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While the crew of the UN Expeditionary Force's pirate starship Flying Dutchman are enjoying a luxury vacation cruise (not!), UNEF troops are still stranded on an alien-controlled planet. Major Emily Perkins and her team are busy picking up the pieces, and it's not easy, because there is trouble on Paradise....

©2017 Craig Alanson (P)2017 Podium Publishing

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Should have been part of Book 3

Craig Alanson, please don't do this again. Don't take a side story, break it out and charge too much for it. This "book" should have been part of "Paradise." Did I enjoy this entry? Of course. It had RC Bray as narrator and Craig Alanson as its parent. But really, this feels like a wallet-grab. Craig, you have loyal followers. Don't gouge them or they will be less loyal.

As for the story, a nice subplot in the ongoing saga. Not up to the Joe/Skippy narrative, but good nevertheless. Neither Skippy or Joe are in think even. RC Bray is magnificent, as usual. And with this entry we flesh out more of the secondary characters. Perhaps knowing them better will become important in a future installment. I hope so.

Im still a fan. i just wish i didn't feel so dirty.

If you haven't read books 1-3, don't start here. But if you have read them, and you have splurge money, then go ahead.

But this felt like some editor or agent might have said: Take this side story out and repackage it as a standalone. You'll be able to sell it for a quick extra $20. Short-term strategy. Disrespectful to your fans. I'm pissed off that I paid $20+ for this "installment." Maybe $5.95. Really, should have been part of the Paradise book.

And yes, I'll buy the next bull-length installment. I love Col. Joe and Skippy.

476 of 484 people found this review helpful

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Waste of a credit

I've enjoyed the series but this was nothing more than a gimmick. The plot with Joe and Skippy wasn't furthered at all and the book didn't even finish. There were several instances where it seemed the author rushed the story to meet a deadline. Author and publishers owe fans more. I just feel taken advantage of and won't be listening further.

90 of 91 people found this review helpful

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It's not like the others

I loved the other books. This I really did not enjoy the story at all. The author is amazing so I don't want to take way from him but it's not worth the credit

63 of 64 people found this review helpful

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1/2 Book for Full Price... I Felt Cheated

This is a new story arc, so I was barely able to get into it before it ended. While I knew that it was going to be a shortened book, I couldn't believe it when it ended after only 5 hours. I don't mind cliffhangers, but this one felt like it stopped at chapter 3. It felt like I got only 1/2 the book, but paid full price. Really frustrated at that.

223 of 229 people found this review helpful

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Noooooooo

Why was this not part of 3? Used a credit to download and regret it. Ready for book 4

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I paid how much for this?

love the series. love the writer. love the reader.
feel I got screwed with this 5 hour book that I paid way, way to much for.

93 of 96 people found this review helpful

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No Skippy or Bishop

I primarily like this series because of the dynamic interaction between Joe Bishop and the AI, Skippy. Neither made an appearance in this novella. I just couldn't get interested in this minor character backstory.

104 of 109 people found this review helpful

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Boooo!!!

This book could have been summed up in one more chapter in Paradise book 3. Virtually no character development, the two main protagonists are completely missing. Even R.C. Bray ( whom is by far my favorite narrator ) seemed to be bored performing this. Fortunately he was the only thing that saved this book from being an epic fail. Full price for basically a side story seems like nothing more than a money grab.

31 of 32 people found this review helpful

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no Bishop, no Skippy.

narrator great. book was short and expensive. no Skippy no Bishop. Just lacking. I'm bummed.

83 of 88 people found this review helpful

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Short story not a book

I love the story, disappointed this wasn't part of book 3. It should have been, felt too rushed and incomplete. One aspect of the series I enjoy, it makes me think (folding time space) I can see a story developing around Skippy where he could be anything from just an AI to a sentinel to an Elder's consciousness. Wonderful possibilities. While the story of Paradise needed told, it should have been part of book 3.

81 of 86 people found this review helpful

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  • Steve
  • 07-31-17

Short, and no Skippy??? What?

I know this is only book 3.5, but it still cost 1 credit and for that it's way too short. Great story and reading performance as usual, but no Skippy... that means 75% of the humour was missing. I assume the next half book will be free?

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Tony
  • 07-11-17

3.5

This seem to me just to be a way to get even more money, calling a 3.5 just seem to be a bit of a rip off, with a price tag of £25 for a book that only last 5hrs seem a bit much.
That been said it was not a bad book and I only hope the next one will pick up form where this book stops.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Rockgoby
  • 07-10-17

A So-So Escapade

Any additional comments?

