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Zero Hour Audiobook

Zero Hour: Expeditionary Force, Book 5

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Publisher's Summary

United Nations Special Operations Command sent an elite expeditionary force of soldiers and pilots out on a simple recon mission, and somehow along the way they sparked an alien civil war. Now the not-at-all-merry band of pirates is in desperate trouble, again. Their stolen alien starship is falling apart, thousands of light years from home. The ancient alien AI they nicknamed Skippy is apparently dead, and even if they can by some miracle revive him, he might never be the same.

©2017 Craig Alanson; 2018 Podium Publishing

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    Jenny Macmillan 08/02/2018 Member Since 2017
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    "Getting Bored"

    Love the story and the characters but am starting to get a bit bored.
    We have 5 books in the series now and am wondering what book 6 will bring - will it be more of the same or will it climax. I hope book six is the last otherwise this adventure is starting to drag out.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jan 22/02/2018
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    "Scared of it getting stale.."

    OK so not knocking the book because I enjoyed it. Great story, interesting ending and wonderful performance as always by RC Bray! But like some others here, I'm started to wonder where it's gonna lead... Will it be another 30 books or will it end in book 6-7?

    Not because I don't enjoy the characters, but more that it's starting to remind me of how I felt about the TV show Lost. So many mysteries, and it was so awesome at the start but then it was like hey keep following these breadcrumbs until next season and then next season until you have the last season which was ok but the mystery got too big for one season to explain. Ok I'm starting to rant here..

    Basic jist, if you liked the other books you'll like this one but I hope the writer starts moving the overarching series story forward with a bit with more pace..

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    alain 08/02/2018
    alain 08/02/2018 Member Since 2018
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    "Enjoyable!"

    good book, looking forward to the next in the series. wonder storyline is cool and has potential to keep going g without getting dull

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tim Edwards 25/02/2018
    Tim Edwards 25/02/2018 Member Since 2017
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    "Continuing a great yarn "

    Great series and still going strong. Really enjoy the performance of the narrator. Can’t wait for the next one

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    James 25/02/2018
    James 25/02/2018 Member Since 2015
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    "Can't get enough"

    Love this series. Keeps you on the edge of your chair the entire time. Can't wait for the next one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Matt Parkinson 22/02/2018
    Matt Parkinson 22/02/2018 Member Since 2018
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    "!"

    Bring on Alien Legion!!! Craig, write write write! I implore you! I cannot wait until R C Bray narrates!

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    Anonymous 22/02/2018
    22/02/2018 Member Since 2016
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    "great!"

    please make more, I need to know what happens to all of them. im not a reviewer but audible makes me write about 15 words so now im rambling.

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    Alejandro Amarillo 20/02/2018 Member Since 2016
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    "RC Bray is a genius!!!"

    His readings of this series has been phenomenal. He brings the characters to life and I never stop laughing when a chapter focuses on Joe and Skippy the Magnificent.

    I can’t wait for the next book in the series.

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    Kael 19/02/2018
    Kael 19/02/2018 Member Since 2016
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    "I'm addicted."

    The series is magnificently special and this book is no exception. The narration is perfect as usual.

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    James Mifsud 18/02/2018
    James Mifsud 18/02/2018 Member Since 2015
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    "Get ready for an adventure of a life time"

    The Merry Band of Pirates keep finding themselves in more daring and risky missions as time aboard to Flying Dutchman creeks and rattles though space.

    Hold on to your helmets and strap in because.,. Heh heh, you’re very much not going to like this... but we are going in Barney Style.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • KM
    14/02/18
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    "The middle sags with repetition"

    Another great performance from RC Bray, and Alanson gives him plenty of characters to play with.

    However, the story really becomes tedious with repetitive situations that prevent the story from building any momentum. Here's the pattern: The crew faces an insurmountable problem, Skippy apologizes, at the last minute Bishop comes up with an idea, Skippy says it's stupid, Skippy realizes it can work, Skippy complains about being outsmarted by meatsacks, the solution works, almost immediately a new problem is presented. Repeat a couple dozen times. At no point do we wonder if they will be successful. The big picture can never form because we spend 10 - 20 minutes listening to the details about the problem, along with nearly identical dialog. This has been a signature part of previous books in the series, but this book seems to be especially over-written.

