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Lines of Departure Audiobook

Lines of Departure: Frontlines, Book 2

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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 system...

Humanity is on the ropes, and after years of fighting a two-front war with losing odds, so is Commonwealth 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.

After surviving a disastrous spaceborne assault, Grayson is reassigned to a ship bound for a distant colony - and packed with malcontents and troublemakers. His most dangerous battle has just begun.

In this sequel to the best-selling Terms of Enlistment, a weary soldier must fight to prevent the downfall of his species...or bear witness to humanity’s last, fleeting breaths.

©2014 Marko Kloos (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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  • Elle (AKA PlantCrone) in the great NorthWest
    OREGON
    18/07/14
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    "MUCH BETTER than the first book"

    I'm on a Luke Daniels narrating kick..I listened to and panned the first book in this series but really enjoyed the second one.

    The author tightened up his plot and really developed likable characters with good development.

    You have to read the first one to make sense on this one-too bad, but, just maybe, worth the 2 credits. Luke Daniels can do no wrong!

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Jean
    Santa Cruz, CA, United States
    28/08/14
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    "Action packed story"

    This book picks up the story five years later from the first book “Terms of Enlistment”. Grayson and his girlfriend both have signed their re-enlistment papers. The Lunkies have pushed deeper into human held territory. The North American Commonwealth is still fighting the SAC (Chinese) and the SRC (Russians) while the Lunkies are getting closer. Grayson has become a combat controller and has done hundreds of combat jumps. Grayson and a few others are the only survivors of a battle against the Lunkies. The whole fleet was destroyed. He is then put onto a ship just pulled out of mothballs and the crews are so called trouble makers.

    Kloos’s sequel is better than the first book. In the new book he angles the story more as a pointed, critical look at how the government handles the people underneath it. Shows that a government backed into a corner will double down and become ineffective.

    The book is fast paced, action packed, exciting with plenty of back story, characters and institutions to delve into. This is the second book for a new author and he has improved from the first book. Kloos did a better job with characterization in this book than he did in the first. I discovered the first book was self published via Amazon. It did so well it was bought up by a publishing house 47 North Imprint. (Also owned by Amazon) Luke Daniels did a good job narrating the book. Daniels also narrated the first book.

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Audie
    Humble, TX, United States
    4/04/14
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    "As Good As Book 1"
    Have you listened to any of Luke Daniels’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Luke Daniels is currently my favorite Narrator. He is easy to listen to and always does a awesome job. He's really good at voices.


    Any additional comments?

    This is Book 2 of Terms of Enlistment. If you enjoyed book 1 you will enjoy this one as well. I'm usually not into space adventure books,"NOT A STAR WARS FAN" but, I really enjoy this series and really want Marko the author to hurry up and put out another book to the series.

    12 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Lore
    SAN JOSE, CA, United States
    14/05/16
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    "The series really picks up steam"

    For five years now humanity has been falling back. Although we have had limited success in ground skirmishes against the Lankeys we have lost every single space battle against them. Colony world after colony world has fallen and the Lankey siege ships appear to be indestructible. Once they arrive at a planet they are able to land troops and terraform it to their needs quickly and efficiently. Despite this harsh reality, the North American Commonwealth and the Sino-Russian Alliance remain bitter enemies and they continue to fight against each other over the colony planets that do remain under human control. Even Earth itself has deteriorated as the two-front war sucks away all the resources and civil unrest has become the norm.

    Within the beleaguered armed forces Andrew Grayson has become a combat controller and he plays a key role on the tip of the spear. Although he longs to be able to leave the military and return to Earth to spend time with his girlfriend, Andrew realizes the harsh truth that there won't be an Earth to return to if he doesn't do his job. He continues to put his life on the line time and time again for a military brass that doesn't have a moral compass or even the intelligence to focus their attention on the Lankeys. After being assigned to a disastrous invasion force, Andrew finds himself being sent to the ass end of the galaxy to help garrison and protect a remote moon. When access to Earth gets cut off and his military task force turns on the civilian population of the moon Andrew must decide if he is going to blindly obey orders or if he needs to become more than just a cog in the machine.

