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Lines of Departure (Marko Kloos)

 

Vicious interstellar conflict with an indestructible alien species. Bloody civil war over the last habitable zones of the cosmos. Political unrest, militaristic police forces, dire threats to the Solar System…

Humanity is on the ropes, and after years of fighting a two-front war with losing odds, so is North American Defense Corps officer Andrew Grayson. He dreams of dropping out of the service one day, alongside his pilot girlfriend, but as warfare consumes entire planets and conditions on Earth deteriorate, he wonders if there will be anywhere left for them to go.

After surviving a disastrous space-borne assault, Grayson is reassigned to a ship bound for a distant colony—and packed with malcontents and troublemakers. His most dangerous battle has just begun.

In this sequel to the bestselling Terms of Enlistment, a weary soldier must fight to prevent the downfall of his species…or bear witness to humanity’s last, fleeting breaths.

Lines of Departure is available from these sources:

Amazon.com (Kindle, paperback, audio)

Barnes & Noble (paperback, audio)

Audible (audio)

 

 

 

25 Comments

  1. Excellent follow up to Terms of Enlistment. I have read all the books/short stories in this series now and am eagerly awaiting the next installment. Great work.

  2. I’m absolutely loving this series. I love how the world you’ve created is grounded in reality and based on around technologies that either already exist or are theoretically possible

  3. I enjoy your books, a lot of armed forces memories and feelings comes flooding back with new flavors and some nice cyber-punk to top it all off.
    You keep writing and I will keep reading.

  4. Bloody Amazing!!!!!! Please tell me there is a 3rd and final book in the series !!!!
    The best science fiction I have read in a decade!!!

  5. Bloody Amazing!!!!!! Please tell me there is a 3rd and final book in the series !!!!
    The best science fiction I have read in a decade!!!

  6. I am so damn impressed. Found Mr Kloos mentioned once or twice in Goodreads.com forums and recommendations. But having a massive to-read list never got around to him. Then doping a random search for something with a military sci-fi flare on Audible.com I found Term of Enlistment. I started listening to it a few days ago, and have so far finished it and Line of Departure with barely a break to eat or sleep. Exactly what I love in good sci-fi. Mr Kloos, It’s been an honour and a pleasure to support you and I wait eagerly for the next instalment.

  7. Just finished Lines Of Departure, and REALLY enjoyed it. I have to tell you, it’s the first book I’ve read on the Kindle (out of many) where I was so engaged, I didn’t see the end of the book coming up. Turning that last digital page, only to find out it WAS the last page, was a shock to the ol’ system. You’ve lived up to the adage “Always leave them wanting more”, and I’ll be first in line to happily purchase the next installment of this wonderful series.

    Thanks for creating this universe, so I can enjoy my time spent getting lost in it!

  8. Decided to give Terms of Enlistment a try on Sunday, couldn’t put it down and picked up Lines of Departure on Monday night. I just finished that about a day later and I’m left here fiending for more. I haven’t been this enthralled with a book, let alone two since… Well, probably ever. But hey, at least I’ll get some sleep to night. Can’t wait for the next one to come out!

  9. I picked this up because I am kind of stalking Luke Daniels by Audible, if that’s possible. I had just finished with all of the Iron Druid series and was looking for the next thing to wet my whistle and picked up this. At first I thought that it had a very, “Old Man’s War – John Scalzi” which I truly loved and was a little worried but then, that parallel was SMASH against the surface of an incoming E.L.E. Asteroid I don’t know were all these amazing SciFi writers all came from considering the genera has all but completely disappeared from television, but Audible has had me pleasantly surprised if not down right shocked and burning credits and cash on a regular basis. I listen to my books these days as entertainment, screw the networks, but it all started with old BBC and Oldtime radio recordings of radio dramas, then I went out looking for more after blowing through all I had got my hands on. I picked them up because using the tv, computer, and phone were disturbing her slumber now, I am just plain hooked. Keep up the great work, because right now, your ranked as one of my top ten writers, and there are some very esteemed people in that group. Be sure that I will be pre-ordering the next audible and will be hunting down first edition hardbacks if they exist (I collect them) and if at all possible keep Luke Daniels as the narrator, he is Audible GOLD! By and far the BEST narrator I have ever heard.

  10. This is an awesome series. I am not a SF fan, generally. But, as others have already stated, this series one me over due to the fast paced action and lack of tech related minutiae. I like tech, but Im not a techie. All that said, can anyone reccommend more SF that is similar to this?

    1. Hi James – there is the obvious Heinlein’s ‘Starship Troopers’, and John Steakley’s ‘Armor’, and Joe Haldeman’s ‘Forever War’. The first two are some of my favorites of all time – really refreshing after having read those books to run across the ‘Frontlines’ series and find something new and fresh in a genre I enjoy so much. Also – although not entirely in the same vein – check out Niven and Pournelle’s ‘Footfall’ – ‘Lines of Departure’ reminded me of it in that towards the climax of each book you haven’t got a prayer at putting the thing down until the ride is over.

