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SpecOps

Expeditionary Force, Book 2
Lu par : R.C. Bray
Série : Expeditionary Force, Volume 2
Durée : 15 h et 50 min
4 out of 5 stars (4 notations)

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Colonel Joe Bishop made a promise, and he's going to keep it: taking the captured alien starship Flying Dutchman back out. He doesn't agree when the UN decides to send almost 70 elite Special Operations troops, hotshot pilots, and scientists with him; the mission is a fool's errand he doesn't expect to ever return from. At least this time, the Earth is safe, right?

Not so much.

©2016 Craig Alanson (P)2017 Podium Publishing

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  • Daniel
  • 26/04/2017

Repetitive and watered-down

The story seemed forced and less important then book 1. What really started to bother me was the same 2 or 3 scenerios kept playing out over and over. Skippy has no plan, Joe comes up with plan, Skippy cant believe a monkey came up with a plan. Tbat happend about 5 times i swear. Even phrases and information was repeateded. The performance was top notch, the writing was lazy.

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  • DMITRY
  • 28/03/2017

Sadly repetitive

What disappointed you about SpecOps?

Book 2 takes a few elements that worked fairly well in Book 1 and repeats them ad naseum to fill the pages. Did the publisher require a specific page count from the author? The plot is basically a loose collection of randomly appearing, insurmountable problems that end up being resolved by (1) Skippy, using another one of his god-like, deus ex machina powers that aren't mentioned until he explains the solution or (2) Joe's "brilliant" idea that Skippy for some reason could not foresee despite his superpowers, followed by Skippy's grudging acknowledgement of monkeys being smarter than he thought and "I hate my life and monkeys" screams.... Rinse and repeat N times to fill the book.

The rest is filler without much character or plot development. We don't get much in terms of world building, interactions with various aliens or Elders, but we get a ton of pages about Newark. The constant banter between Joe and Skippy worked well in the first book, but eventually became really repetitive and formulaic. Also, Joe's constant inner monologue is cringe-worthy - we get it, you have a strong sense of duty to save everyone and also don't feel like you deserve the promotion to colonel, but how many times does it need to be mentioned???

Would you ever listen to anything by Craig Alanson again?

No, if Book 3 in this series is like Book 2. I liked the first book, but this is just lazy.

What about R.C. Bray’s performance did you like?

Excellent narration.

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  • Lloyd
  • 19/02/2018

excellent world/universe... terrible writing

What did you like best about SpecOps? What did you like least?

I really liked the first book despite instances of poor dialog. The universe Alanson has built and the plot itself is engaging.

I picked up the second book thinking that these issues would be resolved after the first, but I was wrong. They only became worse.

a) So much repetitive language. The author seems reticent to use pronouns instead of repeating the same noun within a 1-3 sentence span.
b) All conversations with Skippy just get more and more annoying. The same jokes are used on repeat and they were only marginally funny the first time.
c) besides the main plot line and the universe the characters inhabit, this reads like a sub-par fan fiction. the protagonist is self-indulgent; it sounds like the internal dialog of someone in middle school.
d) the jokes are awful. a lot of 3-stooges physical comedy and repetitive interplay with Skippy about humans being monkeys.

Alanson's world has a lot of potential, but this material is in need of a good editor. This novel and the last should be re-written into a single volume with at least half of the dialogue removed.

I will probably finish this one out as i'm already 5 hours in, but much of it is painful and don't think I can handle another one.

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

The narrator did the best that could be expected with the material he had to work with.

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  • Scott F.
  • 03/02/2018

Repetitive

The same plot from the first book is repeated time and again. I liked the first book, but like so many series the second book brings nothing novel to the story line.

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  • Aaron M. Benzing
  • 15/11/2017

Welcome to an outer space version of Groundhog Day, but boring.

After the twists and turns of the first book, this sequel was a huge disappointment. I kept listening hoping that it would get better, it did not. Here, I will save you 8 hours... Skippy is really smart, Joe is a dumb monkey but comes up with a good plan, Skippy is mad that Joe had a better idea than him, the plan works, bananas for everyone, repeat. Your Welcome!

