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Lines of Departure (Frontlines Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Marko Kloos
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Vicious interstellar conflict with an indestructible alien species. Bloody civil war over the last habitable zones of the cosmos. Political unrest, militaristic police forces, dire threats to the Solar System…

Humanity is on the ropes, and after years of fighting a two-front war with losing odds, so is North American Defense Corps officer Andrew Grayson. He dreams of dropping out of the service one day, alongside his pilot girlfriend, but as warfare consumes entire planets and conditions on Earth deteriorate, he wonders if there will be anywhere left for them to go.

After surviving a disastrous space-borne assault, Grayson is reassigned to a ship bound for a distant colony—and packed with malcontents and troublemakers. His most dangerous battle has just begun.

In this sequel to the bestselling Terms of Enlistment, a weary soldier must fight to prevent the downfall of his species…or bear witness to humanity’s last, fleeting breaths.

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About the Author

Marko Kloos is a novelist, freelance writer, and unpaid manservant to two small children. He is a graduate of the Viable Paradise SF/F Writers' Workshop.

Marko writes primarily science fiction and fantasy because he is a huge nerd and has been getting his genre fix at the library ever since he was old enough for his first library card. In the past, he has been a soldier, a bookseller, a freight dock worker, a tech support drone, and a corporate IT administrator.

A former native of Germany, Marko lives in New Hampshire with his wife and two children. Their compound, Castle Frostbite, is patrolled by a roving pack of dachshunds.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2569 KB
  • Print Length: 329 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1477817409
  • Publisher: 47North (28 Jan. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ELN0KB6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,684 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars More of the same, with a few additional features 10 Nov. 2014
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The adventures of Andrew Grayson, now a sergeant, continue in this second volume. The story starts almost five years after the end of the previous book. The bitter and loosing war against the Aliens on the one hand and against the Sino-Russian Alliance (SRAs) on the other for the space colonies continues, and Grayson has been involved in it up to the neck.

The situation is getting steadily worse, both in space, as the colonies fall one after the other, and in the “North American Commonwealth” where the “welfare rats” living conditions worsen steadily as their weekly food allowance is steadily cut to save money for the war effort, leading to increasingly bloody riots.

I’ll stop here to avoid spoilers. Suffice is to say that the book contains the same themes as volume one and that our “grunt” hero meets again Master Sergeant Fallon and two disciplinary battalions from the ex-Territorial Army who are sent on exile to a far-away colony as a punishment, and cut off from the rest of humanity.

This book also has the same qualities as book one, and perhaps also the same limitations. It is entertaining, exciting and easy to read. You also need to suspend belief at times, for instance when senior officers (lieutenant colonels no less!) defer to Master Sergeant Fallon who, of course, will let no one “mess around” with her or “her grunts”. You also need to be aware that the story is a rather predictable one, but it’s nevertheless entertaining.

For fans of military science fiction (and that includes myself, of course), the book has some interesting features of various types of drop ships, ground attack craft and an orbital combat ship (OCS, in the jargon) with exceptional stealth capabilities.
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5.0 out of 5 stars No departure - I'm waiting for the next one 3 Mar. 2015
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As I had done with its predecessor, Terms of Enlistment, I purchased both the e-book and the accompanying audio download (both together cost under 2 pounds - what a bargain) so that I could fully engage with what I expected to be a truly exciting experience. I was not disappointed.
This story continues to follow our main protagonist in his life in the future military. By now he is experienced and about to start his second half decade of enlistment. It is going to be even more engaging than the first.
Marko Kloos is an excellent writer, the audio narrator fits the first person voice of the book perfectly and the combination is that marriage - well, you know the rest.
I don't know what else to say, really. Like it's predecessor, this story swept me along in the thrills and fears of our main protagonist's life. Is the science plausible? I have no idea and I don't care: it seems real enough at the time. For anyone new to the Front lines series, it would probably be best to first read Terms of Engagement, but not essential. This is a stand alone story.
However, there is a third volume to be published soon. I have already pre-ordered.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Space Opera told well 10 Mar. 2014
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This series is an interesting view of a near future earth. It is also a good space opera series with its partner book terms of enlistment. It does combat well, and the main character is reasonably well drawn. I am hopeful there will be a third in the series since Martin Kloos has left mankind with a fairly serious problem. The human politics is interesting too. So all in all a compelling read and well worth four stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I loved the first novel in this series 8 Mar. 2015
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I loved the first novel in this series, and was very grateful that I'd already picked this one up so I didn't have much of a delay between reading them.

As with the first, this is a really good piece of military SF or space opera. Where I think this book really shines is in deepening our hero's understanding of what he does as a soldier and what it means to be a good soldier. It's not a deep treatment - this is still first and foremost an adventure story! - but it's refreshing to see how our lead has grown from the first book in this series to the second.

My only minor beef is that the special ops outfit which our hero has joined in this second installment seems a bit too much like the current US special forces with the serial numbers filed off, but that needn't get in the way of enjoying the story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars on the money 12 Dec. 2014
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Really good second novel, its obvious the author's gained a great deal of confidence since the first in this series and this shows in this novel. I enjoyed his first but had some reservations, those are now history and i will be ordering following novels eagerly. Many characters have grown and filled out in this book and more background filled in, leaving me exhausted as I devoured chapter after chapter. I found it hard to put down and completed it quite quickly for me this novel is on the money, it ticked all my boxes and i thoroughly enjoyed it. I,m trusting that both the 3rd and 4th novels are as good as this one!
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5.0 out of 5 stars unputdownable!!!!! 15 Sept. 2014
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Apart from the section where Grayson returns home for a short visit, most of this book is edge of the seat, get to the bottom of the page and turn over as fast as you can to read the next page, action packed and exciting to the point of being distracting from getting on with anything else!
The descriptions of combat etc are as compelling in their technicality as they are frenetic!
Superb read, I cannot recommend it highly enough nor wait for the next instalment!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
enjoyable read
Published 5 days ago by E Acaster
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Like a Boy's Own comic book. Fun and well worth the effort.
Published 7 days ago by Lewist
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I love this book and the the first one and cannot wait to get the next.
Published 10 days ago by Linda Norris
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Fantastic read and really enjoyed the characters and the plot. Now I need to go and get the next one straight away. Highly recommended.
Published 12 days ago by John Cass
1.0 out of 5 stars I am not really a sci-fi/futuristic reader so my comment/scores ...
I am not really a sci-fi/futuristic reader so my comment/scores are probably not relevant to this genre - that has no interest to me. Read more
Published 13 days ago by David Greenwood
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
as good as first episode fast paced action will get remainder of series for holiday reading recomend
Published 16 days ago by Wylie1
3.0 out of 5 stars Another good read
A good competent follow up to Terms of Enlistment.
Published 19 days ago by FrankM
4.0 out of 5 stars Old school military sci-fi
Excellent, action, military sci-fi. No pussyfooting around, no crappy relationships, good old school interplanetary/military style. Quick read, but well written and absorbing.
Published 24 days ago by Czechboy
5.0 out of 5 stars Human behaviour at it's worst and best.
Great follow up to "Terms of Enlistment", looking forward to the third instalment.
Published 1 month ago by Digitalalan
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great can't wait for book 3!
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