• Chains of Command

  • Frontlines, Book 4
  • By: Marko Kloos
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 11 hrs and 47 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (5,852 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The assault on Earth was thwarted by the destruction of the aliens' seed ship, but with Mars still under Lanky control, survivors work frantically to rebuild fighting capacity and shore up planetary defenses. Platoon sergeant Andrew Grayson must crash-course train new volunteers - all while dulling his searing memories of battle with alcohol and meds.

Knowing Earth's uneasy respite won't last, the North American Commonwealth and its Sino-Russian allies hurtle toward two dangerous options: hit the Lanky forces on Mars or go after deserters who stole a fleet of invaluable warships critical to winning the war. Assigned to a small special ops recon mission to scout out the renegades' stronghold on a distant moon, Grayson and his wife, dropship pilot Halley, again find themselves headed for the crucible of combat - and a shattering new campaign in the war for humanity's future.

©2016 Marko Kloos (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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Becoming a bit too repetitive

This installment has platoon sergeant Andrew Grayson promoted to 2nd lieutenant for his heroic effort to save earth from a Lanky invasion after it was abandoned by the President and a major portion of the fleet soon after the Lanky appearance. He is given command of a ground force to, ostensibly, run reconnaissance on the small moon where the deserters have relocated. The goal is to provide enough intelligence to a follow-on invasion force who will be tasked to recover the stolen fleet so that a counter invasion can be mounted against the Lanky who now occupy Mars.

The story then unfolds in a somewhat predictable manner as they pursue their mission. Orders change, skirmishes ensue, several close encounters occurs and eventually, they win the day.

Other than the overall repetitive nature of the story, the author's writing is still easy to follow and the narration is still very good.

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Too Much Romantic Bravo Sierra!

The main story is great. However, now that the protagonist is married to his boot camp booty call, the relationship mumbo jumbo drove me nuts. I found myself fast forwarding through those bits of tedious dialogue to get back to the military science fiction.

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The series continues to gain momentum

Chains of Command picks up the story about one year after the end of Angles of Attack and Earth is still hanging on. Andrew Grayson finds himself training new recruits to backfill the depleted ranks of the spaceborne infantry but it is obviously too little too late. The Lankies retain control of Mars and regularly send siege ships toward Earth. The rag tag remnants of the NAC and SRA space fleets are barely able to repel them and every encounter is successful by only the slimmest of margins. Unfortunately, mankind knows it is losing the overall war of attrition and the status quo is unsustainable. This leaves only two choices available for regaining our solar system and they both involve attacking Mars. Take a chance and launch the assault now with what remains of the space navy or risk a blind raid in an attempt to recover the modern warships that were taken when the former NAC military and political leadership jumped away leaving everyone else behind to die.

Since both Andrew and Halley are bored to tears training up fresh meat for the grinder when they are given the opportunity to join the secret raid they both jump at the chance. It is likely a suicide mission but if successful it could greatly improve the chances of the Mars assault not ending in disaster. As the former government was departing our solar system with the most modern ships available some of their transmissions were recorded by the stealth drones left behind by the Indianapolis. With the help of the Chinese the NAC was able to crack the encryption on those communications and figure out where they went. With that knowledge the raid will have the element of surprise although how that will result in re-acquiring the lost assets is a big unknown.

Despite the fact that I often grow tired of stories where humanity prefers fighting itself when faced with annihilation from a alien threat, this story grabbed me and kept me interested. The stakes are high, the odds are long, and I am invested in the characters and the story arc. Andrew's character in particular grows a lot in this book and he has to make some tough calls with many lives at stake. Marko Kloos has done an excellent job with this series and it picks up momentum with each book. Luke Daniels continues to do a fine job with the narration and I find myself greatly anticipating the next installment.

If you have listened to the first three books then you will definitely want to pick this one up.

