Lines of Departure Summary Ì 9


  • Paperback
  • 315
  • Lines of Departure
  • Marko Kloos
  • English
  • 20 September 2017
  • 9781477817407

10 thoughts on “Lines of Departure

  1. says:

    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 otherwiseI never really considered myself a fan of Mil SF Not really But then I keep reading great Mil SFMarko Kloos has a style that's extremely readable It's clear as hell with a charming and droll voice It certainly helps considering the topicAliens 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 bitchesThis 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 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 swingNow 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 decadesI'm absolutely going to continue it because I am having a damn lot of fun with it though


  2. says:

    Before you pick this book up let me tell you this it ends in one H of a cliffhanger I mean it ties up local events butother events are far from tied upAnd I have no idea how long before we'll see another novelWhat Mr Kloos? Did someone tell you writers get a life or something?Anyway another good read maybe even an exceptional read For those of you who like depth in your action we are becoming a bit introspective here I think it had to go that way due to transpiring events I do hope that doesn't take over as I do frankly like the books as novelsstories in other words Still some thought has to be stirred occasionally no matter how hard we try to avoid it sighThe events here pick up roughly 5 years after the last book Andrew has reupped and signed for another 5 years as has Halley The alien race encountered in the last novel has driven humans back to only 30 light years from home and they show no sign of slowing down Humans have never won an engagement against themHowever humans are also still beating the h out of each other two trying to snatch the existing colonies away from each other North American Alliance vs Russian Sino AllianceAND the high brass running the wars are still idiotsand that my friends is too often very close to the real story I was in in '75 If anyone tells you the reason Vietnam was such a CF was the way it was runyou're getting the straight dope From the get go with President Kennedy's advisers trying to run the war like book keepers X number of rounds fired should eual Y number of enemy dead to the end with generals trying to run things like s political police action take a hill give it back take it again troops being fired on from Cambodia or Laos but no fire can be returned on and onI'd like to go on about some parallels but that would entail spoilersSo excellent read If you like action military fiction military science fiction or science fiction you will than likely like this these books Highly recommendedview spoilerIf you've seen a movie titled Article 99 there's a uote from the inspector general character to the hospital administrator who always puts money over human lives Shit does rise to the top That can be true in the military For every actual soldier there are also multiple desk jockeys who get promoted upward That comes to a head at one point in this novelalmost too late if it isn't too late hide spoiler


  3. says:

    Markos Kloos levels up as a writer with a fantastic second bookIt is five years after the events of Terms of Enlistment Grayson and Halley have just re enlisted in the NAC armed forces but things are grim everywhere Humans are still fighting among themselves both in terms of the NAC and SRA and in terms of civilian riots on Earth Meanwhile human activity in space is undergoing a full rout with the Lankies taking world after world with the NAC and SRA being annoyances at bestThere is very little about this book that's not a tremendous improvement from the first one The first uarter largely redeems the worst aspects of the first book as does the last third all while making it feel like a natural progression That's a good trick The ending as well is very satisfying while offering a clear continuation point for the rest of the seriesOne of the best military SF series I've read


  4. says:

    Lines of Departure picks up approximately five years after the events of the first book in the series Terms of Enlistment And those five years were not good to humanity About half of Earth's precious colonies have been wiped out by the relentless unfathomable Lankies Meanwhile on Earth the domestic situation is growing increasingly dire With every resource being thrown at the military already meager rations are cut The colony lottery is stopped The pressure valves are gone and unrest boils over in the urban megaplexesAndrew Grayson has a front row seat to all of this or rather the reader following Grayson does He is a combat specialist charged with ground target acuisition When this involves fighting back against the Lankies he likes what he does He stoically accepts the fact that he might die But if he must die this is a cause worth dying for By contrast when he is fighting the Sino Russian Alliance it seems like an enormous waste An alien race is exterminating humanity and all we can do is fight amongst ourselves? His reservations grow even deeper when he sees the death and pain military action causes in innocent civilians This all comes to a head when he and a unit of disgruntled soldiers are sent to an icy planet on the edge of the settled worlds One of the things that I like about this series is the author's vision In the first book I was captured by his dystopian vision of the future That vision is still there; however what really struck me are the Lankies the seldom seen seldom encountered but utterly terrifying alien race Unlike many science fiction stories out there that assume a roughly euivalent technology there is no contest here The Lankies are far superior to humans They can terraform planets in weeks not decades We can't even scratch their star ships Compounding this power differential is the utterly alien mentality of the Lankies They are casually snuffing out humanity like we would eliminate an inconvenient ant hill or hornet's nest Pretty cool stuffThree and a half stars rounded up to four I like the direction that this series is headed and look forward to #3


  5. says:

