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(The Palladium Wars #1)

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  722 ratings  ·  91 reviews
“A new series that promises to be just as engrossing [as Frontlines]…the action just as exciting, the science just as solid, the tension just as high. I gulped down the first book in a day, and I am already eager for the next one.” —George R. R. Martin

Across the six-planet expanse of the Gaia system, the Earthlike Gretia struggles to stabilize in the wake of an interplanet
Hardcover, 288 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  ·  review of another edition
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
Christi M
Jun 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Adam Richard
Jun 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 27, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to Netgalley for providing a copy of this book for review.

I was interested to read this book- all I knew about Marko Kloos was that he got caught up in the Sad Puppies Hugo kerfuffle against his will a few years ago and acquitted himself honorably. This was th start of a new series so it seemed like a good place to jump in.

There is a LOT of setup in this book. There are four points of view. One is Aden- he's a prisoner of war from an interplanetary war who has just been freed and wants to
Marko Kloos starts a new series with Aftershock, set 5 years after a war in a six-planet solar system where all the planet have been colonized, but only one is really Earthlike, Gretia, were Earth seed crops will grow and colonists don't have to live in floating arcologies on a sea, or in the sky, or in tunnels carved out of cliff faces. Gretia was the planet that had it all, and yet they started a war they couldn't win against the combined forces of the other worlds. Now, the aggressor is under ...more
Mar 11, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a long-time fan of Marko Kloos' Frontlines series, I was excited to get ahold of his new series. There are some marked differences from Frontlines with this book, chiefly that this book is in 3rd person and told from the points of view of several different characters. Overall, this book definitely felt like a "book 1" in a series. It is building towards something and does a good job world building (or solar system building, as it is), but by the end I was still kind of waiting for something t ...more
James Wilkinson
After 5 years as a POW, Aden tries to come to terms with reality and forge a life for himself in a system that disdains his people as warmongers. But when a Palladian security force is wiped out and an advanced warship stolen, it's clear that a time of dearly bought peace is about to end.

I really enjoyed Aftershocks by Marko Kloos. Correction. I WAS really enjoying it. And then it stopped. Rather abruptly. Like when you’re watching a really great show and then suddenly the power goes out. That’s
Jun 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the start of a new series by Kloos, set in the aftermath of an interplanetary war. There are several major points of view - that sometimes bothers me, but in this book it was quite well done - I was interested in each of them, and they enhanced each other nicely.

Our main character (we see him slightly more than the others) is Aden Robertson, who has been a military prisoner since his planet lost the war five years ago. A scaled release is planned and he is in the first batch. On the whol
Feb 20, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Ben 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
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
Scott Whitmore
May 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’ve heard so many good things about the work of author Marko Kloos but haven’t yet had the chance to dive into his popular and critically-praised Frontlines series. So when given the opportunity to read the opener to his new military/sci-fi series, I jumped without hesitation. And now, having finished Aftershocks (The Palladium Wars #1) in just two days — firing up my Kindle over breakfast, between innings of softball games, in lines at stores and late into the night — I understand what all the ...more
Jul 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good start to a new series

”Aftershocks” marks the beginning to a new series by the author , Marco Kloos. It is the work of this novel to set up the characters and the world, or worlds, they inhabit, and it is done very well. We learn about the four primary characters as they are introduced to the reader.
There is Aden, who at the beginning of the novel, is a POW of the Alliance which defeated the forces of the aggressor planet, Gentia ( spelling?) Aden was an intelligence officer of the Blackgu
Maxine Robinson
Feb 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, 2019
It's a 3.5, rounded up.

Finally a Sci-fi that didn't leave me feeling stupid.

A war criminal, Aden, has spent the last 5 years imprisoned on Rhodia. One year longer than the war went for. The time has finally come, he is out, it's time to head home, to his planet Gretia. Deciding to take the long route, he buys passage on a cargo ship. All goes well until they are hit by pirates and left drifting in an escape pod.
Indina is on her second tour of Gretia. Keeping the peace and enforcing the treaty, s
Jun 23, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs, 2019-releases
Aftershocks is at times a very fun read. A lot of the time, though, it just feels like a prologue. Right as things started to get going with the plot and I had the ‘here we go!’ feeling starting to happen, the book ended. I get things needing to be a series more and more these days, but it would have been nice to have any kind of conclusion to anything in this book. Instead, it left me feeling like I read half a book, let alone the first book in the series.

Set 5 years after a big war, Aftershoc
The Captain
Jul 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
Mar 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Huge thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me an ARC in exchange for an honest review!

Five years after the end of a system-wide intergalactic war, civilians and former combatants are desperately trying to pick up the pieces of their lives, just as a new threat emerges from the shadows. (Well, it doesn’t really emerge. By the end of the book, the threat remains firmly ensconced in the shadows, which as a reader, I found somewhat pro
Jul 05, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
I have really enjoyed Marko Kloos's Terms of Enlistment series. This one? Not so much, so far. It feels technically more accomplished (more on that later) but the biggest problem is that at the end of the first book I still have no idea what the point is. There are four viewpoint protagonists. Two of them--the most important two, as far as I can tell--have no discernible objective whatsoever. Well, unless you count "Don't let my dad catch me."

