Wednesday, June 27, 2018

#Review - The Privilege of Peace (Peacekeeper #3) by Tanya Huff #SyFy

Series: PEACEKEEPER (#3)
Format: Hardcover, 352 pages
Release Date: June 19, 2018
Publisher: DAW
Source: Publisher
Genre: Science Fiction / Military

Former space marine Torin Kerr returns for one final adventure to save the Confederation in the last book in the military science fiction Peacekeeper trilogy.

Warden Torin Kerr has put her past behind her and built a life away from the war and everything that meant. From the good, from the bad. From the heroics, from the betrayal. She’s created a place and purpose for others like her, a way to use their training for the good of the Confederation. She has friends, family, purpose.

Unfortunately, her past refuses to grant her the same absolution. Big Yellow, the ship form of the plastic aliens responsible for the war, returns. The Silsviss test the strength of the Confederation. Torin has to be Gunnery Sergeant Kerr once again and find a way to keep the peace.

Story Locale: Alien planet
Series Overview: Torin Kerr and her team must stave off a search for planet-destroying weapons to prevent an interplanetary war, in this spinoff of Huff’s popular spacefaring Confederation series. 

The Privilege of Peace is the third and final installment in both the Peacekeeper series, and the Confederation series. Warden Torin Kerr and her team have come a very long way not only since the beginning of this series, but the end of the Confederation series as well. We are to the point in this world where nobody trusts anyone. Elder Races are ready to lock down the Younger Races who helped them fight a war against the Primacy. Younger Races are tired of being disrespected, which has leads to a group of Humans taking dangerous actions that have left Torin and her team on the cusp of facing yet another war. 

While the Humans First pirates continue to steal raw materials in their ramp up to war against the plastic aliens, Torin and team must finally deal with an issue that has been in the background for a year now. This is that of the plastic data sheet found on planet 33x73 that led to scientists being taken hostage by a group of pirates, former military, and those from the Primacy. Torin always knew Big Yellow would return. After all, she and Craig had plastic aliens in their heads once.  

Disaster looms at every angle. Torin is a catalyst for disaster and disaster attracts attention. Torin also has a very public face since her past actions are legendary. Torin distrusts the H'san and makes them uncomfortable whenever she's around. H'san are the only race who keeps a facility of ancient weapons which Torin found out in the first installment in this trilogy. She's seen too much death and destruction ad has lost too many people to be taken lightly. She knows that they are up to something, but what is the question. Torin in known universally as the person who faced the Silsviss and survived, as well as the Big Yellow which was in her head. Can she survive one final mission?

Note to readers. Please don't be like me. While I thoroughly
enjoyed this trilogy, I could have used the previous series as a background to understanding all of the alien races and the political landscape, as well as Torin's fights that have been well documented in each and every book. The world building is hard to keep track of if you don't know what the author has already set in motion. There is a whole lot of military shenanigans, jokes, and this series, in the end, is a pretty decent space opera with a cast of hundreds. . 

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