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Lines of Departure by Marko Kloos
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really liked it

My reaction to Terms of Enlistment - the first book in Marko Kloos' Frontlines series - was mixed, but mostly positive. I said at the end of that review that in spite of Kloos' obvious talent, I was unsure if I wanted to continue reading this particular series. After finishing Lines of Departure, I am glad I ignored my earlier misgivings. The sequel maintains all of the qualities I enjoyed in the first book, and irons out most of the unevenness that gave me reservations about coming back for more.
Kloos' darkly cynical vision of the future gives us an overpopulated Earth pushed to the brink of self-annihilation, that can't even put aside our internal power struggles and genocidal tendencies to face an unstoppable alien force that is charging into our corner of the galaxy and methodically exterminating us like pests. Lines of Departure digs much deeper into the central dramatic question that the first book posed - Is there anything worth fighting for when, arguably, the human race deserves the fate this alien threat has planned for us?
Kloos is one of those writers that makes everything hard about storytelling look easy - efficient, perfectly balanced character and story development, with a writing style that finds the right tone and momentum for the tale he is telling. Sometimes the book moved a little too quickly when I wanted it to stop and take a breath, and Kloos does a little hand wave to avert a potential plot hole near the end, but otherwise this is as good as milSF gets.
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June 16, 2016 – Started Reading
June 16, 2016 – Shelved
July 19, 2016 – Finished Reading

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message 1: by William (last edited Sep 27, 2018 04:06AM) (new) - added it

William Thank you for the review!

A note of human character, perhaps relevant here....

GREED is truly the most terrible challenge of our times, and capitalism is its tool, its means to power and more greed.

Greed is a (contagious) mental illness, an unfillable hole, a hunger that denies justice, a brutal expression of broken egos.

Greed is having a million times as much as the poor and still feeling you don't have enough.

Greed consumes the earth without respite, and is a cancer on humanity.

Greed destroys us and our children and their future.

Greed is death.

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