Chains of Command (Frontlines, #4) by Marko Kloos

Chains of Command (Frontlines, #4)

The assault on Earth was thwarted by the destruction of the aliens’ seed ship, but with Mars still under Lanky control, survivors work frantically to rebuild fighting capacity and shore up planetary defenses. Platoon sergeant Andrew Grayson must crash-course train new volunteers—all while dulling his searing memories of battle with alcohol and meds.Knowing Earth’s uneasy respite won’t last, the North American Commonwealth and its Sino-Rus...

Details Chains of Command (Frontlines, #4)

TitleChains of Command (Frontlines, #4)
Release DateApr 19th, 2016
GenreScience Fiction, War, Military Fiction, Space, Space Opera, Fiction

Reviews Chains of Command (Frontlines, #4)

  • Bradley
    Horrible odds? Bad choices? A chance to go after the Ex-President and a whole bunch of traitorous assholes that left the home system in the lurch and freedom from the boredom of training new recruits?Sign me up! Um. I mean, Grayson, why don't you sign up? :) Maybe your wife will come up with a bit of a surprise for you! :)I liked this one better than the last not only because I felt like it was kinda like getting the band back together, but becau...
  • Gary
    3 1/2 stars.The fourth book in Kloos’ consistently entertaining Frontlines series doesn’t break any new ground or take any risks, but the author’s balanced, efficient storytelling delivers the goods again. Effective character work and plotting provide a solid framework for the believable and thrilling combat action sequences.In this entry, Grayson accepts an officer’s commission in order to lead a dangerous and secretive mission that, if ...
  • Lindsay
    It is most of a year since the events of Angles of Attack. The Lankies have Mars, but the combined NAC and SRA forces have repelled the invasion of Earth and are maintaining a perimeter against further incursion. Finally, there is viable anti-Lankie ship-to-ship weaponry (and it's very, very cool). The time is fast approaching to take the battle to the Lankies. However, there's the issue of the NAC renegades and the equipment they stole, some of ...
  • Rob
    Executive Summary: Once again Mr. Kloos took the story in an entirely different direction than I expected, but this turned out to be an excellent choice for my December road trip home.Audiobook: Another excellent job by Luke Daniels. If he keeps this up, I'll run out of nice things to say. This is a series that works well in audio. Full Review About this time last year, I didn't know anything about this series. It's quickly become one of my favor...
  • Mike (the Paladin)
    How long does a rave review have to be? This book is not considered great literature (but let us face it, every time a science fiction book gets accepted by the literati it becomes "literature" and is no longer allowed to be called science fiction). I rate this book on the pure enjoyment I get/got from reading it and it's prequels. The Frontlines series is one of my favorites now and I snap the books up as they come out.What shall I say? I mean t...
  • HBalikov
    This is book 4 in the Frontlines series. It begins about a year after the events in Book 3 (Angles of Attack). It has most of your favorite characters in it including Andrew Grayson, his now wife, Halley (who still outranks him), Sergeant Fallon, Gunny Philbrick, and some other former messmates. In this volume, Mars has already been taken by aliens, though there is hope of humans surviving somewhere on or below the surface. Earth is under attack....
  • Mike (the Paladin)
    How long does a rave review have to be? This book is not considered great literature (but let us face it, every time a science fiction book gets accepted by the literati it becomes "literature" and is no longer allowed to be called science fiction). I rate this book on the pure enjoyment I get/got from reading it and it's prequels. The Frontlines series is one of my favorites now and I snap the books up as they come out.What shall I say? I mean t...
  • Sara
    Fantastic 4th installment in the series! Grayson and his pals chase the traitors across the galaxy to take back what is theirs. He signs up for this kamikaze mission and leaves but SURPRISE Halley is on the ship too! Will the humans defeat the Lanky's on Mars? Where do the Lanky's come from? I can't wait to find out in Fields of Fire! Lots of action in this book, couldn't wait to read the next scene/chapter. If you enjoy military sci/fi you shoul...
  • Edwin Priest
    More good military scifi, done right. Kloos takes the action back to the human bad guys. Lots of straight forward heroism and junior cheesy philosophizing, but still fun. Looking forward to the next book. 4 stars.
  • Hank
    Tough to leave familiar characters after 4 books. The same comfortable faces and the action is good, different and interesting. I am glad I am taking a break before the next book, if there is a next one.
  • Athena Shardbearer
    3.5 starsNOW, I need the next one....____________________________________________________________GIVE IT TO ME!!!!! I NEED YOU!!!!!I WANT YOU!!!!!HERE, TAKE MY MONEY!!!!!
  • reherrma
    Manchmal frage ich mich, was in den Köpfen vorgeht, der solche Roman(serien) wie diese schreibt aber auch besonders, was finden die Leser darin vor, die das auch noch gut finden ?Ich habe mir diese futuristischen Landser-Serie vorgenommen, weil es mich interessiert hatte, um wen es sich bei Marko Kloos genau handelt, einen deutschen Military-Fan oder einem durch und durch amerikanischen Waffen-Fetischisten. (Manchmal hat man das Gefühl, dass de...
  • Lianne Pheno
    2018-07-12 Encore un tome sur le même ton et dans la même veine que les précédents, c'est à dire fluide et toujours avec ce petit humour cynique du héros. Après c'est vrai que l'histoire racontée ici est un peu plus anecdotique que dans les précédents et marquera moins sur le long terme.Revenu sur Terre après tous les événements précédents Grayson est un peu monté en grade est a décidé de devenir in...
