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Aftershocks (The Palladium Wars Book 1) Kindle Edition
“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 interplanetary war. Amid an uneasy alliance to maintain economies, resources, and populations, Aden Robertson reemerges. After devoting twelve years of his life to the reviled losing side, with the blood of half a million casualties on his hands, Aden is looking for a way to move on. He’s not the only one.
A naval officer has borne witness to inconceivable attacks on a salvaged fleet. A sergeant with the occupation forces is treading increasingly hostile ground. And a young woman, thrust into responsibility as vice president of her family’s raw materials empire, faces a threat she never anticipated.
Now, on the cusp of an explosive and wide-reaching insurrection, Aden plunges once again into the brutal life he longed to forget. He’s been on the wrong side of war before. But this time, the new enemy has yet to reveal themselves…or their dangerous endgame.
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About the Author
Marko Kloos is the author of the Frontlines series of military science fiction and is a member of George R. R. Martin’s Wild Cards consortium. Born in Germany and raised in and around the city of Münster, Marko was previously a soldier, bookseller, freight dockworker, and corporate IT administrator before deciding that he wasn’t cut out for anything except making stuff up for fun and profit. Marko writes primarily science fiction and fantasy—his first genre love ever since his youth, when he spent his allowance mostly on German SF pulp serials. He likes bookstores, kind people, October in New England, fountain pens, and wristwatches. Marko resides at “Castle Frostbite” in New Hampshire with his wife, two children, and roving pack of voracious dachshunds. For more information, visit www.markokloos.com.
“Kloos draws on his own experience as a soldier in the West German armed forces to infuse his military science fiction with compelling detail and grounded, believable characters. The result is an addictive, exciting space opera.” ―Locus Magazine
“One of my favorite mil-SF authors…an excellent read.” ―Amazing Stories
“A solid start to what promises to be a fantastic series.” ―The BiblioSanctum
“Aftershocks is a great start to what should be a fun, thought-provoking series. This interrogation of what happens when the fighting is over [is] a refreshing angle on military science fiction and one that rests well in Kloos’s hands.” ―Locus Magazine
“Great science fiction, allowing us to reflect on our own faults and challenges in our day. Cool science tech, lots of action and some characters I can certainly root for.” ―Jordan Rich, WBZ-AM News Radio --This text refers to the hardcover edition.
- ASIN : B07GJK4C5D
- Publisher : 47North (1 July 2019)
- Language : English
- File size : 9440 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 289 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1542043530
- Best Sellers Rank: 6,539 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Steady build up of the characters in different parts of the galaxy doing different things and you can see the character web start contracting as events and people become entangled.
A good author, good editing and very little repetition, thank you MK
Obviously this author is setting the stage for books to come, and he has done that very well, and what action there has been has been well done, so obviously the next books will intermingle, and have more action.
This is a very good writer, so this book is worth reading for itself, albeit a tad slow, so I look forward now the stage is set to more classic Marko Kloos, with pleasant anticipation.
But I did find this universe a little lacking in mystery and wonder and I didn't get any answers to satisfy what little curiosity I had about the rogue faction introduced in this series. Still loved it though.
That said, this isn’t yet a story in its own right. Lots of interesting people, ideas, places and plot lines get introduced. Some adventures are had, but nothing much is resolved.
I’m excited to read the rest as they drop.
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Having finished the book, all my previous comments still stand. However, the book is the first in a series and is poorly wrapped up at the end - all of the plot strands are left truncated, practically no questions are answered, leaving this the feel of half a book, even allowing for the fact it is part of a series - I have read many series, and they usually find a natural pausing point... this just feels arbitrarily truncated.
The story takes place a few years after one planet loses a war that it has started against the others in an alliance, and those who served in the notorious Blackguards are being released from being POWs. We also meet characters from the other systems who partook in the war and see what is happening at what is their present time. Due to this then we have some thrills and spills, what with spaceships being blown up, whilst one disappears, along with terrorist action, all amongst the normal day problems that certain characters have to deal with. With regards to this then this does make for some okay sci-fi escapism, but alas there are also problems with this book.
As there are no dates actually given, we start off reading this as something that is more or less in a linear chronological order, but is that really so? We do for instance later in the book have two chapters which cover part of the same event, but from different perspectives, but these adjoin each other and so is perfectly okay. But we have an incident that happens somewhere really in the first third of the book, but we only know more about this somewhere in the second third, meaning that there are a number of chapters in between the two pieces, which throws our chronological understanding out. So we have a woman answering to a message, but then it is not until later we read of the person actually sending the message, which means that there needs to be some editing and/or re-writing to correct this issue.
For some of us we have already worked out what is happening, which presumably will be shown better in the next book in the series, but for a number of people it may not even be that clear to them even when they finish this first book. In all then this is something that you can sit back and take a few hours out of all the hustle and bustle of the world with, but it could have been much better realised and thus given us a stronger and more cohesive tale.
So: well written, the other-worlds explained in a way which made sense, good background to the storyline. But this book finishes before the actual story really starts, hence you need book 2 as well. This is something that I find very annoying as it just spoils it for me. Will I read book 2? Not sure yet as I would really need to re-read this and then continue immediately to book 2 to make it worthwhile.