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  • Jim "The Impatient"
  • 18/03/2017

WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY by NO PATIENCE MAN

BREAKING IT DOWN BARNEY STYLE
I wanted to BLUFF IT, but it is your money. I liked this book and will continue the series, but I did not love it. The book is very funny and that is what saves it. It does have some SCIENCY STUFF to the point of over my head. We are talking lots of physics with wormholes and flat universes. I like the main character Joe. I like the fact that he shows humility, but yet is in charge. It is entertaining 90% of the time. I liked the planet of the week, which this week is an Ice Planet.

BONUS OR BONE US
Keep in mind, I said I like the book and I am going to continue the series. When I listen to book 3, I will wear my lucky underwear. YEA, LUCKY UNDERWEAR IS A REAL THING. For the first hour or two, the sarcastic SKIPPY almost becomes too much. Almost every line is a sarcastic remark by him. I love this type of humor, but the first hour was annoying. The jokes are repeated so many times, that I found myself giving the sarcastic remark before Joe or Skippy did. You always know that Joe is going to think up something Skippy does not think up. You know that Skippy will get upset over that fact. You know that the solution will almost always involve Skippy listening in on the enemy's communications and often manipulating them to make the enemy see or hear something different than the truth. When it is not that, it will have something to do with Skippy making a small worm hole. After a while it became SEMPER TEDIUM. With all that, there is still some LOL moments towards the end and of course the love that is growing between Skippy and Joe.

THAT'S ARE STORY AND WE'RE STICKING TO IT
I am also very interested in the mystery of the Elders, along with a new mystery, involving an unknown race that is using Elder technology for evil uses.

IT IS BETTER TO BE SILENT AND BE THOUGHT AN IDIOT, THAN TO SPEAK AND REMOVE ALL DOUBT

R.C. Bray is no idiot and I will always listen to him speak.

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  • Noon At Midnight
  • 15/02/2018

Repetitive. Hesitant to Buy the Third Book

I love the fact that it's 15 hours and it's something to keep my mind from going numb when I am on the treadmill, but just barely. The reader has a dynamic voice, which makes up for what the writing lacks. Characters don't develop so who they are on page 10 is who they are on page 1000 --- basically which part of the galaxy they replay the same skit over and over again changes but the book ends where it begins with character and plot development a good author could have accomplished in 3 paragraphs. I am heading to the gym, so I guess I use another credit and get the 3rd....oh well....here's to hoping.

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  • Mickey
  • 20/11/2017

Painfully Repetitive

From Chapter 14 on it's like reading/ listening to the same chapter over and over again. In book one, the saving grace was Skippy, now he's become... just ... annoying. With the same "stupid monkey" or "masturbation" joke over and over again. It was honestly hard to get through. So much so that I don't think I'll continue to book 3.

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  • Jenna Keefe
  • 12/04/2017

Rinse and repeat

This book takes the same joke from the first book and repeats it over and over and over and over and over...get the picture? I'm not sure why people think it's funny because there is nothing clever about this book. While book one was somewhat original and fun this book is just boring. The characters are flat and the main character is made into a god-like perfect human who can do no wrong and is infinitely humble even when he didn't do anything wrong. Skippy gets really old really fast. certainly won't continue with this series.

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  • B. Phillips
  • 16/12/2017

Too much Bromance!

The budding bromance between Joe and Skippy is way overboard in this book. That and the repetitive crisis that stumps Skippy but Joe is able, with his monkey brain, come up with an technically ingenious solution - every time. It was a good formula in Book 1 but there is no need to beat readers over the head with it. This book is like a modern action movie; there is no fear of impending doom concerning the good guys, they easily defeat the super villains every time.

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  • Sudan Martin Jackson
  • 11/08/2017

Repetitive and annoying

Würden Sie es noch mit einem anderen Hörbuch von Craig Alanson und/oder R.C. Bray versuchen?

I liked Book 1. There were some small things about it that didn't quite sit right, but overall the author wrote a compelling story that made me want to see how it progresses.

