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Terms of Enlistment
Terms of Enlistment
Terms of Enlistment
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Terms of Enlistment

Written by Marko Kloos

Narrated by Luke Daniels

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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The year is 2108, and the North American Commonwealth is bursting at the seams. For welfare rats like Andrew Grayson, there are only two ways out of the crime-ridden and filthy welfare tenements, where you're restricted to 2,000 calories of badly flavored soy every day.

You can hope to win the lottery and draw a ticket on a colony ship settling off-world, or you can join the service.

With the colony lottery a pipe dream, Andrew chooses to enlist in the armed forces for a shot at real food, a retirement bonus, and maybe a ticket off Earth. But as he starts a career of supposed privilege, he soon learns that the good food and decent health care come at a steep price...and that the settled galaxy holds far greater dangers than military bureaucrats or the gangs that rule the slums.

The debut novel from Marko Kloos, Terms of Enlistment is a new addition to the great military sci-fi tradition of Robert Heinlein, Joe Haldeman, and John Scalzi.

LanguageEnglish
Release dateJan 28, 2014
ISBN9781480578180
Terms of Enlistment

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
    I really, really enjoyed this one.Andrew Grayson is eighteen years old, living in public housing with his mom, and eating the reconstituted protein that is food aid in this future. He wants out, and the only real option is enlistment in armed forces of the North American Confederacy. Five years of service will get him five years of banked pay at the end of it, and might get him a shot at a berth on a ship to an offworld colony. So he signs up.He wants one of the space services, Navy or Marines, but after basic, where he demonstrates a good tactical brain but no other promising military aptitudes, he's assigned to the Territorial Army. The girlfriend he met in basic, Halley, on the other hand, is going to be a drop ship pilot in the Navy. They promise to stay in touch.They actually do stay in touch.Andrew's first six months as a Territorial Army soldier are, to say the least, eventful, and we learn a lot about this future America and future Earth. And when he gets his longed-for assignment in space, in circumstances that he wouldn't have chosen, we're about to learn how difficult and generally mundane life on a partially terraformed colony world is--when something no one expected happened, and things get really exciting.All of which could be a workaday, ordinary, somewhat interesting milsf story, except it's not. Kloos is giving us real characters, in a world real enough to be grounded and believable, and different enough to be engaging, with people who have strengths and weaknesses. I really enjoyed this, and look forward to the later installments.Highly recommended.I bought this audiobook.
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
    An amazing read! While I feel it was extremely cowardly to back out of the Hugo nomination, I am glad I read this book. I've already started the second in the series.
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    4/5
    The year is 2108 and Earth has become over populated. Poverty runs rampant and most of the planet has been damaged by pollution. Humans have started colonizing space and, if you're lucky, you can win a ticket to one of the newly colonized worlds. Realizing this is a pipe-dream, Andrew Grayson chooses to join the military instead, in hopes that he may end up stationed off world. He soon learns that basic training is not that easy and that there are worse things in the universe than slum gangs or politicians.Terms of Enlistment is the first in the Frontlines series by Marko Kloos. The book is a standard military scifi. If you've read Old Man's War or seen any military movie or tv show recently, you know approximately what to expect. It doesn't break any new ground in that regards and takes a good two thirds of the book before it starts to come into its own.The story is told entirely from Grayson's first person point of view. Wanting to escape poverty, he will do whatever it takes to get off this rock. The story includes a fairly forgettable basic training, a love interest and an Earth-side combat situation. It's a story you've read or seen before without a lot of variance until Grayson finally makes it into the Navy where he boards his first ship into space. Then things start to get interesting. Alas, the story ends just as I was starting to feel vested in the Grayson and his universe.I listened to the audio book narrated by Luke Daniels. He is fantastic as always.As the author's debut novel, it shows promise for the series to come. I hope he takes the foundation he's created and runs with it. I'll be looking for book two in the near future.
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    4/5
    Great military sci fi. I was very pleasantly surprised by the level of detail and world building put into everything. Each new scene was so well built i could see the buildings and that layout of the place.

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    4/5
    3.5 rounded up. Solid mil-SF, well written and reliably entertaining.
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
    I'm always a little leery about the inexpensive Sci-fi books on amazon. Often they feel clumsy and thrown together without any professional intervention.

    However, hat was not the case with this book. The pacing was excellent and the character development was engrossing without being cumbersome. It was so good that I actually sat down on a Saturday and read it from cover to (digital) cover. I guess the take away here is that if you enjoy military Sci-fi than this book is worth your time.