Can’t Wait Wednesday: The Privilege of Peace by Tanya Huff

 

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings. This is a weekly meme to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. The books I choose aren’t released yet and usually won’t be published for at least two or three months.

I love finding out about books which will publish in future months and I like to share my excitement about the books. I also like to find out about new books on other people’s blogs and hope they’ll sometimes find something to look forward to on my blog.

I’m excited to read . . .

the-privilege-of-peace-by-tanya-huffThe Privilege of Peace by Tanya Huff

Series: Peacekeeper #3

Published by DAW

Publishing date: June 5, 2018

Genre: Science Fiction

336 pages

Synopsis: 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. 

……………….

Torin Kerr (the main character) is such a heroic character. I love reading about her. She’s not perfect and she has her own demons as well as finding it hard to fit in after the end of war. Tanya Huff has done a good job of showing the difficulties warriors and the military sometimes have fitting in to a “peace” society–especially one that isn’t as peaceful as it tries to appear.

This series is a continuation of her military science fiction Confederation series with many of the same characters including Torin Kerr. The second book of the this series really worked for me (better than the first Peacekeeper book) so I’m excited to read this book when it comes out.

A Peace Divided by Tanya Huff

A Peace Divided by Tanya Huff

Peacekeeper 2

Publication date: June 6

e-ARC (from NetGalley and the publisher)

–All opinions expressed in this review are my own.

Military Science Fiction

The second book in the action-packed Peacekeeper series, a continuation of Tanya Huff’s military sci-fi Confederation series following Torin Kerr.

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.

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.

……………………..

My thoughts

I’ve read the first book in this series as well as the Confederation series where the saga of Staff Sergeant Torin Kerr began. Now she’s ex-Gunnery Sergeant Torin Kerr. Now she’s Warden Kerr and the Confederation is supposed to be at peace.

I love reading about Torin Kerr so I am very excited Huff has begun another series featuring Kerr and her compatriots. Kerr is no longer military. Now she and her team–mostly ex-military–are Wardens for the Justice Department. So even though the Confederation is at peace outbreaks of violence are not uncommon. The Confederation has the problem most governments have when they’ve been at war for years: a huge military is no longer needed so what happens to all the retired soldiers? How do they adapt? And if they can’t adapt what will they do to survive? This is exacerbated in the Confederation, because the three species known as the Younger Races (humans, Krai and di’Taykan) were brought into the Confederation specifically to fight the war for the original members of the Confederation who were too “evolved” to fight their own war. When the war ends with a whimper the Younger Races are unhappy since the Elder Races in the Confederation have always viewed them as too violent to have around. Groups like Humans First formed (they show up in An Ancient Peace–the first book in the Peacekeeper series).

I like that Huff shows Kerr has still not completely adapted to civilian life. She’s still troubled by all the death she’s seen–especially the deaths of her troops. She’s had counselling, she knows she still has problems, but like many soldiers she doesn’t like talking about her feelings or her innermost thoughts or problems. She’s doing better, but still has anger issues.

It is so nice that Huff has brought back a number of characters from the original series. Presit is one of my favorites. As always Presit is her lovable, annoying self. When she first appeared in the books I didn’t like her very much and she’s still annoying especially to Kerr, but she’s a fun character to read about. And she moves things along in the plot. Even though Kerr finds her annoying and doesn’t want the press and noncombatants along, Kerr and Presit have a grudging admiration for each other and like each other more than they admit.

It’s also great to see Craig still hanging in there with Kerr. He has his own problems he’s had to deal with. As a former civilian salvage operator he’s used to operating alone on a spaceship where he doesn’t see or interact with anyone for months at a time and no one invades his personal space. At one time he couldn’t tolerate anyone in his ship with him so he’s come a long way now that he’s a Warden and pilot of their ship. He is a counterpoint to Kerr’s military outlook. It is great to see both points-of-view.

I really like some of the Primacy forces who were the enemy in the original series–especially Firiv’vrak and Vertic–and hope we will see more of them in the future. Huff always does a good job making even the strangest sounding alien believable.

If you haven’t read any of the books in either the Confederation series (books 1 through 5) and the Peacekeeper series (books 1 and 2)  you could start with the Peacekeeper series, but don’t forego the pleasure of reading the Confederation series. So many adventures and so many twists plus the truth of war. Such good books!

My rating: B+

An Ancient Peace by Tanya Huff

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An Ancient Peace by Tanya Huff
Series: Peacekeeper #1 (Confederation #6)
Genre: Military Science Fiction
Published by DAW, 2015
Format: e-Arc (Release Date: Oct 6, 2015)
–I received a review copy of this book from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. The opinions stated here are entirely my own.
336 pages
Grade: B-
Synopsis: The first book of a thrilling new military science fiction spin-off of Tanya Huff’s Confederation series.

