And different! Instead, we get a whole new plot. Andrew ends up in space after all and gets to shoot way more stuff on shiny new planets, and frankly that is a book I have already read before. Many times. Also, I kind of thought using ship security cameras to watch your girlfriend was incredibly incredibly creepy and not in any way endearing, so, uh, there's that. But, like I said, it is really really readable and if you have a thing for mil-SF you should read this! I will definitely be picking up the sequel, because I assume there's going to be one.
I've not been doing a great job keeping up with reviews lately. Life, ya know? So I'm keeping this short and real. I rarely re-read or re-watch anything. It's just not in my nature to be sentimental in regards to things like that. But of course there are exceptions. Th I've not been doing a great job keeping up with reviews lately. There are always exceptions. Starship Troopers is one of them. I will re-watch the heck out of that movie. It's fun and silly and gritty and gory and in the end the good guys ultimately win.
This book has that same feel. There's humor and action and that same camaraderie. It won me over. And when they encountered the alien species I just wanted to say, "It's some kind of brain bug. As much as I liked this book, I did have two issues while reading it. First, I didn't feel like there was a ton of world building here, at least not in regards to the life and conditions on Earth.
I feel like it was literally just in the background and no real depth of detail was offered. My second issue was with the aliens themselves. I couldn't wrap my head around how we were told the acted and what we were told they looked like and then relate that to the technology and resources they seemed to possess. It just didn't quite mach up in my head for me for some reason.
Of course, this is only the first book in the series, so I'm sure there's plenty more to be revealed, so in the scheme of things, those two issues aren't really too big of a deal. What you should take away is this: if you like the film Starship Troopers minus a bit of the action though the general feel is the same then you should absolutely give this a shot. Executive Summary: A good, but not great start to this series. I liked it enough to continue on.
Frontlines: Terms of Enlistment 1 by Marko Kloos (2014, Paperback)
Full Review I picked this one up on a daily deal. I'm not a huge military fiction fan, but I like space opera and I was hoping to get some of that here. Since those were my expectations coming in, I Executive Summary: A good, but not great start to this series. Since those were my expectations coming in, I found the first two thirds a bit underwhelming. We start in a near future Earth. Things are bleak. The planet is in bad shape and we've begun colonizing other worlds. Spots on colony ships are hard to come by.
Many people are living in welfare funded slums. The protagonist joins the military in an attempt to escape his life. We get a pretty generic and mostly forgettable boot camp story arc. Then I think even more than our protagonist, I'm super disappointed that he's staying on earth. The middle arc is never really explained though it is at least more interesting than the first arc.
Finally in the third arc things start to pick up. It was here that the book really started to grab my interest. Now that we have the space opera type story I was hoping for when I first picked up this book, I was finally enjoying it. The world building is pretty bleak.
You can tell the author has a military background. It also seems to me he has a very low opinion of poor people, especially those on welfare. I found myself conflicted at times between the protagonist's plight and the supposed antagonists during the middle arc. None of it was very well explained though. Maybe if it had, I would have been less conflicted. The protagonist isn't always likable initially, but he grew on me as the story went on.
Overall I enjoyed this book, and it got better as it went on. This gives me hope the next book will be better, and I plan to check it out at some point in the near future. Feb 12, Gary rated it liked it. Terms of Enlistment offers a pretty depressing vision of the future, where most of the people on a vastly overpopulated earth are herded into massive welfare project housing and are forced to live on subsistence rations.
The only way out for these "welfare rats" aside from winning the lottery for off-planet colonization is to join the military, which is then deployed against the very neighborhoods they grew up in, in order to keep the population in line. Kloos is a very talented writer, a gifte Terms of Enlistment offers a pretty depressing vision of the future, where most of the people on a vastly overpopulated earth are herded into massive welfare project housing and are forced to live on subsistence rations.
Kloos is a very talented writer, a gifted visual storyteller with a good grasp of both character and action. I especially liked how quickly and tragically his protagonist's moral compass is reset by his first combat experience. I like Kloos' sense of humor, too - mostly made up of dramatic irony and visual contrast, rather than the relentless snarking that passes for comedy in genre fiction these days. For all its merits, Terms of Enlistment never quite lives up its potential. The book is consistently pretty good, but never great. The last act takes a sharp ninety degree turn from everything that came before, and while I am okay with what happens in theory, in execution it left me out in the cold a little.
Again, the character development and action are all perfectly convincing from start to finish - adequately engrossing but never really enthralling. I'd like to read more works by this author but as of this moment I'm not sure if I want to continue with this particular series. Dec 22, Jack rated it really liked it. Good, straightforward military sci-fi book. Quick read. No deep philosophy about colonizing space, Good vs. Evil, the nature of humanity, etc.
