Terms of Enlistment
By Marko Kloos
Book one of the Frontlines series follows the coming of adulthood for one Andrew Grayson. Having grown up in a welfare tenement, where Boston used to be, he has survived long enough to make his decision to try and leave Earth in the best manner available. Join the service.
A rude awakening occurs at the end of his Basic when he gets assigned to…wait for it…Earth. It helps him grow. Later he becomes an invaluable asset as he does make it off of Earth in time for First Impact. No I did not mean First Contact, read the book damn it.
I consider this an excellent entry into the ring of Military-Science-Fiction-Space-Opera with first rate world and character building. Apart from a few run on sentences and some improper word tenses that were used outside of dialogue the editing is pretty good. Four out of five nerd satisfaction points are hereby awarded by me with no authority what so ever. Enjoy.
Lines of Departure
By Marko Kloos
The sequel to Terms of Enlistment finds Andrew Grayson re-upping in the service as a Combat Controller, what in my day was a Forward Observer. He has all kinds of control over the firepower on a battlefield which leads to him being respected and taken seriously by ranks above.
Unfortunately in all spectrums of life we encounter dill-holes in charge who do things solely for self centered reasons. Even in fiction. Andrew and a lot of his old comrades find themselves exiled with second rate equipment and…leadership. They must find a way.
Keep up the momentum Mr. Kloos. It is another great second book, in the Frontlines series, resulting in another four out of five star rating.