- Series: Frontlines (Book 4)
- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: 47North (April 19, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1503950328
- ISBN-13: 978-1503950320
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 962 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,989 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Marko Kloos’s military science fiction Frontlines series is quickly becoming one of our favorites, and his latest, Chains of Command, shows that Kloos is well on his way to becoming one of the genre’s best assets.” —io9
“Frontlines is earnest, optimistic, and fun, even as it deals with subject matter that’s intrinsically grim. It’s a story that strikes the perfect balance between escapism and serious reflection, and it’s the perfect military sci-fi series to escape into for a week or two.” —The Verge
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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The more I read Frontlines, the more I start to compare them to Wraith Squadron series of the StarWars Legends EU by Aaron Allston. Both story lines are ripe with action, a fair amount of humor, and the character development continues perfectly from book to book .
There isn't much I could say new about the series. Chains of Command follows the same format as the previous three books, Terms of Enlistment, Lines of Departure, and Angles of Attack. The story continues back out into space to another new colony, the seemingly heaven like planet of Arcadia, where Grayson must now lead an entire platoon after accepting a promotion to lowly Lieutenant. The main villain conflict in the story is back to being human, but what side is actually the villain gets to be a much blurrier picture with the thought provoking finish on this one.
The saddest part about finishing this one is that so far I can't find a release date on the next one! These have been my turn to books for breaking my reading slump during a busy summer where the distractions have taken me away from bookstores and bookmarks far to many times for my liking. With Fall finally in the air up here in the far north, I would love a few more books of his to curl up in the reading nook with.
I just discovered this series and pretty much inhaled all four books in as many days. For me it's like one long book.
I won't take the time to go into details about the plot, but the story of a young man escaping from a future welfare project from Hell and enlisting in the military to eventually battle mindless, unstoppable aliens is an exciting read. Marko Kloos is a great young writer!
You don't need to start from the first book, but you really should. This is a terrific series and I can't wait for the next book.
Yet in some ways, this is becoming a problem. The universe Kloos has created begins to feel a bit dull. Just like the military, where every hour of intensity is surrounded by days of monotony, since the story has now painted humanity into a corner where there's not much wonder left to find or things to do as humanity's colonial commonwealth crumbles, I felt like much of the book was just kind of "stuff." This won't stop me from being a fan or continuing to read. And Chains delivers for the most part on the action. But I miss the sense of the unknown and ensuing excitement of the first two books.
Keep writing Marko--this is by far one of the best series on the market--but don't sacrifice the fantasy escape for the sake of detail or procedure.
You want milsf, I've got your milsf right right here. The series is all about _Starship Troopers_ except everything is going bad. There are no wins against the aliens home planet here. The Earth is under siege and all XXX most of the colonies up to 150 light years away have been found and conquered by the Lankies.
The ten billion people living on Earth in 2115 are starving as the Lankies continue to throw things at the planet. The governments don't give out food stamps to the teeming masses anymore, they give out a daily two kilocalories of badly flavored soy. Except that two kcals is closer to one kcal with the food shortages. Even the one billion people living in the North American Union are starving.
BTW, this is the best personal statement that I have read in quite. You might have had to owned a dachshund in order to truly understand: "Marko lives in New Hampshire with his wife, two children, and roving pack of vicious dachshunds."
BTW, I am tempted for five stars, very tempted.
Pretty good number of reviews for a book that has only been out for a month. The first book in the series now has 2,355 reviews.
Somebody needs to give this series an award, it is that good.