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Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Bray This is just another great book in the series with more humor, action, twists, turns, wit, clever schemes, and fun dialogue. Can't get enough! Of course the best narrator makes this book super awesome! Apr 20, Eric rated it liked it Shelves: action-adventure , science-fiction , reading-challenge.

Book 3 has Joe and Skippy leaving Paradise since it was critical that their presence there was never known to anyone human or alien. So, what happened on Paradise after they jumped through wormhole to travel light years away? This is where Trouble in Paradise picks up the story. There's no Joe or Skippy in this book. In fact, this book j 3. In fact, this book just seems to follow the same supporting characters as in the mainline story. About halfway through the story an independent plot starts to gel and Major Emily Perkins emerges as a central character.

There is also a new character introduced. The Ruhar chief administrator's teenage nephew, Nert.

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Nert is assigned to Major Perkin's team to act as a liason officer. The situation on Paradise is perilous for the humans remaining on the planet. The Kristang destroyed a lot of the fields growing human food. Food is in short supply. Help from the Ruhar is not really forthcoming. The Ruhar don't like the humans and feel no obligation to help.

The earth forces on Paradise are divided. The Kristang originally brought the earth forces to Paradise to fight the Ruhar. A group of the earth forces, called The Keepers of the Faith, are not convinced the Kristang betrayed the humans on earth. This division does nothing to help the humans who want to ally with the Ruhar. The story build up is kind of slow but once it gets going things move along at a good pace. Nert adds some comic relief as he as befriends the members of Major Perkin's team and even the Major herself.

The story ends with a cliffhanger. I hope things come together in the next installment of this epic science fiction tale. Jul 13, Kim rated it really liked it.

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It veers off a bit from the extended story involving Joe Bishop and the alien artificial intelligence dubbed "Skippy", but still involves the ongoing struggle between the hamster-like Ruhar and the lizard-like Kristang and which side the humans from earth should be siding with. On Paradise, a planet tensely shared by humans and the Ruhar, there's an unbalanced alliance. But the human's had their first view of aliens when the Ruhar landed on earth on Columbus Day book 1 and the Kristang seemed like a savior race. For many humans there is still loyalty to the Kristang. Rejecting the new alliance they call themselves Keepers.

In either case, humans are considered an inferior and backward race.

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Despite these tensions, humans and the Ruhar have an alliance on Paradise. A cadre of Kristang have shown up to do damage to their Ruhar enemies and a group of humans are recruited to assist, mostly because humans have inferior technology which has forced them to be more creative in their tactics. This book nearly succumbs to what I see as Alanson's primary weakness by falling into what feels like grunt nostalgia. This nearly ruined the first book, too, until the author introduced Skippy and something magic happened to the book.

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Again, he pulls the story out with the introduction of an alien character that changes the focus of the book. In this time it's a thirteen-year-old Ruhar cadet who is the only one willing to work with the humans as a liaison when the humans participate in a mission. With the introduction of Nert the book changes mood and has something to balance the military chatter. The novella is a short pages and the book moves along on the plot of the primary mission to destroy a Kristang weapon before it can be activated. Alanson writes great battle scenes with creative tactics that get you cheering along with the good guys.

Non-battle action near the climax is also well-paced. It's a fun little standalone book if you're not familiar with the series or a nice diversion for series fans. Even without Skippy, The expetitionary force works. I am about half way thru this book. I am actually reading this one. I listened to the other on Audible. Having trouble with the read because of that. It is more fun the hear Skippy and Joe. A quick and enjoyable read! This intermediary novella certainly delivered.

However, it did provide for a measure of peace and satisfaction with regards to a positive fate for UNEF on Paradise.

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I DO hope that is quickly resolved in book 4 which I shall be starting in on after a bite to eat. One thing which just came to mind is how, perhaps, this novella may have served to provide a "break" of sorts from the usual insanity shall we say of the previously mentioned persons and the AI of supreme magnificence And uncanny is a mild word for what is so very often more like unbelievable. And though it may be that, well, it IS a story and work of fiction. And more importantly it is enjoyable reading.

And so was this book, "Trouble In Paradise". Perhaps we don't know the ultimate fate of the UNEF soldiers in the long run.

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But at least we have been appeased that they now will be having an existence which may in fact become enjoyable, even if they are still unaware of the fate of Earth PLUS are still separated from their loved ones, perhaps permanently. Mar 21, Nathaniel rated it really liked it Shelves: sci-fi. This is a kind of novella between books 3 and 4 in the series, but it's actually my favorite in the whole series.

For one thing, it focuses on side characters and thus manages to avoid Skippy the Beercan for most of the book.

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All things considered, I kind of hate Skippy as a character, so that was good. For another thing, I just like the side characters better.

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This is a consistent theme for me in a lot of long-running series. Sometimes--like with the Dresden Files--the main guy is also basically This is a kind of novella between books 3 and 4 in the series, but it's actually my favorite in the whole series. Sometimes--like with the Dresden Files--the main guy is also basically my favorite. But a lot of the time--Monster Hunter International, in addition to this one--the main guy is kind of meh compared to the later side-characters. My hunch is that that newer writers tend to be a little generic with their viewpoint characters early on in their career.

This makes sense, even if it's a bad idea. One of the weird things about writing, is that you can usually find the general only through the specific. If you say, "My character is relatable because he's like everyone," then no one relates. But if you say, "My character is relatable because of this weird, idiosynchratic quirk" then a lot of people--people with different quirks of their own--will say: yeah, I get it.