Chains of Command : Frontlines

  • by Marko Kloos
  • Narrated by Luke Daniels
  • Series: Frontlines
  • 11 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The assault on Earth was thwarted by the destruction of the aliens' seed ship, but with Mars still under Lanky control, survivors work frantically to rebuild fighting capacity and shore up planetary defenses. Platoon sergeant Andrew Grayson must crash-course train new volunteers - all while dulling his searing memories of battle with alcohol and meds.
Knowing Earth's uneasy respite won't last, the North American Commonwealth and its Sino-Russian allies hurtle toward two dangerous options: hit the Lanky forces on Mars or go after deserters who stole a fleet of invaluable warships critical to winning the war. Assigned to a small special ops recon mission to scout out the renegades' stronghold on a distant moon, Grayson and his wife, dropship pilot Halley, again find themselves headed for the crucible of combat - and a shattering new campaign in the war for humanity's future.

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The series continues to gain momentum

Chains of Command picks up the story about one year after the end of Angles of Attack and Earth is still hanging on. Andrew Grayson finds himself training new recruits to backfill the depleted ranks of the spaceborne infantry but it is obviously too little too late. The Lankies retain control of Mars and regularly send siege ships toward Earth. The rag tag remnants of the NAC and SRA space fleets are barely able to repel them and every encounter is successful by only the slimmest of margins. Unfortunately, mankind knows it is losing the overall war of attrition and the status quo is unsustainable. This leaves only two choices available for regaining our solar system and they both involve attacking Mars. Take a chance and launch the assault now with what remains of the space navy or risk a blind raid in an attempt to recover the modern warships that were taken when the former NAC military and political leadership jumped away leaving everyone else behind to die.

Since both Andrew and Halley are bored to tears training up fresh meat for the grinder when they are given the opportunity to join the secret raid they both jump at the chance. It is likely a suicide mission but if successful it could greatly improve the chances of the Mars assault not ending in disaster. As the former government was departing our solar system with the most modern ships available some of their transmissions were recorded by the stealth drones left behind by the Indianapolis. With the help of the Chinese the NAC was able to crack the encryption on those communications and figure out where they went. With that knowledge the raid will have the element of surprise although how that will result in re-acquiring the lost assets is a big unknown.

Despite the fact that I often grow tired of stories where humanity prefers fighting itself when faced with annihilation from a alien threat, this story grabbed me and kept me interested. The stakes are high, the odds are long, and I am invested in the characters and the story arc. Andrew's character in particular grows a lot in this book and he has to make some tough calls with many lives at stake. Marko Kloos has done an excellent job with this series and it picks up momentum with each book. Luke Daniels continues to do a fine job with the narration and I find myself greatly anticipating the next installment.

If you have listened to the first three books then you will definitely want to pick this one up.
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- Lore "Fantasy/Sci-Fi Fan"

Becoming a bit too repetitive

This installment has platoon sergeant Andrew Grayson promoted to 2nd lieutenant for his heroic effort to save earth from a Lanky invasion after it was abandoned by the President and a major portion of the fleet soon after the Lanky appearance. He is given command of a ground force to, ostensibly, run reconnaissance on the small moon where the deserters have relocated. The goal is to provide enough intelligence to a follow-on invasion force who will be tasked to recover the stolen fleet so that a counter invasion can be mounted against the Lanky who now occupy Mars.

The story then unfolds in a somewhat predictable manner as they pursue their mission. Orders change, skirmishes ensue, several close encounters occurs and eventually, they win the day.

Other than the overall repetitive nature of the story, the author's writing is still easy to follow and the narration is still very good.
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- Sailfish

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-19-2016
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio