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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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  • Global
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  • Robert
  • United States
  • 25/07/2017

A lot of fun

A good pace, plenty of action, comedy, and a bit of drama. Physics were a little off, but hey, it's sci fi. A great read/performance none the less.

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  • Tim
  • 29/06/2017

Brilliant, Funny, Clever... a Sci Fi must have

It’s hard to know where to start when describing this instant modern classic. I’ve loved Sci Fi since I was yay high…I cut my teeth on space operas like the works of EE. Doc Smith. This is the next generation of space opera and it’s fabulous. It’s also quite funny in many places. It’s action packed but doesn’t feel silly like a lot of action fiction does. The plot includes dueling alien races of giant hamsters and lizards, faster than light travel and a snarky deus ex machina artificial Intelligence the size of a can of coke. Sounds ridiculous but is actually compelling, weirdly credible and wildly entertaining. I’m already most the way through book two which puts me close to a third of the way through a 50 hour epic. If you love hard Sci Fi, if you are a Trekki or a Star Wars fan you will lap this up.

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  • Gary Glenn
  • 27/06/2017

Sci Fi I didn't know I wanted

I usually over analyze anything I read or watch, not wanting to waste my time on dribble or uninteresting content. After spending too much time sorting through different audio books, I settled on the Expeditionary Forces series as it appeared interesting and is, well, a series. If I enjoyed it, that would postpone the excruciating task of finding another book.
I am ecstatic that I made this choice. As much as the story is engaging, the narration is as good or better than any I've listened to. Even sound effects are not needed to add anything. Very well done.
A little more science fiction detail wouldn't hurt but does not detract from the enjoyment of this writing.
The humor throughout was unexpected but welcome and well done. Not found very often in well written Sci Fi.
Off to start the second book!

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  • Christine D.
  • 07/07/2017

Slapstick Meets Sci-Fi

Would you consider the audio edition of Columbus Day to be better than the print version?

Yes, the reader gave a fantastic performance.

What was most disappointing about Craig Alanson’s story?

Skippy....just....Skippy. And how everything after that worked out conveniently fine for our heroes. Hardly any real conflicts because the soda can went behind the scenes and magically solved the issues they were having. Roses and rainbows after that.

Which scene was your favorite?

Some of the interactions between Skippy and Joe were entertaining; Skippy discovers the internet.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Chuckles, but nothing extreme.

Any additional comments?

The story stopped being good after Skippy showed up....think, Jar Jar Binks with a brain. After that, it felt like a comedy sitcom like "Alf", goofy alien saves the day. And the condescending nature of the beer can reminded me of the little green alien that showed up once in an episode of the Flintstones..."dumb dumb"... I likely won't be buying the next book in the series as long as Skippy's around to conveniently fix everything before anyone gets hurt. The story becomes predictable...oh no, lizards!..oh, wait...never mind, Skippy will just blow up their ship from the inside and 100 light years away. No need to panic. Rinse, repeat.

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  • Victor
  • 07/05/2017

Think "Farscape" not "Star Trek"

What made the experience of listening to Columbus Day the most enjoyable?

Great story of a young soldier from rural Maine that who's life is changed radically when aliens show up in his little home town. The story becomes a little ridiculous when he meets an super-intelligent alien AI but its well written and fun so it's easily forgiven. However, by book two, it starts to get a little redundant. Regardless, I am very much looking forward to book 3 and beyond.

What other book might you compare Columbus Day to and why?

I would compare it to the TV show "Farscape" the sometimes ridiculous and some times funny sci-fi show. It even includes wormholes...

Which character – as performed by R.C. Bray – was your favorite?

Sippy is my favorite character... He's an "a**hole". lol

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  • Global
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  • Jim "The Impatient"
  • 04/01/2017

WHISKEY TANGO FOXTROT

CHEESEBURGERS
A few months ago I VOLUNTOLD you that BOB would have legions of fans. Now I am telling you this will be the next book to hit number one in Sci-Fi Contemporary. This book has science galore, comedy galore, aliens galore and space battles. To say I love it would be an IMPLIED DUH, but than OVERKILL IS UNDER RATED.

