We were fighting on the wrong side of a war we couldn't win. And that was the good news.
The Ruhar hit us on Columbus Day. There we were, innocently drifting along the cosmos on our little blue marble, like the Native Americans in 1492. Over the horizon came ships of a technologically advanced, aggressive culture, and BAM! There went the good old days, when humans got killed only by each other. So, Columbus Day. It fits.
When the morning sky twinkled again, this time with Kristang starships jumping in to hammer the Ruhar, we thought we were saved. The UN Expeditionary Force hitched a ride on Kristang ships to fight the Ruhar wherever our new allies thought we could be useful. So, I went from fighting with the US Army in Nigeria to fighting in space. It was lies, all of it. We shouldn't even be fighting the Ruhar; they aren't our enemy. Our allies are.
I'd better start at the beginning.
©2016 Craig Alanson (P)2016 Podium Publishing
This was an impulse buy and I was a little worried at first. I needn't be though as it was gripping from the start. It's well written and easy to listen to, R.C Bray was as usual, a spot on choice for the narrator. The book has a great change part way through that really sent the story in another direction that was very well delivered. Overall it's a great easy listen. There's some obvious ideas liberated from other sci-fi greats, both written and televised but it works really well.
RC Bray is reason enough to buy an audiobook. Brilliant performance of an original and entertaining book. Need the next book now!
One of the best.
The A.I Skippy
One of the best narations i have heard for an audio book.
Cant wait for the second book !!
This book has just finished and I'm now very sad. I loved this book, I really did. It gave me hope, purpose and some sort of warm glow that l'm sure Skippy would have said we're pointless monkey things. I miss that tin can.
The story was engaging, funny and a mix of The Martian and some of the better Halo books. Bray's narration is great, just like in the Martian. If he doesn't read the other two books, then the producers are idiots.
This might be my favourite book.
Its got a different twist on the usual military Si Fi story and its not just an endless series of gory battles. The narrator is very good and I eagerly await the next instalment where I hope the characters will be developed and become more rounded.
Where Skippy and Joe meet the president of the US
Its a good book to dip in and out off I find it easy to follow when I am exercising.
One of the best book I have listened to. The story is very interesting it has a lot of funny moments the characters are well written dynamic and interesting. It's all brought to life R.C Bray narration.... If you are reading this just buy it even if you're not a military sci-fi fan.
"WHISKEY TANGO FOXTROT"
A few months ago I VOLUNTOLD you that BOB would have legions of fans. Now I am telling you this will be the next book to hit number one in Sci-Fi Contemporary. This book has science galore, comedy galore, aliens galore and space battles. To say I love it would be an IMPLIED DUH, but than OVERKILL IS UNDER RATED.
YOU GOT SOME SPLAINING TO DO LUCY
The book is over 16 hours long, and Jim The Impatient listened to all 16+ hours and was entertained all the way. Alanson has great timing and knows how to keep a story from going stale. For example, just when I thought the book was going to enter a shoot-em up phase and become boring, we are introduced to SKIPPY, an A-HOLE AI, who is witty and funny. There is something here for all Sci-Fi fans. Nothing is really new, but a lot of the good old stuff is used. For instance there are ELDERS, CLIENT RACES, PATRONS, ANCIENT ARIFACTS AND THE COLLECTIVE.
EMBRACE THE SUCK
I am not saying this is my favorite, just that it will hit number one. My favorites in the category and in order are, The Martian, Ready Player One, Bob and than this book. Some might roll their eyes at the serendipity of finding Skippy and all that he does to get them out of trouble, but if you can get past that you will love this.
SCREW ONE SHEEP
I have been listening to books since the cassette days. I have heard lots of great narrators. I don't believe I have ever heard one grow in their job as well as Bray. He started out good, with his great voice, but what he has put into the last couple of books, I have listened to has just blown my mind. Based on the last two books, he read for me, I would say he has to be my favorite.
ALPHA MIKE FOXTROT
"This book is SO MUCH FUN!!i"
I've listened to a lot of really excellent books and this book is excellent in it's category. I was totally enjoying a well written piece of entertainment, narrated by the perfect narrator for the book and bam! It got even so much better!!
