The first 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. But when she learned the truth about the war the Confederation was fighting, she left the military for good.
But Torin couldn’t walk away from preserving and protecting everything the Confederation represented. Instead, she drew together an elite corps of friends and allies to take on covert missions that the Justice Department and the Corps could not—or would not—officially touch. Torin just hoped the one they were about to embark on wouldn’t be the death of them.
Ancient H’san grave goods are showing up on the black market—grave goods from just before the formation of the Confederation, when the H’san gave up war and buried their planet-destroying weapons...as grave goods for the death of war. Someone is searching for these weapons and they’re very close to finding them. As the Elder Races have turned away from war, those searchers can only be members of the Younger Races.
Fortunately, only the Corps Intelligence Service has this information. Unfortunately, they can do nothing about it—bound by laws of full disclosure, their every move is monitored.
Though Torin Kerr and her team are no longer a part of the military, the six of them tackling the H’san defenses and the lethally armed grave robbers are the only chance the Confederation has. The only chance to avoid millions more dead.
But the more Torin learns about the relationship between the Elder Races and the Younger, the more she begins to fear war might be an unavoidable result.
Fans of Gunnery Sergeant Torin Kerr and the many races of Huff's Confederation series will be thrilled to see this spin-off, which follows Kerr's post-war, post-Marines career. Kerr joins a highly trained team of ex-Corps humans, Krai, and di'Taykan functioning as independent contractors and "dealing with messes the Justice Department couldn't or wouldn't clean up." Politically unable to follow up directly on intelligence showing that grave robbers from the Younger Races could be close to discovering 2,000-year-old H'san weapons, Justice sends Kerr's team to find the robbers and shut them down. Huff's ability to communicate complex personal dynamics and deep trust through what feels like casual banter establishes the character of the team well for the reader, and solid stretches of reconnaissance and well-tuned moments of violence show Huff's military SF skills still on point. Her detailed exposition and tense interactions support the elaborate world-building that establishes the setting for the new series, and the mystery plot holds its own.