Lines of Departure: Frontlines, Book 2 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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 Commonwealth 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 spaceborne 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 best-selling 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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|Listening Length||9 hours and 6 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||January 28, 2014|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #16,537 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#298 in Military Science Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#1,237 in Military Science Fiction (Books)
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Lines of Departure is Act III of Terms of Enlistment. I'm not sure why this particular chapter in the war against the Lankies was split into two books, but Lines of Departure reads like the second half of a single (long book) and continues to develop its characters and alien warfare story in a way that's consistently engrossing. I enjoyed the first book, but Kloos improved in this one by giving us some real emotional stakes for the protagonist and building on the consistently entertaining story started in Terms of Enlistment.
I sped through this book in several days and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys good military sci-fi, with the caveat that you *must* read Terms of Enlistment first. I'd suggest buying both Terms of Enlistment and Lines of Departure and reading them as a single book. Unlike Terms of Enlistment, Lines of Departure ends the story at a reasonable place, expanding the universe and setting the stage for future encounters while also resolving most plotlines introduced in Book 1. I immediately went out and bought Book 3.
If you liked the first one, you'll like this one. I think Mr. Kloos has an excellent style of writing, it's not full of frills or over-complicated military jargon that many military space opera books employ, he uses just enough to get the job done effectively, without bogging the narrative down.
I appreciated the critique of human politics, as demonstrated between the hostilities from the NAC and the SRA, unable to set aside their differences even in the face of an unstoppable alien force. Mr Kloos continued on the theme of overpopulation and lack of resources on Earth that he started in the first book.
Many other reviewers expressed unhappiness with what they see as a deviation from what they perceive to be the main story-line of the book (the Aliens?) yet I appreciate developing this crucial theme further. The question of why the protagonist left to join the military, the worsening situation on Earth, the danger of the colonies being unable to defend themselves against the Lanky seed ships and the armed services stuck between fighting civilians, enemy military and alien invasions.
At its best, Mr. Kloos' second entry into his Frontlines series is a great well paced military sci-fi opera that raises some plausible scenarios of future Earth concerns, and entertains with the exciting action sequences.
***Don't be like me and start this book at 10pm unless you have excellent sleep discipline. I finished the book in one night.
Marko Kloos is a good writer and the story line is interesting and entertaining at the same time. I almost couldn't put the book down. There is a good balance of Sci-Fi, character development and good military battles that the book will hold your interest.
This is an excellent second book in the series and now I am eagerly waiting for the three part of the story! I rated this book as a 5 star item. I wanted to point out that I also purchased the Audible Audio Book copy of the book so I could listen to the story on my smart devices and even play it on my car's Bluetooth stereo system. If you are a commuter and drive a lot I recommend this option as the audio book only costs $1.99 after you purchase the Kindle edition of the book.
I'm not sure that I buy the notion of 80 foot tall aliens (there is a reason why land creatures on Earth have likely never been that big) but this is a minor nit. Like other military SF novels of late, this series features numerous female characters who do not have the slightest amount of femininity in their psyches. (Oddly, our protagonist's love interest does manage to come across as both feminine and militarily competent, so it can be done.) Overall this novel will give lovers of space opera an excellent read and leave you wanting the next installment. RJB.
The ideas within this book are not so far fetched. Earth is about to be over populated now and encountering subversive aliens is a given knowing the vastness of our Universe and beyond. How humans face such predicaments may follow the narrative of this series.
A great Read…
Top reviews from other countries
That is what happened to me with these books.
I took a chance on a £1 book by a writer I had never heard of, and now I am a true believer.
This book is bloody good.
Book one was bloody good.
I have just purchased book 3 and I think that will also be bloody good.
Thank you Marko Kloos for such an awesome series.
Book two charts the gradual defeat and overrun of the human outer colonies, and document humanity's attempts to resist and fight back. The main protagonist, Andrew, having been bored of being a neural net tech decides to change tack and become a "combat controller" (basically a one-man walking situation-room and planning strategist). He gets special kit, special armour and deference from the others. Having taken that track, he finds himself in a very small group of people with his skillset, and therefore finds himself being dropped behind enemy lines to control and coordinate strike missions on the alien-held planets far more than anyone else. He finds himself tasked as a liaison to some of his former colleagues on a mission to move them to garisson a frigid world known as New Svalbard, but doesn't realise that it's going to become a one-way-trip.
This book felt like the noose was tightening all the way through. Everyone is beginning to push their luck just a bit too far, and slowly but surely, the less lucky find themselves between hammer and anvil. As peoples luck begins to run out, the tensions starts to rise, and people start making silly decisions which leads to some very interesting situations. The whole book is a series of ever-worse situations. and the tenseness was excellent!
I can't recommend this series enough. The characters, plot, situations, pacing, writing and tone are all pretty much spot-on. Book 2 is even stronger than book 1, and by the end I simply didn't want to wait, so instantly began reading book 3. There is the occasional clicheed moment, but this is military sci-fi, so it's hard to avoid some stereotypes, sayings, or situations. Happily, the author seems aware of those, and tries to sidestep the worst offences.
If you haven't already been reading book 1, get it, and then read book 2.
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.
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.