Format: Paperback, 416 pages
Release Date: June 6, 2017
Genre: Science Fiction / Action & Adventure
The second book in a thrilling spin-off of Tanya Huff’s Confederation military science fiction series. The war is over, but the fight goes on and the Justice Department finds its 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 and maneuverable, but 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’s 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 mercenaries being both Confederation and Primacy and 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 added members of Primacy to her team. By the time they confront the mercenaries, Torin has to sift through shifting loyalties and discover that the line between “us” and “them” is anything but straight.
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.
A Peace Divided, by author Tanya Huff, is the second installment in the authors' Peacekeeper series, and the seventh installment in the authors' Confederation series. This story takes place one year after the end of An Ancient Peace.
Ex-Gunnery Sergeant Torin Kerr is now a member of the Wardens. She has put together small teams of former military that can move quickly from place to place. Her team is Strike
Team Alpha, and it includes all of the same team members from the previous installment, as well as the final installment in the Confederation series.
It has been 3 years since Torin left the Corps after learning the real truth behind those responsible for the conflict between the Confederation and the Primacy. With peace apparently at hand, Torin continues to clean up the messes left behind by the plastic aliens. On top of that, she and her team also chase down gunrunners, and a group known as Humans First who appear to want to stir things up between the Elder and Younger Races. As a Warden, the rules of engagement are pretty straight forward.
The avoidance of any bloodshed is recommended. If there is bloodshed, or violence involved, then those involved have to write a pretty detailed account of what happened, and also be interviewed by a group of Elders who don't take crap or lies from anyone. There’s a lot going on in A Peace Divided. The story that we follow is that of a band of basically space pirates who have taken an entire archaeological team hostage in the possibly mistaken but certainly partly insane belief that the archaeologists have discovered a weapon that can kill the plastic aliens.
One of the more curious twists in this book is that Kerr has to put together a rescue team using a group from the Primacy who the Confederation was at war with for years before understanding that someone else was driving the hate between both sides. Certain members of the Primacy are familiar to Kerr since they both happened to escape the same prison planet. I have to admit that I like Torin because of her policy of leaving nobody behind. She can be compared to the Marines when they say they will never leave a fellow Marine behind if they can absolutely avoid it. Kerr has carried remains of too many of her fallen soldiers in her vest.
The annoying part of this story is the way too many characters introduced who had to have their say in the story on top of Torin and her groups narratives. The curious thing about this story is that the author addresses those combat veterans with PTSD who have been forgotten about, or haven't received the attention and care that they deserve. As a veteran myself, I can absolutely appreciate the author making this issue of some importance to Kerr and the others. There is some action and excitement but it's spaced out in this book. The storyline is also a build up for more to come. This may be a slower to build series but there are definitely hints of much more to come both with Humans First and even possibly with the plastic aliens.