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(The Palladium Wars #1)

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W obejmującym sześć planet systemie Gaja przypominająca Ziemię Gretia dąży do stabilizacji w obliczu międzyplanetarnej wojny. Zawiązuje się niepewny sojusz służący ratowaniu gospodarki, zasobów oraz populacji.
Do gry wraca Aden Robertson. Poświęcił dwanaście lat przegranej sprawie, na rękach ma krew pół miliona ofiar, a teraz próbuje znaleźć sposób, by wieść dalsze życie.
Kindle Edition, 286 pages
Published July 1st 2019 by 47North
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Sherwood Smith
Simply inhaled this.

Be warned: it's the first in a series, and ends on the sort of cliffhanger that causes readers to breathe brimstone and pitchforks. If you can't stand that sort of ending, then buy the book and stash it underneath that copy of Proust you've always meant to read, until the next comes out.

It starts deceptively slowly, as Aden, who has been a prisoner of war for five years, is released and told to get out of Rhodia. Everyone hates the Gretians who lost the war, but they really,
Feb 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Solid opening on two counts. The beginning of the novel was pretty strong with the whole "what are we going to do after being in a PoW" vibe going on, full of space opera MilSF goodness between two human populations.

The other solid opening was for the expectation of a full series.

Unfortunately, the actual novel does not feel all that much like a set piece. It might be fine and rather perfect as long as you're reading it along with a full set of novels to come, but since the wait time will be som
Manuel Antão
Jul 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review.

Post-Post-Rhodian MilSF: "Aftershocks" by Marko Kloos

Despite having spent relatively little time in Germany in the course of my travels, I have spent a great deal of time, always profitably + enjoyably, reading German philosophers, listening to German classical composers, watching Germany’s footballers (Breitner, Rummenige, Rubesch, Litbarski, Matthäus, etc.), reading German SF (Perry Rhodan’s never-ending SF Series - Kloos’ novel even
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What happens after the war has ended and everyone has hashed out the reporations and divided the booty? In  Aftershocks, Marko Kloos explores this scenario as the consequences of being the losing faction in the war become clear and new little rebellions begin popping up in various ar
Mogsy (MMOGC)
Aug 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

After how badly I crashed and burned with the last military sci-fi novel I picked up, I was a little nervous about starting Aftershocks. However, my worries were allayed as soon as I began reading the first chapter and was introduced to Aden, a former soldier who fought on the side that lost and who now finds himself held in a prison-of-war camp. Pulled into this scenario straight away, I learned more about this world as t
I have read a few of Kloos’ books. This is a new series so I decided to start it and see if it is worth following. I have found Kloos to be an excellent writer with a creative imagination.

The book is well written. There are four different main characters and the story switches back and forth between them. The four characters are: a newly released POW soldier; an angry racist soldier; a young vice president of a corporation, who is the daughter of the founder of the company; and a freighter capta
Nov 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Aftershocks is the first novel in a new series by the Kloos, a gifted writer of military SF who is as steady writing scenes of action and peril as the smaller character moments that make stories tick. The author is clearly trying to show off his versatility and range with The Palladium Wars, and the kickoff mostly succeeds. Unlike the single perspective of his popular Frontlines series, Aftershocks follows several characters across multiple worlds. This is also not a story about war, but the une ...more
Sep 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Great start to a new series and well set up for the long haul, but also with enough action in its own right. I’ve got lots of questions that need answers. Next one please!
Sep 11, 2019 rated it it was ok
Beginning of a many books’ crossover military science fiction (MIL-SF)/conspiracy thriller/ space opera modeled on The Expanse .

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. I can't help but to compare and contrast this story to The Expanse. That’s obviously what the author was imitating here. However, the book falls short of the higher literary standards set by that series towards its end and does not set itself well enough apart from it story-wise. In addition, the book doesn’t end with a c
Aug 12, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: sf
Where the hell is the rest of the novel?
Dec 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Well, hooked again. I started with Kloos' Frontline series way back when because they were on sale and I continued because they were good (and still on sale). I think I bought this one full price just as a nod of thanks to a writer I appreciate. Worth every penny. I am already fully invested in the characters and the world building is better than his first series. More complex, more suspense, same military insight without it being too heavy on battles.

