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Points of Impact

(Frontlines #6)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  5,235 ratings  ·  316 reviews

Humankind may have won the battle, but a new threat looms larger than ever before…

Earth’s armed forces have stopped the Lanky advance and chased their ships out of the solar system, but for CDC officer Andrew Grayson, the war feels anything but won. On Mars, the grinding duty of flushing out the twenty-meter-tall alien invaders from their burrows underground is wearing d

Kindle Edition, 297 pages
Published January 9th 2018 by 47North
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Jan 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Kloos’ Frontlines has been my favorite MilSF comfort food for the last few years. On the surface, Points of Impact, has all the qualities that endeared the series to me: crisp, tense action scenes, tight and efficient storytelling, sympathetic yet flawed characters. Most impressively, over the course of the first five books, each entry has improved upon the last.
It’s sad to say that streak has come to an end with Points of Impact. It became clear to me about halfway through book six that Kloos
Nov 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I am authentically impressed by this series. It's easily some of the very best milSF I've ever read. Why? Because the writing is super clear and manages to be both light and dark at the very same time. I love how humanity is portrayed as being people, with both sexes getting over the baggage we never seem to get over in RL, everyone focused on living amidst horror and devastation and death always being on the doorstep.

I appreciate this a lot. It gives us all hope. It gives a very solid reason wh
Jul 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"I’ve been at war for most of my adult life. When I was a kid, there wasn’t much to do in the Public Residence Clusters other than getting into trouble or watching Networks. I wasn’t good at getting out of trouble again, so instead of running the streets, I read books and watched a lot of shows. My favorite stuff to watch was the military shows, the ones that ran year after year. Steady casts of actors who became more familiar to you than your own family, playing hard-bitten sergeants and office ...more
Jan 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
It's been three years since the assault on Mars where the human forces largely denied the planet to the Lankies, but rendered it unusable in the process. Andrew Grayson is coming off of a tour of Mars duty where the mopping up of Lankies continues, but a series of difficult deployments including the action on Arcadia (Chains of Command), the Mars assault (Fields of Fire and his year-long deployment with the Lazarus Brigades have left him in a precarious mental state. Humanity is finally all pull ...more
Charles Green
Dec 11, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Marko Kloos is yet to write a bad novel. However, Points of Impact, the sixth in his 'Frontlines' series, is not his strongest effort to-date.

The problem is that the book feels like padding, with a thin plot stretched out to fill a full novel. With the exception of a short and inconsequential opening on Mars and an equally rushed return to the Formahault System as a denouement, the book features very little military action. Much of its length is filled with introducing the Ottawa, the newest and
Empress Reece (Hooked on Books)
I felt like this was a satisfying ending to the series although I would have loved for the series to have continued for a few more books. I wasn't ready to leave the characters and their world behind just yet.

Audiobook fans, this is another series with really good audio narration!
I'm frustrated. Will this series ever end with an actual result? Each book is just one battle for one planet or moon against the Lankie aliens. I'm tired.

In this installment, we get to go back to the icy moon that Andrew helped liberate a few books ago. This time instead of freeing it from an unjust military, the Lankies have taken over. The humans have some shiny new toys to bring to the battle, including the biggest starship they have ever built, and some fun exoskeletons, but they still get t
My least favorite of the series (a series that I love!), and I'm at the point where I think Kloos should have wrapped it up and moved on to another project.
Executive Summary: I originally gave this book 4 stars when I finished, but having time to reflect on it, I dropped it by a star (maybe we'll call it a 3.5?) because very little actually happened.

Audiobook: Luke Daniels continues to be one of my favorite narrators. Another fantastic job.

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Marko Kloos first came to my attention when he was nominated for a Hugo and dropped out due to controversy surrounding that nomination. He earned a lot of respect from me for his decision and put thi
Robert Thompson
Jan 26, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2018
I was really looking forward to seeing the end of the line somewhere in the distance here. It just seems like this will either be the last one with a lackluster ending or keep going with possibly a new protagonist but don't look for much advancement in the over arching story.

There was way too much talk about PTSD, new equipment, previous deployments. Sixty to seventy percent of the book was superfluous.

And that's it. I give it one more volume and if not remarkably better than this one, I'll give
Robyn Powley
Nov 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I've been anxiously awaiting the release of Points of Impact. I did a binge read on the Frontlines series when I got a recommendation. Author Marko Kloos has created a marvelous universe for those addicted to science fiction--it's got everything: a magnetic, but all-too-human protagonist, action, adventure, aliens, love and friendship.

What has kept my interest is the growth of the main character, Andrew Grayson. In this book, he's taking up a big leadership role and it feels like a natural prog
El Presidente
Jan 19, 2018 rated it it was ok
This book doesn't actually start until around 85% in.
I cant believe this is actually a book.
Its almost like this was written by another person.

Im only giving it 2 starts out of respect for the first 5 books.
So disappointed.
If you are looking for a lot of actions and explosions, you might be disappointed. The novel takes even a more somber atmosphere in which Andrew contemplated almost everything. The action parts - i..e. big fighting with the Lankies came near the end of the book.

Now, we are lucky that he was such a likable and competent character so all the observations are acceptable and not irritating. I appreciate that PTSD is one of the main themes here and become the subject of many discussions that I believ
Jun 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
3.5 Stars

A bit of a letdown compared with previous installments, Points of Impact was a solid entry in the Frontlines series that hopefully laid the foundation for future novels.

