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The remnants of the Expeditionary Force stranded on the alien-controlled planet "Paradise" get a chance to prove themselves, in a simple off-world training mission with a ship full of teenage alien cadets. When the mission goes horribly wrong and the survival of everyone on Paradise is at risk, the Merry Band of Pirates may have to come to the rescue. Unless they get killed first....

©2018 Craig Alanson (P)2018 Podium Publishing

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Another excellent outing for the merry band

A very enjoyable new addition to the series ties together the threads of the Merry Band and the crew on Paradise. We are introduced to new aliens, see the Mavericks through an exciting voyage and very well imagined details of space combat, revisit an old stomping ground, and have more hilarious episodes with the famous beer can. A real page turner.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Excellent!

Thougrolly entertaining story and performed by my favorite reader.
perfect score.
I recommend the series without hesitation.

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Good change of pace

I don't think it's a spoiler to say that most of the book takes place from the perspective of Emily Perkins and her Paradise team, and Joe and Skippy and the Merry Band of Pirates don't really factor in the story until much later, which good change of pace from the previous books.

My only substantial complaints are that the writing is still a little janky, and dialogue somewhat stilted.

But I love these books just the same. Keep 'em comin'!

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Best book of the Skiipy series so far.

Great Narrator. Loved the development of Paradise characters. Couldn't put it down. sorry it's over.

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The breath of fresh air the series needed

As much as I love the story of Skippy and Joe I had started to feel that the story was getting stale. This book brought a whole new dimension to the universe and pushed some new characters to the fore front. I feel that as we meet new aliens and new worlds the story will have a lot more substance going forward.

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  • Joe
  • 2018-10-12

Six books and no progress.

This book series just keeps going in circles. Humans on Paradise are in trouble. Humans stranded on a barely habital world. Aliens are going to crush Earth. It's your favorite characters stuck in line at the DMV and then stuck in line at the grocery store every single episode. To make matters worse they only ever manage to maintain the status quo. We're SIX books into the "series" now. Piss or get off the pot.

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A worthy entry for one of the best SciFi series!

I really liked the framing story, and it was great to be able to explore new worlds and aliens more in depth. I always feel so bad for everyone on Paradise though. Hope they eventually get home.

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Shark jump approaches

Way too much not about Joe and Skippy. Perkins story was ok, but we listen for the beer can. Alanson needs to take it up a notch.

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Great book

Faster rythm then previous opus in the series. Enjoyed every minutes of it! it follow the adventure of the maverick team for about 70% of the book and the rest with our favorite tin can.

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Nothing beats these stories. ,

Exciting, hilarious, and scientifically thought provoking. Skippy the magnificent comes alive and me wish I knew him personally.

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  • Jono
  • 2018-10-07

A change of pace

I'm enjoying the main storyline, a bit disappointed the first half of this one followed the other set of characters. I feel this could have been blended better.. this probably should have been done over the previous books.

I was laughing so hard I cried in parts... However, I personally found the first 1/2 of the book very boring.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2018-10-05

Enjoy the authors work, but not this story

More than half the book doesn’t follow the joe or Dutch when it does the author insist on putting you through a comedy routine and insisting that it’s fun.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Christopher Edwards
  • 2018-10-08

A solid B

Lost some of its class, a bit too comfortable with the redneck jokey form. But still keen to know what happens next.

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  • shane.slape
  • 2018-10-01

Great

Another fast action packed joy to read. The merry band of pirates are up to their necks in trouble again.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2018-09-30

outstanding

Alanson has knocked out of the park once again! R.C Bray killed it as to be expected. highly recommended and can't wait for the next book!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • scott
  • 2018-09-27

the book is spilt into two parts

one half is about paradise and the team that dug up the cannons the other is about the merry band of pirates and how they react to the teams decisions

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Julie
  • 2018-10-21

Action packed

Love it. This was a great continuation of the series. I want to hear some more!!!!!

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  • Scott
  • 2018-10-21

Another great addition to the series

If you've been following this series you know what to expect by now. It's another very solid book and I look forward to hopefully many more.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2018-10-19

Amazing as usual

No one could tell the story better than R.C.Bray.
Craig has an amazing way of writing that keeps you gripped and wanting more

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2018-10-19

Back to front

Start at chapter 19. This book started in the middle. I thought I’d missed a book. Instead I got to the end of chapter 18 of 36 and it said it was the end. Pretty disappointing.
Other than that, the story is good and the performance is on point too.

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  • Jono
  • 2018-10-07

A change of pace

I'm enjoying the main storyline, a bit disappointed the first half of this one followed the other set of characters. I feel this could have been blended better.. this probably should have been done over the previous books.

I was laughing so hard I cried in parts... However, I personally found the first 1/2 of the book very boring.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2018-10-05

Enjoy the authors work, but not this story

More than half the book doesn’t follow the joe or Dutch when it does the author insist on putting you through a comedy routine and insisting that it’s fun.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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    3 out of 5 stars
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  • Christopher Edwards
  • 2018-10-08

A solid B

Lost some of its class, a bit too comfortable with the redneck jokey form. But still keen to know what happens next.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • shane.slape
  • 2018-10-01

Great

Another fast action packed joy to read. The merry band of pirates are up to their necks in trouble again.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2018-09-30

outstanding

Alanson has knocked out of the park once again! R.C Bray killed it as to be expected. highly recommended and can't wait for the next book!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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    4 out of 5 stars
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  • scott
  • 2018-09-27

the book is spilt into two parts

one half is about paradise and the team that dug up the cannons the other is about the merry band of pirates and how they react to the teams decisions

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Julie
  • 2018-10-21

Action packed

Love it. This was a great continuation of the series. I want to hear some more!!!!!

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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Scott
  • 2018-10-21

Another great addition to the series

If you've been following this series you know what to expect by now. It's another very solid book and I look forward to hopefully many more.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2018-10-19

Amazing as usual

No one could tell the story better than R.C.Bray.
Craig has an amazing way of writing that keeps you gripped and wanting more

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    3 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Anonymous User
  • 2018-10-19

Back to front

Start at chapter 19. This book started in the middle. I thought I’d missed a book. Instead I got to the end of chapter 18 of 36 and it said it was the end. Pretty disappointing.
Other than that, the story is good and the performance is on point too.