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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.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Another amazing entry in the series

Mr. Bray does ana amazing job of creating all the characters is the book. I am still amazed that it feels like two different characters talking when Skippy and Joe are arguing or insulting each other. And once again, I am sad to reach the end, and I am craving more.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Good, but heavy lack of the Merry Band of Pirates

The book was good, and I get it was called Mavericks, but there was way too much focus (more than half the book) on the Mavericks team and a massive lack of the Merry Band of Pirates. Skippy and Joe are what keep me coming back to the series, and finding that half the book didn't have them was a little disappointing. I get there is a bigger story arc going on, but I still found the Mavericks team story could have been summarized into an halter or two and we could have had more Skippy :)

The audio performance was top notch as always.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • JSM
  • 2018-12-04

epic as always.... another great addition

loves it, as always. another great story. a few things were getting old, but Alanson recognized it and took it out. high five!

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Great as usual

Another great installation in the story of Skippy and the merry band of pirates. Once again left waiting for more...

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Good story, too much description during battles

Good story, started to tune out to some chapters which went way overboard on descriptive detail during battles.

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Good listen

More of a story a d world building book. This series has even longer legs.

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Great!

Another excellent instalment in an already fantastic series. Any fan of military science fiction should be following this closely.

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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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  • 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.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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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.

4 of 4 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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  • Paul
  • 2018-10-29

Interesting story but slow and distracted

Overall it was good. But the author seems to spend more and more time on repetitious ‘banter’ which slows things down and gets a bit dull. Good overall tho

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Yvonne
  • 2018-10-23

enjoyable, but....

I have loved this series, the characters, storyline, amazing detail and descriptions, the awesome talents of RC Bray. You get that with this episode too, just except the first part of the book seems to drag on at times with pieces of the story that don't seem to add anything; perhaps it helps bring it together later, but I'm not sure on that.
still looking forward to the next one.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • jarrod
  • 2018-10-17

Worth sticking with

Though I was pretty miffed to find that a lot of this book focuses on the forces that remained on paradise, by the end I understand why Alanson had to go down that path.

Yes there is a lot less of the banter between joe, skippy and the pirates but the story of the Mavericks wasn't bad to listen to and I think will play a big part in the series going forward.

RC Bray delivered a great performance as always

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Christopher
  • 2018-10-16

Not as good as the others.

This one fell flat for me. There was no big daring mission involving Skippy hijinks which was disappointing.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Jarryd
  • 2018-10-15

Regrounding the Series

After all the shenanigans, the merry band of pirates had become a sort of untouchable clown crew that lost touch with the origin of the series. All the same chemistry is around, and a lot of the older events are tied back in.

It's all stale though. Everyone is locked to their assigned roles, plodding along small scale issues. You catch glimpses of the bigger galactic community, but not much to matter.

It's in the same place Animorphs was in back in 2001. Series needs a kick up the ass, like Joe dying.

1 of 1 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.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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    3 out of 5 stars
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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.

4 of 4 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.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars
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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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    5 out of 5 stars
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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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  • Paul
  • 2018-10-29

Interesting story but slow and distracted

Overall it was good. But the author seems to spend more and more time on repetitious ‘banter’ which slows things down and gets a bit dull. Good overall tho

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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    3 out of 5 stars
  • Yvonne
  • 2018-10-23

enjoyable, but....

I have loved this series, the characters, storyline, amazing detail and descriptions, the awesome talents of RC Bray. You get that with this episode too, just except the first part of the book seems to drag on at times with pieces of the story that don't seem to add anything; perhaps it helps bring it together later, but I'm not sure on that.
still looking forward to the next one.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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    3 out of 5 stars
  • jarrod
  • 2018-10-17

Worth sticking with

Though I was pretty miffed to find that a lot of this book focuses on the forces that remained on paradise, by the end I understand why Alanson had to go down that path.

Yes there is a lot less of the banter between joe, skippy and the pirates but the story of the Mavericks wasn't bad to listen to and I think will play a big part in the series going forward.

RC Bray delivered a great performance as always

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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    4 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
  • Christopher
  • 2018-10-16

Not as good as the others.

This one fell flat for me. There was no big daring mission involving Skippy hijinks which was disappointing.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Jarryd
  • 2018-10-15

Regrounding the Series

After all the shenanigans, the merry band of pirates had become a sort of untouchable clown crew that lost touch with the origin of the series. All the same chemistry is around, and a lot of the older events are tied back in.

It's all stale though. Everyone is locked to their assigned roles, plodding along small scale issues. You catch glimpses of the bigger galactic community, but not much to matter.

It's in the same place Animorphs was in back in 2001. Series needs a kick up the ass, like Joe dying.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful