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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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    Steve Wassenaar, Netherlands 31/07/2017
    Steve Wassenaar, Netherlands 31/07/2017 Member Since 2013
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    "Short, and no Skippy??? What?"

    I know this is only book 3.5, but it still cost 1 credit and for that it's way too short. Great story and reading performance as usual, but no Skippy... that means 75% of the humour was missing. I assume the next half book will be free?

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Tony 11/07/2017
    Tony 11/07/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "3.5"

    This seem to me just to be a way to get even more money, calling a 3.5 just seem to be a bit of a rip off, with a price tag of £25 for a book that only last 5hrs seem a bit much.
    That been said it was not a bad book and I only hope the next one will pick up form where this book stops.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Rockgoby 10/07/2017
    Rockgoby 10/07/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "A So-So Escapade"
    Any additional comments?

    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?

    13 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Tim 22/08/2017
    Tim 22/08/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Short story"

    Good pefcormance as usual, however very short. Usual 16 hours reduced to 5, not worth the money

    3 of 3 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!!

    15 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Ryan 20/08/2017
    Ryan 20/08/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Not too impressed this time"

    I quite enjoyed these books until now. I didn't find this one engaged me, and didn't really feel like it was worthy of being a book in itself.

    I usually end up listening to books a couple of times but I doubt I'll e returning to this one.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Gunnar 17/10/2017
    Gunnar 17/10/2017 Member Since 2012
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    "Expensive"

    The price is to high!. but it is a good book. I will start with the next book in the serie immediately.

    3 of 4 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!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Simon Between a Pair of Headphones 04/07/2017
    Simon Between a Pair of Headphones 04/07/2017 Member Since 2018
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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.

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    ryan 19/07/2017
    ryan 19/07/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "great story"

    Iv bought every book as soon as it comes out hooked.

    this book was a bit on the expensive side for all the length of it. really should have been half the price.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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  • 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.

    238 of 242 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.

    171 of 176 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    15/07/17
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    "Noooooooo"

    Why was this not part of 3? Used a credit to download and regret it. Ready for book 4

    25 of 25 people found this review helpful
  • Robert
    20/07/17
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    "It's not like the others"

    I loved the other books. This I really did not enjoy the story at all. The author is amazing so I don't want to take way from him but it's not worth the credit

    21 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • David
    16/07/17
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    "Waste of a credit"

    I've enjoyed the series but this was nothing more than a gimmick. The plot with Joe and Skippy wasn't furthered at all and the book didn't even finish. There were several instances where it seemed the author rushed the story to meet a deadline. Author and publishers owe fans more. I just feel taken advantage of and won't be listening further.

    37 of 38 people found this review helpful
  • Haynes Family
    Bellingham, wa United States
    17/07/17
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    "I paid how much for this?"

    love the series. love the writer. love the reader.
    feel I got screwed with this 5 hour book that I paid way, way to much for.

    71 of 74 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.

    87 of 92 people found this review helpful
  • 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.

    72 of 77 people found this review helpful
  • Curtiss leach
    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.

    71 of 76 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.

    141 of 153 people found this review helpful

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