[Reading] ➼ Aftershocks (The Palladium Wars, #1) ➲ Marko Kloos – Turboville.co.uk

Aftershocks (The Palladium Wars, #1) 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, she and her team are out on a regular patrol when after years with no hostile activity, they are hit by weapons unlike any they have seen before The loss of her team hits her hard and she is recalled to the city to work with the local police.Dunstan and his crew are almost ready to head back home for leave, when something comes up on their radar Unsure of what it is, they assume the worst But even following the rule book doesn t prepare them for what comes next.Finally we have Solveig Daughter of the man whose company built and supplied weapons for the war effort He is no longer allowed to run the company, so it s fallen to her to meet her fathers high expectations and keep the company afloat.Who are the terrorists blowing up protestors, police and medical personal Who are stealing the ships And why when the peace has lasted so long is everything looking like it might fall apart.While there is plenty of action in Aftershocks, it s a character driven story We delve straight into Aden s experi 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 quick Google before clicking okay Kloos was one of the writers shortlisted for the Hugo Award in the contentious 2015 Sad Rabid Puppies nonsense He withdrew his book from consideration, which I thought showed he had some grit, and for such a classy move I d happily take his book for free from his publisher.If you want on the 2015 Hugos, this is a fascinating article, but not the point of this review.So, how did I feel about my first Marko Kloos book I really liked it The characters are all fascinating, and I m interested in all of their disparate stories The action sequences are exciting and frequently unexpected The worldbuilding is magnificent, especially with relation to martial details.Aftershocks is set in a system of worlds that are in their fifth year of uneasy peace after an exacting intergalactic war We follow the stories of a POW and a young executive from the ag 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 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 The 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. Quite an unexpected hit for me as I started but never progressed in the author s debut six volume series Frontlines an 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 war in which Gretia, the main Earthlike but militaristic society and with Nordic German like names and racial description of the population to boot of a 6 planet system the others being much less hospitable to humanity but compensating in their own ways tried to subjugate the other 5 and eventually lost to the alliance led by their main opponents Rhodia having the main alliance fleet and Anglo like names and ranks and Pallas with their shock ground troops and Southeast Asian names and racial description , though it surrendered while still occupying enemy territory and without being invaded under the surrender terms, Gretia is under alliance rule, has to pay huge reparations, its fleet was confiscated, its military disbanded and its main elite forces the Blackguards condemned as war criminals so subject to a 5 year pow imprisonment rather than the usual 2 for the regular soldiersThe main characters are Aden Robertson, a Gretian Blackguard intellig 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 A mysterious group is appearing with technology far beyond anything seen during the War, and they bring destruction with no discernible agenda beyond fostering fear and discord.There are a handful of point of view characters, and each are unique and well written, with their own voices to distinguish themselves A space naval commander, a young woman who is heir to the wealthiest family on Gretia and their company s last hope at survival, a former Gretian Blackguard intelligence officer, and a Palladian war veteran who loses her entire unit in a surprise guerilla attack Marko Kloos handles them all with a deft touch his prose is easy to ingest and fulfilli 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 Throughout the entire book, you can almost feel the drumbeats of war coming but the question is from whom and how are they doing what they are doing In fact, this story is a very large prelude to something major you can feel it with every page you turn.Often science fiction leaves me feeling very stupid for struggling to grasp the worlds the author has created so it is very refreshing when a book like this comes along one where you clearly understand the world being built With each of point of view we slowly learn what the world looks like The main characters Aden, Idina, Dunstan, and Solvieg provide us a view into the world as they experience it resentment toward the losing side, the technology used in the world, and how each of the planets differ from the others as well as how each planet adapted to their landscape However, t 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 return to his home planet His journey of return is his plotline in the book Next, there s an infantry commander and veteran who ends up stumbling into far than she bargained for in a routine patrol on a conquered planet She then has to learn to work with the police force on the world of her former enemies in order to figure out how to quell a very professional insurgency She is Sikh, an interesting perspective for me There s also a young corporate executive who s trying to prove that she s than her family name.Finally, there s a commander in a space navy who ends up with than he bargained for while finishing out his assignment guarding the confiscated vessels of a defeated navy So, it s pretty clear that this series is going to be about the aftershocks of war and the defeat of a highly militaristic and aggressive planet The setting is a rich one the author has clearly done a lot of thinking to get six very unique planets,from a gas giant plan 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 what it felt like at the end of Aftershocks.But let s not start on a downer Aftershocks is still a great read I ve sorta cherry picked the afore mentioned Aden as the principle character but I confess I m not entirely convinced There are a few other characters, for a start And the format of the book basically revolves around a different character spearheading a particular chapter So we start off with Aden, but we also have Idina a Palladian warrior on that later , Solveig the heir apparent to a manufacturing empire and Dustan a starship commander.And for all intents and purposes, Aden doesn t really do all that much during the book Initiall 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 somewhat long, I have the distinct feeling like I ll have to re read this one just to pick up on the other various character s viewpoint 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 fired and, through a select cast of characters, asks us to consider how we would rebuild trust, empathy, and our own personal lives Thanks to 47North and NetGalley for the eARC Perhaps the main character, because we meet him first and get the most pagetime with him, is Aden At the beginning of the book he is a prisoner of war, because he was on the losing side He is soon released, time served, and finds himself adrift in that way released prisoners often are Aden is in no rush to return to his home planet of Gretia, to be found by his estranged father of means, yet he doesn t know where else he might belong Kloos introduces other perspectives Dunstan is the commander of a Rhodian battleship that witnesses some very unusu

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