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Freefall

Expeditionary Force Mavericks, Book 2
Narrated by: R.C. Bray
Length: 19 hrs and 19 mins
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The Alien Legion has a new mission, and this time, they are working for the enemy. Also against the enemy. Like every operation that Emily Perkins plans, it’s complicated. But plans require good intel, and when the plan falls apart, the Mavericks are in freefall....

©2020 Craig Alanson (P)2020 Podium Audio
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Limits of a narrative and likeablility crutch

It seems to me that we have reached the limits the authors ability to produce inventive problem solving sceneries. The main appeal of the expeditionary force series for me was the main theme of humanity inventive response to a hostile galaxy which it is completely outclassed in.

The inventive strategy (big picture) followed by inventive tactics as well as inventive situational problem solving gave these books fresh and addictive qualities.

These inventive quality has been lacking in this book as well as Valkyrie. Rather I should say that the obvious is being written up as inventive. MC would say "2+2=4", and everyone's mind is blown.

I like to see the author take some time off and rethink the plots for both series and stops relying on likeable characters as a crutch.

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Such a small plot, exactly the storie i love! MORE

The small plot, that could have easily been a single chapter, was a great listen. the battle scenes are writen and narrated very well. A small side quest that is the Expeditionary force i love.

It is also a great change from the joe and skippy stuff. Though i do hopfully look farward to them both being merged soon..

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Enjoyable manipulation

As with many Craig Alanson works the pace, humour and complexity hides naritive manipulation behind the enjoyment the work provides. The performance, as always, adds another layer of value to the work. This combination of author and performer have never failed to exceed my expectations despite them growing over time.

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a very good series

there is nothing better then starting a book and it tackes you from advenure to the next and then the next thing you know you are finished wanting the next book keep going please i love this series

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Awesome story.

5 star rating just because this book rocks!! I love this universe that Alanson has created and If you love sci-fi with pesky humans kicking but then you too will love this book.

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love it

Great performance and a fast pased story line to boot
Overall a Good listen and recommended

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Huge fun from start to finish

Lots of fun, huge action and perfect narration (as always)! Can't wait for the next one!

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Love the series! But....

... Not sure about the direction?

Great narrator. Again. A pleasure to listen to.

This story. And that of the final Expeditionary Force book. Are leaving me a bit disinterested in what comes next. I sure hope it improves!

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Perkins strikes again

it's a decentt story in the overall ExFor universe but more a war story than what I feel is a typical ex-for book.
The best bits are the Beatles and Jaets.

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Alanson consistently delivers

There is a reason whenever another Alanson masterpiece is released its an instant buy.
Amazing journey, a real ‘page’ turner.
R.C Bray brings the book to life, in a way one he can.
Thank you both

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  • Adrian
  • 03-06-2020

PLEASE MORE of these and less of the others!!

Don't get me wrong I really enjoy the Expeditionary Force series but I just feel like those are just going too far. Everytime they are about to solve a problem BOOM another one comes up. It just feels like Craig is dragging that series along. This new series on the other hand is fresh and so much more fun. I love the new characters and also how the Mavericks are working with the other species rather than against them. If you have not started this series I would highly recomend it!!!

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  • Matt livengood
  • 09-06-2020

these books are getting repetitive.

These books are getting repetitive, this book is basically the same as Mavricks book 1, with different banter. I'm a fan of the skippyverse but the next book better get on with the story with something new, the wash, rinse, & repeat is getting old.

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  • gerald robinson
  • 09-06-2020

disappointed!

no real movement on the spin-off! all fluff and very little story! one loooong battle for the entire book! I love the characters, but I think he is at a loss at what to do with them that won't impact the real story and the Mbop!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-06-2020

2-3 Chapters Stretched Into a Book

While I've enjoyed the books from Expeditionary Force, the stories have been getting less and less substance with each new book and this latest by Alanson was by far the worst offender yet. I actually grew bored partway through and had to take a break from the monotony. This whole story could've been condensed into a couple of chapters without any significant loss of plot, character growth, or quality. Instead, the reader/listener must ensure extraneous conversations, unnecessary drama, and a barrage of side action that do nothing more than pad the length of the novel. Just overall disappointed with this one.

