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SpecOps Audiobook

SpecOps: Expeditionary Force, Book 2

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Publisher's Summary

Colonel Joe Bishop made a promise, and he's going to keep it: taking the captured alien starship Flying Dutchman back out. He doesn't agree when the UN decides to send almost 70 elite Special Operations troops, hotshot pilots, and scientists with him; the mission is a fool's errand he doesn't expect to ever return from. At least this time, the Earth is safe, right?

Not so much.

©2016 Craig Alanson (P)2017 Podium Publishing

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    John 08/03/2017
    John 08/03/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Take my money and give me book 3"

    Well book two was just as amazing as book one can't wait for book 3
    R C brey has done a outstanding job again.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Simon Waterlooville, UK 09/03/2017
    Simon Waterlooville, UK 09/03/2017 Member Since 2017

    A man with a child in his ears - @shutterspin.

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    "Forget Siri, We Need More Skippy!"

    I think there's a very simple way to review this book. If you've read the first book and want some more, then get this book because the adventure just takes off in the same way. There's more Barney, more Skippy, more irreverent monkey insults and more great action.

    RC Bary the microphone maestro continues to do his thing and I grow more in awe of his talents as a narrator with every passing word I hear from him. He's on top form with this performance and I really get the impression that he has particularly enjoyed reading this series so far.

    Even though this really is space opera and the kind of thing to give plot hole pedants nightmares Alanson creates a universe with a little depth, has interesting sci-fi ideas and gives his books a sense of action and adventure.

    Maybe I should grow up more but it had me both laughing out loud and rooting for Joe and his merry band of pirates the whole way through. So, when's the next one out?

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    MR R CANNON 10/03/2017
    MR R CANNON 10/03/2017 Member Since 2013
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    "THAT WAS TOTALLY AWESOME"

    Next please.........
    More more more more more more more more more more more I need more.


    Gimme MOAR.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    james smith 09/03/2017
    james smith 09/03/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "Great!"

    really enjoyable, just as good as the first book! I can't wait for the third book in the series.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    David Worcester, United Kingdom 09/03/2017
    David Worcester, United Kingdom 09/03/2017 Member Since 2011
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    "A good listen"

    I normally listen to a book over a week or so, this one I could not put down. Can not wait for the next one

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Rockgoby 12/03/2017
    Rockgoby 12/03/2017 Member Since 2015

    Alex B

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    "Excellent SciFi Silliness"
    What did you like most about SpecOps?

    This audiobook is just a lot of fun.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of SpecOps?

    The whole adventure was enjoyable from start to finish.


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

    Skippy - the AI character is a bit of a one trick pony on the joke front, but somehow the joke always remains amusing.


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

    Yes - definately. It was a virtual page turner...


    Any additional comments?

    This book, in literary terms, probably does not stack up against the best scifi - but that is missing the point. It is great escapist fun and a thoroughly enjoyable listen. It sounded like Mr. Bray enjoyed reading it - and he did another great job. Please hurry with No. 3!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Rich88 11/03/2017
    Rich88 11/03/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "awesome"

    it was awesome R C Bray really brought Skippy to life and have the story a whole lot more depth it was very entertaining

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    SBRAL 10/03/2017
    SBRAL 10/03/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "Damn monkeys..."

    Yet another awesome instalment. Excellent book, once again well read by R C Bray and I really can't wait for the next part. 5/5

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Patrick Buckland 10/03/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Chrome Beer Can of excellence"
    Any additional comments?

    I love this book. The banter between Joe and Skippy is hilarious and those hateful lizards have no chance. R.C Bray delivers a spectacular performance, can't wait for book three

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Michael 17/04/2017
    Michael 17/04/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Enjoyed the first book, but this one got annoying"

    How many times can an "army grunt monkey boy" outwit an AI genius, before it gets annoying? Turns out 3 is my limit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Jim "The Impatient"
    Springfield, MO, United States
    18/03/17
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    "WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY by NO PATIENCE MAN"

    BREAKING IT DOWN BARNEY STYLE
    I wanted to BLUFF IT, but it is your money. I liked this book and will continue the series, but I did not love it. The book is very funny and that is what saves it. It does have some SCIENCY STUFF to the point of over my head. We are talking lots of physics with wormholes and flat universes. I like the main character Joe. I like the fact that he shows humility, but yet is in charge. It is entertaining 90% of the time. I liked the planet of the week, which this week is an Ice Planet.

    BONUS OR BONE US
    Keep in mind, I said I like the book and I am going to continue the series. When I listen to book 3, I will wear my lucky underwear. YEA, LUCKY UNDERWEAR IS A REAL THING. For the first hour or two, the sarcastic SKIPPY almost becomes too much. Almost every line is a sarcastic remark by him. I love this type of humor, but the first hour was annoying. The jokes are repeated so many times, that I found myself giving the sarcastic remark before Joe or Skippy did. You always know that Joe is going to think up something Skippy does not think up. You know that Skippy will get upset over that fact. You know that the solution will almost always involve Skippy listening in on the enemy's communications and often manipulating them to make the enemy see or hear something different than the truth. When it is not that, it will have something to do with Skippy making a small worm hole. After a while it became SEMPER TEDIUM. With all that, there is still some LOL moments towards the end and of course the love that is growing between Skippy and Joe.