This book is horrible. Let me tell you why:
1) The Author repeats some things over and over to the point of being annoying. It doesn't help progress the story, it feels like "filler". Things like "stupid" monkeys, The AI being upset that Humans could think up their own good plans, the explanation of the "jump-tech" and what would happen if not used correctly, "we can't leave any trace out here", "I have to be a Colonel now, but I'm still only a grunt", The special forces are so much better than I am, ..., and so on.

2) The story is just a long, drawn-out description of how Spec-Ops teams plan and execute their actions. That's it.

3) Any time elements were introduced to the story that gave it a bit more "mystery" - these elements were then abandoned for hours on end to make room for more of the redundancies mentioned under 1) and the "un-story"-like elements from 2)

4) The thing with the AI was just too much. We get it. We got it in Book 1. It was supposed to be some sort of comic relief, and a Deus Ex Machina device - but this all got used SO MUCH that it made me start skipping long stretches just to not have to hear it again.

5) Almost every "heart-pounding" moment where we were supposed to feel like "what's going to happen now", was ruined by the fact that we knew EXACTLY what was going to happen. Everything was 100% predictable. And some times to a point where I said to myself "please don't use this cliche, please don't go down that cheesy route, please don't screw this up with this dumbed-down explanation...". And then the Author did exactly that

This is rubbish.

Wie hat Ihnen R.C. Bray als Sprecher gefallen? Warum?

The speaker is fantastic.

Welche Emotionen hat dieses Hörbuch bei Ihnen ausgelöst? Ärger, Betroffenheit, Enttäuschung?

Highly dissapointed

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

Save your money.

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  • ro1887
  • 18/03/2017

Fun !!

Ich fand das Buch war kurzweilig und teilweise sehr unterhaltsam.

Als Ablenkung für zwischendurch sehr gut !!

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  • Tanstair
  • 12/10/2019

Loved the first book so much I bought this one!

The first book das very entertaining and easy to follow, so I bought this one straight away before my credit for this month was delivered. Very entertaining.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 28/07/2019

Really great, with only a few minor flaws

The story is fascinating and well written, the wit is genuinely funny. My only gripe is a gross abuse of the word "monkey". Be prepared for it in ever other Skippy sentence. Apart from that, amazing. 9 / 10

  • Global
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  • C
  • 27/05/2019

Nice 2nd book

I think this is a great series, if you liked the first..... then this will be great. If you haven't read, listened to the first, then do it.

  • Global
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    4 out of 5 stars
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  • T. Voigt
  • 08/11/2018

Eine gute Fortsetzung

Sehr unterhaltsam. Immernoch lustig. Leider sind in diesem Band häufige wiederholungen aufgefallen. Gewisse Unterhaltungen werden etliche male mit minimalen Abwandlungen immer wieder geführt. Auch werden Fakten wiederholt, was auch etwas schade ist. Aber insgesamt habe ich den Kauf nicht bereuht.

  • Global
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  • Frank
  • 22/10/2018

verry American

maybe a bit too American, but from times to times...
didn't get how the author gets his ideas bread ..

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    4 out of 5 stars
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  • Samuel Sudhof
  • 06/05/2017

Amazing Voice

The book isn't bad, it's light reading. Every important detail is mentioned at least three times.

The great part is really the excellent narration.

Recommended for distracted listening.

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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • VincentW
  • 09/05/2018

Spannend! Fesselnd! Und wunderbar geschrieben.

Das Höhrbuch hat mich wirklich bis zur letzten Minute gefesselt. Obwohl ich wusste das es eine Fortsetzung gibt und ea mit dem Hauptcharakter wahrscheinlich weiter geht. Hielt mich die Geschichte auf den Zehenspitzen, immer aufs neue gespannt wie "Colonel Joe" und "Skippy" sich aus der nächsten brenzligen Lage retten können. Dabei liefert der Syncronsprecher eine wunderbare Stimmenkulisse.

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    1 out of 5 stars
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  • Stark
  • 27/03/2018

waste of time

i couldn't put it better than Sudan Martin Jackson did in his comment. how old is the author? like 12 or what? he is repeating his stupid Jokes over and over again. there is no underlying story. just BS - as the book keeps repeating.

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