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.