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Lines of Departure (Frontlines, #2) (alkuperäinen julkaisuvuosi 2014; vuoden 2014 painos)

– tekijä: Marko Kloos

Sarjat: Frontlines (2)

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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)
Teoksen nimi:Lines of Departure (Frontlines, #2)
Kirjailijat:Marko Kloos
Info:47North, Kindle Edition, 329 pages
Arvio (tähdet):****

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Lines of Departure (Frontlines) (tekijä: Marko Kloos) (2014)


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Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 21) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
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 |
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, of course, about the fact that Earth is about to be steamrolled over by the planet grabbing aliens from the first book.

Of course the humans cannot (yet) unite even when faced with such a dire threat and it does not help that a good chunk of the political as well as military leadership are incompetents assholes. The book blurb states that Andrew’s ship is packed with malcontents and troublemakers. I would say that this is not entirely correct. It is packed with people that opens their mouth when previously mentioned assholes gives them irresponsible and even immoral orders. Anyway, as you may guess it all ends up in a big clusterfuck at which time the aliens make their timely appearance. That is of course when it is time to bring out the really big guns. To bad they have to find one first…

The book is well written and it feels more focused than the previous book. Andrew is not jumping around all the time for instance. Well, he is being given assignments making him fly all over the place but he is not changing his role dramatically as he did in the last book and which I found a bit far-fetched. The action is not bad at all. A fair amount of the book is non-combat oriented though and Andrew spends quite some time with his mother and doing a lot of talking about the sad state of the more and more dysfunctional society around him. As I wrote, it was quite well written and it did not bother me too much but all the dialogue as well as monologue about this was sometimes on the limit of being a bit too much.

The book ends with quite a bit of fireworks as well as some surprises and a rather big cliffhanger. I cannot say that the cliffhanger surprised me enormously though and it will be interesting to see what will happen next. One thing that annoyed me tremendously was the fact that, despite knowing the threat there seemed to have been little work going on to actually counter it. Sure a few improvements to weapons and suits but nothing really worth much. Several years were supposed to have passed after all and the basic science behind the fireworks at the end of this book was not really very innovative in that anyone could have figured that one out and it would be rather easy to make a much more efficient “real” weapon along those lines.

Anyway, it was an enjoyable book and I have put Frontlines #3 on my to read list already.
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  perjonsson | Jun 10, 2019 |
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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.

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