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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 con 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.


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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 con 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.

30 review for Black Ops

  1. 4 out of 5

    Montzalee Wittmann

    Black Ops by Craig Alanson is book four in the amazing and humorous space series. The dangers, slick maneuvers, schemes, and great dialogue make this lots of fun! Joe and Skippy make it over the top especially when you have R.C. Bray performing the narration! The book is great but I can't even think about reading this book, I have to LISTEN to it! Bray makes it so fun! I giggled and laugh out loud with every book so far! Can't wait to start the next one! Black Ops by Craig Alanson is book four in the amazing and humorous space series. The dangers, slick maneuvers, schemes, and great dialogue make this lots of fun! Joe and Skippy make it over the top especially when you have R.C. Bray performing the narration! The book is great but I can't even think about reading this book, I have to LISTEN to it! Bray makes it so fun! I giggled and laugh out loud with every book so far! Can't wait to start the next one!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Eric

    Book 4 is filled with lots of action and plenty of snarky humor. The series though is feeling like a song where each verse has different lyrics but the chorus is the same. R. C. Bray once again is outstanding with his narration. The Flying Dutchman and its Merry Band Pirates are faced what seems to be impossible task. They managed to destroy an alien ship bound for Earth (in Book 3). Now Skippy picks up alien communications there are plans to try to send another ship to Earth. This time though ge Book 4 is filled with lots of action and plenty of snarky humor. The series though is feeling like a song where each verse has different lyrics but the chorus is the same. R. C. Bray once again is outstanding with his narration. The Flying Dutchman and its Merry Band Pirates are faced what seems to be impossible task. They managed to destroy an alien ship bound for Earth (in Book 3). Now Skippy picks up alien communications there are plans to try to send another ship to Earth. This time though getting a ship for the Kristang to make the long trip involves negotiations with the enemies of the Kristang, the Ruhar. Once again, Skippy can manipulate the technical aspects of the problem but lacks the ability of creative thought possessed by the "hairless monkeys." Here's an excerpt of the "awesomeness of Skippy" messing with Kristang communications. His call to personnel headquarters was intercepted by me, and now he is getting increasingly angry talking to a Kristang bureaucrat named ‘Bob’.” “That’s not a Kristang name, Skippy.” “Yeah, yeah, Ok, so I named the guy Bahb-bis-Tal Podandra, but it does sound like ‘Bob’ if you shorten it. Anyway, this fictional ‘Bob’ is telling the duty officer that if he objects, he needs to complete a form and submit it to the personnel office; the issue will be reviewed at the next meeting in three days. And, yes! Bureaucracy triumphs again! The writing style, while still fun and entertaining, is getting rather repetitive. There is not much in the way of character development. Also, there are parts of the story that get very detailed relating to space physics and alien politics. Alas, I am hopelessly hooked into this series and will be picking up the next book. Black Ops ended with a fairly significant cliff hanger.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Donraj

    The author continues to raise the stakes, and ends with yet another cliffhanger! Don't really have much to add other than it continues the story, but I liked the story a lot, so that's a good thing. Seriously considered giving it 4 stars because of the pervasive typos though. The author seriously needs to invest in better copy-editing. The author continues to raise the stakes, and ends with yet another cliffhanger! Don't really have much to add other than it continues the story, but I liked the story a lot, so that's a good thing. Seriously considered giving it 4 stars because of the pervasive typos though. The author seriously needs to invest in better copy-editing.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Nanu

    Joe and Skippy for the win! With this book I've come to realize that my favourite thing about the Merry Band of Pirates is Joe and Skippy's relationship. Seriously, 90% of my highlights are either Joe or Skippy or both showing appreciation and support for each other. I love books and I read oh so many of them, yet, I can honestly say it's rare for me to find examples of pure unapologetic friendship like these two have. It's awesome. Back to the book, we see Joe having to come up with a BlackOps p Joe and Skippy for the win! With this book I've come to realize that my favourite thing about the Merry Band of Pirates is Joe and Skippy's relationship. Seriously, 90% of my highlights are either Joe or Skippy or both showing appreciation and support for each other. I love books and I read oh so many of them, yet, I can honestly say it's rare for me to find examples of pure unapologetic friendship like these two have. It's awesome. Back to the book, we see Joe having to come up with a BlackOps plan to stop the Kristang from reaching Earth. It's action filled with twists and turns at every corner. One of my non Joe and Skippy appreciation highligts goes like this: - "Sometimes I wonder why the Merry Band of Pirates even bothers to create a Plan A" - Said Chocula - Because that gives us a basis for a Plan B? By now, anyone reading the series knows what to expect, and this book delivers, so it's great.