The battle for Mars is over, and the humans won. Mostly. But the fight is far from over, and the effort to cleanse Mars of the Lankies is exhausting the military, and Andrew Grayson in particular. A mission aboard a brand new ship seems like an excellent change of pace. However, to the surprise of no one, things don’t g
May 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another solid entry in the series. At this point I will pretty much read anything else that comes along in Frontlines. I am attached to the characters and the story. It isn't world shattering writing but good, straight to the point and entertaining. I blew through this one quicker than most.
kartik narayanan
Jan 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Points of Impact is a decent addition to the Frontlines series. This series is great Military Scifi and I am a huge fan.

Points of Impact picks up three years after the mars war and explores the effects of a long running war on soldiers and humanity. This thread is abandoned midway through the book and this decision is quite disappointing. Other than that, this book is basically a stepping stone to the next set of books which will probably detail out the next phase of the Lanky invasion.
Clare O'Beara
Mar 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sf
I had not read any previous books in the series, and I really enjoyed this one. From a start on Mars - but not as you know it - where humans have to pick off Lanky invaders from tunnels, to a new spaceship assembled in secret and being sent out to support an ice-world colony, this is a gripping read.

Some readers have complained that there is a lot of space travel and not enough war. Well, it's a big galaxy. Travel takes time. I appreciated that we see how order and discipline must be kept aboar
I.F. Adams
Jan 15, 2018 rated it liked it
A bit of a grind, but you know what, I think that was the point. Its a somewhat hopeless war, and the characters and the equipment are both getting worn out, fried, and generally burnt-out and on edge. Points for having characters develop in "real" ways, instead of being supermen/women who can endlessly take anything with no repercussions.

The downside is the story a bit of a ramble at times, and while I definitely care about the main characters and their trials and tribulation, extended descript
Mar 21, 2018 rated it it was ok
I received a free copy via Netgalley in exchange for a honest review.

This is a very average military space opera.
The characters are boring and nothing really happens for large periods of the story.
Far better military space operas about.
Jan 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thoughtfully explores trauma, survivor's guilt, counseling, and more. Always enjoy this series for brining deep, well-rounded characters to military sci-fi.
Scott Warren
Jan 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
I've been a big fan of Frontlines since about a month after Terms of Enlistment was published. The battle between rival Earth factions and the Lankies, and especially Andrew and Halley's struggle to be together reminds me a lot of the themes and tone of The Forever War.

Unfortunately, while Points of Impact was entertaining and delves into the psychological strain long-term war is having on the main character, it doesn't measure up to the other entries in the series. About 200 of the book's 300 p
Eric Allen
Jan 27, 2018 rated it liked it
While this book has a bit more going on in it than the previous book, I can’t help but feel that the author has burnt out on originality. He’s basically just retreading things he’s already done at this point, and there is a very marked lowering of the stakes here too. It seems to me like he started the series without knowing how it’s supposed to end, and he’s just puttering around churning out generic sci-fi action until he figures out how to resolve things. And I’m still annoyed as hell that it ...more
Feb 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: scifi
This leg of the story is a notch above its predecessor, but I doubt any book will surpass the first in series. Andrew Grayson continues to advance in his military career, taking on a low ranking command position. Unlike other action heroes, he has been with the same girl since boot camp, and I LOVE it. It is a realistically crafted relationship forged during a time of war. The author, as always, has exceptional pacing, mixing plot progression, character development, and action sequences effectiv ...more
Ralph Folkes
Jan 13, 2018 rated it it was ok
Letdown after. Previous books

80% of this book is details that is usually summed up in a chapter...for the past 4 yrs... Felt this was more of a filler story with little meat to the overall plot.
Russ Holthaus
Feb 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shiny new ships same drudgery of war

I enjoyed this novel with our familiar characters. Thanks Marko for an interesting space opera with very loveable cast and setting. I still look forward to more.
Jan 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another great addition to the Frontlines series.

Great read. No t as much action as some of the other books in the series, but Kloos does a great job building suspense. Can't wait for the next book!
Chris C
Feb 20, 2018 rated it did not like it
Garbage, "fun" read that has way overstayed its welcome. I hoped the author would end this series here but is clearly just meandering
Jan 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Satisfyingly good as always! I can't wait to read the next one.
Laura Larson
Dec 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: december-2018
Back when I discovered Goodreads Giveaways, I went all crazy and entered without regard to subject, genre, place in series, etc. I won this book and thought "ugh. shit. now I feel obligated to read 6 shitty military space books. FML"

Let me go back a year and kick that version of me in the head and shove these to the front of the TBR.


I've reviewed each book despite only winning #6. Feel free and go back and read those if you like.

I started off feeling like I m
Jan 07, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Old soldiers, bold soldiers, dead soldiers, tired aliens
This is the sixth book in the Frontlines series. It's gone on about two books too long.

I really liked the first few books. And book six is fine. I enjoyed it for what it was: a military science fiction novel about the space navy and the space army and the space marines fighting aliens. There was lots of action, new ships, battles with the giant Kaiju-like "Lankies" who've been threatening Earth since the second book, and basically everything you expect in a MilSF novel.

But it's just treading wat
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