On Sale: June 6, 2017
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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 whoâ€™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 fightingâ€¦before sheâ€™d been declared
dead and had spent time in a prison that shouldnâ€™t
existâ€¦before sheâ€™d learned about the â€śplasticâ€ť beings who
were really behind the war between the Confederation and the
Others. That was when Torin left the military for good.
Yet she couldnâ€™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 alliesâ€”some ex-Marines, some civilians with
unique skillsâ€”and together they prepared to take on covert
missions that the Justice Department and the Corps could
notâ€”or would notâ€”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 isnâ€™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, Torinâ€™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 whoâ€™d started and maintained the war.
If Torin werenâ€™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 Primacyâ€”former enemiesâ€”to her
team. Before they confront the mercenaries, Torin will have
to sift through shifting loyalties as she discovers that the
line betweenâ€śusâ€ť and â€śthemâ€ť is anything but straight.
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