Initial thoughts

  • I didn’t like this book as much as the books in the Confederation series, but life has completely changed for Torin and her friends. We all need to get used to that!
  • If you haven’t read the Confederation series I would urge you to read those books first. They explain the many references to the war and to the different races of people who make up the Confederation.
  • I definitely plan to read the second book.

Cheers

  • I like that Torin Kerr and Craig Ryder are in this book as well as some other characters from the Confederation series. I especially enjoy seeing Presit who is a Katrien reporter who was always a thorn in Torin’s side.
  • I really like how Tanya Huff describes the other races Humans encounter and gives them unique characteristics as a race and as individuals.
  • The Confederation and Primacy were at war for generations. (See the Confederation series)
  • The Confederation is at peace now and many of the military don’t know what to do in peacetime.
  • The book opens with Torin and a few others in her team working undercover to stop a Humans First group.
  • Former Gunnery Sergeant Torin along with Craig and some other survivors of her unit are now working–troubleshooting–for the Confederation Justice Department.
  • Torin saw a tremendous amount of death while she was a marine. She’s a civilian now–not carrying a weapon, not wearing a uniform–and that’s hard to get used to. She also has trouble getting past the death she saw and has a court appointed psychologist whom she reluctantly visits.
  • However, Military Intelligence asks them to do a job. There’s evidence someone might be robbing graves of an Elder Race–perhaps looking for weapons? Torin and her team are asked to find and stop them.
  • The Younger Races–Humans, Krai and di’Taykan–fought the war the Elder Races. Now the Younger Races (who are seen as violent and not as highly evolved) wonder if the Elder Races might like to keep them to a finite area of Space since they think they’re not ready for civilized society.

Jeers

  • The middle of the book dragged a bit for me. There’s not as much action in this book as the Confederation series.

And a few thoughts . . .

  • I love the Confederation series and I hope I will love this series as much. I felt a little like the ex-military in the book having a hard time adjusting to peacetime!

Have you read this book? How did you like it?

Author info

  • [from Wikipedia] Tanya Huff was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, but grew up mostly in Ontario. She was in the Canadian Naval Reserve for three years and was a cook. She thought that would be the first trade that would send women to sea–and she was right, but not until a year after she left the Navy.
  • Huff is one of the most prominent Canadian authors in the category of contemporary fantasy, a subgenre pioneered by Charles de Lint. Many of the scenes in her stories are near places where she has lived or frequented in Toronto, Kingston, and elsewhere. This author often uses as character names the names of people in her circle of acquaintances. A prolific author, “she has written everything from horror to romantic fantasy to contemporary fantasy to humour to space opera.”
  • She lives in rural Ontario with a number of cats, a chihuahua and her wife.

Reading Challenges

  • 2015 Goodreads Challenge

Review: The Better Part of Valor by Tanya Huff

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The Better Part of Valor
by Tanya Huff
Narrated by Marguerite Gavin
Series: Confederation #2
Genre: Science Fiction (Military/space opera)
Published by Tantor Audio, 2009 (originally published by DAW, 2002)
Audiobook, purchased
416 pages
10 hours, 11 minutes
Grade: B+
Narrator grade: A-
Synopsis: Telling a two-star general what she really thought of him was the mistake Staff Sergeant Torin Kerr made with General Morris. But as a battle-hardened professional, she took pride in doing her job and getting her troops back alive. So after she’d saved the mission to bring the Silsviss into the Confederation – instead of losing them and their world to the enemy known only as the Others – she let the general know exactly how she felt.

And Torin’s reward – or punishment – was to be separated from her platoon and sent off on what might well prove an even more perilous assignment. She was commandeered to protect a scientific expedition to a newly discovered and seemingly derelict spaceship of truly epic proportions. And Confederation politics had saddled her with a commanding officer who might prove more of a menace to the mission’s success than anything they encountered.

Only time would tell if the ship was what it appeared to be or a trap created by the Others – or the work of an as yet unknown alien race with an agenda that could prove all too hostile to other life-forms.

The opening lines of the book:

“And the moral of the story: never call a two star general a bastard to his face.”

Stretching out his regenerated leg, Captain Rose leaned away from his desk and drummed his fingers against the inert plastic trim. “I’m a little surprised you didn’t already know that.”

“You and me both, sir” Staff Sergeant Torin Kerr stared down at the general’s orders on her slate. “You and me both.”

and

“Then, for God’s sake keep her happy, Staff Sergeant.”

Torin glanced down the passage to where Presit sat sulking. She had finally threatened to gag the Katrien before they’d shut up.

“The last thing we need,” the general continued, “is for this to look worse than it is in the media.”

“Yes, sir.” Which could be, when necessary, a polite way of saying “Fuk you.”  Torin couldn’t remember it ever being quite so necessary before.

General Morris missed the subtext.

