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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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    4 out of 5 stars
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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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  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
  • 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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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • The Big Pun
  • 13/04/2017

Another Superb Addition A+

A wonderfully written masterpiece of Sifi mixed with some of the best (tasteful) jokes and one liners I've found in a book. Everything about this book (and series) is spectacular AWESOMENESS! Mr. Alanson has done a great job and gained a lifelong follower. Buy it, you will not regret it.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • K-R Lewis
  • 07/05/2017

Part 3 on May 23

Just got done researching part 3 "Paradise" and RC Bray is narrating it and it's due out May 23, 2017. Can't wait!

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • John
  • 24/06/2017

Definitely worth a credit!

I'm a person who enjoys watching Sci-Fi, but im usually disappointed when I read it. This is the 2nd book in the trilogy and the author's style is definitely different, but it's a "good" kind of different! His choice of words and his ability to make me think and feel that it's entirely possible for an object that's shaped like a beer can that's, because it is the most intelligent being in the universe is a testament that the author' is creative and his book is worth listening to.

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  • Global
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  • Terrell
  • 09/03/2017

"DAMN IT!" -Skippy

I am in love with this series so far. The story is wonderful. It's not too fast or too slow, it moves along perfectly. Excellent blend of Action, Sci-fi and comedy. Highly recommended!

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  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
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  • Diana
  • 12/03/2017

Sci-Fi Military-In-Space with humor

Entertaining, with more emphasis on chat than on plot, ideal as an audio book since there is a lot of repetition of what-is-happening - if you are doing something while listening don't worry about going back because you missed a bit - the author has the characters repeat what's going on at least twice, if not three times.

The humor is more the guys-insulting-each-other kind of joshing and less the clever or witty kind of humor. It still made me laugh out loud or at least put me in a good mood.

Sometimes the narrator's British character's voice (Smythe?) slipped into the same as Skippy's voice, but other than when that happened the narration is fantastic.

Light and fun sci-fi.

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  • Global
    3 out of 5 stars
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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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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Trip Williams
  • 11/03/2017

Best Book Of 2017 So Far!

My wife and I have waited for this second book in the series since the moment we finished the first book! We stayed up past 3AM (Eastern Time) on the day it was released, waiting for it to hit our Audible Cloud Library after Pre-Ordering it ("Refresh Library" DANG IT! "Refresh Library", DANG IT! "Refresh Library", WHOOO HOOOO!!!!) . After Downloading it to iPhone, we listened to it pretty much STRAIGHT THROUGH!

It's well written, AND Hilarious.. In places it's SO funny, and we laughed SO hard, that we had to take a short break to keep the funny parts fresh... you can only laugh so much before "the Funny" wears off ;)

I liked seeing the Main Character Subtly Mature as the new book went along, and he was forced to rise to the challenge of actually BEING in Command, and thinking/planning ahead, instead of just "Winging it and getting Lucky".

You probably won't regret dropping a credit on it!

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  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
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  • Andrew Pollack
  • 24/05/2017

Not as good as the 1st. Repetitive. Repetitive.

If you liked the first one you'll probably be good with this continuation. The plotting and development isn't as interesting and there's virtually no world building. This one is very much about a cycle of "stumble into big problem for the monkeys, magic AI almost fix, stumble into new catastrophe, AI has no solution so everyone is gonna die, stupid monkeys come up with a clever idea the AI didn't think of, magic almost fix, stumble into new catastrophe, etc.. It goes on like that a great deal. Groundhog day continues as the plot of the series moves forward a very, very, small amount. I'll read the next one but I'm less excited about it.

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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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  • Global
    1 out of 5 stars
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    5 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.

  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
  • 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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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • 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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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • 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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  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Stefan
  • 13/07/2017

gute Fortsetzung der Story, light Entertainment

es macht Spass, den zweiten Teil der Geschichte zu hören, vor allem, weil sie super vorgetragen wird, der Plot selber ist natürlich als sehr "fantasievoll" zu umschreiben, aber, es handelt sich ja auch um Science-fiction, warum also nicht...

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  • Global
    3 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
  • *~HoT~SaLsA~*
  • 25/04/2017

Fast-paced military sf...

... that relies mainly on its action-packed plot. No epic space opera, and it doesn't cover any areas that haven't been covered before (and often better), although its humor and frequently self-ironic attitude are quite entertaining at times. Quick and easy read for fans of the genre.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Ignacio I.
  • 19/04/2017

awesome

the story was good, but the first one was better. nevertheless it is fun to hear

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