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.