The first three books are great; but let’s be honest, Expeditionary Force really is the ‘Skippy & Joe Show’. Without our protagonist duo, we are left following the shenanigans of the those stranded on the planet called Paradise. Although there is humour here, this tale felt rather flat without any Skippy & Joe interludes. I’m sure many die-hard fans will enjoy this escapade but for me it was just a little – how would Skippy put it? Meh?

18 of 20 people found this review helpful

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  • Neil Dorrington
  • 07-12-17

Disappointed

Disappointed that the book has been split into two just to make more money. Very short book for the money!

Disappointed there's no Skippy!

Disappointing and quite boring!!

15 of 18 people found this review helpful

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  • Simon
  • 07-04-17

A Decent Filler.

This is a decent interlude between books 3 and 4 of the series. While Skippy the Magnificent fans from around the globe eagerly await his and Joe Bishop’s return to their most amusing sparring we are treated to some military sci-fi based back on Paradise. Robbed of its dynamic duo it’s fair to say that the story loses a little of its lustre but it’s still a good read and there is some great action and adventure still to be had. The humans on Paradise are not united with UNEF’s efforts to impress the Ruhar being undermined by the Keepers and of course living in constant threat of attack. The Ruhar don’t like or trust the humans and so UNEF is fighting a constant battle for credibility and ultimately survival.

There is still some humour of course, it’s not all action and UNEF soldiers teaching a young Ruhar cadet some of the subtleties of human body language did make me laugh out loud. Yes, it’s not big or clever but since when did that matter? The narration is by RC Bray and unless you’ve somehow never heard him before then you’ll know what that means. Should you be in that group of poor unfortunates who haven’t heard him yet then you are in for a treat . . . but take the series in order as this will lose an awful lot as a stand-alone.

So, a good short(ish) interlude that whets the appetite for Black Ops. The lack of Skippy and Joe means it doesn’t hit quite the same high notes as the other books in the series but I wouldn’t miss it out on that basis.

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  • Gunnar
  • 10-17-17

Expensive

The price is to high!. but it is a good book. I will start with the next book in the serie immediately.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Tim
  • 08-22-17

Short story

Good pefcormance as usual, however very short. Usual 16 hours reduced to 5, not worth the money

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  • Ryan
  • 08-20-17

Not too impressed this time

I quite enjoyed these books until now. I didn't find this one engaged me, and didn't really feel like it was worthy of being a book in itself.

I usually end up listening to books a couple of times but I doubt I'll e returning to this one.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • ryan
  • 07-19-17

great story

Iv bought every book as soon as it comes out hooked.

this book was a bit on the expensive side for all the length of it. really should have been half the price.

7 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Jim B.
  • 07-13-17

Good even without Skippy.

A good story. Very glad RC Bray still narrating. Audible, do not change narrator ever!

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Kris
  • 09-09-17

Like book not price

I love the story in this series but really disappointed with Audible Australia. Everything is the same price and this is half a book at full price. Give us some discounts for shorter books and for heavy users of audible Australia.

22 of 23 people found this review helpful

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  • Lachlan
  • 07-17-17

Wheres the rest of it?

Great story great performance as always.
I did not realize i was getting just half a book, and i cannot recommend buying it for only 5 hours of entertainment.

17 of 18 people found this review helpful

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  • Andrew Haughan
  • 11-13-17

Good book but should be cheaper as half a book

I really love this series but I would have liked to see some kind of discount for this instalment as it less than half the normal length of the main books for the same price. Was a good seaway from the main series and good to get to know some other characters more deeply.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Frank
  • 09-03-17

There should have been more!

the storyline continues and ends way to soon. was just getting into it and then it was finished. the first three books were excellent both in terms of the story and value for money. This one was a bit of a let down in the value department.

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  • Liz
  • 07-18-17

great can't wait for the next book

its a shame that it was so short i would of been more than happy to listen to a few more hours on the adventures of unef and durk..

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • kris
  • 08-30-17

Too short

Can't get enough of the ex force novels. This is a great little side story the keep you going until the 4th audio book is out.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Jess
  • 08-05-17

It's worth it.

At first I was unsure at buying a shorter story but Trouble on Paradise is a great little story with some great character development. This story is worth a read. As always the narrator is fantastic.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-04-18

If Only They Had The Awesomeness

great book, only thing missing was Joe and Skippy. I understand though and enjoyed the book anyway.
RC Bray! what a Naration! as always he is outstanding!

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  • Harry Giannakoudakis
  • 08-06-18

Great extension to book 3!

Great book and a fantastic extension to books 3. However this smaller book was over priced compared to the main books of this story.

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  • Leo
  • 07-02-18

great book

great story to listen to while waiting for next book, but pricey for a book this length.