YOU GOT SOME SPLAINING TO DO LUCY
The book is over 16 hours long, and Jim The Impatient listened to all 16+ hours and was entertained all the way. Alanson has great timing and knows how to keep a story from going stale. For example, just when I thought the book was going to enter a shoot-em up phase and become boring, we are introduced to SKIPPY, an A-HOLE AI, who is witty and funny. There is something here for all Sci-Fi fans. Nothing is really new, but a lot of the good old stuff is used. For instance there are ELDERS, CLIENT RACES, PATRONS, ANCIENT ARIFACTS AND THE COLLECTIVE.

EMBRACE THE SUCK
I am not saying this is my favorite, just that it will hit number one. My favorites in the category and in order are, The Martian, Ready Player One, Bob and than this book. Some might roll their eyes at the serendipity of finding Skippy and all that he does to get them out of trouble, but if you can get past that you will love this.

SCREW ONE SHEEP
I have been listening to books since the cassette days. I have heard lots of great narrators. I don't believe I have ever heard one grow in their job as well as Bray. He started out good, with his great voice, but what he has put into the last couple of books, I have listened to has just blown my mind. Based on the last two books, he read for me, I would say he has to be my favorite.

ALPHA MIKE FOXTROT

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  • W. Keith Withey
  • 27/06/2017

Fun SciFi best since "Hitchhikers Guide...."

Serious but fun and Joe's encounter with "Skippy" the AI made me laugh out loud! Clever writing by Craig Alanson, and Joes character is brilliant and funny yet dead serious. Brings me back to the tough, wisecracking characters in WWII movies. Joe is smarter than he gives himself credit for, and is masterfully narrated by R.C. Bray. What a hoot!!!

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  • C. Hartmann
  • 17/12/2016

Well...THAT was Certainly a Lot of Fun !!

At 16 hours, this is actually like reading two separate books -- the first is a pretty well done military "grunts in space" story. It is a notch above the usual because of the narration which is just great. But at about the halfway point, it transforms to a space opera-type of tongue-in-cheek story that is somewhere between Redshirts and Ready Player One -- inside jokes, clever asides and a much more self-aware story....and did I mention the narrator???? I'm not going to give away the story -- which is not really rocket science (sorry) -- but I think you will very much enjoy.

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  • Matthew
  • 22/02/2017

A Book to Lighten Up the Mood

Any additional comments?

This is one of those shallow, entertaining on-the-rails rollercoaster books I love. The whole point is escapism and laughs. Sorry, but there isn't any real character development, giant allegories, or any of that silly "literature" stuff here.

What we do have is one poor combat grunt that keeps ending up in the worst possible place at the worst possible times. Each time he ends up there good ol' Lady Luck comes around and beats him with a baseball bat filled with love and barbwire. Plucky plans against different enemy alien shenanigans and a fateful meeting with a uproarious lonely male (weird right?) AI ensues. The AI even admits that he's a jerk.

So if you want a hilarious adventure romp on easy mode, pick this book up, I mean it is like Old Man's War or Willful Child. If not, go pick up I dunno, 2001 or something.

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  • shonte
  • 29/06/2017

funniest series I've heard so far

anxiously waiting for 4th book to be released, 1st 2 chapters are boring, but the gut busting laughter is non-stop and worth the wait from then on

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  • Nicole
  • 22/06/2017

Started a little slow...then I was hooked

There's a lot of background information and explaining in the beginning for the storyline to make sense. It started a little slow for me, but then I couldn't stop.

If you like plausible sci-fi mixed with adventure this is a great choice.

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  • echee
  • 11/07/2017

nice weird AI, too much army style

lot's of very funny passages, but getting a bit pathetic sometimes. guess you have to like the army stuff a lot to feel relaxed with it.
great narrator!

