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    “There is nobody who does [military SF] better than Marko Kloos. His Frontlines series is a worthy successor to such classics as Starship Troopers, The Forever War, and We All Died at Breakaway Station.” - George R. R. Martin

    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: 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 an addition to the great military sci-fi tradition of Robert Heinlein, Joe Haldeman, and John Scalzi.

    Revised edition: This edition of Terms of Enlistment includes editorial revisions.

    ©2014 by Marko Kloos. (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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    • DAVE
    • 11/02/2014

    Solid military sci-fi.

    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed this book. It was a solid showing for a first book and a good lead into a series. The author has an interesting view point of humanity and the future. Kloos does a good job of balancing the tech. So many authors go over the top on tech to the point of drowning out the story. There is enough tech here to keep you interested. The characters were not over the top. I like books that make almost ordinary people into the center of the story. They were believable and I was able to relate to them easily. I enjoyed the boot camp part and it brought back a lot of memories for me. The narrator was easy to listen to and different characters were distinguishable. I would be interested in other books this narrator performed in.

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    • Jim "The Impatient"
    • 16/11/2014

    TICKET PUNCHER

    This came within a hair's breath of getting a 5th star from me. If I was a military sci-fi lover it would have, but I am not a fan of endless shoot-em ups, which is what chapters 10-13 are. Other then that it is a pretty good story, certainly entertaining. It has good character development and I have already bought the sequel. It does not really have anything new, but some old favorites done well.

    It's a dystopian future, were most of the country is on welfare. There is the beloved boot camp chapters, a sort of love story, a reenactment of Black Hawk Down, and even Godzilla. It is worth your credit.

    Narrator is good.

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    • BS Reviewer
    • 07/05/2016

    good but generic

    The narrator is great. Story is ok. Writing is pretty solid. If you like military scifi you will like but it is not that deep of a story.

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    • Julius
    • 31/10/2015

    Terms has a Starship Troopers feel to it

    Not that I am saying that Terms of Enlistment and Starship Troopers are all that similar, it's just the feel of the stories. I especially enjoyed the boot camp chapters.

    As for this book itself, the author focuses on the story and not the tech. Granted there are cool gadgets. but he doesn't get bogged down in describing every little thing. He emphasizes the story. And this story is about Andrew Grayson. He wins the lottery and that allows him to leave the projects and join the military. He makes his way through boot camp, but (no spoilers) things don't all go his way. Grayson is just a regular guy put in extraordinary circumstances and that is very enjoyable and refreshing to read. He deals with few bump in the roads. The battle scenes are good and there are more than a few.

    The down side, some of the characters are 2D cardboard cutouts, and much of the dialogue is cheesy and stereotypical. I have heard dialogue like this in bad movies, likely written by people who's never spent time around military officers actually doing their jobs. Luke Daniels does a good job narrating. That aside I think Marko Kloos does an alright job with this one, but it falls short of great.

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    • John
    • 23/02/2014

    Right On Target

    What made the experience of listening to Terms of Enlistment the most enjoyable?

    Good Story combined with excellent narration.

    What other book might you compare Terms of Enlistment to and why?

    Marko Kloos is as good or better than John Ringo or David Weber. I hope this is a start of a series.

    Which scene was your favorite?

    I was a Marine and a D.I. and the boot camp scenes were pretty good. There was a lot of difference between our ultra controlled boot camp and the one in Mr Kloos's book, but I can see how his would have been effective, plus his had the advantage of "washout" which meant going back to a life of extreme poverty and desperation. Those with nothing left to lose make the best recruits.

    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I was disappointed that the book ended. Been a while since that happened.

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    • Ron T
    • 14/11/2016

    Good, not great Military Sci-Fi

    Kloos has a written an enjoyable book that is performed well by Luke Daniels. It is not in the same category as Jack Campbell's Lost Fleet series (at least the first ten books of that series), but the characters are likable, and the plot line believable. This strictly a setup for the ongoing series, there is no attempt to reconcile any of the threads. But the price was right, and it was good enough that I'll get the second book.

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    • Jazzygirl
    • 01/09/2016

    passable, standard scifi tropes... blah

    Not very compelling. but it was worth what i paid for it. on sale. if you commute a lot, it will do. But if you want the best, if you want feels, keep searching.

