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Peacekeeper (The Major Ariane Kedros Novels Book 1) Kindle Edition
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This adventure story is set in a complex, multi-layered world, with the mandatory tough-yet-vulnerable female protagonist. But what sets it apart for me are the themes explored within all the non-stop action. The guilt Ariane Kedros feels over her part in the obliteration of the Ura-Guinn system is doubtless a useful plot twist to give the character extra depth and interest - but it also raises the issue of when a serving soldier should turn around and say `no'. None of the Kedros' team did so - and they all pay a high price. Can remorse redeem such a terrible act? One of the characters is convinced it can...
Reeve also explores the idea of revenge and at what point it stops being a natural reaction to a terrible wrong and becomes something a lot darker - or maybe that's what it always is. And before you go away with the impression that this book is full of declamatory rambles about these ideas (let's face it - we've all read `em...), I'd like to reassure you that Reeve manages to embed her themes within the story such that neither the pace or narrative tension lets up for a nanosec to accommodate them.
All in all, this is a cracking, enjoyable read that manages to raise some interesting issues along the way, making it a cut above much of this sub-genre. I've already gone out and bought the sequel...
Major Ariane Kedros has been given a new identity but is occasionally called back to serve the Intelligence Corps. Here she is trying to find out who is killing off ex colleagues while having significant problems of her own and keeping her past a secret.
Maybe I am dumb, but the complexity of the environment, the politics and the history were a real struggle to grasp and the author lost me more then a few times I have to say. However, when the focus was on Kedros herself, the story worked okay and had potential, but overall only two stars for me - it was just far too much hard work and not rewarding enough.
The main character is major ariane kedros. she works as a spaceship pilot for an asteroid prospector called matt. But he doesn't know about her past. And her guilty secret. Years before she was part of a mission that destroyed an entire solar system. There are those who would like to get their hands on her and the other members of that mission. And she's also still a military reservist. So when she's sent on a special mission by them, and when her former comrades start to die, she has fight to survive on her hands. And matt has the same if he wants to see her again.
This book thus has a fair bit of story to set up and there are a fair few flashbacks early on which start to do this. Added to which being introduced to a whole new setting and cast of characters at the same time means there's a bit to take in. and whilst the writing is quite decent it's merely good rather than great or very engaging.
However it is worth hanging on in there because some of the ultimate resolution to the plot really is a great surprise. And it also doesn't pull it's punches in discussing the nature of addiction and of guilt. A couple of bits of strong langugage and some adult situations mean it may not be entirely suitable for young readers.
a promising debut more than a great book. but now the backstory has been set up and dealt with subsequent books may be worth a look. I shall give them a go
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