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Terms of Enlistment Audiobook

Terms of Enlistment: Frontlines, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

The year is 2108, and the North American Commonwealth is bursting at the seams. For welfare rats like Andrew Grayson, there are only two ways out of the crime-ridden and filthy welfare tenements, where you’re restricted to 2,000 calories of badly flavored soy every day. You can hope to win the lottery and draw a ticket on a colony ship settling off-world, or you can join the service. With the colony lottery a pipe dream, Andrew chooses to enlist in the armed forces for a shot at real food, a retirement bonus, and maybe a ticket off Earth. But as he starts a career of supposed privilege, he soon learns that the good food and decent health care come at a steep price…and that the settled galaxy holds far greater dangers than military bureaucrats or the gangs that rule the slums.

The debut novel from Marko Kloos, Terms of Enlistment is a new addition to the great military sci-fi tradition of Robert Heinlein, Joe Haldeman, and John Scalzi.

©2014 Mark Kloos (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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    Ben 30/04/2016
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    "Good solid military sci-fi"

    Good simple book. There are no ideas that will blow your mind but i t is a good read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    james olive 11/04/2016
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    "well spoken story"

    audio was nice and easy to follow with good generic voices for different charecters.
    has no technical information when describing ships, tech, history ect but otherwise just a clasic underdog type story about his rise to greatness.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jonathan Crane 14/08/2017
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    "interesting story uses a lot of tropes"

    interesting story but I felt it borrowed too much from other known SciFi series. But it did find it's feet and start making its own pace eventually.

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    S 21/07/2017
    S 21/07/2017
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    "might be a good text story"

    narrator was very ordinary. only 2 character voices so could be confusing which characters were being played.

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    Amazon Customer 08/06/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "a really good read."

    great listen. the story was very engaging which built at a good pace making it hard to stop.

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    Procrastinacious M.D. Earth 15/05/2017
    Procrastinacious M.D. Earth 15/05/2017 Member Since 2014

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    "not bad for a first novel."

    it was a bit too conventional but arnt they all. im interested in the idea of the 80 ft aliens. thats cool.

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    uta nachkebia 10/04/2017
    uta nachkebia 10/04/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "awesome!"

    great book, great narration! bit of a slow start but gets interesting pretty quick after a bit. can't wait to listen to the next one!!

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    Malcolm 19/03/2017
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    "A great read"

    This is a story that is simple in structure but great in execution. Worth a listen.

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  • Jim "The Impatient"
    Springfield, MO, United States
    16/11/14
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    "TICKET PUNCHER"

    This came within a hair's breath of getting a 5th star from me. If I was a military sci-fi lover it would have, but I am not a fan of endless shoot-em ups, which is what chapters 10-13 are. Other then that it is a pretty good story, certainly entertaining. It has good character development and I have already bought the sequel. It does not really have anything new, but some old favorites done well.

    It's a dystopian future, were most of the country is on welfare. There is the beloved boot camp chapters, a sort of love story, a reenactment of Black Hawk Down, and even Godzilla. It is worth your credit.

    Narrator is good.

    42 of 43 people found this review helpful
  • DAVE
    CO, United States
    11/02/14
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    "Solid military sci-fi."
    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed this book. It was a solid showing for a first book and a good lead into a series. The author has an interesting view point of humanity and the future. Kloos does a good job of balancing the tech. So many authors go over the top on tech to the point of drowning out the story. There is enough tech here to keep you interested. The characters were not over the top. I like books that make almost ordinary people into the center of the story. They were believable and I was able to relate to them easily. I enjoyed the boot camp part and it brought back a lot of memories for me. The narrator was easy to listen to and different characters were distinguishable. I would be interested in other books this narrator performed in.

    44 of 48 people found this review helpful
  • John
    United States
    23/02/14
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    "Right On Target"
    What made the experience of listening to Terms of Enlistment the most enjoyable?

    Good Story combined with excellent narration.


    What other book might you compare Terms of Enlistment to and why?

    Marko Kloos is as good or better than John Ringo or David Weber. I hope this is a start of a series.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I was a Marine and a D.I. and the boot camp scenes were pretty good. There was a lot of difference between our ultra controlled boot camp and the one in Mr Kloos's book, but I can see how his would have been effective, plus his had the advantage of "washout" which meant going back to a life of extreme poverty and desperation. Those with nothing left to lose make the best recruits.


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

    I was disappointed that the book ended. Been a while since that happened.


    35 of 41 people found this review helpful
  • Joki
    Helsinki
    14/06/14
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    "Enjoyed The Story"

    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.

    39 of 46 people found this review helpful
  • E. A Dunn
    The beautiful South
    14/12/14
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    "I soooo wanted to love this book..."

