The not too distant future has humans looking down the barrel of extinction.
Extreme unrest on the ground in the PRC’s, welfare rats in revolt, the Sino-Russian conflict showing no signs of stopping, and the Lankies proving themselves to be an almost unbeatable foe, set on claiming terraformed planets in the colony.
Why is this on our bookshelf?
Kloos, a graduate of Viable Paradise SF/F Writer’s Workshop, has a good handle on writing in his chosen genre. He also has some real life experience; soldier, tech support, corporate IT administrator were among some of his past lives according to his bio, which help provide fluidity to the story.
Rating (4 stars)
The slow start that almost lost me in Terms of Enlistment wasn’t an issue in Lines of Departure.
After a quick recap of the events that have transpired over the last five years, Kloos drops you right into the middle of the action.
The only problem with this tactic is that you seem to run out of book rather quickly. I felt the last half of the book could have been stretched out a tiny bit more, but as it stands, it leaves you anxiously awaiting the upcoming Angles of Attack, book three in the Frontlines series.
Read this book:
If you enjoyed the first book, and still crave the excitement of space travel, combat, and potential extinction
Don't Read this book:
If you’re attached to the human race. We’re not faring so well.
Once you're done, do this:
Go grab a soy beer, and a soy steak, and try to enjoy what the future might hold for us. Or go out and enjoy a plate of Eggs Benedict before the price hits $150 CD (Commonwealth Dollars).