Lines of Departure (Frontlines, #2) by Marko Kloos

Lines of Departure (Frontlines, #2)

Vicious interstellar conflict with an indestructible alien species. Bloody civil war over the last habitable zones of the cosmos. Political unrest, militaristic police forces, dire threats to the Solar System…Humanity is on the ropes, and after years of fighting a two-front war with losing odds, so is North American Defense Corps officer Andrew Grayson. He dreams of dropping out of the service one day, alongside his pilot girlfriend, but as war...

Details Lines of Departure (Frontlines, #2)

TitleLines of Departure (Frontlines, #2)
Release DateJan 28th, 2014
GenreScience Fiction, War, Military Fiction, Fiction, Space, Space Opera, Military Science Fiction

Reviews Lines of Departure (Frontlines, #2)

  • Bradley
    I'd been meaning to read this one for a while ever since Marko Kloos withdrew it from the Hugo nominations in '15 because of the Sad Puppy controversy. I respected his decision. It also turned me on to two great authors I probably never would have read, otherwise.I never really considered myself a fan of Mil-SF. Not really. But then I keep reading great Mil-SF.Marko Kloos has a style that's extremely readable. It's clear as hell with a charming a...
  • Mike (the Paladin)
    Before you pick this book up let me tell you this, it ends in one H*** of a cliffhanger. I mean it ties up local events but...other events are far from tied up.And I have no idea how long before we'll see another novel.What Mr. Kloos? Did someone tell you writers get a life or something?Anyway, another good read, maybe even an exceptional read. For those of you who like more "depth" in your action we are becoming a bit more introspective here. I ...
  • Lindsay
    Markos Kloos levels up as a writer with a fantastic second book.It is five years after the events of Terms of Enlistment. Grayson and Halley have just re-enlisted in the NAC armed forces, but things are grim everywhere. Humans are still fighting among themselves, both in terms of the NAC and SRA, and in terms of civilian riots on Earth. Meanwhile human activity in space is undergoing a full rout with the Lankies taking world after world with the ...
  • Mr. Matt
    Lines of Departure picks up approximately five years after the events of the first book in the series, Terms of Enlistment. And those five years were not good to humanity. About half of Earth's precious colonies have been wiped out by the relentless, unfathomable Lankies. Meanwhile, on Earth the domestic situation is growing increasingly dire. With every resource being thrown at the military, already meager rations are cut. The colony lottery is ...
  • Gary
    My reaction to Terms of Enlistment - the first book in Marko Kloos' Frontlines series - was mixed, but mostly positive. I said at the end of that review that in spite of Kloos' obvious talent, I was unsure if I wanted to continue reading this particular series. After finishing Lines of Departure, I am glad I ignored my earlier misgivings. The sequel maintains all of the qualities I enjoyed in the first book, and irons out most of the unevenness t...
  • Chris Bauer
    This worthy follow up to "Terms of Enlistment" is simply awesome. I'm not sure if it is because the author writes in a style that I find particularly appealing or what, but once I started this book, I could not put it down.The pace is perfect. The characters are vivid and interesting. The most fascinating aspect about the protagonist is that he has no super edge, no ace up the sleeve trick to get out trouble. He is an everyman, thrust into diffic...
  • Lianne Pheno
    2018-01-30 voila un tome très sympa. Une ambiance plus sombre que le premier mais toujours dans le même esprit, j'ai vraiment bien aimé cette lecture.Nous suivons la suite des aventures d'Andrew Grayson dans les forces militaires. Cinq années sont passées depuis la fin du premier tome est la situation a pas mal évolué. Mais évolué dans le mauvais sens car les humains sont incapable de tenir tête aux alien...
  • David
    Marko Kloos is one of the new crop of self-published authors who acquired enough of an audience to break into the big leagues (or at least the midlister leagues). I enjoyed his first book, Terms of Enlistment, and found the second book in the series to be better; Kloos is definitely developing as a writer. Where Terms of Enlistment was a fairly by-the-numbers knock-off of Starship Troopers, Lines of Departure takes place several years later and f...
  • Mike (the Paladin)