    Being a frequent visitor to the author's blog, having read a few of the chapters he released as short stories, and being a HUGE fan of dystopian future novels I really expected to love this book. Unfortunately I did not. Some of the story is very good, but some is flat and one dimensional. Some of the ideas are new and interesting, but some are retreads from Alien and Blackhawk Down. Some of the "future tech" is cool... but there is also quite a bit of anachronism and it feels inconsistent.
    Worst of all, there is no resolution to any of the plot threads. The last chapter is literally "We did this, but it doesn't really matter because there is more... buy the sequel." I get it that a lot of books now are setups for a trilogy or whatever, but this was just ugly and blatant. At least some of the plotlines should be resolved... or hinted to... or something. So disappointed.

    23 of 29 people found this review helpful
  • L. Ber
    Pittsburgh, PA
    11/07/14
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    "Action packed without much of a plot"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It looks like the book is set up for a series, but I wouldn't read the next one. I think there are more interesting books out there.


    Has Terms of Enlistment turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I really love science fiction and fantasy genres, but this was my first time listening to military science fiction book. It was missing a lot of what I love - feeling immersed in the world of the characters. The action scenes really came alive, but the plot was too cliched and the main character was too simplistic as well. After killing what seems like a thousand of people in one day, he doesn't try to find out what is happening on Earth? I wouldn't read another book from this genre - too much action not enough thought.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Battle of Detroit


    14 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • Keith
    Pocatello, ID, United States
    19/03/14
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    "Best new military scifi entry in a while! Great!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I recommend this book to all of you scifi-ers patiently waiting for a new entry from a great author!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The protagonist in this story is just a normal guy trying to make a better life for himself and get out of his hometown in the process! You can't help but to root for the guy every step of the way!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The fact that you can do the right thing and eventually things will work out makes this book worth the listen and the credit for sure! I don't want to say much about the plot and give it away. Just get this book and you will probably love it just as much as I did!


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator does a wonderful job and is easy to listen to. He makes the story come alive with great character voice and doesn't just drone on in a monotone like some.

    10 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • AudioBook Reviewer
    Madison, WI, United States
    17/02/14
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    "Great Military Science Fiction"

    Terms of Enlistment is a highly entertaining, adrenaline pumping, action packed assault on your imagination. Set in the not to distant future, with smart choices made by Kloos. Mainly the lack of excessive technology, it is there but in not over the top ways. Sometimes military science fiction gets to be little more than a description of the vast technology and its uses. But also in the state of our Earth, much is as we know it yet much has changed or I should say is different as I think the universe Kloos created is unique to ours. As there are vast amounts of people that are on welfare, very little is mentioned of those that are not and left me wondering what the rest of the society was like. The NAC (North American Commonwealth) seems to be a military controlled country that is very busy in keeping the riots, rebels and enemy countries under control, while busily exploring the universe and terraforming new planets to inhabit. Our star of the story is Grayson, a nobody everyday kid, stuck in the welfare tenements that the government has setup for the vast amount of poor. He is a young man that wants to do more with his life than waiting to win the lottery, and joins the military. We get to follow him through basic training and watch him transform from a teenaged punk to a confident man living a purposeful life, with a love story mixed in, as basic training is coed. Much of the first half of the story is filled with Grayson thinking about or messaging the love he made in basic, and the only thing he wants more than anything is to follow her into the space Navy, even though he is stuck on Earth. Several battle scenes had me on the edge of my seat as Kloos delivers highly stressful actions sequences both on Earth and in space. I found Grayson to be very relatable and I love when everyday people are the stars living an extraordinary life, along with a full cast of other interesting characters, high impact action, stress inducing moments, love and loss and love again, alien worlds, a must listen for fans of military science fiction. Needless to say I have already purchased the next book in the series and expect to be blown away.

    I purchased this audiobook for review.

    Please find this complete review and many others at audiobookreviewer dot com

    24 of 33 people found this review helpful
  • Ron T
    Lecanto
    14/11/16
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    "Good, not great Military Sci-Fi"

    Kloos has a written an enjoyable book that is performed well by Luke Daniels. It is not in the same category as Jack Campbell's Lost Fleet series (at least the first ten books of that series), but the characters are likable, and the plot line believable. This strictly a setup for the ongoing series, there is no attempt to reconcile any of the threads. But the price was right, and it was good enough that I'll get the second book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • glurple_king100
    31/10/16
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    "Entertaining but... something's off"

    I think it might be the random swerves in plot line or the reveals that I already guessed but over all I love the universe and the weighting was good and I've herd good things about the second book so I'm off to read that now.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Andrew John Rae
    York, UK
    9/02/14
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    "Military SciFi in Classic Style"

    Terms of Enlistment is a newly written but old-school military science fiction novel. It follows the protagonist, Andrew Grayson, from high-rise slums through book camp, a combat infantry posting, and then out into space. The tone and style are similar to Robert Henlein's Starship Troopers or Jerry Pournelle's Co-Dominium. The action is up-close and personal, set in a universe where government isn't perfect, conflict isn't clean, and the military gets to play hero on a small scale whilst the overall morality of the conflicts they take part in is constantly questionable.

