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Publisher's Summary

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.

29 of 31 people found this review helpful

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  • -A
  • 08-06-17

Serious lack of story progression.

Nothing new and interesting in this book. The author should have expanded more on the elders and higher order species... Boring rehash of prior books.

7 of 7 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.

23 of 25 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.

14 of 15 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

22 of 25 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.

22 of 26 people found this review helpful

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how many times can an author reheat leftovers?

Apparently, many. And in the same book. I liked the first book, bought the next two with hopes of improved writing from a new author. I was disappointed.

3 of 3 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.

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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!

3 of 3 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.

3 of 3 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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  • Graham
  • 06-17-17

Fun and enjoyable

Ive just listened to all three of the books on the trot. Found myself chortling and with a smile on my face for 40 hours, I really am going to stop reading negative reviews on Audible. This was everything I wanted in a series of novels pure funny escapism. And there is a fourth novel in paper or kindle form, hopefully to be on audible? Do I wait or get the kindle version? Mmm

2 of 2 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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  • Olivier
  • 06-22-17

an alright space opera story

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

4 of 5 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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  • 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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  • Jean Claude Ard Van Pierre
  • 06-29-17

Much better this time around!

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

Joe, as always ;)

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed this book much more than the previous two, less of Skippy calling everyone Monkey's every third word, lots of action, a better plot with the story taking place in two locations. Not sure what the point of Count Chocula was in this book as he didn't have much of an impact but aside from that I was engrossed in this. Plus a cliffhanger? :(

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.

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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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  • david
  • 06-20-17

a good listen as I expected

I did enjoy his book but it is starting to be a little respective but only just.

1 of 1 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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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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!

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  • Ian
  • 11-21-17

loved it

please inform me why i am not recieving credits for books purched? i have bought quite a few and the free credits have for some reason stopped

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  • Luke Fisher
  • 11-16-17

Awesome book series

looking forward to the next book, need more Skippy in my life. great new story

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-16-17

paradise

keeps moving loved it story is absorbing excellent narrative makes it easy to listen to

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  • michael
  • 09-29-17

found another terrific series

wot can I say.....
R.C Bray as always is a star at telling stories...
not sure if the writers request him or not but if they do that just means your intelligent..
Well done to narrator and writer for a job well done.

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  • Dylan
  • 09-14-17

So Good!!!<br />Please R.C Bray keep making these 😀<br />

a b c D e f g h I j K l m n o p

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-29-17

Awesome!

Awesome story! Wonderful characters and plot! So much fun to follow! Series is well worth it!

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  • Matthew
  • 08-20-17

Another in the excellent Expeditionary Force series - but lacks some compared to the last two

While I still enjoyed this book in the series - the story line fees more forced by things that cannot be done that were done in the previous two books. If this finished the series I would have been more happy with it.

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  • James Mifsud
  • 08-20-17

Sir lord awesomeness the second

Like every other book in Craig Alanson's library, Paradise is able to grab you from the beginning and pull you along the whole book with little to no soft story lag.

If you enjoy good ol Sci-Fi and a laugh you'll enjoy the whole Expeditionary Force series.

Also R.C Bray nails the narrative as well, very enjoyable..