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A Peace Divided

(Peacekeeper #2)

4.1  ·  Rating details ·  874 Ratings  ·  110 Reviews
The second book in the action-packed Peacekeeper series, a continuation of Tanya Huff's military sci-fi Confederation series following Torin Kerr

Gunnery Sergeant Torin Kerr had been the very model of a Confederation Marine. No one who'd ever served with her could imagine any circumstance that would see her walking away from the Corps.

But that was before Torin learned the t
Hardcover, 374 pages
Published June 6th 2017 by Daw Books
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Kathy Davie
Jun 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi-military
Second in the follow-on series, Peacekeeper (seventh overall in Confederation) and revolving around Marine ex-Gunnery Sergeant Torin Kerr.

My Take
This is not my favorite in the series, as Huff was so incredibly confusing on so many pages. That and the whole hostage thing was stupid. Okay, not taking the hostages, but their reason for doing it. They were so incredibly clueless and didn’t care that their intelligence was faulty. They want it, therefore it will exist.

The third-person subjective poin
Jamie Collins
I like this universe and these characters, and I was glad to spend more time with them, but I found this story pretty unsatisfying. The plot makes no sense, which doesn’t always bother me, but that combined with other weaknesses makes this a disappointment.

One of the book’s main themes is gun control, which I find odd in a military sci-fi series which contains so very many gun battles. The reader is expected to believe that the Elder Races have convinced humanity to FORGET that small concealable
Carolyn F.
Wonderful book, wonderful series. You'd think I'd get a little tired of one bad situation averted after another but nope, love it. This series (part of an initial series) is the best by this author in my humble opinion.
Laz the Sailor
Jul 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: scifi, pricey
Here is a simple review. I liked this story more than the previous, but there were so many different alien species that I had trouble keeping track. I will keep reading stories about Torin Kerr.
Sep 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Torin Kerr just keeps on keeping on. I love reading about her and her interestingly subversive group of sidekicks, her moments of angst, her care for duty, and her people (her constant touching of her jacket where she kept the remains of those who served) and of course her partner and person extraordinaire, Craig.
A new planet with a huge variety of alien flora and fauna, which are just as happy to eat you as not. The hints of the dreaded plastic, a renegade group looking to find plastics, and of
Jun 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Originally published at Reading Reality

There’s an absolutely kick-ass military SF story in A Peace Divided. And that story is a marvelous continuance of pretty much everything that has happened to Gunnery Sergeant, now Warden, Torin Kerr from her first introduction in Valor's Choice to her re-emergence after the end of her war in An Ancient Peace.

So if you enjoy military SF featuring smart, kick-ass, hard-fighting female soldiers (in this case Kerr is an NCO in the Marines), start at the very be
Cardyn Brooks
Jun 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Torin Kerr and company continue to stumble upon seemingly no-win situations with political implications of the inter-galactic variety in A Peace Divided. The mission setup takes about the first 50 pages to really get going, but once it does, Kerr leads her team from one potentially deadly disaster to another.

T.H. continues her reign supreme of combining the edginess of battle-tested/ready warriors with droll humor about government bureaucracy, political intrigue, leadership hierarchies, emotion
Sep 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: listened, 2018
3.5 stars.

Now that the war is over, the gang as wardens are hampered by being told to capture the bad guys for "rehabilitation" rather than just shoot and kill.

It's another action-packed installment. However, as I listened to the audio version, I did have trouble keeping the people of the various factions straight, especially with all the difficult names.
S.J. Higbee
Jun 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really like the premise of this book. In this slice of the campaign against the mysterious plastic beings who have created so much chaos, an archaeological team discover what they think might be traces of plastic in a pre-industrial society. And that is enough to draw down some very unwelcome attention. In multiple viewpoint, story structure is interesting – we have a flurry of action as the hapless archaeologists are overrun and then we are inevitably drawn into the political aspects alongsid ...more
Lianne Pheno

J'ai malheureusement moins aimé ce tome que les précédents.

Un groupe de scientifique a été pris en otage sur une planète reculée et inhabitée. La raison qui fait que cette planète n'a jamais été colonisée est quelle renferme tout un réseau complexe de ruines d'une ancienne civilisation et donc qu'elle a été réservée à la recherche et l'exploration scientifique. La situation se complique quand on se rend compte que les preneurs d'otage sont des mercenaires
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*Genre* Science Fiction, Military Fiction
*Rating* 3.5


A Peace Divided, by author Tanya Huff, is the second installment in the authors' Peacekeeper series, and the seventh installment in the authors' Confederation series. This story takes place one year after the end of An Ancient Peace. Ex-Gunnery Sergeant Torin Kerr is now a member of the Wardens. She has put together small teams of former military that can move quickly from place to place. Her team is Strike Team Alp
Jun 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sf-etc
Appréciation générale : la série Confédération a pour principal personnage Torin Kerr dont on suit les missions dans un contexte sf-militaire bien exploité avec un fil rouge. C’est une série bien écrite, avec de l’action et du suspens et des fausses pistes, des problématiques éthiques et relationnelles humaines et extra-terrestres (syndrome post traumatique par exemple traité dans ce tome), des dialogues vivants, un peu d’humour (juste ce qu’il faut), pas de violences ni cruautés superflues, ni ...more
Brett Thomasson
Former Confederation Marine Torin Kerr continues to protect and serve the galaxy as a member of a quasi-law-enforcement agency trying to keep a lid on illegal weapons technology trade. In A Peace Divided, she's also still tasked with the job of following leads to legendary ancient weapons made by a now-vanished race. But a group of mercenaries, also led by a former Confederation Marine, has learned of an archaeological dig on a planet that may lead to that technology and they're holding the scie ...more
Barb in Maryland
Jun 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Another exciting outing from Tanya Huff. This series, is my current go-to for military SF: well written, with engaging characters, smart dialog, a nice touch of humor, and lots of action.
The plot is fairly straightforward--a group of scientists on a distant planet is being held hostage by a group of baddies for Reasons. Our heroine, former Marine now Warden, Torin Kerr and her group are being sent out to rescue the hostage. Of course there are complications, twists, and turns before the mission
Aug 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
A solid entry in a solid series. The many characters are great and their snark abounds, the many aliens are alien, and more twists in the universe and canon are revealed while newer ones are hinted at for future books. I'm always happy to get more time with Torin Kerr and her team, allies old and new, and unwanted hanger-on (Presit).