Primarily a tale about some ground-pounders shooting some sci-fi weaponry and blowing stuff up. I plan to read the next book in the series. If you enjoy the subgenre of military SF in which a loser enlists and makes his way into a career, this one is for you. Engagingly written, super fast paced, sympathetic characters, and believable military, right down to the cadences and the cursing.
I meant to read a chapter or two before bed, and ended up reading half the night.
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Oct 08, Ctgt rated it liked it. Pretty decent start to a series. Andrew Grayson lives in government housing, basically slums and is looking for a way out. He receives a coveted spot in the armed forces and sees it as his way out. We go through the requisite basic training and while every trainee wants a shot at becoming a pilot or at least a space marine, Grayson ends up assigned to the army which means he stays on earth and quells uprisings around the globe.
The basic training section moves a bit slowly but the action picks up Pretty decent start to a series. The basic training section moves a bit slowly but the action picks up after Andrew is assigned to his army platoon. One of the early deployments is taken straight out of Blackhawk Down and through a series of twists Grayson ends up transferred to space.
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So here's hoping he sticks the landing with the rest of the series. May 07, Steven Stennett rated it it was amazing. I enjoyed this book a great deal. I have to say that it pays homage quite heavily to Aliens, the movie, but this in no way stops me appreciating it as its own independent piece of work. Its neatly put together and slanted heavily towards the next installment which I am sure is being written as I write this.
Five could possibly be a tiny bit to high a score, but for me four is just to low to be completely fair. The military descriptions and terminology are executed in a very confident manor, that I enjoyed this book a great deal. The military descriptions and terminology are executed in a very confident manor, that gives the overall book a depth that allows you to immerse yourself within particulars set pieces. These highlights in the book, edge it away from a four star and into the five for me.
A lot can be said for a well executed page turner, that gets you through a weekend and allows you to move onto your next book, satisfied that your time was well spent. I am sure that I will be reading the next installment, and that in away is testament overall to my experiences of reading this book! View all 5 comments. May 07, Eric rated it really liked it Shelves: science-fiction. Despite being a massive fantasy fan since I was a kid, until this book I had never read any science fiction of any kind.
This book was my first exposure to the genre and it was a great first experience. In the year , Andrew Grayson is a welfare rat living in the overcrowded warren of the Boston residence complex, living in a sterile apartment surrounded by millions of other identical apartments, all stuffed with people. To escape the crushing overcrowding and poverty of the crime ridden tenements, Andrew enlists in the military, where at least he will get better food and a chance to get off earth in the space fleet guarding the colonies of the North American Commonwealth. I was impressed right away with how the author managed to convey the information about the situation on this future Earth without resorting to any info dumps.
The writing is first person and was smooth and polished. The pacing was excellent, keeping the story moving through multiple different settings. Also, I have to applaud the way the author writes about the military. The action is excellent as well, capturing the tension of combat and various squad interactions in a very realistic way. One of the things I was worried about with sci-fi in general was how much science was potentially involved as I will freely admit near total ignorance to anything scientific.
Thankfully, all of the science mentioned was accessible and seemed plausible, though I have my doubts that I would recognize if it was implausible. The only negative I can think of is that some of the characterization was a little sparse. I read the entire book on a flight and as soon as I landed bought the next book in the series. The writing is excellent, the pacing is good, and the story is consistently entertaining. Jul 05, Brian Durfee rated it it was amazing. Picked it up from Amazon on a whim just to add more items to my order and get the free shipping.
When it arrived I read it on my back porch under the stars from cover-to-cover in one sitting. And qualified for more free shipping. Sep 07, Silvana rated it really liked it Recommends it for: all military sci-fi fans. Shelves: kindle-google , series-i-follow , mine-mine-mine , sffreading-challenge , military-sf , sci-fi , space-the-final-frontier , rockettalk-recommendation , sffexplorer-challenge.
Dear Marko, First of all, welcome to the list of my favorite authors.
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Here, have a drink. If your next books are as good as the first one, you can even join the likes of Martin and Corey in the elite section I totally just made that up. Anywho, thanks for writing such a page-turning book with lots of great actions. I see some Heinlein influence and noticed lots of references to both military history Shughart and the drop ship thing, very Mogadishu and also other sci-fi books Shrike ships!
