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(Expeditionary Force #7)

4.37  ·  Rating details ·  2,928 ratings  ·  180 reviews
The battle-scarred star carrier Flying Dutchman is finally on her way back to Earth, after an exceptionally successful series of missions that have once again Saved The World. The ship needs a serious refit, and her exhausted crew just wants a break from constant clandestine warfare against a vicious and superior enemy. Wishes come true, right? Not for the Merry Band of Pi ...more
Kindle Edition, 518 pages
Published November 15th 2018
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Luke Benson
Dec 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Skippy the Magnificent insult machine!

Did I enjoy the book? Mostly. Do I still love the series? Yeah. I guess that's the bottom line, but man are the constant insults between Skippy and Joe getting tiresome. It's probably not stretching to say that 50% of this book is nothing but Joe sitting around, trading insults with Skippy while trying to come up with a plan to accomplish the next impossible task for the MBOPs. I would say that Skippy was bordering on unlikable in this one. I don't know, may
Dec 12, 2018 rated it liked it
First thing to mention, I'm glad I don't have to read anymore (almost) complains about calibrating drive coils every time a bit of drama was required as a filler.

But this is kind of the only positive in this book.
The banter between Skippy and Joe, although enjoyable in the past, now is excessive.
The solution solving .... Everything is arbitrary. Everything can be done and undone. Is full of contradictions ... to the point where I don't follow anymore the specifics of each problem. Just say "ab
Ken Stampe
Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was ok
Feels like a rerun

Nothing new and a lack of characters left the story very hollow. At some point, the relationship between Skippy and Joe has to progress from sarcastic, put down, jibes. It feels forced at this point. This story had really no suspense, no revelation of the larger plot lines, and no development of any of the characters. It felt like a re-run.
Sam Thornton
Apr 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Overall, I enjoyed Renegades. It was satisfying to see some progress on certain story lines. That being said, I'm getting tired of the same problems being hashed and re-hashed. It feels like each book is just the same basic problem of "oh no, we need to keep earth from being discovered by !" First it was the Kristang, then it was the Thuranin, now it was the Maxolhx. Every time it is absolutely impossible and then Joe thinks up some crazy plan and Skippy complains and bemoans the fact that he di ...more
Jose A Granado Jr
Jan 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Listened and read all of these books within a span of one year.

I first downloaded the audible of Columbus Day, after that, I couldn't get enough of the Expeditionary Force. The writing, the humor, everything about this series is, in the words of Skippy, "Awesome!" Can't wait for the next two books of the series, and hope for a lot more of the future. I would also love to see this turn into a television series. Wishful thinking on my part 😏
Apr 30, 2019 rated it it was ok
To quote the immortal Skippy, “Blah, blah, blah…”

As I write this review, I’ve caught up with all of the Expeditionary Force books that have been released. I can no long just keep throwing more Audible credits at them hoping for them to improve.

This one has finally hit rock bottom. The sad part is that I don’t even hate the book, it is just a monumental disappointment. At the end of the previous book, after having saved the day, again, it all gets spoiled by the revelation that two big bad Maxolh
Alejandro Bueno
Nov 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Holee D.

Before you open this book, read the first 6 and maybe the novella. To truly appreciate this piece you'll have to know the entire backstory, but once you do it'll be worth it. So much happens and so many questions were answered that I can hardly see this series continuing except there are still 3 major questions, 4 if you include the end of book 6 left to be answered. To stir a little bit of excitement, we'll finally get to see what happens when the MBOP goes up against those rotten kitti
Apr 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Special Forces Patch =
A dinosaur holding a toilet plunger in its mouth
Craig Dean
Apr 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
There’s no greater palette cleanser than a jaunt around the galaxy with our favourite beer can and his merry band of pirates. Alanson is no Asimov, and not really an Adams either; sometimes he repeats himself, and he strays into the formulaic - but what a winning formula! There’s few characters that consistently put a smile on my face; and of them all Skippy is the most consistently “awesome”.

