Lines of Departure (Frontlines) MP3 CD – 28 Jan 2014
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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.--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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they combine the branches into on unit with all the same ranks no real reason guess it easier if everyone has the same ranks.
they are still Fighting the Russians and even plan a massive attack on one of the Russian planets why???? you are getting attacked by aliens call a cease fire a truce till you defend your system against them (never happens). stop wasting resources !!!!!!
the new backbone of the fleet designed to fight them (in theory) I say theory because they don't finish the fleet they run out of money I mean the world at state humanity could be wiped out and we can't build a defence due to money. I could understand a country but a planet / solar system.
they make the leaders of the world look like complete idiots that somehow got into power as they never make a right call it's all about money. for example the aliens used chemical warfare on us we never tried it on them. All we ever do is NUKE NUKE NUKE and it doest work so what do we do then Nuke them more. in the 6 years they are at war they never destroyed a alien ship because they only used nukes. However a civilian who is only told about them and has 6 days to come up with a plan basically says why not fire a ship at them that goes faster than the speed of light.Read more ›
I started out with SF and moved over to Fantasy, only dipping into the former occasionally in recent years. I suppose this means I am more easily pleased and not so jaded with the SF genre, but even so this sequel seems every bit as satisfying as the first novel even though much of it is, I have to admit, quite predictable. The style and content, plus a few surprises here and there, compensate for the fact that you just know our hero will survive to book 3...somehow.
Despite the main antagonists remaining as enigmatic and dauntingly formidable as ever, the whole adds up nicely with a good cross-section of the personal, the political, the tactical and the strategic – both good and bad. I have always been a fan of hard science and military stories, so this blend of the two is all grist to my mill and very satisfying. For me everything seems to hold together well...in spite of some lingering doubts about these 'Lankies' and their true nature. The human perspective and persistent ability to fight petty squabbles even in the face of obliteration seems to ring true. The tech and the tactics held up (for me) throughout, balancing the more personal and intimate aspects (though it's nice not to have to wade through chunks of 'obligatory' sex scenes). MarKo Kloos' ability to conjure up in the mind's eye landscapes far from what we are used to and tense military action is more than satisfactory.
I certainly intend to buy the third book to see how it all pans out. I may even do say after submitting this review.
Andrew Grayson continues to feature heavily, this time as a combat controller, dropping into action with special forces (or more conventional space infantry) and co-ordinating and calling up air support, where necessary. So far, so 20th century. The development from the firt book is that the enemies are no longer primarily the Sino-Russian Alliance but the aliens - the so called Lankies, 80 feet tall quadropeds with unmatched technology, which are slowly but surely eliminating human colonies in outer space and claiming them for themselves.
Quite some of the characters from the first book, such as Master Sergeant Fallon and Andrew's girlfriend, continue to feature, and most of the new entries are sketched out relatively superficially - the action seems to continue to evolve around the core group.
The intensity of the fighting and the downtime between missions mirrors the German retreat from Russia in WW2 and the chances of success appear equally bleak. Still, some hope remains, even if the book ends on another cliff hanger, just like the first one.
To summarize, the book is a pretty straight forward military action adventure, with decent and fast paced action sequences, and a near future tinge to it.Read more ›
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A great sequel to Terms of Enlistment. I will be downloading the next book immediately. I thoroughly recommend the series.Published 12 days ago by Mötley Cruman
Onto the fourth book, like the whole concept and have read all four books in a month.Published 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
Purchased book 3 ready to go for after this review! Again well written fun sci fi book with space travel and aliens what more could you ask for. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Rob
Excellent, read the whole series up to 4 now and well worth the read.Published 2 months ago by Nicole Middlemiss