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Black Ops

Expeditionary Force, Book 4
Lu par : R. C. Bray
Série : Expeditionary Force, Volume 4
Durée : 16 h et 44 min
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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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  • Steve & Mary
  • 02/01/2018

Slightly better than books two and three.....

If not for the fan-fu**ing-tastic narration of Mr. R.C. Bray, I would have stopped after book two. The stories are essentially the same narrative time and time again. Problem = Solution = Secondary Problem = Solution....and it's almost always a Bishoped plan with a Skippy (I hate my life) technical solution. How do we get onto that Starship/Asteroid/Planet or how do we intercept/transmit messages to gain or give information that will help our mission. Skippy is one giant Deus Ex Machina, and it's entertaining for a while, but when the narrative begins to argue with itself over what Skippy can and can't do....well, it's a bit much.

More importantly, the lacking character development is painful. This is book 4, and by now I would expect that some of our team would have grown, especially in light of all that they have witnessed. These characters are still paper thin with very little depth. I know almost nothing about our Protagonist Joe Bishop is basically Joe SixPack. An everyman that has been placed in the right place at the right time. In the first book, we watched him go from grunt to Sargent and then to Colonel...it was a feel good moment to see this everyman put in charge of an entire brigade, then a starship. When Joe and the Merry Band of Pirates returned home after their second journey, I expected another promotion. Instead we watched as he was dressed down by superiors for making decisions that were (at the time) very reasonable and even heroic. But for the sake of the story, I accepted this bizarre twist. And now we have Chotek (sp?) who is essentially an amalgam of every undesirable government agent from Earth. Now that he's seen the universe unfold before his eyes, has his disposition changed? Has he become a more tolerable leader? Has he come to understand that Joe is a hero and not a hapless idiot? No, no and no. There is no character growth here at all. These people have seen some sh*t and they need to behave in ways that make sense. The most ironic thing in this entire series is that Skippy has the most character growth of them all....an AI that supposedly lacks depth or empathy has the most complicated character arc of them all.

And for the love of all things Skippy, PLEASE resolve some of these loose ends. With every chapter we seem to get more hints at the origins of Skippy, but we learn almost nothing. It's book 4, we should have made some progress towards that goal. I cannot sit through another set of books waiting for progress.

I have so many more issues with these books, but I also love them so much, it hurts to be so critical. But if the author happens to be considering a change in narration, DON'T DO IT. R.C. Bray is your Tom Brady. Don't forget that.

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  • Tyson S Sukeforth
  • 04/10/2017

Solid continuation that fizzles at the end

What I love about Craig's writing style that really shines in this book is diving into the randomness of an unpredictable universe. Exploring the minutia of various events along the story that are anywhere between game changing to inconsequential. And they can be either unfortunate or fortuitous or both. It gives the story more chance to tell a larger picture and creates a living world that, especially for a sci-fi series, feels very grounded in reality. Sometimes the story is a grind as they duck and weave through updating situations and unintended consequences because that's how combat and problem solving actually is.

Unfortunately he sticks to the style a little too well, as the book sputters at the end without a very satisfying conclusion before setting up the next book. By the end the characters are exhausted and strung out and so are we. And I appreciate that this is very likely representative of what most of real life combat is like. But the book just ends there, without excitement or satisfaction. Postponing the payoff to the next book. And since we already had to wait a little longer for this book to fit in "Trouble in Paradise", it's going to make the wait for the next story EXCRUCIATING. And not in a great way.

It hurts to say because I overall I really love the book and the series, and it's a small knock on what's otherwise a great read, unfortunately that little bit is what's going to stick with me while we wait the months for the next installment.

My suggestion, if you haven't jumped on this book as soon as it came out like I did, (and, admittedly, would likely still do even if I read my advice from the future because I am a sucker for this series,) hold off on this until it's closer to the next release, so you can jump right into the next for the payoff that we should have at least gotten a piece of in this one.

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  • manny_calavera
  • 28/10/2017

Still fun but losing a bit of luster

Still fun, with great narrator, but the story is losing some steam and the banter is getting stale.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 16/10/2017

Not as good as the first three

While still enjoyable, this 4th installment seemed long and overly complicated. In order to understand what was going on the explanations were long and convoluted. The banter between Skippy and Joe was not nearly as funny as before. I did gafaw out loud, but only a few times.

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  • E. Erickson
  • 16/10/2017

Good listen, but should have been 5 stars

R. C. Bray's performance & Alanson's writing were both great. I don't want to spoil anything, but I didn't like the ending. Obviously there's more to come, and that is great. However, after putting that much time into this book, to have it end on lackluster scene is depressing.

