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The elite crew of the pirate ship UNS Flying Dutchman had a simple mission: determining whether the Thuranin are sending another starship to Earth. Along the way, they became sidetracked by securing a future for the UNEF troops on the planet Paradise. When asked whether Earth was now safe, their ancient alien AI responded "Not so much"...now they have to deal with the consequences.

Β©2017 Craig Alanson (P)2017 Podium Publishing

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A Good Middle Story Series Entry

This was a good book and RC Bray's narration was on point once again. The Skippy dilemma continues though as a beer can sized deus ex machina is used a bit much for another book. Luckily, the story is still enjoyable, but I wish this was more star trek and less star wars in the story. I find that I enjoy EF books that are more focused on the merry band on a planet and less on the spec ops side. Both sides are good, but Skippy + Bishop exploring the galaxy are fantastic to listen to.

I would probably have continued through this series if it stayed as that narrative of Joe Bishop alone. The book changed completely as soon as that beer can unlocked that first door. That was a total plottwist. Sadly, without the deus ex beercan, this series wouldn't really continue in any sensible way.

My biggest qualm this book is the freakin' non-ending cliffhanger ending. It feels like this story was either too long or too short for the narrative it was telling. Book 3 suffered from this problem as well, made even worse sense Book 3.5 should've been interwoven into that to make 1 longer-than-normal entry into the series.

Now, time to sit around and wait for book 5, which is a guaranteed pre-order for me.

As always, trust the awesome!

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Love these books

It’s so refreshing to be confident I am going to love a book before I buy it and have it come true. My wife is not following this series, but I am able to play portions for her that I particularly enjoy (such as when skippy introduces his Lord Skippy avatar) and she is instantly involved and wants to continue listening. Definitely recommend (except don’t use a credit on the short 5 hour book “trouble in Paradise” as I don’t think it’s worth it and you don’t miss anything by skipping it.)

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Still fun but losing a bit of luster

Still fun, with great narrator, but the story is losing some steam and the banter is getting stale.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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same story again

getting tired of this story and I really like the previous ones. I think it's just run it's course

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Good listen, but should have been 5 stars

R. C. Bray's performance & Alanson's writing were both great. I don't want to spoil anything, but I didn't like the ending. Obviously there's more to come, and that is great. However, after putting that much time into this boo, to have it end on lackluster scene is depressing.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Not happy with how it ended

I love this series but this book 4 was not up to the mark. It left a lot of questions...i am not talking about ending in a cliff hanger.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Story is dragging out.

I just can't see an end to this story but I do enjoy it. RC Bray is my favorite narrarator and I like this authors creativity but the story is getting repetitive. I will try one more of his books to see if there is any conclusion to the story.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Good Listen

If you read or listened to the previous books you have to listen to this one. It is my least favorite of the collection but still a good listen.

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Listen up Monkey's!

If you love stories about space, pirates, humans-against-the-Universe and genius talking beer cans you'll love this series. This is the 4th book and it continues the series right where it left off in the third. This is one of those books which benefits 100% by being an audible. R.C Bray is just about the best narrator out there and he brings the character of Skippy to life in all his sarcastic, condescending and loveable glory. Sure Skippy is the ultimate Deus ex Machina but in this book the humans also get to shine. Start with book one of course and then after book four you can eagerly await book 5 with the rest of us.

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  • Ted
  • Scottsdale, AZ, United States
  • 11-08-17

not a very good place to stop!

was an awkward ending, I want at least some closure--otherwise it just discourages further reading.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • allan smith
  • 09-28-17

Oh you Bastards!

loved it
you didn't have to do that at the end... WHEN IS THE NEXT BOOK!!!!!!!!

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Simon
  • 09-27-17

Super-Skippy-Just-Fantastic-Expeditionary-Force!

Sit down strap in and get ready for another episode of one of the funniest and most inventive sci-fi series I've come across in a long time. Episode four of Alanson's Expeditionary Force sees Joe Bishop's Merry Band of Pirates careering across the galaxy, staggering from crisis to crisis only to end on another cliffhanger! Yes there will be even more to come after this one!

Earth is once again under threat so The Flying Dutchmen and her crew including Skippy, the sci-fi world's favourite beer can are once again embroiled in Alanson's heady mix of impossible situations, amazing alien politics and of course zany humour. In fact he really does go Spinal Tap on us and dial it up to eleven in this one.

