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Angles of Attack (Frontlines) Paperback – April 21, 2015
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About the Author
Marko Kloos was born and raised in Germany, in and around the city of Münster. In the past, he was a soldier, bookseller, freight dockworker, and corporate IT administrator before he decided that he wasn’t cut out for anything other than making up stuff for a living. He writes primarily science fiction and fantasy, his favorite genres since his youth, when he spent most of his allowance on German sci-fi pulp serials. He resides in New Hampshire with his wife, two children, and a roving pack of vicious dachshunds.
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Ok, given the love I just shared you're asking and wondering why only 4 stars; this gets compared to the "classics". While this is a great series and I love Mr. Kloos's story telling my 5 star books are Starship Trooper, The Forever War, the Dorsi series, and Old Man's War. Having said that this is a very good book and series.
Marko Kloos, however, is in a class of his own and, dare I say it, should have the same impact as Joe Haldeman's Forever War! The story, which started in Terms of Enlistment, is gritty and real, neither glorifying nor belittling the realities of war, and follows the career of Andrew Grayson in a war against a seemingly unstoppable alien force.
I noticed, fleetingly, a reviewer who called the aliens 'unrealistic'. They 'Lankies' may or may not be realistic in terms of the laws of physics, but their seeming indestructibility and almost complete indifference to humanity makes us question our place in the Universe, which is , in my humble view, not a bad thing.
So, in brief, Kloos' series, although as action-packed as any of the books I mentioned above, has a more sober message and for readers who want a bit more than the standard fare, I heartily recommend this series.
Also the authors infatuation with officers in the military ALL being self serving jerks with one self sacrificing exception is ridiculous. Sure some are bad but this author seems to take his small armed forces experience and project it onto a whole nations army. This was in the earlier novels but it was much worse in this one.
Glad it was only $0.99 because it's not worth much more than that. Since I already bought the other books I'll probably read them eventually but I feel like I need a break from this guys stupidity and rush to just churn out books.
- The narrator, Grayson, is an interesting choice. He's not the smartest guy in the room, or always the best solider or tactician; he's a grunt, and like most grunts he only has his orders, his ability to think tactically, and his fellow grunts to rely on. When he does get a glimpse at the bigger picture outside of his infantry bubble, it's clear he's a fly on the wall and not a player. It's often frustrating when he doesn't rush headlong into a dangerous situation, because you want the good guys to win or figure out some secret plot, but you're rewarded as a reader by knowing how vulnerable he is to injury or death, and furthermore that competent commanders would act in accordance with the better part of valor. The flyby of Mars was a harsh reminder of the difficult decisions that need to be made in wartime.
- Just because the combined NAC/SRA task force arrives, the situation on New Svalbard does not improve; there are supply shortages and real concerns for long-term survival even without the looming threat of the Lankies. Added to that is the continued animosity between the planet bound SI troops and HD troops over events in the previous novel, which lends palpable apprehension to the colony chapters. It's also a reality check; we all know that humans hold grudges, despite the prevailing circumstances.
- The NAC and SRA commanders aren't rah-rah-humans-unite even after all that's happened; they're still loyal to their own factions, and continue to be secretive and reticent to exchange information. Once again, prevailing circumstances won't turn everything around on a dime.
- The fact that the Russian troops to which Grayson is attached early on have what he considers to be superior ground tactics and weapons echoes the continuing theme that the "good guys" don't always do things the best way, or even the right way.
What could have been improved:
- The scenes on Independence station seemed contrived; I understand from volume 4 the reason why the interrogators would be concerned about the crew of the Indy, but what didn't make sense was why they acted so suspiciously themselves. Given the situation, it would have been easier to simply furlough the crew and take control of the ship.
- It seems odd that no one, not even the HD troops, had the slightest idea that an organized militia existed. Even considering what we now know as the nature of the gov't leadership, this is a head-scratcher.
Overall, a highly recommended read, though if you've read the first two, I doubt you'd need any provocation.