    If you're into stuff like this you can read the full reviewSubverted MilSF Lines of Departure by Marko KloosTruth 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


  6. says:

    45 stars Excellent space opera with a main character I really like


  7. says:

    My reaction to Terms of Enlistment the first book in Marko Kloos' Frontlines series was mixed but mostly positive I said at the end of that review that in spite of Kloos' obvious talent I was unsure if I wanted to continue reading this particular series After finishing Lines of Departure I am glad I ignored my earlier misgivings The seuel maintains all of the ualities I enjoyed in the first book and irons out most of the unevenness that gave me reservations about coming back for Kloos' darkly cynical vision of the future gives us an overpopulated Earth pushed to the brink of self annihilation that can't even put aside our internal power struggles and genocidal tendencies to face an unstoppable alien force that is charging into our corner of the galaxy and methodically exterminating us like pests Lines of Departure digs much deeper into the central dramatic uestion that the first book posed Is there anything worth fighting for when arguably the human race deserves the fate this alien threat has planned for us?Kloos is one of those writers that makes everything hard about storytelling look easy efficient perfectly balanced character and story development with a writing style that finds the right tone and momentum for the tale he is telling Sometimes the book moved a little too uickly when I wanted it to stop and take a breath and Kloos does a little hand wave to avert a potential plot hole near the end but otherwise this is as good as milSF gets


  8. says:

    This worthy follow up to Terms of Enlistment is simply awesome I'm not sure if it is because the author writes in a style that I find particularly appealing or what but once I started this book I could not put it downThe pace is perfect The characters are vivid and interesting The most fascinating aspect about the protagonist is that he has no super edge no ace up the sleeve trick to get out trouble He is an everyman thrust into difficult positions with only his conscience and training to guide him The setting is bleak and amazing from a socio economic sense and terrifies me a bit This is military science fiction at its finest The details and background are measured in even doses with no gratuitous infodumps to be found I particularly appreciated the personal flourishes added to the charcters; not just combat but complex relationships and hard moral choicesThe final five chapters had me furiously turning pages and I was delighted to be utterly shocked at the climax Cannot wait for the next book Well done science fiction at its best


  9. says:

    5 StarsNo second book letdown here as Lines of Departure is even better than the first book in the series Starting off five years after the end of Terms of Enlistment Andrew Grayson is now a veteran having spent the last several years fighting against the North American Commonwealth’s human enemies as well as against the alien species that is devastating colony after colony Following his participation in a failed attack Andrew is sent to a remote colony with a vague mission along with a motley collection of troublemakers The uiet colony soon becomes the center of dramatic action that forces Andrew into making a decision that could change the rest of his career I loved the first book and this book is even better It has everything that made the first book good but this time we got some added depth to several key characters fixing one of my few complaints from the first book Pacing continues to be a strength There is lots of exciting action but even when there is nothing getting blown up or shot at the story never felt slow This series can be pretty cynical at times with a fairly bleak vision of humanity in the future Most of Earth overcrowded and natural resources depleted The majority of Earth’s population crammed into crime ridden housing clusters Constant fighting between various human alliances Despite all that things never felt overly grim There was still optimism and there were still characters that while cynical and world weary you could root for The book ends with a dramatic cliffhanger and I immediately went out and bought the next book


  10. says:

    Marko Kloos is one of the new crop of self published authors who acuired enough of an audience to break into the big leagues or at least the midlister leagues I enjoyed his first book Terms of Enlistment and found the second book in the series to be better; Kloos is definitely developing as a writer Where Terms of Enlistment was a fairly by the numbers knock off of Starship Troopers Lines of Departure takes place several years later and further develops the universe and its politicsIn the first book humans encountered their first alien race — eighty foot giants who build almost indestructible climate altering machines that render a planet's atmosphere unbreathable to humans As the second book begins humanity is losing their ongoing war with the Lankies They've lost eighty colonies and have yet to actually take a planet back from the invadersDespite what is clearly an existential threat the two terrestrial superpowers the North American Commonwealth and the Sino Russian Alliance are also at war over their shrinking stock of coloniesWith all this warfare going on Earth is becoming an overpopulated underfed planet of slums and riotsAndrew Grayson our protagonist has become a career soldier realizing he doesn't have anything else to do and that while war in space is likely to shorten his lifespan it beats going back to Earth to stew in a slum and eat recycled waste He also has a girlfriend who's a fighter pilot and is a combat network controller making him a respected professional in the NAC's beleaguered militaryThe first half of the book illustrates the growing tension in human space — Grayson participates in a disastrous assault on a SRA world as soon as they're told they've got great intelligence and a well planned strategy you know everything is going to go to hell and witnesses the indestructibility of the Lankies' colony shipsThen he is sent on on a mission to a remote icy colony world at the ass end of human space supposedly to guard a critical nexus against SRA and Lanky invasion but it turns out the task force is made up of washed out officers and malcontent homeguard troopers from Earth Grayson meets up with an old friend from his own stint as a trooper on Earth and finds out just how bad things are back on Earth and how screwed they areThis book really ratchets up the drama in the final act in which Grayson and his fellow soldiers are ordered by a tyrannical fleet admiral to seize all civilian resources on the little colony where they've been stationed Refusing to follow these orders splits the fleet and results in a battle over control of the ground just before the colony is threatened with both SRA and Lanky invaders Lines of Departure is a fine example of military SF and while perhaps not uite as philosophical as Heinlein's Starship Troopers Grayson does become an interesting and thoughtful character as he has to weigh his duties as a soldier with the morality of unlawful orders and the practicality and conseuences of disobeying them As well the stupidity of fleet staff and the intransigence of political leaders is uite believable — yes I think we Earthlings really would keep suabbling among ourselves even in the face of alien invasionBe warned though that this book ends in a cliffhanger so if you've been hooked this far you will not see the story resolved until the next volume