I don't like this question because it's asking for spoilers, but I think I can say when Skippy and Joe got together, without giving too much away.
Yes, yes, yes! And I want the next book. NOW!!!
This is a 100% entertaining book. Not believable, but that was no way a goal of the writers. Entertaining, fun, exciting. If you like sci-if fun, go for it. You will not be disappointed.
"Well...THAT was Certainly a Lot of Fun !!"
At 16 hours, this is actually like reading two separate books -- the first is a pretty well done military "grunts in space" story. It is a notch above the usual because of the narration which is just great. But at about the halfway point, it transforms to a space opera-type of tongue-in-cheek story that is somewhere between Redshirts and Ready Player One -- inside jokes, clever asides and a much more self-aware story....and did I mention the narrator???? I'm not going to give away the story -- which is not really rocket science (sorry) -- but I think you will very much enjoy.
Probably the hardest I have laughed in years. RC Bray does an excellent job of narrating as usual,
"Wish I had a talking A**hole beer can."
Great job by Alanson so well written, and Bray does a phenomenal job on distinguishing characters. With these two working together, it's going to be a great series, look forward to the next installment.
"Dr. Who meets Starship Troopers"
Highly entertaining and well written but you have to be in the mood for campy, clever, sci-fi. This is not going to enlighten you, teach you about science, or make you think - it's just pure entertainment, but it's fun, and as long as you're not looking for anything deeper, the idiocy and ineptitude of the main character isn't too bad and the plot holes are forgivable. (A hyper intelligent being that can directly manipulate space-time can't access a computer in another room...really?) but it adds levity and its clever so, like I said, the plot holes are forgivable. If you've ever wondered what would happen if Dr. Who was stuck in the Starship Troopers universe this book is for you. If you haven't, then you'll probably find the maddeningly stupid main character a bit too much to bear and the campy all powerful time lord a bit too much to believe.
"Just wait until you meet Skippy"
It starts out as a good story, then it goes to great. It is written in first person. It goes from good to great at chapter 10 when, in addition to being solid hard sci-fi, it becomes roll in the aisle comedic. Not contrived or silly comedy (think "Trouble with Tribbles", more like Bones "I'm just a country doctor". I'm probably doing a horrible job explaining this but I don't want to give anything away
He does great voice work.
Not at the beginning but it picks up a LOT at chapter 10. After that I couldn't stop listening, I stayed up way past my bed time.
"Make it through the first 1/4 of the story and you'll love it."
Don't read what this book is about ahead of time. Go into it blind and you'll enjoy it so much more. Frankly, I initially thought it was a pretty ho-hum story through the first 1/4-1/3 of this book, but ended up LOVING IT! There are two more books in this series that are not on audible? Why not? It is an imaginative story in many ways and still pretty pedestrian in others, but in all, it makes for a great listen. I'll avoid any spoilers, but the character who makes his entrance into this story about 1/4-1/3 of the way into this story is really who makes this so enjoyable! He is affable, lovable and brilliant. As much as you will come to embrace this character, knowing how deeply complex he is, makes one wonder how much we really know about him and if we will see multiple personalities or if you see is what you get. I can't wait to listen to more.
"I laughed like the hairless monkey I really am."
chapter 10 after 9 already great chapters was what locked this up as the best AND funniest audiobook Ive ever listend to.
"Military Sci-Fi with comedy added 1/3 into story"
This military sci-fi seems to be the standard soldier-in-space story, but takes a turn to humor about 1/3rd of the way in. The humor isn't deep or sophisticated or witty and clever or often laugh-out-loud as in the Cabin Pressure series, but is more the Guy Humor stuff where people say rude but funny things to each other.
The book is entertaining, the narrator is excellent, and is an escape-from-reality with some smiles.
At the end of the audiobook there is a preview of the next book, but there is some type of glitch as the "Introduction" repeated itself, then the first chapter started off, with a generous preview of book 2.
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