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Columbus Day: Expeditionary Force Book 1 | Book Review

Columbus Day: Expeditionary Force Book 1
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Publisher's Summary

The Ruhar hit us on Columbus Day. There we were, innocently drifting along the cosmos on our little blue marble, like the Native Americans in 1492. Over the horizon came ships of a technologically advanced, aggressive culture, and BAM! There went the good old days, when humans got killed only by each other. So, Columbus Day. It fits.

When the morning sky twinkled again, this time with Kristang starships jumping in to hammer the Ruhar, we thought we were saved. The UN Expeditionary Force hitched a ride on Kristang ships to fight the Ruhar wherever our new allies thought we could be useful. So, I went from fighting with the US Army in Nigeria to fighting in space. It was lies, all of it. We shouldn't even be fighting the Ruhar; they aren't our enemy. Our allies are.

I'd better start at the beginning.

 

My Review

One day Sgt. Joe Bishop finds himself in the rest of the world's military fighting any universal war they did not sign up for. After a race of hipster like aliens destroy the world's infrastructure, a lizardlike race of aliens who bid to "save"the day, or so it seems. After landing on the planet halfway across the galaxy, Sgt. Bishop finds out the truth about the war and eats up with a godlike AI turns out to be a pretty big jerk. The rest of the book is filled with this unlikely duo at the pictures and can take that

Story: Grade | A

Like:
there was a lot to love about the main character, and how the author made him talk to me rather than at me. Even going so far as adding in line that made it sound like we actually bantering back and forth. That was actually the main highlight of this book, the humor between Sgt and Skippy made me literally laugh sometimes.

Dislike:
at times it felt like Skippy; the godlike AI, and the advanced technology was just a means of getting out from a really duration that humans could come up with on their own. While there were limitations to what Skippy could do, there were times where it was like "uh oh, we are surrounded by enemy aliens with no escape. Oh wait, the powerful AI can't get us out of here with some magical trip." Or," I broke my leg, and I am billions of miles away from a doctor. Some advanced technology that will take care of that even though we don't know how to use it." This didn't happen often, if it wasn't enough to ruin the entire story for me.

Narration: Grade | A+

R.C. Bray is just one of a handful of narrators that I really enjoyed listening to. The book was written in a way that the character was essentially talking to you, it really felt like I was having a conversation with him. Bray really has mastery over re-creating different ethnic accents, I could not tell whether or not he was a native Bostonian even though Sgt was. He was able to turn the accent on or off, and transition from say an Asian accent to a southern accent quite easily. There are few people that I would give an A+ grade to, but just listening to this guy execute this book was amazing.

Overall Grade | A

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