    It is frustrating because there are some potentially great plot lines. It feels like the author is deliberately stretching the story, so it feels watered-down. Like the boy who cried wolf one too many times, the repeated use of the same story mechanics has erased all emotion from this book.

    30 of 31 people found this review helpful
  • Mike
    Glendale, AZ, United States
    17/02/18
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    "Forced Continuity, I Think a Ghostwriter Could"

    do as well.
    You know how a girl breaking up with a guy will say, "It's not you, it's me." Well I seriously think the author is bored with this, but likes the money too much. It is you, cuz it sure ain't me. Skippy deserves better, maybe it's time to get Bishop laid.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Michael
    Anacortes
    19/02/18
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    "Very Poor"
    What would have made Zero Hour better?

    I love the story line but come on, we know the characters, you could of cut 8 hours off and had a better story.


    What could Craig Alanson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    story line cut to the last 6 hours and go forward.


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

    Great


    What character would you cut from Zero Hour?

    none


    Any additional comments?

    I will continue to listen to the story but come on at this point we know everything we need to know just write a better story.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • xon69
    19/02/18
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    "hire an editor"

    so much repetition and boring details.
    I'm a sucker for the plot and idea but golly, just use a red pen and get rid of a few paragraphs and internal dialogue. we get it! there lots of internal thought process about keeping humanity's space flights on the DL but u don't need to bring it up Every timeeee.

    otherwise a lovely book idea.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    11/02/18
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    "Old formula gets old quickly "

    Great performance as usual by R. C. Bray. Every single character has their own voice and easily distinguishable from one another. But unfortunately formula of Joe coming up with crazy ideas becomes stale, because it's just the only way this book handles character's problems. Suspense is basically gone. I personally don't feel the stakes any more. Otherwise, great book

    15 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • DobieChuck
    Colorado
    9/02/18
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    "Let’s Be Honest"

    Oh yeah, still an entertaining series w/ lovable and snarky characters, but the least of the series, and the overall progression of story arc seems to be stuck in the mud.... Imo still fun and an absolutely excellent listen, and I’ll continue w/ the series, but would like to see a little more in the upcoming...

    13 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Tose
    Norhtern California
    12/02/18
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    "Getting Repetative"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I really enjoy these books but the author has to build some additional & unique plot lines into the stories.

    This book suffered from 1) impossible situation 2) stupid monkeys/etc 3) sad moments/introspection 4) stupid monkey idea 5) fabricated supertech fix. Repeat for 10 hour narrative.

    I like the characters, I think the narrator is perfect for the material but the author needs to stretch and present a better storyline. I WANT him to do better.

    Another like this and I wont bother to buy/read the next.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Craig Alanson again?

    yes


    Have you listened to any of R. C. Bray’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Good


    Was Zero Hour worth the listening time?

    Meh


    Any additional comments?

    Awesome opportunity to do some great things with this universe and cast of characters.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Beachcombers
    Marlborough, NZ
    14/02/18
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    "Monkeys kick A**, but......"

    I love this series, but the story is getting bogged down in the usual rinse and repeat cycle. Skippy and Joe's relationship is still as engaging as ever (it even gets a bit emotional), but I wish some of the other characters had time to flex their wings, in particular the no nonsense Sgt Adams. The "Roach Motel" was a wasted opportunity to get some long overdue answers to questions brought up in the other books.

    There is still a few laugh out loud moments and it was a enjoyable listen.

    I hope things come to a head in the next book.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Diana
    Antelope Valley, CA, United States
    8/02/18
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    "Returning - needs more 3-D people and plot"

    About 3.5 hours in, and been bored all the way. Not one laugh yet. So much talking and a battle scene that just dragged on and on and nothing new or inventive.

