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Columbus Day

Expeditionary Force, Book 1
Lu par : R.C. Bray
Série : Expeditionary Force, Volume 1
Durée : 16 h et 23 min
4,5 out of 5 stars (6 notations)

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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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  • melissa
  • 19/07/2019

Mind numbing !

This book lacks style and substance . I have no interest in any of the characters as the story seems rushed. The main character goes from one impossible situation after the other , after the other , after the other. But you never really get the feeling like he is in any danger. The narration is poorly done. He seems to drone on and on, like one of those movies where the mobster is narrating the movie. He is probably thinking “ If i just talk faster with a Brooklyn accent that will be entertaining enough.” Maybe they should have listened to Ready Player One for an example of narration perfection. Will Weaton sold the show!!! The editor could have chopped this book in half and it would have been better.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Alex
  • 11/10/2020

just great

great story, great narrator great everything. one of the most entertaining books i heard recently!

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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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  • Viktory
  • 24/06/2020

Das Buch das einfach so gut ist...

Nach einem Standart Anfang macht das zuhören einfach spass. Ich Kann es nur jedem Empfehlen der SIFI Geschahen mag die auch etwas mehr an tief geben.

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  • Kindle-Kunde
  • 23/08/2019

Love it

bloody brilliant. Buy it now (you filthy monkey) great speaker, great Story, awesome cast of characters.

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  • Christian Kissling
  • 29/06/2019

Gave up reading, story not thrilling,reader boring

Was looking forward as the story sounded interesting and thrilling and as I'm fan of SciFi and also military related books. However the way the story is written is not thrilling and long drawn-out. The reader (audio CD) Is unfortunately not making it any better and makes the book even more monotonous. Style reminds me of military reports and pathetic story telling. Though this is in general not bothering me it is way too pathetic here. Quit reading after maybe half of it.

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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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  • Frederik Gesswein
  • 24/05/2019

Skippy

Wie viele besonders gute Bücher / Filme / Serien hat auch diese einen herausragenden Charakter, der allerdings nicht direkt zu Beginn auftaucht. Ich will nicht spoilern, die übrige Geschichte und der Protagonist sind auch solide, aber besonders ist das Buch durch Skippy. Ich glaube nicht, dass das für eine lange Serie reicht, aber das zweite Buch kaufe ich jetzt sofort :-)