  11. Just finished ‘Lines of Departure’ – took two days to squeeze it in to a very busy schedule. Absolutely worth the sleep deprivation – it has been a while since I stayed up till 2:00 am because I couldn’t put a book down. Very much looking forward to future installments.

  12. Read terms of enlisment a couple of years ago and loved it.. Then the sequel just slipped by me somehow. If its any concillation, the news of your withdrawal has reminded me of an awesome book seriies. Book purchased.

  13. I am enjoying the series so far, but the nuke references keep tripping me up.
    Are the nuclear weapon references using some sort of massively different futuristic explosive yield measurement (i.e., not TNT equivalent)?

    A series of low-yield (10kt to 15kt) nuclear weapons totaling “a few hundred megatons” used in an anti-materiel role are said to render planets uninhabitable while over two thousand total nukes at over 500 megatons combined release detonated on earth to date have had considerably less impact. Also, there was a passing reference to a 50 microton SAM capable of wiping out a flight of dropships. Wouldn’t 50 microtons of TNT be considerably less powerful than a current model MANPADS? More like the explosive payload of a 30mm cannon shell…

    Just curious if I’m missing something here.

  14. ????? Which leg?

    In Terms Of Enlistment, Sgt Fallon loses her RIGHT leg, as seen in the snippets below:

    [Two of my squad mates are tending to Sergeant Fallon, who is sitting with her back to the wall. There’s a pool of blood under her >rightrightrightleft< leg underneath the battle armor is titanium alloy and nanocarbon fibers instead of flesh and bone, but there’s no way to deduce it from her gait.]

    Sorry, but little glitches like this throw the story off while the reader sits back and goes Huh? What?"

  15. Sorry, it didn’t seem to like the characters I was using to highlight certain words.

    In Terms Of Enlistment, Sgt Fallon loses her RIGHT leg, as seen in the snippets below:

    Two of my squad mates are tending to Sergeant Fallon, who is sitting with her back to the wall. There’s a pool of blood under her RIGHT leg, and as I get closer, I see that the lower half of her leg is badly mangled.

    I try not to look at the mess that is her lower RIGHT leg, but I can’t help glancing at it. It looks like someone stuck a small explosive charge into her calf muscle. I can see shattered armor, pulped flesh, and shards of bone.

    Sergeant Fallon’s RIGHT leg ends just below her knee, and the surplus material of her hospital trouser leg is neatly folded up and pinned to the thigh.

    Seems to be fairly certain evidence that she lost her RIGHT leg in book one. Yet in Lines Of Departure, we get introduced to her as having lost her LEFT leg, as per below:

    I recognize Sergeant Fallon instantly. She walks down the ramp with the efficiency of movement I remember well. There’s nothing casual about her stride. She walks onto the Midway’s flight deck like a predator checking out a new environment. I know that her LEFT leg underneath the battle armor is titanium alloy and nanocarbon fibers instead of flesh and bone, but there’s no way to deduce it from her gait.

  16. Hallo Marko,

    vielen, vielen Dank, dass Du CoC vorab zur Verfügung gestellt hast. Lange habe ich auf die Veröffentlichung gewartet, nun bekomme ich dieses Buch auch noch kostenlos. Ich schäme mich ein wenig – bitte verklage mich nicht – deine Bücher 1 – 3 habe ich zusammen in einem gigantischen Archiv mit den Klassikern von Heinlein, C. Clarke, K. Dick, Bester, Vinge, Strugartsky, Bova, Cline, Herbert, Moorkock, Pohl, Stewart, Wells, Vance, Scalzi, Stapleton, Sturgeon, Herbert & Co. für meinen Kindle “zur Verfügung gestellt bekommen”. Gekauft habe ich die Bücher dann “analog”, wenn sie mir gefielen. Deine Bücher stehen nun auch fast alle in meinem Bücherregal. Sobald ich mit CoC fertig bin – hoffentlich nicht allzu bald – werde ich in jedem Fall eine Rezension auf Goodreads & Co. hinterlassen. Thumbs up, unter anderem für ToE – welcher mich am teils stark an meine Bundeswehrzeit erinnert hat. Apropos, ich lese Deine Bücher in Englisch – solltest du Deine Bücher in Deutsch verfassen: toller Übersetzer.

    Hi Marko,
    many, many thanks that you pre-released CoC. For a long time I have been waiting for the next instalment in your series and to top it all I am now getting it for free. Right now I am feeling a little cheap. Your books „have been given to me“ (don‘t sue me) together with a giant archive containing all the classics by Heinlein, C. Clarke, K. Dick, Bester, Vinge, Strugartsky, Bova, Cline, Herbert, Moorkock, Pohl, Stewart, Wells, Vance, Scalzi, Stapleton, Sturgeon, Herbert & Co. . Most of the books – if I liked them – I bought afterwards (real paper and all).
    Your books (1-3 for now) are a nice addition to my book-rack. As soon as I will have finished CoC – hopefully not too soon – I will leave a review at Goodreads & Co. Thumbs up for ToE – which reminded me of my time with the „Bundeswehr“. Apropos, I am reading your books in englisch – dunno if you write them in german – if so: nice translation. Hope you understand my English as well. Still German after all.

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