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    • Joki
    • 14/06/2014

    Enjoyed The Story

    Terms of Enlistment is by no means a perfect book but it was one I enjoyed immensely: a non blustery military sci fi that isn't in love with its tech, its military, or right wing politics. Rather, we have an everyman navigating the military as a way out of a dead end life on welfare, who won't suddenly end up captaining a ship or becoming an insta-leader. As well, I appreciated that we didn't have a gender-specific army but instead had capable roles for male and female characters. I read the second book in the series, Lines of Departure, first and liked it enough to buy this first book.

    Story: Andrew Grayson joins the military as a way out of an untenable life in the welfare system of the North American government. He will go through training school and then end up tackling the problematic situation of the deteriorating social structure on Earth. But what is happening on Earth is only one problem in a universe that is about to expand rapidly - and the military is suddenly going to become very needed.

    What I liked about the books is that we have a very ordinary guy. Although he sounds far too educated to have come from a welfare system in which he didn't get higher education (there are no colloquialisms, slang, dialects, etc.) I actually preferred that simple talk for a simple man. Both this first book and the second book start slowly but really pick up steam by midway through. And then, when the action kicks in, Kloos really knows how to escalate it - his characters don't have bad days, they have *really* bad days.

    This is the type of story that isn't about kick butt marines, balls out action, or being macho. It's about being lucky to survive, a feeling of futility but also hope, and living in a world on the brink of falling apart on many levels.

    I listened to the audible version of this and enjoyed the narration.

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    • Darrell Moore
    • 01/09/2016

    Fantastic Narration

    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend the narrator to a friend. The book was generally good, especially the first 15 chapters or so. It takes a twist into an area that I didn't care for towards the end.

    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Not satisifed.

    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No.

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    • goofyfoot
    • 08/06/2016

    ok i guess

    it just never got me deep into the character for some reason. it could be me though. the ending was way too abrupt. when it was over i wasnt left wanting.

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    • T. Voigt
    • 08/05/2019

    Ein bisschen knapp auf der Science Fiction Seite

    Ein gutes Buch. Es ist ein bisschen schmal auf der Science Fiction Seite der Story.
    Hier bekommt man vor allem ein action-lastiges Militär Epos.
    Ich hoffe das ändert sich im nächsten Buch noch etwas.
    Aber auf jeden Fall sehr unterhaltsam.

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    • Justus Wingert
    • 12/06/2017

    Welcome to the frontlines

    Halten Sie die Hörbuch-Ausgabe von Terms of Enlistment für besser als das Buch?

    Any audiobook lives on its performance, and Luke Daniels has a rock solid delivery. This is no radioplay, obviously, but every character has his or her own personality.

    Welche Figur hat Ihnen am besten gefallen? Warum?

    The novel centers around Andrew Grayson, a kid from the OK-ish part of a really bad town. We are slowly but thoroughly introduced to a not so distant dystopia growing ever more hellish. From civilian to private Grayson our hero goes through a lot of change, and manages to scrape by with that little bit of luck due a central character.

    Was wäre für andere Hörer sonst noch hilfreich zu wissen, um das Hörbuch richtig einschätzen zu können?

    Overall this is very obviously the first installment of a surprisingly well fleshed out world. Culminating in the standardized military scifi hooray final, albeit with enough investment in character development to make us actually care.

    A solid beginning and stepping stone for a great series in the making.

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    • Friedrich Markgraf
    • 29/10/2020

    Excellent reader, boring story

    The story is easy to follow, and there is some straightforward action. Other than that, it’s quite boring, lacking both depth and interesting twists or revelations, or any form of social commentary or introspection, even though the setting would provide fertile grounds for either. In a word, „belanglos“.

    Luke Daniels, as always, is absolutely amazing. He alone carries this whole book and makes it both easy to digest (which, again, isn’t really hard here) and even entertaining. If you enjoy his performances and want something with more wit and humor (but not any more depth or social commentary), I highly recommend the Magic 2.0 series.

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    • DK
    • 09/10/2019

    WARNING: good 1st book of series, rest not so good

    I enjoyed the first book of the series - basically, "Terms of Enlistment" mostly focuses on creating the foundation for this series universe and it does a good job. Some minor logic and plot and science inconsistencies - but otherwise a good book.
    And the narration by Luke Daniels is absolutely fantastic.

    However, the second book "Lines of Departure" has numerous GLARING issues in all areas of plot, logic, economics and science!
    Reading the comments for the next books in the series shows that these issues do not seem to decrease - quite the opposite, in fact.

    Thus, I'll not continue with this series past the first two I already bought...