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Lines of Departure Audiobook

Lines of Departure: Frontlines, Book 2

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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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    Lore SAN JOSE, CA, United States 05-14-16
    Lore SAN JOSE, CA, United States 05-14-16 Member Since 2008

    Fantasy/Sci-Fi Fan

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    "The series really picks up steam"

    For five years now humanity has been falling back. Although we have had limited success in ground skirmishes against the Lankeys we have lost every single space battle against them. Colony world after colony world has fallen and the Lankey siege ships appear to be indestructible. Once they arrive at a planet they are able to land troops and terraform it to their needs quickly and efficiently. Despite this harsh reality, the North American Commonwealth and the Sino-Russian Alliance remain bitter enemies and they continue to fight against each other over the colony planets that do remain under human control. Even Earth itself has deteriorated as the two-front war sucks away all the resources and civil unrest has become the norm.

    Within the beleaguered armed forces Andrew Grayson has become a combat controller and he plays a key role on the tip of the spear. Although he longs to be able to leave the military and return to Earth to spend time with his girlfriend, Andrew realizes the harsh truth that there won't be an Earth to return to if he doesn't do his job. He continues to put his life on the line time and time again for a military brass that doesn't have a moral compass or even the intelligence to focus their attention on the Lankeys. After being assigned to a disastrous invasion force, Andrew finds himself being sent to the ass end of the galaxy to help garrison and protect a remote moon. When access to Earth gets cut off and his military task force turns on the civilian population of the moon Andrew must decide if he is going to blindly obey orders or if he needs to become more than just a cog in the machine.

    This book is a notch above the first one because it really hooks you in as Andrew's character starts to develop. Andrew has to make some tough calls as he tries to juggle protecting and supporting his Mom back on a crumbling Earth, maintaining a relationship with his remote girlfriend, and protecting humanity from annihilation. Desperate times call for desperate measures but how far is too far? Is it worth any price to guarantee the survival of the human race?

    Marko Kloos offers up more solid military sci-fi with this one and then blends in some interesting character development to go along with the high paced action. As far as the series goes i went into this one unsure about it and came out eager for the next book, Angles of Attack. Luke Daniels does another excellent job on the narration and I feel he does well voicing the military characters. Battle stations! Battle stations! All hands to battle stations. This is not a drill.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Drew (@drewsant) Watertown, MA, United States 04-08-15
    Drew (@drewsant) Watertown, MA, United States 04-08-15 Listener Since 2009

    Post apocalyptic listener with some thrillers mixed in. Follow me on twitter at @drewsant

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    "Highly Recommended for the Sci-Fi Fan"

    Man kind is on the edge of extinction as the Lankies take world after world for their own, but humans can’t stop fighting each other. “Lines of Departure” picks up a short while after the first book “Terms of Enlistment” ends and continues to follow Andrew Grayson as he serves in the NAC navy. Book two offers as much action as book one did, and offers a bit more of a glance at what life is like on earth and on the colonies. Highly recommended for the Sci-Fi fan.

    Mr. Daniels does an excellent job with the narration, especially when the characters are in the midst of combat. You could almost be listening in to their communications!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Bonnie Bellmore, NY, United States 11-01-14
    Bonnie Bellmore, NY, United States 11-01-14 Member Since 2013

    BJS

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    "I'm not big on Si-Fi but this book changed my mind"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I'd recommend this audiobook in a second, the story is nonstop action from the start., and one of my favorite narrators, Luke Daniels, who can do male, female, emotions, and various accents fantastically. The reason I purchased this book, was I had purchased the first in the series, which was on sale. When this one became available and was on sale I grabbed it. I thought the first book was awesome, but this one topped it. Looking forward to the third book which is coming out in 2015.


    What other book might you compare Lines of Departure to and why?

    I don't read much Si-Fi except for Robert Heinlein, and the writing style of Marko Kloos reminded me him a bit. A bit like "Starship Troopers" but very different, in so many ways since that book was written so many years ago.


    Which character – as performed by Luke Daniels – was your favorite?

    All the characters were done with perfection. I love Luke Daniels, and hope he does the next book in this series. When ever I see him doing narration I try to get that book because he's just that good.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I almost did, and I wanted to, the action never stops. The ending is a set up for the next book though just a warning, however if it's as good as book 1 and this one it will be awesome. I'm just wondering how many books Kloos plans to have in this series.....I find that some series just go on too long. IE: Wheel of Time.


    Any additional comments?

    So far Marko Kloos has proven he can write exciting Si-Fi, and if he continues it will be exciting and enjoyable. Especially if Luke Daniels does the narration. Way to go guys.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    JL 06-17-14
    JL 06-17-14 Member Since 2012
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    "A series without a hero"

    First off, let me just say that I could listen to Luke Daniels read the phone book and still be mildly entertained; he is just that good. I found this series through searching for additional books narrated by Daniels.

    The story is interesting and the author does manage to meld military, the future and aliens in a somewhat believable way, but for me the story falls short for the same reason as the first in the series: It keeps you wanting and waiting for more, for the big climax and the breakout of the main character into greatness, but it just never quite happens. Additionally, this book and the first in the series fall short of my expectations due to:

    1) The characters are overwhelmingly average in their capabilities, hopes and dreams. For me this is the equivalent of making Rambo a story about a average soldier to easily blends in rather than stands out. If I am reading fiction and expected to partially suspend reality, I prefer a slightly over the top "hero".

    2) While the author goes into great detail describing objects, he does a horrible job of describing the physical traits of the characters. I don't believe he gives the reader much of a description of the main character in either of the books other than eyes and hair.