Like my favourite pair of hiking boots I can’t wait to put them back on and start my next adventure.
Jay Phipps
Apr 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another fun read full of good SyFy.
Bee Glosson
Mar 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love this series. Ive read every one of them. This is truly one of the best series i have ever read. Skippy is a complete asshole, but, a loveable asshole. With the merry band of pirates having to find a way to complete another impossibl mission with earths future on the line, there has never been a more dangerous time for failure. Great addition to the series
Apr 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Ah book 7 continues the fun...

If you have gotten this far, you will not be disappointed. (If you are looking for a fun beach read - science fiction space opera with a light heart and lots of fun - you will not go wrong with the Expeditionary Force series. You have to make it through Book 1, but from that point on it is awesome.)

What is it about?

Well, it's another adventure with Joe Bishop and the asshole beer can super-being/AI "Skippy" as they tear across the Universe on another impossible mis
Mar 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
While the series has kept me coming back for more exciting runs with Skippy and the Monkey's I am finding the constant consistent theme of "Major problem and it needs Jo Bishop to think the problem away." needs to come to a close rather than being this series primary hook. I found getting through this latest installment took longer than it had in the past just for this reason. Not because it had become predictable in content, but predictable in execution.

John Harding
Mar 13, 2019 rated it liked it

I have thoroughly enjoyed this series but Joe and Skippy have taken to insulting each other too much. The other characters are not so well developed that they can pick up the slack while Joe and Skippy plan the return to earth. This novel is not up to the standard set by the previous books in the series. Renegades ends with them back on earth which sets the scene for the next novel due later this year. I will look forward to that new direction by a most excellent author.
Cory Rose
Nov 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Not as good

I like the series but this one just isn't as good as the others. Like three quarters is just brain storming ideas for proposed actions, the story itself is still good, the humor, characters, and development of the story arc are all still entertaining, but it felt like most of the book was useless filler for the parts that actually took place. Still like the series and definitely look forward to more, but this was not as good as any of the others in the series.
Apr 12, 2019 rated it liked it
In sum: Still a fun ride, but the formula is getting kind of tired. Mr. Alanson needs to do something to shake things up. Only generalized, indirect spoilers follow.

You know what it's like when you favorite sitcom hits its 5th or 6th year on the air, and suddenly you realize that the sharp writing that hooked you in the first place is getting a little ... ordinary? Where creative characters and inventive situations are gradually replaced with catch-phrases and one-liners and fan service? When yo
Soukyan Blackwood
Apr 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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About: Even though the Merry Band of Pirates have saved the Earth yet again, Leaders on Earth are bickering, and met them with suspicion, disdain, mistrust, and determination. Determination to get Joe Bishop off the team, pull together their own teams, and go figure out the current threat. As if they possibly could. Or, as if they could ever possibly get Skippy to cooperate without Joe aboard. But since the threat of enemy c
Mar 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Skippying Across the Galaxy!

They are back! After taking a relative backseat Joe and Skippy are back in the saddle again doing what they do best, streaking across the universe to save the Earth and get involved in all manner of zany high jinks and adventures. Once this one takes off it's pretty relentless. The Merry Band of Pirates are back to the fore, albeit a slightly different version. Alanson has shuffled the pack a little with some of the other best-known characters having to take a back se
Nov 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Alanson has refreshed the series, injected new characters and situations, and gave a whole new dimension to the overarching storyline of the series. The author is highly prolific in his writing with a new book coming out seemingly every six to 8 months. The reader can definitely tell that there is an end game to where the series is going, but, keeps it so obscure that this series can go in so many different ways. That being said, it would be nice if the author could push into new boundaries with ...more
Probably the best sequel since Book 3 Paradise. [NOTE: Upon review, it looks like I skipped Book 6 (which is really a sequel to that book). So maybe I'd really love Book 6 too.]

What I really love is that Skippy is less snarky, which meant there were a LOT less repetitive phrases. AIs are supposed to grow and learn, so it's nice to see him do so. There was a lot more "human" moments between him and the crew--kind of like how Data on ST:TNG grew the longer the show progressed.

