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Valkyrie

Expeditionary Force, Book 9
Written by: Craig Alanson
Narrated by: R. C. Bray
Series: Expeditionary Force, Book 9
Length: 19 hrs and 45 mins
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Publisher's Summary

After saving the world many times, the Merry Band of Pirates have accepted the inevitable: Earth is doomed.

All they can do is try to bring a few thousand people to safety, before vicious aliens arrive to destroy humanity's home world. 

No. 

There is one other thing they can do: hit the enemy so hard that the aliens will regret they ever heard of humans.

©2019 Craig Alanson (P)2020 Podium Publishing

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Canadians do not say or use "EH like that.

As always amazing job RC Bray. the only problem is with the way the Canadian character uses Eh that's it

Also, the blooper reel was amazing.

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Craig how could you!? amazing book! must listen!!

A heads up for anyone that absolutely loves this series, and hates cliff hangers: DO BUY, but wait till the next book comes out to listen. Craig Alanson leaves the book off on the craziest most nail biting
cliff hanger I have ever seen him leave us hang on T-T I WANT THE NEXT BOOK NOW!! Like, right now!

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Five stars but screw you Mr Craig

Hmmm where oh where shall I start.

Well im now 100% positive skippy is Craigs alter ego, yup thats right!!!

Besides Craig being a jackass with a cliff hanger ending like that, well more like a Grand Canyon cliff hanger, this addition to the series is top notch, great plot progression blah blah haha.

The only thing that stopped me from becoming one of those social media trolls was the blooper real past the ending, lucky RC Bray saved ur ass Craig lol.

All joking aside this is an amazing addition to the series, if I could rate it 6 stars I would then I would promptly rate it back to 5 stars with that cliff hand ending.

Well played Craig.....

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holy shit

best book yet tho that ending. you will know when you finish it. 10 stars cause fuck yea

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Ending Disappointing

Great series. Great book. Lousy ending. I hate it when authors use cliffhangers to get people to build interest in the next book in a series. This one is particularly upsetting cause it leaves a major conflict and plot point up in the air. I love this series but this was so unworthy of the author. I will continue with the series but if the cliffhangers continue it will be my last.

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WHAT IN THE BLEEPITY BLEEP WAS THAT!!!!

Craig Alanson. There had better be more to this! Do not leave us hanging like that!

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awesome<br />

first of all.
DAMN YOU CRAIG ALANSON! CLIFFHANGER OF THE YEAR AND ITS ONLY FEBRUARY!!
I love this universe and I hope you continue writing amazing books.

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very amazing interesting hard sci fi. space opera

love Skippy,
banter is priceless, can't wait for more in this series.
more soon please

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Best Book for a long time.. The ending.. wow

I had been a little frustrated with the story arc of the last few books.. if it ain't broken don't fix it right? This book had me cheering, in tears and the ending blew me away... it has made my life better and for the first time I have no idea where the next book is going.. Great work. applause all round. RC Bray is an artist.

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WOW!!! Just WOW!!

Ok so this is probably my new favorite of the series. That ending was just....WOW

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  • Kevin
  • 2020-02-04

A chore to read. A disappointment and repetitive.

My first review was removed. I'm not sure why? It was ranked the number 1 review of the book as most helpful....

I'm pretty upset. I'm not going to lie. I download and binge the books as they are released. Pulling all nighters...

I've been patient. I've been calm. I've defended the series from justified criticism... but I'm so disappointed with this book. Half the book was nothing but filler that didn't need to be there.
The first half of the book had me fist pumping the air.
The second half made me tired, annoyed, upset, and honestly it was a chore to finish the book. I've never felt so bored and annoyed by an author's choice to create a problem that doesn't need to exist, ONLY TO THEN SHOEHORN the advertised revealing of everything. It felt unnatural. And it was as if he simply got tired of writing the filler and just wedged in the reveals.

It made me mad that the MBOP also never seem to actually show appreciation of Skippy. They are jerks to him. Yes he's a jerk at times, but look at some of the statements towards him.... I cannot recall a genuine thank you or anything. It's unnatural and a poor attempt at foreshadowing.

The ending.. I'm glad we know, but I'm certifiably mad that Craig decided to waste the second half of the book on some mission that did not need to be in the book at all. There's literally no reason for that problem to exist.

I'm so tired of the filler dragging the books out. Honestly, I'm seriously debating giving up on my second favorite book series. I'm a diehard fan and have read each book at minimum 4 times each.

The cliffhanger wasn't clever or exciting, it was annoying. We deserved better after waiting so long for answers.

