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- Listening Length: 16 hours and 23 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Podium Publishing
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 13 Dec. 2016
- Language: English, English
- ASIN: B01NCF1LNV
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Columbus Day: Expeditionary Force, Book 1 Audiobook – Unabridged
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The only reason this is a 4 star rather than a 5 is the editing of the book, there are plenty of typos and grammatical errors, nothing too bad, but it does detract slightly from the overall experience, the author may wish to consider a professional editor in future.
I've bought the next book and am enjoying that so far as well.
The Earth is saved and in gratitude the world governments commit ground forces to aid the second alien species (Kristang) in their ongoing galaxy wide conflict but the men and women who journey to the stars are in for a rude awakening, not everything is as advertised and the Earth and her people are little more than pawns in a greater game.
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. The central character of Joe Bishop was written well and with enough flaws to make him the everyday former soldier drawn back into what he's really best at and to exercise his ethics in a theatre that has little time for compassion and justice. The novel takes its time to create the world the series is based in and of course that always pays off so when the scope of the narrative expands greatly it all fits together well and doesn't stretch the bounds of credibility. I'll certainly be reading the rest of the series but not right away, there is a lot on my to read list but when I'm ready they are on the kindle good to go.
The military flavour comes across as genuine. The science is solid and the science fiction gets stood on its head, spun round and played backwards, just for fun.
Ok, he’s plundered ideas from Iain Banks, Douglas Adams and the “Red Dwarf” tv sitcom, but he does it with style and good humoured aplomb and he works those ideas seamlessly into what is very much Joe Bishop’s story. I’m looking forward to reading the 2nd book in the series..... hell, I’ve already bought it.
This is what I found but there was also a lot more. Mr Alanson writes with great humour and I found myself laughing out loud numerous times (when the author wanted me to). This helped the pages sail along as I really enjoyed even mundane character interactions.
Mr Alanson has a few interesting ideas which make this stand out, in particular the completely out of left field switch in the middle of the book. I had to re-read a few pages to be sure of what I was reading! This new character adds huge energy and humour and allows the book (and the series) to head off on a marvellous adventure.
This is not a science fiction classic for the ages, but if you want an entertaining, well written read that will surprise you and make you laugh, then I thoroughly recommend this series.