Aftershocks (The Palladium Wars, #1) by Marko Kloos

Aftershocks (The Palladium Wars, #1)

A solar system fights to survive and reform in the wake of war, but the real battle is about to begin.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 fifteen years of his life to the reviled losing side, with the blood of half a million casualties on...

Details Aftershocks (The Palladium Wars, #1)

TitleAftershocks (The Palladium Wars, #1)
Release DateJul 1st, 2019
GenreScience Fiction, Fiction, War, Military Fiction, Space, Space Opera

Reviews Aftershocks (The Palladium Wars, #1)

  • Bradley
    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 n...
  • Manuel Antão
    If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review.Post-Post-Rhodian MilSF: "Aftershocks" by Marko KloosDespite 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 (Perr...
  • Jean
    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 ...
  • Robin (Bridge Four)
    This review was originally posted on Books of My HeartReview copy was received from Publisher. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.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...
  • Mogsy (MMOGC)
    4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum 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 s...
  • The Captain
    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 p...
  • Liviu
    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 a...
  • 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 so...
  • Aaron
    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 grou...
  • M.
    Where the hell is the rest of the novel?
  • Adam Richard
    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 reco...
  • Christi M
    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 fragil...
  • Rob
    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...
  • Jacqie
    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 inter...
  • 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 gre...
  • Maxine Robinson
    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 Gre...
  • Molly
    Awesome space operaI was pleased with the first book in this series because it’s a beautiful setup for the next one. The world building was truly perfect and I highly recommend.
  • Razvan Rogoz
    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 com...
  • Suzanne
    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...
  • Matt
    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 t...
  • Jim
    This is a good author. He writes interesting books although I haven’t read one of his books for quite some time. I’ve now stumbled on this series and it looks to be very, very good.There are three main characters, each with their own thread which haven’t merged together yet. That alone tells you there will be more in the series although we already know that since it is a trilogy!Aden Robertson is a prisoner and a Gretian. Actually, he’s a...
  • Elizabeth
    Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with a copy of this in exchange for my open and honest review. I am not one to normally read military science fiction. It is an acquired taste. Often when you read a dense military science fiction it requires a graph, charts, and post-it notes. I am not being hyperbolic. There is a good segment of science fiction readers that can get into the weeds with a thick military science fiction boo...
  • Elizabeth
    Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with a copy of this in exchange for my open and honest review. I am not one to normally read military science fiction. It is an acquired taste. Often when you read a dense military science fiction it requires a graph, charts, and post-it notes. I am not being hyperbolic. There is a good segment of science fiction readers that can get into the weeds with a thick military science fiction boo...
  • Nathaniel
    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." Th...
  • 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...
  • Callum
    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...
  • Jesse McDermid
    I was a bit leery of reading this one given what I have heard of another of the authors works, Terms Of Enlistment. That book was noted for being shallow with readers learning little of the protagonist but much about the weaponry. While Aftershocks doesn’t do a deep dive into its characters it builds enough of them to make them relatable and real. I look forward to the next book in the series.
  • Patrick
    Really goodThe book has the same kind of feel that "The Expanse" universe has. The characters seem real world and pop. The post war political situation in the system is part of a well thought out background.Only one thing was missing for me. I wondered where the system was located in relation to Earth and how the system was colonized. I think that there are answers to both questions coming as the series progresses. I'm looking forward to reading ...