I suspect that sense of humour is also being directed at his narrator here. His text has Maestro Bray doing everything from singing a high-pitched La Marseillaise of all things to a wonderfully credible Chewbacca. Being the trooper he is RC Bray rises to each and every challenge with suitable awesomeness!

I could split hairs over some of the editing including some very repetitive small passages but even I can't spectacularly miss the point of these books by quite that much. They are the Sci-Fi equivalent of a good boozy night down the pub with old friends. Good fun, warmly humorous and thoroughly satisfying until the following morning - when you realise you stayed up waaaay too late listening to it!

13 of 14 people found this review helpful

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  • Gavin
  • 09-30-17

Skippy the Magnificent

Another excellent installment , expertley narrated by RC Bray, believe in "The Awesomeness" of Skippy the Magnificent..

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • sfak107
  • 09-29-17

Trust the awesomeness

Just trust the awesomeness and keep listening to another great story and performance by RC Bray. What will be in the next book......

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  • CNS1995
  • 10-10-17

Incredible! Couldn’t get enough!

This book gets full marks from me! Seriously entertaining! When is the next book due to come out... I can’t wait any longer! Congratulations Craig this series is tremendous, please hurry and publish more audio books in the series.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Christopher
  • 09-28-17

More outstanding work!

Another amazing adventure with Skippy and the merry band of pirates... Cannot wait for the next installment and hope it comes soon we rather than later πŸ˜€

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • 09-28-17

Love it!

Not much to say other then I want more!!! If you liked the last 4 books your going to like this. The whole series is well worth a read if you haven't allready

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Tom
  • 09-28-17

#trust the awesomeness

Some things are certain in life.

Death, taxes and Craig Alanson writing wonderfully fun books.

I feel bad only giving 4*, and really it's 4.5* as I stayed up to 3am last night listening. But after 3 super previous books this one seemed to just slightly lack the originality of the first books. R C Bray is his usually genius self and in Skippy, I think I've found an audio character that will never be topped.

It's just that the jokes are now more comfortably familiar than laugh out loud (though lots of sniggering) and action scenes felt just a little flatter with plot twists even more outrageous. This is of course like criticising Usain Bolt for only running a 9.9s 100m. It's still great by any standards, but not quite the best. So overall great fun and my standout series of 2017 continues to deliver.

Get listening!

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  • Terry in Hull
  • 11-10-17

Easily the best book of the series

I didn't think this saga could continue much longer but this dumb monkey was sorely mistaken. In skippys own words this was simply awesome. I would so much like the merry band of pirates to return very soon

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  • Andrew
  • 11-10-17

How can you do that!

What a way to end the book, this is a really enjoyable series of books.
Joe Bishop and his merry band, bouncing from one disaster to another.
Saving earth the hard way

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • shane.slape
  • 10-03-17

Trust THE AWESOME!

I love this series. I couldn't stop listening. I can't wait for the next book.

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  • Mike
  • 10-20-17

Love it

Been enjoying the series and has only got better
Can’t wait for the next one

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  • James
  • 10-03-17

need more soon, very soon. is it out yet?

need more soon, very soon. is it out yet? why is it not out yet? us dumb monkeys need to bathe in the glow that is skippy

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  • Robert
  • 11-30-17

Is the rumour true?

Tell me its true, that the rumour is true. Skippy is releasing an ablum of his twenty greatest showtunes what he did write, or tweak a bit. I what that album. I need that album, so I can play it the car when I run my teenage daughters to school. RCB, as usual, knocks it out of the park as he does with MM, Arisen, Expeditionary Force.

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  • cathy
  • 11-27-17

One for the boys

Well read and the characters are developing this one is all about the fighting not much interaction between the crew but overall I enjoyed it and will get the next volume

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  • Christopher
  • 11-26-17

Outstanding!

An excellent addition to an already great trilogy. Cannot wait for the next installment, waiting with baited breath.

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  • noel.doney
  • 11-26-17

more bananas!!

c'mon guys! you can't leave us hanging like that. wadda we want? skippy & joe. when do we want them? now! stupid monkeys!

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  • Kimberly Riggs Ruiz
  • 11-20-17

Awesome book!

My only wish is that the reader had done Smyth in a British accent. He did all the other voices so well!

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  • Rob
  • 11-12-17

Wow!! 4 books in 2 weeks!!!!!!!

This is an author that keeps giving and giving. 5th book of the series will be out soon.

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  • Richie
  • 11-01-17

I’m hungry!

I wish I’d discovered this series when it was complete, every book leaves you starving for more ! Great work Craig πŸ˜€