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Publisher's Summary

The remnants of the Expeditionary Force stranded on the alien-controlled planet "Paradise" get a chance to prove themselves, in a simple off-world training mission with a ship full of teenage alien cadets. When the mission goes horribly wrong and the survival of everyone on Paradise is at risk, the Merry Band of Pirates may have to come to the rescue. Unless they get killed first....

©2018 Craig Alanson (P)2018 Podium Publishing

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A solid B

Lost some of its class, a bit too comfortable with the redneck jokey form. But still keen to know what happens next.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    2 out of 5 stars

A change of pace

I'm enjoying the main storyline, a bit disappointed the first half of this one followed the other set of characters. I feel this could have been blended better.. this probably should have been done over the previous books.

I was laughing so hard I cried in parts... However, I personally found the first 1/2 of the book very boring.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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    4 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars

Enjoy the authors work, but not this story

More than half the book doesn’t follow the joe or Dutch when it does the author insist on putting you through a comedy routine and insisting that it’s fun.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Great

Another fast action packed joy to read. The merry band of pirates are up to their necks in trouble again.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars

outstanding

Alanson has knocked out of the park once again! R.C Bray killed it as to be expected. highly recommended and can't wait for the next book!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars

Interesting story but slow and distracted

Overall it was good. But the author seems to spend more and more time on repetitious ‘banter’ which slows things down and gets a bit dull. Good overall tho

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars

enjoyable, but....

I have loved this series, the characters, storyline, amazing detail and descriptions, the awesome talents of RC Bray. You get that with this episode too, just except the first part of the book seems to drag on at times with pieces of the story that don't seem to add anything; perhaps it helps bring it together later, but I'm not sure on that.
still looking forward to the next one.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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    3 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars

Worth sticking with

Though I was pretty miffed to find that a lot of this book focuses on the forces that remained on paradise, by the end I understand why Alanson had to go down that path.

Yes there is a lot less of the banter between joe, skippy and the pirates but the story of the Mavericks wasn't bad to listen to and I think will play a big part in the series going forward.

RC Bray delivered a great performance as always

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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    4 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars

Not as good as the others.

This one fell flat for me. There was no big daring mission involving Skippy hijinks which was disappointing.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

Regrounding the Series

After all the shenanigans, the merry band of pirates had become a sort of untouchable clown crew that lost touch with the origin of the series. All the same chemistry is around, and a lot of the older events are tied back in.

It's all stale though. Everyone is locked to their assigned roles, plodding along small scale issues. You catch glimpses of the bigger galactic community, but not much to matter.

It's in the same place Animorphs was in back in 2001. Series needs a kick up the ass, like Joe dying.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Christopher Edwards
  • 08-10-2018

A solid B

Lost some of its class, a bit too comfortable with the redneck jokey form. But still keen to know what happens next.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
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    2 out of 5 stars
  • Jono
  • 07-10-2018

A change of pace

I'm enjoying the main storyline, a bit disappointed the first half of this one followed the other set of characters. I feel this could have been blended better.. this probably should have been done over the previous books.

I was laughing so hard I cried in parts... However, I personally found the first 1/2 of the book very boring.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Anonymous User
  • 05-10-2018

Enjoy the authors work, but not this story

More than half the book doesn’t follow the joe or Dutch when it does the author insist on putting you through a comedy routine and insisting that it’s fun.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • shane.slape
  • 01-10-2018

Great

Another fast action packed joy to read. The merry band of pirates are up to their necks in trouble again.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Anonymous User
  • 30-09-2018

outstanding

Alanson has knocked out of the park once again! R.C Bray killed it as to be expected. highly recommended and can't wait for the next book!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Paul
  • 29-10-2018

Interesting story but slow and distracted

Overall it was good. But the author seems to spend more and more time on repetitious ‘banter’ which slows things down and gets a bit dull. Good overall tho

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Yvonne
  • 23-10-2018

enjoyable, but....

