Justus Wingert

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5 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 12.06.2017

I cried...

Luke Daniels, he's the man! Ok, everytime he uses his grumpy sergeant voice I giggle a bit.

One thing that has been remarkably absent so far was the really hard science. It took a quick look around in Lines of Departure with Newtons third law winning the day but then was absent in the following books. Fields of Fire is different from the start. How do you fight the alien? A question Lieutenant Grayson is giving more and more thought as he grows his experience fighting the Lankies.

Expanding on the relationship between Grayson and Halley, but as well the Halley family, we get a more personal view of Frontlines' main characters. It culminates in the long awaited battle of Mars. And if you were expecting a run of the mill hooray and march to victory ending you are in for a surprise.

Marko Kloos knows how to build suspension, and how and when to relieve pressure. The Epilogue had me in tears. But interludes like the young corporal admitting to being transferred from accounting after she downed a Lankie with a silver-star worthy close quarter combat move had me laughing.

Overall this is a great step in the development of this series, so if you were afraid that this one was coming towards an end: Worry not! There's a good run of books still in this particular world without any kind of boredom in sight.

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5 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 12.06.2017

Attention recruits!

Luke Daniels is a great voice actor. Seriously.

Andrew Grayson has gained a bit of weight. His wife doesn't appear to mind however. Taking a well deserved break from slugging it out on the frontlines (oh the irony) Platoon Sergeant Grayson is doing his best to get boots filled for the coming assault on Mars. Along comes an offer he can't refuse, so Lieutenant Grayson grabs a bunch of trustee noncom-friends and off he cruises into adventure again. All the really thorny issues have already been tackled in the last two books one thinks, but there are a couple more as Marko Kloos lets his main character discover the difference between lawful, right and right. Lt. Grayson is not perfect, which makes him so much more relatable.

This installment of Frontlines mostly tidies up the open sideplot from the prior two books. It also sets us up for the battle of Mars and develops the characters and their relationships.

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5 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 12.06.2017

Full throttle ahead!

I'll stop giving Luke Daniels his own section here, he's a damn good voice actor. Period. :D

Andrew Grayson has so far matured from some silly kid into a badass combat grunt. In the third installment it's going a bit sideways for him however. The last book started giving a lot more breathing room to other characters and this book benefits from expanding on that. The stakes are ever growing and it's just too much for any one individual to solve. Cooperation is the name of the game and it is believable characters and tragic heroes that safe the day.

Angles of Attack is basically the second half of Lines of Departure, unlike the jump from Frontlines #1 to #2 and later #3 to #4 Marko Kloos had a story line that just didn't fit in one book. So Frontlines 2&3 can best be enjoyed back to back. The world Kloos started building in Terms of Enlistment is ever expanding and his outlook on humanity is fair but scathing.

The fundamentally positive outlook a character like Andrew Grayson manages through all hardships and cynicissm forced on him is heartwarming.

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5 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 12.06.2017

This is getting serious...

Any audiobook lives on its performance, and Luke Daniels has a rock solid delivery. This is no radioplay, obviously, but every character has his or her own personality.

Still following Andrew Grayson on a journey through our dystopic future this book seriously subverts expectations. While the last book only covered issues of morality on the sidelines and by proxy Marko Kloos takes of the kiddie gloves in this one. The whole book is a strong statement on its own, and takes the issue of lawful orders directly by the horns. This installment of frontlines didn't drastically change the tone, but it's certainly getting darker and edgier. Even the stakes are rising. The decisions of our main character start affecting the lifes of tens of thousands of people.

This novel continues expanding the world Marko Kloos started showing us in Lines of Departure. Rock solid military science-fiction meets some thorny issues of morality and the result ist just a great read.

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5 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 12.06.2017

Welcome to the frontlines

Halten Sie die Hörbuch-Ausgabe von Terms of Enlistment für besser als das Buch?

Any audiobook lives on its performance, and Luke Daniels has a rock solid delivery. This is no radioplay, obviously, but every character has his or her own personality.

Welche Figur hat Ihnen am besten gefallen? Warum?

The novel centers around Andrew Grayson, a kid from the OK-ish part of a really bad town. We are slowly but thoroughly introduced to a not so distant dystopia growing ever more hellish. From civilian to private Grayson our hero goes through a lot of change, and manages to scrape by with that little bit of luck due a central character.

Was wäre für andere Hörer sonst noch hilfreich zu wissen, um das Hörbuch richtig einschätzen zu können?

Overall this is very obviously the first installment of a surprisingly well fleshed out world. Culminating in the standardized military scifi hooray final, albeit with enough investment in character development to make us actually care.

A solid beginning and stepping stone for a great series in the making.

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4 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 14.06.2016

A nice teen sci-fi book

Despite a good performance by David Bodtcher nothing could elevate this book to more than a passable read for science fiction savy adults. The best parts are the magic sidestories, as they at least roughly follow a logical inner ruling. The sci-fi parts are childishly over simplified. Overall not wasted money but also nothing I would recommend again.

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3 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 04.11.2015

Terrible story mangling

There is such a thing as suspension of disbelief, and then there's what Alastair Reynolds did here. The villain of the piece is probably the only halfway believable character, without telling too much, it's the standard insane menace villain. The rest of the characters in this story have personalities ranging from childish imbecile to severely brain damaged childish imbecile. If at any point in this story any character in a position of responsibility had consulted one of his two brain cells the book would be half as long.

Having enjoyed the previous installments of the series leaves me confused. While there were instances of plot derangement, e.g. a character failing miserably in recognizing the obvious solution right in front of him. they were limited and resolved quickly. For the fourth book Reynolds basically built a plot around those moments.

If you enjoy the experience of shoes raining on characters and being wholeheartedly ignored this is the book for you. If however you prefer waiting for the significant shoe to drop while intelligent characters figure it out with you, you should go elsewhere.

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