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Science Fiction Review: An Ancient Peace by Tanya Huff

 An Ancient Peace by Tanya Huff ( Confederation #6 Peacekeeper #1)


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Synopsis from Goodreads
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.
 


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8/10

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Well, I really enjoyed it, peeps, but don't make the same mistake as me, don't read this spin off of Confederation series as a standalone. You'll be missing out on a thousand nuances.



This was my introduction to Tanya Huff as a sci-fi author, and I can definitely say I will go back and start her previous series from the beginning. The character cast is solid, and as it's well established by now, I was reading the banter and the mentions of numerous past events with regret. I wanted to be part of their previous adventures to understand it fully.

Apparently Torin Kerr is a big deal, a celebrity soldier who stopped the war. Now she and her crew (which reminded me of Firefly by the way) do miscellaneous work for The Justice Department, and one of the jobs coming their way has to be accomplished on the quiet.

Someone is attempting to discover H'San's ancient weaponry and restart another war, blaming  it on Younger Races (which includes humans). H'San buried their weapons on a planet-size grave site a millenia ago, and when Torin and the crew finally discover which planet it is, they have to get through various inventive traps and deathly pits to catch up to the grave robbers and arrest them.

The plot is split between robbers' point of view and Torin's crew adventures. It's explosive, snarky and full of interesting details which I'd have appreciated much more if I knew what the book was talking about. All An Ancient Peace did for me was to wet my appetite for more. I'll be starting Confederation series from the first instalment, and strongly advise you to do the same. Otherwise, it's a solid, strong read.

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Если честно, книга мне эта понравилась, однако не совершайте ту же ошибку, что и я, дорогие читатели, не начинайте эту серию спин-офф, не читая предыдущие 5 книг Конфедерации. Вы упустите кучу уникальных ньюансов.

Таню Хафф в качестве автора научной фантастики читаю я впервые и с уверенностью могу сказать, что после этой книги я вернусь в самое начало и начну с первой книги серии. У неё крепкий, прекрасный набор главных персонажей, очень напомнивший мне ТВ сериал Firefly. Тут вам и постоянные шуточки и экцентричность команды, сплочённой многими битвами, и вот именно поэтому я так сожалела, что не читала книги предыдущие. Мне жутко хочется знать как такая интересная, разношёрстная команда собиралась.

По сюжету Торин Керр - солдат знаменитый, так как именно она положила конец последней из войн. Теперь она и её команда работают на Департамент Правосудия, разрешая многочисленные мелкие проблемы, когда Военный Департамент просит их взяться за чрезвычайно трудную задачу, которая потенциально может предотвратить или начать следующую между расами.

Древняя раса Х'Сан тысячелетие назад оставило свою воинственную природу позади, закопав смертоносную военную технологию на нескольких планетах-могильниках. Теперь кто-то пытается эти могильники раскопать, начать новый конфликт, и обвинить в нём Молодые Расы (в число которых входят люди). Торин и её команде предстоит втихую найти местоположение могильников и остановить грабителей могил до того, как случится что-то неприятное.

Сюжет ведётся с двух точек зрения - команды Торин и команды грабителей, и полон экшн, раскопок, смертоносных ловушек, едкого юмора и даже зомби, и читала я этй книгу с удовольствием.

В общем, возвращайтесь вместе со мной к первой книге и начинайте читать. Мне кажется, будет здорово, так как стиль у Торин и её друзей просто неповторимый. Рекомендую всем любителям Светлячка.
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