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  • Joshua Harris
  • 13/10/2017

Worth listening to for the narrator alone

If you are even mildly into to science fiction this is a great book to pick up. The story is good as with all the other books in the series, but RC Bray's narration, especially his characterization of Skippy, is worth the price of admission all by itself. Trust the awesomeness

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  • john
  • 05/11/2017

Skippy is losing steam

Still love the concept but plot was thin and ended on a cliffhanger that was passe. Here’s hoping that the next book will actually have some new and interesting developments that we haven’t seen before.

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  • DAVREQ
  • 18/10/2017

same story again

getting tired of this story and I really like the previous ones. I think it's just run it's course

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  • User 48D-X21A
  • 06/11/2017

A Good Middle Story Series Entry

This was a good book and RC Bray's narration was on point once again. The Skippy dilemma continues though as a beer can sized deus ex machina is used a bit much for another book. Luckily, the story is still enjoyable, but I wish this was more star trek and less star wars in the story. I find that I enjoy EF books that are more focused on the merry band on a planet and less on the spec ops side. Both sides are good, but Skippy + Bishop exploring the galaxy are fantastic to listen to.

I would probably have continued through this series if it stayed as that narrative of Joe Bishop alone. The book changed completely as soon as that beer can unlocked that first door. That was a total plottwist. Sadly, without the deus ex beercan, this series wouldn't really continue in any sensible way.

My biggest qualm this book is the freakin' non-ending cliffhanger ending. It feels like this story was either too long or too short for the narrative it was telling. Book 3 suffered from this problem as well, made even worse since Book 3.5 should've been interwoven into that to make 1 longer-than-normal entry into the series.

Now, time to sit around and wait for book 5, which is a guaranteed pre-order for me.

As always, trust the awesome!

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  • Wayne
  • 05/10/2017

Love the series, but this book is weak

This is a great series, but this book was not as good as the previous books. Also it felt like the story stretched out Longer than need be... and the cliff hanger ending was just a cheap trick.

Not a bad book, just not up to the same level of the previous books.

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  • T. Voigt
  • 23/11/2018

Mehr von alt bekanntem

Das Buch ähnelt sehr stark den anderen Büchern der Reihe. Das ist auch nichts schlechtes, wenn einem die anderen Bücher gefallen haben.
Verbessert hat sich hingegen, dass weniger nervige Wiederholungen auftreten. Der Autor beschreibt nicht mehr doppelt oder dreifach den gleichen Zusammenhang wie im letzten Buch.

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  • B. Wagner
  • 26/03/2018

Geht so

Als vierter Teil ist eigentlich nichts mehr neu und vieles wiederholt sich. Noch eine Folge brauche ich jedenfalls nicht.

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  • Elvina Tieben
  • 01/03/2019

Simple and amusing

after a few books you notice a lot of repetition, and the jokes get boring.
I can still enjoy the book but don't expect too much it's very simplistic.

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  • Marius
  • 28/10/2018

Performance as always top, story acceptable.

I must admit that I like the series. As in most, if not all, such cases it is no longer as entertaining as the first book, however, it still is good enough to continue with book 5.

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  • Stefan
  • dortmund, Deutschland
  • 29/11/2017

gut, wie immer und alle zuvor auch...

auch der vierte Teil der Serie ist so gut, wie die vorherigen. Die Geschichte wird spannend und manchmal amüsant fortgeführt. Kritiker könnten sagen, dass sich vieles wiederholt, dem ist natürlich auch teilweise so, da es sich natürlich um das immer selbe Umfeld handelt, in welchem die Geschichte spielt, dennoch ist sie absolut hörenswert, wie immer sensationell vorgetragen von R.C. Bray...

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  • Philipp S
  • 24/11/2017

absolutly great

These series of books are absoluty great, great speaker, great story, hilarious and funny. I love bishop, the mary bads of pirates and the shiny beercan.

if you dont know what i am talking about, get book 1.

absolutly hearable

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  • Torsten
  • 12/10/2017

Giant crocodiles...

Just when you thought it couldn’t get any more surreal... This volume of the series really pushes the story forward. The author manages to surprise us and makes us laugh. 1980s nostalgia paired with an alien sewer system. Walks a man into a bar...

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  • Salm
  • 22/02/2018

Awesome

Very awesome indeed :) I really like the books so far keep them coming ! Perhaps release them faster on the German audible if possible

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