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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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    High-sci-fi through the eyes of an army grunt

    amazing story, full of subverted expectations, heart-wrenching humanity, and deep moral choices. I wish I could say more without spoiling anything.

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    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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    • Guernica
    • 08/07/2019

    Overrated

    The reviews on this are overwhelmingly good which means this review will likely get drowned but I really thought this product was badly overrated.

    The performer RC Bray does a fine enough job making the mediocre story line flow as best as he can but there's only so much you can do with a bad story.

    The story itself was the main problem. It drags. Horribly slowly. Much of the chapters delve deep into the life of Joe Bishop as he evolves into a space marine. This will include daily recaps of what he eats for each meal, when he decides to go play basketball, hitting the pool, and shooting the breeze with other soldiers.

    The plot advances too slow and is predictable. Much of the first 25% of the book could have been told in 2-3 chapters.

    I really wanted to like this product based on the overwhelmingly positive reviews but I'm afraid either I don't have the same taste, or there are a lot of bots or fanbois pumping up the stars.

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    • Jake
    • 14/04/2019

    Not an Expanse stand-in

    Cardboard characters that do nothing but bro talk. Was suggested this book after completing the Expanse, and I couldn't disagree with that rec more.

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    • Amazon Customer
    • 05/07/2019

    Entirely unbelievable

    I'll try not to give much away, but the first half of this book is pretty good and an interesting take on our first exposure to alien species. Then it takes a turn and magically every single problem that does or could ever exist is solved.

    It's fun to listen to but I wouldn't recommend it for anyone that appreciates realistic scenarios.

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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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    • 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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    • Mixter
    • 05/05/2019

    Bray can’t carry this mess!

    The dialog is so bad it just makes a good narrator sound dumb. Should be labeled for 6th graders and below. I want my money back!

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    • Klaumbaz
    • 02/08/2017

    fun listen

    maybe my monkey brain can't understand the innumerable forces at work to allow Joe the ability be at the right place at the wrong time. very tropish ( that means you need to understand all of the science fiction theories out there, or you're going to get lost) but it goes from mediocre to entertaining when you find Skippy

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    • Jones
    • 26/04/2019

    Written like someone had a gun to his head

    If you like 8 books of repeated dialogue, repeated jokes, repeated references, repeated expressions, character development (actually none in 8 books), and a formulaic layout that would fit into a children's TV show then this series is for you. The writing is worse than the continuity of Skippy's abilities.

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    • Eileen
    • 30/01/2018

    Alanson and Bray ROCK!!!

    This audible book is the perfect union between author and narrator, really, it doesn’t get better! I loved this book, sci-fi with humor, you can’t go wrong! R.C. Bray is freaking awesome, I don’t think anyone could have done a better job, he’s totally a gifted narrator! I’m already through to book 4 and waiting on book 5 if that tells you how much I like this series so jump on this train, it’s a great ride!

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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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    • T. Voigt
    • 08/11/2018

    Sehr gut!

    Ein gutes Buch mit viel Humor! Auch der Nachfolger ist gut gelungen. Vielleicht kein absolutes Meisterwerk, da etliche Wiederholungen negativ auffallen. Aber auf jeden Fall hervorragende Unterhaltung und das Guthaben alle mal wert!

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    • Tertius
    • 14/01/2021

    Eine der besten SciFi-Reihen der letzten Jahre

    Die Expeditionary Force Reihe ist ein wunderbares Beispiel, wie Hard SciFi aussehen kann ohne dabei knochentrocken zu sein. Wenn man Stargate SG-1 mochte, wird man an dieser Reihe seinen Spaß haben.

    Neben der guten Story ist hier besonders der Sprecher R.C. Bray hervorzuheben, der eine exzellente Arbeit abliefert!

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    • Yan Arnold
    • 30/04/2021

    Setzt für mich einen neuen Standard!

    Ich war durchaus skeptisch als ich las, das Buch sei humorvoll geschrieben. Ich konnte mir nicht vorstellen, dass man eine ernsthafte(!) und packende Story erzählen und gleichzeitig die Dialoge zwischen den Hauptfiguren so unfassbar amüsant hinbekommen kann, ohne dass die Glaubwürdigkeit der Charaktere und der Geschichte darunter leidet. Ich wurde eines besseren belehrt und lade jetzt gleich die Fortsetzung. Der Sprecher bringt unglaublich viel Farbe hinein und schafft es mit seiner Stimme die Rollen absolut trennscharf voneinander abzugrenzen.

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    • Patrick
    • 18/09/2020

    God bless America!

    As most of military-sf goes, this is very americany. Almost everyone else is like cargo. Lots of slang and abbreviations difficult to understand for german readers, and many anti-nazi-paroles.
    But the story and the jokes are really nice, so I'll order the next one!

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    • Joan-Philip Wedemeyer
    • 01/02/2020

    great Story!

    the speaker really gets the athmosphere and Charakters. had a lot of loud laughs at skippy and his rather abnormal Charakter. habe been binge listening until book 6 now and counting...

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    • C
    • 27/05/2019

    A good book that suddenly turned out great

    I was thinking this was a good book till about halfway where it became great. Once I finished this I couldn't wait to get the next books in the series. I have been listening to Exforce books from about the time the 4th book came out and I now download the new books as soon as they come out. I personally find this book to be funny, well written and R.C. Bray is just fantastic and bringing these characters to life.

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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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    • Xenia
    • 29/05/2021

    Was für ein Erlebnis!

    Alien Invasion auf der Erde, Streit zwischen Alliierten und Unterdrückten, Aufbruch zu fremden Planeten, außerirdische Kulturen und neue Gesellschaftsformen. Dezenter Humor und deutliche Sprache. Keine peinlichen Sex Darstellungen, keine ausufernden technischen Details.
    Darüber hinaus noch der perfekte Sprecher.
    Nachdem ich einige militärische Begriffe nachgeschlagen und die Wiedergabe Geschwindigkeit auf 0.95 gedrosselt habe, konnte ich der Erzählung sehr gut folgen.
    Habe mir bereits alle erschienen Hörbücher von Craig Alanson gekauft.
    Es wäre wunderbar, wenn diese Reihe ins deutsche übersetzt würde, idealerweise mit Matthias Lühn als Sprecher.
    So, participate in the galactic journey together with these lizards, hamsters and beer cans...

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    • Limax
    • 17/04/2021

    Starts decent and gets better halfway through

    The start with the whole background story is interesting and kept me listening. Halfway through though it picks up the pace with the introduction of a very important character.

    I highly enjoyed the Interactions of Joe and his new "best" friend.
    First half gets a 6/10 and the second a 9/10

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    • Josef
    • 04/03/2021

    USA All Mighty - diesmal knapp daneben

    Wenn man die erste Stunde übersteht - oder der Überzeugung ist dass Amerika das aller beste/wichtigste/.. ist findet man eine gute Story mit Überraschungen. Die Charaktere habe nicht viel Tiefgang - was man Klischeebedingt von der Army auch nicht erwartet - sind aber auch nicht der All-Star Jason Bourne Superheld. Die Story ist geradlinig, ein Handlungsstrang der recht kurzweilig erzählt ist. Ein Vergleich zu den frühen Pery Rohdan Romanen bietet sich von ethischen und "machtpolitischen" Umfeld des Buches an.
    In dem Setting ist der amerikanische Accent des Sprechers eine echte Bereicherung welche die Story authentisch klingen lässt.

    Insgesamt sehr kurzweilig und eine etwas ungewohnte Perspektive/Entwicklung für SciFi Literatur.