Book Review – Terms of Enlistment

Before I get to it, I need to make sure everyone understands a few things.  I am no literary snob/geek.  I am an unabashed fan of pulp novels, and I read little else.  Some call them potato chip books – enjoyable, but little substance.  I read to escape.  I get into the story, and try not to over-think it or look for hidden meanings.  Which, come to think of it, is probably why I failed the literature portion of my high school English classes a quarter of a century ago.

I’ve been doing a lot of reading lately.  It’s about the only thing that I have enough energy left to do with all the overtime I’m putting in.  Plus, with the advantage of having a reader app on my smartphone (yes, I succumbed and bought one), I can read at work, at least under certain circumstances.

One of my recent reads is Terms of Enlistment, the first full-length work by Marko Kloos.  I bought through amazon instead of directly from Marko only because it was the easiest way to get it on the aforementioned smartphone.  The asking price was a paltry $2.99, which I gladly paid.  It is a mil/sci-fi, which is right down my alley.  I won’t go into the storyline, or anything else that could be considered a spoiler,  Check out the link above, and read the synopsis for yourself.

I thought ToE was an excellent book.  It grabbed my attention from the beginning and held it to the end.  There is action, humor, and even a hint of romance thrown in – all in the appropriate ratios. The biggest problem I found was that it ended too soon.  Don’t misunderstand, it’s a full-length novel.  It’s just so entertaining that it’s over before you know it.  The genre and writing styles are different, but I found it as good of a read as my current favorite author‘s first effort.

I did have a nagging question regarding some of the details of the Detroit operation that were never answered, but it didn’t slow me down a bit.  In a recent blog post, Marko mentions an alternate story path for the main character, and this unanswered question would have likely been addressed there, had it come to pass.

I would have been happy with my investment had I paid five federal reserve notes for it, and I suspect the next book in the series (due out next month) will command a higher price.  Which I will pay.  Within reason, of course.

Go.  Buy.  Read.  Enjoy.  You won’t find a better entertainment to dollar value anywhere.  I guarantee it.

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2 Responses to Book Review – Terms of Enlistment

  1. GarandGal says:

    Thank you for the recommendation, I’ve put it on my list. Congrats on the smart phone, which one did you go with? Also, what’s up with LF? is she now the ExLF?

    • alaskan454 says:

      Happy to oblige on the recommendation – I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. I have read probably six other books in the last month or so, and more equally vague “reviews” will be forthcoming. Eventually.

      My smartphone is the Samsung SCH-S720C. I bought it because it was the only one that was available for Straight Talk that uses Verizon towers. The only people who can get any sort of reception at work are folks who are with Verizon, or whose providers contract with them to use their towers.

      It’s fine as smartphones go, but with this being my first one, my opinion is not really an educated one. I went with ST because I didn’t want to be locked into a contract, and it was the cheapest “unlimited” option I could find at the time – $45 plus /sales/ tax (no network fees, 911 surcharges, or any of the other shit additions that the big names charge) and signing up for auto-recharge gets you $2.50 off that price.

      Even at that price, it is way more than I wanted to pay, considering that $20 every 90 days was what I had been paying for the past several years for a phone that I almost never used. It is convenient to have the internet in one’s pocket, though.

      LF is pretty much ExLF, but she has promised a reply to an email that I sent to her laying out all the stuff that had been building up since the holidays that she never wanted to talk about, and I’m giving her another week or so to actually send the reply (or blow it off, which will be a response of its own) before going public with details.

      Hope you’re doing OK. Haven’t had much time to keep in touch, and I’ve missed our comment exchanges.

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