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Gunnery Sergeant Torin Kerr had been the very model of a Confederation Marine. No one who'd ever served with her could imagine any circumstance that would see her walking away from the Corps. But that was before Torin learned the truth about the war the Confederation was fighting...before she'd been declared dead and had spent time in a prison that shouldn't exist...before she'd learned about the "plastic" beings who were really behind the war between the Confederation and the Others. That was when Torin left the military for good.
Yet she couldn't walk away from preserving and protecting everything the Confederation represented. Instead, ex-gunnery sergeant Torin Kerr drew together an elite corps of friends and allies - some ex-Marines, some civilians with unique skills - and together they prepared to take on covert missions that the Justice Department and the Corps could not - or would not - officially touch. But after their first major mission, it became obvious that covert operations were not going to be enough.
Although the war is over, the fight goes on, and the Justice Department finds its regular Wardens unable to deal with violence and the people trained to use it. Ex-gunnery sergeant Torin Kerr has a solution: Strike Teams made up of ex-military personnel, small enough to maneuver quickly, able to work together if necessary. Justice has no choice but to implement her idea, and Torin puts her team of independent contractors back into uniform. It isn't war, it is policing, but it often looks much the same.
When the scientists doing a preliminary archaeological dig on a Class Two planet are taken hostage, Torin's team is sent to free them. The problem of innocents in the line of fire is further complicated by the fact that the mercenaries holding them are a mix of Confederation and Primacy forces and are looking for a weapon able to destroy the plastic aliens who'd started and maintained the war.
If Torin weren't already torn by wanting that weapon in play, she also has to contend with the politics of peace that have added members of the Primacy - former enemies - to her team. Before they confront the mercenaries, Torin will have to sift through shifting loyalties as she discovers that the line between "us" and "them" is anything but straight.
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By Joki on 07-29-17
Absolutely Love This Series
Huff's Valor/Peacekeeper series continues to be one of my all time favorite reads. Ironic, considering I was lukewarm on the first book. But as the series has progressed, she has really caught her stride and I absolutely love all the rich and diverse characters in this world. The dialogue is snappy, believable, and fun. Our heroine is strong but can still have a love interest. And the plot is always fun and diverse.
Story: When a group of archaeologists are kidnapped on a distant, restricted planet, Kerr's peacekeepers are called in to rescue the academics. The problem is that the planet is not cataloged, the kidnappers are killing the hostages fast, and Kerr is going to be saddled with her former enemy soldiers. Things are about to get very complicated fast.
Now that the war has ended, what keeps the story going? Well, we still have the plastic alien manipulators but we also have a lot of complications with two sides coming together and not killing each other over past grievances. In the middle of the divide is the person who ended the war - Kerr and her small group. Many of the characters from the first book are gone but I love that we still have Mishona and Resk as well as the newer characters introduced and kept as the series has evolved. Of course, any time Prezzit is in the picture, it's going to be a fun (and funny) ride.
I listen to the Audible version of this story and love the narrator's work here. At first, I thought her acting was rather stilted. But by this book, she's really given the characters life and it is much easier to tell them apart when narrated - especially with so many species. I can tell immediately who is talking before I even hear the confirmation simply from the voice acting. Especially Mishona and Prezzit - it's beautifully done.
I eagerly look forward to each new book in the series. For once, we have a female protagonist who isn't 'emasculated' by having a romance (nor does she need marriage). It's a very modern and great way to tell the story without watering it down or pandering.
I rated this four stars, though honestly it is always a five star read for me. Like others noted, this did get a bit confusing with so many different races/characters. And I wasn't convinced about the reason for the kidnapping either. But I also suspect we are being set up for a sweet multi-arc series that goes beyond the plastic aliens and instead focuses on the humans as being a problem. I only hope the next book doesn't take too long!
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By Amazon Customer on 07-20-17
Very very good
This is a thoroughly enjoyable sci-fi series. I've really enjoyed the development of now Warden Torrin Kerr and I think the Confederate Universe could use more development as well. Secondary characters are fun, consistent and have well integrated plots in the story. I highly recommend this book and the entire series so far to any sci-fi thriller fan looking for an entertaining read.
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