    At least in this first book of the series, the action is well above average for the genre. In any fire-fight it is easy to visualise where everyone is and what is happening. The technology is plausible, and is never used as a get-out-of-jail-free card by the author.

    The main character is likeable without being super-human. He is no author-avatar with perfect military skills and likeable flaws. He is just a young, impulsive enlisted soldier.

    The secondary characterisation is below par for a novel. Whilst Kloos does a fantastic job of "show, don't tell" with army life and the background political unrest and intrigue, friendships and even romances just appear out of nowhere. After a major plot-turning firefight, most of the casualties are really just names to the reader despite their importance to the main character.

    The plot arc isn't well structured either - although I think this is really an artefact of the way the series was written. I get the impression this is an episodic series broken arbitrarily into novel length portions, in which case the first half of the novel is really establishment of the series plot rather than the novel. If considered as a single novel the initiating event comes around 3/4 of the way through the book. Up till then it's a good read, but it comes as a surprise to find that it's all really just scene setting.

    These issues aren't enough to spoil the book. Go into it imagining that you're listening to the first 10 episodes of a 5 season audio show, and they become style rather than problems. I'm certainly going to give the second book a try based on the first.

    The audio performance by Luke Daniels is okay, but I imagine it might irritate some people. He has an overly-dramatic tone which rolls consonants and stretches vowels. This suits the book, but is a bit wearing on the ears. He does voices prettty well, at least for the main characters. It's hard to imagine him as actual voice of the first-person narrator though, which takes it a star down from the really top notch audio book performances.




    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Matthew
    5/10/16
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    "Sci-fi hoorah at its best."

    This is a set up book. It start how you would expect. But the universe the book paint is pretty cool. I like it. A lot of sci-fi you have to have a good amount of suspension of disbelief for how the earth gets to it current situation. This one you could see it happening on a way. Other than the aliens the size of a three stories building or where they bigger? If you read all four of the current books you will find that you forget about this book in a good way. So much happens in the next three. This is a good book but a better series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ellis
    26/02/17
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    "could not stop listening."

    For a sci-fi fan like me, i can't reccomend it enough. Likeable characters and a great story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Touchstone
    UK
    3/07/16
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    "Entertaining"

    Enjoyable story although in my opinion the story ended abruptly.
    But all in all it was entertaining.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. R. Chvapil
    UK
    13/04/14
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    "from fatface to badass"
    If you could sum up Terms of Enlistment in three words, what would they be?

    how a young boy was transformed into a confident soldier and how he followed his heart's dreams despite all difficulties. Sounds familiar? Always works for me! Nicely written by Marko Kloos. The story flows easily. Characters are well defined and Mr Luke Daniels is easy on the ears which helps :)


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Terms of Enlistment?

    Andrew's last combat experience in TA. It felt like Black Hawk down all over again. Only difference being that some of his squad actually survived...just


    Which character – as performed by Luke Daniels – was your favourite?

    I liked all characters. None stood out. Very balanced performance by Luke Daniels. 5stars


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Against all odds


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Poppey
    Alderney, Guernsey
    11/07/17
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    "Slow Start"

    If you are expecting fast paced, then you will be disappointed. This is a slowed paced book; so much so in the early part that I have to admit to skipping a couple of chapters to try and move things along. It did start to pick up two thirds of the way through, so redeemed itself.

    However, I will get book 2 as this might well turn out to be a good sci-fi series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Danny44
    5/07/17
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    "not bad"

    not bad bit slow to start with,hopefully leading onto better things In the series not bad for the price.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stephen
    Rochester, United Kingdom
    27/04/17
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    "Just as it got good it stopped"

    The story line was good the characterisation was well done, there were maybe to many "lucky" happenstances and maybe there were a lot of stereotyped and unoriginal aspects to the world and its culture it was well written ........... I thought the "Aliens" made a nice change from the norm but then it stopped ! I confess I prefer 20 hour books so maybe I am biased but I think we could have got a lot more, but you pays your money you takes your choice. The fact that I am buying book 2 says I enjoyed it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Matthew
    19/03/17
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    "not sure how i feel about it..."

    it's basically the same story as starship troopers. not sure how this was allowed to be published... otherwise it's not bad. pretty sure i fell asleep and woke up missing a couple of chapters and it didn't matter. was able to connect the dots without too much info loss toward the tail end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kindle Customer
    11/03/17
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    "Enjoyable"

    I have enjoyed listening to 'Terms OF Enlistment'. The narrator, Luke Daniels, was fantastic! I can't wait to read/listen to the next instalment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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