lines of departure.

Lines of Departure (Marko Kloos)


Vicious interstellar conflict with an indestructible alien species. Bloody civil war over the last habitable zones of the cosmos. Political unrest, militaristic police forces, dire threats to the Solar System…

Humanity is on the ropes, and after years of fighting a two-front war with losing odds, so is North American Defense Corps officer Andrew Grayson. He dreams of dropping out of the service one day, alongside his pilot girlfriend, but as warfare consumes entire planets and conditions on Earth deteriorate, he wonders if there will be anywhere left for them to go.

After surviving a disastrous space-borne assault, Grayson is reassigned to a ship bound for a distant colony—and packed with malcontents and troublemakers. His most dangerous battle has just begun.

In this sequel to the bestselling Terms of Enlistment, a weary soldier must fight to prevent the downfall of his species…or bear witness to humanity’s last, fleeting breaths.

Lines of Departure is available from these sources: (Kindle, paperback, audio)

Barnes & Noble (paperback, audio)

Audible (audio)




19 thoughts on “lines of departure.

  1. Excellent follow up to Terms of Enlistment. I have read all the books/short stories in this series now and am eagerly awaiting the next installment. Great work.

  2. I’m absolutely loving this series. I love how the world you’ve created is grounded in reality and based on around technologies that either already exist or are theoretically possible

  3. I enjoy your books, a lot of armed forces memories and feelings comes flooding back with new flavors and some nice cyber-punk to top it all off.
    You keep writing and I will keep reading.

  4. Bloody Amazing!!!!!! Please tell me there is a 3rd and final book in the series !!!!
    The best science fiction I have read in a decade!!!

  5. Bloody Amazing!!!!!! Please tell me there is a 3rd and final book in the series !!!!
    The best science fiction I have read in a decade!!!

  6. I am so damn impressed. Found Mr Kloos mentioned once or twice in forums and recommendations. But having a massive to-read list never got around to him. Then doping a random search for something with a military sci-fi flare on I found Term of Enlistment. I started listening to it a few days ago, and have so far finished it and Line of Departure with barely a break to eat or sleep. Exactly what I love in good sci-fi. Mr Kloos, It’s been an honour and a pleasure to support you and I wait eagerly for the next instalment.

  7. Just finished Lines Of Departure, and REALLY enjoyed it. I have to tell you, it’s the first book I’ve read on the Kindle (out of many) where I was so engaged, I didn’t see the end of the book coming up. Turning that last digital page, only to find out it WAS the last page, was a shock to the ol’ system. You’ve lived up to the adage “Always leave them wanting more”, and I’ll be first in line to happily purchase the next installment of this wonderful series.

    Thanks for creating this universe, so I can enjoy my time spent getting lost in it!

  8. Decided to give Terms of Enlistment a try on Sunday, couldn’t put it down and picked up Lines of Departure on Monday night. I just finished that about a day later and I’m left here fiending for more. I haven’t been this enthralled with a book, let alone two since… Well, probably ever. But hey, at least I’ll get some sleep to night. Can’t wait for the next one to come out!

  9. I picked this up because I am kind of stalking Luke Daniels by Audible, if that’s possible. I had just finished with all of the Iron Druid series and was looking for the next thing to wet my whistle and picked up this. At first I thought that it had a very, “Old Man’s War – John Scalzi” which I truly loved and was a little worried but then, that parallel was SMASH against the surface of an incoming E.L.E. Asteroid I don’t know were all these amazing SciFi writers all came from considering the genera has all but completely disappeared from television, but Audible has had me pleasantly surprised if not down right shocked and burning credits and cash on a regular basis. I listen to my books these days as entertainment, screw the networks, but it all started with old BBC and Oldtime radio recordings of radio dramas, then I went out looking for more after blowing through all I had got my hands on. I picked them up because using the tv, computer, and phone were disturbing her slumber now, I am just plain hooked. Keep up the great work, because right now, your ranked as one of my top ten writers, and there are some very esteemed people in that group. Be sure that I will be pre-ordering the next audible and will be hunting down first edition hardbacks if they exist (I collect them) and if at all possible keep Luke Daniels as the narrator, he is Audible GOLD! By and far the BEST narrator I have ever heard.

  10. This is an awesome series. I am not a SF fan, generally. But, as others have already stated, this series one me over due to the fast paced action and lack of tech related minutiae. I like tech, but Im not a techie. All that said, can anyone reccommend more SF that is similar to this?

    • Hi James – there is the obvious Heinlein’s ‘Starship Troopers’, and John Steakley’s ‘Armor’, and Joe Haldeman’s ‘Forever War’. The first two are some of my favorites of all time – really refreshing after having read those books to run across the ‘Frontlines’ series and find something new and fresh in a genre I enjoy so much. Also – although not entirely in the same vein – check out Niven and Pournelle’s ‘Footfall’ – ‘Lines of Departure’ reminded me of it in that towards the climax of each book you haven’t got a prayer at putting the thing down until the ride is over.

  11. Just finished ‘Lines of Departure’ – took two days to squeeze it in to a very busy schedule. Absolutely worth the sleep deprivation – it has been a while since I stayed up till 2:00 am because I couldn’t put a book down. Very much looking forward to future installments.

  12. Read terms of enlisment a couple of years ago and loved it.. Then the sequel just slipped by me somehow. If its any concillation, the news of your withdrawal has reminded me of an awesome book seriies. Book purchased.

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