Expeditionary Force

7 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 4,968 ratings

Columbus Day Publisher's Summary

Nominee, 2018 Audie Awards — Audiobook of the Year

We were fighting on the wrong side of a war we couldn't win. And that was the good news. 

The Ruhar hit us on Columbus Day. There we were, innocently drifting along the cosmos on our little blue marble, like the Native Americans in 1492. Over the horizon came ships of a technologically advanced, aggressive culture, and BAM! There went the good old days, when humans got killed only by each other. So, Columbus Day. It fits. 

When the morning sky twinkled again, this time with Kristang starships jumping in to hammer the Ruhar, we thought we were saved. The UN Expeditionary Force hitched a ride on Kristang ships to fight the Ruhar wherever our new allies thought we could be useful. So, I went from fighting with the US Army in Nigeria to fighting in space. It was lies, all of it. We shouldn't even be fighting the Ruhar; they aren't our enemy. Our allies are. 

I'd better start at the beginning. 

©2016 Craig Alanson (P)2016 Podium Publishing
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  • Book 1

    • Columbus Day

    • Expeditionary Force, Book 1
    • By: Craig Alanson
    • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
    • Length: 16 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 982
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 939
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 938

    The Ruhar hit us on Columbus Day. There we were, innocently drifting along the cosmos on our little blue marble, like the Native Americans in 1492. Over the horizon came ships of a technologically advanced, aggressive culture, and BAM! There went the good old days, when humans got killed only by each other. So, Columbus Day. It fits. When the morning sky twinkled again, this time with Kristang starships jumping in to hammer the Ruhar, we thought we were saved.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Epic!

    • By Jacob on 23-01-2017

    Regular price: $56.38

  • Book 2

    • SpecOps

    • Expeditionary Force, Book 2
    • By: Craig Alanson
    • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
    • Length: 15 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 721
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 685
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 680

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • not as good as the first book

    • By Jamil Nawaz on 07-03-2018
    • Expeditionary Force, Book 2
    • By: Craig Alanson
    • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
    • Length: 15 hrs and 50 mins
    • Release date: 07-03-2017
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 721 ratings

    Regular price: $58.57

  • Book 3

    • Paradise

    • Expeditionary Force, Book 3
    • By: Craig Alanson
    • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
    • Length: 15 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 958
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 898
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 895

    While the crew of the starship Flying Dutchman have been trying to assure people that hostile aliens do not have access to Earth, the UN Expeditionary Force has been stranded on the planet they nicknamed "Paradise". The Flying Dutchman is headed back out on another mission, and the UN wants the ship to find out the status of the humans on Paradise.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Invested in the universe, not so much the story

    • By Anonymous User on 30-04-2018
    • Expeditionary Force, Book 3
    • By: Craig Alanson
    • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
    • Length: 15 hrs and 53 mins
    • Release date: 23-05-2017
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 958 ratings

    Regular price: $58.57

  • Book 3.5

    • Trouble on Paradise

    • Expeditionary Force, Book 3.5
    • By: Craig Alanson
    • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
    • Length: 5 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 471
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 450
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 448

    While the crew of the UN Expeditionary Force's pirate starship Flying Dutchman are enjoying a luxury vacation cruise (not!), UNEF troops are still stranded on an alien-controlled planet. Major Emily Perkins and her team are busy picking up the pieces, and it's not easy, because there is trouble on Paradise....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Like book not price

    • By Kris on 09-09-2017

    Regular price: $43.51

  • Book 4

    • Black Ops

    • Expeditionary Force, Book 4
    • By: Craig Alanson
    • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
    • Length: 16 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 795
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 747
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 745

    The elite crew of the pirate ship UNS Flying Dutchman had a simple mission: determining whether the Thuranin are sending another starship to Earth. Along the way, they became sidetracked by securing a future for the UNEF troops on the planet Paradise. When asked whether Earth was now safe, their ancient alien AI responded "Not so much"...now they have to deal with the consequences.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Love it

    • By Mike on 20-10-2017
    • Expeditionary Force, Book 4
    • By: Craig Alanson
    • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
    • Length: 16 hrs and 44 mins
    • Release date: 26-09-2017
    • 5 out of 5 stars 795 ratings

    Regular price: $58.57

  • Book 5

    • Zero Hour

    • Expeditionary Force, Book 5
    • By: Craig Alanson
    • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
    • Length: 17 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 749
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 705
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 704

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Scared of it getting stale..

    • By Jan on 22-02-2018
    • Expeditionary Force, Book 5
    • By: Craig Alanson
    • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
    • Length: 17 hrs and 20 mins
    • Release date: 06-02-2018
    • 5 out of 5 stars 749 ratings

    Regular price: $65.90

  • Book 6

    • Mavericks

    • Expeditionary Force, Book 6
    • By: Craig Alanson
    • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
    • Length: 17 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 292
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 280
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 278

    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.... 

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • A change of pace

    • By Jono on 07-10-2018
    • Expeditionary Force, Book 6
    • By: Craig Alanson
    • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
    • Length: 17 hrs and 21 mins
    • Release date: 25-09-2018
    • 5 out of 5 stars 292 ratings

    Regular price: $62.68