  5. 5 out of 5

    martin cook

    The best sci-first series ever. This series deserves five stars, but the kindle editors made so many errors that disrupted the flow that I had to give it four stars. Even so, each book in the series is remarkably engrossing. A small band of humans cross the universe and struggle to save Earth from highly advanced alien civilizations. The characters are incredibly believable including one of the funniest side kicks ever imagined. Plus, description of military life is most realistic. After reading t The best sci-first series ever. This series deserves five stars, but the kindle editors made so many errors that disrupted the flow that I had to give it four stars. Even so, each book in the series is remarkably engrossing. A small band of humans cross the universe and struggle to save Earth from highly advanced alien civilizations. The characters are incredibly believable including one of the funniest side kicks ever imagined. Plus, description of military life is most realistic. After reading the first book, I had to get them all. I wish they were available in hard cover so I could send them to my friends.

  6. 5 out of 5

    John

    Series running out of juice? Skippy losing his mojo, Joe going in a downward spiral, and a horrible cliff hanger. Ugh. Feels kind of written into a corner. If the ship is constantly wearing out / wearing down, and there is no way to get a new ship, and then the ship is practically destroyed and rebuilt from scrounged ancient spare parts, eventually the credibility of an ongoing space exploration / space combat drama is lost. In great series, you increasingly grow more attached to the main character Series running out of juice? Skippy losing his mojo, Joe going in a downward spiral, and a horrible cliff hanger. Ugh. Feels kind of written into a corner. If the ship is constantly wearing out / wearing down, and there is no way to get a new ship, and then the ship is practically destroyed and rebuilt from scrounged ancient spare parts, eventually the credibility of an ongoing space exploration / space combat drama is lost. In great series, you increasingly grow more attached to the main characters. In this series, it seems like Skippy goes from funny to repetitive and boring, and Joe can't carry things. And Desai, Chotek, and Chang get more development, but its so late in the series that its hard to suddenly care about characters suddenly being more involved.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Adkisson

    Serious cliffhanger edge I've read all of the ExFor books. I loved everyone of them. I could tell three fourths of the way through this book that there would be another book, much less there would be a cliffhanger ending to this book. I feel like I just watched the season finale of my favorite show, and now I have to wait until the next season comes out. And, you can bet I'll be waiting with bated breath for the next book to come out. If you like space sci-fi, or just military stories, you'll lov Serious cliffhanger edge I've read all of the ExFor books. I loved everyone of them. I could tell three fourths of the way through this book that there would be another book, much less there would be a cliffhanger ending to this book. I feel like I just watched the season finale of my favorite show, and now I have to wait until the next season comes out. And, you can bet I'll be waiting with bated breath for the next book to come out. If you like space sci-fi, or just military stories, you'll love this series of books. Long live Colonel Joe and the Merry Band of Pirates.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Buzz Park

    Fun Book but Bad Edit I enjoyed this fourth installment, but it read more like a first or second draft than a finished product. I enjoyed the action-packed plot, characters and the storyline, but there were tons of unnecessary repetitions and tons of grammatical errors. Things like 'that' replacing 'than', missing contractions, missing plurals, etc. I am no proofreader but there were so many instances that it started to distract me, and that's hard to do. 4.5 stars downgraded to 3.5 stars for the Fun Book but Bad Edit I enjoyed this fourth installment, but it read more like a first or second draft than a finished product. I enjoyed the action-packed plot, characters and the storyline, but there were tons of unnecessary repetitions and tons of grammatical errors. Things like 'that' replacing 'than', missing contractions, missing plurals, etc. I am no proofreader but there were so many instances that it started to distract me, and that's hard to do. 4.5 stars downgraded to 3.5 stars for the reasons stated above.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jen

