Orders of Battle - taking the fight to the enemy

  • Posted on: 5 March 2021
  • By: Lore

Orders of Battle Book CoverFor the first five books of the Frontlines series humanity was pushed from their many homes amongst the stars back towards Earth. The aliens known as Lankies eventually set up a foothold on Mars and began to batter Earth and put humanity on the brink; however, in the last book we saw the human forces finally push back. Although the Lankies are still on Mars it is no longer a launching point for their military and human forces control the orbital. This book starts a number of years later over the last few years there has not been a single Lankey attack launched against Earth so of course it is time to get curious and figure out what is going on. What better way to do that than to head back out of our solar system and see what the Lankies are up to elsewhere. What could possibly go wrong?

It is good to be back with Andrew and Halley and see them get to spend some time together during this lull in their military careers but I must admit this one starts a little slow. When things finally ramp up it does get quite interesting but the lull in the fighting results in a lull for the story and that isn't good for such a small book. This time around the story focuses mostly on Andrew and his newest mission, which I must admit was very engaging, but it ends on a cliffhanger and I feel cheated. With so many pages dedicated up front to a storyline that was rather boring and really didn't do that much character building I feel like Marko Kloos only delivered half a book this time around. It is certainly better than the filler story he delivered in Points of Impact but that makes two books in a row that weren't as good as their predecessors and the trend is worrying. This has been quite an enjoyable military sci-fi series and I hope it can find a way to return to the quality it started with.

To make matters worse the audiobook version has a new narrator and it never goes well when a series switches narrators mid stream, although I must give Eric G. Dove some credit as he goes out of his way to voice the characters in a similar way to the former narrator Luke Daniels. This effort made the switch tolerable and although it isn't ideal I don't feel it is a deal breaker for the audio version.