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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.
©2015 Marko Kloos (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
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By Ethan M. on 05-17-15

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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By crazybatcow on 01-05-16

Another instalment in Kloos' world

I liked it almost as much as book 2 which I liked almost as much as book 1. Of the 3 books, this one has the most "moralizing" in it, but I think Kloos still managed to avoid being overly annoying as he made his social commentary point. Do I think the world would stay at war (even for only 5 years) among the different human factions when the entire race is being destroyed by alien forces... no, I don't. This required a suspension of disbelief -in a sci-fi novel no less - that I think was a bit of a stretch. The sci-fi itself, however, is completely realistic, even if the social/political underpinnings might not be.

But, essentially, if you liked books 1-2, you should like this one just as much (and, while the story itself stands alone, you really should read the books in order to fully appreciate where the world is at). It's the same tone and characterization, and pretty much the same activities (guy goes to war, stuff blows up, guy comes home). Set in space. And no cliff hanger, but there is room for more books with these characters, in this world. It also helps that the women in this world are competent.

The narrator is very good and there is nothing graphic in the book. I'd buy another one in this series.

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By ADBerry on 05-06-16

Best in series so far.

Really enjoyed this. Possibly the most enjoyable of the series yet. Plenty of turns and twists in the story.

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By Magbug on 04-26-15

OK but treading water

Any additional comments?

Enjoyable and very well presented. However by halfway through you realise that the overall series plot is not going to progress very much. By the end I was mildly disappointed. No evolution or explanation of the Lankies. How do their ships survive thermonuclear missile hits? If they had taken Mars, why did they leave earth? Good stuff, way better than some of the military SciFi available but please move the storyline on next time Mr Kloos.

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By Michael on 07-12-16

Continuation of a great military scifi series

I enjoyed this listen, and will be grabbing the next one. I want to know where Marko is taking us - and that's a good sign :)

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By Roderick Crampsie on 04-30-16

Angles

Well narrated and great to listen to. looking forward to more titles by Marko Kloos.

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