    To be fair, there are plenty of reviewers who seem to appreciate that the characters are so average and if you prefer this type of story then you will most probably love the book.

    All that said, I will still probably by the next book in the series, as Luke Daniels carries the books for me. Conversely, there is no way they would keep my attention in print, or with most any other narrator.

    8 of 13 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

    Jack Mahan

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    "Wish I could get my credit back"
    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.

    8 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    shalte san jose, CA, United States 02-01-14
    shalte san jose, CA, United States 02-01-14 Member Since 2015

    Inostrancevia - the uber Gorgonopsian.

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    "Luke Daniels Is At Top of His Game"
    What did you like about this audiobook?

    For the record, reader, the questions I was originally strapped with have magically disappeared and the ones you see here probably bare no connection to my replies. No joke,POOF! just switched 20 seconds ago. As I have just wasted an hour of my life trying to come up with a review, I decline to change my responses to conform to this new set. I put up the review anyways out of spite and contempt for the nudnicks at Audible who perpetrated this act on me. Sorry for the confusion. Thanks again for fucking with me Audible!

    Now to my review that now makes little if any sense.

    Yes. I plan on revisiting this audiobook in 7 months and 14.5 days. Why? EZ Audible. Your computer generated unimaginative question borders on the accusatory. I'll get back to this book, just don't get all pissy about it. When I do, I'll drop you a line, alright?


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    I would compare Lines of Departure to one book in particular - "Like a Cliff in the Ocean" by Kurt Ullrich. The two books are almost totally unrelated other than they both chronicle wartime experiences and the first letter of each title is L.


    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    Grayson's unit had just finished kicking the crap out of a Chinese battalion on one of those god forsaken toxic planets. His squad is just about to break out the soy-based synth champagne and toast their victory when they all suddenly froze, looked up into the inky nothingness and saw death zorching into view and then proceed to swat down the UNA space fleet (Grayson's ride back home). As I listened to this scene I briefly closed my eyes, bowed my head and murmured "f......k, these guys are toast." Needless to say, I was thoroughly in the moment. Yet another sign of an audiobook well written and professionally narrated.


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    Maybe I am a bit dense, but didn't I just answer this question? If a scene particularly moves me, it tends to be a favorite scene. Which mouth breathing missing link intern over at corporate is coming up with these questions?


    Do you have any additional comments?


    Hey Audible - thanks for posting questions so as to make actually reviewing this audiobook as difficult as possible.

    What I now get to say is this audiobook is a top notch piece of military science fiction.

    The author created a truly bleak picture of a future Earth infested with shiftless ghetto rats sardine canned into crumbling urban mega-slums. Put it this way, to show how much the good ol' USA had slouched into what I can only describe as a putrid armpit, the author gives us a scene from an earlier book in this series when Grayson was a grunt in the TA and his unit was pinned down in an exposed position receiving fire from the upper stories of a bombed out high rise tenement. All of a sudden there is an explosion in one of the building's lower stories which causes massive structural damage and sends the whole building pancaking down on itself in a cacophony of wrenching rebar and cries of lament.

    Grayson and his comrades were saved that day by a bad batch of teeth loosening twitch powder that blew up another poorly ventilated "stim lab" in that building, thus snuffing out the snipers who were trying to pick them off. A big chunk of the human population basically devolved into heavily armed, jacked up cockroaches. Tough world, no doubt.

    In Lines of Departure, this foul dystopoia keeps wheezing along. The new enemy is exponentially more deadly than anything humans can cook up. These intergalactic losers, these oversized pesky CO2 sucking scum bags want our stuff, we won't let them have it. Can humanity drop all of their petty quarrels and shout a collective "Get your own stuff you slackjawed leaches!" Only time will tell. Only one side will be left standing.I add in summation that there is no one, and mean no one who can pull off the paranoid shriek an overwhelmed, scared shitless soldier makes like Luke Daniels. He is a pro, and when given a narration gig like this book, he rises to the challenge and cracks a liner out of the park. He can mix in 12 different character voices one after the other and then seamlessly deadpan back into narrator mode without skipping a beat. His range is limitless, the southern drawled, squeaky voiced Barney Fife type character being my favorite. I hope Mr. Kloos keeps pumping out books like this, and Mr. Daniels is offered the narrator's spot. They make a solid team. I will definitely snap up books by this talented duo.

    12 of 22 people found this review helpful
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    CodMurr 04-19-17
    CodMurr 04-19-17 Member Since 2016
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    "just as good as the first"

    The author is good at creating the indepth and accurate environment. Research has been done and it is appreciated. The story has depth. very enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    sanwizard 04-15-17
    sanwizard 04-15-17

    sanwizard

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    "Almost as good as the first in the series."

    This was another fun listen. The Narrator was great at creating and giving life to each character. I could almost smell the coffee in the small cafe scene in Vermont, it was described so well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jason United States 04-14-17
    Jason United States 04-14-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Kind of lazy writing, great narrator though"

    The scientist at the end was the perfect personification of laziness of the writing throughout this book down to her catch phrase of "science".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 04-07-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Great story, narration, but editing was annoying"

    I really like this book series, and this book is one of my favorites. Like Daniels has an excellent performance as always.

    Unfortunately, there were a large portion of lines that seemed to be cut off at the very beginning of the sentence. Regularly I would hear the last syllables of words and never the beginning notes (if this makes sense)

    I'm hoping it's just a glitch, but if it's how the piece was edited together, I'll say I'm disappointed. Overall everything is great, but that editing made it very hard to listen to at points.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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