Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Lucky Thirteen (Frontlines, #2.1)” as Want to Read:
Lucky Thirteen (Frontlines, #2.1)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Lucky Thirteen

(Frontlines #2.1)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  2,495 ratings  ·  112 reviews
Rookie pilot Halley's first drop ship command.

A short story in the Terms of Enlistment universe.

170 KB
ebook, Kindle, 14 pages
Published April 14th 2013 by Frostbite Publishing
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Lucky Thirteen, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Lucky Thirteen

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 4.08  · 
Rating details
 ·  2,495 ratings  ·  112 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of Lucky Thirteen (Frontlines, #2.1)
Jul 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
One of my favourite episodes of Love, Death & Robots was this one about a ship that is said to be the unluckiest but actually proves to be great in the right hands.

Lucky Number Thirteen is so named for her serial number and after a few fateful incidents, she's almost feared for the bad luck she supposedly attracts. But then she gets a new pilot, who neither believes in ships having characters nor in any sort of luck. She'll find out that at least one of those assumptions is wrong.

We thus get
Empress Reece (Hooked on Books)
This is a short companion novella featuring Halley. It was my least favorite book of the series. Not a bad story but just didn't capture my interest as the others did.
Gianfranco Mancini

Her hull number wasn’t actually 13. She wore a dark red 5 on her olive drab flanks. But one of the grease monkeys had found her assembly number plate while swapping out some fried parts one day, and the news made the rounds that the unlucky ship’s serial number was 13-02313. Not only did it have a leading and trailing 13 in it, but all the digits of her serial number also added up to 13. Thusly branded, she was named “Lucky Thirteen”, and put in storage as a cold spare until they needed an ai
Mike (the Paladin)
Did you read Terms of Enlistment? if you did you met Andrew and Halley who "fell in love" during basic training (hey it's the future, they were bunk mates...nothing like when I was in the army). This book takes place before the climatic events in that book but after the events of basic training. Halley is in her fist posting as a Marine Drop Pilot and her ship is..."Lucky 13". The ship got it's name because it twice survived to come back into service after all hands in it (crew and troops) were ...more
Jul 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Learned of this story from friend Trish. The book version of my favorite episode from Netflix's animated series Love, Death & Robots. My first Marko Kloos read. Impressive.

One of the most important things in any story is voice. Do the words on the page allow the reader to imagine the characters in all their nuance? Absent proper voice, the smart edgy femme fatale can translate as whiny witch, the manly hero as arrogant oaf. Kloos gets voice and in Lucky Thirteen voices Lt. "Comet" Hally perfectl
May 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, frontlines
Underrated short story, I think this is up there with Mountains of Mourning by Lois McMaster Bujold.
Jun 30, 2018 rated it it was ok
Nice vignette to the larger story, sure.
Aug 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: x2019-20-season
Even reading it several years past the novels, the short story stands on it's own as a good tale.
Laura Larson
Oct 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: october-2018
This would more accurately be considered 1.1 as it occurs AFTER book 1 in the series but BEFORE book 2.
It's nice to see a bit of Halley, even if it is just a short story. I love her repeated proclamations to not be superstitious... but you can feel her heart arguing with her mind even in the short 15 pages this story occupies. One tough broad... and one big softy <3
Edward Ruschmann
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The real deal.

I'm a ground pounder so can't speak to the piloting skills. But the chopper rides I've had tell me the author damn well knows about hot zones.
Nathan Trachta
Dec 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
A quick simple read that’s fun and full of life. Yes, sometimes objects seem to have a life of their own and take better care of us than other more advanced things might (our comfort factor?). This is an excellent exploration of this and if there’s a weakness it’s that it’s to short. Making the story a little longer would have made this one even better.
Another piece of the Terms of Enlistment world and more development of another character, this time one who was a major part of the first novel. As with A Measure of Absolution, this story shows more of the stories' world and puts the reader behind the eyes of a different narrator.

So far I've really enjoyed the three things I've read by Marko Kloos, and I hope he's got a long and productive career ahead. As a (now-retired) career military type myself, I've found the stories to have a plausible r
May 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is pretty much as the summary states -- a short story set in the Terms of Enlistment universe, about Halley's first dropship missions. I liked the novel, and I liked Halley (probably more than I liked the actual main character), so it was nice to see something from her POV. It's what you'd expect. There are spaceships. Stuff explodes. If you liked the novel, you enjoy books with spaceships and explosions, and you have a dollar you weren't doing anything else with, you might as well read it. ...more
Military SF story of shuttle pilot during internecine fighting on colony planet, happens to involve a character from Kloos's Terms of Enlistment series. (Non-essential backstory.) ...more
Ramkumar Sundarakalatharan
Jul 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mil-fi
Will State The obvious, Marko Kloos is not Robert A. Heinlein and the Frontlines series is not Starship Soldiers/Troopers.

Actually, kind of picked Lucky 13 from the series even though I knew it was technically book 2.1. I wanted to know if I will enjoy reading it and what best way to understand than by a 36 page short story set in the same universe. A classic Military Science fiction. Out and out a fast paced read. The action sequences and scenes are vivid. Author has brought them before your e
Dec 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Jan 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Enjoyable Short

