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Aftershocks

The Palladium Wars, Book 1
Narrated by: Luke Daniels
Series: The Palladium Wars, Book 1
Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (306 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

“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

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.

©2018 Marko Kloos (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved

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A good story but buyer beware

I've read all of the books in the ongoing FrontlInes series. Kloos is able to create believable worlds and engaging characters and write great battle scenes. Unlike some other military sci fi authors, he doesn't over-describe technology but incorporates into the worlds he creates. But it was with some trepidation that I bought Aftershocks, the first book in a new multi-book series, the Palladium War. Why trepidation? Because Kloos hasn't shown me he can satisfactorily finish a series. There are six books in the Frontlines series plus some short stories. I've devoted years of my life to this series. And it shows no signs of ending or being anywhere close to a resolution. And now we have a new series, and book 2 isn't scheduled for release until July, 2020. the pace of Aftershocks is leisurely; Kloos is using this book to set up the story and introduce us to the characters. Fine. The story looks like it could be interesting and engaging. I plan to buy the next book in the series. But will the series end? I don't want to get suckered into investing my money and, more importantly, my time into a new series that will go on and on and never end. so buyer beware!

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Great setup for a series, but a bit short

I typically prefer to wait until the 2nd or 3rd installment of a series before I start one. It gives me a chance to really dive into a story while getting an idea of how committed the author is to continuing the series. I broke that convention when picking up Aftershocks because I wanted to see what exactly was holding up for so long the next installment of my beloved Frontlines series.

Well it turns out Kloos does it again. In Frontlines he's very good at taking a large scale story but driving it through the main character. But unlike Frontlines, The Palladium Wars introduces you to multiple main characters, each with very unique backgrounds and personalities. Through them the book does a fine job of world building a relatable but still fresh feeling setting that is a fertile ground for storytelling. I love smart and inventive science fiction that still feels grounded and Kloos is the best at it.

For all this I give the overall book 5 stars, but I still have one serious gripe. Throughout the world building you see hints of the greater story ready to unfold, building the mystery to be revealed. And then the book just ends. No big reveal, no climax, just a few moments of minor excitement and "Audible hopes you've enjoyed this program". I literally yelled "What? That's it?" at my car speakers it was so sudden. I know the saying is "leave them wanting more" but you've got to give us more to work with. Without it this is more a prologue to the main story than it is a stand alone book.

Yes, the setup is so good I can't even dock it a single star because of the abrupt ending (edit: changed my mind, knocked story to 4). But I'm really wishing I stuck to my convention and waited for more to be released before starting this because it's going to be a long, long wait before I get to see what the real story is about.

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Marko Kloos does it again

If you haven’t yet read a Marko Kloos novel or listened to one performed by Luke Daniels, well this isn’t a bad place to start. The story alone is fantastic, Luke Daniels narration of it brings it to another level. I hope these two continue to team up and if you need recommendations for anything else done by these two, just search their names and you will find them.

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Where is the rest of the book?

This book has an extremely awkward ending. I have no doubt that the next book in the series will pick up the story line, but the author really should have ended this one better.

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  • Rydog
  • CHARLESTON, SC, US
  • 07-13-19

meh.

story's ok. basically 3 stories going on simultaneously through the book. but they don't all sync up. you know how some of them for together but the story has no ending. it just... stops. I get that it's a series, book 1, but you can't just stop the story like that. it's not complete.

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Really Long Introduction...

I love Marko Kloos’s other titles and I did enjoy this book, but I get like the only point of this book was to introduce characters and the world the book is set in. There wasn’t a whole lot of meat to the book, there’s was the very beginning of a bigger story arc but that really didn’t take shape until the very end. I really hope book 2 has some more substance than this one did!

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it's all set up

The story is nothing but set up for book 2. no idea what's happening yet.

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I really wanted to love this book

I really wanted to love this book, but the whole book sounds like one huge introduction and it was a little disappointing. i still like the writing style of the author and the characters he created in this book. I will be looking for the 2nd book in this new series.

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slow story<br />

slow story and didn't really go anywhere until the book ended felt like only half a book. I feel like if u wait to release your book for 6 months after its complete you need to deliver a whole story not half of one.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Ended too soon

Very interesting beginning to a story but it ended without any major plot developments. Looking forward to the next installment.

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  • 07-06-19

Another great book from Marko Kloos.

Another great book from Marko Kloos and you can never go wrong with any book narrated by Luke Daniels.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful