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The Expeditionary Force saga continues with Breakaway, the eagerly awaited sequel to number-one Audible-ranked and New York Times best-selling Brushfire, from an epic sci-fi writer at the top of his game. Join the millions of listeners who have enjoyed R.C. Bray’s hilarious portrayal of Joe, Skippy, The Merry Band of Pirates, and so many other unforgettable characters.

The Merry Band of Pirates offered the bad guys a ceasefire. We won’t mess with them, if they don’t mess with us. Easy, right? 

No.

The aliens chose to do things the hard way. So, the Pirates are racing around the galaxy to clean up the threat to Earth. The infant UN Navy has their own mission with the Alien Legion: Get humanity some allies in the fight. And the Ethics & Compliance Office might have to do something...ethical. Unless they can find a way around it.

©2021 Craig Alanson (P)2021 Podium Audio

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as always amazing except for that preview.

As always an amazing story and performance. I honestly don't know how the author keeps coming up with these ridiculous one in a million ideas but it's awesome and I love it.

And RC Bray.... I don't even really need to say anything but I will. as always the amazing RC Bray absolutely killed it, and it's so refreshing to go from listening to a "Good" narrator, to listening to a legendary one.



As to that preview at the end of the book.... why? I get that this book will make a lot of sales and a lot of people will hear that preview but when you go from someone like RC bray to whoever that was is jarring.

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waste of time

The entire book could have been 10-14 chapters of another, better book, and would have been the case of this was an earlier book in the series.

By far the worst book in the series, little to nothing happens, barely anything changes, and ends on a forced cliffhanger. The writing is also the worst in the series with a ton of parts that could be cut or do nothing to advance the dialogue or plot. The author appears to be dragging out the series at this point as I have no other way to explain this book.

RC Bray is great as usual.

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exactly what I was waiting for

love

love love this

not perfect but it was good, Craig gives good hints in the titles of his books in this series about what the listener/readers can expect

Breakaway delivered

laugh out loud funny parts

serious parts

a great mix.

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Amazing

This series just keeps getting better and better!! Love the direction Craig is taking this saga, and Mr Bray…. Well he is perfect as always.

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Another stellar entry

I mean...what can I say? Every book of this series is a treat to listen to and this one was no exception. SKIPPYSTAN FOR LIFE.

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So good

I just love this series, great Listen! So excited to see what happens next. Will Earth be saved? Perfect ending thus far.

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probably one of my favorite installments

it was so nice to finally hear that humans are kicking ass in the galaxy

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Finally caught up

Good book, its about the same as the others. The killing of the "basverat" (sp?) civilians who wanted to rebel against their government a couple books ago makes me not care about the characters - The book is now just sortve a time killer for driving or working out

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Good book

The book was good as I expected. The performance by Bray as usual was outstanding. The saga continues fairly well in the book with all the characters stories moving forward.

Sadly for me though I think this series may done for me. Well it hasn't jumped the proverbial (or literal for that matter) shark, the story just isn't as interesting to me personally anymore.

For me while listening to this book I felt as though the stories and characters that held my attention all this time took a back seat to the norm and Mr. Alanson hit the gas and brakes to many times making the story of humanity and the universe coming to some kind of reasonable terms to chaotic. By the end of this book I was getting everyone confused as to their politics and "allowed" warfare practices constantly getting almost over explained making it sound like they all just break these rules on a regular basis.

I'm really not sure if that sounds out my thoughts as well as I'd hoped as I'm scatterbrained at the best of times. If or when the next book hits I will be reading a few reviews before buying to see if the story goes in some incredibly interesting direction. I do however have to thank Mr. Alanson and Mr. Bray for the amazing entertainment they have managed to deliver over and over again.

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RC Bray does it again

he's got to be one of the most amazing narrators of all time thank you

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  • John Putney
  • 2021-06-03

Disappointed

I had anticipated this installment so much I listened to all previous books again. I am disappointed in this continuation of the story. The creativity...gone...the inventiveness... minimal. The dragging out into useless filler... abundant. I listen to audiobooks to take some time away from current events and relax, not to have those current events inserted into an up till now great story set in the future. This book feels like it was created for a paycheck and nothing else. I know authors have bills and great work is rewarded with income. This just wasn't great work, even RC Bray seemed to not be on top of his narration, it was a one take and done. I don't appreciate hearing doors close in the recording along with other background noises just left in the final product delivered to us. It just makes me feel nobody put effort into the book and audiobook at all.

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  • Matt livengood
  • 2021-06-05

15 hours of useless fluff, 5 hours of story

Most of this book's 19hrs is fluff. If the unnecessary fluff was cut out, the book would be about 5 hrs tops. This has been getting worse since about book 4. Feel like this series is running in place. now I truly understand why my dad used to call some authors "nickle a word" guys. I gave it 3 stars overall because RC Bray is the GOAT. He even seemed bored with this one.

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  • 2021-06-05

Too many words! Glacial pace.

Never in my experience has a story used so many words to say so little. On and on and on useless words that stop the story in its tracks for minutes at a time over and over. There's a good story under all those pointless descriptions of people’s workout schedules and useless backstories but I don’t have the patience to wade through. Tell the story without all the padding, please.

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  • 2021-06-01

LMAO

So far I've only listened to the opening exchange between the captain of the Ethics and Compliance ship's captain of the Geraptha's Will Do Sketchy Things and and a representative of the Rindaloo in which they discuss the Maxalt raid on and subsequent destruction of the fleet of cargo ships the Geraptha were selling to the humans... despite being told not to do so. Considering that the Geraptha zre a 'Second Tier' client species of the Rindaloo the exchange really doesn't go that well for the Rindaloo. Perfect example of why this series is cruising into book 12. The party never ends... Finished the book and it is not as feared, the last one. No spoilers. Gotta say though this series is even starting to get oblique references in other books. Kudos.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2021-06-07

nothing happens

zero progression in the main storyline. you can skip this one and won't miss anything

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  • RDB
  • 2021-06-02

When does book 13 come out???!!!

The General and Skippy do a little litter box training for the Kitties... I confess, I woke up at 3 AM to download this book and it is better than my very high expectations! The plotline is fabulous and the banter is better than ever. Oh, R.C. Bray continues to be magic! Enjoy all you Skippers out there!

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  • Аmazon Customer
  • 2021-06-03

worst book in series

this is the first book I struggled listening to. I am at the point where they could kill off Joe bishop and improve the story. I was impressed that major Frye could be on two ships at the same time

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  • Josiah Williams
  • 2021-06-03

I miss the feel of the earlier books in the series

spoilers for previous books... These books have gotten worse ever since Skippy's betrayal with the humans followed by his immediate redemption. I'm into the universe enough I want to know what happens next and this ne was pretty good overall. If you liked the previous books, go ahead and listen to this one as it's a continuation and your probably used to the style.

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  • Bhavin Kamdar
  • 2021-06-05

"Privilege"

I sick of people using the term "privilege" for anyone in a strong position. I listen to these books to get away from current commie politics. It's an indication that the series is moving in the wrong direction.

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  • Mark K. Horn
  • 2021-06-02

Back on Target

Well Craig. Definitely a well written book. I really like that you got the book moving rapidly through the multiple engagements rather than focusing on one, ok two, plots in the book. This book went fast from beginning to end versus some of the last ones and was a joy to listen to with Skippy bringing “The Awesomeness “.

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