    This book is a notch above the first one because it really hooks you in as Andrew's character starts to develop. Andrew has to make some tough calls as he tries to juggle protecting and supporting his Mom back on a crumbling Earth, maintaining a relationship with his remote girlfriend, and protecting humanity from annihilation. Desperate times call for desperate measures but how far is too far? Is it worth any price to guarantee the survival of the human race?

    Marko Kloos offers up more solid military sci-fi with this one and then blends in some interesting character development to go along with the high paced action. As far as the series goes i went into this one unsure about it and came out eager for the next book, Angles of Attack. Luke Daniels does another excellent job on the narration and I feel he does well voicing the military characters. Battle stations! Battle stations! All hands to battle stations. This is not a drill.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Mike Collins
    Orem, UT, United States
    20/03/15
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    "great part 2"

    The story is well written and a good read. A fitting part 2 with lots of twists and turns. I could still do without all the extreme swearing and wish more authors would skip adding unless words just to sound tough. The storywould not have suffered if it had been excluded.

    But the story is well put together and riveting. I am anxious for book 3

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • David
    Halethorpe, MD, United States
    14/03/15
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    "Better than the first book"

    I enjoyed the 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 politics.

    In 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 invaders.

    Despite 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 colonies

    With all this warfare going on, Earth is becoming an overpopulated, underfed planet of slums and riots.

    Andrew 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 military.

    Lines of Departure is a fine example of military SF, and while perhaps not quite 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 consequences of disobeying them. As well, the stupidity of fleet staff and the intransigence of political leaders is quite believable — yes, I think we Earthlings really would keep squabbling among ourselves even in the face of alien invasion.

    Be 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.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Joki
    Helsinki
    3/04/14
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    "Enjoyable Everyman Scifi"

    Terms of Enlistment is by no means a perfect book but it was one I enjoyed immensely: a non blustery military sci fi that isn't in love with its tech, its military, or right wing politics. Rather, we have an everyman navigating the military as a way out of a dead end life on welfare, who won't suddenly end up captaining a ship or becoming an insta-leader. As well, I appreciated that we didn't have a gender-specific army but instead had capable roles for male and female characters. I read the second book in the series, Lines of Departure, first and liked it enough to buy this first book.

    Story: Andrew Grayson joins the military as a way out of an untenable life in the welfare system of the North American government. He will go through training school and then end up tackling the problematic situation of the deteriorating social structure on Earth. But what is happening on Earth is only one problem in a universe that is about to expand rapidly - and the military is suddenly going to become very needed.

    What I liked about the books is that we have a very ordinary guy. Although he sounds far too educated to have come from a welfare system in which he didn't get higher education (there are no colloquialisms, slang, dialects, etc.) I actually preferred that simple talk for a simple man. Both this first book and the second book start slowly but really pick up steam by midway through. And then, when the action kicks in, Kloos really knows how to escalate it - his characters don't have bad days, they have *really* bad days.

    This is the type of story that isn't about kick butt marines, balls out action, or being macho. It's about being lucky to survive, a feeling of futility but also hope, and living in a world on the brink of falling apart on many levels.

    I listened to the audible version of this and enjoyed the narration.

    13 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • Chann
    Alameda, CA, United States
    12/06/14
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    "Very good story with some bad physics"

    I find the story entertaining and engaging and I wish there was a third one out. There's always something going on or about to go on and yet the plot doesn't take you where you expect, it's always something slightly different, or radically different, from what you thought. The characters are believable and engaging. The side issue of Earth society is dealt with in a credible manner without becoming preachy or boring.

    The reader is pretty good, but sometimes hard to tell men from women and too many people have the craggy "I shout for a living" voice even when talking to normal people. I worked with UK military for a long time and have US military friends (senior master sergeant, nuclear engineers, SEAL team commander, Ranger) and none of them had that ruined voice. Mostly I liked the performance though, 97%.

    As science fiction if he wants a mega gun that can do what a tank gun does today but can be carried by a normal soldier I have no issue with that. Unlikely, or according to NASA this week, quite possible FTL drive... perfectly fine by me. And there's plenty of that. SciFi does not need to explain its physics and should not try.


    Slight spoilers and complaints of poor research and physics from here...

