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Renegades

Expeditionary Force, Book 7
Auteur(s): Craig Alanson
Narrateur(s): R.C. Bray
Durée: 17 h et 7 min
5 out of 5 stars (191 évaluations)
Prix: CDN$ 56,38
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Description

The battle-scarred star carrier Flying Dutchman is finally on her way back to Earth, after an exceptionally successful series of missions that have once again saved the world. The ship needs a serious refit, and her exhausted crew just wants a break from constant clandestine warfare against a vicious and superior enemy. Wishes come true, right? Not for the Merry Band of Pirates.

Includes special bonus note from the author.

©2018 Craig Alanson (P)2019 Podium Publishing

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Au global

  • 5 out of 5 stars
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Histoire

  • 5 out of 5 stars
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  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    5 out of 5 stars

Just binged the whole series. MUST HAVE MORE *taps forearm*

I, like many, grabbed this book series on RC Bray’s recommendation or simply by his name.

Don’t let that be the only reason. This writing is witty, clever, fun, deep, and somehow feels like a real world.

Gripes I have with most stories are character or logic inconsistencies. The abandoning of or betrayal of the rule-sets in a built character or world for the sake of plot. That and the forgetfulness of many writers who in a long series abandon plot lines they set up in previous books. Craig thus far has given me nothing to gripe about on that front.

For me, the slow weaving of clues into a massive story of the deep past with the Elders and the AI is very well done. Many writers tend to rush world building or abandon it altogether and the opportunity for mystery is wasted. I love the opportunity to ponder what really happened in the deep past. That’s a personal thing, as I love that in the real world too. I think I know the story he is setting us up for and I’m quite excited about it.

  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    5 out of 5 stars

Keeps getting better and better

This series reached new heights again with this book. Absolutely riveting, gets better every chapter.

  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    5 out of 5 stars

Another great book!

Same again and more. Can't wait for the next. Word Word Word Word Word word

  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    5 out of 5 stars

Get it already you dumb dumb

Listen here you jackasses, buy it! it's smashingly good!
bunch of dumb dumbstruck, sheesh.
Skippy shut your Ahole!

  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    5 out of 5 stars

another awesome book

another great book that kept me wanting more. can't wait for the next episode of skippy and Joe saving the day

  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    4 out of 5 stars

Another out of the park performance by RC!<br />

Storylines are similar but that was ok. Enjoyed it immensely. R.C. was brilliant as always.

  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    5 out of 5 stars

The most entertaining series I’ve read/listened to in 20 years!

Renegades was great. I was sad when it ended. RC Bray is amazing and is the FIRST EVER narrator to convince me to listen to audio books that are not business-related.

Craig Alanson - well, he has written another amazing story. I love these books and can’t wait to continue each story where I left off. The characters are well developed. Skippy the Magnificent is possibly my favorite sci-fi character of all time. This was a spot previously held by Ender (going back to the early 1990’s). This book is suspenseful with twists you don’t expect, science that you can believe might be possible, and characters that you feel like you know (personally) by the end.

“Trust the Awesomeness” that is in this book. If you are reading this review and haven’t started the series, do it. If you love space adventures, and a good laugh, you’ll enjoy the story about space paramecium pirates and a talking beer can. And no, they are not actual paramecium(s?). Or a beer can. Just buy this.

  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    5 out of 5 stars

What can I say? Please!

I love these books more than I like to admit. I occasionally go back and listen to them all over again. So much fun! Well done Craig! Please keep them coming!!

  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    5 out of 5 stars

authors note at the end is good too

this book is great, I world recommend it and relisten to the whole series again.

  • Au global
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    4 out of 5 stars

Really good and way better than last time.

I was a little worried after the last book. There was too much focus away from the Dutchman with no pay off. Renegades returns the focus to Joe and the Schmo and they really get their groove back. I'm looking forward to where this story goes from here. What were the Elders up to? Where are the Monkeys headed? I also liked the bit where the Kitties thought that maybe the Humans are way more powerful than they let on. I would love to see this develop further

I think a little more editing would be useful....Joe's weird dreams and other tangents could be left out.

Overall I really like this one.

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  • Au global
    3 out of 5 stars
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    2 out of 5 stars
  • Spankybus
  • 2019-04-03

Same Problems as BSG and LOST

This series has been what I look forward to the most. Every time a new book hits, i re-listen to the series , in order, to get ready..usually to remind myself of whats happened prior. With each book, there is a slight drop-off in enjoyment as the same jokes, one-liners, and themes reiterate themselves without significant story evolution. Note that until This book, I felt the falling off was slight.

