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I am a huge fan of the Expeditionary Force books, and this is the best one since the original. My only issue is that sometimes it feels like the author is padding the story out to make the series last longer.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
although the performance was as good as usual, the depth of the storyline left a lot to be desired.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
I love this series, but the story is getting bogged down in the usual rinse and repeat cycle. Skippy and Joe's relationship is still as engaging as ever (it even gets a bit emotional), but I wish some of the other characters had time to flex their wings, in particular the no nonsense Sgt Adams. The "Roach Motel" was a wasted opportunity to get some long overdue answers to questions brought up in the other books.
There is still a few laugh out loud moments and it was a enjoyable listen.
I hope things come to a head in the next book.
23 of 24 people found this review helpful
Another great performance from RC Bray, and Alanson gives him plenty of characters to play with.
However, the story really becomes tedious with repetitive situations that prevent the story from building any momentum. Here's the pattern: The crew faces an insurmountable problem, Skippy apologizes, at the last minute Bishop comes up with an idea, Skippy says it's stupid, Skippy realizes it can work, Skippy complains about being outsmarted by meatsacks, the solution works, almost immediately a new problem is presented. Repeat a couple dozen times. At no point do we wonder if they will be successful. The big picture can never form because we spend 10 - 20 minutes listening to the details about the problem, along with nearly identical dialog. This has been a signature part of previous books in the series, but this book seems to be especially over-written.
It is frustrating because there are some potentially great plot lines. It feels like the author is deliberately stretching the story, so it feels watered-down. Like the boy who cried wolf one too many times, the repeated use of the same story mechanics has erased all emotion from this book.
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