I have loved this series, the characters, storyline, amazing detail and descriptions, the awesome talents of RC Bray. You get that with this episode too, just except the first part of the book seems to drag on at times with pieces of the story that don't seem to add anything; perhaps it helps bring it together later, but I'm not sure on that.
still looking forward to the next one.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars
  • jarrod
  • 17-10-2018

Worth sticking with

Though I was pretty miffed to find that a lot of this book focuses on the forces that remained on paradise, by the end I understand why Alanson had to go down that path.

Yes there is a lot less of the banter between joe, skippy and the pirates but the story of the Mavericks wasn't bad to listen to and I think will play a big part in the series going forward.

RC Bray delivered a great performance as always

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Christopher
  • Brisbane, Australia
  • 16-10-2018

Not as good as the others.

This one fell flat for me. There was no big daring mission involving Skippy hijinks which was disappointing.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Jarryd
  • 15-10-2018

Regrounding the Series

After all the shenanigans, the merry band of pirates had become a sort of untouchable clown crew that lost touch with the origin of the series. All the same chemistry is around, and a lot of the older events are tied back in.

It's all stale though. Everyone is locked to their assigned roles, plodding along small scale issues. You catch glimpses of the bigger galactic community, but not much to matter.

It's in the same place Animorphs was in back in 2001. Series needs a kick up the ass, like Joe dying.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Sort by:
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Christopher Edwards
  • 08-10-2018

A solid B

Lost some of its class, a bit too comfortable with the redneck jokey form. But still keen to know what happens next.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Jono
  • 07-10-2018

A change of pace

I'm enjoying the main storyline, a bit disappointed the first half of this one followed the other set of characters. I feel this could have been blended better.. this probably should have been done over the previous books.

I was laughing so hard I cried in parts... However, I personally found the first 1/2 of the book very boring.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Anonymous User
  • 05-10-2018

Enjoy the authors work, but not this story

More than half the book doesn’t follow the joe or Dutch when it does the author insist on putting you through a comedy routine and insisting that it’s fun.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • shane.slape
  • 01-10-2018

Great

Another fast action packed joy to read. The merry band of pirates are up to their necks in trouble again.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Anonymous User
  • 30-09-2018

outstanding

Alanson has knocked out of the park once again! R.C Bray killed it as to be expected. highly recommended and can't wait for the next book!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Paul
  • 29-10-2018

Interesting story but slow and distracted

Overall it was good. But the author seems to spend more and more time on repetitious ‘banter’ which slows things down and gets a bit dull. Good overall tho

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Yvonne
  • 23-10-2018

enjoyable, but....

I have loved this series, the characters, storyline, amazing detail and descriptions, the awesome talents of RC Bray. You get that with this episode too, just except the first part of the book seems to drag on at times with pieces of the story that don't seem to add anything; perhaps it helps bring it together later, but I'm not sure on that.
still looking forward to the next one.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars
  • jarrod
  • 17-10-2018

Worth sticking with

Though I was pretty miffed to find that a lot of this book focuses on the forces that remained on paradise, by the end I understand why Alanson had to go down that path.

Yes there is a lot less of the banter between joe, skippy and the pirates but the story of the Mavericks wasn't bad to listen to and I think will play a big part in the series going forward.

RC Bray delivered a great performance as always

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Christopher
  • Brisbane, Australia
  • 16-10-2018

Not as good as the others.

This one fell flat for me. There was no big daring mission involving Skippy hijinks which was disappointing.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Jarryd
  • 15-10-2018

Regrounding the Series

After all the shenanigans, the merry band of pirates had become a sort of untouchable clown crew that lost touch with the origin of the series. All the same chemistry is around, and a lot of the older events are tied back in.

It's all stale though. Everyone is locked to their assigned roles, plodding along small scale issues. You catch glimpses of the bigger galactic community, but not much to matter.

It's in the same place Animorphs was in back in 2001. Series needs a kick up the ass, like Joe dying.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful