Renegades: Expeditionary Force, Book 7 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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 Pirates.
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|Listening Length||17 hours and 7 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||March 26, 2019|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #1,561 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#25 in Military Science Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#63 in Space Opera Science Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#79 in Adventure Science Fiction
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The series and this book never fail to make me laugh and remind me of my younger days as a Marine. Heck, they are a fun read and have the spirit of Robert Heinlein's "Have Spacesuit Will Travel" They remind us that a good Space Opera can be fun and adventurous at the same time.
I have 2 suggestions.
1 If you are reading this review and have not read the rest of the series do so.
2 If you are Craig Alanson and reading this review why are you not writing on the next 2 books you lazy yankee.
I'd give it only one star, but the solutions were still inventive.
I Hope the next one gets a good editing and freshening before it gets pushed out. This was was rushed to publication without it.
here, you probably read them.
I reviewed the first two of these books last month. This is the
remainder of the series to this point.
To reiterate, the basic setup of the series is that in the aftermath
of the departure of the Elders, there is an ongoing, apparently
endless, interstellar war drawing in all the known intelligent races
of the galaxy. There are two coalitions, each headed by a senior
species which has mastered some of the Elders' toys, with a pyramid
of technologically inferior species under each senior race. One
side is, basically, the bad guys and each species in that coalition
works as much to screw over their supposed mentors and allies as
they do against the good guys. Unfortunately Earth got chosen to
fight on this side, and we are so far down on the tech pole that
we barely even count as cannon fodder.
Sent with the UNEF to the planet Paradise by our Kristang "allies"
to do essentially mall-cop level duties by evacuating Ruhar "enemy"
civilians from Paradise after it changed hand from Ruhar to Kristang,
US Army enlisted man Joe Bishop comes into contact with a still
functional (though somewhat arrogant and ADD) Elder AI he christens
"Skippy" who will help Joe, and by extension, Earth if Joe will get
the (non-self-mobile) AI off of Paradise.
With an unlikely team, and monkey cunning, Joe's "Merry Band of
Pirates" have managed to exterminate the Kristang occupying Earth.
Unfortunately it is vitally important that no race of either coalition
come to realize that Earth is a) free & b) has a spaceship and
limited Elder tech. This leads to wilder and iffier missions to
keep the secret, and means that the UNEF on Paradise can never be
told that the homeworld is OK.
Two books & a novella here basically deal with the situation on
Paradise: _Paradise_, "Trouble On Paradise" and _Mavericks_.
Basically, without ever contacting anyone on Paradise, Joe's team
must maneuver events so that the Ruhar take back the planet, because
otherwise the Kristang will massacre the humans of UNEF as traitorous
allies. With that done, a tenuous detente trending towards friendship
blossoms there (the Ruhar are basically OK guys, though there are
some jerks of course) and may lead to something new in the age old
war. This sequence is generally well done, though the framing story
of Joe's Pirates in _Mavericks_ is a bit forced.
The other books are tales of the increasingly frantic efforts by Joe's
team to keep the rest of the universe from noticing that there is anything
at all going on on Earth. This is not helped by Skippy being taken down
several notches and dealing with species several steps higher on the
tech tree. Along the way, the team gathers alarming information on
the state of the Universe, and indications that "Everything Skippy knows
may be wrong". The final (as yet) tale deals with Joe's decision to
go it alone after being a consummate team player, something that can't help
but have major repercussions.
As before, these are engaging tales full of puzzles, humor, hair
brained plans that work, hair brained plans that don't work,
arrogance, humility and the continuous prospect of the end of the
world as we know it. Recommended.
My one complain is a long running one with this series - The whole Skippy + Bishop thing where Skippy is basically this absent minded comic relief that can do awesome things is really getting old and is wearing thin. So much of this book (and many of the later ones) are just "fluff" that I inevitably skip because they are just rambling page fillers that adds nothing to the plot nor any insights into the dynamics of the characters. I still love the series, and honestly with the introduction of the Mavericks in the last book I had some hope that the series will start incorporating the characters on Paradise more (it would be soo much fun for the Mavericks to begin to unravel and eventually meet up with the Merry band of pirates!) and really move the plot forward.
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For instance, take the dialogue between our two main protagonists, Joe and Skippy - a major part of why I and others enjoy the series. Apart from a few rare, crisis driven moments of real connection, the way they interact hasn't changed since when they met in the first book. Only now the jokes have been used and re-used a gazillion times, and what was fresh and new and fun, has for me become stale. There is essentially zero character development. To be fair, I'll still occasionally laugh out loud at some witty back and forth, which is better than most books are able to do, but the spark has gone. The only partial character development we get comes from Skippy, when the underlying story of his origins and the true history of the galaxy moves forward, albeit only a tiny little bit with each book. When this happens, we see how Skippy reacts, and learn a little of his internal processes. Unfortunately it has zero effect on how he acts throughout the rest of the book. Or we could look at Joe, who has repeatedly solved crushingly difficult problems, and come out as a true hero of humanity. But apart from the very rare confidence boosters from Skippy, or a throwaway line from Smythe, nobody actually acts like this to him - not his crew, and certainly not the governments of earth who only ever ream him out for eye-rollingly asinine reasons. We dont see him growing in confidence, we dont see "growing respect" from anyone, bizarrely we dont see his stature rising at all. Given his long list of accomplishments, this makes no logical sense, and doesnt work from a narrative progression point of view either.
For another example, take the way they approach and solve the inevitable crisis: an impossible task, nobody can think of a way to solve it, Joe tries and beats himself up that he cant think of anything useful, "tensions builds" (not really), and then something in Joe's environment triggers an idea. Skippy pouts, makes some adjustments to the plan to use Skippy-magic, and they pull it off even thought numerous things go wrong during implementation. Rarely does anyone die, only the occasional red shirt, and none of the main characters are ever seriously harmed. It has become cliched for me and again, formulaic how many times this pattern is played out. Dont get me wrong, there is still some enjoyment there - but again, there is no progression or character development. There is never any real learning from past battles. Because the author wants to keep throwing in new and interesting solutions, past solutions to problems cannot ever be used because of complicated "spacey reasons" - which honestly feel more like reverse deus-ex-machinas. As such there is little to no building on any past knowledge base, and they have to start from scratch.... every single time....
That said, for all my complaining I still like all the main characters. I want to see where the series goes and how it ends, so I will continue to buy the books and the excellently narrated audiobooks. I just wish the series could evolve a bit more.
Of all the books I've reviewed so far, this is one of the better ones.
PS it is a pity the Audio books don't come out at the same time a the written version as would have liked to hear RC Bray take, but just cannot wait that long :-)
I wonder if / when the frankenship will be replaced / upgraded / skippified....
Looking forward to the next episode...