I did some brief stats on how many times I
Sep 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Very much a prologue to what appears to be a long military SF series set in the Gaia system, with multiple human-colonized worlds that have just emerged from a brutal interplanetary war and look to be headed into some sort of new conflict.

We pick up with Aden as he is released from five years as a prisoner of war. He's a Gretian, from the planet that instigated and lost the war. Meanwhile on Gretia, Solveig is the youngest daughter of a family that owns an important Gretian company. She starts i
Jul 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had been meaning to read something by Marko Kloos for a long time. His science fiction is well received, and while "Aftershocks" is not earth shaking and it breaks no new ground, it is enjoyable, plot driven fare. It has well developed characters, the premise of the series is set up in a way that makes the reader want to continue with the next book.
I was not as impressed with Luke Daniels' narration. His attempt to differentiate between characters came down to using bad regional dialects wit
Dec 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science-fiction
Great start to a new series.

Mario Kloos’ Frontline series is possibly my favorite military science fiction series. Like that series, this first book in The Palladium Wars is used to set up the characters and back story.

If you haven’t read Kloos before you will find many strong female characters that will play pivotal rolls further along I suspect. This series differs from Frontline because it does not start on Earth.

If you like military science fiction with diverse characters I suggest giving t
So, The Expanse series by James S.A Corey has only one book left. But fear not, we have a new space adventure to obsess for, The Palladium Wars.

Reading this first entry to the series felt like sitting snugly in a gravity chair that cradled me when I accelerated into the story, with a comfortable one-g burn. It's like wearing a worn, soft old pajama. It's like....well, you know what I mean. I have always been a fan of the author's Frontlines series, and I think the writing is even better this tim
The Captain
Jul 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Ahoy there me mateys!  I received this sci-fi eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  So here be me honest musings . . .

Okay mateys, I know I haven't even finished Marko Kloos' Frontlines series and yet here I be starting another series by him.  I have no regrets.  I picked this up and devoured it in one sitting.  It also helps that it be under 300 pages.

In this book a nasty war has ended and it has been five years since the peace treaty.  But peace seems to be faltering.  This se
Quite an unexpected hit for me as I started but never progressed in the author's debut six-volume+ series Frontlines; an Amazon prime book of the month in July 2019, I got a sample in my email and the first page intrigued me, so I started reading and couldn't put the book down until the end, while volume 2 became a clear asap;

Closer to space opera than pure military sf (though on a multiplanet solar system scale), the novel starts some 5 years after the end of a brutal 4+ year interplanetary wa
Don't know how it happened but I completely blew off reviewing this! (Sometimes I think my brain has large sinkholes where things go in but don't come out. Ha! Ha!)

Anyway, this was a real fun space opera. Set after a large and devastating conflict, this story takes place when many of the planets (and their governments) are vulnerable. And wouldn't you know it, someone unknown force is seeming to take advantage of that.

The cast of characters is diverse and compelling, the world building excellent
Jul 28, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, sci-fi
3.25 stars

Overkill on the politics, too little sci-fi, few action scenes. Not what I expected after the terrific Frontlines series. It feels... shallow. I'm actually listening to the second one and making myself finish it before I decide if I want to quit the series. Just doesn't feel like my cuppa. I prefer stories like his Frontlines, or Nick Webb's Legacy Fleet, or John Scalzi's Old Man's War.

Don't let this tepid review stop you from reading/listening-to his fabulous Frontlines series!

