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Chains of Command

(Frontlines #4)

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  10,669 ratings  ·  442 reviews
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 r
Kindle Edition, 386 pages
Published April 19th 2016 by 47North
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Aug 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Horrible odds? Bad choices? A chance to go after the Ex-President and a whole bunch of traitorous assholes that left the home system in the lurch and freedom from the boredom of training new recruits?

Sign me up! Um. I mean, Grayson, why don't you sign up? :) Maybe your wife will come up with a bit of a surprise for you! :)

I liked this one better than the last not only because I felt like it was kinda like getting the band back together, but because the odds were horrible on a smaller and more pe
Mar 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
3 1/2 stars.

The fourth book in Kloos’ consistently entertaining Frontlines series doesn’t break any new ground or take any risks, but the author’s balanced, efficient storytelling delivers the goods again. Effective character work and plotting provide a solid framework for the believable and thrilling combat action sequences.
In this entry, Grayson accepts an officer’s commission in order to lead a dangerous and secretive mission that, if successful, could turn the tide in the war against the Lan
Dec 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
It is most of a year since the events of Angles of Attack. The Lankies have Mars, but the combined NAC and SRA forces have repelled the invasion of Earth and are maintaining a perimeter against further incursion. Finally, there is viable anti-Lankie ship-to-ship weaponry (and it's very, very cool). The time is fast approaching to take the battle to the Lankies. However, there's the issue of the NAC renegades and the equipment they stole, some of which is supposed to be explicitly anti-Lankie and ...more
Mike (the Paladin)
How long does a rave review have to be? This book is not considered great literature (but let us face it, every time a science fiction book gets accepted by the literati it becomes "literature" and is no longer allowed to be called science fiction). I rate this book on the pure enjoyment I get/got from reading it and it's prequels. The Frontlines series is one of my favorites now and I snap the books up as they come out.

What shall I say? I mean this is the 4th novel in the series (and there are
Executive Summary: Once again Mr. Kloos took the story in an entirely different direction than I expected, but this turned out to be an excellent choice for my December road trip home.

Audiobook: Another excellent job by Luke Daniels. If he keeps this up, I'll run out of nice things to say. This is a series that works well in audio.

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About this time last year, I didn't know anything about this series. It's quickly become one of my favorites. I did find the start a bit of a letdown of
May 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science-fiction
5 Stars

Maybe the best of an excellent bunch, Chains of Command was a stellar fourth entry in the Frontlines series.

A year after Andrew Grayson and the survivors on New Svalbard made it back to Earth, the combined coalition of human forces is still trying to figure out how to fight off the Lankies. They have a crude method of blowing up their ships, but it’s expensive and risky. Meanwhile, Mars is still under Lanky control. Grayson has spent the last year helping train new recruits to bolster th
Aug 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is book 4 in the Frontlines series. It begins about a year after the events in Book 3 (Angles of Attack). It has most of your favorite characters in it including Andrew Grayson, his now wife, Halley (who still outranks him), Sergeant Fallon, Gunny Philbrick, and some other former messmates.

In this volume, Mars has already been taken by aliens, though there is hope of humans surviving somewhere on or below the surface. Earth is under attack. Earth’s North American government has fled, takin
Empress Reece (Hooked on Books)
I thought every book in this series was really good! You'll definitely want to read them from the beginning and in order, to understand what's going on and to follow the characters as their military career evolves. ...more
Mike (the Paladin)
How long does a rave review have to be? This book is not considered great literature (but let us face it, every time a science fiction book gets accepted by the literati it becomes "literature" and is no longer allowed to be called science fiction). I rate this book on the pure enjoyment I get/got from reading it and it's prequels. The Frontlines series is one of my favorites now and I snap the books up as they come out.

What shall I say? I mean this is the 4th novel in the series (and there are
Jan 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
Fantastic 4th installment in the series!
Grayson and his pals chase the traitors across the galaxy to take back what is theirs. He signs up for this kamikaze mission and leaves but SURPRISE Halley is on the ship too!
Will the humans defeat the Lanky's on Mars? Where do the Lanky's come from? I can't wait to find out in Fields of Fire!
Lots of action in this book, couldn't wait to read the next scene/chapter. If you enjoy military sci/fi you should read this series of books. These book would make
Oct 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Tough to leave familiar characters after 4 books. The same comfortable faces and the action is good, different and interesting. I am glad I am taking a break before the next book, if there is a next one.
Edwin Priest
Nov 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
More good military scifi, done right. Kloos takes the action back to the human bad guys. Lots of straight forward heroism and junior cheesy philosophizing, but still fun. Looking forward to the next book. 4 stars.
Mark Medina
Dec 15, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Another solid instalment

More of the same, which is a good thing. Military sci-fi with a brain. Story progresses well. Looking forward to the next one.
Athena Shardbearer
3.5 stars

NOW, I need the next one....





