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Orders of Battle (Frontlines Book 7) Kindle Edition
The battle against the Lankies has been won. Earth seems safe. Peacetime military? Not on your life.
It’s been four years since Earth threw its full military prowess against the Lanky incursion. Humanity has been yanked back from the abyss of extinction. The solar system is at peace. For now.
The future for Major Andrew Grayson of the Commonwealth Defense Corps and his wife, Halley? Flying desk duty on the front. No more nightmares of monstrous things. No more traumas to the mind and body. But when an offer comes down from above, Andrew has to make a choice: continue pushing papers into retirement, or jump right back into the fight? What’s a podhead to do?
The remaining Lankies may have retreated in fear, but the threat isn’t over. They need to be wiped out for good before they strike again. That’ll take a new offensive deployment. Aboard an Avenger warship, Andrew and the special tactics team under his command embark on the ultimate search-and-destroy mission. This time, it’ll be on Lanky turf.
No big heroics. No unnecessary risks. Just a swift hit-and-run raid in the hostile Capella system. Blow the alien seed ships into oblivion and get the hell back to Earth. At least, that’s the objective. But when does anything in war go according to plan?
An Amazon Best Book of the Month: Science Fiction & Fantasy
About the Author
Marko Kloos is the author of two military science fiction series: The Palladium Wars, which includes Aftershocks and Ballistic, and the Frontlines series, which includes, most recently, Points of Impact. Born in Germany and raised in and around the city of Münster, Marko was previously a soldier, bookseller, freight dockworker, and corporate IT administrator before deciding that he wasn’t cut out for anything except making stuff up for fun and profit. A member of George R. R. Martin’s Wild Cards consortium, Marko writes primarily science fiction and fantasy—his first genre loves ever since his youth, when he spent his allowance on German SF pulp serials. He likes bookstores, kind people, October in New England, fountain pens, and wristwatches. Marko resides at Castle Frostbite in New Hampshire with his wife, two children, and roving pack of voracious dachshunds. For more information visit www.markokloos.com.
- ASIN : B085NT7FY6
- Publisher : 47North (December 8, 2020)
- Publication date : December 8, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 3862 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 306 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #7,658 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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In concept the novel follows the story set in previous installments and provides snippets of information and clues regarding the primary 'enemy' - the alien Lankies. This is undercut by the need to continually retcon statements and ideas in previous novels in the series due to inconsistencies in world building.
Overall, the author introduces several new plot elements and places the central character and his companions in a significant peril, but again by retconning previously stated elements of technology and science from previous novels. While it is obvious the author is attempting to set up a 'cliff hanger', but the book feels half-finished, as if the author came to a point and said 'meh, good enough" and sent it off the publisher to check the 'DONE' box.
If it is intended as a cliffhanger, it is not very well set up, with no real drama pending - we might starve to death or run out of power in a year is not exactly total immediate peril. A cliffhanger with the author's notoriously slow writing pace and stated interest in his other series will likely leave fans hanging for a long time.
In summary, not the author's best effort, but worth reading for those who are fans of the Frontline series. Now all that awaits is the usual slow turnaround for the next book, assuming the author continues.
In this chapter, the warfare holds off for more than 50% of the book. Since I’ve been following this series since book one and am as interested in the players and the conditions on a dystopic Earth as I am croaking aliens, I found the first part to be enjoyable. Those seeking action will not. We do get some war type action later on as well as a major development wrapped in a cliffhanger as a finale.
What’s dropped off is the home front. The first few books were split between the alien threat and the battle for equity and a decent life in the welfare hell-holes most humans exist within. However, to my regret, this side of the story dropped off a few volumes ago. The major add this book has is that the humans are starting to take the battle to the implacable, unknowable enemy. The last book, the battle for Mars, was like the Battle of Midway in June 1942 for the WW2 Pacific Theater. This book ends with a major turn in the color of the entire war or at least the promise of one – depending upon how the cliffhanger resolves.
The author has become a hot commodity lately so I can understand his difficulty in attending to all his projects but I’d have liked to see more here. Particularly I’d like a return to the cities of Earth to see how they’re faring including the fate of a few memorable characters still there. If that's not to be, then a bit more progress against the aliens than we’re left with when this one abruptly ends.
Still, without a doubt, a worthwhile addition to the series.
There is plenty of action to satisfy those who just want to enjoy fast-paced, hair-raising battles. There is also increased character development that keeps the main character feeling fresh.
I do miss some of the old supporting characters that don't make an appearance in this book but I appreciate that new characters with different backgrounds and personality are introduced to give the story new life. I really feel as if this book is almost the start of a second series or next phase of writing.
Can't wait for the next book.
Top reviews from other countries
Really good military sci-fi written by someone who has served and understands that mindset,with a bit of social commentary and massive alien bad guys thrown in.
Obviously draws a bit of inspiration from books like Starship Troopers but dare I say it with better world building and a lot more optimism.
If you like the genre give this series a go,it's a massive cut above the usual poorly written, unedited and spelling mistake laden sci-fi you will find here. It's a real book,by a real writer who has learned his craft!
Only about 20% into this latest installment but it holds up with the last 6 which were all brilliant.
The Onion did a video some time ago, a realistic Call of Duty game, where players could spend five hours filling sandbags before standing guard for four hours, eating a disappointing meal and getting chewed out by a sergeant for minor uniform violations, before a couple of mortars fly in and you have to stand to for the entire night. This book is like that.
Over 2 and a half years for a short book with 30 pages of anything new or remotely interesting, not a single interesting new character, throw away members of his teams who barely do anything. A new scientist, who did nothing of interest at all. The series started out great, got a bit self indulgent after early Mars and has been downhill for several books but still very readable with plenty happening. If you want to pay for a long winded novel of how Grayson trains on Earth and in a ship then this is the book for you, anything interesting about the Lankies, nope.
Begins to deal with some of the big unknowns of the Lankieverse.
Introduces some characters we are going to enjoy.
Maybe too much focus on military humdrum. Maybe too short. That's not going to stop me buying any more the author writes, and snorting it straight up like a coke addict.