There are two more minor characters. They have more
May 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a free eARC of this in exchange for an unbiased review.
I enjoyed Kloos's other series so thought I would give this a shot. Aden was on the losing side of an interplanetary war and has been a POW for five years. He finds out that he is getting set free the next day and is going to have to figure out his place in this galaxy now that his homeworld Gretia has been under control of interplanetary forces. His homeworld started the conflict and his brigade specifically committed incredibly
John Schmidt
May 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Full Disclosure: I received an ARC copy of the book from Netgalley.

I am a relative newcomer to Marko Kloos's writing as I only started his Frontlines series after Point's of Impact had came out. What I had found was a series that was well written with compelling characters and a realistic science fiction universe that is a world that 'could have been'. I devoured the whole series in just over a week and added another favorite author of the military science fiction genre along side David Weber, J
Noodle TheNaughtyNightOwl
7/10: Good solid read, something to get your teeth into.

They are not entitled to pride yet.

This new series is definitely different from Frontlines. But it drew me in from the start, despite those differences.

This time we get multiple points of view, which makes the book a little choppy. However, we get to see different sides to a sad and complex story.

Aden, I consider being the main protagonist, even though his POV is only one of many. He's a POW on the losing side of a war his planet started. T
Jul 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf
Aftershocks is the first novel in The Palladium Wars series released by Marko Kloos. It's a future military SF set after a major war, and follows four separate character story lines that eventually start linking together. Aden is an ex-military officer and linguistics specialist with the Grecians (who lost their expansion effort in the war), and is the main character who is now looking for a way to move on.

This was a good read – an interesting plot that links together well, natural characters th
Mar 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received an ARC copy of this book from NetGalley for a fair and honest review

I should preface this by saying that I liked the authors previous books, so he's built up a fair amount of credit Why is this relevant, does it make me give a nicer review? No, but it buys trust that the payoff is worth the investment. This book, for me, is a scene setter for a broader story.

The book seems a little flighty at first, with multiple perspectives and different, seemingly unconnected stories and threads.
Razvan Rogoz
Jul 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Uhm, is that all?

I swear it feels like a prologue. A very long prologue but where is act 2? Act 3?

I don’t know if I feel frustrated but I am certainly a bit disappointed. This is not a TV show. It is a book. Something should happen to seriously push the plot forward and nothing did so far. I mean, there was one thing and I won’t spoil it but compared to Terms of Enlistment this is extremely slow paced.

Or maybe this is the problem? I’m comparing it to a traditional sci-fi military novel when it
Jun 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Aftershocks (The Palladium Wars #1)
by Marko Kloos
I am amazed by the depth of this book, It took me to places i did not expect. Reading about prisoners of war after a battle, when they have lost I did not know how empathetic it would be to look at those war criminals. This book looks into how the solar system (or any country) returns to normal after an all encompassing war. The losses on both sides were as steep as those in World War II. With the main characters on the front line. From the paper
Jul 10, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I usually enjoy this author's work, and this would be no exception but for the unsatisfying conclusion, which emphatically establishes AFTERSHOCKS as a decent half-book. This first book of the series concludes with less punch than the average chapter. Understanding the current practice of authors writing chapters and selling them as "books" doesn't mean I don't find it insulting to readers. Readers are invited to pre-order the second book in the series...with a delivery date of July, 2020. Uh, n ...more
D. Jensen
Jul 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Okay, so I'm a fan

Marko Kloos takes us back to that era of science fiction when character development, plot, and storyline were the key elements of good science fiction. He doesn't spend pages upon pages describing calibers and armor. Yes, he does make the requisite references; he's just not obsessed.
Aftershocks is a good opening gambit to what I hope will be a long series. The title is one of my favorites because it is symbolic of Aden (Ragnar) Robertson Jansen's reentry into a post war society
Jul 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Some books you need a little time to get into and others the story draws you in straight away - this is definitely the latter!! I loved the set up, starting some time after a big war and the choices of main characters were excellent, each delivering an important perspective about the wide ranging impacts that war can have.

The world building was really clear, I felt that I almost instantly had a good grasp on the key worlds and people without feeling like I’d been given a massive info dump.

Matthew Stienberg
In this rating, I would say 2.5 stars is accurate. This is not because this book is bad, it very much is not as it shows excellent promise and premise, but that is to say it does not feel complete. In this book, things happen, but there is very little in the way of cohesive beginning, middle and end like in Mr. Kloos's other works. He has some very solid characters he lays the foundations for, but, being frank, they don't accomplish much. The book feels like it is ending at the half way mark rat ...more
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Marko Kloos is the author of the military science fiction Frontlines series. Born in Germany, Marko now resides in New Hampshire with his wife, two children, and dachshunds. For more information, visit
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