Expeditionary Force

7 books in series
5 out of 5 stars 1,719 ratings

Columbus Day Publisher's Summary

Nominee, 2018 Audie Awards — Audiobook of the Year

We were fighting on the wrong side of a war we couldn't win. And that was the good news. 

The Ruhar hit us on Columbus Day. There we were, innocently drifting along the cosmos on our little blue marble, like the Native Americans in 1492. Over the horizon came ships of a technologically advanced, aggressive culture, and BAM! There went the good old days, when humans got killed only by each other. So, Columbus Day. It fits. 

When the morning sky twinkled again, this time with Kristang starships jumping in to hammer the Ruhar, we thought we were saved. The UN Expeditionary Force hitched a ride on Kristang ships to fight the Ruhar wherever our new allies thought we could be useful. So, I went from fighting with the US Army in Nigeria to fighting in space. It was lies, all of it. We shouldn't even be fighting the Ruhar; they aren't our enemy. Our allies are. 

I'd better start at the beginning. 

©2016 Craig Alanson (P)2016 Podium Publishing
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  • Book 1

    • Columbus Day

    • Expeditionary Force, Book 1
    • Written by: Craig Alanson
    • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
    • Length: 16 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 258
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 248
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 247

    The Ruhar hit us on Columbus Day. There we were, innocently drifting along the cosmos on our little blue marble, like the Native Americans in 1492. Over the horizon came ships of a technologically advanced, aggressive culture, and BAM! There went the good old days, when humans got killed only by each other. So, Columbus Day. It fits. When the morning sky twinkled again, this time with Kristang starships jumping in to hammer the Ruhar, we thought we were saved.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • do not buy if youre expecting a classic scifi book

    • By Amazon Kunde on 2018-04-07
    • Expeditionary Force, Book 1
    • Written by: Craig Alanson
    • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
    • Length: 16 hrs and 23 mins
    • Release date: 2016-12-13
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 258 ratings

    Price: CDN$ 51.73

  • Book 2

    • SpecOps

    • Expeditionary Force, Book 2
    • Written by: Craig Alanson
    • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
    • Length: 15 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 184
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 172
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 172

    Colonel Joe Bishop made a promise, and he's going to keep it: taking the captured alien starship Flying Dutchman back out. He doesn't agree when the UN decides to send almost 70 elite Special Operations troops, hotshot pilots, and scientists with him; the mission is a fool's errand he doesn't expect to ever return from. At least this time, the Earth is safe, right? Not so much.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • love the narrator and the story

    • By Amazon Customer on 2017-10-28
    • Expeditionary Force, Book 2
    • Written by: Craig Alanson
    • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
    • Length: 15 hrs and 50 mins
    • Release date: 2017-03-07
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 184 ratings

    Price: CDN$ 53.75

  • Book 3

    • Paradise

    • Expeditionary Force, Book 3
    • Written by: Craig Alanson
    • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
    • Length: 15 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 271
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 248
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 247

    While the crew of the starship Flying Dutchman have been trying to assure people that hostile aliens do not have access to Earth, the UN Expeditionary Force has been stranded on the planet they nicknamed "Paradise". The Flying Dutchman is headed back out on another mission, and the UN wants the ship to find out the status of the humans on Paradise.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • really good!

    • By Matt on 2018-01-15
    • Expeditionary Force, Book 3
    • Written by: Craig Alanson
    • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
    • Length: 15 hrs and 53 mins
    • Release date: 2017-05-23
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 271 ratings

    Price: CDN$ 53.75

  • Book 3.5

    • Trouble on Paradise

    • Expeditionary Force, Book 3.5
    • Written by: Craig Alanson
    • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
    • Length: 5 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 107
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 100
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 100

    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....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • This was a great side story to the overall saga.

    • By Duncan on 2018-01-09

    Price: CDN$ 39.68

  • Book 4

    • Black Ops

    • Expeditionary Force, Book 4
    • Written by: Craig Alanson
    • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
    • Length: 16 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 319
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 298
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 297

    The elite crew of the pirate ship UNS Flying Dutchman had a simple mission: determining whether the Thuranin are sending another starship to Earth. Along the way, they became sidetracked by securing a future for the UNEF troops on the planet Paradise. When asked whether Earth was now safe, their ancient alien AI responded "Not so much"...now they have to deal with the consequences.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Read/listen to the entire series

    • By Amazon Customer on 2017-11-19
    • Expeditionary Force, Book 4
    • Written by: Craig Alanson
    • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
    • Length: 16 hrs and 44 mins
    • Release date: 2017-09-26
    • 5 out of 5 stars 319 ratings

    Price: CDN$ 53.75

  • Book 5

    • Zero Hour

    • Expeditionary Force, Book 5
    • Written by: Craig Alanson
    • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
    • Length: 17 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 383
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 352
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 349

    United Nations Special Operations Command sent an elite expeditionary force of soldiers and pilots out on a simple recon mission, and somehow along the way they sparked an alien civil war. Now the not-at-all-merry band of pirates is in desperate trouble, again. Their stolen alien starship is falling apart, thousands of light years from home. The ancient alien AI they nicknamed Skippy is apparently dead, and even if they can by some miracle revive him, he might never be the same.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • once again a great listen

    • By Kevin on 2018-02-14
    • Expeditionary Force, Book 5
    • Written by: Craig Alanson
    • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
    • Length: 17 hrs and 20 mins
    • Release date: 2018-02-06
    • 5 out of 5 stars 383 ratings

    Price: CDN$ 60.47

  • Book 6

    • Mavericks

    • Expeditionary Force, Book 6
    • Written by: Craig Alanson
    • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
    • Length: 17 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 197
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 180
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 180

    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.... 

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good, but heavy lack of the Merry Band of Pirates

    • By Scott on 2018-10-22
    • Expeditionary Force, Book 6
    • Written by: Craig Alanson
    • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
    • Length: 17 hrs and 21 mins
    • Release date: 2018-09-25
    • 5 out of 5 stars 197 ratings

    Price: CDN$ 56.38