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    Nominee, Audie Awards - Audiobook of the Year, 2018

    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 come ships of a technologically advanced, aggressive culture, and BAM! There go the good old days, when humans only got killed 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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    Dad jokes wayyy too heavy

    I feel like I have a back seat on the story and I am not involved in it.
    And the main character does not help..

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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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • Michael
    • 08/12/2019

    Basic Military Sci Fi

    Not much Sci-Fi, lots of military. Military jokes, military gripes, military grunts, incompetent superiors. Fighting. A little funny (but not as funny as Starship Troopers). I found the twists not very twisty, and the Sci-Fi not very Sci. The best part was the super-powerful AI beer can. The rest was more than predictable.

    Bray does a fine job of narration of the material.

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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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    • 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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    • Erin
    • 24/11/2019

    not my thing

    Craig Alanson uses violence against female characters as props for the motivation of male characters

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    • Christopher P.
    • 12/09/2019

    Had a Great Start But!!!!!

    Like I said I had a great start but started to become very predictable. And later on with the introduction of the AI character it became very annoying very quickly. It does have some entertainment value but it's not the best listen.

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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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    • 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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    • Philipp S
    • 20/03/2022

    wait for it, one of the greatest story starts

    the start of one of the greatest space opera book and story you can imagine.

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    • Amazon Kunde
    • 07/08/2021

    Funny,captivating story with weak scientific basis

    If you don't put that much value on a strong scientific basis and are more interested in the "fiction" part of "science-fiction", then this book and especially series (14 books in total) is for you. Get through the first part of "We love America", then you're good. Later, the book gets REAL funny, like remarkably funny, which is why I stuck around until book 3. Personally, I probably won't go any further though.

    The book is written in a military style, not a scientific. The scientific basis probably isn't even that bad compared to other books, but I may have high standards because it bothered me substantially. Some aspects are being roughly explained later in book(s), but more of the "hard" sci-fi type. Often, the author hints towards some whole new physics to solve a problem, though to his credit, it's often done in a funny way. If you're okay with that, great, the book could suit you.

    For me the sci-fi was just a bit too "hard", and the humor got a bit dull by book 3 for my taste. Especially the scientific basis for the biology of the alien species seems not at all well thought-out and doesn't get talked about. Maybe it will later in the series and my criticism could thus be inadequate, I don't know.

    At least the scientific inaccuracies aren't that common, i.e. the author either explains things well and respects modern science or makes up some fictional science, but at least doesn't go against modern science.

    3 Stars might be a bit harsh, I'd give 3.5 if I could.

    TL:DR If you don't care that much about the scientific (especially biological) part of the story, the book's for you! Super funny later on in the series!

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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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    • 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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    • Markus
    • 18/06/2022

    American bias aber unterhaltsam

    Sehr viel Amerikanische propaganda etc aber sonst ist es ein schönes Hörbuch für zwischendurch. :D