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Peacekeeper: A Major Ariane Kedros Novel Mass Market Paperback – December 2, 2008
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Former USAF officer Reeve channels her flight experience into this crisp military SF debut. Major Ariane Kedros is a jaded N-space pilot who left the Armed Forces of the Consortium of Autonomous Worlds under the shadow of war crimes committed against the Terran Expansion League. Given a new identity to protect her from TEL retribution, she wanders around uncharted areas of space with her friend Matt Journey, seeking unusual artifacts and taking on occasional intelligence gigs for AFCAW. When several of her former crewmates are killed, Ariane is sent on a new undercover assignment that brings back haunting memories and puts her in considerable danger. Reeve drives the story at a breakneck pace, providing a fine mix of derring-do, honor and courage, and the familial bickering and affection of a close-knit crew. (Dec.)
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Laura's civilian jobs have run the gamut from research chemist to software development lead. She holds degrees in chemistry, systems analysis, and spent nine years as a US Air Force officer. She currently lives in Monument, Colorado with her husband, who is her scientific adviser.
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Intel, finding Ari blameless (she was following orders), gave her a new id, and a reserve commission as major in the Autonomous Worlds Intelligence Service. Now, she's been called into service to investigate the murders of her crew on that mission, and in order to do so, she's sent to monitor the arms inspection procedure as a cover.
It's not a bad read at all: a blend of space opera, detective thriller, and cyberpunk, with a suitably complicated plot--you'll probably keep reading. And in Ariane Ms. Reeve has created an interesting, if somewhat damaged, heroine. She's no superhero, she keeps making mistakes, but she perseveres.
Adding to the tension are the frenemies Matt, her business partner in a prospecting business, and her intel minder, Colonel Edones. Edones, like Ari herself, is well drawn. Matt is not. He's portrayed as impetuous, brash, and hot blooded. Maybe you'll feel somebody ought to smack him upside da haid. I did. Anyway, it's hard to believe the Colonel would drag him around on the mission. It's even harder to believe Ariane would put up with someone like that. But that's what happens.
All in all, though, this is an auspicious series beginning. It's complete in itself and leaves enough loose ends for the next book. See that parenthetical "maybe" I tossed in there?
Notes and asides: This book continues the annoying convention of beginning each chapter with "quotations" from imaginary sources. Do sci-fi authors figure, "well it worked in 'Dune' so I'll use it?" Or what? I do so wish they'd stop.
In this first book, they are still months away from finding out what happened to the people in the colony where the weapon was deployed. Other people that were involved with the decision to deploy the weapon are being killed, and she's recruited into the Reserves and deployed on a special mission to try and find out where the leak is coming from.
I enjoyed this book mostly because of the characters. Reeve does a pretty good job in explaining some of the advanced technology, but the book is more about the characters than it is about the "cool stuff" in the future.
I enjoyed this book thoroughly. It was an easy read.
The characters had too much talk and self-reflection for my taste. The action scenes were very few and far between. However, whenever there was an action scene, it was very interesting and did kept my attention.
Unfortunately the sparse action was insufficient to entirely hold my attention and interest; and it took me a long time to get through this book.
But on the plus side, I did manage to finish the book and despite my frustration with a lot of parts in this novel, I do see a lot of potential in this series. Therefore, I will definitely be reading the next installment Vigilante.
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Song of Scarabaeus
A Galaxy Unknown
Space Trippers Book 1: Trippin'
The Ariane Kedros series is a thrilling read fully loaded with espionage, double-crossing, and lots of dark secrets. The protagonist, Major Ariane Kedros, is a well developed character that exudes both admirable and flawed characteristics as she confronts her internal demons. Without giving anything away, the series winds its way around many political and social turmoils such as corruption, racial intolerance, and territorial conflicts while confronting intriguing ethical dilemmas such as war crime retribution and redemption. Reeve explores these many societal challenges that can be found in civilizations past, present, and future.
I thoroughly enjoyed the world in which Reeve has created full of fascinating cultures both alien and human alike!
These are just my quick attempts to provide my thumbs up for this book for anyone who loves Military Science fiction. For full story summary, see editorial review
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