Book Review of Expeditionary Force Book 2; Spec Ops – Book Tour with Audiobookworm Promotions

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Author: Craig Alanson

Narrator: R.C. Bray

Length: 15 hours 50 minutes

Publisher: Podium Publishing⎮2017

Genre: Science Fiction

Series: Expeditionary Force, Book 2

Release date: Mar. 7, 2017

Synopsis: 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.

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My Review

My review of Book 2 of Expeditionary Force; Spec Ops

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Holy cow. Expeditionary Force is my Favorite audiobook series so far. Craig Alanson has a formula for this series. Earth is in danger. Joe and his ancient alien artificial intelligence sidekick, Skippy (yes, freaking Skippy.) have to figure out how to save Earth. The plan is executed, something goes wrong. Hi-jinks ensue. Sprinkle in some juvenile antics by Skippy as he explores his fledgling sentience and by Joe because…he’s Joe.

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At the start of this book, Joe has returned home with his “merry band of pirates” and saved the day. Now he has set out on a one way trip to the stars to help Skippy find the ancient AI collective. Everybody who has come on this mission knows it is probably one way because once Skippy finds the Collective and leaves the ship, the crew won’t have a way to open the wormhole to get home to Earth.

First off, while you could read or listen to these books individually and out of order, you are going to miss out on the character development. Most of what I love about this series is Skippy’s development into a fully fleshed out sentience. He is gradually becoming more of a complete being and not just a computer program. Joe grows also, as he shoulders more and more responsibility in determining the fate of not just Earth but of all of humanity.

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The writing is hysterical. Just silly humor as the reader gets to see the authentic friendship developing between Joe and Skippy. But RC Bray as a performer is a rare treat in an audiobook reader. His narration and comedic timing had me rolling on the floor laughing. Do not listen to any book in this series while driving or doing anything that requires coordination.

While the book itself I’d give a 3.5-ish score (it’s a good book, but it is a much better audiobook) I wholeheartedly give the audio performance 5 stars which averages out to 4 stars for the audiobook. I’m not going to guarentee that everyone will love it. But if you like snarky AI’s you probably will love Skippy.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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Tour organized by Audiobookworm Promotions

Tour Schedule

Book One

Feb. 25th:
Delighting Delilah (Review)
The Real Audiospy (Review, Spotlight + Audio Excerpt, *Author Interview)
The Writing Train (Review, Spotlight + Audio Excerpt)

Feb. 26th:
4 the Love of Audiobooks (Spotlight + Audio Excerpt, Author Interview)
Dab of Darkness Book Reviews (Spotlight + Audio Excerpt, *Author Interview)
2 Girls & A Book (Spotlight + Audio Excerpt, Author Interview)

Feb. 27th:
Eileen Troemel (Spotlight + Audio Excerpt)
Super Booked! (Spotlight + Audio Excerpt, Author Interview)
Krit’s Book Reviews (Spotlight + Audio Excerpt, Author Interview)

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Feb. 28th:
I’m Shelfish (Spotlight + Audio Excerpt, Author Interview)
Audiobook News Blog (Spotlight + Audio Excerpt)
Teatime and Books (Spotlight + Audio Excerpt)

Feb. 29th:
Nesie’s Place (Spotlight + Audio Excerpt, Author Interview)
Books, Tea, Healthy Me (Spotlight + Audio Excerpt, Author Interview)

Mar. 1st:
Willow Writes and Reads (Review, Spotlight + Audio Excerpt)
Jazzy Book Reviews (Spotlight + Audio Excerpt, Character Profiles)
A Wonderful World of Words (Spotlight + Audio Excerpt)

Mar. 2nd:
The Clipped Nightingale (Spotlight + Audio Excerpt, Author Interview)
T’s Stuff (Spotlight + Audio Excerpt)

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Book Two

Mar. 3rd:
Delighting Delilah (Review)
The Real Audiospy (Review, Spotlight + Audio Excerpt)
The Writing Train (Review, Spotlight + Audio Excerpt, *Author Interview)

Mar. 4th:
4 the Love of Audiobooks (Spotlight + Audio Excerpt, Author Interview)
Dab of Darkness Book Reviews (Spotlight + Audio Excerpt, *Narrator Interview)
2 Girls & A Book (Spotlight + Audio Excerpt, Author Interview)

Mar. 5th:
Eileen Troemel (Spotlight + Audio Excerpt)
Super Booked! (Spotlight + Audio Excerpt, Author Interview)
Krit’s Book Reviews (Spotlight + Audio Excerpt, Author Interview)

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Mar. 6th:
I’m Shelfish (Spotlight + Audio Excerpt, Author Interview)
Audiobook News Blog (Spotlight + Audio Excerpt)
Teatime and Books (Spotlight + Audio Excerpt)

Mar. 7th:
Nesie’s Place (Spotlight + Audio Excerpt, Author Interview)
Books, Tea, Healthy Me (Spotlight + Audio Excerpt, Author Interview)

Mar. 8th:
Willow Writes and Reads (Review, Spotlight + Audio Excerpt)
Jazzy Book Reviews (Spotlight + Audio Excerpt)
A Wonderful World of Words (Spotlight + Audio Excerpt)

Mar. 9th:
The Clipped Nightingale (Spotlight + Audio Excerpt, Author Interview)
T’s Stuff (Spotlight + Audio Excerpt)

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Book Three

Mar. 10th:
Delighting Delilah (Review)
The Real Audiospy (Review, Spotlight + Audio Excerpt, Narrator Interview)
The Writing Train (Review, Spotlight + Audio Excerpt, Narrator Interview)

Mar. 11th:
4 the Love of Audiobooks (Spotlight + Audio Excerpt, Narrator Interview)
Dab of Darkness Book Reviews (Spotlight + Audio Excerpt)
2 Girls & A Book (Spotlight + Audio Excerpt, Narrator Interview)

Mar. 12th:
Eileen Troemel (Spotlight + Audio Excerpt)
Super Booked! (Spotlight + Audio Excerpt, Narrator Interview)
Krit’s Book Reviews (Spotlight + Audio Excerpt, Narrator Interview)

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Mar. 13th:
I’m Shelfish (Spotlight + Audio Excerpt)
Audiobook News Blog (Spotlight + Audio Excerpt)
Books, Tea, Healthy Me (Spotlight + Audio Excerpt, Narrator Interview)

Mar. 14th:
Willow Writes and Reads (Review, Spotlight + Audio Excerpt, Narrator Interview)
Jazzy Book Reviews (Spotlight + Audio Excerpt)
Teatime and Books (Spotlight + Audio Excerpt)

Mar. 15th:
Nesie’s Place (Spotlight + Audio Excerpt, Narrator Interview)
A Wonderful World of Words (Spotlight + Audio Excerpt)

Mar. 16th:
The Clipped Nightingale (Spotlight + Audio Excerpt, Narrator Interview)
T’s Stuff (Spotlight + Audio Excerpt, Narrator Interview)

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