Points of Impact (Frontlines #6) by Marko Kloos

Points of Impact (Frontlines #6)

Humankind may have won the battle, but a new threat looms larger than ever before… Earth’s armed forces have stopped the Lanky advance and chased their ships out of the solar system, but for CDC officer Andrew Grayson, the war feels anything but won. On Mars, the grinding duty of flushing out the twenty-meter-tall alien invaders from their burrows underground is wearing down troops and equipment at an alarming rate. And for the remaining extr...

Details Points of Impact (Frontlines #6)

TitlePoints of Impact (Frontlines #6)
Release DateJan 9th, 2018
GenreScience Fiction, War, Military, Military Science Fiction, Fiction

Reviews Points of Impact (Frontlines #6)

  • Bradley
    I am authentically impressed by this series. It's easily some of the very best milSF I've ever read. Why? Because the writing is super clear and manages to be both light and dark at the very same time. I love how humanity is portrayed as being people, with both sexes getting over the baggage we never seem to get over in RL, everyone focused on living amidst horror and devastation and death always being on the doorstep.I appreciate this a lot. It ...
  • Gary
    Kloos’ Frontlines has been my favorite MilSF comfort food for the last few years. On the surface, Points of Impact, has all the qualities that endeared the series to me: crisp, tense action scenes, tight and efficient storytelling, sympathetic yet flawed characters. Most impressively, over the course of the first five books, each entry has improved upon the last. It’s sad to say that streak has come to an end with Points of Impact. It became ...
  • Lindsay
    It's been three years since the assault on Mars where the human forces largely denied the planet to the Lankies, but rendered it unusable in the process. Andrew Grayson is coming off of a tour of Mars duty where the mopping up of Lankies continues, but a series of difficult deployments including the action on Arcadia (Chains of Command), the Mars assault (Fields of Fire and his year-long deployment with the Lazarus Brigades have left him in a pre...
  • Charles Green
    Marko Kloos is yet to write a bad novel. However, Points of Impact, the sixth in his 'Frontlines' series, is not his strongest effort to-date.The problem is that the book feels like padding, with a thin plot stretched out to fill a full novel. With the exception of a short and inconsequential opening on Mars and an equally rushed return to the Formahault System as a denouement, the book features very little military action. Much of its length is ...
  • Rob
    Executive Summary: I originally gave this book 4 stars when I finished, but having time to reflect on it, I dropped it by a star (maybe we'll call it a 3.5?) because very little actually happened.Audiobook: Luke Daniels continues to be one of my favorite narrators. Another fantastic job. Full Review Marko Kloos first came to my attention when he was nominated for a Hugo and dropped out due to controversy surrounding that nomination. He earned a l...
  • Silvana
    If you are looking for a lot of actions and explosions, you might be disappointed. The novel takes even a more somber atmosphere in which Andrew contemplated almost everything. The action parts - i..e. big fighting with the Lankies came near the end of the book.Now, we are lucky that he was such a likable and competent character so all the observations are acceptable and not irritating. I appreciate that PTSD is one of the main themes here and be...
  • Robyn Powley
    I've been anxiously awaiting the release of Points of Impact. I did a binge read on the Frontlines series when I got a recommendation. Author Marko Kloos has created a marvelous universe for those addicted to science fiction--it's got everything: a magnetic, but all-too-human protagonist, action, adventure, aliens, love and friendship. What has kept my interest is the growth of the main character, Andrew Grayson. In this book, he's taking up a bi...
  • Robert
    I was really looking forward to seeing the end of the line somewhere in the distance here. It just seems like this will either be the last one with a lackluster ending or keep going with possibly a new protagonist but don't look for much advancement in the over arching story.There was way too much talk about PTSD, new equipment, previous deployments. Sixty to seventy percent of the book was superfluous.And that's it. I give it one more volume and...
  • Ngiste
    Thoughtfully explores trauma, survivor's guilt, counseling, and more. Always enjoy this series for brining deep, well-rounded characters to military sci-fi.
  • kartik narayanan
    Points of Impact is a decent addition to the Frontlines series. This series is great Military Scifi and I am a huge fan. Points of Impact picks up three years after the mars war and explores the effects of a long running war on soldiers and humanity. This thread is abandoned midway through the book and this decision is quite disappointing. Other than that, this book is basically a stepping stone to the next set of books which will probably detail...
  • Clyde
    Perhaps some mild spoilers for previous books.The previous book was pretty much non-stop action in the battle of Mars. This one, however, is slower paced. Our heroes get reassigned and spend some time training on new weapons and learning new systems and tactics. Andrew and Halley even get a little badly needed personal time. That cannot last of course. Eventually, all hell breaks loose with an all-out Lanky attack on the Formahault System.In this...
  • Eric Allen
    While this book has a bit more going on in it than the previous book, I can’t help but feel that the author has burnt out on originality. He’s basically just retreading things he’s already done at this point, and there is a very marked lowering of the stakes here too. It seems to me like he started the series without knowing how it’s supposed to end, and he’s just puttering around churning out generic sci-fi action until he figures out ...
  • I.F. Adams
    A bit of a grind, but you know what, I think that was the point. Its a somewhat hopeless war, and the characters and the equipment are both getting worn out, fried, and generally burnt-out and on edge. Points for having characters develop in "real" ways, instead of being supermen/women who can endlessly take anything with no repercussions.The downside is the story a bit of a ramble at times, and while I definitely care about the main characters a...
  • Zad
    Satisfyingly good as always! I can't wait to read the next one.
  • Michelle
    Another great addition to the Frontlines series.Great read. No t as much action as some of the other books in the series, but Kloos does a great job building suspense. Can't wait for the next book!
  • Curtis Edmonds
