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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
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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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Another great production from Alanson and Bray

If you love the Expeditionary Force universe then you'll love this take from a different perspective, of humans and aliens fighting alongside and against each other, in an epic ground battle. It's fun, it's funny, and I can't wait for #2!

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Fantastic Narrator (almost) saves Sophomoric Tale

*sigh* Such promise.
The Expeditionary Force series cpuld rival the epic 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 clichees, 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, beleivable twists, and intricate detail that the reader can see with the mind's eye. He fills heart-pounding battle scenes with imaginative, detaed 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 snd some fries.

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

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Feels like new

The maverick story line is like discovering the series for the first time all over again, it doesn’t feel like a straight repeat but rather a welcome change and refreshing spin from the same universe, really captivated me back into the series having more stories from other points in the overall universe! As always, wonderfully written as important preformed!

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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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Another great addition to the series

Great as usual, never a dull moment in deathtrap. This is time well spent. 15 words.

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  • Tom
  • 2019-09-02

amazing

loved it!! great story. great performance!. can't wait for the next one!! as my youngest daughter says about ice cream "more please!"

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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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  • 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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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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