SpecOps: Expeditionary Force, Book 2 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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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|Listening Length||15 hours and 50 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||07 March 2017|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 213 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
1 in Military Science Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
4 in Military Science Fiction (Books)
5 in Adventure Science Fiction
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I work with scientists and engineers so enjoyed the glossing over of the more technical descriptions.
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While the writing itself is not highfalutin, no pretentious prose for literary nerds, as Skippy would say, the story is awesome.
I read the first book and immediately ordered the next two books to read, and then finished them too, and ordered the next four.
After buying the sequel on the 24th of February I finished reading the whole series by Mar 22. That's 14 books in a month.
Humorous, fun, exciting story that was just moreish; because you can't just read one.
- Characters in an impossible situation
- Joe and his band can't come up with an answer
- Skippy declares that he has checked all possible scenarios and either (a) the physics stops success or (b) the probability of success is zero
- Joe has a thought triggered by a random event and tries to explain to Skippy
- Skippy keeps interrupting Joe's idea
- Skippy finally listens
- Skippy goes quiet for a long time
- Skippy makes snarky remark about monkeys coming up with an idea so stupid it would work, which is why he didn't come up with it
Or something like that.
Before it gets tedious.
Of course as we know Joe Bishop now a Colonel and commanding a captured alien starship also thought attacking an alien patrol while driving a battered Barney emblazoned ice cream van was a good idea, it certainly shows that the results of such acts are often unexpected.
After Skippy the eons old AI of the long gone Elder race closes the wormhole which allowed easy access to Earth and after an eventful stay on Earth the intrepid band of space pirates once again set out on the Flying Dutchman to hold up their end of the bargain with the AI. Once Skippy gets himself a communications device the bargain will be complete but as the search fails to bare fruit more unorthodox ideas have to be considered, then things start to go seriously wrong even by as Skippy would say the standard monkey level of incompetence.
SpecOps is a very worthy successor to Columbus Day, the central character of Bishop continues to be a favoured focal point of the story and his interaction with Skippy and his shipmates both humorous and when required tense and suspenseful. The bigger galactic wide picture is being created at a steady pace, a mystery is revealed which I am sure will be expanded upon in later novels. I've no doubt I will be continuing the series on a regular basis, it's entertaining and well written with a good blend of action and character elements.
Skippy is his own character. He is like Marmite - a reader will love or hate him. Without Skippy however, there is no tale to speak of.
I am looking forward to finishing Paradise and LUCKY ME the author has 9 more titles planned in the series. Cannot wait!