Angles of Attack (Frontlines)
by Marko Kloos
Review by Ernest Lilley
47North Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 1477828311
Date: 21 April 2015 List Price $14.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK
Andrew Grayson comes full circle in the third installment of the Frontline series when he returns with the remnants of the combined Alliance and SRA (Sino-Russian) fleet to aid in Earth's defense against the Lankys. In the first book we met the enemy, and he's not us. Instead they're 80 feet tall and shrug off everything short of major artillery, and that's just on the ground.
In space, their ships don't even slow down for nukes. They've wiped out our colonies, for the most part, strewn the fleet across the face of Mars, and Earth can't be too far behind. Events gather Grayson and all the best he's met over the first two books together for a last stand against the invaders.
I liked this so much I immediately went back and read Terms of Enlistment and Lines of Departure, both good reads on their own, but taken together with Angles of Attack the whole series is terrific. Kloos has achieved a melding of Starship Troopers and The Forever War and added his own voice to the mix to create some really memorable military SF.
Interestingly, he touches on the same themes as Anne Leckie's Ancillary Sword - soldiers who won't go along with business as usual, though Leckie focuses more on race and Kloos more on the haves versus the have-nots.