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Trouble on Paradise

Expeditionary Force, Book 3.5
Written by: Craig Alanson
Narrated by: R.C. Bray
Series: Expeditionary Force, Book 3.5
Length: 5 hrs and 48 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (328 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

While the crew of the UN Expeditionary Force's pirate starship Flying Dutchman are enjoying a luxury vacation cruise (not!), UNEF troops are still stranded on an alien-controlled planet. Major Emily Perkins and her team are busy picking up the pieces, and it's not easy, because there is trouble on Paradise....

©2017 Craig Alanson (P)2017 Podium Publishing

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This was a great side story to the overall saga.

this was a great story and was performed wonderfully. It is a great side story to the series and was extremely entertaining.

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Great interim addition to the series

Great listen but all too short. Looking forward to the next full instalment and the menu adventures with Joe and Skippy the Magnificent.

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Terrific

I was worried when I saw the duration and half step nature of the title that it might just be an exposition filler. I was pleasantly surprised. Though void of the flying Dutchman and the crew we're used to, the book is a fully fledged story in its own right and kept me thoroughly amused from start to finish.

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Required Reading

I wondered about skipping this book as it was only a short story in between the main series. I’m glad I didn’t. The plot of this book is only briefly mentioned by Skippy in the next book and you will be missing a lot of key plot points if you skip it. The fate of the Keepers, Glory, and UNEF/Ruhar relations. A new character is also introduced who will likely be and important character later in the series.

The book is a little slow starting out and feels a little rushed towards the end. But all and all, it’s an awesome story starring the characters on Paradise. RC Bray does his magic as usual as an amazing narrator. Very much recommend this book if you’re reading the series.

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story was disappointing <br />

story wasn't about the A.I. and the colonel. So wasn't interested . Paid to much.



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awesome series

awesome series, and I loved this book. I highly recommend starting with book one and following in order.

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Enthralling story!

I loved the story. well developed characters. just a little too short. I wish it was longer for the $$$.

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great!

the story is always good, the narration so great. the Alanson/Bray combination is a wonderful way to spend an afternoon!

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Hors de prix mais très bonne histoire

Beaucoup trop cher pour quelques heures seulement. Par contre l'histoire est vraiment excellente. Il faudrait que le prix soit 50% moins cher.

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Great fun !!!

Great side story to the main series. Once again, R.C. Bray knocks it out of the park.

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  • Wiley Brooks
  • 2017-07-11

Should have been part of Book 3

Craig Alanson, please don't do this again. Don't take a side story, break it out and charge too much for it. This "book" should have been part of "Paradise." Did I enjoy this entry? Of course. It had RC Bray as narrator and Craig Alanson as its parent. But really, this feels like a wallet-grab. Craig, you have loyal followers. Don't gouge them or they will be less loyal.

As for the story, a nice subplot in the ongoing saga. Not up to the Joe/Skippy narrative, but good nevertheless. Neither Skippy or Joe are in think even. RC Bray is magnificent, as usual. And with this entry we flesh out more of the secondary characters. Perhaps knowing them better will become important in a future installment. I hope so.

Im still a fan. i just wish i didn't feel so dirty.

If you haven't read books 1-3, don't start here. But if you have read them, and you have splurge money, then go ahead.

But this felt like some editor or agent might have said: Take this side story out and repackage it as a standalone. You'll be able to sell it for a quick extra $20. Short-term strategy. Disrespectful to your fans. I'm pissed off that I paid $20+ for this "installment." Maybe $5.95. Really, should have been part of the Paradise book.

And yes, I'll buy the next bull-length installment. I love Col. Joe and Skippy.

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  • 2017-07-15

Noooooooo

Why was this not part of 3? Used a credit to download and regret it. Ready for book 4

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  • Scott
  • 2017-07-15

1/2 Book for Full Price... I Felt Cheated

This is a new story arc, so I was barely able to get into it before it ended. While I knew that it was going to be a shortened book, I couldn't believe it when it ended after only 5 hours. I don't mind cliffhangers, but this one felt like it stopped at chapter 3. It felt like I got only 1/2 the book, but paid full price. Really frustrated at that.

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  • David
  • 2017-07-16

Waste of a credit

I've enjoyed the series but this was nothing more than a gimmick. The plot with Joe and Skippy wasn't furthered at all and the book didn't even finish. There were several instances where it seemed the author rushed the story to meet a deadline. Author and publishers owe fans more. I just feel taken advantage of and won't be listening further.

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  • Haynes Family
  • 2017-07-17

I paid how much for this?

love the series. love the writer. love the reader.
feel I got screwed with this 5 hour book that I paid way, way to much for.

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  • Robert
  • 2017-07-20

It's not like the others

I loved the other books. This I really did not enjoy the story at all. The author is amazing so I don't want to take way from him but it's not worth the credit

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  • Kurtis Karr
  • 2017-07-08

No Skippy or Bishop

I primarily like this series because of the dynamic interaction between Joe Bishop and the AI, Skippy. Neither made an appearance in this novella. I just couldn't get interested in this minor character backstory.

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  • Doug Bench
  • 2017-07-05

Short story not a book

I love the story, disappointed this wasn't part of book 3. It should have been, felt too rushed and incomplete. One aspect of the series I enjoy, it makes me think (folding time space) I can see a story developing around Skippy where he could be anything from just an AI to a sentinel to an Elder's consciousness. Wonderful possibilities. While the story of Paradise needed told, it should have been part of book 3.

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  • Curtiss leach
  • 2017-07-12

no Bishop, no Skippy.

narrator great. book was short and expensive. no Skippy no Bishop. Just lacking. I'm bummed.

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  • John
  • 2017-07-04

Half the length, half a book, at full price.

Imagine my surprise when this $21 5hr 48m book is introduced as "Epiditionary Force, book 3.5", it certainly wasn't half price.

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