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(Frontlines #5)

4.33  ·  Rating details ·  8,731 ratings  ·  410 reviews
Eljött az idő, hogy az emberiség visszahódítsa a nyurgáktól a Marsot.

A vörös bolygó több mint egy éve elesett. A földi erők azóta a hadseregük újjáépítésén, felszereléseik továbbfejlesztésén, valamint nemrég épített és többször bizonyított csatahajóik legénységének feltöltésén dolgoznak. A Marson ragadt emberek készletei és oxigénjük viszont már vészesen fogy, így nem várh
Published February 16th 2020 by Agave (first published February 28th 2017)
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Laura Larson I think they could probably work as standalones if youre decent at inferring things from context. There are some things you'll miss, but the author is…moreI think they could probably work as standalones if youre decent at inferring things from context. There are some things you'll miss, but the author is decent at covering the basics of previous books again before building on them. (less)
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Dec 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quite enjoyable Mil-SF, perfect for all you fans of competence porn. It's all about the light tone and the big guns despite all the losses we've incurred from the aliens.

But this time the battle is very close to home. Mars. Most of the action takes place right here where the hulking walkers and terraforming machines have put their beachhead.

Want nukes? Got nukes. It only starts at a family gathering, but you know how those things can turn out. That's why we made nukes to begin with. To take out
Apr 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Grayson makes some startling discoveries about the Lankies and things build to an epic battle on Mars that does not disappoint.
Kloos delivers another near-perfectly structured MilSF adventure. His measured pacing and tone and workmanlike plotting are suited to the characters he writes about; Kloos admires the competence and professionalism his soldiers display, and like them, he gets the job done. He may not be the kind of author who takes big risks or explores uncharted territory, but he hits w
Jun 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the fifth book in Kloos’ “Frontlines” series. If you haven’t read the others, this isn’t the place to start.

Frontlines, imagines an Earth that has had contact with another race and it hasn’t gone well. The “Lankies” have discovered that humans have created nice planets that only need a little tweaking…that tweaking consisting mostly of raising the carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and eliminating the humans. These creatures are formidable standing several meters high and weighing much mor
Marko Kloos never disappoints! I'd prefer less philosophical pondering about the lives of the soldiers here- but I still like the way Andrew is growing as a character. For secondary characters, well, Kloos love to bring people back but I'll always be happy when the gregarious Dmitry pops out with his Russian humour. Glad Halley and Fallon stayed out of this - as much as I love these awesome female characters, having them all the time in the same missions are not believable. I do however would lo ...more
Mar 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Finally, it's time for the assault on Lanky-controlled Mars.

This relatively short installment of the Frontlines series finds Grayson and his wife Hallie as veteran officers in the NAC, now allied with the rest of the Earth against the alien Lankies. Now that the Earth infighting and politics are mostly sorted, this book focuses much more on the mysterious alien invaders. More so than previous books and we get some answers to questions from the beginning of the series including just how smart are
Mark Medina
Mar 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another good one

The latest instalment in this series. Moves the story on from last time, and focuses on plans for a counterattack to retake Mars. Mainly follows Andrew rather than Halley, but we do get to see a bit of her family on Earth. Has the usual fast pace and frenetic action. Interesting ideas on how both human technology and tactics would change to counter the 'lankies', and vice versa. Very enjoyable, with very little filler or downtime in the story. Not much in the way of character dev
Executive Summary: Another good entry in this series, although I didn't like it quite as much as Chains of Command. I'm definitely looking forward to the next book though.

Audiobook: Part of what sold me on this series in the first place was that Luke Daniels was the narrator. Another excellent job as usual. He continues to be one of my favorite narrators.

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Every book I have certain expectations about what it will be about, and every time Mr. Kloos seems to catch me by surprise. I wa
Edwin Priest
Apr 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am not sure why I like this series so much, but Marco Kloos continues to deliver the goods with more great military sci-fi. A little pulpy, a little melodramatic and a little cheesy, it all just seems to work. And after some, but apparently not enough, alien butt-kicking on Mars, it appears that the series will continue……..
Mike (the Paladin)
Okay, the "Lankies" have been holding Mars a long time now...after almost getting Earth. So, it's maybe time to do something.

This is a good series and while it has had a few hiccups that keep me from going to a full 5 stars here it's still good.

For some reason I always sort of picture the "Lankies" as sort of giant broccoli stalks...not the way they're actually described but it's just a mental picture I think I brought from the first book. Oh well. These are good books. I like military science f
This was an enjoyable and focused episode in the series. There was not nearly as much political drama, but there was sure a lot of fighting!
Apr 01, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Macho Russian soldiers with husbands, SSGs married to space fighter jocks, Kaiju-killing grunts
I've enjoyed Marko Kloos's Frontlines series, but this book, while okay as a military-SF romp with lots of shit blowing up, felt a bit like the author is just milking the ongoing war with the Lankies to keep the series going.

The first few books had more stuff about Earth politics, with the protagonist, Andrew Grayson, rising from a hard-knocks existence in future-Earth's city-sized ghettos to a senior NCO in the North American Commonwealth's space forces, fighting off both aliens and Russian and
I.F. Adams
Another chapter in the Frontlines Saga. I'm tired and lazy this evening so y'all ( two of you who occasionally read my reviews) get more of a bullet-ed list.

The Good:

Marko Kloos knows how to ratchet up tension better than most authors that I know of. In contrast to many others where you always not-so-secretly know that the plucky heroes will pull it off, Kloos is better at making you feel like he's actually going to grease your favorites.

