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Lines of Departure (Frontlines Book 2) (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Marko Kloos
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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 North American 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 space-borne 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 bestselling Terms of Enlistment, a weary soldier must fight to prevent the downfall of his species…or bear witness to humanity’s last, fleeting breaths.

Biographie de l'auteur

Marko Kloos is a novelist, freelance writer, and unpaid manservant to two small children. He is a graduate of the Viable Paradise SF/F Writers' Workshop.

Marko writes primarily science fiction and fantasy because he is a huge nerd and has been getting his genre fix at the library ever since he was old enough for his first library card. In the past, he has been a soldier, a bookseller, a freight dock worker, a tech support drone, and a corporate IT administrator.

A former native of Germany, Marko lives in New Hampshire with his wife and two children. Their compound, Castle Frostbite, is patrolled by a roving pack of dachshunds.

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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Grosse catastrophe 14 novembre 2014
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Autant j'ai été emballé par le premier volet de la série et les nouvelles situées dans le même univers, autant ce second tome m'a profondément ennuyé.

Tout est raté dans ce second volet.
La faute aux promesses non tenues (sur les aliens notamment), à un développement scénaristique totalement dénué d'intérêt et à un ensemble qui manque considérablement de rythme, de justesse, d'action. L'évolution de l'histoire est tirée par les cheveux, pas crédible pour deux sous et le personnage principal devient de plus en plus transparent au fil des pages.

Une très grosse déception.
Je vais bouder.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Must read 25 février 2014
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The long awaited sequel of Terms of enlistment, this is a great military sci-fi novel. It’s very classical, well written, and is depecting the difficult fight of Earth colonial forces against a very powerful challenger. If you like Scalzi’s Old man’s war, Heinlein’s Starship troopers, Ringo’s Posleen war or Haldeman’s Forever war, you’re bound to love this novel.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Continuation of an Exciting and Interesting New Series 18 mai 2014
Par Paul Cassel - Publié sur
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This is book 2 of a new series by Kloos and while you can probably get a good deal out of it without the first book, Terms of Enlistment, you'll likely do better reading that one first.

While technically military scifi, these books delve a bit deeper than just details of battles and their attendant strategies. There is more than one interesting character but the protagonist is, of course, most featured and his POV is dominant. Both volumes are interesting as Earth faces a vastly superior, implacable and fantastically aggressive foe which comes out of nowhere known to throw humanity back on its collective heels time and time again.

Again, in both books, the protagonist develops, the stages he finds himself on vary quite a bit and his interactions with others mature as he himself matures. As with so many of this genre today, the underlying sense is one of pessimism unlike, say the 'humans learn instant tech and dominate' common to the antique scifi of the so called golden age of the '30's, '40's and '50's.

This pessimism is deeper than most. Not only is the Earth severely threatened and humanity facing extinction, but the humans aren't sure that's a bad thing. The Earth itself is vastly overpopulated at over 10x it's current population most of who live in welfare sucking squalor piled into 'projects' and living a Hobbs-like life which is brutal, nasty, poor and short. Many complete it by being solitary.

At several points in the book, humans speculating on their own and their species extinction, say it may not be a bad idea. The implication is that since humans failed to control their own population, they deserve an outside influence to so control it.

Many future oriented books set the future as dystopian but few take it this far. Still, an exciting read with interesting people as speaking characters (NPC's if you will) and a highly sympathetic protagonist. I enjoyed both entries to this series and will surely be on board for any others that Kloos writes.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Marko hits it out of the ballpark....again. 29 janvier 2014
Par Rene A. Barrera - Publié sur
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This book for those not familiar with the author is a continuation of the storyline in "Terms of Enlistment". Here is the saga of Earth and humanity in the throes of extinction level disasters, both man made and those stemming from First Contact aliens.
This book can stand on it's own, but the reader will benefit from reading "Terms of Enlistment" there are many ideas that rise here that initially were introduced in the first book.
The ideas that flow under the radar are what will make this series of books one of the greats you need to read it and pay attention there are subtleties at work that will become important later on. Not to spoil anything but freedom and liberty are still viable ideas even in the face of tyranny and apocalyptic destruction.
The writing is sharp the characters are deep and one feels pangs of sorrow at the dismal state of the future-what Marko writes is not far removed from what could be. At the end one is left shocked it is really a great ending and wraps up so many different plot lines and resets the chess board so to speak.
Its a great read!!!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Engrossing 17 mai 2014
Par megelomaniacal - Publié sur
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Fairly well developed characters and relatively plausible technology. What more do you want in military sci-fi? I found this book series to be one of the better ones I've read in the last year or so.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Hope there is a sequel on the way? 17 mai 2014
Par O - Publié sur
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Really hated to finish this book!! It has great characters, and action packed story. Characters are well thought out, and seem so real. Certainly reflects the human condition, but also has ray of hope for mankind.

Recommend reading Terms of Enlistment first.

Thanks to Marko Kloos for a very engaging story, hopefully you have already started on the sequel?
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Inferior sequel kills my interest in this series 7 mai 2014
Par Jason Hornbuckle - Publié sur
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I, like most people reading this review, enjoyed the first story in the Frontlines series. Kloos apparently hated it though, because he changed everything about it for the second installment.

Did you like the protagonist and his upbeat attitude? That's gone. Did you like his girlfriend? She's in about 5 pages this time around. Did you like the job he was doing in the navy? He changed jobs. Did you like him fighting aliens? He only does that for about 5% of this new book. Did you like him fighting the Chinese and Russians? He only does that for about 10 pages this go around. Did you like his infrequent complaints about the inefficiency of the US government and the inequality present in society? What about the stupidity of his commanding officers? If you answered "yes" to those last two, well you're in luck because that's 95% of the content of Lines of Departure.

Every single chapter, the protagonist complains about the military. Every single chapter, he complains about the government. He mentions, not once, not twice, but multiple times that he no longer believes in God and thinks the entire human race should be destroyed. Every single officer above the rank of 2nd lt is described as amoral and actively trying to hurt the soldiers under their command, for no reason. Every single politician in the USA is also actively evil for no reason. Every single poor person is mindlessly violent, again for no reason.

As you might imagine, this gets a little repetative. It becomes even more so when the author gives us huge chunks of exposition more than once, as if he were combining parts of different drafts without excising the duplicate material. Also the author has a terminal lack of adjectives in his arsenal, and is forced to use the exact same ones for the same things over and over and over again. The armor and accompanying gear of a soldier is apparently called "battle rattle". So when talking about it, he says things like "i got my battle rattle together and then the sarge got his battle rattle together, and then the other guys in the squad walked over, making lots of noise with their battle rattle and we got in a tank that was kind of cramped because of our battle rattle taking up so much space". Its ridiculous, no attempt to substitute "armor" or "gear" or anything like that, just the same term over and over.

Throw in a deus ex ending that makes very little sense and a pointless cliffhanger and I'm just bored to death with it. There is no chance i'll be picking up anything else by this author, ever, on any subject, and you should avoid him as well.
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