Jun 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: series, sci-fi
The arc of this series is so well paced! Every time I think, well this will be the end, the author takes a different turn.
Things I Continue to Love about this series:
- Returning characters. Whether they are mentioned in passing (This reminds me of X Person that did Y thing) or whether the come back into the story 3 books later (Remember X person from boot camp) They are always relevant and you feel like you're reuniting with a long lost friend.
- Andrew Grayson is so real. He gets injured, he pu
Jun 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another solid entry. I was concerned that this series might be getting a bit formulaic with no real stakes, but I see it was setting the foundation before raising the tempo. Glad to see the direction it's going. ...more
Apr 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fleet controllers, NCOs who protest too much about getting commissioned, Kaiju-fighters
This is the fourth book in Marko Kloos's "Frontlines" series. It's become one of my favorite military SF series, as it follows a lot of the tropes without plumbing all the cliches (though it does hit a few of them).

Andrew Grayson, who joined the colonial military in book one to escape a life of crime, violence, and poverty in the dystopian urban zones of 22nd century Earth is slowing climbing the ranks, but at the start of book four, he's still a mere platoon sergeant. Maybe by the end of the se
My original Chains of Command audiobook review and many others can be found at Audiobook Reviewer.

Chains of Command starts about one year after Angles of Attack. Right of the bat I wanted to know what Grayson and Halley and the rest said about joining the “rebels”. There was no satisfactory answer given about how they came to their decisions.

Grayson and Halley are now fully engrossed in the machine that is the North American Commonwealth. Both now drill instructors, trying to fill the ranks of t
Dec 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Earth has come under attack, but survived the Lanky attack. However, in the process the leadership of Earth has fled, taking with them a whole lot of the latest and newest of Earth’s defences in the form of ships and weapons, basically leaving Earth, and its billions of civilians, defenceless.
Grayson and Halley join a Spec-Ops recon mission to chase down the deserters, in the hope of finding where they are and setting up a mission to get back what they took. However, on finding them, and arrivi
Jo  (Mixed Book Bag)
Mar 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Chains of Command (Frontlines) by Marko Kloos – While Earth was saved in the last book it is still facing a big threat. The Lanky are still sending seed ships and they still hold Mars. The plot revolves around the need to retake Mars. Everything comes together in a danger filled expedition. The plot has some interesting turns. The main characters return and a few new ones are added. This is a good addition to the series. It does solve one problem but leaves a bigger one hanging. This is a very g ...more
I am running out of words to praise the Frontlines series. This particular book is probably the darkest I've read so far. I lamented the (admittedly unavoidable) transition of Grayson to an officer but I appreciate the character growth after having first-hand experience too many clusterfucks that accumulated over the years. This is an important chapter of his life as a soldier and I believe the few last chapters are monumental in deciding his course of action in the coming books. ...more
Hans  Melius
Apr 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Another good Frontlines book

I've been invested in this series and the main characters now for four books and I'm eagerly awaiting book Five, which will most likely see the Humans taking on the Lankies.
Sep 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Looking forward to the next installment of this great series. That should tell you something... I've loved the previous books in this series and this one didn't disappoint at all. Highly recommend the whole series ...more
Apr 21, 2016 rated it liked it
Good but I'd like the story to get ahead a little faster. Mr. Kloos is milking his series a little too much. ...more
Jan 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
This series continues to improve with each book. The writing is sharper and the final scene crackles with tension.

Jul 03, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5/5 stars
Laura Larson
Nov 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
I love double entendre titles. This doesn't just refer to the pecking order. Grayson is directly chosen to lead a dangerous covert mission... and promoted to a command position to do so. Throughout the book, he is confronted with the "chains" this position puts on him. He is directly responsible for orders and peoples lives, but not high enough up the chain to be privy to the details of why things need to be done. He struggles with these chains, and I really see him growing as a good person. I w ...more
Mar 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
What a satisfying, if a bit short. I really love the Frontlines series, it is the best mi-si-fi out there in my opinion. As full of minor clichés as it is (they are pretty hard to avoid with mil-sci-fi) it is hugely entertaining. I devour these like bubblegum. In fact I'm beginning the new one right now! ...more
Sep 13, 2019 rated it it was ok
Weaker than the first three

Much less enjoyable than the preceding books. This is in essence one plan and battle event strung out into a whole book, when it could have been covered in two or three chapters. There are also some wearisome and unpleasant USA military attitudes on display from all sides, leading me unsure whether to bother with the next one. I was quite bored at times whilst reading this one.
Per Gunnar
Feb 17, 2018 rated it liked it
It is a long time since I read the previous instalment in the Frontlines series. For some reason it kind of fell off my radar. Well, now it is back in my scope so here we go…

Due to the long hibernation I had to do a bit of recap what had happened in the previous three instalments so I could get back into the storyline. What I remember of the previous books was that they were quite well written but there was some logic issues in the story itself.

This seems to be true for this one as well. The cha
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