Scenes where family meets were uncomfortably r
David Holmes
Apr 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tbr-cleanup
Another action-packed space kablooie adventure. These books already have a clear formula, and Chains of Command already set the stage for what would happen in Fields of Fire, so anybody picking up this book already knows exactly what to expect, and that's exactly what they'll get. There are a few surprises in this book to keep us wondering where things will go next, though. ...more
Thiago Marzagão
All good stories must end. There is zero novelty in this fifth book of the series. You'd expect at least some momentous revelation about the Lankies - say, we find out what they're after, or someone figures out how to communicate with them, or it turns out they are time travelers. Anything, really. But no; we end the book without any knowledge we didn't already have. To make things worse, the main character gets increasingly sentimental and boring. ...more
kartik narayanan
Frontlines is a military science fiction series that I like a lot. Frontlines is the latest addition to it. We finally get to see the assault on Mars. As expected, it goes pear shaped soon. We also get to see the evolution of the Lankies from being dumb opponents to being smarter.

This is an enjoyable quick read.
Jun 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
4.5 Stars

Another fantastic entry into a great series.

The time for the big fight has finally come, the moment when humans attempt to retake control of Mars from the Lanky invaders. No one if quite confident that they are ready, but the word comes down that the time to attack is now.

This review will be a little short, partially because it’s been a while since I finished this book and partially because if you’ve made it this far into the series you already like what you’ve read so far. Or at leas
Susan Grace
May 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoy this series! The continuing adventures of Lt. Andrew Grayson and his fellow podheads as they head to Mars. I appreciate the soldier's emotional, physical and psychological perspective of war and his commitment. A fast-paced, action-packed, and at times, touching, read. ...more
Aug 26, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Much the same as the earlier books in the series.

Kloos was very good at the military action parts of the story. This remains the strongest part of the book and the series. However, his prose remains workmanlike. Its not improving. It still shows poor editing. Particularly, it contains a lot of repetition that could easily have been edited-out. There were several technical errors, both small and large. I was surprised to hear him confuse a "cartridge" for a "magazine". Kiev is in the Ukraine, no
Mar 11, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book ends up as a bit of a mixed bag. The action is perfectly fine but the overall plot felt hollow. The story develops while the characters don’t and in the end it felt like a wasted opportunity.
The book is entertaining enough that I can ignore the problems, but at the moment the series feels like it is treading water, waiting for something to happen.
Okay, this is going to be a really, really long series. Clearly there's no ending in sight. Grayson, the luckiest son of a bitch in the NAC, participates in the invasion of Mars. And we'll get to do that at least once more. The story is short, and focus like a laser on the plot; Kloos is big on military hardware, tactics & action. nothing much else gets in his way.

Mar 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Damn I love this series. Fields of Fire, has lived up to the pace and style of the first 4 books wonderfully. I really loved all the large scale maneuvers in this book, and it had a strong finish. Marines in camo space armor, and kinetic harpoons sent from orbit as support versus hundred ton aliens. What's not to love? ...more
Empress Reece (Hooked on Books)
This is one of those series that once you start it, you'll want to read, or in my case listen, to every book back-to-back. It's one of the better military sci-fi series that I've read. The audio performance is really good too so if you like audiobooks I would definitely listen to this one instead of read it. ...more
The Skinny: events take place a little over a month after the 4th novel. Earth's forces are gearing up for a major offensive against the Lankies controlling Mars. The fate of Earth depends upon success. The problem, the once seemingly dumb Lankies are now acting very tactical.

The Good: Kloos keeps the pace of the story cranking. It's an action story. He delivers, and even does so with some even writing.

The Bad: Throughout four books I've been thinking "this is a spacefaring race, yes they are '
May 25, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
There are horrible gaps in logic in this, the final part of the Frontlines series.

The worst one is the terrible shock Andrew Grayson, present tense first person narrator and all round good egg expresses at the "intelligence" shown by the alien Lanky invasion force he spends most of the novel battling on Mars.

Some of this giant reptilian walking war machines land on earth and build a tunnel complex that is quite trixy. Later, some of them pull of a basic pincers maneuver, all to Grayson's enormou
Athena Shardbearer
Jun 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The tide may have turned, though the war is far from over.

This series keeps going strong, onto the next one.
Dec 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In book 5, Humanity finally decides to retake Mars. With the successful retaking of the Deserter fleet and weapons, as well as all the preparations that have been undertaken, the combined NAC, Sino-Russian alliance is ready to strike at Mars and remove the Lankies, thus returning the Solar System to Human control.
This is a full-on action packed book, with multiple fleet-based action and ground-based action against Lanky forces. This book is the culmination of nearly 3 books of lead-up, and it wa
Jan 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It took 15 months to listen to #5 in the Frontlines sci-fi series! Hubs and I use to commute every day and listened to the Frontlines series together. About a year ago, instead a 30-mile commute, his commute decreased to 10-min each way commute. And I retired. We listen to these together, so we had little time to finish it and so put it away for awhile. Brought it back out recently, kicked ourselves for ever stopping, and finished up parked in our driveway after work today. Another glorious addi ...more
Angela Hughes
May 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Enjoyed catching up with everyone again. This was a seamless pick up from the last novel. I've gone without sleep to finish reading it but it was so worth it.
Jul 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good continuation of the story. I am invested in the characters and the overall arc. I am hoping he wraps it up at some point....
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