Fields of Fire (Frontlines) Paperback – February 28, 2017
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“Kloos hits the ground running in this newest Frontline adventure. Andrew Grayson is called back into service after an all-too-brief respite, and this time the field of fire is the Lanky home world, Mars. Powered armor, nuclear warfare, and bit of grand theft auto combine for a thrilling tale of battle in space. The Lanky are a daunting enemy, and they are certainly capable of doing great harm; however, they lack the depth of a true villain. That isn’t what a frontline soldier is concerned with, though, and this book is all front line. Close combat, follow orders, and make the drop-ship home. This story will appeal to fans of hard sf, especially those who have a very pro-military stance.”
“Marko Kloos has been a rising star in the world of military science fiction. His ongoing Frontlines series is a lot of fun, set in a futuristic Earth besieged by an alien civilization known as the Lankies. Thus far in the series, humanity has been waging a losing battle, and the aliens have taken Mars. The time has come to strike, and major combined fleet action is underway. This series kicks ass, and it’s been building to this book.” —The Verge
“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
- Publisher : 47North (February 28, 2017)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 303 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1503940713
- ISBN-13 : 978-1503940710
- Item Weight : 10.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 1 x 8.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #123,286 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Good: Kloos keeps the pace of the story cranking. It's an action story. He delivers, and even does so with some even writing.
The Bad: Throughout four books I've been thinking "this is a spacefaring race, yes they are 'alien', but they act without strategy and tactics". Finally, the question is being answered, but a bit too slowly.
The action is good, but the story doesn't so much go forward as it meets a stalemate. Book 6 needs to provide more answers. Book 4 started some character development, but book 5 lacks.
The Ugly: Lots of "F" bombs.
Thoughts: This is an easy to read series; however, I never got excited about this volume. Usually, I tear threw these in less than a week, this one didn't inspire me to turn pages. Kloos needs to develop his Bad Guy Aliens beyond that. Now, they are the easy to hate aliens. He toys, a little bit, with his characters seeing them as less alien, and more human, but not enough.
I'm ready for Lt Grayson to develop beyond just a good soldier.
Fields of Fire is the campaign to retake Mars, and I would have been happy with a routine "turning of the tide" novel, which I fully expected. But he even manages to shake that up a bit and take it in a direction I didn't expect. Well played.
When I reviewed "Terms of Enlistment" I advised that you should scoop it up before he wasn't selling novels at Indy prices any more. Here's my advice now - scoop up the series before his numbers dictate new novels at 15 bucks.
The characterizations in this novel continue to develop as well. Kloos creates characters that the reader will care about and like.
The action in this novel is very good. Too many space opera novels rapidly turn action scenes into nothing but technobabble, which is essentially a cop-out substitute for an actual plot. You won't find that here. The action is integral to the plot, largely eschews technobabble, and held my interest throughout (not always easy).
This one is worthy of a five-star rating for the space opera genre. RJB.
The gigantic Lankies are some of the best and most "alien" foes in the genre. We never truly understand them, though the range of their capabilities become a bit more evident in this book. They have taken Mars, trapping our settlers in a number of large bunkers while the Lanky version of terraforming is done. Clearly, a Lanky presence there cannot be allowed to remain, so the stakes are never in doubt. The drop ships and SI troopers are needed, but the task is one that may be too much.
Finally, the writing is first rate and some of it, particularly at home in Liberty Falls, rises above the genre. A pleasure to read!
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All that said - I've already ordered number 6 and will probably read it within 24 hours of it being published.
This series is simply excellent. The characters, scenarios and ships are all expertly written, and unlike many books, you're not left shouting (silently inside your head, if you're not crazy like me), "OH COME ON!!!!" when the actors do something daft.. Not a bit of that here, everyone acts completely true-to-form, an even in making mistakes do so in a completely understandable way. There are a few times I've cheered out loud, or groaned audibly (causing concerned looks from people sitting next to me), following the fate of the protagonists... Things are really starting to heat up in the series now. I can't wait for book 6!!!
If you love Sci-Fi, and you love a good bit of ship-on-ship action, do yourself a favour and read some of these!