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review 2018-07-26 13:02
"The Privilege Of Peace - Peacekeeper #3" by Tanya Huff - highly recommended
The Privilege Of Peace - Tanya Huff,Marguerite Gavin

 

Tanya Huff says that "The Privilege of Peace" will be the last Torin Kerr book, I've followed Torin Kerr through the five Confederation novels, which I think are some of the best and most innovative military SF novels ever written and then on to the three Peacekeeper novels, which show how Torin, having helped end a galactic war hundreds of years long, handles the peace.

 

"The Privilege of Peace" was the perfect goodbye to the series. It moved the story arc on, engaging most of my favourite characters but didn't make the mistake of tidying everything up.

 

As I left the book, I could see that Torin had grown and, in the process, had helped me understand how much more difficult the maintenance of peace can be than the fighting of a war.

 

I'd love there to be another Torin Kerr book, but if there isn't I'll look on this as nine great novels, set in a universe I believe in, with people I care about, which never took the most obvious path and always placed accountability above expedience. I real life was like that, I'd enjoy living there. It isn't, but at least I have Tanya Huff to show me that it could be.

 

Margurite Gavin's narration has always increased my enjoyment of the Torin Kerr books.   Her voices are so well thought through that I could immediately recognise who was speaking, regardless of sex or species.

 

If you haven't read this series yet, you have a lot of pleasure ahead of you. Take a look at my reviews below

confederation 1 - 3The first three books in the Confederation series were fast-moving, trope-twisting, emotionally taxing military SF novels that established the Confederation universe from Torin's point of view.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

valor-s-trial"Valor's Trial"(every time I see these titles, I want to add a U) was the game changer for me. The universe expanded and Torin became someone even more interesting.Va

There's a lot of sadness and a lot of hope in this book. It's probably the most anti-war pro-soldier military SF book I've read.

 

 

 

 

 

the-truth-of-valor

"The Truth of Valor" brought the Confederation series to an end in an unexpected but enjoyable way and I thought it was the last I'd see of Torin Kerr.

 

What more could be asked of her?

 

Well, it turns out that she was going to be asked the question: "What do non-violent Elder Races do with the we've-been-fighting-a-war-for-so-long-it's-all-we-know Younger Races?"

 

 

 

 

 

An Ancient PeaceWhen Torin considered that question, she did what she always does. She set about bringing her people home. She also started to rethink what everyone thought the knew about the Elder Races.

 

"An Ancient Peace", the first Peacekeeper novel had Torin in transition, no longer in the Corps but not really equipped to be a civilian and kept me guessing all the way through to the surprising outcome. 

 

It reset the situation completely, especially with regard to the Elder Races

 

 

 

 

 

a peace divided

In "A Peace Divided" Torin leads a Peace Keeper Strike Force, dealing with violent people churning through civilian space in the wake of an unexpected peace. Torin’s not a soldier anymore. Winning now involved more than getting in, killing the enemy and getting her people home. Now she has to uphold the law and make sure as few people as possible, on either side, die while she’s doing it.

 

She also starts to question how the Confederacy she's always defended, works and whether she might have to find a way of changing it to protect her people.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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text 2018-06-16 01:25
Reading progress update: I've read 74 out of 222 pages.
Midnight Plus One - Gavin Lyall

very much enjoying my Spy Road Trip With Danger.

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text 2018-06-15 15:01
Reading progress update: I've read 30 out of 222 pages.
Midnight Plus One - Gavin Lyall

well - some crass, of-the-times dialogue between men that made me wince a bit, but getting past that and focusing on the action...okay, we have a great start in that regard. Cane has to transport a shady fella from France to Lichtenstein by car, and has been assigned a bodyguard/assistant who has a drinking problem (tried to hide it, but Cane’s not a fool). not good. and someone left a corpse where there wasn’t supposed to be a corpse, as a less than cheery send-off. hmmmm, no one is supposed to even know about this mission - no enemies, anyway. hmmmm.

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text 2018-06-15 03:22
Reading progress update: I've read 4 out of 222 pages.
Midnight Plus One - Gavin Lyall

back to the Summer of Spies...once again featuring an author I’ve never read before. high hopes for a thrilling ride!

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review 2018-02-09 18:31
Virtually Perfect by Paige Roberts
Virtually Perfect - Paige Roberts,Marguerite Gavin

I add the randomist of books to my Overdrive queue. This is another that I added for whatever reason and by the time it came around to me I had no idea why I requested it. Sometimes it works out, other times notsomuch. This was one of the notsomuch times.

 

Lizzie was once a Food Network star but was fired for some reason I don’t think they ever revealed. I think I would've caught that because I was hoping it was embarrassing but I could’ve missed it because I might’ve dozed off a time or two. She’s since been making a living taking whatever job comes her way, mostly cooking for rich people. When she’s offered a full time gig cooking for a wealthy family at their luxurious summer home at the beach she takes it.

 

What follows is a modern day chick lit story of a woman who puts up with all sorts of crap to keep her job which is something most of us can probably relate to. We do need to eat and sometimes it pays to keep your big mouth shut. But this changes a little later in the story when she begins to make a few unprofessional moves and remarks that weren’t at all thought through. I mean I get it, a girl can only take so much, but it’s never a good idea to talk crap about the family who pays you to another family member that you barely know just because you think he’s the black sheep of the family. Even I know that! During the daily dramas that enfold she’s also attempting to patch things up with a friend she left behind for fame (snooze) and learns her mother has been hiding a big secret which she might’ve discovered sooner if she’d tried harder to get in touch with her mom.

 

This book gets mostly good reviews so perhaps it just wasn’t a story meant for me. I thought it might be light and entertaining and though it is very descriptive with the food and I enjoyed that bit, it started to aggravate me midway and never recovered. The plot was nothing special, nothing new, nothing that wasn’t predictable and basically bored me. None of the characters were all that likable, even Lizzy. The wealthy socialite who NEVER shuts up and all but one of her family members and friends were horrible people who the reader gets to spend way too much with. Imagine being stuck in a room with no hope of escape with loud, drunk, shallow, wealthy people who think of no one but themselves and their pleasure. I’d rather have toothpicks jammed under my nails than suffer through that. And their presence makes up much of this story. That’s not my idea of a good time but who knows maybe it’s yours?

 

On the positive side, the narrator has one of those musical and lively voices that’ll keep you going even when you know you should probably quit. Yep, it’s her fault not mine that I did not DNF.

 

This one gets a two because if I’m being honest I just did not like it very much.

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