Angles of Attack (Frontlines #3)

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Title: Angles of Attack

Series: Frontlines

Author: Marko Kloos

Rating: Unrated

Genre: SFF

Pages: 350

Format: Kindle

 

My Thoughts:

Due to some of the subject matter, I will not be continuing with this series.

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Lines of Departure (Frontlines #2)

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Title: Lines of Departure
Series: Frontlines
Author: Marko Kloos
Rating: 4 of 5 Battle Axes
Genre: SFF
Pages: 329
Format: Kindle

 

Synopsis:

Andrew Grayson is on the forefront of fighting the aliens. Going in hot, calling down nuclear fire upon them and still humanity is losing.

So do the NAC and SRA ally with each other? Nope. The political games continue, things worsen on Earth and all the malcontents are shipped off to a frozen moon while the leadership tries to figure out if they can fight the aliens.

And Grayson ends up with some former TA colleagues and starts a rebellion on the winter moon when the general in charge tries to become a military dictator.

Things end with the aliens blockading Earth, from Jupiter.

 

My Thoughts:

This was good!

We get to see Grayson in all forms. In the army calling down nukes, trying to prioritize his relationship with his girlfriend, learning that his mom is a person, learning that the higher ups aren’t just ignorant but they’re deliberately looking out for themselves at humanity’s risk.

There were a couple of times where I wondered HOW in the world he was going to get out of Situation X, Kloos does a good job of making it happen without being totally Deus Ex Machina. I was glad that I had read the short story and novella before this, as it really provided some background about Earth that made a couple of throwaway remarks be a lot more important.

The end, where Earth is probably going to bite the alien bullet, was ok. Probably because I have book 3 and hence can read it, IF I WANT TO, instead of being stuck at a cliff hanger. That being said, I am choosing to wait. Book 4 is coming out later this year and I’d like to wait to read book 3 until I can dive right into 4, IF I WANT TO.

Yes, I am in a good, yell’y mood right now.

Measures of Absolution (Frontlines #1.2) (Novella)

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Title: Measures of Absolution
Series: Frontlines
Author: Marko Kloos
Rating:  3 of 5 Battle Axes
Genre: SFF
Pages: 63
Format: Kindle

 

Synopsis:

A novella about one of Andrew Grayson’s squadmates that survived the Detroit debacle. Only to be sucked back into  the “policing action” against another welfare riot.

And we find out that maybe those rioting are being led by those who have been washed out of the military, “unfit” for duty because they refuse to fire on NAC civilians.

 

My Thoughts:

This turned everything onto its head for me. We find out just how underhanded the political and military leaders of the NAC [North American Confederacy] are being. How the TA are being used as civilian police. How bad things REALLY are on earth.

And that former soldiers might just be the patriots that a confederation needs.

I liked this.

Lucky Thirteen (Frontlines #1.1) (Short Story)

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Title: Lucky Thirteen
Series: Frontlines
Author: Marko Kloos
Rating: 3 of 5 Battle Axes
Genre: SFF
Pages: 14
Format: Kindle

 

Synopsis:

A short story of rookie pilot Lt. Halley’s first drop ship command.

 

My Thoughts:

14 pages that describes Halley’s trial by fire. Thankfully, Kloos simply dealt with the adventure of Lucky Thirteen and Halley from beginning to end and didn’t throw in padding about her and Grayson’s budding romance. In fact, this is strictly about Halley.

Kloos manages to masterfully give us the full story inside of a short story. I didn’t feel rushed, or underdone. It was just right. A great break between Terms of Enlistment and Lines of Departure.

Terms of Enlistment (Frontlines #1)

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Title: Terms of Enlistment

Series: Frontlines

Author: Marko Kloos

Rating: 3.5  of 5 Battle Axes

Genre: SFF

Pages: 347

Format: Kindle

 

 

 

Synopsis:

Andrew Grayson has grown up in the slums. Super slums that are the same and the anti-thesis of Asimov’s super cities. Unemployed, fed on vat grown soy and in danger all the time, Grayson has 3 choices. Become the violent, pathetic, broken man that his father is. Win the 1 in a billion Space Colony lottery and get off the planet. OR, join the military and work for 5 years and then retire.

Which would YOU choose?

 

My Thoughts:

Thoroughly enjoyed this. I have found that I like military enlistment style stories. Reading about boot camps and stuff is fun.

In many ways, this followed the same story path as ATLAS. Even down to the girlfriend from bootcamp and long distance relationship. However, where ATLAS was depressing, this wasn’t. Things actually work out ok for them.

And then, just like in ATLAS, humanity discovers aliens. By the end of the book all we know is that they are immensely powerful and probably way ahead of humanity.

I am looking forward to continue reading this series. Hope it holds up.