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Trouble on Paradise

Expeditionary Force, Book 3.5
Narrated by: R.C. Bray
Series: Expeditionary Force, Book 3.5
Length: 5 hrs and 48 mins
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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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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?

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Still a great listen

Still a great story and, as a book, it's well worth a listen. The performance is great as always and, although telling a story that's parallel to the main plot that I have come to enjoy, it is a worthy 3.5 interim.


The problem with this audiobook is that it doesn't tie in well with the audible credit system.

This audiobook is certainly not worth the same as the others in the series; Being only a fraction of the length. It is a wonderful listen, although looking back I would not have used my credit as it is not required to enjoy book 4.

Great audiobook. Poor pricepoint for audible subscribers. Not required for book 4.

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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?

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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.

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Great side story

a little bit short given that this side could be expanded on so much more but very enjoyable

to be honest a break from the silly useless banter between joe and skippy is no bad thing!

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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!!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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  • Wiley Brooks
  • 11-07-17

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.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 15-07-17

Noooooooo

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

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  • David
  • 16-07-17

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.

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  • Haynes Family
  • 17-07-17

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.

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  • Robert
  • 20-07-17

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

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  • Kurtis Karr
  • 08-07-17

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.

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  • Doug Bench
  • 05-07-17

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.

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  • Curtiss leach
  • 12-07-17

no Bishop, no Skippy.

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

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  • John
  • 04-07-17

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.

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  • Definitive X
  • 18-07-17

Boooo!!!

This book could have been summed up in one more chapter in Paradise book 3. Virtually no character development, the two main protagonists are completely missing. Even R.C. Bray ( whom is by far my favorite narrator ) seemed to be bored performing this. Fortunately he was the only thing that saved this book from being an epic fail. Full price for basically a side story seems like nothing more than a money grab.

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