My gut feeling with Renegades is that the author never expected this series to be this successful when he set out...and not he's just padding the story with repetitive crap to wring every cent out of it that he can. Its the same feeling I had with ScyFy's Battlestar Galactica, LOST, and a dozen others shows that were overnight hits. Its like, "Holy crap, this is huge...we need more seasons"

The story is languishing. The jokes are pretty old now: "Let's go with the caring thing", "Hold my Beer", "I hate my life" I don't want to give much away, so I'll not say more...but predictable is the word...its become predictable.

We need to evolve the current characters. The story about overarching Skippy story needs to move forward faster, we need some new characters with depth in their own right. Hell, in this book, there were even fewer players...which meant we had to spend even more time with the same circular jokes and plot.

This series has been great...but please move it along, evolve the characters...More has to happen...If the next book falls off harder than this one did, I think I am done. At the very least, I won't pre-oder anymore and wait to read the reviews.

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  • Au global
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    4 out of 5 stars
  • BeauFLA
  • 2019-03-27

Good But I Hoped For More

Book 7 is a lot better than book 6. For me however, there was too much bantering and not enough story development. Don't get me wrong I like the banter between the characters. But, when I can fast forward a few minutes and the same banter between the same characters on the same subject is still going on for several minutes afterward, its a bit much.

Just my perspective. I am sure there are a lot of Skippy fans who have a different opinion.

All in all I did enjoy the book. Just not as much as if there would have a bit more story development.

26 personnes sur 28 ont trouvé cette évaluation pertinente

  • Au global
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Jeremy
  • 2019-04-03

Series needs to go somewhere soon

I've enjoyed listening to these audiobooks at work. I skipped Paradise Lost as well as Book 6 as I felt they were nothing more than fillers or contractual obligations to the publisher. While I don't think this book was bad, I feel like it was rushed out just to have more sales. I know this is the goal of any author and publisher, but I would rather not be able to feel that is the case while I'm listening to the book. The series really needs to go somewhere in the next book.
I agree with other listeners that it needs to explore the Elders, more of Skippy's hidden background, as well as some interaction with some higher species.

13 personnes sur 14 ont trouvé cette évaluation pertinente

  • Au global
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Jason
  • 2019-03-27

Felt weak

R.C. Bray is amazing as always.

This series has been fun to listen to till this book.

This felt like Robert Jordan during the filler parts of Wheel of Time. Amazing detail spanning hours that did not progress the plot much.

Hopefully things get better the next couple of books.

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  • Au global
    4 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
  • Angus
  • 2019-04-06

Concerned

I have listened to all the books in the series and the 2 Paradise books. This one misses the mark. It is if Mr. Alanson came up short and just put in description to make the word count. The characters are lacking depth. I really wanted to love this book but I can’t.

4 personnes sur 4 ont trouvé cette évaluation pertinente

  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Max
  • 2019-03-28

Great story but starting to slow down

Honestly the book was great the narrating was amazing, I loved the commentary between skippy and joe. But I’m going to be honest, the plot feels like it’s slowed down quite a bit, like there’s little advancement in the story and the overall plot line. I feel like personally it’s a bit slower in the past 2 books and some moments feel really drawn out. But overall it’s excellent writing and it’s amazing narration always has me coming back to the series!

18 personnes sur 21 ont trouvé cette évaluation pertinente

  • Au global
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Steve
  • 2019-03-27

Irrational behavior and Poor Character Development

I keep buying these titles because the narration is some of the best out there. R.C. Bray is the absolute best. His ability to lose himself in the narration and convey not only different dialects, but female voices, is flat out amazing. But this is where the flattery for this title ends.

I cannot, for the life of me, understand why the Earth Governments are being painted as such cowardly imbeciles. Sure, government bureaucracy is sometimes laughably bad, but we can still understand their motivations, even if it is self-serving. But with regard to their treatment of our protagonist and his team, it's utterly baffling. When a military leader is disconnected from his command, he/she makes decisions to further the mission and protect his patrons. At every turn, Joe Bishop has made decisions that aligned with the goals of Earth and her safety. Yet each time they go home, Joe and his crew are railroaded and treated with hostility with no regard to sanity or common sense. They are chastised for making horrible decisions, yet each of those decisions had absolutely no alternative where Earth could have been safer had those decisions not been made. The author seems intent on painting the governments as evil, which is a rather unforgivable writing error. Conflict needs to be believable, and watching as the US Govt creates an adversary out of a supremely intelligent AI makes zero sense. Finding ways to work with that AI would be the most logical choice, yet the government seems content to ignore that, between Joe and Skippy, none of this would have been possible without them. It requires some serious mental gymnastics to explain why they would scuttle the only known means to save the planet.

