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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 deThe 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 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....

Title : Fields of Fire
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ISBN : 30243858
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Number of Pages : 280 Pages
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Fields of Fire Reviews

  • Bradley
    2019-04-26 09:17

    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 all our aggressions AFTER the family gatherings. Duh.Very solid read. Quite enjoyable, some of the very best MilSF I've read, towering pretty high on characters and tone and, of course, MASSIVE AMOUNTS OF COMPETENCY. Of course, we have to prop these up against all the incompetence, but that goes without saying. :)

  • Gary
    2019-05-17 12:24

    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 what he’s aiming for with precision and flair.Fields of Fire has a few more big revelations and interesting twists than the last two books in the series, and the novels final moments – Grayson’s sober reflections on the relationship between soldiers and the wars they fight – contain some of Kloos’ best writing yet. This is my favorite entry in the series since Lines of Departure.

  • HBalikov
    2019-04-24 15:00

    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 more than your average semi-trailer. They also are quite impervious to being shot with conventional weapons.The Lankies have taken over many of humans colonies in remote solar systems and are now knocking on Earth’s door having conquered our people on Mars. So far, our heroes have kept them for establishing any significant presence on Earth, but they keep on trying.When I say “our heroes,” I am, of course, referencing Andrew and Halley. He of the space infantry and she, a combat pilot. The passion that was part of their sharing basic training has lasted through years of combat, multiple injuries for each of them and, finally, marriage. She was an officer before he and they risked being court-martialed for their “fraternization.” He came from the Boston “barrios” and she was an “uptown girl.” All of that is reprised early in this story as the Lankies show their sly hand at attacking Earth.Without revealing any details, this book charts Earth’s determination to take to the Lankies who have made Mars their base of operations. This book has all the elements that we have come to expect in Kloos’ storytelling: Straight-ahead narration by Andrew; plenty of military action and tactics; amazing details of military hardware; and, surprising plot twists. Example:“Just for the record, that’s some crazy-ass shit. But good luck.”“We just got here by letting them (Earth’s military leaders) shoot us out of missile tubes,” I reply. “And we’re fighting five-hundred ton creatures with hand weapons. There’s no part of this that’s sane.”I also like the tension that Kloos notes inside Andrew as he tries to reconcile his former role as a part of the police force defending the well-off people who don’t deign to acknowledge any of their help. “Guns are what keep your little paradise from getting overrun by half a million pissed-off welfare rats….I just look around in the dining room and imagine what a bunch of soy-fed, hardened PRC gang members would do to this air-conditioned place and its immaculate floors, inhabited by people who look down on the soldiers and cops that keep this place safe from the unwashed masses. Is this what we fought for all these years? So these squeaky-clean, stuck-up suburbanites can keep thinking of us as something necessary but embarrassing, like the ugly guard dog you keep in the basement when visitors stop by?”This is a fine addition to Frontlines that showcases many of Kloos’ talents. 4.5 stars, with the deduction coming (not because Kloos isn’t Tolstoy) because it is more a bridge plot than one that has a real conclusion.

  • Mark Medina
    2019-04-30 11:59

    Another good oneThe 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 development, but most of that has already been done in previous books. It literary terms it's not spectacular, but it is a good, old fashioned, adventure romp. Good book in the series.

  • Lindsay
    2019-05-10 16:24

    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 these aliens? There's also some intriguing questions raised as well, pretty much guaranteeing there will be more in the series.If you're a fan of the series, this is a solid addition. If you're not, don't start here.

