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Deathtrap

Expeditionary Force Mavericks, Book 1
Written by: Craig Alanson
Narrated by: R.C. Bray
Length: 15 hrs and 3 mins
5 out of 5 stars (152 ratings)

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The human soldiers stranded on the planet Paradise have been recruited into an alien legion to do the dirty jobs that the high-tech species won't do. Their first mission is to kick the enemy off a backwater planet no one cares about. It's a simple assignment, except everyone has a hidden agenda, and the planet could become a deathtrap.

©2019 Craig Alanson (P)2019 Blue Heron Audio

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Simply great.

A very very solid stand alone book for this group of characters. Great writing, with some great one liners from the "Alien " characters have me laughing out loud. Looking forward to the follow up books in this series.

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Once again great overall

Once again I could not believe how absorbing the story belying Craig combined with the narration by RC captures and hold my attention

Keep up the great work

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When is the next one?

Really enjoyed it. Can't wait for the next one. I also missed Skippy but hopefully we see him again soon too.

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Was concerned where this was going...

but I am not at all worried anymore. Yes, I miss Mr Awesome and his pirate band but this series has teeth and with Craig writhing and RC's narration, it note than stands by itself.
Can't wait for further stories in the series.

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Another Winner!

Okay, I admit I miss the shiny asshole of a beer can "heh heh heh"...but that said, this was a fun read, but what will it mean to the safety of earth?!?! Intricate story, with laughs and a few tears...another winner in my library...it won't be the last time I pull this audiobook off my proverbial shelf!

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fantastic addition

awesome as always. best performance makes me want to try adding my voice to voice work!

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Holds its own

Even with this being a side story, it still holds up well compared to the other novels. I openly laughed a few times.

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more !!!

when is the next one coming, don't leave me hanging. I have all your other titles.

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No Skippy

not the same without Skippy the Magnificent, still love the series, and I I was excited when I realized there's a new book released but disappointed he couldn't find a way to bring sticky back into it,

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An Awesome Follow-up

I was upset when I came to the end of Expeditionary Force. I was overjoyed when I read about Mavericks. It is a perfect follow-up to an amazing series.

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  • Cliff
  • 2019-05-13

What a great spinoff!

Craig Alanson proves in this book that you don't necessarily have to have a shiny beer can to cause some really crazy "stuff" to happen to an unsuspecting universe at the hands of some really devious humans! I am so happy I bought this! With Craig Alanson writing and R.C. Bray narrating, what could possibly go wrong?

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  • nrnbn89
  • 2019-05-12

Excellent spinoff series

I was worried that this spinoff might suffer from not having Skippy around for comic relief. But it’s great. The plot moves rapidly and it’s even more engaging than many of the expeditionary force books. It probably helps if you’ve read the expeditionary force books, however, since there isn’t much character development in this book. It’s good if you know the characters involved.

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  • Vette Lover
  • 2019-05-13

Jates may be as funny as Skippy!

I did say 'may be', Skippy is still the best. But, Jates does have some great lines, go Mavericks! Another great story.

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  • Chris Camaratta
  • 2019-05-23

really wanted to like this book

I love the Skippy and Col. Joe books and wanted to love the Mavericks but I can't. The plot is sooooo slow. The characters are lifeless. I really don't care about these people and I am halfway through the book.

I think what bothers me is that there is no main character. With the expeditionary force, you have Joe and Skippy. An excellent team!

With the Mavericks, it's like watching a bunch of secondary characters in the story. I need somebody I can cheer for. somebody that I can connect with. I'm not getting that here.


So....I won't be finishing it.

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  • Juan Benito
  • 2019-06-05

Nothing great about it

Unfortunately, I really think this story is done. I really enjoyed the original few books however the last one in the series was. a stretch and I believe this book is as well. Others have commented that this book is as funny as the original expeditionary force book but I completely disagree. Yes, it has a few funny moments, however, that's all. I finished the book for the sake of finishing it however nothing great here. A good book maybe but I believe this series is over. Sorry, I really was hoping this would be a step back into the original 4 or 5 expeditionary force books but it was not.

As always, RC BRAY did an amazing job which helps a little.

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  • Kenneth
  • 2019-05-13

Love this universe Mr.Alanson created

I am straight up addicted to the Expeditionary Force series. I've been hooked from the start.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-05-22

Surgun Jates

OMG it was such a joy listening to this book. Surgun Jates with a drill sergeant sense of humor is a great new addition to these books. I loved the story, it was wild and all over the place. Filled with nail biting scenarios and tons of comic relief. This monkey is impressed

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  • Chris Cunningham
  • 2019-06-05

Now Rated “R” listener beware

This book was awesome! I may have laughed and enjoyed this one then all the past great books in Craig’s series. I will purchase and continue raving about this author. But... The intensity of language has gone up to a new level. I cannot listen to this audiobook in the car with my young children. I only caution adults to be aware of your audience.

This series is now my all time favorite SiFi. I am also a responsible father. Make your own call and have fun.

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  • Adolph Moreno
  • 2019-05-16

RC Bray... Good

there was so much more laughter in this book...
I don't like to write reviews but Skippy told me too..

so here you go... you shiny beer can...

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  • KAG
  • 2019-07-01

Just disappointing

He may be tapped out in good story telling and entering into that gradual decline as an author.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful