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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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An engaging story brought to life by RC Bray

This is one of the standout titles in the Expeditionary Force series, despite being a spin-off from the main storyline.

Mavericks brings back characters from previous novels in intertwining storylines that feel plausible and authentic, and Craig Alanson takes the opportunity to flesh out these characters with more personality, motivation, and backstory. One character in particular has hilarious lines given to him that make sense in-universe, and RC Bray's deadpan voicing of this particular character takes the series' comedy to new heights.

Overall, an easy recommendation for any ExForce fan that sets up some plot lines for future novels.

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Clever Story with Great Characters

Really enjoyed hearing the story of the author at the end. He has an inspiring story as well. He pointed out that he has the progression for the series already sussed out and each novel is leading to his finale. You feel like you are in good hands when you hear this.

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Fantastic Narrator (almost) saves Sophomoric Tale

*sigh* Such promise.
The Expeditionary Force series could rival the epic galaxy-spanning SciFi of the James S.A Corey tandem. Instead, Alanson populates his galaxy with furry muppets, scaly muppets, and giant sentient gambling-addict insects.
A group of really cool human Space Marines is wasted with hackneyed clichés, sexual innuendo, needless slang/military jargon (why say 'Communications Security' when you can say 'CommSec'?), and the addition of a Jar-Jar Binks-like character for comic relief.
Alanson writes fascinating, well-thought-out space battles with plenty of action, believable twists, and intricate detail that the reader can see with the mind's eye. He fills heart-pounding battle scenes with imaginative, detailed descriptions of alien military technology. Too bad he can't write characters worth a damn. Not one of them is realistic or likable. The book improves as the acton builds, but really drags early on. The good stuff starts at Chapter 15. Keep reading. It improves (somewhat).

R.C. Bray is the best reader in the business. 'Nuff said.

I bought this book as a Daily Deal. Probably should have got a Filet-O-Fish and some fries.

Maybe other books in the series are better. This one? 3 stars out of 5

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Another slam dunk from team Alanson and Bray!

Awaiting impatiently for the next one in the series!
RC Bray is a superb narrator for another of Craig Alanson's novels in this epic series! Star Trek and Star Wars...move over for the competition!

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A gripping story

That ending though, Alanson as always knows how to really make a cliffhanger. I am eager to get the next Mavericks story just to find out what Perkins is up to...

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a solid schmaybe

i listened to this and free fall ONLY because of the references made to it in Armageddon and I wanted to have the full picture before moving on to Valkarie

overall pretty decent, the politics and corruption of civilian contractors had a nice twist

I found it good, not great, maybe I'm just having an issue and expect this to be Joe and skippy level

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  • Bob
  • 2020-10-02

Another great Expeditionary Force series!

I really like the story line here as I have with the 6 Expeditionary Force books I’ve read so far. Both series manage to keep my interest and never run out of new ideas and scenarios to keep me coming back. Great narration too by R. C. Bray! He keeps my coming back as well.

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It was good....but not fantastic

I will admit that I was disappointed. This series is nowhere as good as the main series Expeditionary Force. It is a side story. Yes it had its funny as hell scenes with the ruha cadet but the story was kinda boring. I found myself losing focus quite a bit and had to reverse back a bit.

It’s a good book....but if you’re expecting more of the story from the main series you will be disappointed.

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Everything is outstanding

The storyline and humour are the best... and I'm also up to book 8 of Revolutionary Force. I will relisten to just to hear the lines from Jakes (not sure of spelling of his name)

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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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  • Adam
  • 2019-06-26

so so spin off

Seemed like a dirt road in the plot with nothing at the end. I was waiting for something exciting to happen but it just wasnt there.

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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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  • Jim
  • 2019-06-12

Sloooow...

Have read all of Craig Alanson's books, and have loved the Expeditionary Force series. Sadly the loss of Joe & Skippy in the Maverick series slows them down quite a bit. This one is much too full of the political explications of the layers of galactic politics. Even though I'm familiar with the several layers, they were still confusing. And the laborious descriptions of political intrigues and complications with Verdkrist and various sub clans of the Kristang, big the book down. it is also mildly annoying that the author seems to need to play politically correct cards in making sure that women are put in most positions of leadership.There are occasional bursts of interest, when the intrigue turns into battle and the technology is used effectively. I only bought the book because I have fallen in love with the characters in the previous oned. But if this were my first introduction I would not probably buy others.

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  • M WOJCIECHOWSKI
  • 2019-08-09

Repetitive passages

The story was good, but sometimes it seems that the author was writing for someone with a short memory. There were several instances where he gave us a summary of what we just read in the previous chapter. That’s fine if we’re reading a serial and read the previous chapter last month, but annoying when we’ve just finished the last chapter. Maybe he gets paid by the word.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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