We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.co.uk/access.
Columbus Day Audiobook

Columbus Day: Expeditionary Force, Book 1

Regular Price:£37.29
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • £7.99/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Publisher's Summary

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

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.7 (1212 )
5 star
 (979)
4 star
 (186)
3 star
 (30)
2 star
 (7)
1 star
 (10)
Overall
4.7 (1165 )
5 star
 (869)
4 star
 (237)
3 star
 (41)
2 star
 (4)
1 star
 (14)
Story
4.9 (1171 )
5 star
 (1044)
4 star
 (103)
3 star
 (17)
2 star
 (2)
1 star
 (5)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    GiffRock 02/01/2017
    GiffRock 02/01/2017 Member Since 2016
    HELPFUL VOTES
    10
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    24
    2
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Fantastic start to what I hope is a great series"

    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.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  •  
    ZX80 UK 26/02/2017
    ZX80 UK 26/02/2017 Member Since 2016
    HELPFUL VOTES
    68
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    112
    9
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Clearly I'm in a minority but..."

    Don't get this review wrong, I did generally enjoy this book but I don't think it is the 5 star gem other reviewers seem to agree on. The idea is great and the mix of humour is fairly unique given that this is not the focus of the book, this is a really difficult balance to achieve, so the author deserves kudos for the attempt. However the characters are shallow and the plot is simplistic; motivation for uber-intelligent species to be conducting a galaxy encompassing war is never explored and the aforementioned humour is school-boy at best. Coupled with a overly large dollop of American jingoism and you're left with a basic if enjoyable yarn to waste a few hours on but not a 5 star listen. I doubt I'll continue with the series.

    24 of 29 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Joseph Hill 30/12/2016
    Joseph Hill 30/12/2016 Member Since 2017
    HELPFUL VOTES
    13
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    42
    2
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Excellent, original and narrated by a master"

    RC Bray is reason enough to buy an audiobook. Brilliant performance of an original and entertaining book. Need the next book now!

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
  •  
    stig1875 01/02/2017
    stig1875 01/02/2017 Member Since 2012
    HELPFUL VOTES
    18
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    116
    26
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "I Highly Recommend this book and Author"
    What made the experience of listening to Columbus Day the most enjoyable?

    The story line, the narrator and contents of the book, Skippy and the Sergeant/ Colonel's banter backward and forward and the down to earth language between them and the rest of the high-racy in all of the armed services and government. being ex military I can relate to his moans and groans.


    What other book might you compare Columbus Day to, and why?

    Quite a few books that have the same M O the earth gets invaded, governments topple and the hero of the book once again saves the day, but this book is a fresh look at the subject.


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

    Mr Bray's contribution to making this book a great Listen, is paramount to this Authors book storytelling, he match's the character perfectly and I hope when the next book is released he is the one telling the story.


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

    first was when the rag tag band of merry troops bring down the two Elephant transport planes while they were under the plasma tube/tunnel and when they sent the Lizards battle group into the sun, I could feel through Mr Brays telling up to these points that the satisfaction the Colonel was feeling for the loss of his men and women and the whole of humanity up to that point, then again when he slammed his fist down onto the Red Button on the counsel, as they approached the earth which put and end to the occupation of the Lizards.


    Any additional comments?

    I was looking for a New Author to listen to, because I am running out of good books by my favourit authors and the waiting for them to be added to Audible is agonizingley slow to say the least, then I saw this book and all of the Five Star ratings so I took the plunge and now I cannot wait for the next installment, come on Audible get your finger out

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  •  
    justin ford 01/01/2017
    justin ford 01/01/2017 Member Since 2017
    HELPFUL VOTES
    2
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    16
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Fantastic Blend of humor and satire !"
    Where does Columbus Day rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The A.I Skippy


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

    One of the best narations i have heard for an audio book.