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  • uhu
  • 04/07/2018

Americanized, primitive

Militaristic, with forced irony, to me it sounded primitive and I had to stop.
A good job from the narrator, he sounds like the story suggests, but that just made it words for me.





  • Global
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  • Markus
  • 15/06/2018

small science big fiction

this is basically a war story with a big stinky middle finger pointed at hard science fiction. it's fun but not very visual and no great world building or anything a sf fan would get all giddy about. lots of aliens but the author was too lazy to make them alien. they kinda just behave like humans with human mannerisms and emotions and are not at all visually fleshed out. Other planets are just like earth pretty much only smell weird or hot and that's all the description you're getting. spoiler: There is an interaction with an AI that is cringeworthy to say the least. the narration is very good. the only time a scientist is introduced into the story he is portrayed as a total douchebag. this is really baseline human being SciFi... It'siting at times but it isn't good SF

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  • Silentce
  • 13/06/2018

3 times the size that it should be

A shit TON of repetitive and unneeded commentary and unimportant details.

Also holy shit I am an Army veteran myself, but whoever wrote this most definitely is obsessed. Nobody even in our branch would have been this obsessed with using so many terms from the military.

  • Global
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  • Christian
  • 26/04/2018

überschrift

jeder sci-fy fan wird sich in dieser geachichte wiederfinden... star trek, star gate, bsg, usw...
sehr orginel war die idee mit der übermächtigen AI...

  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Norger
  • Norway
  • 16/03/2018

Really cool!

The first halv drags a little and I was almost getting bored with all the military jargon. But than it happened... The author takes his time to get the reader settled with the military thinking behind the fun. I liked the book and could often not stop reading. Especially the second half. The book could stand totally for itself. It could even been divided in three different storys/episodes. I am looking forward to the next one!

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  • C
  • 31/01/2018

Jumpy

Its a fun scify story like many others. Sometimes a little uninspired when stuff just happens to move the story along but it gets absolutely hilarious towards the second half because of one of those uninspired things that just happen. have a listen and hear for d yourself

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  • G. Nägler
  • Berlin
  • 10/10/2017

Highly entertaining!

I downloaded this audiobook for a 16 hour drive in my car.
This was the absolutely best choice for this occasion. It kept me awake being so highly entertaining!!!

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  • Walter Hammes
  • 13/07/2017

Hilarious book!

Auf welchen Platz würden Sie Columbus Day auf Ihrer Hörbuch-Bestenliste setzen?

Super Geschichte, ebenfalls super vorgetragen. Story ein wenig hanebüchen, aber das ist bei SciFi öfter der Fall. Auf jeden Fall habe ich oft und herzhaft lachen müssen.

Was mochten Sie an der Handlung am liebsten?

Die Beschreibung der Widersprüche zum wirklichen militärischen Leben wurden sehr humorvoll beschrieben, insbesondere der Umgang mit den '3-letter-agencies'

Haben Sie vorher schon ein Hörbuch mit R.C. Bray gehört? Wie würden Sie beide vergleichen?

Never ever, ich warte gespannt auf die Fortsetzung!

Wenn Sie dieses Hörbuch verfilmen könnten wie würde der Slogan dazu lauten?

An unusual military carreer

Was wäre für andere Hörer sonst noch hilfreich zu wissen, um das Hörbuch richtig einschätzen zu können?

Man muss einige Amerikanismen verstehen, vor allem aus dem militärischen Umfeld.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Stefan
  • dortmund, Deutschland
  • 04/07/2017

Super Hörbuch, spitze vorgetragen

Der erste Teil "Ex-Force"-Serie, spannend geschrieben, wie immer toll gelesen, das Buch hält seine Spannung bis zum Ende. Nach dem ersten Drittel kommt es zu einer Wendung im Plot, welche der Story eine neue Richtung gibt. Auf Facebook gibt es bereits zahlreiche Fan-Seiten von "Skippy", wirklich sehr zu empfehlen..

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