    Before you pick this book up let tell you this, it ends in one H*** of a cliffhanger. I mean it ties up local events but...other events are far from tied up.And I have no idea how long before we'll see another novel.What Mr. Kloos? Did someone tell you writers get a life or something?Anyway, another good read, maybe even an exceptional read. For those of you who like more "depth" in your action we are becoming a bit more introspective here. I thi...
  • Bee
    The second book in the series lived up to my expectations. Great sci-fi, great military sci-fi esp. Kloos is a good writer, his characters are likable and his tech and military understanding is obvious. The book ends on much more of a cliffhanger than the previous one, which drives me crazy as i don't yet see the publishing date of the next installment. Arg! If you like Starship Troopers, or John Ringo their ilk, you're going to love this.
  • Belinda Lewis
    Enjoyed this one a lot less than the first one.Its not the book's fault. I find descriptions of military strategy and tactics dull, and when 80% of the book is about war (which is totally fair and reasonable and to be expected when reading military sci-fi), I'm just not that into it.Cool characters and story line just wish they spent more time hugging it out or something :P
  • Nathaniel
    Although Marko Kloos withdrew Lines of Departure from Hugo consideration this year, I wanted to read it anyway to gauge the impact of the Sad / Rabid Puppies. (Just Google that if you're unaware of what it is.) I even started with Terms of Enlistment because at just $7 on Audible and only about 10 hours long, it wasn't hard to get that in before tackling the second book in the series.Basically, Lines of Departure takes everything that was pretty ...
  • Casey Hampton
    In Lines of Departure, Marko Kloos picks up where Terms of Enlistment left off. Earth is overpopulated, various terrestrial governments are still warring with one another in space as people colonize the stars, and there's a new nearly indestructible alien species that appears determined to exterminate mankind. The combat scenes are crisp and the action flows at a nice clip. For the majority of the narrative, we tag along with Andrew Grayson as he...
  • Brianne Reeves
    This one gets a more accurate 2.5/2.75, and note, I've got spoilers and will try to code appropriately. I'm mostly still of the same position. Grayson is less of a sociopath, but none of the characters has too much development. I was pleased to see some attention and background being given to Grayson's mother, but by and large there's a lack of character development all around. The worldbuilding is pretty lacking still. I still don't understand w...
  • Sandi
    This is an exceedingly well-written space military book. I have a few quibbles with some aspects of the story but I heartily endorse this to anyone who likes gritty futuristic war books pitting Homo sapiens against an implacable, inscrutable alien species that is capable of kicking humanity's butt. I like the way the author does not belabor the lack of knowledge about these aliens that are so clearly (at this point anyway) beyond our technologica...
  • M Hamed
    dinosaur aliens ,corrupt government ,civil war,space war with the Russian and the Chinese and you leave all that and talk about some insignificant mutiny by some self-absorbed boys for half the book dinosaur‬‏ aliens ,corrupt government ,civil war,space war with the Russian and the Chinese and you leave all that and talk about some insignificant mutiny by some self-absorbed boys for half the book
  • Dana Stabenow
    Even better than the first one, and Sergeant Fallon is back, which makes me very happy.
  • Eric Allen
    An Opinionated Look At:Marko Kloos' Lines of DepartureBy Eric AllenI'm a really big military Sci-fi fan. I'll read just about any military sci-fi book that I come across, and find something good to say about it. It's very rare that I come across one that I don't find at least something to enjoy in, and Lines of Departure is no exception. I was given this book by a friend, and only after finishing it, did I realize that it is actually the second b...
  • Steffan
    4/5 stars
  • Briel
    This is not my genre. Military sci-fi that's light on the sci-fi? No thanks. But somehow, this is compelling stuff. I can't even pinpoint why. I liked Andrew much more in this book than the first one, he's still growing up but at least he spent some time appreciating his mother. There are some casual racism moments (eight) on the part of the author. But really, this is very unobjectionable fare. I'm chasing the 4.8 potential of the fifth book due...
