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Lines of Departure (Frontlines) (2014)

– tekijä: Marko Kloos

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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 warfare consumes entire planets and conditions on Earth deteriorate, he wonders if there will be anywhere left for them to go.… (lisätietoja)
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I am rather late to the party on this series. I just happened to stumble onto it by accident. A happy accident, I might add. I am not normally into military Sci-Fi because all the battle scenes I don't find interesting regardless of how well written. However, the plot is just so good and the characters so relatable I have totally fallen in love. Thankfully the battle scenes are not overly long and drawn out. The author did a wonderful job of providing well written, suspenseful conflict without boring me. Kudos there.

I also appreciated the attention given to the subplots. It gave the story dimension and the overall movement of the story was better for it. Throw in a fabulous main character and you can't help but enjoy. Excited to read the next book. ( )
  purpledog | Sep 16, 2021 |
Kloos paints a pretty grim picture of the future. Humans fighting other humans despite There being a whole other species of invaders to fight against. This is a fast paced book, and the writing is fun and exciting. There's a lot of military lingo I don't quite get, but it didn't distract to much.
The cliffhanger at the end is totally, completely and utterly evil! Please hurry up and finish the next book in this series! :) ( )
  bored_panda | Jan 8, 2021 |
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 and droll voice. It certainly helps, considering the topic.

Aliens with overwhelming and irresistible force, loss of almost every human planetary colony, in-fighting among the nations of earth, slow starvation and rebellion on earth, and mass rebellion within the military, itself.

Kinda sounds impossible and hopeless, doesn't it?

Yeah. And to make things worse, his higher-ranking woman just proposed to him and the military has thrown up a ton of red tape barring their union and is keeping them apart. Lousy sons of bitches.

:)

This series has got to be some of the most purely enjoyable popcorn-fiction Mil-SF's I've ever read, and this one in particular was like a deluge of all the shit hitting the fan at once rather than the previous novel which was more like one damn thing after another. The novel is simple in concept and simple in ideas. It's survival and endless war from all sides. Humanity can't get its shit together and the gallows humor is in full swing.

Now, is this a Hugo-worthy novel? I personally don't think so, but my choice would not be strictly based on how much fun I had while reading it. I'd also add the dimension of what it adds to the genre, too. It doesn't really add anything except as a fantastically good example of a very large sub-genre. I'm not saying it isn't great, because it is great, but its ideas have been done for decades and decades.

I'm absolutely going to continue it because I *am* having a damn lot of fun with it, though. :) ( )
  bradleyhorner | Jun 1, 2020 |
Enjoyable sequel, but I didn't like it as much as the first book. The action / character development wasn't as balanced at the beginning of this book as I like. The second half or so was good, though, and I really enjoyed the last third the same way I liked book one. I'm currently undecided on whether or not to continue the series, though. I can only handle so much of the main character getting into -- and then lucking out of -- every worst possible situation imaginable. ( )
  ca.bookwyrm | May 18, 2020 |
Truth to be told, I was expecting the usual fodder when I started reading Kloos’ MilSF novel. But I got something unexpected instead. What made “Lines of Departure” interesting by the standards of most MilSF is its very systematic subversion of the tropes of military SF. What starts out as a war story becomes political dissection of liberalism. Admittedly, it was even better than "The Forever War", but almost all of SF is so no biggie there. MilSF has a certain concern, and that isn't to show war in its grand scale and all its effects, but to show it from the perspective, normally, of the troops. Dan Abnett's “Gaunt's Ghosts” is a great example of a series that does this - a Warhammer 40k spinoff series, I might add - without glorifying war as a whole, beyond the fact that certain characters believe in the glory of war; to deny that soldiers may think war is glorious is to simplify it in the exact opposite way that some SF reader accuse milSF of doing, but is just as problematic and perilous. That's all just scratching the surface, without looking at the glorification of war in fantasy such as Terry Brooks' “Sword of Shannara” and Markus Heitz' “The Dwarves”, either. War and MilSF are not the same. War has been a topic for story since forever but the MilSF tends to have more weapon, tactics, etc., stuff, I guess. But the way that conflict is treated in a lot of it varies a lot and is more complex than it's been given credit for.

I'm actually struggling to think of MilSF that does not portray war as the dirty and dehumanising activity that is. Actually it’s probably normal show that characters that think / declare that war is glorious are either a) nuts b) ignorant or c) being exceptionally sarcastic. None of that in Kloos’ novel. And also there’s NOT a hot intelligent chick with big tits and tight clothing in there somewhere protesting about how bad it all is…

I’ll keep on reading the series just for the sheer fun of it although that final plot line left a lot to be desired... fill a spaceship with water and use its abacadabra-require-no-fuel-engine to attain 1% of c, and use it to hammer the Lanky spaceship to smithereens...FFS! ( )
  antao | Jul 28, 2019 |
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