And there was a lot
Josh Levine
Jun 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Stuart Cliffe
Jan 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Cracking Military Sci-Fi

I've read all the previous books in this series, AND (apart from this one) have listened to RC Bray's audio versions, so I can validly admit to being a bit of a fan. Oddly I'm not usually that fond of military Sci Fi, and various other stories I read in this genre have been genre-ly (pun intended: sorry) underwhelming. Although the central character in the books is (shades of SG1) a Colonel (a certain superintelligent beer can would argue otherwise) and there are lots of
Rijvi Rajib
Apr 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Alanson's writing is only getting better and it shows in Renegades. The pacing is fantastic with short bursts of high energy, moments of intense moments, and little bits of relief and relaxation sprinkled in-between.

There were moments, however, that I wish I could just skip over - these were mainly pointless banter between Skippy and Bishop - it added no additional context or useful information and just wasted everyone's time. After knowing each other for so long, they should already have a good
Apr 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Truly and probably my favorite series ever.
Craig Alanson writing is awesome and that’s a fact that nobody can deny, his imagination is totally amazing!
R.C. Bray is an awesome narrator and that is also a fact that can’t be denied.
A Perfect Match for A perfect Series!
Two things:
1) I can’t wait for the continuation of this series and the sooner the better!
2) Can anybody get me my own Skippy, searching on eBay got me no results, and I’ll pay anything for one ;-). ????

But seriously what a wond
Apr 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science-fiction

Narration: 5 bananas out of 5
Story, pacing and characters: 5 bananas out of 5
Skippy the Magnificent: All the bananas

I saved Mavericks and Renegades to listen to back to will be SO hard not to do that with the next two. We're getting 14 of these! Best news ever!

This book was a little bit different in pacing than previous volumes. I thought that Joe showed more emotional range, if that makes sense...

There really was a sense of urgency, danger, and really...flat out hopelessness
Tom Nemeth
Dec 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow, what an ending!

I have been captivated by Craig’s books right from the start, and they are very hard to put down. The previous couple of books were a slightly different style but still very enjoyable. But this one is back to the “feel” of the original series and is great. Somehow Craig’s writing style is both very detailed and readable, so it is slower going than other SF writers because I want to read it all without skimming sections.
Most of all I am impressed with how a lot of loose ends
Fred Wagner
Apr 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it of course! Sad to see the series end. :-( Unique ending for a wry, quirky smile elicitation. Have enjoyed the entire series. I suppose it could go forward in a new direction, ie. the Beta Settlement idea. But I suspect this is best left as it is. If my understanding is correct, Craig is done with the books now which he had on his list to be done (the one he presented his wife when they discussed his quitting his "day job" and writing full-time). I hope soon to start in on the Ascendant ...more
Aug 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Skippy and Joe are back and all is well in the universe again!

I was hesitant to read/listen to this book after the mess that was "Mavericks" but I am pleased to say that this book was a welcome return to what works about this series; insane problems being worked on by a clever monkey and an asshole beer can.

The writing was tight and on point, the comedy was clever and rude, the problems were impossible and solveable. It was everything an ex force book should be.

RC Bray was amazing, as usual.

Apr 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
The first half is awful, slow, repetitive. The interactions between Joe and Skippy are boring and predictive (duh! dumdum!) and the plot is just boring.

The first half focuses on the bad elements of the series - all these unpredictable micro-disasters that happen during an operation against an alien force. Ok, but I can't stomach more than a few per book, they get super repetitive and in the end no one really cares how the impossible problem of the day gets resolved by a deus ex machina / Skippy
Jun 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Love the characters and the writing but I have to say that I'm getting kind of bored with the formula. There's trouble... the Merry Band of Pirates thinks they're doomed... Joe comes up with an unlikely plan... Skippy somehow pulls it off... they win. I get it. It's fun, and it's exciting, and it's entertaining... but it's been done to death. I don't know what else this series can do, so if this is the end, let it be the end-- it was overall great and I loved it-- but if there's more to come, pl ...more
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