    THAT'S ARE STORY AND WE'RE STICKING TO IT
    I am also very interested in the mystery of the Elders, along with a new mystery, involving an unknown race that is using Elder technology for evil uses.

    IT IS BETTER TO BE SILENT AND BE THOUGHT AN IDIOT, THAN TO SPEAK AND REMOVE ALL DOUBT

    R.C. Bray is no idiot and I will always listen to him speak.

    28 of 34 people found this review helpful
  • Trip Williams
    Upstate, SC, United States
    11/03/17
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    "Best Book Of 2017 So Far!"

    My wife and I have waited for this second book in the series since the moment we finished the first book! We stayed up past 3AM (Eastern Time) on the day it was released, waiting for it to hit our Audible Cloud Library after Pre-Ordering it ("Refresh Library" DANG IT! "Refresh Library", DANG IT! "Refresh Library", WHOOO HOOOO!!!!) . After Downloading it to iPhone, we listened to it pretty much STRAIGHT THROUGH!

    It's well written, AND Hilarious.. In places it's SO funny, and we laughed SO hard, that we had to take a short break to keep the funny parts fresh... you can only laugh so much before "the Funny" wears off ;)

    I liked seeing the Main Character Subtly Mature as the new book went along, and he was forced to rise to the challenge of actually BEING in Command, and thinking/planning ahead, instead of just "Winging it and getting Lucky".

    You probably won't regret dropping a credit on it!

    31 of 38 people found this review helpful
  • Diana
    Antelope Valley, CA, United States
    12/03/17
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    "Sci-Fi Military-In-Space with humor"

    Entertaining, with more emphasis on chat than on plot, ideal as an audio book since there is a lot of repetition of what-is-happening - if you are doing something while listening don't worry about going back because you missed a bit - the author has the characters repeat what's going on at least twice, if not three times.

    The humor is more the guys-insulting-each-other kind of joshing and less the clever or witty kind of humor. It still made me laugh out loud or at least put me in a good mood.

    Sometimes the narrator's British character's voice (Smythe?) slipped into the same as Skippy's voice, but other than when that happened the narration is fantastic.

    Light and fun sci-fi.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    14/04/17
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    "Great book, left me anxious to start the next one"

    narrator does an awesome job. I loved the book. can't wait to start the third book

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Big Pun
    13/04/17
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    "Another Superb Addition A+"

    A wonderfully written masterpiece of Sifi mixed with some of the best (tasteful) jokes and one liners I've found in a book. Everything about this book (and series) is spectacular AWESOMENESS! Mr. Alanson has done a great job and gained a lifelong follower. Buy it, you will not regret it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Quincy O'Reggio
    12/04/17
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    "Terrible sequel"

    The first book was quite entertaining and lively. it was a good listening experience. I had my hopes up for the sequel, so much so that I made sure I pre-ordered it with a credit. That was a mistake. The first chapter was boring, but I had my hopes up, most books start off slow. It was at the half way point in the book when I finally admitted that this book was terrible. There was one climatic moment in the entire book, and the rest was just Skippy and Joe arguing/bickering at each other. Skippy as a character was fine in the first book, a little over the top at times but still acceptable, but way way way over the top in the sequel to the point where it felt like you were reading a book targeted to kids, not young adults/adults, but kids. There was no character building, no new interesting characters were brought into the spot light, and the "crew" aboard the flying Dutchman was just that, a crew, - background noise. If you want a good (And New) sci-fi book to read I suggest "We are Legion"

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • AGreviewer
    27/03/17
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    "Repetitive. Too much banter."

    Main character repeats himself way too much word for word. Like the author was trying to meet a word count. His speech on his opinion of special operations troops was repeated word for word several times. Also, the banter between Bishop and Skippy went from being cute to excessive and boring. It became a distraction from the story. Author needs a better editor. There's goodness there but it's like a first draft.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Jeff
    Lester Prairie, MN
    09/03/17
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    "Funny as hell"

    When I listen to Sci-Fi books, I usually don't expect "laugh out loud" humor...

    My introduction to R.C. Bray was "Fear the Sky", and his characterizations were emotion inspiring to say the least...

    But Craig Alanson's ExForce series gives him the characters that make us laugh... while spinning a suspenseful military sci-fi yarn that leaves the listener crave more.

    Hurry up with Paradise.

    19 of 25 people found this review helpful
  • Terrell
    09/03/17
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    ""DAMN IT!" -Skippy"

    I am in love with this series so far. The story is wonderful. It's not too fast or too slow, it moves along perfectly. Excellent blend of Action, Sci-fi and comedy. Highly recommended!

    16 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • Paul
    30/03/17
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    "Bored Monkey"

    I liked Columbus Day because there was enough storyline before "Skippy" entered to keep me interested.
    I even found Skippy somewhat endearing albeit annoying.
    I found SpecOps to be mundane and formulaic.
    The set up of peril and doom to which Skippy couldn't find an answer only to be saved by Joe's stupid idea and then Skippy's monotonous and predictable berating.

    Towards the end I couldn't wait for the book to end.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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