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.
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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?
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
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
This audiobook is just a lot of fun.
The whole adventure was enjoyable from start to finish.
Skippy - the AI character is a bit of a one trick pony on the joke front, but somehow the joke always remains amusing.
Yes - definately. It was a virtual page turner...
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!
If you could see my audio library it's about 90% sci-fi and fantasy books ... which probably explains a lot :-)
The real star of this book is a sarcastic hyper-intelligent alien AI known as Skippy :-) The banter between him and Colonel Joe is wonderful to listen to and lifts this from a run of the mill space adventure to a great space adventure.
This book extends the storyline in the original book and starts to add new threads. What was going on in the galaxy several million years ago when there were supposedly no space fairing life around? We're getting just enough hints to make you hunger for the next book, but without detracting or distracting from the "now" storyline.
"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!
"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.
"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.
I loved this listen. Humorous & very entertaining. I didn't want to stop listening. R C Bray is an excellent narrator too.
"Humorous, irreverent, AND a great plot. Love it!!!"
The same thing I liked about the first book in the series - Skippy's sense of humor.
Skippy, you monkeys!
RC Bray's performance, and Craig Alanson's writing, are both top notch.
Yes, because I just DID listen to it in one sitting. From 8am this morning until just now :)
The author is gifted at crafting a great sci fi with a wicked sense of humor. This is the best series I've found in a long time. I'm dying for Paradise (book 3) in Audible format.
""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!
"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.
"Another great book in this series!"
Man I'm really liking this series. RC Bray came through with another awesome performance and Craig Alanson another great book. I can't wait for the next book! It can't get here soon enough.
"As good as it gets!"
This is the absolute best space opera series I've ever listened to, there I said it. It's funny very funny but in a very good way, our characters our in a very serious situation a fairly dreadful situation really so it all balances out very well that is the best way I can explain it. Beware this is book 2 you really need to start with book one Columbus Day.
R.C. Bray and this book where made for each other like peanut butter and jelly, Bray is fantastic thank you.
Laugh laugh worry a little and then laugh some more. Repeat
All you Monkeys who enjoy space opera should have this in your library and downloaded onto our kindle.
No sophomore slump here. This book continues where the first left off with the Flying Dutchman and a new merry band of pirates off through the galaxy on a search for a space telephone for their resident jerk AI, Skippy.
If you are reading this review without having finished the first book, an explanation: This series follows a dumb lucky military grunt by the name of Joe Bishop as he ends up at the right place at the wrong time, ever time. He has to get himself out of major problems with his average joe sensibilities and the occasional help from a super intelligent AI Skippy who just so happens to be a jerk, and possibly insane.
Skippy and Joe get a bit of character development this time around, however it kind of gets repetitive and draggy at times. That said, overall, it was necessary and I'm fine with it. The humor from the first book remains, and that is all that matters.
This book is just like the first one, no change to the formula or anything else. It is what I wanted, because I like being entertained. So if you feel the same, I recommend this book to you.
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