The assault on Earth was thwarted by the destruction of the aliens' seed ship, but with Mars still under Lanky control, survivors work frantically to rebuild fighting capacity and shore up planetary defenses. Platoon sergeant Andrew Grayson must crash-course train new volunteers - all while dulling his searing memories of battle with alcohol and meds.
Knowing Earth's uneasy respite won't last, the North American Commonwealth and its Sino-Russian allies hurtle toward two dangerous options: hit the Lanky forces on Mars or go after deserters who stole a fleet of invaluable warships critical to winning the war. Assigned to a small special ops recon mission to scout out the renegades' stronghold on a distant moon, Grayson and his wife, dropship pilot Halley, again find themselves headed for the crucible of combat - and a shattering new campaign in the war for humanity's future.
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"Becoming a bit too repetitive"
This installment has platoon sergeant Andrew Grayson promoted to 2nd lieutenant for his heroic effort to save earth from a Lanky invasion after it was abandoned by the President and a major portion of the fleet soon after the Lanky appearance. He is given command of a ground force to, ostensibly, run reconnaissance on the small moon where the deserters have relocated. The goal is to provide enough intelligence to a follow-on invasion force who will be tasked to recover the stolen fleet so that a counter invasion can be mounted against the Lanky who now occupy Mars.
The story then unfolds in a somewhat predictable manner as they pursue their mission. Orders change, skirmishes ensue, several close encounters occurs and eventually, they win the day.
Other than the overall repetitive nature of the story, the author's writing is still easy to follow and the narration is still very good.
"Half a book but still okay"
Pretty good addition to the series. Quite slow during the middle portion but it has a good ending. Should have been combined with next installment in series. Overall worth a credit.
It's a fine addition to the series... Humanistic military SF, and it gets the jargon and nomenclature right... Great characters, and although it started a bit slow it got cranked up nicely, and produced a great ending... The narration is excellent... Can't wait for book 4, things are getting real interesting in the overall story arc and am looking forward to where the author is taking it... Definitely worth the price...
this is an excellent book in the series. I love the way how Marko breaks his stories up enough to keep you fully engaged in the series yet doesn't leave you hanging between each book. I would highly recommend this one.
"The Fight Continues"
I am sure I will be listening to the full series again. Luke Daniels is magical in all the series I have heard him read. He takes a very compelling story and brings it like.
Easily one of the best performers I have heard on any audiobook.
Marko has created a fully realized universe with characters that are all too human, for good and bad. If you need your military sci-fi fix you can't go wrong spending some time in Marko's worlds.
Loved it. Lots of action-packed moments. I want more. I can't wait for the next chapter....onward to Mars!
"Don't waste your money."
The first couple of the series weren't particularly good but they weren't that bad. Lowbrow entertainment. This one on the other hand was a significant decline from the mediocre performances of its predecessors.
Mostly it was the absurd and inane dialogue throughout the entire book that contributed to its demise. I found myself continually shutting off the audiobook just to get a breath of fresh air and get away from the inane chatter that comprise the dialogue which appeared to be mostly just filler and didn't contribute in any meaningful way to the story. Very disappointing book.
"You Had Me Until This Book"
I can't believe the author turned Grayson into a snivelling weenie pussy. If self-doubt were chips in a card game, he's be loaded. What a disappointment. I will definitely NOT be reading any more of this series.
"Too Much Romantic Bravo Sierra!"
The main story is great. However, now that the protagonist is married to his boot camp booty call, the relationship mumbo jumbo drove me nuts. I found myself fast forwarding through those bits of tedious dialogue to get back to the military science fiction.
"Meat and Potatoes"
This series isn't awesome, but it is good, solid military science fiction. I recommend it.
Great job, and interesting to the end, plenty of action Romance and all that other great stuff !.
""So much like earth that it hurt""
Oh, yes. I intend to revisit the whole series one day
Although I also have the written books, I highly recommend listening to the audio version with narrator Luke Daniels becoming the voice of Andrew Grayson, the soldier whose life we follow.
>This is the fourth book in the excellent Frontlines series by Marko Kloos and as that name suggests, we are again taken to the very heart of the battle. Seen from the point of view of one soldier whose progress we have followed since he first joined the military in Book I, we live through not just the fighting but also his hopes, fears and fun, what little there is of it.
All of the series is well written with clear description and natural dialogue, and characterizations which make everything feel plausible and. real. Luke Daniels narration enhances this feeling - he is Andrew.
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