Cheers

  • This was a re-read for me though this time I listened to the audiobook. The narrator is excellent.
  • Just the type of military science fiction I like.
  • I bought and listened to the first two books in this series and they’re so much fun to listen to.
  • I love Staff Sergeant Torin. She’s an idealized NCO (noncommissioned officer)–always one step ahead of both the troops she’s in charge of and officers in her chain of command. She knows what her duty is and always attempts to follow through. She takes it personally when one of her marines is killed.
  • In this case, she’s taken away from her platoon and given a group of marines she has to turn into a cohesive team and try to protect an officer who’s a menace to everyone around him. They’re supposed to protect a group of scientists on a top-secret mission.
  • The book also has politics which gums up the military mission much to Torin’s disgust.
  • Craig Ryder is a great new character in this book. He’s an irreverent civilian salvage operator who doesn’t take orders well and gets under Torin’s skin.
  • Presit a Tur durVilintrisy is a journalist and just as irritating as some of our journalists!
  • Tanya Huff puts a lot of humor into these stories.
  • Many of the Confederation allies are “above” the fight with the Others (who want to conquer Confederation space by killing or enslaving anyone they meet).
  • The aliens in this series are all interesting. They all have distinct characteristics and at times cause Torin and her troops instinctive reactions. One group may look like giant spiders or another group like cuddly pets. Torin must remind her subordinates not to objectify their allies who are pacifists and all very intelligent.
  • The book leaves a lot of questions–just what was the “derelict” ship found by Craig Ryder and who created it?

Jeers

  • None

And a few thoughts . . .

  • I read this series about 10 years ago and loved it. It’s just as good as I remembered it.

Have you read this book? How did you like it?

  • 2015 Goodreads Challenge
  • Audiobook Challenge–hosted by Hot Listens and The Book Nympho blogs
  • TBR Pile Challenge–hosted by the Bookish blog
  • Ultimate Reading Challenge–hosted by the Popsugar blog (a book by a female author)
  • COYER Winter Reading Challenge–hosted by Berls @ Fantasy is More Fun and Michelle @ Because Reading (Audiobook–$5.95)

Review: Valor’s Choice by Tanya Huff

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Valor’s Choice
by Tanya Huff
Narrated by Marguerite Gavin
Series: Confederation series #1
Genre: Military Science Fiction (space opera)
Audiobook Published by Tantor Audio, 2009 (originally published by DAW, 2000)
Audiobook, purchased
416 pages
9 hours, 39 minutes
Grade: A
Narrator Grade: A-
Synopsis: In the distant future, humans and several other races have been granted membership in the Confederation — at a price. They must act as soldier/protectors of the far more civilized races who have long since turned away from war….

 

When the Confederation first started integrating the di’Taykan and the Krai into what was predominantly a human military system, xenopsychologists among the elder races expected a number of problems. For the most part, those expectations fell short. After having dealt with the Mictok and the H’san, none of the younger races – all bipedal mammals – had any difficulty with each other’s appearance. Cultural differences were absorbed into the prevailing military culture and the remaining problems were dealt with in the age-old military tradition of learning to say “up yours” in the other races’ languages. The “us against them” mentality of war made for strange bedfellows.

and

“First of all, I work for a living.” … Then she turned on her heel and walked toward the hatch. “SSgt Kerr?” One hand on the hatch release, she paused. “You said there were two reasons? What was the second?”

“The second reason, Sir? My parents were married.”

Cheers

  • The narrator is excellent and I was able to follow the story, but I think someone just coming into the story might have problems trying to sort out who is who and where it all fits.
  • A favorite series and joy to re-read. This time it’s an audiobook which was a great way for a re-read.
  • This series is every bit as good as I remembered. I like the characters a lot and the banter between the marines.
  • Humans and other intelligent species make up the soldiers of the Confederation. They are expected to fight wars for the older, more civilized members of the Confederation.
  • The dialogue is spot on for the marines.
  • Torin Kerr is a very good marine Staff Sergeant. She knows each of her troops, is a good leader and deals with her soldiers professionally and with humor. She is also an intermediary between the new second lieutenant and the rest of the company. It’s her job to give the lieutenant the options and then gently move him toward the correct choice.
  • In this first book, Kerr, her lieutenant and fellow marines are sent to a planet for ceremonial duty to convince a planet of fearsome warriors to join the Confederation. They are just supposed to march and “show the flag,” but, of course, things don’t go as planned.
  • The book begins with a funny incident–Torin coming off leave suffering from a sex pheromone hangover. The book ends with battles and a more somber note.
  • This is an excellent, exciting military space story.

Jeers

  • None. Except for a warning that the story may be difficult to follow because of the names of the different species as well as the many marines’ names.

And a few thoughts . . .

  • I’m looking forward to rereading this series. My second book is also an Audible edition so I have that to look forward to.

Have you read this book? How did you like it?

  • 2014 Goodreads Challenge (Hoping to read 100 books this year)
  • Audiobook Challenge–hosted by Hot Listens and The Book Nympho blogs
  • Re-reading Challenge–hosted by Lianne at Caffeinatedlife.net