    This book deserves 5 stars for the humor alone. The series continues with all the usual impossible plans, Joe and Skippy banter, some edge-of-your-seat suspenseful moments, and true uncertainty at the end. What I loved here is that any author has the freedom to kill off characters, and I was really, really hoping none of my favorites would die. The situations were dire, the ops were touchy situations and still everyone came out ok. Sort of. I don't know how anyone could enjoy these books more with This book deserves 5 stars for the humor alone. The series continues with all the usual impossible plans, Joe and Skippy banter, some edge-of-your-seat suspenseful moments, and true uncertainty at the end. What I loved here is that any author has the freedom to kill off characters, and I was really, really hoping none of my favorites would die. The situations were dire, the ops were touchy situations and still everyone came out ok. Sort of. I don't know how anyone could enjoy these books more without the narration of RC Bray. He is a genius.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jen/The Tolkien Gal/ジェニファー

    Rtc because I'm in a reviewing slump and this book was a disappointment. Rtc because I'm in a reviewing slump and this book was a disappointment.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Soukyan Blackwood

    All reviews in one place: Night Mode Reading Merry band of pirates is of on a mission to make sure Earth is safe and sounds. All they really need to do is get information on who could be threatening them, and sabotage the living heck out of it. Since with Skippy’s help they were training to fight aliens, fight like aliens, and fly alien ships too, the whole crew is pretty confident that they can pull this off. And if not, well, they have to try anyway. But bad news don’t end with the “evil alien r All reviews in one place: Night Mode Reading Merry band of pirates is of on a mission to make sure Earth is safe and sounds. All they really need to do is get information on who could be threatening them, and sabotage the living heck out of it. Since with Skippy’s help they were training to fight aliens, fight like aliens, and fly alien ships too, the whole crew is pretty confident that they can pull this off. And if not, well, they have to try anyway. But bad news don’t end with the “evil alien race wants to eradicate Earth because you’re annoying creatures“. Skippy went into the AI shell of the dead one they found, expecting to figure out why and how they were made, and maybe – what killed the AI. What he found was no happy news at all. Apparently, the race who made them, haven’t made them all sentient. Some became so with time. Fearing that others would go rogue too, they made and possibly inserted it into every AI a worm that’d destroy it if it went rogue. So did the AI Skippy found was rogue? Or was it the worm itself that misbehaved? That question likely bothers Joe Bishop more than any other, for mid sentence Skippy the Magnificent simply went silent, leaving the Merry Band of Pirates to fend for themselves in far away space. This was so funny at times, I was crying. Other times it was very intense and kept me on the edge. And then sometimes it was so intense, and so funny at the same time… Anyway, 5 out of 5 for this one.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Meghan

    January 11, 2020 This book didn’t improve with time. But it didn’t get worse either. Most of it felt like filler. Having read this in the correct order this time, I didn’t notice the repetitiveness as much. But the plot here is weak and it’s a lot of build up to get to a new story arc. I feel Books 3 & 4 could have been consolidated and we could have skipped a lot of this book. What I did notice this time around was that when Joe was rambling on a tangent, I too was multitasking because the dude January 11, 2020 This book didn’t improve with time. But it didn’t get worse either. Most of it felt like filler. Having read this in the correct order this time, I didn’t notice the repetitiveness as much. But the plot here is weak and it’s a lot of build up to get to a new story arc. I feel Books 3 & 4 could have been consolidated and we could have skipped a lot of this book. What I did notice this time around was that when Joe was rambling on a tangent, I too was multitasking because the dude just goes on. I really feel for Skippy in this regard. But nitpicking aside, it’s still fun. Not every episode of a favorite tv series will be 5 stars but you still like the show. So is the case with this series. I can whine about the little stuff, but overall it still entertains me. On to Book 5. June 30, 2018 I'm not sure if Alanson was coasting or didn't really have the story fleshed out well enough, but he relied way too much with repetitive filler. "Trust the Awesome" and "Skippy the Magnificent" worked in the first three books because the snark offered comic relief and not used as often. But the first two-thirds of this book felt like instead of focusing on plot, the dialogue consisted of a constant stream of unimaginative put-downs by Skippy. Snark is only funny if wisely used. Otherwise, it because tedious and a signal of great insecurity, which doesn't endear anyone but rather makes them even more unlikeable. For an all-knowing AI, his inability to come up with some new material is tiring. But, I really liked the ending. At some point, this expedition feels a bit like the show, "Suits". You're just waiting for them to get caught, and the longer they don't get caught, the more ridiculous the scenarios feel. But here is where Alanson works for me. I don't care how ridiculous it gets, it's fun. I also really liked the introduction of Nagatha. It was a fun play on words, but also, she served as a balance to Skippy. She disappeared for a long while and I thought this was a missed opportunity by Alanson. But she eventually resurfaces, much to my relief. Also, she's worth just hearing RC Bray do a terrible Julia Child/Mrs. Doubtfire impression. So it ended on a high note and I'm looking forward to book #5. (It's a fun side-by-side read to Scalzi's Old Man's War/The Human Division series. The compare and contrast is interesting in both story, plot, and writing.)

