ne thing I don’t do in the bookstore: I don’t pick up books that say (under the title) things like Book Two of the Franchise Series.
And with Angles of Attack, I got punked.
So main character Andrew Grayson, a combat coordinator a century in the future, finds himself in the middle of a battle with his prior enemies, the Russians, on his side. Weirder yet, they seem to be fighting the Lankies, huge armored creatures that wipe out colonies and terraform them to their linking (at the cost of all human occupants). Mars has already fallen. Earth might be next. But way out on a colony world where he is, nobody is quite sure – if they leave for the home world, what might be waiting for them?
Incidentally, Andrew also mentioned that he was involved in a mutiny. And there are a number of people who pop in and seem to know him. All this in the first twenty or thirty pages. So yes, a series. I checked the front cover. Two books before this one.
But you know what? I don’t care.
Angles of Attack was a good solid read, a page-turner of a novel as Andrew finds himself on the recon ship flying to Earth to check things out. The battle scenes are exciting, the unknown is suspenseful, and the plot evolves out. Since we are not hamstrung too badly by his backstory, the book can stand largely on its own merits. I really enjoyed this one and might go searching for the others in the series. If you’d like to do so as well, the author is Marko Kloos, a writer to watch.
If you like good solid scifi that isn’t all Han Solo Space Opera stuff, if you like mil-tech and interesting mysteries, this book might be for you. The Blogatorium sez check it out!