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Cant wait for the second book !!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Atticman UK 30/12/2016
    Atticman UK 30/12/2016 Member Since 2015
    HELPFUL VOTES
    4
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    52
    5
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Sci-Fi with a sense of humour"

    Wonderfully humorous dialogue combined with a great story. Brought to life wonderfully by RC Bray.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  •  
    RC 28/06/2017
    RC 28/06/2017 Member Since 2014
    HELPFUL VOTES
    44
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    3
    2
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "If you like a lot of military jargon, cliché and American back-patting, this is for you"

    A great performance can't save this absolutely woeful story. It's a dumb jarhead soldier tale in space; no interesting ideas explored at all. Sci-fi for non sci-fi fans. Avoid.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Csilla Sarosi 26/06/2017
    Csilla Sarosi 26/06/2017 Member Since 2015
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    11
    3
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Boring"

    The storyline is uninteresting, characters are boring. The alien species are predictable and behave like humans in many ways which is unimaginative. Not what I expected.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Adrian N. 25/06/2017
    Adrian N. 25/06/2017 Member Since 2015
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    57
    10
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Mildly amusing but not really my kind of si-fi ."

    I prefer a little less conversation....a little more action. I probably won't go onto book 2

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    S MAY 25/06/2017
    S MAY 25/06/2017 Member Since 2014
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    5
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Damn good Listern"
    What made the experience of listening to Columbus Day the most enjoyable?

    The Narrator did a fantastic job of portraying the characters.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The satire, the laughs, the story. Some of the charters and traits of the character can be found in ones own life, that is if you have managed to get out and see some of the world.


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

    Skippy


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The biggest A-hole in the known Galaxy!


    Any additional comments?

    Loving the story, want so much more. Well done Mr Alanson and great job Mr Bray.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
Sort by:
  • Jim "The Impatient"
    Springfield, MO, United States
    04/01/17
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "WHISKEY TANGO FOXTROT"

    CHEESEBURGERS
    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

    293 of 332 people found this review helpful
  • C. Hartmann
    D.C. & St. Croix
    17/12/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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.

    78 of 97 people found this review helpful
  • Matthew
    Little Rock, AR, United States
    22/02/17
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A Book to Lighten Up the Mood"
    Any additional comments?

    This is one of those shallow, entertaining on-the-rails rollercoaster books I love. The whole point is escapism and laughs. Sorry, but there isn't any real character development, giant allegories, or any of that silly "literature" stuff here.

    What we do have is one poor combat grunt that keeps ending up in the worst possible place at the worst possible times. Each time he ends up there good ol' Lady Luck comes around and beats him with a baseball bat filled with love and barbwire. Plucky plans against different enemy alien shenanigans and a fateful meeting with a uproarious lonely male (weird right?) AI ensues. The AI even admits that he's a jerk.

    So if you want a hilarious adventure romp on easy mode, pick this book up, I mean it is like Old Man's War or Willful Child. If not, go pick up I dunno, 2001 or something.

    26 of 32 people found this review helpful
  • Boysmom
    Alberta, Canada
    31/12/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "This book is SO MUCH FUN!!i"
    Where does Columbus Day rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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!!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Columbus Day?

    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.


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

    Yes, yes, yes! And I want the next book. NOW!!!


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    40 of 50 people found this review helpful
  • Jami
    ALLENHURST, GA, United States
    03/02/17
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "surprisingly good"

    started slow. almost lost interest. by the end I was frantically trying to find out when the next book will be on audible. turns out to be very original.

    18 of 24 people found this review helpful
  • Andrew J Corley
    22/02/17
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "It doesn't get to a climax."

    Fun read, but I expect 16 hour audiobooks to have a climax. This one just stops at a random point and is like "go buy the next chapter."

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Donald
    22/12/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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.

    23 of 31 people found this review helpful
  • b.miller
    20/12/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Loved it!!!"

    Great story and great narrator!!! Cannot wait for book 2!! Kept me intrigued the entire time

    18 of 26 people found this review helpful
  • Dan
    MId-West, United States
    20/12/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "I want more like this"

    Excellent story and characters. I'm beginning to develop a sense for the titles I should look for. less space battles and more character interactions. I will buy book two.

    20 of 29 people found this review helpful
  • W. Keith Withey
    Old Bridge, NJ United States
    27/06/17
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Fun SciFi best since "Hitchhikers Guide....""

    Serious but fun and Joe's encounter with "Skippy" the AI made me laugh out loud! Clever writing by Craig Alanson, and Joes character is brilliant and funny yet dead serious. Brings me back to the tough, wisecracking characters in WWII movies. Joe is smarter than he gives himself credit for, and is masterfully narrated by R.C. Bray. What a hoot!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.