  • Rob
    2019-05-12 14:12

    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.Full ReviewEvery book I have certain expectations about what it will be about, and every time Mr. Kloos seems to catch me by surprise. I was totally expecting this book to focus right in on Mars, but I was wrong. It did get there however.Of course five books in, it's always tough to review a book without getting into spoiler territory. I will say that while I thought this book would start moving the series towards a conclusion, now I'm not sure. That's OK though, because I've really been enjoying these books. While I found Andrew pretty unlikable in the first book, he continues to show growth as a character and has become easy to root for. The supporting characters are all pretty great too, especially Halley, Dimitri and Sgt. Fallon. I'd have liked more with Sgt. Fallon, but I was happy to get a lot of Dimitri to make up for it.This book started off with a bang, but slowed down a bit for several chapters, before cranking the action all the way up to eleven. This is definitely more military fiction than Space Opera.I'm curious to see what direction this series will take in the next book. I have a terrible track record so far in predicting what Mr. Kloos will do next, but so far it's been a really fun ride.

  • Silvana
    2019-05-20 14:07

    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 love to see more of the Phalanx skipper since she was one of the Exodus fleet.The novel has everything from deep space and orbital combats as well as subterranean scenes. Love the Greenland bit, very claustrophobic. Those Lankies, despite we've been introduced to them since Book 1, they are still mysterious and I like that we only get bits in every book. Keeping the suspense is key for engaging the readers as long as breadcrumbs are satisfying enough. And they are.

  • Edwin Priest
    2019-05-10 15:00

    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
    2019-05-15 15:17

    I woke up trying to kill a lankieThere 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.

  • Suzanne
    2019-05-11 11:58

    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
    2019-04-28 13:13

    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
    2019-05-14 13:22

    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.

  • David
    2019-05-15 08:23

    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 Chinese rivals. Eventually the Commonwealth, the Russians, and the Chinese ally against the common threat - a race of kaiju-sized extra-solar invaders who have been landing on Earth's colonies and terraforming the human inhabitants to extinction.The fifth book in the series picks up where book four ended, with the Lankies occupying Mars. Book five is all about the campaign to retake Mars.Aside from a brief excursion to Grayson's wealthy in-laws' home on Earth, where we learn that rich people are still living in comfortable upper-middle-class bubbles protected from both poor people and aliens, oblivious to the existential threat to humanity, Fields of Fire is basically one long war story. Kloos tells this story well, and he continues to keep us invested in SSG Grayson's life, as well as the growing cast of secondary characters, like his gay Russian counterpart and his fighter jock wife. But book five, despite its climactic ending, basically ended with the war against the Lankies being stuck in stalemate. Presumably it will continue in the next book, but there were no big revelations, no radical changes in the status quo, nothing to indicate that the series won't continue to be "Earthlings go fight aliens, blow shit up, some of them die, wash, rinse, repeat."I don't want to sound too negative as I still enjoy this series, but a bit of staleness is beginning to creep in, as is often the case with a series that goes on for book after book without bringing the main story arc to conclusion. Step it up, end the war, and begin another series, Mr. Kloos!

  • I.F. Adams
    2019-05-03 09:54

    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 real feeling.The Meh:The large parts of the Mars counter-strike thing were a little too much Michael Bay in parts. Some of his action scenes really are exciting, others get to be a little *too* 'splodey.... I feel like the human-v-human books/scenes were always a bit more compelling than fighting the lankies.... The bottom line:I liked it. A lot. Even if the main alien whatevers are occasionally a bit hammy, he's got a compelling universe with awesome, lively characters, a wry sense of humor, and a gritty backdrop to pull it all together. Hat tip to Marko, and looking forward to the next one.

  • Athena Shardbearer
    2019-05-05 10:14


  • Bee
    2019-04-25 13:18

    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
    2019-05-04 15:17

    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.

  • G33z3r
    2019-05-08 09:15

    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.

  • Cst
    2019-04-25 14:08

    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.

