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Trouble on Paradise Audiobook

Trouble on Paradise: Expeditionary Force, Book 3.5

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Publisher's Summary

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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    Rockgoby 10/07/2017
    Rockgoby 10/07/2017 Member Since 2015

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    "A So-So Escapade"
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    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?

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Simon Waterlooville, UK 04/07/2017
    Simon Waterlooville, UK 04/07/2017 Member Since 2017

    A man with a child in his ears - @shutterspin

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    "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.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Jim B. 13/07/2017
    Jim B. 13/07/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "Good even without Skippy."

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

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Neil Dorrington 12/07/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "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!!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Mr. S. Baines 07/07/2017
    Mr. S. Baines 07/07/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "As always brilliant"

    A fantastic short story that gives a great depth to the storyline so far. I did miss skippy but the young roohar made up for it.
    These books just come quick enough, but I will definitely be getting the next.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Angela MacLeod 06/07/2017
    Angela MacLeod 06/07/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "Good read"

    I was worried at first that the absence of skippy and the crew would adversely affect the story and in my opinion it did, but this book is still a very enjoyable read

    I would recommend it for any fan of the books so far

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Pelham 21/07/2017
    Pelham 21/07/2017 Member Since 2012
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    "A good filler, just wanting more."

    This would have been great if it had been written into one of the main books. Expanding the story and characters is good to see and enjoy but missing the usual protagonists.

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    Michael 21/07/2017
    Michael 21/07/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "love"

    I love the book it was the perfect filler to tie up and continue the story. my only complaint is it was too short..but I guess wanting more is harly a negative

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    a d fairclough 21/07/2017
    a d fairclough 21/07/2017 Member Since 2014
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    "Just outstanding"

    Well written well narrated. Love this books can't whight for the next book I hope the well be another.

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    James 21/07/2017
    James 21/07/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "It was OK."

    It was interesting, some of the comedy is hit or miss. The personality of the character is very one dimensional.

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  • Doug Bench
    05/07/17
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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.

    21 of 22 people found this review helpful
  • Anonymous
    12/07/17
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    "no Bishop, no Skippy."

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

    19 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • Kurtis K. Karr
    Fredericksburg, Texas United States
    08/07/17
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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.

    26 of 28 people found this review helpful
  • John
    Sinclair, WY, United States
    04/07/17
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    "Half the length, half a book, at full price."

    Imagine my surprise when this $21 5hr 48m book is introduced as "Epiditionary Force, book 3.5", it certainly wasn't half price.

    90 of 100 people found this review helpful
  • William W.
    12/07/17
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    "not too happy no skippy"

    how are you gonna sell a book and not once have the main characters involved? this should have been a branch out story not part of the series. also this book had a scene where an alien group were sitting around eating biscuts and socializing i thought this group despised eating in public because they saw it as a biological weakness they had to endure.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Anonymous
    07/07/17
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    "Not what I was hoping for"

    The story is important to the series, but should have been worked into the full length books. I question now whether I will continue with the series, because as much as I dug the first three books, I won't continue to buy full priced, quarter length sub plots. No Joe, eh, forgivable almost. No Skippy?? I really kind of feel like the narrator wasn't into it. What's book 3.75 going to be, a 2.5 hour tale of Skippy waiting on paradise for Joe to find him? Only $20.99

    19 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • karleen parker
    11/07/17
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    "Where's Skippy?"

    I first encountered this story in book 2 and was overjoyed to find a series of 3 books. I love Skippy, he is very entertaining. I was disappointed that he wasn't in book 3.5. The continuing saga is still very good.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • W. Brooks
    Seattle, WA United States
    11/07/17
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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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Scott
    Mill Valley, CA, United States
    15/07/17
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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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Michael clewley
    05/07/17
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    "Not what you expect in the series"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Book is does not involve Skippy, Joe, or other characters you expected to hear about in the book.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Craig Alanson? Why or why not?

    Yes, books 1 and 2 were very enjoyable.


    Could you see Trouble on Paradise being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Nope


    Any additional comments?

    Over priced for a sub-plot that is not related to the main characters in the story.

    16 of 19 people found this review helpful

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