  13. 5 out of 5

    David Dent

    The series started out promising, but by the end of Book 4, I just wanted it to be over. In my opinion there is very little character development from book to book. Additionally, the plot seems to not have a well thought out progression. Instead, the "Merry Band of Pirates" continues to skate by due only to the "awesomeness" of the friendly artificial intelligence ("Skippy") the lead character found in Book 1. Skippy seems to have a knack for being able to hack into any computer system, anywhere The series started out promising, but by the end of Book 4, I just wanted it to be over. In my opinion there is very little character development from book to book. Additionally, the plot seems to not have a well thought out progression. Instead, the "Merry Band of Pirates" continues to skate by due only to the "awesomeness" of the friendly artificial intelligence ("Skippy") the lead character found in Book 1. Skippy seems to have a knack for being able to hack into any computer system, anywhere, even when he is not even connected to it. Of course, in a data-driven space-age society this means he can effectively shield the humans he is helping from discovery, making them near-invincible even when their technology is no match for their foes. At the end of the day, I got tired of Skippy's long, child-like rants, and his awesomeness got to the point where it was completely unbelievable and laughable. This is unfortunate, since the premise of the book was very promising!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Dennis

    This, again, was a lot of fun. Great humor, as always. Also as always it was a bit repetitive and badly edited. I got used to the latter by now and the former was at least not as bad as in the second book. Because of the fantastic ground mission in the last third of the book this was on course to become my favourite in the series. But then the ending kinda ruined it for me. Of course I knew it would end on a cliffhanger. But this was just too much. I still like those two dumbasses, though. Come o This, again, was a lot of fun. Great humor, as always. Also as always it was a bit repetitive and badly edited. I got used to the latter by now and the former was at least not as bad as in the second book. Because of the fantastic ground mission in the last third of the book this was on course to become my favourite in the series. But then the ending kinda ruined it for me. Of course I knew it would end on a cliffhanger. But this was just too much. I still like those two dumbasses, though. Come on, Joe. Somebody did something stupid, and what are the odds that it wasn't you? Well, I think he will again do something stupid, very soon. And I guess it will be fun.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kacy❁

    Even though this is the 4th book in a series, the story just keeps getting better! I find myself stopping what I am doing just to listen. Skippy is still honestly the best part about this book and I wonder if he is getting a big soft spot for these monkeys because there was a lot less bickering with Joe than normal. As always, R.C. Bray makes this book amazing. I will listen to anything he narrates.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Mike Crate

    Joe Bishop the erstwhile commander of The Flying Dutchman had the world on his shoulders not to mention an eons old alien AI with an attitude, it's anyone's guess which was worse. Of course the AI known as Skippy (followed by a never ending choice of superlatives) saved the Earth and the human race and while it looked like a tin can it or maybe he would never fail to point out the crew were little more than smelly monkeys who couldn't find their way out of a walk in closet. Naturally a bond had Joe Bishop the erstwhile commander of The Flying Dutchman had the world on his shoulders not to mention an eons old alien AI with an attitude, it's anyone's guess which was worse. Of course the AI known as Skippy (followed by a never ending choice of superlatives) saved the Earth and the human race and while it looked like a tin can it or maybe he would never fail to point out the crew were little more than smelly monkeys who couldn't find their way out of a walk in closet. Naturally a bond had formed between Joe and Skippy through mutual endeavours and well their personalities just synced up pretty well which was a blessing given that things rarely went as planned and if they did there were always unforeseen circumstances. This latest novel in the series deals with said unforeseen circumstances as playing dodgeball with the galactic powers in a rickety old former star carrier which only really worked thanks to Skippy and his huge intellect and almost magical powers come up short. The Kristang are still keen to maintain the clan relationships so another mission to Earth (the long way around) is still an option and well if they were involved in a huge civil war then they would soon forget about Earth. As luck would have it some of the merry band of pirates have experience in black operations and well the special forces are always keen for a scrap so a plan is devised to nudge this alien race into an all out internal conflict. Of course it ain't going to be easy and it won't help that Skippy is getting over curious about the containment unit of a former Elder AI and yep curiosity... well you know the rest. Black Ops is another excellent addition to the Expeditionary Force series and while we do not see a significant growth in the crew there is well focused familiarity being constructed around them which pays off for those moments when personal interactions are to the fore rather than banter with an AI or the ground/space action is front and center. All together an entertaining read and a worthy addition to the series.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Levine