  • Jason
    2019-04-29 09:57

    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 was worth the wait. There is some interesting character background at the start of the book between Halley, Grayson and Halley’s parents that was rather fascinating. For me, it was similar to something in my own life, and I felt that it was very well done.The book however is dominated by the battle for Mars, and it is an incredibly powerful piece of writing with both Space and Land combat taking place.Kloos (whilst taking some criticism in earlier reviews for his lack of research), has done some research into various bits of tech as well as the planets his characters are operating on, giving this book a bit more of a realistic edge.Grayson continues to be at the centre of the story, as a combat controller aboard one of the strike ships. It is from his perspective we get to watch all the action. As with all the other books, he tells the story of what is happening.As the series has progressed Kloos has grown significantly better at detailing the psychological impact that these conflicts are having on Grayson, all the way back to ‘Dropship Down’ in the first book where he still has nightmares about the Dropship getting taken out in the PRC in Detroit during the riot and the subsequent action he and his fellow TA troops had to take to rescue those involved, and then ultimately be rescued. It does give this Mil Sci-Fi story a bit of an edge, making the story feel a bit more human, and whilst it did struggle a bit with the initial books, it is now an integral part of the series giving it some real depth.This was the best so far in the series, and is definitely worth the read. The series itself is a great read for any Mil Sci-Fi fan who is after a good read.

  • Hank
    2019-05-15 16:00

    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
    2019-05-07 09:08

    MUST READ!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.
    2019-05-24 14:58

    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.
    2019-05-05 09:21

    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.

  • Clint
    2019-05-24 15:00

    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 'alien', but they act without strategy and tactics". Finally, the question is being answered, but a bit too slowly. The action is good, but the story doesn't so much go forward as it meets a stalemate. Book 6 needs to provide more answers. Book 4 started some character development, but book 5 lacks. The Ugly: Lots of "F" bombs. Thoughts: This is an easy to read series; however, I never got excited about this volume. Usually, I tear threw these in less than a week, this one didn't inspire me to turn pages. Kloos needs to develop his Bad Guy Aliens beyond that. Now, they are the easy to hate aliens. He toys, a little bit, with his characters seeing them as less alien, and more human, but not enough. I'm ready for Lt Grayson to develop beyond just a good soldier.

  • Matt
    2019-05-22 14:05

    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 enormous shock. This is an interplanetary species that can terraform any planet they land on in a matter of days and fly through space in "pod-ships" that detonate lethal nerve gas through any planetary atmosphere they come across. Andrew's wonder at their ability to hide out and come up behind an enemy trooper is just bizarre. He also looses his rifle four times; anything to scurry along the narrative i guess.But it still holds all the good qualities of the series in general. The aliens are great, the military hardware is great the military universe he inhabits is - mostly - very consistent. It's a decent stab to ending a better-than-decent series.

  • Milhouse Van Houten
    2019-05-24 08:12

    Good book!

  • Clyde
    2019-05-22 15:22

    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 knocks.Good military SF. But, it is not really a stand-alone book. One should read the previous volumes first.

  • Tyler Hill
    2019-04-27 10:04

    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.4.2/5

  • John Purvis
    2019-04-28 13:24

    “Fields of Fire” eBook was published in 2017 and was written by Marko Kloos ( Mr. Kloos has published five novels, this being the 5th of his “Frontlines” series. I received an ARC of this novel through in return for a fair and honest review. I categorize this novel as ‘R’ because it contains scenes of Violence and Mature Language. The story takes place in the future where Earth is under attack by the ‘Lankies”. The primary character is Lieutenant Andrew Grayson.The ‘Lankies’ have tried a few incursions on Earth, but so far they are being repelled. Now it is time to take the war to them on Mars. Both Grayson and his wife are in the military and are part of the invasion force. Grayson is in the leading edge of the invasion, being part of the ‘pathfinders’ that clear the way for the true invasion force. He finds himself in more than one risky situation with the ‘Lankies’ surprising the Earth force. I thoroughly enjoyed the nearly 8 hours I spent reading this 304 page Science Fiction novel. I want to go back now and read the previous four in the series. This one read pretty well on its own, but the background would have helped some. I liked the characters in the novel and the plot. The cover art is OK, but only implies warfare. After reading this novel, I would include Mr. Kloos in my list of favorite Science fiction authors. I give this novel a 5 out of 5. Further book reviews I have written can be accessed at