  • Summerfly
    The arc of this series is so well paced! Every time I think, well this will be the end, the author takes a different turn. Things I Continue to Love about this series:- Returning characters. Whether they are mentioned in passing (This reminds me of X Person that did Y thing) or whether the come back into the story 3 books later (Remember X person from boot camp) They are always relevant and you feel like you're reuniting with a long lost friend.-...
  • Laurence
    Another solid entry. I was concerned that this series might be getting a bit formulaic with no real stakes, but I see it was setting the foundation before raising the tempo. Glad to see the direction it's going.
  • David
    This is the fourth book in Marko Kloos's "Frontlines" series. It's become one of my favorite military SF series, as it follows a lot of the tropes without plumbing all the cliches (though it does hit a few of them).Andrew Grayson, who joined the colonial military in book one to escape a life of crime, violence, and poverty in the dystopian urban zones of 22nd century Earth is slowing climbing the ranks, but at the start of book four, he's still a...
  • AudioBookReviewer
    My original Chains of Command audiobook review and many others can be found at Audiobook Reviewer.Chains of Command starts about one year after Angles of Attack. Right of the bat I wanted to know what Grayson and Halley and the rest said about joining the “rebels”. There was no satisfactory answer given about how they came to their decisions.Grayson and Halley are now fully engrossed in the machine that is the North American Commonwealth. Bot...
  • Jo (Mixed Book Bag)
    Chains of Command (Frontlines) by Marko Kloos – While Earth was saved in the last book it is still facing a big threat. The Lanky are still sending seed ships and they still hold Mars. The plot revolves around the need to retake Mars. Everything comes together in a danger filled expedition. The plot has some interesting turns. The main characters return and a few new ones are added. This is a good addition to the series. It does solve one probl...
  • Pat
    Looking forward to the next installment of this great series. That should tell you something... I've loved the previous books in this series and this one didn't disappoint at all. Highly recommend the whole series
  • Hans P Melius
    Another good Frontlines bookI've been invested in this series and the main characters now for four books and I'm eagerly awaiting book Five, which will most likely see the Humans taking on the Lankies.
  • G33z3r
    Entertaining enough action story continues the mil-SF series, though I think Kloos has too many things going on for a story that's centered on a single character.
  • Ctgt
    This series continues to improve with each book. The writing is sharper and the final scene crackles with tension.8/10
  • Mark Medina
    Another solid instalmentMore of the same, which is a good thing. Military sci-fi with a brain. Story progresses well. Looking forward to the next one.
  • Jason
    Earth has come under attack, but survived the Lanky attack. However, in the process the leadership of Earth has fled, taking with them a whole lot of the latest and newest of Earth’s defences in the form of ships and weapons, basically leaving Earth, and its billions of civilians, defenceless. Grayson and Halley join a Spec-Ops recon mission to chase down the deserters, in the hope of finding where they are and setting up a mission to get back ...
  • Silvana
    I am running out of words to praise the Frontlines series. This particular book is probably the darkest I've read so far. I lamented the (admittedly unavoidable) transition of Grayson to an officer but I appreciate the character growth after having first-hand experience too many clusterfucks that accumulated over the years. This is an important chapter of his life as a soldier and I believe the few last chapters are monumental in deciding his cou...
  • Bee
    What a satisfying, if a bit short. I really love the Frontlines series, it is the best mi-si-fi out there in my opinion. As full of minor clichés as it is (they are pretty hard to avoid with mil-sci-fi) it is hugely entertaining. I devour these like bubblegum. In fact I'm beginning the new one right now!
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  • Daniel
    Another interesting continuation of the story of Andrew Grayson. Like the other books there is another fast forward that leads to rejoining Andrew and his wife a year after the events of the last book. Desperately rebuilding the military, Andrew has been co-opted to become a Drill Sergeant, pumping out new recruits into a military that is desperately short handed. But Andrew is not fated for that career for too long as his skills as a successful ...
  • Eric Allen
    This is not where I thought this series was going to go from the ending of the previous book. How do you go from, yeah, I think we'll join these rebels and rebuild the system to, naw, I guess I'll just take this job training new recruits for the army that pretty much betrayed me in every way instead? But it was still a pretty fun book, as Grayson and pals chase after the government and fleet that ran away fromt eh Earth Defense for a little payba...
  • Susan Grace
    I really enjoyed this latest installment of the Frontlines series. While the series is military science fiction, there is so much heart in the story telling and that is what keeps me emotionally involved in this series. I really like the "grunts on the ground" perspective of battle that Andrew Grayson shares as well as the relationships with his comrades in arms. I look forward to the "months ahead" as they prepare to take back Mars!