Jul 31, 2020 rated it it was ok
Ho hum. Another book full of questions but no answers. Not bothering with the rest if this series.
Feb 20, 2019 rated it it was ok
I was fortunate to receive an ARC of this via NetGalley, and was excited to dig in. The premise appealed to me- it has been years since the aftermath of a war that spanned solar systems, in which an alliance of planets finally succeeded in overtaking the miltaristic society of Gretia. Now, after a period of peace as society struggles to right itself and the Gretian way of life is all but dismantled, unrest is stirring once more. A mysterious group is appearing with technology far beyond anything ...more
Kara Babcock
As much as I think the finale of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine might be one of the best TV finales ever, I do wish we had seen (canonically, on screen) what the aftermath of the Dominion War brought. It’s one thing to tell a war story—and DS9 told it well—and another to talk about after the war. About picking up the pieces, rebuilding, and healing wounds of all varieties. Aftershocks is exactly that kind of book. Marko Kloos drops us into a solar system five years after the last official shot was f ...more
Oct 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: scifi, author-germany
This is a Sci-Fi book where the future is very familiar. The human race appears to be living in a new system on various planets which each have some pros and cons. The people on each platform seem to be similar to various current ethnicities (Western, Gurkha, Asiatic). Of course there has just been a war and the book delves into life five years after peace. Technology has advanced but is in the realms of what we currently understand.
There are four narrators; a newly released POW officer; a proud
Adam Richard
Jun 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Space opera! I love a solid space opera. (Not to be confused with space fantasy, where people have mystical powers and laser swords, and there are space dragons and the like) Marko Kloos writes plausible, believable space opera with a military bent.

So, this was my free Kindle book this month. I agonised over the choice. Most of the other choices were crimey or weepy, by the looks of things, and this was straight-up science fiction. I vaguely recognised the name, and wondered why, so I did a quic
Aug 18, 2020 rated it liked it
It is not a novel it is a long extended pre-amble that serves to set scene the and show the world building while introducing characters and relationships.
Kloos is pretty pleased with his world building and wants to show you he has thought of everything, so at various points where he suspects a reader might be saying "Wait, can..?" he happily goes into a few paragraphs of explaining the how what when where of it all in a casually plausible way.
No massive surprises in the form of plot o
Dec 07, 2019 rated it it was ok
Fairly entertaining, if uninventive, military sci-fi. With multiple narrative threads and POVs, none of which come together for resolution by the end of the book, this is clearly a lead in to a longer series, which I'm not likely to continue with.
Christi M
Jun 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi
Aftershocks is a very solid first book in a new science fiction series that revolves around six planets striving for stability after a war has ended. The story is told through multiple points of view – each showing a different area of how order is maintained within the solar system and how it affects different individuals. However, it doesn’t take too long in the story before we see that the “order” they are striving to maintain is fragile and occurrences of guerilla type warfare begin occurring ...more
Jan 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
01/17/2020 Mini-Review:

4.5 Stars for Narration by Luke Daniels
4 Stars for Tech & Concepts
4 Stars for Characters
3.5 Stars for Plot Progression

If you are looking for a story like Frontlines, this is not it. I'm not going to say a lot about the story because I don't want to spill any beans. Military procedure & events are a big part of the plot line but it's not the main focus. This was a great setup for the series to come. You get a feel for the setting, political conflicts, personal viewpoints an
Sadly, this felt like a waste of my time. It's all just a set-up for a new space-opera series, and Kloos hasn't bothered to provide much of a story. Introduce a four PoV characters, mostly cliche. There are a few action scenes, ground fighting and a small space engagement, but they don't do much to create a coherent narrative. A post-war occupation shows the obvious tension between victor and vanquished. And it seems someone is trying to stir things up with both sides for reasons unknown. Not an ...more
Executive Summary: I've enjoyed Mr. Kloos Frontline books, but they were starting to drag a bit. So I was excited to check out a new series from him. It did not disappoint. In fact I think I like it better so far. My only real gripe is I've left with so many questions.

Audiobook: Luke Daniels remains one of my favorite narrators, and he brings his usual excellence to this book. You get a variety of voices that adds that little extra that I like in my audio books.

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