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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.
The rest of the book is devoted to the quest to bring the task force back home to Earth which is now under “blockade” by the Lankies who, for some strange reason, have taken Mars but then simply stopped. That is one huge part of the story that I have a real difficulty with. Why do the Lankies invade everything in sight (almost) but not Earth? We know they could do so easily so it is utterly illogical.
There are quite a bit of action going on in this book and it is quite well done. These parts of the book are reasonably realistic and the laws of physics are still respected even though this is science fiction. What still frustrates me though is that, after five years of combating the Lankies, the humans have still not come up with some heavy penetrator that can punch a hole in a Lanky ship. This annoys me enormously. Especially since we do get a second evidence that the Lankies can be hurt that way in this book and it would actually not be requiring quantum leaps in technology to achieve.
The book ends somewhat in a void as far as I am concerned. The task force do achieve their objectives although at high costs but Earth is not what it used to be and, of course, the Lankies are still at the doorstep. The outlook is not exactly a happy one but the book does not really hint at any path forward. Quite to the contrary. Some of the decisions by the characters to stay behind, for what looks like entirely nostalgic reasons, did not sit that well with me.
It is a shame really because the author does indeed write quite well. If there would have been less of the illogical elements in the story this would probably have been a great book. Now it is “just” good.
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.