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Lines of Departure | [Marko Kloos]

Lines of Departure

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.
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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 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.

©2014 Marko Kloos (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Sean1980 02-21-14
    Sean1980 02-21-14

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    "Great military scifi"

    This book was an excellent sci-fi book, military jargon and humor well captured. Very exciting.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    John L. Mahan Boston, MA 08-26-14
    John L. Mahan Boston, MA 08-26-14 Member Since 2013

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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I you enjoy military science fiction, you might like this. I enjoy military science fiction and I did not.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Marko Kloos again?

    I read the first book in this series and enjoyed it. Not a five star by a good solid 3.5. Decent book, well written and good characters.


    Have you listened to any of Luke Daniels’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I enjoyed Luke Daniels performance. He did a good job with what he had.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Lines of Departure?

    Rewrite.


    Any additional comments?

    Having served in the military this is an anti-military, anti-police, pro-criminal book. When the main character feels closer to the people who mugged him than to the people who saved him, that is where I saw this going down. The plot hole I saw was, why would the high command send two unreliable units to a planet to control civilians? They had already proven to be unreliable, even with Marines guarding them, did they think this would not go down the tubes? I was very disappointed in this book, came off as a libertarian, anti-government story. Turned me off. I enjoyed the first book but not wasting my money on any more. Good Luck.

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    Mike Collins 03-20-15
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    "great part 2"

    The story is well written and a good read. A fitting part 2 with lots of twists and turns. I could still do without all the extreme swearing and wish more authors would skip adding unless words just to sound tough. The storywould not have suffered if it had been excluded.

    But the story is well put together and riveting. I am anxious for book 3

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    Nancy Vail, AZ, United States 03-20-15
    Nancy Vail, AZ, United States 03-20-15 Member Since 2012
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    "underated"

    this series is unserated. I do not understand how it isnt a NY Times best sekker yet. I believe it will be eventually I also predict a movie or tv series from it. The only negative is that i have to wait a month for the final book.

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    David 03-14-15
    David 03-14-15 Member Since 2012

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    "Better than the first book"

    I enjoyed the first book, Terms of Enlistment, and found the second book in the series to be better; Kloos is definitely developing as a writer. Where Terms of Enlistment was a fairly by-the-numbers knock-off of Starship Troopers, Lines of Departure takes place several years later and further develops the universe and its politics.

    In the first book, humans encountered their first alien race — eighty-foot giants who build almost indestructible climate-altering machines that render a planet's atmosphere unbreathable to humans. As the second book begins, humanity is losing their ongoing war with the "Lankies." They've lost eighty colonies and have yet to actually take a planet back from the invaders.

    Despite what is clearly an existential threat, the two terrestrial superpowers, the North American Commonwealth and the Sino-Russian Alliance, are also at war over their shrinking stock of colonies

    With all this warfare going on, Earth is becoming an overpopulated, underfed planet of slums and riots.

    Andrew Grayson, our protagonist, has become a career soldier, realizing he doesn't have anything else to do and that while war in space is likely to shorten his lifespan, it beats going back to Earth to stew in a slum and eat recycled waste. He also has a girlfriend who's a fighter pilot, and is a combat network controller, making him a respected professional in the NAC's beleaguered military.

    Lines of Departure is a fine example of military SF, and while perhaps not quite as philosophical as Heinlein's Starship Troopers, Grayson does become an interesting and thoughtful character as he has to weigh his duties as a soldier with the morality of unlawful orders and the practicality and consequences of disobeying them. As well, the stupidity of fleet staff and the intransigence of political leaders is quite believable — yes, I think we Earthlings really would keep squabbling among ourselves even in the face of alien invasion.

    Be warned, though, that this book ends in a cliffhanger, so if you've been hooked this far, you will not see the story resolved until the next volume.

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    Geoff Brisbane Australia 03-07-15
    Geoff Brisbane Australia 03-07-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Great story."

    A nice change from the usual sci fi. Not so predictable and I'm looking forward to the next part of the series.

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    NDec 03-05-15
    NDec 03-05-15 Member Since 2015
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    Great story very exciting. The story of a man who joins the military to escape the over crowded earth.

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    Jon Coble 02-16-15
    Jon Coble 02-16-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Can't keep genders straight."

    I am not sure if it was the author or narrator but throughout the entire story the narrator kept jumping between saying he and she to describe the master sergeant. Other than this distraction I enjoyed the book and can't wait for the next one to come out.

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    George Dillingham, AK, United States 02-02-15
    George Dillingham, AK, United States 02-02-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Enjoyable"

    I like this series, second book in the series. Keeps me hooked while telling me a compelling story without the hate that some books build to a enemy. Witch wakes you not like parts that build to a counter strike. This one has building without the hate, yet still compelled by the story.

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    WHATBS 02-01-15
    WHATBS 02-01-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Not bad"

    I wonder if there is another book in the works. Great story, I would like more from this author in this series.

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