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Summary

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 Commonwealth 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 spaceborne 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 best-selling Terms of Enlistment, a weary soldier must fight to prevent the downfall of his species...or bear witness to humanity’s last, fleeting breaths.

©2014 Marko Kloos (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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Tremendous storyline just good, really good

I enjoyed this more than the first book as I warmed to the characters, i found myself leaning forward during the action sequences. if the remaining 2 novels keep up this pace, then I'll be a very happy bunny.

it has echoes of the halo series where the action sequences were exciting as well. Again good, really good.

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Addictive

Listened to book one, and went straight on to book 2. 3 is downloading as I type.
Highly addictive listening. Love the plot and main character, recommend a listen.

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Not your usual military Sci-fi

I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I'm a fan of military sci-fi as it is and this delivered on those terms. Lots of action, acronyms and concepts but what really suprised me was the humanity of it. No spoilers but the portrayal of the society is a bit more critical than most mil sci-fi. The second half particularly put me in mind of Babylon 5 at it's peak. Outstanding.

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Great.

Again a i loved it i have just brought book 3, so am ready for the next aventure .

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Warming up nicely

After Book 1 I was a little apprehensive that Book 2 would also go along the same lines. Wrong! There is far more action in this chapter of the series, which made the storyline more interesting.

Whether it will continue to hold interest remains to be seen.

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Very entertaining

This may not be a literary classic but if is fast paced and entertaining. Better than many books of its ilk

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Very enjoyable

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes; the characters were believable

What did you like best about this story?

fast moving story

Have you listened to any of Luke Daniels’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Yes he is a good narrator

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I had empathy with the characters

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Just a good story

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As good as the first

I am going straight on to the third one in the series got to see what happens

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  • Jim "The Impatient"
  • 17-03-15

SCIENCE, IT WORKS

EARTH IS A SHIT HOLE, BUT IT'S OUR SHITHOLE.
Is shit hole, one word or two? First of all, I hate to burst some bubbles, but this is not as good as book one. I was amazed that I listened to this right after listening to Forever War by Joe Haldeman. The future world that Kloos describes, sounds actually like Haldeman's future. Everyone lives on the dole, everyone gets paid in calories, everyone hires body guards and the army is full of idiots. Haldeman had more guns, but it looks like Kloos is headed that way. So, it is a liberal future, where everyone depends upon the government (and it is not good.) It is a conservative future where everyone owns a gun and it is not good.

The story starts out pretty good with these 80ft tall Aliens, who think we are just bugs. An interesting concern, especially when you considered how we treat anything smaller then us. They are in the very beginning and one of there ships is in the very ending, but between times our hero fights, the Russians, the Chinese and then his own country. I also find it unbelievable that a group of home troops who spend there careers killing North Americans, would all of a sudden grow a conscience when they go to another planet. I felt that there were too many conflicts, which made this too unbelievable. It is not a bad book and if you like Military Sci-Fi and you don't need it to make a lot of sense, then you will enjoy this.

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  • David
  • 14-03-15

Better than the first book

I enjoyed the first book, Terms of Enlistment, and found the second book in the series to be better; Kloos is definitely developing as a writer. Where Terms of Enlistment was a fairly by-the-numbers knock-off of Starship Troopers, Lines of Departure takes place several years later and further develops the universe and its politics.

In the first book, humans encountered their first alien race — eighty-foot giants who build almost indestructible climate-altering machines that render a planet's atmosphere unbreathable to humans. As the second book begins, humanity is losing their ongoing war with the "Lankies." They've lost eighty colonies and have yet to actually take a planet back from the invaders.

Despite what is clearly an existential threat, the two terrestrial superpowers, the North American Commonwealth and the Sino-Russian Alliance, are also at war over their shrinking stock of colonies

With all this warfare going on, Earth is becoming an overpopulated, underfed planet of slums and riots.

Andrew Grayson, our protagonist, has become a career soldier, realizing he doesn't have anything else to do and that while war in space is likely to shorten his lifespan, it beats going back to Earth to stew in a slum and eat recycled waste. He also has a girlfriend who's a fighter pilot, and is a combat network controller, making him a respected professional in the NAC's beleaguered military.

Lines of Departure is a fine example of military SF, and while perhaps not quite as philosophical as Heinlein's Starship Troopers, Grayson does become an interesting and thoughtful character as he has to weigh his duties as a soldier with the morality of unlawful orders and the practicality and consequences of disobeying them. As well, the stupidity of fleet staff and the intransigence of political leaders is quite believable — yes, I think we Earthlings really would keep squabbling among ourselves even in the face of alien invasion.

Be warned, though, that this book ends in a cliffhanger, so if you've been hooked this far, you will not see the story resolved until the next volume.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • PlantCrone
  • 18-07-14

MUCH BETTER than the first book

I'm on a Luke Daniels narrating kick..I listened to and panned the first book in this series but really enjoyed the second one.

