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Lines of Departure: Frontlines, Book 2 | [Marko Kloos]

Lines of Departure: Frontlines, Book 2

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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    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 03-17-15
    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 03-17-15 Member Since 2015

    I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath

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    "SCIENCE, IT WORKS"

    EARTH IS A SHIT HOLE, BUT IT'S OUR SHITHOLE.
    Is shit hole, one word or two? First of all, I hate to burst some bubbles, but this is not as good as book one. I was amazed that I listened to this right after listening to Forever War by Joe Haldeman. The future world that Kloos describes, sounds actually like Haldeman's future. Everyone lives on the dole, everyone gets paid in calories, everyone hires body guards and the army is full of idiots. Haldeman had more guns, but it looks like Kloos is headed that way. So, it is a liberal future, where everyone depends upon the government (and it is not good.) It is a conservative future where everyone owns a gun and it is not good.

    The story starts out pretty good with these 80ft tall Aliens, who think we are just bugs. An interesting concern, especially when you considered how we treat anything smaller then us. They are in the very beginning and one of there ships is in the very ending, but between times our hero fights, the Russians, the Chinese and then his own country. I also find it unbelievable that a group of home troops who spend there careers killing North Americans, would all of a sudden grow a conscience when they go to another planet. I felt that there were too many conflicts, which made this too unbelievable. It is not a bad book and if you like Military Sci-Fi and you don't need it to make a lot of sense, then you will enjoy this.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Clarissa R. Thorne 09-11-14 Member Since 2014

    Geeky, photography-loving stitcher. Hobbits, zombies, space cowboys, agents, avengers, & clones are welcome in my post-apocalyptic dystopia.

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    "Lines of Departure"
    If you could sum up Lines of Departure in three words, what would they be?

    Fun. Fast. Exciting.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Kloos once again deftly manages action scenes . . . this time in a combat environment that includes more enemies than you can shake a stick at. Even listening to the audio book, I never felt left behind as battles, weaponry, intrigue, and shifting alliances swirled around me. Kloos maintains his in-depth description of tactics, weaponry, and military hierarchy, with a never-boring clarity that I appreciate as an easily confused reader.


    What three words best describe Luke Daniels’s performance?

    Entertaining. Humorous. Energetic.


    Any additional comments?

    Ready for the third installment in this series, Angles of Attack.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sean1980 02-21-14
    Sean1980 02-21-14

    Sean

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

    Indiscriminate Reader

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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.

    2 of 3 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 13 people found this review helpful
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    rich san jose, CA, United States 02-01-14
    rich san jose, CA, United States 02-01-14 Member Since 2011

    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.

    10 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Wyatt Olson 05-19-15
    Wyatt Olson 05-19-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Cool"

    Good book. Really enjoyed the story. Cool space stuff. Liked it a lot. Would recommend

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lynton 05-15-15
    Lynton 05-15-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Great"

    Good story well narrated .
    I look forward to the next in the series.
    I recommend it to any sci fi fan

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Brodie Jones 05-14-15 Member Since 2014
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    "3.5 but that's not an option"

    This book was great in many ways. my reasons for marking it down is that it is quite detailed around the battle aspects which I don't personally find interesting. I suspect for many readers this would be a plus.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nathan Glen Bernie, MD, United States 05-14-15
    Nathan Glen Bernie, MD, United States 05-14-15 Member Since 2011

    Audible is the balm for an itch I can't scratch that sits right between my ears.

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    "Predictable but enjoyable"

    The story continues in a fairly predictable straight forward manner. Some action some discord within the military and the start of the end for humanity.

    Great narration and I will still happily pick up the next book though this time I might try some other titles in between.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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