Gary's Reviews > Chains of Command

Chains of Command by Marko Kloos
Rate this book
Clear rating

by
30706026
's review

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 Lankies. Seeing the cost of war from the other side of the desk takes a psychological toll on him, as he is now giving the orders that he used to follow - putting friends, comrades, and even his own wife in harm’s way with each decision he makes.
Kloos will never be a Haldeman or Stross type of writer. There’s nothing innovative in this series; he has a comfort zone as a writer and he sticks to it. The Frontlines books are a quick fix for MilSF fans, and Chains of Command is as admirably unsophisticated as the previous entries in the series. The characters are deep enough to engage with, but the prose doesn’t dwell on their inner lives any longer than it needs to. The tech and weaponry are displayed convincingly and matter-of-factly without fetishizing or rattling on like a user’s manual. There aren’t any moments that blow my hair back, in this book or in the series as a whole, but I still find myself looking forward to reading each entry that comes out, like an old buddy you meet for a beer every once in a while because you know you’re going to have a good time. This is good solid fun that sticks to your bones a little more than the usual fare.
16 likes · flag

Sign into Goodreads to see if any of your friends have read Chains of Command.
Sign In »

Reading Progress

January 9, 2017 – Shelved
January 9, 2017 – Shelved as: to-read
March 28, 2017 – Started Reading
March 28, 2017 – Finished Reading

Comments Showing 1-2 of 2 (2 new)

dateDown arrow    newest »

HBalikov "The Frontlines books are a quick fix for MilSF fans, and Chains of Command is as admirably unsophisticated..."

Well put!


Gary HBalikov wrote: ""The Frontlines books are a quick fix for MilSF fans, and Chains of Command is as admirably unsophisticated..."

Well put!"


Thanks!


back to top