Terms of Enlistment (Frontlines)

By Marko Kloos

The yr is 2108, and the North American Commonwealth is bursting on the seams. For welfare rats like Andrew Grayson, there are just methods out of the crime-ridden and filthy welfare tenements, the place you are limited to 2 thousand energy of badly flavored soy each day:

You can desire to win the lottery and draw a price ticket on a colony send settling off-world, otherwise you can subscribe to the service.

With the colony lottery a pipe dream, Andrew chooses to enlist within the military for a shot at actual nutrition, a retirement bonus, and perhaps a price tag off Earth. yet as he starts off a profession of intended privilege, he quickly learns that the nice meals and first rate future health care come at a steep price…and that the settled galaxy holds some distance higher risks than army bureaucrats or the gangs that rule the slums.

The debut novel from Marko Kloos, Terms of Enlistment is a brand new addition to the nice army sci-fi culture of Robert Heinlein, Joe Haldeman, and John Scalzi.

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