Chains of Command

Frontlines, Book 4
Narrated by: Luke Daniels
Series: Frontlines, Book 4
Length: 11 hrs and 47 mins
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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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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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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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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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Meat and Potatoes

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

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More of the same

Skip this book. This story had a good premise but I think the author just ran out of steam. In this book they come up with another gimmick to give the story a little breath. It's really not enough. Not enough happens. It was good while it lasted, but after all, it's the fourth book in the series and was bound to peter out sooner or later. The signs were there and it was good while it lasted. I'm not trying to be mean when I say that there is nothing else to be squeezed out of this series.

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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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Never Disappoints

this is an excellent book in the series. I love the way how Marko breaks his stories up enough to keep you fully engaged in the series yet doesn't leave you hanging between each book. I would highly recommend this one.

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The Fight Continues

Would you listen to Chains of Command again? Why?

I am sure I will be listening to the full series again. Luke Daniels is magical in all the series I have heard him read. He takes a very compelling story and brings it like.

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

Easily one of the best performers I have heard on any audiobook.

Any additional comments?

Marko has created a fully realized universe with characters that are all too human, for good and bad. If you need your military sci-fi fix you can't go wrong spending some time in Marko's worlds.

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Not as fulfilling as the first three books.

I loved the first three books. This book left me feeling like it was only half over at the end. The other books seemed to be a more complete segment to me. I did still enjoy the book and will continue to listen to the series.

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Action packed

Loved it. Lots of action-packed moments. I want more. I can't wait for the next chapter....onward to Mars!

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  • dennis tubone
  • 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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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-15-19

Good listen

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