The author tightened up his plot and really developed likable characters with good development.

You have to read the first one to make sense on this one-too bad, but, just maybe, worth the 2 credits. Luke Daniels can do no wrong!

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Jean
  • 28-08-14

Action packed story

This book picks up the story five years later from the first book “Terms of Enlistment”. Grayson and his girlfriend both have signed their re-enlistment papers. The Lunkies have pushed deeper into human held territory. The North American Commonwealth is still fighting the SAC (Chinese) and the SRC (Russians) while the Lunkies are getting closer. Grayson has become a combat controller and has done hundreds of combat jumps. Grayson and a few others are the only survivors of a battle against the Lunkies. The whole fleet was destroyed. He is then put onto a ship just pulled out of mothballs and the crews are so called trouble makers.

Kloos’s sequel is better than the first book. In the new book he angles the story more as a pointed, critical look at how the government handles the people underneath it. Shows that a government backed into a corner will double down and become ineffective.

The book is fast paced, action packed, exciting with plenty of back story, characters and institutions to delve into. This is the second book for a new author and he has improved from the first book. Kloos did a better job with characterization in this book than he did in the first. I discovered the first book was self published via Amazon. It did so well it was bought up by a publishing house 47 North Imprint. (Also owned by Amazon) Luke Daniels did a good job narrating the book. Daniels also narrated the first book.

10 of 13 people found this review helpful

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  • 04-04-14

As Good As Book 1

Have you listened to any of Luke Daniels’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Luke Daniels is currently my favorite Narrator. He is easy to listen to and always does a awesome job. He's really good at voices.

Any additional comments?

This is Book 2 of Terms of Enlistment. If you enjoyed book 1 you will enjoy this one as well. I'm usually not into space adventure books,"NOT A STAR WARS FAN" but, I really enjoy this series and really want Marko the author to hurry up and put out another book to the series.

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  • Mike Collins
  • 20-03-15

great part 2

The story is well written and a good read. A fitting part 2 with lots of twists and turns. I could still do without all the extreme swearing and wish more authors would skip adding unless words just to sound tough. The storywould not have suffered if it had been excluded.

But the story is well put together and riveting. I am anxious for book 3

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  • Joki
  • 03-04-14

Enjoyable Everyman Scifi

Terms of Enlistment is by no means a perfect book but it was one I enjoyed immensely: a non blustery military sci fi that isn't in love with its tech, its military, or right wing politics. Rather, we have an everyman navigating the military as a way out of a dead end life on welfare, who won't suddenly end up captaining a ship or becoming an insta-leader. As well, I appreciated that we didn't have a gender-specific army but instead had capable roles for male and female characters. I read the second book in the series, Lines of Departure, first and liked it enough to buy this first book.

Story: Andrew Grayson joins the military as a way out of an untenable life in the welfare system of the North American government. He will go through training school and then end up tackling the problematic situation of the deteriorating social structure on Earth. But what is happening on Earth is only one problem in a universe that is about to expand rapidly - and the military is suddenly going to become very needed.

What I liked about the books is that we have a very ordinary guy. Although he sounds far too educated to have come from a welfare system in which he didn't get higher education (there are no colloquialisms, slang, dialects, etc.) I actually preferred that simple talk for a simple man. Both this first book and the second book start slowly but really pick up steam by midway through. And then, when the action kicks in, Kloos really knows how to escalate it - his characters don't have bad days, they have *really* bad days.

This is the type of story that isn't about kick butt marines, balls out action, or being macho. It's about being lucky to survive, a feeling of futility but also hope, and living in a world on the brink of falling apart on many levels.

I listened to the audible version of this and enjoyed the narration.

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  • Trudy Owens
  • 24-08-15

So much happening all the time!

This volume takes the story to the middle of human conflict, then adds the aliens just to up the ante. If you liked the first book, you should like this too.

There is more comraderie than in the first, and less boyfriend-girlfriend, although that is there. There are soldiers and commanders to root for, and others to make you gnash your teeth. We get the situation where "I was just following orders" won't cut it; you have to do what's right. There's danger, and close calls.

Plenty of action, good characters, good writing, good narration. I will continue with the series.

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  • Jerry Morelock
  • 23-06-15

Want . . . More!

Bravo, bravo! This is well formulated, well written old fashioned military SF at its best. Kloos gives us well conceived and developed characters to care about and an edge of your seat story he whips into breakneck speed. For any fans of Niven, Pournelle, Hubbard (don't laugh), and such, this series is a MUST READ, and I don't think I've ever used this tired cliche before.

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  • Thom
  • 29-12-14

A great book in a great mil-sci series.

I'm often let down by sequels, but Kloos surprised me with this one. The story takes some interesting turns, and the ending left me eager to start the next book. Daniels does a good job with the performance, and is able to do character voices without sounding forced. I'm really pleased to have found this series, and I don't think you'll regret spending your credit on this one. Cheers.

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