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Fields of Fire (Frontlines #5)

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The time has come to take the fight to the Lankies.

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 de
Paperback, 293 pages
Published February 28th 2017 by 47North
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Tracie Simer You should definitely read them in order. I always find myself re-reading the most recent one before starting the new one so I can remember what…moreYou should definitely read them in order. I always find myself re-reading the most recent one before starting the new one so I can remember what happened. (less)
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Dec 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quite enjoyable Mil-SF, perfect for all you fans of competence porn. It's all about the light tone and the big guns despite all the losses we've incurred from the aliens.

But this time the battle is very close to home. Mars. Most of the action takes place right here where the hulking walkers and terraforming machines have put their beachhead.

Want nukes? Got nukes. It only starts at a family gathering, but you know how those things can turn out. That's why we made nukes to begin with. To take out
Apr 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Grayson makes some startling discoveries about the Lankies and things build to an epic battle on Mars that does not disappoint.
Kloos delivers another near-perfectly structured MilSF adventure. His measured pacing and tone and workmanlike plotting are suited to the characters he writes about; Kloos admires the competence and professionalism his soldiers display, and like them, he gets the job done. He may not be the kind of author who takes big risks or explores uncharted territory, but he hits w
Jun 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the fifth book in Kloos’ “Frontlines” series. If you haven’t read the others, this isn’t the place to start.

Frontlines, imagines an Earth that has had contact with another race and it hasn’t gone well. The “Lankies” have discovered that humans have created nice planets that only need a little tweaking…that tweaking consisting mostly of raising the carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and eliminating the humans. These creatures are formidable standing several meters high and weighing much mor
Mark Medina
Mar 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another good one

The latest instalment in this series. Moves the story on from last time, and focuses on plans for a counterattack to retake Mars. Mainly follows Andrew rather than Halley, but we do get to see a bit of her family on Earth. Has the usual fast pace and frenetic action. Interesting ideas on how both human technology and tactics would change to counter the 'lankies', and vice versa. Very enjoyable, with very little filler or downtime in the story. Not much in the way of character dev
Mar 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Finally, it's time for the assault on Lanky-controlled Mars.

This relatively short installment of the Frontlines series finds Grayson and his wife Hallie as veteran officers in the NAC, now allied with the rest of the Earth against the alien Lankies. Now that the Earth infighting and politics are mostly sorted, this book focuses much more on the mysterious alien invaders. More so than previous books and we get some answers to questions from the beginning of the series including just how smart are
Executive Summary: Another good entry in this series, although I didn't like it quite as much as Chains of Command. I'm definitely looking forward to the next book though.

Audiobook: Part of what sold me on this series in the first place was that Luke Daniels was the narrator. Another excellent job as usual. He continues to be one of my favorite narrators.

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Every book I have certain expectations about what it will be about, and every time Mr. Kloos seems to catch me by surprise. I was
Marko Kloos never disappoints! I'd prefer less philosophical pondering about the lives of the soldiers here- but I still like the way Andrew is growing as a character. For secondary characters, well, Kloos love to bring people back but I'll always be happy when the gregarious Dmitry pops out with his Russian humour. Glad Halley and Fallon stayed out of this - as much as I love these awesome female characters, having them all the time in the same missions are not believable. I do however would lo ...more
Edwin Priest
Apr 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am not sure why I like this series so much, but Marco Kloos continues to deliver the goods with more great military sci-fi. A little pulpy, a little melodramatic and a little cheesy, it all just seems to work. And after some, but apparently not enough, alien butt-kicking on Mars, it appears that the series will continue……..
Gloria Brown
Mar 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I woke up trying to kill a lankie

There are no words to describe this book. I feel like it's an upgraded starship troopers. We finally get to attack those darn lankies and a part of me celebrated the fight knowing good and well we may never win. But man this was the longest awaited book ever. I am happy and fighting lankies in my sleep at the same time.
This was an enjoyable and focused episode in the series. There was not nearly as much political drama, but there was sure a lot of fighting!
David Holmes
Apr 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tbr-cleanup
Another action-packed space kablooie adventure. These books already have a clear formula, and Chains of Command already set the stage for what would happen in Fields of Fire, so anybody picking up this book already knows exactly what to expect, and that's exactly what they'll get. There are a few surprises in this book to keep us wondering where things will go next, though.
Susan Grace
May 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoy this series! The continuing adventures of Lt. Andrew Grayson and his fellow podheads as they head to Mars. I appreciate the soldier's emotional, physical and psychological perspective of war and his commitment. A fast-paced, action-packed, and at times, touching, read.
Apr 01, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Macho Russian soldiers with husbands, SSGs married to space fighter jocks, Kaiju-killing grunts
I've enjoyed Marko Kloos's Frontlines series, but this book, while okay as a military-SF romp with lots of shit blowing up, felt a bit like the author is just milking the ongoing war with the Lankies to keep the series going.

The first few books had more stuff about Earth politics, with the protagonist, Andrew Grayson, rising from a hard-knocks existence in future-Earth's city-sized ghettos to a senior NCO in the North American Commonwealth's space forces, fighting off both aliens and Russian and
I.F. Adams
Another chapter in the Frontlines Saga. I'm tired and lazy this evening so y'all ( two of you who occasionally read my reviews) get more of a bullet-ed list.