M Dear Marko, First of all, welcome to the list of my favorite authors. Moreover, I must applaud your ability to create a fast paced story with a clear sense of space, so your readers won't get lost despite the hectic mobility of the characters during the combat scenes. Speaking about characters, I hope you put more depth to Grayson. He was an okay character, but it feels a bit too goody two-shoes. You did, via his POV, explain that he's just trying his best and most of the time he was among the best but I just need some flaws in the lead character, especially since there is only one.
Reading this book is like curling in my bed with a cup of Flores coffee listening to James Bay while it's raining outside. It just feels like home. So, yeah, thanks for that. Best, Silvana Jun 07, Jacob rated it it was amazing Shelves: military-scifi , scifi. An excellent book!
Great action sequences, good POV character, sound world building, enjoyable to read, and well worth your time! View 1 comment. Mar 05, Kathryn Lucas rated it it was ok Shelves: dystopian. Why is it always Detroit? Hasn't Detroit suffered enough? Why can't the shitty metroplex be Winnipeg? Or Saint Louis? Or Houston? Despite having pissed off this girl from the D, the book did have some redeeming qualities. As others have mentioned, the action s "Of all the metroplexes in the country, Detroit is the worst. As others have mentioned, the action scenes are really well written.
For the most part, you can picture the spaces in your head and really see the events as they're unfolding, and this does a lot to boost the enjoyment of an otherwise lacklustre and soulless story. The story is told from the perspective of Andrew Grayson, around 18 years old, who enlists in the military to escape his life of extreme poverty and hopelessness. His fervent hope is to be posted to a starship, so that he can leave Earth and his old life behind forever. We follow him through his initial enlistment, boot camp, and approximately 8 months of his first year of military service.
I had a real problem with the characterizations in this book, and the protagonist is no exception. We're in the head of Grayson as he relays his first-person narrative, but I don't feel I really know him. For one thing, his thoughts at times totally contradict each other: when he's living in the Boston Public Residence Complex a mega-crowded, desperately poor government housing project with his mom, he appears to love her enough to take the trouble to make sure she will have something special a bit of real food after he's gone, but then when he's aboard the shuttle taking off from Boston and heading to boot camp, he doesn't bother to look out the window at his home falling away forever.
Rather, he tells us, "If the Sino-Russian Alliance nuked the place right this moment, and I saw the fireball light up the night sky behind the shuttle, I wouldn't feel a thing. Your mom's down there, dude! Then later, during his first posting to an army base in Ohio, his unit responds to a "welfare riot" in Detroit, a situation that quickly descends into chaos when the troops are vastly outnumbered by well-armed, ruthlessly efficient rioters.
During the battle of Detroit, it is emphasized several times that the rioters have more sophisticated weapons than one would expect if it were just your average everyday welfare riot. But when the battle's over, there's no follow-up to that idea. Grayson seems to never think about it again. Why mention it, if it's not going to lead to a revelation about some secret conspiracy to arm the rabble in the PRCs?follow url
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If he's so incurious as to ignore something obviously fishy, which led to his fellow troops getting killed, then why should I care about him? Another problem I had was the relationship between Grayson and his girlfriend Halley, who become a couple seemingly only because they happen to share a bunk bed at boot camp. The bunk assignments are alphabetical. So was it like "Oh look, our last names are alphabetically proximal. That makes us bunkmates! I guess it also makes us fuck buddies! It just so happens that the person sleeping above his bunk is someone he finds sexually compatible and who also happens to find him worthwhile?
But even if I accept that coincidence, what is the basis of their relationship? I can maybe understand if they were just fuck buddies at boot camp, but they continue to stay in touch, even when there's little reason to think they'll even see one another for the next 5 years. From their emailed exchanges, it appears they only talk about how their careers are progressing, never about how they feel about life, the universe, each other In fact, when Grayson is under threat of court martial, he elects NOT to write to Halley about how he feels conflicted about the collateral damage he perpetrated by bombing a residential building in Detroit and killing dozens of innocent people.
He explains his reticence by saying he'd like to wait and talk to her in person. But then we never see that conversation! How would she react to what he did? Would he finally break down in the retelling of it, with the weight of his conscience?
Terms of Enlistment (Frontlines #1) by Marko Kloos
Here was an opportunity to make me care about Grayson and to understand their relationship, but Kloos seems to have completely forgotten that thread by the time Grayson meets up with Halley in person. As for the rest of the characters, they may as well be set dressing. At Grayson's lunch table at boot camp, he sits with the same 5 people every day, and we only hear from 2 of them, Halley and Ricci. The other three are described in physicality only; they may as well not exist. Why do these 6 people congregate at the same lunch table every day?
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 Marko writes primarily science fiction and fantasy because he is a huge nerd and has been getting his genre fix at the library ever since he was old enough for his first library card.
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