    My husband listened to this series first and then suggested it to me. The main reason I went along with it because R.C. Bray was the narrator; I love him! Needless to say, this has been a very enjoyable series overall. When I got this story, book 4, it didn't seem to hold my attention as much as the first 3.5 stories did (also read book 3.5). But, I listened to the whole story and, of course, am curious to know what Joe wanted Hagatha to do at the end of book 4. Questions/Comments: Skippy's suppo My husband listened to this series first and then suggested it to me. The main reason I went along with it because R.C. Bray was the narrator; I love him! Needless to say, this has been a very enjoyable series overall. When I got this story, book 4, it didn't seem to hold my attention as much as the first 3.5 stories did (also read book 3.5). But, I listened to the whole story and, of course, am curious to know what Joe wanted Hagatha to do at the end of book 4. Questions/Comments: Skippy's supposed to be smart and the majority of the time seems to pick up on sarcasm and jokes, yet he didn't when everyone was laughing at his giant bobble-head hat or when he does karaoke? When Skippy first went on vacation and Joe had to go into a dropship in case Skippy's can blew up, why did no one try to stop him? While he's not the top dog on the pirate ship, he is the second-in-command technically. Looking back on book 3.5, I know those short stories are usually supposed to be stand-alone. That wasn't the case with this story though. It left a lot of unanswered questions, which weren't answered or were the characters in that story ever brought up in book 4.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Sami Sultan

    I really liked the first two books in the series. Funny, excellent narrator, just the right pace of world building. Great if you like an against-all-odds like of story which still has a sense of humour. It's quite refreshing to read sci-fi where the author doesn't bash religion or spirituality. Great to listen to on long drives. My only complaint is that by the 4th book I got tired of the author's style and he starts recycling jokes and dialogue. Again, it's hilarious the first couple books, just I really liked the first two books in the series. Funny, excellent narrator, just the right pace of world building. Great if you like an against-all-odds like of story which still has a sense of humour. It's quite refreshing to read sci-fi where the author doesn't bash religion or spirituality. Great to listen to on long drives. My only complaint is that by the 4th book I got tired of the author's style and he starts recycling jokes and dialogue. Again, it's hilarious the first couple books, just not the 4th one.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Gjermund Bjaanes

    These books are so much fun! Skippy the Magnificent and the merry band of pirates are out to save the world again. Their adventures are exciting, fun and makes me just want more and more! I sure hope the next book is going to be just as good (or even better). But, as Skippy would say it: "Trust the awesomeness." These books are so much fun! Skippy the Magnificent and the merry band of pirates are out to save the world again. Their adventures are exciting, fun and makes me just want more and more! I sure hope the next book is going to be just as good (or even better). But, as Skippy would say it: "Trust the awesomeness."

  20. 5 out of 5

    Craig Dean

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. After a brief sojourn away from our favourite beer can, Spec Ops plunges the series back to its action packed, light hearted, military SciFi, space adventure roots with aplomb. Skippy & Joe face one challenge after another with humour and guile. This time, however, the shadows are growing long. Skippy’s mysterious past continues to be unpicked as a worm challenges his awesomeness and highlights just how dependent our plucky pirates are on his flawed omnipotence. And as the triumphs build, so does After a brief sojourn away from our favourite beer can, Spec Ops plunges the series back to its action packed, light hearted, military SciFi, space adventure roots with aplomb. Skippy & Joe face one challenge after another with humour and guile. This time, however, the shadows are growing long. Skippy’s mysterious past continues to be unpicked as a worm challenges his awesomeness and highlights just how dependent our plucky pirates are on his flawed omnipotence. And as the triumphs build, so does the jeopardy, ultimately leading to a conclusion that leaves our crew standing on the edge of a very exposed precipice. Much as everyone loves the sugar occasionally you need the spice and Spec Ops offers both. Ultimately the mix remains fundamentally fun and enjoyable.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Robbie Joerger