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Lines of Departure

Marko Kloos ✓ 9 Free read

S reassigned to a ship bound for a distant colony and packed with malcontents and troublemakers His most dangerous battle has just begunIn this seuel to the bestselling Terms of Enlistment a weary soldier must fight to prevent the downfall of his speciesor bear witness to humanity’s last fleeting breaths. 5 StarsNo second book letdown here as Lines of Departure is even better than the first book in the series Starting off five years after the end of Terms of Enlistment Andrew Grayson is now a veteran having spent the last several years fighting against the North American Commonwealth’s human enemies as well as against the alien species that is devastating colony after colony Following his participation in a failed attack Andrew is sent to a remote colony with a vague mission along with a motley collection of troublemakers The uiet colony soon becomes the center of dramatic action that forces Andrew into making a decision that could change the rest of his career I loved the first book and this book is even better It has everything that made the first book good but this time we got some added depth to several key characters fixing one of my few complaints from the first book Pacing continues to be a strength There is lots of exciting action but even when there is nothing getting blown up or shot at the story never felt slow This series can be pretty cynical at times with a fairly bleak vision of humanity in the future Most of Earth overcrowded and natural resources depleted The majority of Earth’s population crammed into crime ridden housing clusters Constant fighting between various human alliances Despite all that things never felt overly grim There was still optimism and there were still characters that while cynical and world weary you could root for The book ends with a dramatic cliffhanger and I immediately went out and bought the next book

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Vicious interstellar conflict with an indestructible alien species Bloody civil war over the last habitable zones of the cosmos Political unrest militaristic police forces dire threats to the solar systemHumanity is on the ropes and after years of fighting a two front war with losing odds so is Commonwealt. Before you pick this book up let me tell you this it ends in one H of a cliffhanger I mean it ties up local events butother events are far from tied upAnd I have no idea how long before we'll see another novelWhat Mr Kloos Did someone tell you writers get a life or somethingAnyway another good read maybe even an exceptional read For those of you who like depth in your action we are becoming a bit introspective here I think it had to go that way due to transpiring events I do hope that doesn't take over as I do frankly like the books as novelsstories in other words Still some thought has to be stirred occasionally no matter how hard we try to avoid it sighThe events here pick up roughly 5 years after the last book Andrew has reupped and signed for another 5 years as has Halley The alien race encountered in the last novel has driven humans back to only 30 light years from home and they show no sign of slowing down Humans have never won an engagement against themHowever humans are also still beating the h out of each other two trying to snatch the existing colonies away from each other North American Alliance vs Russian Sino AllianceAND the high brass running the wars are still idiotsand that my friends is too often very close to the real story I was in in '75 If anyone tells you the reason Vietnam was such a CF was the way it was runyou're getting the straight dope From the get go with President Kennedy's advisers trying to run the war like book keepers X number of rounds fired should eual Y number of enemy dead to the end with generals trying to run things like s political police action take a hill give it back take it again troops being fired on from Cambodia or Laos but no fire can be returned on and onI'd like to go on about some parallels but that would entail spoilersSo excellent read If you like action military fiction military science fiction or science fiction you will than likely like this these books Highly recommendedview spoilerIf you've seen a movie titled Article 99 there's a uote from the inspector general character to the hospital administrator who always puts money over human lives Shit does rise to the top That can be true in the military For every actual soldier there are also multiple desk jockeys who get promoted upward That comes to a head at one point in this novelalmost too late if it isn't too late hide spoiler

Review Lines of Departure

H 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 goAfter surviving a disastrous spaceborne assault Grayson i. 45 stars Excellent space opera with a main character I really like