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 Fiction, Fiction, Military Science Fiction, Space, Space Opera, Science Fiction Fantasy, Audiobook, Dystopia

Reviews Points of Impact (Frontlines #6)

  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • HBalikov
    "I’ve been at war for most of my adult life. When I was a kid, there wasn’t much to do in the Public Residence Clusters other than getting into trouble or watching Networks. I wasn’t good at getting out of trouble again, so instead of running the streets, I read books and watched a lot of shows. My favorite stuff to watch was the military shows, the ones that ran year after year. Steady casts of actors who became more familiar to you than y...
  • 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...
  • Jennifer Lanak
    I'm frustrated. Will this series ever end with an actual result? Each book is just one battle for one planet or moon against the Lankie aliens. I'm tired.In this installment, we get to go back to the icy moon that Andrew helped liberate a few books ago. This time instead of freeing it from an unjust military, the Lankies have taken over. The humans have some shiny new toys to bring to the battle, including the biggest starship they have ever buil...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Hank
    Another solid entry in the series. At this point I will pretty much read anything else that comes along in Frontlines. I am attached to the characters and the story. It isn't world shattering writing but good, straight to the point and entertaining. I blew through this one quicker than most.
  • 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...
  • Clare O'Beara
    I had not read any previous books in the series, and I really enjoyed this one. From a start on Mars - but not as you know it - where humans have to pick off Lanky invaders from tunnels, to a new spaceship assembled in secret and being sent out to support an ice-world colony, this is a gripping read. Some readers have complained that there is a lot of space travel and not enough war. Well, it's a big galaxy. Travel takes time. I appreciated that ...
  • 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...
  • Neil
    I received a free copy via Netgalley in exchange for a honest review.This is a very average military space opera.The characters are boring and nothing really happens for large periods of the story.Far better military space operas about.
  • Ngiste
    Thoughtfully explores trauma, survivor's guilt, counseling, and more. Always enjoy this series for brining deep, well-rounded characters to military sci-fi.
  • 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...
  • Melanie
    This leg of the story is a notch above its predecessor, but I doubt any book will surpass the first in series. Andrew Grayson continues to advance in his military career, taking on a low ranking command position. Unlike other action heroes, he has been with the same girl since boot camp, and I LOVE it. It is a realistically crafted relationship forged during a time of war. The author, as always, has exceptional pacing, mixing plot progression, ch...
  • 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!
  • El Presidente
    This book doesn't actually start until around 85% in.I cant believe this is actually a book. Its almost like this was written by another person. Im only giving it 2 starts out of respect for the first 5 books. So disappointed.
  • Russ Holthaus
    Shiny new ships same drudgery of warI enjoyed this novel with our familiar characters. Thanks Marko for an interesting space opera with very loveable cast and setting. I still look forward to more.
  • Zad
    Satisfyingly good as always! I can't wait to read the next one.
  • 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 ...
  • Jonathan Lupa
    So, this is a series, and it's not so much about endings. In this episode, we get a lot more of the same that we've gotten before, about military experiences, military mindsets, military troubles, and we get it in a nice SciFi setting.So nothing new here, but it's a fun light read.Of note, the author apparently has some deal where these are available on Kindle Unlimited in both text and audiobook format, so I THINK I consumed this audiobook under...
  • Patrick S.
    After half a dozen volumes, Marko Kloos finally tackles the impact of ten years of unending warfare on the psyche of his main characters. The grind, PTSD, the futility of war, and the ever-present loss of everyone around them finally hits home for the characters we've come to love.Marko takes a detour from the main plot of the series to put a magnifying glass on the emotional and psychological impact of a forever war on the handful of people who ...
  • John Bryan
    Wonderful, heart clenching book that makes me ponder my own career and personal life. Profound without being unsubtle (different from being “explicit”?). The story has a wonderful balance between shocking action and comfortable lulls. I’d recommend the whole series, but if this is the last of the series, I’m going to truly miss the protagonists and the even the supporting characters, past and present. Highly recommend these “space marin...
  • Deb
    Usually I can't get enough of this series but was disappointed in this book. It wasn't until after halfway that the action started with the battle and was short lived. Perhaps it was more to get into the future of the main two characters and what they were going to decide on their future but for me I felt it was too slow.
  • Nathaniel
    I'm honestly not sure what happened here. This book is the definition of "filler". As far as I can tell, it's the novel-equivalent of someone saying "um" while they're telling you a story. It fills space, but that's all.I'm hiding the entire review because of spoilers because I can't review this one without talking about the plot in detail, but the big spoiler is that there's nothing to spoil. They introduce some cutting-edge new space-ships that...
  • Ted
    Frontlines has been a very enjoyable series but Points of Impact is somewhat of a let down. New weapons, new tactics but no real plot progression. Inevitable I suppose but I hope the author can pull out a gripping and satisfying end to the series in his next book.