    Series is really going downhill overall. What started with some really neat ideas has stagnated. The ending was absolutely the laziest cliff hanger I have ever come across. Only reason I gave it 3 stars is listening to the Audio book, and R.C. Bray's narration is what is saving it. Series is really going downhill overall. What started with some really neat ideas has stagnated. The ending was absolutely the laziest cliff hanger I have ever come across. Only reason I gave it 3 stars is listening to the Audio book, and R.C. Bray's narration is what is saving it.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    Omigosh, RC Brays narration must cracks me up. His voices for Joe, Skippy, and Nagatha Christie really sell the story. Let's face it, it's not very good writing on its own. All of these books need that narration to make them better. And I am thoroughly entertained. Omigosh, RC Brays narration must cracks me up. His voices for Joe, Skippy, and Nagatha Christie really sell the story. Let's face it, it's not very good writing on its own. All of these books need that narration to make them better. And I am thoroughly entertained.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Bruce

    Cliffhanger ending - Hold off on this one until book #5 released I listened to the audiobook, and R.C. Bray totally nails the narration. However, not even his amazing performance can fix a story the author drops in the middle of a sentence! There's no excuse for that -- it's disrespectful to the readers. Why in the world would you every want someone's final impression of your book to be a bad one? I feel cheated and totally pissed off. Way to screw it up, Alanson! Cliffhanger ending - Hold off on this one until book #5 released I listened to the audiobook, and R.C. Bray totally nails the narration. However, not even his amazing performance can fix a story the author drops in the middle of a sentence! There's no excuse for that -- it's disrespectful to the readers. Why in the world would you every want someone's final impression of your book to be a bad one? I feel cheated and totally pissed off. Way to screw it up, Alanson!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Andrei

    These books seem to be written with a TV series in mind. Each book is packed with action, kinda like a season. I don't like it, there's not enough time spent on painting a complete picture of each "episode", probably leaving it to the future director's imagination. These books seem to be written with a TV series in mind. Each book is packed with action, kinda like a season. I don't like it, there's not enough time spent on painting a complete picture of each "episode", probably leaving it to the future director's imagination.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Naimish

    Good book always. I am disappointed a bit because story just goes about how to save the earth. It's been damm.. four books and it still about how to save the earth from another alien invasion. Ships crew does bunch of stuff something to stop invasion and after the book in the final pages skippy intercepts one more message and informs everybody that their action had unseen consequences and now some other species is going to earth. Let me spoil the story of 4 books, 1. Earth gets invaded by RUHAR on Good book always. I am disappointed a bit because story just goes about how to save the earth. It's been damm.. four books and it still about how to save the earth from another alien invasion. Ships crew does bunch of stuff something to stop invasion and after the book in the final pages skippy intercepts one more message and informs everybody that their action had unseen consequences and now some other species is going to earth. Let me spoil the story of 4 books, 1. Earth gets invaded by RUHAR on Columbus day and knocks out industry and power grid in this action KRISTANG helps them some what. 2. Earth solders joins KRISTANG and goes to planet paradise to evacuate RUHAR because KRISTANG has defeated RUHAR in that sector. 3. Here humans are treated very badly by KRISTANG and they come to know that KRISTANG is bad guys and they are fighting on the wrong side they must cooperate with ruhar. 4. During civil unrest kristang tells human to line up ruhar and execute them in public our human disobey that. 5. Captures our hero and he is about to be executed next day he meets Skippy an Elder AI with help he escaps this prison with some humans. Elders is species who has been long descended from this physical world but their tech is found here and there in our galaxy and that tech is worth of fortunes. 6. Every body in this universe travel using wormhole which another elder tech nobody knows how to operate and manipulate so just they uses. This wormhole network randomly shifts. 7. our hero shuts down this wormhole near earth by cutting only access to the earth with help of Elder AI and kills all the kristang on the earth. End of the book one. Book two : 1. Hero fly's back with they want to contact collective which group of connected network of Elder AI's but they don't find that. 2. When they are returning to earth they intercepts message that kristang is sending ship with help of theranin. Book three: 1. Hero fly's back with two mission. Stop Theranin ship from reaching earth. check on paradise that humans are safe. 2. After this two task they are about to go back and finds out that kristang is going to earth with an help of ruhar. Note: here you will think ruhar is an enemy here why would they help kristang. Nobody is enmey in the universe its all about money and resource and dominance in certain sector of the galaxy. Book four: 1. hero stops ruhar from doing this task but finds out that they screwed up again now theranin give some more money to ruhar and they are again convinced for sending ship to earth. 2. hero sparks civil war into kristang and they don't have resource anymore. and finally earth is safe. So you see all this four book is about saving earth again again. Some bit of mistery here and there about elders and some other aliens.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Johnny