Waiting for the next book in the series I've been reading other novels, but today I wanted the familiar territory of a known work. As I scrolled through my kindle liking at all I'd loaded I saw the two shirts by Marko Kloos. I picked Lucky Thirteen because I'm saving the other for just a little longer, until I have a stronger desire to live in Marko's universe.
This did not disappoint. The writing is as well done as the novels. The character has the same feel, and the story is exc
Guy Wheatley
Nov 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is another side trip into he Frontlines series, but unlike “Measures of Absolution,” this stands in it’s own right as an excellent read. We get insight into another important character in the series but even more importantly we get a feel for the soul of this universe and it’s creator. This is WWII corny at it’s absolute best. This short story follows pilot Lt. Halley on her first drop ship command in an old and out of date ship named Lucky 13. There is more heart in that ship and in this s ...more
Dec 01, 2017 rated it liked it
First I bought this by mistake I love Marko Kloos work and thought it was a side story for the Frontlines saga (which it is). The only problem is I didn’t see that it was only 30 mins long, but that aside I did real enjoy Nicol Zanzarella’s performance and I would have been happier with the book if it would have been around 2-1/2 hours long but for $1.99 for 30 min I didn’t feel like I got my money worth out of this short story.
Frances Law
Mar 16, 2018 rated it really liked it

Kloos does a good job of guiding your feelings in respect of the ship Lucky 13. Named this partly because of it's manufacturer's plate which starts and ends with 13 and partly because it has lost its full crew and all on board twice without sustaining much damage to itself, it's considered anything but lucky. But then it finds itself with a young rookie pilot who disagrees with the gossip.
This is the poignant tale of their partnership.
Roger Wu
Mar 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Humans at war have always believed their machines were more than machines

This combat sci-fi short story drops right into that genre—-the loving crew chief, the bad luck streak, the human quality of the ship/plane/chopper. Like Robert Mason’s biography of his time as a Huey pilot in Vietnam (Chickenhawk), or some of the memoirs of the British aces and their Spitfires...this story imagines that future relationship happening again...
Jul 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Possibly the perfect short story - no background requested

Though i have read all of the Frontlines books, I didn't need to for this story. Having that background info feels more like the privilege of a special club than any kind of necessity. The protagonist is a favorite secondary character of mine, and the chance to read more about her experience was a treat.
David Harriss
Aug 24, 2017 rated it liked it
Short, pointed, authentic.

This is a small one, told by Lt Halley. If that made no sense, check out Terms of Enlistment by the author.
It is 15 to 30 minutes of reading that feels like some of the stories my grandfather told about flying for the Army Air Corps in Italy - authentic. Not great, not bad, it fills a gap in Grayson's tale.
Phil Jeffery
Jun 05, 2018 rated it it was ok
Bought this by mistake, wanting to continue to read the Frontlines series. It was very short (30 min audiobook) - hey it was my mistake, I should have check the length first. The story itself was fine, but didn't really add any extra understanding about the series at all, just a nice little self contained side plot (unless there's some reference to it later I'm not aware of yet!).
Jun 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle-amazon
If you watched LRD you already know the story. I like that version because it gave the ship more presence, but I also like this version because it takes that part away.

Like that makes sense, right.

Anyway, a fun short read. I'll check out the rest of the universe eventually...

*looks at queue*

Jon Barnett
Feb 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The inspiration for Lucky 13 from Love, Death, and Robots.

This short story is the inspiration for the short animation Lucky 13 part of the Love, Death, and Robots which is available on Netflix. Lucky 13 is one of my favourite episodes. This short story expands on the animation making clearer the pilot's feelings for her ship.
Apr 30, 2018 rated it liked it
It was fine. A small slice of side story, adjacent to the main Andrew Grayson narrative.

Very short and of little depth. More of a story of the dropship, rather than Haley. No insight to the character, no real story to speak of.

It was good, but I was hoping for more.
Fred Wagner
May 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Quite enjoyable for a 33-minute shortie of a novella. The narrator and her MC counterpart were enjoyable as well. An interesting change of pace. Enough said. Lucky Thirteen is gone now... but never forgotten.
May 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Excellent short story

I love Kloos' frontline series. Read them all several times. Was excited to see this short story adapted for Netflix anthology series, love death and robots. Both versions are wonderful!
James Cox
Oct 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A great short story

After reading the Frontline series, I discovered this short story. It is literally perfect. Both the tech, characters and story meshes nicely with the larger series. I just wish it had been a lot longer.
« previous 1 3 4 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Readers also enjoyed

  • To Honor You Call Us (Man of War, #1)
  • Kinetic Strike (Drop Trooper #2)
  • Omega Rising (Omega Force, #1)
  • Contact Front (Drop Trooper #1)
  • Brothers in Valor (Man of War, #3)
  • Soldiers of Fortune (Omega Force, #2)
  • Savage Homecoming (Omega Force, #3)
  • Call to Arms (Black Fleet Trilogy, #2)
  • Tin Man (Galaxy's Edge, #0.5)
  • The Human Factor (Omega Force, #8)
  • Warship (Black Fleet Trilogy, #1)
  • For Honor We Stand (Man of War, #2)
  • Debt of Honor (The Embers of War, #1)
  • Counterstrike (Black Fleet Trilogy, #3)
  • Archangel Rising (Archangel One, #2)
  • Final Days (Final Days #1)
  • Omega Force: The Pandora Paradox (OF12)
  • Return of the Archon (Omega Force, #5)
See similar books…

Other books in the series

Frontlines (7 books)
  • Terms of Enlistment (Frontlines #1)
  • Lines of Departure (Frontlines, #2)
  • Angles of Attack (Frontlines, #3)
  • Chains of Command (Frontlines, #4)
  • Fields of Fire (Frontlines, #5)
  • Points of Impact (Frontlines #6)
  • Orders of Battle (Frontlines #7)

Related Articles

There's something great about a paperback book: They're perfect book club choices, you can throw them in your bag and go, and they've been out in...
19 likes · 3 comments
“since the moment those photons left our own sun, I had been born, raised, educated, inducted into the Commonwealth Defense Corps, and trained to fly a drop ship, and I had still beaten the light to Fomalhaut by a few days.” 0 likes
More quotes…