The Good:

Marko Kloos knows how to ratchet up tension better than most authors that I know of. In contrast to many others where you always not-so-secretly know that the plucky heroes will pull it off, Kloos is better at making you feel like he's actually going to grease your favorites.

Scenes where family meets were uncomfortably r
Athena Shardbearer
Dec 03, 2016 marked it as to-read
Shelves: space, scifi, war, adult
Mar 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Damn I love this series. Fields of Fire, has lived up to the pace and style of the first 4 books wonderfully. I really loved all the large scale maneuvers in this book, and it had a strong finish. Marines in camo space armor, and kinetic harpoons sent from orbit as support versus hundred ton aliens. What's not to love?
Thiago Marzagão
All good stories must end. There is zero novelty in this fifth book of the series. You'd expect at least some momentous revelation about the Lankies - say, we find out what they're after, or someone figures out how to communicate with them, or it turns out they are time travelers. Anything, really. But no; we end the book without any knowledge we didn't already have. To make things worse, the main character gets increasingly sentimental and boring.
Okay, this is going to be a really, really long series. Clearly there's no ending in sight. Grayson, the luckiest son of a bitch in the NAC, participates in the invasion of Mars. And we'll get to do that at least once more. The story is short, and focus like a laser on the plot; Kloos is big on military hardware, tactics & action. nothing much else gets in his way.

Mar 11, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book ends up as a bit of a mixed bag. The action is perfectly fine but the overall plot felt hollow. The story develops while the characters don’t and in the end it felt like a wasted opportunity.
The book is entertaining enough that I can ignore the problems, but at the moment the series feels like it is treading water, waiting for something to happen.
Dec 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In book 5, Humanity finally decides to retake Mars. With the successful retaking of the Deserter fleet and weapons, as well as all the preparations that have been undertaken, the combined NAC, Sino-Russian alliance is ready to strike at Mars and remove the Lankies, thus returning the Solar System to Human control.
This is a full-on action packed book, with multiple fleet-based action and ground-based action against Lanky forces. This book is the culmination of nearly 3 books of lead-up, and it wa
Jul 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good continuation of the story. I am invested in the characters and the overall arc. I am hoping he wraps it up at some point....
Angela Hughes
May 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Enjoyed catching up with everyone again. This was a seamless pick up from the last novel. I've gone without sleep to finish reading it but it was so worth it.
Patrick S.
Jul 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This series has been filling my mil-spec sci-fi fix for over a year now. A great mix of Aliens and a Kaiju flick. Great for fans of either.
Everett Jr.
Aug 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the entire series. I thought the author did a great job at describing the combat situations and I could imagine the immense size of the enemy. He left the door open for another book in the series. Several unanswered questions. Look forward to a sequel and plan to read his other books.
The Skinny: events take place a little over a month after the 4th novel. Earth's forces are gearing up for a major offensive against the Lankies controlling Mars. The fate of Earth depends upon success. The problem, the once seemingly dumb Lankies are now acting very tactical.

The Good: Kloos keeps the pace of the story cranking. It's an action story. He delivers, and even does so with some even writing.

The Bad: Throughout four books I've been thinking "this is a spacefaring race, yes they are '
May 25, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
There are horrible gaps in logic in this, the final part of the Frontlines series.

The worst one is the terrible shock Andrew Grayson, present tense first person narrator and all round good egg expresses at the "intelligence" shown by the alien Lanky invasion force he spends most of the novel battling on Mars.

Some of this giant reptilian walking war machines land on earth and build a tunnel complex that is quite trixy. Later, some of them pull of a basic pincers maneuver, all to Grayson's enormou
Milhouse Van Houten
Good book!
Mar 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The fifth entry in Kloos's Frontlines series continues the war with the Lankies. This time we get the battle of Mars: and a very tough battle it is. During the course of the almost constant fighting we learn a little bit more about the very alien enemy that has pushed humanity almost to the brink of extinction. But still, almost everything about them--their motivation, origin, culture, economy--remain unknown. (I keep wondering where Kloos is going with this.) The main character takes some hard ...more
Mar 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
I won this in a Giveaway! I rarely win anything, so it was actually really exciting.

Fields of Fire is a great addition to the Frontline's series, although comparatively uneventful. In each of the previous books I felt a much greater emotional hit at some point, this one just seemed like the middle book in a trilogy, important to get through but you know the best part is coming up afterwards.

I know this just came out, but I still can't wait for the next one.


Artur Coelho
Ficou prometida no livro anterior uma nova aventura, uma operação decisiva contra os invasores alienígenas que ocupam Marte. Este livro cumpre-a, embora Marko Kloos não seja um autor de FC militarista que goste de narrativas fáceis. Haverá de facto um ataque a Marte, mas a colónia não será reconquistada. As únicas vitórias que podem ser reclamadas estão no aniquilar das invencíveis naves extraterrestres em órbita marciana, o salvar de alguns sobreviventes da invasão refugiados no planeta, e a pr ...more
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Other books in the series

Frontlines (6 books)
  • Terms of Enlistment (Frontlines #1)
  • Lines of Departure (Frontlines, #2)
  • Angles of Attack (Frontlines, #3)
  • Chains of Command (Frontlines, #4)
  • Points of Impact (Frontlines #6)
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