    Book four I found mistakes spread throughout this book. However I found the story to be full of action and witty humor. I will be reading book five shortly. I recommend this series.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jason

    The merry band are back, well, not back, as they never really left, but Joe, Skippy and the crew are still out in space, trying to safeguard Earth from the myriad of threats that appear to getting longer every book. This time, they are making sure that the Thuranin are not a threat to Earth, that none of them are coming back, whilst still looking for Skippy’s Elder ring, trying not to be discovered, and generally safeguarding Earth when they find little issues. These books are funny, like if you a The merry band are back, well, not back, as they never really left, but Joe, Skippy and the crew are still out in space, trying to safeguard Earth from the myriad of threats that appear to getting longer every book. This time, they are making sure that the Thuranin are not a threat to Earth, that none of them are coming back, whilst still looking for Skippy’s Elder ring, trying not to be discovered, and generally safeguarding Earth when they find little issues. These books are funny, like if you are alone, you sit there in hysterical fits of laughter funny at some of the comments that come out of Skippy’s mouth, type funny. Of course Joe makes it easier for him, and on the odd occasion, gets his own back. There are multiple different plots that happen in this story, and it is a bit difficult to talk about all of them without giving too much away. Needless to say, there is a lot going on in this book. As usual, there is the continual banter between Skippy and Joe, although in this book, the banter has expanded to include some other characters as well as although it has been alluded to previously, in this book, there are more examples of Skippy and other crew interacting with each other – of course none of it is as funny and offensive as the Joe/Skippy conversations. This time around, there was the introduction of another ‘Skippy’ type character as well. As a result of some of the stuff that Skippy has done previously, one of the Splinter minds he has created to do a task actually reaches a semi level of AI, and much to Skippy’s annoyances, starts to talk to him with a female personality. He names her Nagatha, kind of like Agatha from Agatha Christie, but she Nags more about Skippy treats the crew. This introduction of another ‘Skippy’ type character, less intelligent, but more intelligent than most humans, is rather an interesting dynamic for the story. It certainly causes some interesting conversational arcs. The crew find themselves in a lot of trouble when they come across a particular issue that leads to the crew taking action for the safety of Earth. These actions must remain totally off the scope though, as any suspicion of their involvement will result in catastrophic outcomes for all humanity (Both on Earth and Paradise). As with the other stories, the adventure is a mix of hilarious humour, stunning tech (some of which is almost magical it is so far beyond the standard understanding of normal humans – it would be fascinating to know where Alanson actually got his material from), some incredible battles, both in space, on board ship, and on the ground. For those that have read the others in the series, this is a must read. If you are new to the series, you really should go back to the start. Although the books are good, the best way to get the most out of these is still to listen to the Audio books by R.C. Bray – the combination of Alanson’s writing, and Bray’s narration is a seriously outstanding experience and is the reason that each of these books has been such a hit on Audible. This is still a ‘drop everything and start reading/listening’ title they are so good, so don’t miss it.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    This was a most exciting book! So much happens and I feel that it’s broken the mold that the first three books were settling into. Skippy and Joe make an awesome team. Trust the awesomeness! I like that Chotek is in the mix. He’s the UN’s oversight manager basically, watching every move Skippy and Joe make. I can understand that the UN wants to ensure that Joe is actually in charge and not Skippy but Skippy still has the greater, wider knowledge of what’s going on in the galaxy. Then there’s Dr. S This was a most exciting book! So much happens and I feel that it’s broken the mold that the first three books were settling into. Skippy and Joe make an awesome team. Trust the awesomeness! I like that Chotek is in the mix. He’s the UN’s oversight manager basically, watching every move Skippy and Joe make. I can understand that the UN wants to ensure that Joe is actually in charge and not Skippy but Skippy still has the greater, wider knowledge of what’s going on in the galaxy. Then there’s Dr. Sara Rose. She definitely comes out of left field but I so do like her contribution to the story that I can overlook that. She’s CIA and she’s got a wicked sharp mind geared towards inciting conflict. And that brings us to the big moral question of the book: is it right to incite a civil war among an alien species just to keep Earth safe? The humans are outgunned on every level and the one thing they have going for them is the super secret existence of Skippy and the Flying Dutchman ship. Nagatha Christie is such a joy! What a fun addition to the tale! It makes a lot of sense to finally have another AI character. And I really, really hope she can give Skippy a hand. The tale does leave us on a huge cliff hanger with a lot at stake. Good thing Book 5 is out there in audiobook format already. 5/5 stars. The Narration: RC Bray makes me laugh! Of course he’s still great as Skippy and Joe but I adore his Nagatha Christie voice, which is reminiscent of a Robin Williams character (Mrs. Doubtfire). Once again, Bray gives an excellent performance. All the ladies sound like ladies. All the characters have unique voices and Bray switches seamlessly between them. There were no tech issues with the recording. 5/5 stars.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kc Merrill

