Terms of Enlistment, by Marko Kloos, landed on my to-be-read pile some time ago. I even bought the audio book with some credits I had saved up. Let me say right now that I am glad it found its way back to the top of my list. I recently finished the audio book and enjoyed it immensely.
The reason I set it aside was that I read the first few pages, which were good, but I had just read something similar with a person in a economically depressed future going off to basic training. Don’t get me wrong, I like these stories (both the fiction and the non fiction variety). Timing was the problem back then.
Once I cracked Terms of Enlistment open in earnest, I listened to the entire novel in about three days which is fast for me given the time available for such things. As Terms of Enlistment progressed, I found myself constantly with an earbud in and making excuses for more time to listen.
What follows is not really a spoiler, but may or may not be helpful. Please keep in mind these are merely impressions that popped into my head and not exact comparisons. Part one felt like the first half of Full Metal Jacket. Part two reminded me in a very entertaining way of Black Hawk Down. Part three might have been a spin on War of the Worlds, but not on Earth. Mr. Marko Kloos, if you read this, please take these examples as compliments. I found the novel well written, suspenseful and entertaining, and cared about the characters. The narrator, Luke Daniels, did an outstanding job as always.