    This has been a fun series, I've put about $50 into it and a lot of time, but by now there should be some very fleshed out people in the series. Banter is fun, but there have been fewer fun cultural reference jokes than before. And, if there's a plot here, there should have been some interesting twists and turns by now. Nada.

    Checking the iPod, there's 13+ hours left to go, and I am not willing to spend more time on this. Or money.

    It's been fun.

    16 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • Nyquesty
    21/02/18
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    "getting a bit slow"

    it seems this book could have been condensed to about half the time. I hope this is not a slow.play for a wallet grab

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • T. M. Brooks
    London
    14/02/18
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    "Second best EF book so far, but too much padding"

    I am a huge fan of the Expeditionary Force books, and this is the best one since the original. My only issue is that sometimes it feels like the author is padding the story out to make the series last longer.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Chris
    OXFORD, United Kingdom
    14/02/18
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    "love it."

    This is by far the best in this series good plot great characters well read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • STEVEN BAKER
    13/02/18
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    "Good enjoyable story, RC Bray is the best"

    very good book which moves the band on and introduces another foe. Skippy is getting a tad silly but I enjoyed it. Recommended

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Simon
    8/02/18
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    "There Ain't No Stopping Us Now!"

    I'm not quite sure how he does it but this is another one that's fallen off of Craig Alanson's production line and for anyone that can't get enough of Skippy the Magnificent then just pile in because there's plenty more here. And apparently this book is a long, long way from the end of the series too so those with Skippy addiction have no need to panic yet!

    Alanson once again sends his Merry Band of Pirates careering through a universe full of bizarre alien races as they try to dodge all of them with them alone holding the fate of our species in their hands. Of course behind the microphone, there really is no other choice for this series now, RC Bray is put through his paces by this author's zany brand of humour.

    I think it would be reasonable to suggest that some of this is repetitive and there are structural problems such as some gags being repeated very close together and I'm not convinced this book represents a logical section of the overall story line.

    At the end of the day though these books are fun and imaginative. The pseudo science fiction leads through a series of dire situations met with no little ingenuity. The star of the show is inevitably sci-fi's greatest ever beer can though even he doesn't get it all his own way in this one . . .

    I'm in for the long haul, these books never fail to make me smile and that is after all what really matters!

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • dan arnold
    25/02/18
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    "Great fun"

    Story is made great by the banter between the lead characters and this one carried on the tradition. Love how the story has developed. Perhaps a couple too many twists and turns. Could have made the last part the beginning of the next book perhaps or cut out a little from the end. That said I loved it.

    Particular cudos to the narrator who is epic. I hope you can sing better than that if you are trying properly RC Bray. 😂

    Worth the purchase for this set of books

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Paul J.
    Frimley Green, England
    25/02/18
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    "Starting to feel like 'Lost'"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I enjoyed the book, let's start with that, and the narration just kept me on the edge of my seat. The problem I had with a couple of sections was 'get on with it'. The books are becoming a little similar.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Craig Alanson? Why or why not?

    Yes, I will keep going with my fingers crossed that the story moves forward - just a little repetitive for this one.


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

    Skippy.


    Was Zero Hour worth the listening time?

    Funny enough, my response is what the main character says 'mmmeff' only problem is I am unsure how to spell it :-)


    Any additional comments?

    Get on with the story and stop repeating the dramatic escape.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Paul
    24/02/18
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    "Trust the awesomeness "

    I love this series and was so happy to see 2 new books appearing on audible to binge listen on the train to work. As always the performance and the story are great. in many ways I would love a film or a TV series. I realise it is normally better to leave such things in book format but in the right hands it can be done. see game of thrones and American gods for proof hopefully somebody will pick this up and do the same.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • keith O'connor
    24/02/18
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    "great"

    cant wait for the next one love the characters joe and skippy they make me laugh everytime

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • England fan 1
    England
    24/02/18
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    "Just good"

    if you haven't listened on anything else on Audible listen to this series. Go get the first book or miss out monkey brains.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    24/02/18
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    "Best Sci-fi Ever"

    The problem listening to this series is that nothing else compares!

    I cannot wait for the next audio book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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