    Where it broke the suspension of disbelief for me was in the mundane physics. You don't need to be specific, you can say it's a micronuke and leave it at that.

    If you are bothering to tell me the weight and speed of something please bother to work out your numbers credibly when you are putting them in the mouth of a physicist. 43,000 metric tons is 43x10^6 Kg, 5km/s is 5x10^6m/s. Energy is 1/2 mv^2 so .5x43E6x(5E6)^2 = 5.375E20J. As it happens there is a well known conversion factor for TNT equivalence so 1billion tons of TNT is 4.184E18J so the number you want is 128.5GT equivalent. Not vaguely hundreds. If the blast took place in one second then it is 5.4E20 Watts, the sun is 4E26 Watts, Just about 1,000,000 times the power, all the time. So at about 8.3 light minutes it would still just be a little flash. Not a second sun for some time. Not enough to bother sensors.

    If a thing happens 150 million Km away and you are using optical sensors it will take 8.3 minutes for the light to get to you, not a few seconds.

    If you blow up a ship its engines can no longer propel it, so it is not still accelerating at 0.25g.

    A 50 microton warhead would be equivalent to 1.6oz of TNT. Why not just use 1oz of HMX and save the technical complexity. Of course that won't do what you said, but it's SciFi, feel free to make the warhead a more believable and credible size.

    There were more, but those were the ones I found particularly offensively careless.

    18 of 26 people found this review helpful
  • crazybatcow
    East Coast, Canada
    26/12/15
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    "Same tone and characters, different mission"

    If you liked book one, you will like this one just as much - it's the same tone and characters, just embarked on a different mission. Maybe the crisis is just a smidge unbelievable, and what the government did to deal with dissenters a bit far-fetched, but... maybe not... if they'll shoot rioters in urban centres, why not banish military dissenters into deep space...

    I really enjoyed it (and bought the next book too)... it's a clear-cut military sci-fi that does not become right-wing preachy or left-wing lecturey, although there is a little bit of social commentary that forms the premise of the storyline. There is no gun porn and just enough techy talk to make it sci-fi-y. The women are competent and capable and all the characters behave as normal people would in the same circumstances.

    The narration is very good and there is nothing graphic. Don't read the books out of order though - the stories are wrapped up in each book (not a cliffhanger), but I don't think the book would be as enjoyable if you weren't aware of the previous world building and main character's development.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Jim "The Impatient"
    Springfield, MO, United States
    17/03/15
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    "SCIENCE, IT WORKS"

    EARTH IS A SHIT HOLE, BUT IT'S OUR SHITHOLE.
    Is shit hole, one word or two? First of all, I hate to burst some bubbles, but this is not as good as book one. I was amazed that I listened to this right after listening to Forever War by Joe Haldeman. The future world that Kloos describes, sounds actually like Haldeman's future. Everyone lives on the dole, everyone gets paid in calories, everyone hires body guards and the army is full of idiots. Haldeman had more guns, but it looks like Kloos is headed that way. So, it is a liberal future, where everyone depends upon the government (and it is not good.) It is a conservative future where everyone owns a gun and it is not good.

    The story starts out pretty good with these 80ft tall Aliens, who think we are just bugs. An interesting concern, especially when you considered how we treat anything smaller then us. They are in the very beginning and one of there ships is in the very ending, but between times our hero fights, the Russians, the Chinese and then his own country. I also find it unbelievable that a group of home troops who spend there careers killing North Americans, would all of a sudden grow a conscience when they go to another planet. I felt that there were too many conflicts, which made this too unbelievable. It is not a bad book and if you like Military Sci-Fi and you don't need it to make a lot of sense, then you will enjoy this.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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  • Mr J P Fitzmaurice
    18/09/16
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    "Very entertaining"

    This may not be a literary classic but if is fast paced and entertaining. Better than many books of its ilk

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Richard Hopkins
    14/04/16
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    "Very enjoyable"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes; the characters were believable


    What did you like best about this story?

    fast moving story


    Have you listened to any of Luke Daniels’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    Yes he is a good narrator


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I had empathy with the characters


    Any additional comments?

    Just a good story

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • david ayre
    26/04/15
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    "As good as the first"

    I am going straight on to the third one in the series got to see what happens

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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