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The Alien Legion has a new mission, and this time, they are working for the enemy. Also against the enemy. Like every operation that Emily Perkins plans, it’s complicated. But plans require good intel, and when the plan falls apart, the Mavericks are in freefall....

©2020 Craig Alanson (P)2020 Podium Audio

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Wish I could give 9 stars!

4 extra stars just for the Ethics and Compliance Office ship names alone. Craig, you have struck gold with the "Beetles"! I can't be the only one who wants a book about them and especially the Ethics and Compliance Office people. Pleeeeez!

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Great naration, in search of a story.

I love the main series, but this was very disappointing. It has all the charm of listening to a natation of someone playing a video game. Way too much blah blah blah. Humans are surprisingly clever, blah blah blah.

I know that monkeys love bananas, but this feels like a desperate lunge for a big bunch.

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So much fun

This was exactly the thing I needed. Exforce is great, but a break in between the story was needed. This one ticked all the boxes, very much the most exciting and interesting Mavericks story to date. It had me hooked, listening to it with bated breath at some points and had me audibly saying "yes!" at others, getting me out of my chair and pacing as the story unfolded. A wild ride all around, and one of the most exciting Exforce books yet. Listen to this at the appropriate time, check out the chronological order online, you will not be disappointed. Excellent listen, 11/10 fantastic.

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One big long battle

If you like constant action you'll enjoy this book. I only listened since its necessary for reading the main story, the book i'm at directly relates to events and characters from this novel. Its alright, definitely has low points that drag on. You can skip much of the book if you're only interested in the story, which amounts to maybe 30% of the book.
RC Bray kills it, as always.

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I’m glad I bought it 👌😆

Some top notch zingers in here and I got a lot of good laughs. 5 star ⭐️ performance...the lizard lisp was just mint.
I think Perkins is a lame character but the beetles and lizards make it up.

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Good story

My only complaint is the author spends too much time talking about how things work
which takes away from the story. I'm an action junkie and a lot of the story bores me, which might be my problem.

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wanting more

listened and liked but it lacked, maybe my expectations are skippy level while the listen was definitely joe level

really just ended up being good, schmaybe at best. Bray saves it for sure

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More of this!

Much better flow and intensity than main expeditionary force. No insufferable Skippy/Bishop bickering assholishness. There's also none of the recap fluffing over and over. Please more of this in the main series!

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  • Rob
  • 2020-11-27

Emily's Long Game!!

Loved the book. Narration is great. I can't wait to hear what the next step in Colonel Perkins' plan is. "I'm getting a headache!!" - General Ross.

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Another Amazing Story....

I cannot wait for the next in the series. I wonder if they will ever find out what happened to Bishop???

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  • Adrian
  • 2020-06-03

PLEASE MORE of these and less of the others!!

Don't get me wrong I really enjoy the Expeditionary Force series but I just feel like those are just going too far. Everytime they are about to solve a problem BOOM another one comes up. It just feels like Craig is dragging that series along. This new series on the other hand is fresh and so much more fun. I love the new characters and also how the Mavericks are working with the other species rather than against them. If you have not started this series I would highly recomend it!!!

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  • Matt livengood
  • 2020-06-09

these books are getting repetitive.

These books are getting repetitive, this book is basically the same as Mavricks book 1, with different banter. I'm a fan of the skippyverse but the next book better get on with the story with something new, the wash, rinse, & repeat is getting old.

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  • Drew
  • 2020-06-12

2-3 Chapters Stretched Into a Book

While I've enjoyed the books from Expeditionary Force, the stories have been getting less and less substance with each new book and this latest by Alanson was by far the worst offender yet. I actually grew bored partway through and had to take a break from the monotony. This whole story could've been condensed into a couple of chapters without any significant loss of plot, character growth, or quality. Instead, the reader/listener must ensure extraneous conversations, unnecessary drama, and a barrage of side action that do nothing more than pad the length of the novel. Just overall disappointed with this one.

As always, R.C. Bray does a fantastic job with his performance.

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  • gerald robinson
  • 2020-06-09

disappointed!

no real movement on the spin-off! all fluff and very little story! one loooong battle for the entire book! I love the characters, but I think he is at a loss at what to do with them that won't impact the real story and the Mbop!

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  • Javier L
  • 2020-06-13

Finished in autopilot

Not the same without Skippy. This is not the parallel story we're looking for

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-06-11

The worst so far in the Expeditionary Force

Maybe I don’t find these characters as relatable. But I especially don’t like Emily Perkins and her machinations. Plus this story seems completely meaningless. Lots of blood and battle for nothing. Just a waste of time listening.

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  • Gene
  • 2020-06-11

It is just a war story.

It is just a war story cashing in on the fact that you might buy in because you liked the skippy, bishop story. This is terrible. It is just a war/battle story with aliens.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-06-04

Outstanding!

I have been entertained by the "Mavericks" offshoot of Expeditionary Force. Pretty ok story with some great characters but a sidebar to the main story line. This book changed that for me. Great listen and great story. Colonel Emily Perkins monkey brain would pop Skippy's top. I can't wait to see her plans unfold further.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-06-05

Will do Sketchy things for food! Cracked me up!

I love these books! Craig Alanson’s humor coupled with R.C. Bray’s narrative delivery is Great!

The imagination involved is astounding.

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  • James Burleson
  • 2020-06-02

Love this shit

Any ex-for book is great, one that deals with the beetles often is even better. Those fuckers are entertaining

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