Expeditionary Force

9 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 19,852 ratings

Columbus Day Summary

Nominee, 2018 Audie Awards — Audiobook of the Year

We were fighting on the wrong side of a war we couldn't win. And that was the good news. 

The Ruhar hit us on Columbus Day. There we were, innocently drifting along the cosmos on our little blue marble, like the Native Americans in 1492. Over the horizon came ships of a technologically advanced, aggressive culture, and BAM! There went the good old days, when humans got killed only by each other. So, Columbus Day. It fits. 

When the morning sky twinkled again, this time with Kristang starships jumping in to hammer the Ruhar, we thought we were saved. The UN Expeditionary Force hitched a ride on Kristang ships to fight the Ruhar wherever our new allies thought we could be useful. So, I went from fighting with the US Army in Nigeria to fighting in space. It was lies, all of it. We shouldn't even be fighting the Ruhar; they aren't our enemy. Our allies are. 

I'd better start at the beginning. 

©2016 Craig Alanson (P)2016 Podium Publishing
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  • Book 1

    • Columbus Day

    • Expeditionary Force, Book 1
    • By: Craig Alanson
    • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
    • Length: 16 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,020
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 2,904
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,889

    The Ruhar hit us on Columbus Day. There we were, innocently drifting along the cosmos on our little blue marble, like the Native Americans in 1492. Over the horizon came ships of a technologically advanced, aggressive culture, and BAM! There went the good old days, when humans got killed only by each other. So, Columbus Day. It fits. When the morning sky twinkled again, this time with Kristang starships jumping in to hammer the Ruhar, we thought we were saved.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fantastic start to what I hope is a great series

    • By GiffRock on 02-01-17

    Regular price: £36.19

  • Book 2

    • SpecOps

    • Expeditionary Force, Book 2
    • By: Craig Alanson
    • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
    • Length: 15 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,391
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 2,284
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,280

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Take my money and give me book 3

    • By John on 08-03-17
    • Expeditionary Force, Book 2
    • By: Craig Alanson
    • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
    • Length: 15 hrs and 50 mins
    • Release date: 07-03-17
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 2,391 ratings

    Regular price: £37.59

  • Book 3

    • Paradise

    • Expeditionary Force, Book 3
    • By: Craig Alanson
    • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
    • Length: 15 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 3,118
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 2,949
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,945

    While the crew of the starship Flying Dutchman have been trying to assure people that hostile aliens do not have access to Earth, the UN Expeditionary Force has been stranded on the planet they nicknamed "Paradise". The Flying Dutchman is headed back out on another mission, and the UN wants the ship to find out the status of the humans on Paradise.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • its skippy time

    • By stewart on 23-05-17
    • Expeditionary Force, Book 3
    • By: Craig Alanson
    • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
    • Length: 15 hrs and 53 mins
    • Release date: 23-05-17
    • 5 out of 5 stars 3,118 ratings

    Regular price: £37.59

  • Book 3.5

    • Trouble on Paradise

    • Expeditionary Force, Book 3.5
    • By: Craig Alanson
    • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
    • Length: 5 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,462
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1,383
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,382

    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....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Short, and no Skippy??? What?

    • By Steve on 31-07-17

    Regular price: £29.09

  • Book 4

    • Black Ops

    • Expeditionary Force, Book 4
    • By: Craig Alanson
    • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
    • Length: 16 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 2,694
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 2,543
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,530

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Super-Skippy-Just-Fantastic-Expeditionary-Force!

    • By Simon on 27-09-17
    • Expeditionary Force, Book 4
    • By: Craig Alanson
    • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
    • Length: 16 hrs and 44 mins
    • Release date: 26-09-17
    • 5 out of 5 stars 2,694 ratings

    Regular price: £37.59

  • Book 5

    • Zero Hour

    • Expeditionary Force, Book 5
    • By: Craig Alanson
    • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
    • Length: 17 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 2,759
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 2,618
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,608

    United Nations Special Operations Command sent an elite expeditionary force of soldiers and pilots out on a simple recon mission, and somehow along the way they sparked an alien civil war. Now the not-at-all-merry band of pirates is in desperate trouble, again. Their stolen alien starship is falling apart, thousands of light years from home. The ancient alien AI they nicknamed Skippy is apparently dead, and even if they can by some miracle revive him, he might never be the same.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • What happened here?

    • By whodathunkit? on 13-08-18
    • Expeditionary Force, Book 5
    • By: Craig Alanson
    • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
    • Length: 17 hrs and 20 mins
    • Release date: 06-02-18
    • 5 out of 5 stars 2,759 ratings

    Regular price: £42.29

  • Book 6

    • Mavericks

    • Expeditionary Force, Book 6
    • By: Craig Alanson
    • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
    • Length: 17 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,024
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1,934
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,929

    The remnants of the Expeditionary Force stranded on the alien-controlled planet "Paradise" get a chance to prove themselves, in a simple off-world training mission with a ship full of teenage alien cadets. When the mission goes horribly wrong and the survival of everyone on Paradise is at risk, the Merry Band of Pirates may have to come to the rescue. Unless they get killed first.... 

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A Skippy Shandy?

    • By Simon on 28-09-18
    • Expeditionary Force, Book 6
    • By: Craig Alanson
    • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
    • Length: 17 hrs and 21 mins
    • Release date: 25-09-18
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 2,024 ratings

    Regular price: £41.29

  • Book 7

    • Renegades

    • Expeditionary Force, Book 7
    • By: Craig Alanson
    • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
    • Length: 17 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1,645
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1,582
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,576

    The battle-scarred star carrier Flying Dutchman is finally on her way back to Earth, after an exceptionally successful series of missions that have once again saved the world. The ship needs a serious refit, and her exhausted crew just wants a break from constant clandestine warfare against a vicious and superior enemy. Wishes come true, right? Not for the Merry Band of Pirates.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Skippying Across the Galaxy!

    • By Simon on 27-03-19
    • Expeditionary Force, Book 7
    • By: Craig Alanson
    • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
    • Length: 17 hrs and 7 mins
    • Release date: 26-03-19
    • 5 out of 5 stars 1,645 ratings

    Regular price: £41.29

  • Book 7.5

    • Homefront

    • An Expeditionary Force Audio Drama Special
    • By: Craig Alanson
    • Narrated by: Zachary Quinto, R.C. Bray, Kate Mulgrew, and others
    • Length: 5 hrs and 56 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 739
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 711
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 710

    After the latest mission of the starship Flying Dutchman, Earth is safe not just for a year but for hundreds of years. The ship’s weary crew wonders what they will do with their lives in peacetime, but the enemy has other plans, and there is danger on the Homefront. Starring Zachary Quinto, R. C. Bray, Kate Mulgrew, Robert Picardo, and everyone's favorite AI, Skippy the Magnificent, alongside a full cast. Includes plenty of pew-pew-pew, original sound composition, and maybe some singing by R. C. Bray.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Hit by the Awesomemess (Sic)!

    • By Simon on 18-06-19

    Regular price: £27.49