The story keeps a good a pace and doesn't lag in parts as in some of the previous books. The are not many misspellings, thank the stars. Even the characters have flattened out. One liners here and there and everywhere. The star of the show is inevitably sci-fi's greatest ever beer can though even he doesn't get it all his own way in this one. In a saturated sci-fi book market this is a standout and definitely worth adding to your library. And that was the good news.
Start of a new series of books set in current or near future times. The most significant was a full shift in perspective in a few chapters of the book. I'm excited to see where this one goes because if it goes where I think it'll go the next book is going to be the type of thing I don't see nearly enough. Really the story should probably be rated 3 stars. I'm not sure I read the same book as a majority of other people. There are issues with both the writing and editing. Will definitely reread again and again! There is a lot to like about this book, and this series.
He rambles on about how the space elevator works, etc. I thought this would be the last in the series but nope. I seem to be in a rut reading the same authors continuously. For one, alien civil war means traffic in outer space is pretty jammed. As Kc Merrill mentions, it does have some language, violence and sex, but I did not find any of it to be gratuitous; likely it is tamer than what our internet-age children are exposed to on an all-to-regular basis. The next book is out in Nov? Therein lies my big problem with this author, generally, and this trilogy specifically.
Joe is called on the carpet for his judgment calls during the last mission. Thank you Craig Alanson for pumping out books on such a regular schedule! There we were, innocently drifting along the cosmos on our , like the native Americans in 1492. The formula is getting pretty familiar by now. I really enjoyed this first entry in the series, and am very much looking forward to seeing where it goes from here. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. There are a large number of spelling autocorrection mistakes, where the wrong word has been Entertaining stories that desperately need an editorI read the Author's three stories together, so my comments address all three.
I was greatly rewarded for my stubbornness, because as soon as Skippy The Mighty enters the scene, the book takes on a new dimension, it becomes a lot funnier, the twists are linked and the rhythm does not fall again. The characters were not like me, but I could understand what they were like. Even then this first installment is rough until a certain character is introduced late in the novel and carried throughout the rest of the books. If you have any questions, please contact me. He is self-sacrificing taking on the unpleasant jobs, food, etc so that other members of his crew won't have to. The author did a good job describing the planetary setting, but I would not want to live there it smells bad there. Skippy is a millennia-old artificial intelligence who acts like a child and is the source of endless amusement.
I actually loved the scenes on the Jeraptha ships, seeing their culture of gambling meshed with their military. Another great installment in the chronicles of Skippy the Magnificant and his merry men. The Ruhar hit us on Columbus Day. He sold me on the Fear Saga. This first volume of ExForce is too long, with the beginning of the book being painful and boring. That's where the humor comes in. The story is brilliant, the characters likable and Skippy is awesome.
I listened to most of the book on Audible and R. I've left a five star review of every book in the series so far. So glad I am dealing with meatsack time and not Skippy the Magnificent time. But the last act takes quite the turn around from the boring world building and makes the entire series seem interesting again. But then he was called away from that group.
Most of the action takes place all over the galaxy and is packed full of space tech and alien races. It doesn't take itself too seriously, which is refreshing. Just don't ask me why because I don't know. It is Skippy and Joe buddy cop figuring out the problem of the week. I've left a five star review of every book in the series so far. His story is imaginative and original to some degree.
The ship needs a serious refit, and her exhausted crew just wants a break from constant clandestine warfare against a vicious and superior enemy. The story progresses and keeps me well and truly invested. Columbus Day was a purchase based purely on reading the blurb when the Amazon algorithm decided I would like it and you know this time it got it right. And defensive fire from maser turrets. There is lots of action and suspense.