    100/10 stars. 10 thumbs up. Dare I say, Trust the awesomeness. There are so many positives to say about this book. While I realize it might not be everybody's cup of coffee, it's definitely been a great series for me personally. Easily in my top 3 series I've read to date which may or may not say too much. RC Bray's performance is absolutely incredible. Alanson's story telling and humor are first class. From the moment you hit play and/or read the first chapter you're instantly hooked. The witty b 100/10 stars. 10 thumbs up. Dare I say, Trust the awesomeness. There are so many positives to say about this book. While I realize it might not be everybody's cup of coffee, it's definitely been a great series for me personally. Easily in my top 3 series I've read to date which may or may not say too much. RC Bray's performance is absolutely incredible. Alanson's story telling and humor are first class. From the moment you hit play and/or read the first chapter you're instantly hooked. The witty banter, the back and fourth and just the vastness of Skippy's awesomeness is something to be marveled. One of my favorite things about this book, specifically this book, but the series too is just the little details that are sprinkled throughout. Ones that really make you step back and think. Without spoiling anything, like Skippy talking to all the crew mates at once. Or downloading all of the data on earth like it's no big deal. Having conversations with hundreds of millions of people through chat/text messaging. It really does make one stop and think. If you're into science fiction, laughing and a good time you really can't go wrong with this book, with this series for that matter. I'm eagerly awaiting the next chapter in this adventure. Thanks to Bray and Alanson for such a great escape from reality. It really has been a pleasure.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Cameron

    Craig writes very compelling story arcs but sometimes loses himself along the way. When he really gets into a storyline though, he is one of my favorite writers. I gave this book 5 stars despite the obvious flaws everyone else is aware of because, lets face it, if you have read the first 3.5 books so far, you are already aware of all that. He needs an editor because of his spelling mistakes, repetition, and some inconsistencies. For instance, Joe says he had no clue Adams and Skippy had such a g Craig writes very compelling story arcs but sometimes loses himself along the way. When he really gets into a storyline though, he is one of my favorite writers. I gave this book 5 stars despite the obvious flaws everyone else is aware of because, lets face it, if you have read the first 3.5 books so far, you are already aware of all that. He needs an editor because of his spelling mistakes, repetition, and some inconsistencies. For instance, Joe says he had no clue Adams and Skippy had such a good relationship, but 4 chapters earlier he talks about how Skippy has given her a nickname because he likes her and in earlier chapters/books talks about how she is able to communicate well with Skippy because Skippy likes her a lot. Repetition does get taxing, like writing a paragraph and then restating it a page or two later. With all that said, again, if you have gotten this far you understand thats a pitfall of Craigs writing. My 5 stars relate to the story itself - once Craig gets into the arc, it flows well and throws a lot of good curveballs at you. Overall the series is awesome, Id pay more for the books to have someone edit the repetition and speing errors out, but I get he doesnt want anyone to mess up his style. I am going to continue to book 5, who knows when the story will get tired (arent there 15 of these things!?), but it hasnt happenes yet.

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