Very enjoyable read This book will be very familiar if you read book one in this series The story follows the same characters in the same fashion as the first The book starts off somewhat slow but builds up as the story moves along, also much like the first book The author is very talented you notice a lot of attention to detail every aspect of the story is realized in full detail and wonderful color It s only a shame that we have to wait so long until the next installment arrives I have to say I really like how the book spent next to zero time rehashing events that took place in book one.
Thanks to NetGalley for this ARC I really enjoyed the first book in this series, and I enjoyed this one very much too If you are looking for the really deep philosophical scifi, maybe this one isn t it, but if you like good pacing, great characters and lots of action and fun, this is just a really good series I will definitely be looking for the next volume there d better be a next volume This is a very solid Mil SF that doesn t so much dwell on the military aspect as it focuses on our four main characters that come from all walks of life in a richly imagined worldbuilding setting It continues after the events of the war in the first book, mostly developing a feel of uneasy occupation in enemy territory, or rather, trying to get by as the defeated party in your own world I think a lot of us can relate to that So much of our lives seem to be out of our control and power is in the hands of people we don t can t trust Add a rather deep look into the life of the police, or smugglers, or the daughter of a business clan on the losing side, and you have a pretty detailed and broad tale in this book.
So many people are just trying to get by, have to suffer under misconceptions, or even actively try to stop terrorism even when it hurts them personally I really enjoyed the character building and the sacrifices that keep having to be made.
As for the big action near the end, suffice to say, Kloos has a definite thing about leaving us at spots where we REALLY can t wait for the next volume.
Finished at 2AM after a building fire alarm evac Something that can hold your attention during after something like that is definitely a damn fine tale More to come.
Ballistic by Marko Kloos Sequel to last years Aftershock and a very good space opera to boot It s been five years in this relatively recent colonized system since an all out civil war devastated everyone One planet decided all should be under their rule, but was defeated through great effort and sacrifice Each society is unique and well developed for their environment The story continues, as in Aftershocks, following the individual stories of four people dealing in their own way with the aftermath of the war and the unpleasantness that followed Great world building and great character development raises this story above the normal slam bang military space operas, and becomes a very enjoyable read My only complaint is that by book s end there is not much resolution to the story, only a promise that there s to come I ll be waiting
This suffered the same problem that the first installment did There was a whole bunch of buildup but it wasn t resolved in this volume It did move the plot forward than the first book, and it gets you almost to the point of oh yeah and then goes, nope, we ll see you next time, same Bat time, same Bat channel.
If you liked the first one you will like this one, too And there is action in this There are major plot points that happen and nice space battle and planetside operations But it still hasn t dropped the big stuff Reckon we will see that in the next book Maybe Hopefully Please.
After the unexpected hit Aftershocks the first volume of this series review here , which made my top 5 last year, Ballistic went straight to the top of my 2020 wanted books and luckily I got an advanced copy in early January The novel starts a few months after the end of Aftershocks to give a little breathing space for the characters to settle and continues the 4 way viewpoints from space travel Aden , space military Dunstan , police work on Gretia and the budding insurgency Idina and the corporate world of Gretia Solveig this time there is a lot of balance as Solveig who in Aftershocks was of a secondary character as her viewpoint had fewest pages and was fairly passive becomes important and finally, she and of course us finds out why Aden left the family so dramatically 17 years ago another cool tidbit is that in the local Gaia calendar it is now year 923 as Solveig is 23 and was born in 900 per Aden s reminiscences while the 4 year war took place 5 years back so 914 918 We get to see Pallas and Acheron this time at least the station Pallas 1 and Coriolis City on Acheron and of course, a lot happens in Sandvik the capital of Gretia and still largest city in the system , while in the last volume we saw Oceana and some of Rhodia, so only Hades which is far away, near the Sun, so accessible only by specially built ships with lots of shielding and redundancy is the one planet we just have heard of so far.
The story is as absorbing as in the first volume and the book impossible to put down while many things happen the ending while not quite on a literal cliffhanger is at a very dramatic point and volume 3 promises a lot there is action and even space battles, while Aden finally gets to use his linguistic skills in an essential way of the secondary characters, the most interesting are the unflappable Gretian police captain Dahl whom we find out that she is 52 and three years from retirement but still loves patrolling the streets of Sandvik, the Oceanian ship doctor Tristan, also in his 50 s and a veteran spacer with an interesting past from what we infer from his interactions with Aden, and of course Falk Ragnar who is still the tough big boss despite being in his 70 s and officially banned from his company by the peace treaty, though Solveig finally starts being openly independent rather than always humoring him and just trying to elude her minders who report all her actions to her fatherOverall a great sequel bringing enough new stuff but also lots of continuity and balance, the storyline goes up one notch and the ending is quite dramatic so volume 3 is another huge asap highly recommended though of course, one should start with AftershocksHere is a small fragment from Idina s pov that I quite enjoyed and has no spoilers We have put in a request for a detention order But the Hall of Justice is not working off its backlog very quickly They expect to have an order ready by the end of the week The guy is converting illegal military weapons for the black market, and the Hall of Justice thinks that s not an urgent enough matter, Idina summarized That s not very efficient They issue the detention orders, Dahl said We have to wait for one before we can search his place That is the way the system works If I start searching homes without judicial consent, the system is no longer in place Without the system, I am not a police officer any Just someone with a weapon and a meaningless word written on my armor And then can claim the right to search my place, too, as long as he brings a bigger gun Idina felt a pang of irritation at Dahl s calm and matter of fact chastening Every day, the woman confirmed some of her prejudices about Gretians and then completely dispelled them again.
This is a safe bet from an experienced author As usual, it s an imaginative tale with well drawn characters and good action I m not a big fan of cliffhangers which the author is fond of Otherwise, this is nicely done.
Thanks very much for the review copy