    I have nothing but pity in my heart for Marko Kloos, really I do. It is the easiest thing in the world to repeat yourself. I have two eight-year-olds in the house, and it seems like all I ever do in life is repeat myself. "Get. Your. Feet. OFF. The Coffee. Table." "STOP playing with the window blinds." "What do you mean, you're not hungry, I just made you breakfast." I have been saying this s--t for eight years now, and I am thoroughly sick of it...
  • Michael Wellman
    I have always liked this series but it has always felt like it was headed for complete tragedy even through hard thought narrow marginal victories. This book had a slightly better, more upbeat tone and despite the strategic loss but moral victory, or perhaps the other way round there is still optimistic future possibilities, in fact it seems that humanity will win out in the end. Sure, we all expect the series to end this way but as the tone has ...
  • JPT
    Ebook Grade: B Not a review, just some thoughts for personal reference. Spoilers. Another good book in the series--not knock-your-socks-off great, but a solid, enjoyable entry. The world-building is first-rate, and the characters, especially the main ones, are complex and well-developed. I read some other reviews that indicated that not enough happened in this book. For the most part, I disagree. There was a lot of set-up in the first part, and a...
  • Ernest
    Like the book's blurb says, we've beaten the alien Lanky's to a draw on Mars, but once they've dug into a planet they're pretty much impossible to dig out. Andrew Grayson, the main character we've been following since boot camp six books ago, is burned out from garrison duty on Mars as well as having come from a stint working with local forces back in North America getting control of just the sort of ghetto he left to join the military. Earth has...
  • Shane
    This book diverges from the series but it's all good. The "Frontlines" series has been a long run roller coaster of military scifi action. It has been fun with an excellent balance of action and human interest. This book shifts the balance much more towards the characters and human interest. There is still some action, but it is almost an afterthought and no longer the core of the story.Marko Kloos started out strong and he just seems to get bett...
  • Gota
    This one ends up being Andrew Grayson’s greatest hits. He ends up traveling to 4 different planets where battles were fought in previous books and speaks a lot about a 5th. Likewise characters from past novels reappear and they discuss other characters who aren’t part of the story. It’s a look back in preparation for what? A major change going forward? A turning point? Even after finishing this book I’m still not sure. As usual Kloos know...
  • Matthew Duncan
    This is my favorite series. I like to listen to this group on audible because they have Luke Daniels reading. I think he is one of the best performers on Audible. I'm very happy with this book. It is up to the quality of the first five and continues with the same characters. As a writer, I know how hard it is to come up with new and fresh stories with the same characters and environments. My only criticism is that author refers back to events, pl...
  • Michael
    I read and enjoyed all the previous books in the Frontlines series. Points of Impact was not my favorite. As with the earlier books, the book was technically well-written--easy to follow, realistic dialogue, etc. However, if my recollection of the earlier books is correct (it's been awhile since I finished #5), there was comparatively much less action in Points of Impact. The first and only true suspenseful action sequence didn't begin until abou...
  • Scott Warren
    I've been a big fan of Frontlines since about a month after Terms of Enlistment was published. The battle between rival Earth factions and the Lankies, and especially Andrew and Halley's struggle to be together reminds me a lot of the themes and tone of The Forever War.Unfortunately, while Points of Impact was entertaining and delves into the psychological strain long-term war is having on the main character, it doesn't measure up to the other en...
  • Les
    Points of Impact continues to gives me my sci-fi fix literary wise.The continuing story of Andrew Grayson who's now been promoted to a captain and his pilot wife Halley is as interesting and full of danger as ever.The author as always makes the characters seem very real and likeable and along with his world building and very realistic battle sequences it all adds up to a top class military science fiction read. I knocked a star off my rating as t...
  • David
    After reading Points of Impact one could argue that the author is trying to milk the readers' money. It doesn't help that the main character only ends up visiting old locations, meeting old characters. All the while reminiscing about his past a lot (seriously, 6 books in, can we please stop this now? It's always the same anyway).The novel doesn't add anything new to the series besides some cutting-edge equipment and ships the human factions came ...
  • Jo (Mixed Book Bag)
    Andrew and his wife, Halley, are still doing battle with the Lankys. They have moved the battle from Earth and they have new and better battlecruiser. Other than that this is just more battle with some new characters and some from the past. It is a fun space opera and Andrew and Halley are really great characters. Time will tell if they continue with this fight. Losing someone from the past is giving Andrew pause. This is a series but each book w...
  • Craig Pearson
    Thank you to Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review this book. Very interesting future war novel. This reads as if it is a continuation of a previously published story but that is not clear. The combat on Mars is well thought out but the author does not seem to take into consideration the variance of gravity and the much lower atmospheric pressure of Mars over Earth. No explanation was given as to where the aliens came from or why they ...
  • Melissa Cox
    Marko Kloos keeps up his excellent story telling with Points of Impact. I love the Frontlines series - the characters are realistic, the action is great, and I devour the books as soon as they are released. One of the things that I appreciate the most is his treatment of women. They are characters. They are normal. They get the same treatment as men, without him emphasizing it or pointing it out in anyway. It is such a non-issue, so unforced and ...
  • Jeffrey L. Dorer
    hmmm, three because the plots across the series are starting to get way too repetitive. I would give it a 4 star review, if this is the first one in the series that you've read. But you're likely wondering about the character development and the context for quite a bit of the plot.Needs to evolve from: (1) life is peaceful or relatively so ; (2) main characters fight bad guys (3) variations on win / lose ; (4) depending on the results from 3, win...