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Half a book but still okay

Pretty good addition to the series. Quite slow during the middle portion but it has a good ending. Should have been combined with next installment in series. Overall worth a credit.

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Meat and Potatoes

This series isn't awesome, but it is good, solid military science fiction. I recommend it.

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Slow start, only decent payoff.

Kloos has not written one in this series that suffered from, what's more often called "Second Book Syndrome" (where the second book of a trilogy isn't very strong and it's just a transitional book to the next), until now. This book very much is a setup to the next chapter of the series and is probably the weakest of the whole thing. Still an enjoyable read.

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Wow

Having finished the current undying mercenaries audible books and waiting for the next instalment I decided to try another series and all I can say about Marko Kloos's saga is freakin' awesome! Awesome story, plots well put together and The performance of the reader is exceptional. No I have to wait until the next instalment :(

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Enjoyable Installment

It's a fine addition to the series... Humanistic military SF, and it gets the jargon and nomenclature right... Great characters, and although it started a bit slow it got cranked up nicely, and produced a great ending... The narration is excellent... Can't wait for book 4, things are getting real interesting in the overall story arc and am looking forward to where the author is taking it... Definitely worth the price...

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A Grand Slam Plus One!

Marlo Kloos has definately hit it out of the park and won the World Series of Sci Fi 2016. He has used his immense talent to give us insight into war as its been in the past, is now, today, and how it will be in the future. He's not created a super race thru science nor has tried to create a super hero that by himself, changes history while running amok with wine, women, and aliens. With the magic of Luke Daniels talent,he gives us a totally believable "common man" that shows us the emotions war evokes and the man that evolves from it all. With each book I think Kloos has reached his epididymis only to be proven wrong! Already I'm impatiently waiting for the next book!

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Slow start but brilliant finish.

Starts out slow but is a great installment to the series. Very satisfying ending and will definitely be looking forward to the next book.

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  • Bii
  • 08-30-18

Luke Daniels should narrate everything.

I’ve listened to all the books in the series up to this point, and although they are all well written by Marko Kloos, Luke Daniels does an exceptional job bringing these characters to life. He puts me right there.

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  • Ho-Man Yau
  • 01-13-20

time to take care of traitors.

even when they are finally working together for the greater cause humans are bastards.
great story though and I'm looking forward to the next book in the series

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  • julian
  • 02-03-18

Brilliant.

Really enjoyed it have just brought book 5, so eager to start listening, I love the story line, Thank you.

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  • P. J. Williams
  • 09-07-17

nice continuation

this carries on the story in the same style as previous novels, nicely entertaining read

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  • Callum
  • 10-07-16

loved it

Great job, and interesting to the end, plenty of action Romance and all that other great stuff !.

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  • Norma Miles
  • 06-06-16

"So much like earth that it hurt"

Would you listen to Chains of Command again? Why?

Oh, yes. I intend to revisit the whole series one day

What does Luke Daniels bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Although I also have the written books, I highly recommend listening to the audio version with narrator Luke Daniels becoming the voice of Andrew Grayson, the soldier whose life we follow.

Any additional comments?

>This is the fourth book in the excellent Frontlines series by Marko Kloos and as that name suggests, we are again taken to the very heart of the battle. Seen from the point of view of one soldier whose progress we have followed since he first joined the military in Book I, we live through not just the fighting but also his hopes, fears and fun, what little there is of it.
All of the series is well written with clear description and natural dialogue, and characterizations which make everything feel plausible and. real. Luke Daniels narration enhances this feeling - he is Andrew.

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  • Roderick Crampsie
  • 05-03-16

commanding

narrated wonderfully, a great continuing story which had me on edge from the beginning. waiting for next installment please

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  • Jesse James
  • 08-04-21

Lots of fun yet again!

This author improves with every subsequent release, can't wait to find out what happens next!!!

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  • Pete
  • 08-15-19

Good listen

best of the series so far. Good action. Disappointed the Major didn't nuke the entire planet.