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Keepers of the Peace [Hardcover]

Keith Brooke

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1 Nov 1990
Jed Brindle is an alien. At least that's what they call him on earth. He's a colony-bred soldier with the Extraterran Peacekeeping Force, fighting in a war for control of what used to be the US. Sent on a mission behind enemy lines, Jed struggles for survival and tries to to find his real self.

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Keith Brooke's first novel, Keepers of the Peace, appeared in 1990, since when he has published six more adult novels, six collections, and over 60 short stories. For ten years from 1997 he ran the web-based SF, fantasy and horror showcase infinity plus, featuring the work of around 100 top genre authors, including Michael Moorcock, Stephen Baxter, Connie Willis, Gene Wolfe, Vonda McIntyre and Jack Vance. His novel Genetopia was published by Pyr in February 2006 and was their first title to receive a starred review in Publishers Weekly; The Accord, published by Solaris in 2009, received another starred PW review and was optioned for film. His quirky fantasy, The Unlikely World of Faraway Frankie, described by Adam Roberts as "A masterclass in how to transcend labels...everybody, of whatever age, should read it" came out in April 2010.

His latest novel is alt.human (UK title), also known as Harmony (North American title), published by Solaris in 2012 and shortlisted for the Philip K Dick Award. Writing as Nick Gifford, his teen fiction is published by Puffin, with one novel also optioned for the movies by Andy Serkis and Jonathan Cavendish's Caveman Films.

He writes reviews for The Guardian, teaches creative writing at the University of Essex, and lives with his partner Debbie in Wivenhoe, Essex.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Read this! 19 Feb 2012
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As an avid reader of SF for 50 years, I am hard to impress. It is now very rare to discover a new author who makes me say "Wow!". Keith Brooke in Keepers of the Peace does just that. This is the story of a good young man who is conscripted into an army. It is SF, in that it is set in a grim future, and there is high-tech enough to please the hard SF purist in me. What is so gripping though is the character, or characters who move through the story. We follow Jed from his conscription away from his off-world family, through training on the Moon, down to Earth as a "peace keeper". External viewpoints fill in background and context very well, but it is Jed's head we are in most of the time. Other chacacters are drawn to this solid, reliable and capable man, as is the reader. This is the story of a good young man sucked into the military machine, trained and augmented to be what he becomes, a super-efficient soldier. There is action aplenty, but it is what goes on in Jed's head that is so gripping, right to the last sentence of the book.
Great, great read. It sent me right back to the Kindle Store to find and buy anything written by Keith Brooke. "The Accord" and "Expatria" are as well written, and well worth reading, but "Keepers of the Peace" will linger in my head for a long time. I have no doubt that I will read this again, and again. It is that good.
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