30 of 34 people found this review helpful

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Better than Book 2

I wrote a review for Book 2 of the Expeditionary Force that basically said it was terrible, and that I hoped Book 3 would be better. I don't know why I bought this book, to be honest. I had low expectations. But I did buy it, and listened to it. My expectations were slightly exceeded.

First, R.C. Bray is excellent. I think that's a given at this point, but I'm still perfectly happy to listen to him for long periods of time.

Otherwise, this one was better than the second Expeditionary Force book, but not drastically so. Alanson still repeats the same jokes over and over. His problem solving usually involves introducing solutions that are impossible according to modern physics, and then uses hand-waving/"you monkeys aren't smart enough" to explain why it worked. It's poorly done science fiction by any measure. And his books feel too long, as if he is purposefully adding material to extend the length of the novels.

I think three stars is accurate for an overall score, with the performance being what keeps bringing me back.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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amazing narrator

This book had one of the most amazing narrators I have heard for an audiobook that's far.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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the awesome awesomeness of Skippy!

There was action right up up until the end! I thought this was the end of the series so was disappointed in the ending, but no, there will be more. Thank goodness!

These are books you don't want to put down, you don't want to go to work or to sleep, just so you can keep listening. There are brave deeds done by humans, dastardly deeds done by aliens, and then there's Skippy. It's rare to laugh out loud in a Sci-fi book, but there is honest-to-goodness humor here! And RC Bray delivers it so well, you really do forget you are listening to a book--you think you are there with Joe. Thank goodness Skippy is on our side, or humans would be sunk. Even with all Joe's inventiveness, the humans could never have gotten anywhere without Skippy. It doesn't even seem contrived, that's how good the writing is.

The dynamic between Joe and Skippy is good. Some of the angles may be sliding into becoming tropes, but it's so well done, it's okay. Joe keeps thinking up schemes and plans that a super AI never could. And Craig Alanson thinks up new problems and solutions that most of us never could. It's astounding!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Repetitive

Narrator and story are great. I absolutely loved the first book and immediately bought the second because of it. The second was a bit too much arguing between Joe and Skippy and what seemed (in my opinion) to be a lot of added filler that did very little for the story. Because of this I was fairly hesitant to listen to the third but I really wanted to know what happens and unfortunately it is quite similar to the second book.

I did enjoy how the book jumped to different perspectives of characters and even alien races however, I feel as though it was just filler for very mild plot influences. still way too much Skippy and Joe arguing about predictable crap that could be reduced quite a bit so the author could add more to the story. it's makes you want to scream get to the point several times

I was really hoping the author would reach a point of the elders/Skippy making some headway. instead the whole book seemed to come to a disappointing end and a cliff hanger that doesn't really entice me to want to listen further. I really like the story I just wish there was as much action as there is talking/arguing.


I just finished the first book of the Fear the Sky saga which is a kind of similar story line (minus the space travel) but I enjoyed that book much more and recommend it.

28 of 33 people found this review helpful

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  • stewart
  • 05-23-17

its skippy time

Would you consider the audio edition of Paradise to be better than the print version?

Craig Alanson is the master of sarcasm especially when its delivered by R C Bray, this is the third in a series which just gets better and better, the story keeps you going but its the interaction between Col Joe and his omnipotent little beer can is superb and when delivered with R C Brays dulcet tones brings everything to life.

Who was your favorite character and why?

has to be Skippy the magnificent, no other character can be so sarcastic yet with a roguish quality.

What about R.C. Bray’s performance did you like?

i have listened to a lot of R C Brays work and this narrator is the best.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

how can you get moved by a beer can calling you a dumb monkey all the time lol

Any additional comments?

superb work by craig and R C dont keep us waiting for the other books.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • AdmiredLuke
  • 05-29-17

Amazing listen

Being the third book in the series I was worried that the humour would start to get old. It's safe to say that this is not the case. Love listening to Skippy and the crew and can't wait for the next book in the series. Keep up the amazing work.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Simon
  • 05-25-17

Skippy De Doo Da!

My oh my what a wonderful book. These are just such great fun. Powered by the thoroughbred that is RC Bray there are likeable characters, plenty of action and actually some reasonably clever popcorn sci-fi ideas.

Of course there is also Skippy the vastly intelligent alien AI beer can through which most of the delicious humour is delivered. Highlights in this one include him giving Joe some "live" relationship advice and a little fashion parade including a false moustache which had me genuinely laughing out loud.

At some point I have to believe that this might start to seem repetitive . . . no sign of it yet though!

