Sunday, November 9, 2008

Review - Peacekeeper by Laura E. Reeve

Major Ariane Kedros, Book 1
Laura E. Reeve
December 2, 2008
ISBN# 978-0-451-46245-9

Book Blurb:
First in a brand new action-packed military science fiction series meet Major Ariane Kedros—daring pilot, decorated soldier, war criminal.

Fifteen years ago, Ariane Kedros piloted a ship on a mission that obliterated an entire solar system. Branded a war criminal, she was given a new identity and a new life in order to protect her from retribution.

But now, twelve of Ariane’s wartime colleagues are dead— assassinated by someone who has uncovered their true identities. And her superiors in the Autonomist army have placed her directly in the assassin’s line of fire on a peacekeeping mission that will decide the fate of all humanity…

My thoughts:
Ariane Kedros carries the guilt that following orders brought her fifteen years ago. Her team wiped out a solar system and was labeled Destroyer of Worlds. Now she continues her military life as a reservist and lives under a new identity. Ari keeps her secrets close and deals with the nightmares that invade her dreams.

Ari does her best to walk a straight line piloting the second-wave prospecting ship, Aether’s Touch with her partner Matt Journey. When her reserve status is called into active duty Ari feels obligated to take the mission. Even knowing that the majority of her prior teammates have been eliminated by an unknown assassin, Ari heads out. She soon finds herself facing her past in an up-close and deadly way.

This is the first in the Major Ariane Kedros series and the author’s debut novel. There’s a lot of action going on, and science fiction fans should enjoy this story with its military element. Ms. Reeve shows great promise as an author, with her military knowledge lending a believable component to her fictional tales. While some readers may run into the same difficulty as I had in losing the plot during some chapters, the basic storyline is a good one. The confusion was due in part to the sudden change in scenes with the introduction of new characters throughout the story. Peacekeeper ends on a good note, with some story threads left open for the next in the series. I’m interested in seeing where the Aether’s Touch heads out to explore next.

Kimberly Swan, Darque Reviews


SciFiGuy said...

Hadn't heard about this but it sounds good. Action SF is always a fun read.

Kimberly Swan said...

SciFiGuy - It is good, it was just that bit of confusion that came at the beginning of chapters where new characters are introduced. :)