Furthermore, the exposition continues to be mind numbingly boring and repetitive. Were it not for R.C. Bray, I'm not sure I could tolerate the "planning sessions" which are just a laundry list of in-universe rules which may or may not be broken depending on the narrative required. So much Deus-Ex Machina and MacGuffins are involved in these sessions that it's almost hilarious. "We can't do this because of X, but there is this super secret device that can accomplish this, but it's locked up on a military base/enemy star-ship/relay station." Honestly, I feel as if Alanson if just phoning it in in the last several books.

My personal opinion on this series....take some risks. Change the narrative. Expose the human race, reveal Skippy to another race, even if it's a select few. Let the people on Paradise know about the Dutchman, give them some hope, hell, rescue them. Fight for survival with everything on the table. And can we please, for the love of Skippy, start learning more about the Elders and the origins of our beloved beer can? What can't he tell us, why can't he tell us, can the human race learn the secrets of the Elders? Maybe that's how we win? We've made almost zero progress on this narrative over the course of 7.5 books. We need something more than the same rinse and repeat scenarios.

And lastly, let's get some damned character development. We have seen almost no character growth from Joe Bishop. He remains the same reluctant hero that he was in the very beginning, even with so many accomplishments under his belt. He should be extremely confident at this point. He shouldn't be taking leadership notes from his crew. At every turn he is being chided by supporting characters for not being a leader, yet his actions under pressure is leadership defined. What makes this military genius turn into a cowardly lion between victories? Joe is our protagonist, we need him to grow and succeed. As the reader, we need to have a few "hell yeah" moments every now and again. As it stands, Joe is just a doormat for everyone else's character growth.

Interestingly enough ,even after all these criticisms, I will still be a loyal fan. You can thank R.C. Bray and Skippy for my continued patronage. I would listen to Bray read from my vehicles technical manual..... And Skippy, well that is perhaps the best written character in the series, and even though much of the snark is also rinse and repeat, the combination of Bray and Skippy are just a joygasm for the ears. Anyway, on to the next book...

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  • Au global
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Humility
  • 2019-04-09

You know it says headings are optional...

This book was equal parts frustrating and entertaining. I am real glad its abandoned its purely formulaic approach. Still the way the problems continuously and endlessly stacked... I honestly wanted nothing more than for them to find what they needed at the moonbase to fix up their ship properly and crew up at Paradise, So properly outfitted they could actually start DOING SOMETHING.

Instead is often felt like just endless descriptions of their handicaps and trying to solve those instead of achieving any plot progression. And sometimes like a chapter would be spent on a problem that literally solved itself. To the point that it felt like filler instead of story. I liken it to playing an old school Jrpg, with the random encounter rate set to every half step. Sometimes the filler obstacles were entertaining because of a good joke or a switch of perspective but more often than not, they were just there. But Im still giving it 4 stars because when it wasn't boring me with minutiae it was generally entertaining and interesting. And I feel the entertaining just barely outweighs the boring and frustrating.

I still might have given it 3 stars because of how completely unrealistic the book was. I mean come on, every single country on the council agreeing? But I decided to be nice. This time.

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  • Au global
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    2 out of 5 stars
  • D. G. Florida
  • 2019-04-02

Not nearly as good as the previous

This book has some serious problems.

First, the "Colonel Joe comes up with bizarrely creative solutions to impossible problems" is beaten to death in this book. Skippy and various characters comment on it ALL THE TIME. Its the theme of the book.

Second, the level of cussing has increased significantly. Its not extreme, but its definitely increased and to the point that I don't listen to the book in front of my children. Increased foul language is a cop out and usually a sign that the author is floundering for new ideas. Its like a comedian whose jokes are old so he tries pump some life into them with some 4 letter words.

Third, there is a lot of repetition, and there are some unnecessary paragraphs (they have no relevance to the story), and there are some sections that are just plain boring (which I jumped through skipping forwards in 15 sec increments).

While the first 6 books were very good (books 1 & 2 were superb), this one is a real let down. A few good moments, a little Skippy comedy, but overall its not that great as space opera or military space sci fi. I fear the series has run its course.

11 personnes sur 13 ont trouvé cette évaluation pertinente

  • Au global
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    2 out of 5 stars
  • drsmith2002
  • 2019-04-01

"Didn't I listen to this story 3 books ago..."

I really love this series, but this one is starting to drag. As always RC Bray is awesome, I would have given this series up a long time ago if not for him. The characters and plot are just not moving along well. The joke between Skippy and the other characters are becoming tired now. It was great in the first few books, but things just feel like they haven't progressed. I would love to explore the story of the elders more, what's the mystery with the AI's, anything but the save the world from X alien disaster caused by Joe not thinking plan Y through?? Also, Skippy is not really cute in this one, I found him way more annoying than funny...

11 personnes sur 13 ont trouvé cette évaluation pertinente