Angles of Attack : Frontlines

  • by Marko Kloos
  • Narrated by Luke Daniels
  • Series: Frontlines
  • 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The alien forces known as the Lankies are gathering on the solar system's edge, consolidating their conquest of Mars and setting their sights on Earth. The far-off colony of New Svalbard, cut off from the rest of the galaxy by the Lanky blockade, teeters on the verge of starvation and collapse. The forces of the two Earth alliances have won minor skirmishes but are in danger of losing the war. For battle-weary staff sergeant Andrew Grayson and the ragged forces of the North American Commonwealth, the fight for survival is entering a catastrophic new phase.
Forging an uneasy alliance with their Sino-Russian enemies, the NAC launches a hybrid task force on a long shot: a stealth mission to breach the Lanky blockade and reestablish supply lines with Earth. Plunging into combat against a merciless alien species that outguns, outmaneuvers, and outfights them at every turn, Andrew and his fellow troopers could end up cornered on their home turf, with no way out and no hope for reinforcement. And this time the struggle for humanity's future can end only in either victory or annihilation.


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New twist on great military SF

The third book in this no-longer-a-trilogy (it was originally supposed to be three books, now it will be at least four) is the strongest yet. Kloos pulls off a neat trick for a military science fiction series. He first gives us the usual satisfying tropes with a likeable hero who progresses up the ranks, political machinations, propulsive action, and ever-increasing-in-scale conflict. All of this is delivered at least as well as any classic Hornblower knock-off (Honor Harrington, Lost Fleet, etc) and is worth it in its own right.

But, there is a twist, which is that, unlike these other heroes, Kloos's characters remain cogs in the machine: the death of the captain does not suddenly place them in charge, they do not come up with the amazing idea to slay the aliens, they are not the ones to turn every battle. Kloos plays with this idea in interesting ways as the book (and series) progress, creating shifting sympathies and continual surprises.

On top of that, and the thrilling military scenes, the book is held together by terrific characters who actually feel human, witty, and meaningful. The reading is terrific as well. You obviously should start with the first book, but this is a great addition, and I am glad there are more books to come.
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focusing almost solely on character development

Angles of Attack picks up right where we left staff sergeant Andrew Grayson and all in Lines of Departure. He is onboard the Indianapolis heading home to Earth and facing unsurmountable odds. Against an alien force that is better at, well, everything than humans. Why then go on such perilous journey? Either do it and stare death in the eyes or stay of the far off colony of New Svalbard and maybe starve to death.

What would you do?

There is a lot happening in this book! Traveling back to Earth, dodging Lankies, finding Mars has been colonized by them. Earth is OK, well at least it seems like everything is OK. Until everyone gets the feeling that something isn’t right but they cannot put their fingers on it. Not going to say much more for fear of spoiling anything. Let me just say this. Abandoned. Why? With an ending that would have been fine, no cliffhanger, but there is another book!

Ok enough about the plot.

Sure this is science fiction, the technology. But, Kloos does not ram it down our throats. He does explain, to me what sounds like laymen’s terms, about it all. But that is all. The focus of the story is not the tech. It is the characters and their interactions. Characters that feel real, I mean human. Not robotic in any way. Grayson, for example, sometimes fails and makes the wrong decisions. He has interactions with the other characters that seem real, not forced.

Action fight scenes whether person to person, gang to gang or spaceship to spaceship. Each it meticulously told in a way that got my adrenaline soaring like I was there. A dash of love story mixed in for good measure.

While the storyline does not really go anywhere, this was a book focusing almost solely on character development. It won’t be for everyone, but I really enjoyed the heck out of it.

Luke Daniels again delivers an amazing performance. Little can be said that I haven’t already in previous reviews. Let me say this. Daniels was the perfect choice for a military science friction romp. Characterizations were on point. Pacing and volume level changes fit each scene perfectly.

Audiobook was purchased for review by ABR.

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Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-21-2015
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio