angles of attack.


The alien forces known as the Lankies are gathering on the solar system’s edge, consolidating their conquest of Mars and setting their sights on Earth. The far-off colony of New Svalbard, cut off from the rest of the galaxy by the Lanky blockade, teeters on the verge of starvation and collapse. The forces of the two Earth alliances have won minor skirmishes but are in danger of losing the war. For battle-weary staff sergeant Andrew Grayson and the ragged forces of the North American Commonwealth, the fight for survival is entering a catastrophic new phase.

Forging an uneasy alliance with their Sino-Russian enemies, the NAC launches a hybrid task force on a long shot: a stealth mission to breach the Lanky blockade and reestablish supply lines with Earth. Plunging into combat against a merciless alien species that outguns, outmaneuvers, and outfights them at every turn, Andrew and his fellow troopers could end up cornered on their home turf, with no way out and no hope for reinforcement. And this time, the struggle for humanity’s future can only end in either victory or annihilation.

ANGLES OF ATTACK will be released on April 21, 2015. You can pre-order the book in Kindle, paperback, or audio formats here.

17 thoughts on “angles of attack.

      • thank you Mr. Kloos! PLEASE keep writing these things as long as your brain allows! I think I speak for many out in the world when I say your books are the best thing in sci-fi right now! HUGE fan here in Manhattan, NYC! Hope the series goes to 20!

  1. I just read both your books, and your story is one of my favorites in science fiction right now. I cant wait to read your next book. Have you any other series in mind in the future besides this one?

  2. I eagerly await the release of Angles of Attack I have gone back and re-read the two previous novels and both of the short stories – several times. I was particularly pleased to see the slight re-write of Terms of Enlistment that fleshed out some things, in particular the small edits and additional story that made the ending seem less rushed.

    The military technology described is quite plausible, the weapons systems are in many ways not that far off from what is being fielded today or on the drawing boards. Drop ships – a little less so but no reason to doubt as a future technology. Even the FTL drive is reasonable in terms of science. Overall, just enough technology is explained to keep the story moving, without wandering off into a geek fest.

    One thing however, keeps sticking in my mind as I read the stories, and that is in regard to the overall cultural and society. While the idea of the two primary power blocks and an overloaded Earth is entirely reasonable and believable, down to the end of welfare blocks and rationed food (something that Jerry Pournelle explored in his Co-dominium future history series).

    But when it comes to the military, it gets just a tad sticky. The ‘terms of enlistment’ are quite clear, pay is retained and distributed AFTER service has been completed….but…. What the hell do the troops do for money? Yes they can eat in government facilities when traveling or on leave, but no pocket money at all? How do the troops buy a few trinkets, negotiate places where government dining halls aren’t available? What about married troops – the story makes it clear there are married troops in Terms of Enlistment, and again in Lines of Departure. So how do the troops buy the kids clothes, etc?

    Just a nitpick in what is a very fine series of hard science fiction, excellent in detail and a coherent society and culture….except that one little detail. It would be nice perhaps to have a ‘companion’ book, even a short story that explains the back story of how the SRA and NAC came about, etc.

    Good work and keep the series going – otherwise your loyal readers might go all “Misery’ on you……………..that was a ‘joke’, cue humor font.

  3. I’m traveling to Taiwan and downloaded TERMS OF ENLISTMENT prior to my flight from the U.S. I was engrossed from the beginning. Imagine my excitement when I finished it and Amazon immediately offered LINES OF DEPARTURE for download. “Sweet!” I thought. A military SF series I finally like. Two weeks into my trip, and I just completed your second book in the series. To my utter disappointment, I couldn’t download the third book. Just did a quick search and found your blog and now I have to say I can’t wait to get ANGLES OF ATTACK. I fly back from Taiwan on April 21st. Please, please, please, let the book be available for download before my flight — I’m worried because I’m at least 12 hours ahead of any part of the U.S. Here’s hoping that Amazon distributes it on time for the international audience. Thanks for starting such a great series!

  4. Marko, like this series very much! One minor, minor thing bothered me a little and that was the anti-Lanky small arms. I was thinking some kind of man-portable anti-armor weapon. I guess I’m really torqued about only two shots! What a small thing in your great MilSf books! My wife says I’m nuts and should take the garbage out. Thanks for the stories!


  5. Just finished my paper copy of Angles of Attack at 4 am in the morning. Yep I had to stay up at all hours to finish it off and thoroughly enjoyed it. The political issues reminded me of the backdrop to the Jerry Pournelle Mercenary series. Quite different but a similar flavour. Perhaps after the 4th book you could consider more in the same Universe

  6. Listening to the audible now, and I must say, of all the amazing SciFi I have found and even Urban Fantasy I have found Luke Daniels has to be one of my ALL time favorite narrators. There are others that are good even great but so far the only thing I have found better are full cast productions. I tried to read the book prior to the audible release and decided to just wait for Luke to do it right. This series is at the top of my list which has 5-8 series doggedly duking it out for the lead. I am not a huge fan of short stories typically and I know that there are some shorts in this series. I wanted to suggest doing what was done with the Koban series and do an audio book of shorts that is in the same universe, but deals with smaller stories that may not have much of an impact on the story as a whole but could be referenced. I found that it added a lot of depth to the universe and the tie in’s were that much more colorful having had read the short stories, however, not needed to understand the situation. I will rabidly be waiting for book four while I also wait for 5-8 other equals some of them in the 4-5 range one of them in the 13th book. Some of them have been released in print but most of them having amazing narrations are just simply worth the wait. Now to go back and review WHY they had there mutiny back in book 2 its been so long! Mostly because I have digested some 130 books since book 2 HAHA!


  7. For some reason “Angles of Attack” does not have a listing on Google Books. The previous two in the series appear on Is there a reason this one is missing? I don’t think the book needs to be in the Play store to appear, it just needs to have been published.

  8. Is there any art work related to the series? I’d like to see someone’s artistic interpretation of a lanky, or a space control cruiser, seedship, etc.

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