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Black Ops Audiobook

Black Ops: Expeditionary Force, Book 4

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Publisher's Summary

The elite crew of the pirate ship UNS Flying Dutchman had a simple mission: determining whether the Thuranin are sending another starship to Earth. Along the way, they became sidetracked by securing a future for the UNEF troops on the planet Paradise. When asked whether Earth was now safe, their ancient alien AI responded "Not so much"...now they have to deal with the consequences.

©2017 Craig Alanson (P)2017 Podium Publishing

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    Simon Somewhere between a pair of headphones. 27/09/2017
    Simon Somewhere between a pair of headphones. 27/09/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Super-Skippy-Just-Fantastic-Expeditionary-Force!"

    Sit down strap in and get ready for another episode of one of the funniest and most inventive sci-fi series I've come across in a long time. Episode four of Alanson's Expeditionary Force sees Joe Bishop's Merry Band of Pirates careering across the galaxy, staggering from crisis to crisis only to end on another cliffhanger! Yes there will be even more to come after this one!

    Earth is once again under threat so The Flying Dutchmen and her crew including Skippy, the sci-fi world's favourite beer can are once again embroiled in Alanson's heady mix of impossible situations, amazing alien politics and of course zany humour. In fact he really does go Spinal Tap on us and dial it up to eleven in this one.

    I suspect that sense of humour is also being directed at his narrator here. His text has Maestro Bray doing everything from singing a high-pitched La Marseillaise of all things to a wonderfully credible Chewbacca. Being the trooper he is RC Bray rises to each and every challenge with suitable awesomeness!

    I could split hairs over some of the editing including some very repetitive small passages but even I can't spectacularly miss the point of these books by quite that much. They are the Sci-Fi equivalent of a good boozy night down the pub with old friends. Good fun, warmly humorous and thoroughly satisfying until the following morning - when you realise you stayed up waaaay too late listening to it!

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    allan smith 28/09/2017
    allan smith 28/09/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Oh you Bastards!"

    loved it
    you didn't have to do that at the end... WHEN IS THE NEXT BOOK!!!!!!!!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Gavin 30/09/2017
    Gavin 30/09/2017
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    "Skippy the Magnificent"

    Another excellent installment , expertley narrated by RC Bray, believe in "The Awesomeness" of Skippy the Magnificent..

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    sfak107 29/09/2017
    sfak107 29/09/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Trust the awesomeness"

    Just trust the awesomeness and keep listening to another great story and performance by RC Bray. What will be in the next book......

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher 28/09/2017
    Christopher 28/09/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "More outstanding work!"

    Another amazing adventure with Skippy and the merry band of pirates... Cannot wait for the next installment and hope it comes soon we rather than later 😀

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    Kindle Customer 28/09/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Love it!"

    Not much to say other then I want more!!! If you liked the last 4 books your going to like this. The whole series is well worth a read if you haven't allready

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    CNS1995 10/10/2017
    CNS1995 10/10/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Incredible! Couldn’t get enough!"

    This book gets full marks from me! Seriously entertaining! When is the next book due to come out... I can’t wait any longer! Congratulations Craig this series is tremendous, please hurry and publish more audio books in the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tom 28/09/2017
    Tom 28/09/2017 Member Since 2013
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    "#trust the awesomeness"

    Some things are certain in life.

    Death, taxes and Craig Alanson writing wonderfully fun books.

    I feel bad only giving 4*, and really it's 4.5* as I stayed up to 3am last night listening. But after 3 super previous books this one seemed to just slightly lack the originality of the first books. R C Bray is his usually genius self and in Skippy, I think I've found an audio character that will never be topped.

    It's just that the jokes are now more comfortably familiar than laugh out loud (though lots of sniggering) and action scenes felt just a little flatter with plot twists even more outrageous. This is of course like criticising Usain Bolt for only running a 9.9s 100m. It's still great by any standards, but not quite the best. So overall great fun and my standout series of 2017 continues to deliver.

    Get listening!

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    Andrew O'Leary 21/10/2017
    Andrew O'Leary 21/10/2017 Member Since 2013
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    "This book needs another star to rate it properly"

    Nooooooooooooooooooooo!

    I cried when I heard the phrase ‘You have been listening to.....’

    Can’t wait for the next one.

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    GavLH 20/10/2017
    GavLH 20/10/2017 Member Since 2014
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    "Trust the awesomeness"

    Amazing continuation of the series and I cannot wait for the next book this series is by far the best book about a barrel of monkeys I have every listen to

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  • Nicholas Hostetler
    22/10/17
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    "Fun, Engaging, and Very Addictive!"

    This one didn't have quite the humor as the previous ones and significantly less Skippy being Skippy (funny ahole) or Joe being Joe (coming up with plans), but I still thoroughly enjoyed it and cannot wait for book 5. Hey Craig, take your time if you have to with the next one. You've got something special here....dont bishop it up. Thanks for writing these.

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  • K. Winter
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    "same story new book"

    I enjoyed the books however this is basically a repeat of the last two with some even more ridiculous stunts and an annoying voice to the new ai. Same story steal two ships blow them up save earth.

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  • george eisener
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    "wow"

    I sure can't wait for the next book to be released to share ended in a cliffhanger

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  • Amazon Customer
    21/10/17
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    "I love Skippy"

    Skippy is the greatest character ever dreamed up for a book. Love my shirt and coffee cup.

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  • Nancy J. Gallagher
    21/10/17
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    "Great listen and lots of action"

    So continues the adventures of Joe Bishop, army grunt in charge of a pirated alien spaceship, and Skippy, and ancient alien super AI with an attitude and whose physical existence in this time/space is that of a chrome plated beer can, as they attempt yet again to save the world. Masterfully performed by RC Bray. The Merry Band of Pirate goes from one nail biting event to another. The interplay between Bishop and Skippy is very humorous, as they affectionately rag on one another. I have listened to all the books in this series and am happy that this one ended in a cliff hanger as that suggests another book will be forth coming. The wait for that next installment will be excruciating. The characters have such depth and RC Bray portrays them so well that you feel like you know them personally! I will miss them waiting for the next book! Guess I'll just have to 're-listen to the series from the beginning

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  • Laurie
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    21/10/17
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    "Wow! Anticipating Book 5!!!"

    Storyline is fast paced, interesting & fun. Skippy/Joe interaction keeps your attention as well as being very humorous at times. Ending of this book is abrupt, but like a good series - keeps you wanting more!

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  • Joe
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    21/10/17
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    "This series gets better and better"

    Really enjoyed this. Great story, great characters, great narration. Looking forward to more in the series.

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  • plumber
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    21/10/17
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    "Great series"

    One. Of the very best science fiction books in all respects.I cannot wait for the next episode!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • tino6007
    21/10/17
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    "The best one yet!"

    This had all the black op intrigue, complexity, anxiety, and badassery of, of... I dunno, but it was wicked cool to listen to!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    21/10/17
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    "Rc Bray is the best narrator. Craig's is awesome!"

    Love it! The whole series has been a blast and cannot wait till the next book!

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