9 of 12 people found this review helpful

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  • mike
  • 02-06-18

good read

well read & fun, interesting plot line. overall a good series of stories so far & I have already brought the next 2 books in the series.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • SCW
  • 07-06-17

The amazing Skippy

Amazing again, when is book 4 ready? cannot wait and it cannot be left like that. Brilliant characters made me laugh out loud, people thought I was mad!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Big G
  • 06-27-17

Unexpected good

Wouldn't have been a series I'd have gone for but it came up and I'm so glad I've listened to the whole series. RC Bray brings the story and the characters to life. Col Jo and Skippy TM should be up there with Kirk/Spock and Luke/C3PO. Funniest sci-fi I've read. Ever.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Smudger444
  • 06-25-17

A Fitting End. not quite.

This was another great addition to the series. you think its all over. well think again.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Olivier
  • 06-22-17

an alright space opera story

the constant repetitive smack talk from the elder AI spoils an otherwise relatively entertaining story.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • S. J. ATTWOOD
  • 06-16-17

Once more into the breach go the Merry Band !

The continuing adventures Col Joe and Skippy beating the odds with audacious schemes and Skippy magic.
Thoroughly entertaining with many laugh out loud on the train moments and tales of daring do on the high areas of the Galaxy. ..
can't wait for the next instalment! !!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • James
  • 06-11-17

Even a stinky monkey can be clever. If not genius.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes from R C Bray`s great delivery to the writer`s character driven story line. Makes this another great addition to the sci-fi genre. I have recommended this to dear friends I believe would appreciate the pop culture and story driver narrative.

What did you like best about this story?

The character interaction and personalities are well rounded and lend themselves to the story. The verbal comedy is fluid and well scripted.

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

He does "Skippy" like no one else could and pulls it off brilliantly!!

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

I fought for my right to listen to audio books whilst at work and great books and delivery like this vindicate my conviction.Even if my colleges just don`t get the audio book buzz.But all they care about is golf and football. Good luck with that.

Any additional comments?

I found this series through the narrator rather than the author. Just shows the power of a great voice actor on the right story can drawn fans to new authors. The writing deserves credit for a top notch story to. Loved every adventure minute of it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-30-18

Invested in the universe, not so much the story

great narration, but the story seemed to revisit the same plot elements so many times. there's only so many times that the cycle of "problem Skippy can't solve, Joe finds solution, Skippy uses solution", and also "Joe has problem, Skippy reveals easy solution that nobody knows about"

overall enjoyed the book, but it got a bit frustrating when you start to be able to predict how all the problem solving will go, especially when all those solutions end up never working again for reasons that sorta get hand waved away.

overall it's alright, but I'm not sure if I will continue with the series

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-29-17

This is one of the best books I've read/listened to for a long time

And Skippy the beer can is what makes it so good. He is such an 'arsehole' you can't help but love him.
Like so many other people, I don't know how I'm going to make until the next audible book is out. I don't want to spoil it by reading the book.
R.J. Bray's reading of the book is amazing. Thank you. I almost believed everyone was real!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-11-17

save yourself some money - read book 1 three times

The first book was good but since then the plot development has been crowded out by the formulaic rehashing of previous scenarios.
One of the reasons I bought into this series is that it was described as a trilogy which normally demands some tight story telling in the final volume but this seems to be trying to reinvent itself as a never ending sitcom series.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-05-18

Still pretty good despite the magical macguffin

Was never a fan of the abrupt switch halfway through book 1 from excellent tale of the trials and tribulations of humanity to suddenly segue into a comedy starring an omnipotent macguffin that can do anything. Despite that, the series continues to continue along with gusto amd RC Bray is just a phenomenal narrator. I no longer search audible by author or genre, I search for RC Bray - he is just that good.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-21-18

Same good story

I’m really enjoying this series. Yes, Skippy being forgetful about simple things gets a bit eye-rolly at times, but there’s obviously going to be an explanation and I just have to find out what it is!

I’ll be buying the next book ASAP.

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  • Kate
  • 09-11-18

captivating

absolutely captivating story, brought to life by the amazing voice of R.C Bray. Can't wait for the next book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-06-18

good

great story. I thoroughly enjoy it but I think a bit repetitive in the vocabulary.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-04-18

Enjoying this greatly

Very enjoyable read, good pace and humor. Narrator is absolutely awesome and turns this into an impressively immersive experience! Very glad there are a few more left in the series.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-03-18

Trust the Awesomeness

Not enough Dutchman activity, other then that, a very good book.
R.C Bray Awesome as always, I could listern to that guy tell me I had 3 days to live and I wouldn't even care!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-13-18

Resounding thumbs up.

Loved the book. Great characters with humorous narration. Recommended to any Sci-fi or military fan.