  • Per Gunnar
    Andrew Grayson’s adventures continues in Lines of Departure. This book series is yet another of those apocalyptic visions of our future were incompetent politicians have created an unsustainable welfare state which is about to come crashing down on them. Well, at least that is pretty much the backdrop. The book is, luckily, not really about said welfare state but about Andrew Grayson, his (mis)adventures in the North American Defense Corps and,...
  • Cst
    I went through three distinct phases while reading this book: For about the first half, the book was not as strong as its predecessor, more three than four stars. Then at about half way came a great twist I will try not to spoil. I didn't like it at all and I had to really work on reading further. The finale did much to bring me around and I await the next book, but I still cannot overlook this huge problem in the middle of the book. But frankly ...
  • AudioBookReviewer
    ABR's full Lines of Departure audiobook review and many others can be found at Audiobook Reviewer.I really enjoyed the first book in the Frontlines series, so giving book two a shot only seemed natural. I really hope that Kloos can create the same magic, the same intensity, the same well developed story. Many times a second book in a series will lack in the same energy and intensity as the first. I really hope that Kloos can keep this from happen...
  • Steven Stennett
    Milatory science fiction is by far one of my most guilty pleasures. Man down! On my six! Tango down! All those male over used cliches, that we so all love to let trip off our tongues, making you feel like the proverbial on line gamer, and returning you to that sweet spot in your life around 9 years old when shooting somebody with your finger did not make you look like a potential mass murderer. Mr Kloos is pulling this off with sincere aplomb. Th...
  • Aildiin
    As I had read on the net, this second book is much better than the first one. The plot is better developed and makes sense and familiar faces from the first book make a come-back.Character development is still a little low but the pace of the story keeps you reading for more.This is definitly above the average self published book and worth of comparison with a lot of books published by big editors and it could easily compete well with a lot of Ba...
  • Shane Short
    I don't know why everyone gave this book higher marks. I also don't know what Kloos was thinking. He finished the first book with an awesome Kaiju / military Sci-fi twist and screwed it up with the start of this book. His writing style changed, he threw things into the story from the start that left you wondering if you missed three or four chapters somewhere, and he didn't finish or add to the Kaiju plot he added in the first book. The only reas...
  • Ms. Nikki
    Grayson seems to be a bystander of the war at times. I definitely noticed the lack of character development although there are a few that I like hearing about.A lot of the time I can't imagine the landscape when fighting on the ground or in the stars. Inadequate World-building or just my lack of attention? You can be the judge.I'm starting to wonder if anyone wants to wins this war. The humans are getting their assessment kicked.Again, the narrat...
  • Conal
    The continuing adventures of Andrew Grayson and this one builds throughout the story to a furious conclusion. Marko Kloos really knows how to write stories that appeal to love of Military sci-fi and space opera. Really looking forward to the conclusion of this trilogy.5 stars for a great read and recommended for any fans of military sci-fi (though you should read the first one of this series before this one).
  • Elizabeth Perez
    I think this is the first time where I thought a squeal was better than the first book in the series, or very close to being as good. They are both solid five stars from me.I normally don't like series or military science fiction but this was just such an amazing fast paced story with relatable characters. I am a veteran but I think anyone could enjoy this book especially if you liked Terms of Enlistment.
  • Jake
    This book was even less self aware than the first. I started reading this series because of kindle unlimited and the books are not bad, mechanically. In a procedural vein the books are quite good actually but this book is even more disappointing than the first. There was a big blow up with this author for being conservative, he's written essays like "Why the gun is civilization". I don't really mind that, I don't agree with it but I thought I wou...