As always, R.C. Bray does a fantastic job with his performance.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-06-2020

Outstanding!

I have been entertained by the "Mavericks" offshoot of Expeditionary Force. Pretty ok story with some great characters but a sidebar to the main story line. This book changed that for me. Great listen and great story. Colonel Emily Perkins monkey brain would pop Skippy's top. I can't wait to see her plans unfold further.

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  • Javier L
  • 13-06-2020

Finished in autopilot

Not the same without Skippy. This is not the parallel story we're looking for

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  • Gene
  • 11-06-2020

It is just a war story.

It is just a war story cashing in on the fact that you might buy in because you liked the skippy, bishop story. This is terrible. It is just a war/battle story with aliens.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-06-2020

Just Didn’t get into It

Maybe I don’t like the Emily Perkins character or the Mavericks series. But i really didn’t like the story and the invasion premise and story. Most of the book was wasted on detail that in the end didn’t move the story forward. So yeah, felt it was a waste of time

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-06-2020

Will do Sketchy things for food! Cracked me up!

I love these books! Craig Alanson’s humor coupled with R.C. Bray’s narrative delivery is Great!

The imagination involved is astounding.

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  • James Burleson
  • 02-06-2020

Love this shit

Any ex-for book is great, one that deals with the beetles often is even better. Those fuckers are entertaining

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  • Heber Rowan
  • 25-06-2020

Dissapointing

Too much time was taken up by the military manoeuvres and the details. The story was thin and felt dragged out for the sake of it. While there was some interesting character development in this off shoot series it really didn’t get me excited and I found it hard to pay attention to it all. Disappointing

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  • Adrian Pugh
  • 15-06-2020

Loving this series......

Great story great reading and performance loads of action and plot twists.... Can't for for the next one but also can't wait to find out what's happened to the barrel of 🙊 and skippy the magnificent

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  • Chez
  • 04-06-2020

How does he do it?

Craig Alanson has done it again! I can’t say he’s knocked it out the park as you can’t even see the park...

Space X has just dropped a couple of chaps off at the ISS, Craig could do that by lunchtime such is his talent. (Just don’t ask him to clean his garage though)

Epic writing and equally epic performance by Mr Bray.

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  • Ash
  • 02-06-2020

Insanity

Lots and lots of twists. Just so much better than it’s predecessor (death trap) it’s just sooooooo good! Great for any space opera lovers and adventure lovers and even thriller lovers! In short great for everyone.

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  • Andrew
  • 08-07-2020

The first book in this universe I haven't finished

I think I'll stick with the Joe and Skippy books, at least there the long descriptive chapters are balanced out by a couple of strong characters and some good humour.

Not so with Mavericks, the characters just don't have enough depth for me to care about them enough to wade through the more tedious parts of the writing.

There's always been a feeling the author is going for quantity rather than quality but the enjoyable characters and engaging adventures of the merry band of pirates made it worth tolerating the hard going bits in a way Maverick doesn't quite manage.

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  • Progeni
  • 07-07-2020

R.C. Bray should read ALL audio books

Great book in a fantastic series and sub-series, made all the better by Mr Bray's awesome narration. Wait for the bloopers at the end.

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  • Matthew C.
  • 06-07-2020

Worst if the series

Meandering story that doesn't really go anywhere unfortunately. R. C. Bray is great as always though.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-07-2020

Boring

Struggling with this book, story line so far same old same old, boring 2nd book Sorry

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  • Mr_P
  • 02-07-2020

THIS IS NOT BOOK 2 OF EXPEDITIONARY FORCE SERIES

This is, instead, Book 2 of the Expeditionary Force MAVERICKS series.
Same Universe, different series.
Name flying a little close to the mark, in my opinion. Audible has a History of poorly curating its titles, so I didn't realise the significance of the "Mavericks" added to the name.

Name close enough, and featuring tangential characters from the main series, so that I didn't realise for WAY longer than I'm willing to admit to that I'd skipped into the second book of the wrong series.
*facepalm*

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  • Daniel
  • 01-07-2020

Well worth a listern

Craig Alenson does it again and adds more depth to his universe with the mavericks. And RC Bray does what he does