Mars has been under Lanky control for more than a year. Since then, the depleted forces of Earth's alliances have rebuilt their fleets, staffing old warships with freshly trained troops. Torn between the need to beat the Lankies to the punch and taking enough time to put together an effective fighting force, command has decided to strike now.
Once again, seasoned veterans Andrew and Halley find themselves in charge of green troops and at the sharp tip of the spear as the combined military might of Earth goes up against the Lankies. But if there's one constant in war, it's that no battle plan survives first contact with the enemy...and the Lankies want to hold on to Mars as badly as humanity wants to reclaim it.
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Von Justus Wingert Am hilfreichsten 12.06.2017
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.