I'm genuinely disappointed that after everything, our heros have yet again waste their time, nothing matters, no one respects Joe for some darn reason, and he still might not get the girl. It's been 9 books, do your thing or get off the pot with the relationships.

The repetitiveness of the story arches and the repetitiveness of the books plot points is unnecessary and filler. We get it, the earth is doomed. Okay. You told us that 7 times in the last 20 pages. We.get.it.

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  • Carl Haynes
  • 2020-02-06

You stupid monkeys! Why would anyone read a review for book 9

It’s book freeking 9. If you ate 8 bananas from a bunch would you think the 9th banana would be so different that you would have to consult other monkeys on the tasty deliciousness of their 9th banana. Nnoooooo stupid monkeys love bananas and when they have loved their previous 8 bananas form this bunch, said stupid monkey should already know that they will love their 9th banana. Or similarly they will love the continuing adventures of the worlds most magnificent and awesome elder AI Skippy the Magnificent and his stupid side kick Joe “stupid smelly monkey” Bishop on their newly assembled BATTLECRUISER Valkyrie

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-02-05

Cliffhangers suck

I completely hate Cliffhangers. The ending is the worst I have ever heard. or could imagine.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-02-05

Talk about beating the dead horse.

I was huge fan of this book series. But it feels like I'm reading the same book over and over again. I have relationship fatigue. Sick of hearing the unnatural Way the relationships all exist. This series should have ended three books ago. I think Skippy says it best when he sums up everything blah blah blah

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  • Ryan
  • 2020-02-05

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The performance was great as usual. But overall the story didn’t really go anywhere. If you’ve read or listen any of the other audiobooks. You’re essentially get in the same story over and over again. It is not worth buying!!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-02-06

Feel sorry for RC Bray having to read this

Loved the first book. Sadly the quality have declined steadily as the series have progressed. Seems the author has run out of fresh ideas and is just rehashing old material without being able to develop the plot further. As the story gets more and more confusing, it ends in a cliffhanger. A waste of time and a waste of money. It is obvious that Alanson has decided to milk this series for all it is worth by publishing books faster and faster at the expense of ever declining quality.

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  • Dan Walton
  • 2020-02-04

Don't stop now!

I have experienced all nine books and all I can say is please don't stop now even if you have to make up something... hehe. This author and narrator combination make these books very fun to hear. If you wrote 90 books I would listen to them all!

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  • shannon Pitman
  • 2020-02-05

wow hours I cant get back

I have over 100 books 1st review.. loved the books till now got the preorder. 1st time not worth it on this one. sorry 1st bad reviews

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  • LaSwaggy
  • 2020-02-09

I made it this far, but I can't take any more.

First review ever because enough is enough. I'm done.

I've been waiting for the plot to advance. And it did to an extent as they went on the offensive and the dynamic of the Universe totally changed. I really enjoyed it.

But then do something incredibly dumb based on Bishop's jealousy over an Adams non-issue (For the love of God retire the "I can't date Adams because the Army would be mad at me." trope. It's not even casual mentions this time either, Bishop vomits on and on about it and even the other characters are tired of it. Like Bishop hasn't commited Mutiny before? More insultingly, Bishop casually dismisses Army regulations in a single sentence later in the book (Chinese General).

Furthermore, Bishop has not developed as character. He's been in command for years, but still struggles to act like an adult, both in terms of maturity and intelligence (he's almost proud of his ignorance). When people tell him obvious truths his feelings get easily hurt, and then he mopes. Skippy has to lock Mario Kart until he finishes his readings. He thinks "fortuitous" is a fancy word. The list goes on and on. Would Piccard or say Jack Ryan act like this?

And then the plot goes to die. An entire section of the book should have been cut. It killed the plot momentum for a mission that made no sense. What made me the most mad about the situation is that it heavily referenced book 3.5 about the Mavericks; I didn't listen to that one as these books don't work without Skippy/Bishop dialogs. Same thing he did in book 8 with Daytona (book 7.5). I was confused about my first read of book 8 that reference Daytona. So I tried to listen to Daytona, but I couldn't finish. Just terrible. Upside however: I learned how to exchnage Audible books. These plot references feel cheap and simple quick cash grabs. I'm disappointed in the author. He has plenty of plot ideas to work with and we've proven we'll pay for strong content.

New and usual faults aside, the cliffhanger at the end is intriguing. But it's a development that didn't require 11 books to introduce.

Narration was great, but I'm still done with the series.

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  • Michael T
  • 2020-02-04

Thank you !

RC and Craig do it again
This is a series I will never tire of
The interplay is just sooo damn good

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