But one debit is that sometimes I'm not always sure who is talking in the dialogue.
MAB  LongBeach
Second in the Peacekeeper sequence, following retired Gunnery Sergeant Torin Kerr and her loyal band after the end of the war started by the plastic aliens. The Wardens have bowed to the occasional necessity of force and formed strike teams composed of members of the Younger Races, mostly ex-military. Kerr and cohorts are Strike Team Alpha, and they have acquired a bit of a reputation.

When a scientific expedition excavating ruins on a restricted planet turns up evidence of destroyed plastic, a
Mar 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

Torin has to be a unique mix of peacekeeper, Marine and politician, in a universe where nothing is *quite* as it is for us. Guns can't be concealed, plastic is either inert or a manipulative intelligent lifeform, and whatever she does there's a mountain of paperwork. Luckily (or not) there's a species that thrives on beauracracy...

And then there is the task at hand. With the opposing teams almost equally balanced, strategy and experience may decide whose long odds are most successful, b
Harald Koch
It physically pains me to give a Tanya Huff novel a four-star review, but this one just doesn't quite hit the mark. It's close, but ...

Some random thoughts:

- it's a confusing, as she introduces almost two dozen new characters and then switches between them very quickly. Seriously - there are a lot of characters to keep track of.
- some excellent coverage of the issue of veterans and PTSD and the lack of support they get. Relevant in this country right now.
- definitely book two of a trilogy - the
Jun 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Sep 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh how I love Torin Kerr and her team. I love how they interact with each other and their banter. I love their sense of humor and their attitudes. I love how the low-key humor extends to other characters in this book. All of this is what made this book so enjoyable for me. Honestly, not a lot happened in it, especially not when you compare it to the action in the original books in the series, and yet I still found this book thoroughly enjoyable. (And definitely more so than the first one in this ...more
I have really enjoyed Tanya Huff's Valor/Confederation/Peacekeepers series. This is a military space opera series that has multiple alien races -such as the Krai, the di'Taykans, the Katriens, as well as the Humans and plenty more alien races - working together to get the job done, whether it
be our good guys or the opposing bad guys.
By this I mean that all of the characters are fully realized and the bad guys are mostly "bad" due to poor choices, not just due to their race.
The ultimate bad gu
John Purvis
Oct 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
“A Peace Divided” eBook was published in 2017 and was written by Tanya Huff. Ms. Huff has published more than 30 novels. This is the second book in her “Peacekeeper” series.

I received an ARC of this novel through in return for a fair and honest review. I categorize this novel as ‘R’ because it contains scenes of Violence and Mature Language. The story is set on a remote world undergoing limited archaeological research. The primary character is former Confederation Mari
Aug 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
After the initial wonderful battle with gun-runners, things get a little slow as we follow the archaeologists and their captors. This made it a little harder for me to get into the story at first, but it pays off later with character development. There are a lot of characters in here: Torin’s strike team, the Primacy members joining her, the mercenaries, and the archaeologists, and it’s hard to keep track of them all. Thankfully Tanya Huff is very good at developing strong individualistic charac ...more
Kathy Martin
Oct 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
In this episode Warden Torin Kerr and her team have to rescue a bunch of scientists exploring a planet which might have evidence about the plastics that manipulated both the Confederation and the Primacy into an intergalactic war. Rumor has it, a weapon against the plastic has been found.

The scientists have been captured by mercenaries who want the weapon. They are two factions. The first is a war veteran broken by the war who will do anything to keep his ship flying and his people safe. The se
Samantha Artuso
Oct 24, 2017 rated it it was ok
Only two stars this time. Sorry Tanya Huff.

The premise was good, the set up...not so much. As I read through the story, I got the ever-increasing feeling that Tanya Huff set aside storytelling integrity and the canon of her own universe to present her personal political views. Even if I agree with those views (I don't agree with Huff's) I still would be mad. I can't get into a story when the author is clearly trying to push a political agenda on her characters and her readers. Due to this, I fel
Aug 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Torin and her team are now officially Strike Team Alpha under the Justice Department. They are called in to rescue a team of scientists working an archaeological dig on a planet who are being held hostage by mercenaries looking for what they believe is a weapon that can be used against the plastic polymorphous alien species that have used both the Confederacy and the Primacy (the enemies formerly called the "Others") as social experiments in the laboratory of the universe, deliberately causing t ...more
Sep 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Jun 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
I described this book elsewhere as "a fun MilSF romp with teeth" and I think that's an entirely accurate description. Aside from the action-adventure of hostage rescue and surviving the Jungle Planet of Death ("Fukkin snakes," says Binti Mashona frequently, and I am inclined to agree with her), there are some very interesting threads about veteran care and gun control and bigotry that give the book a surprising depth.

I will say, however, that I could have used a little more detail in that charac
Kris Sellgren
Jul 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
Tanya Huff's Gunnery Sergeant Torin Kerr is back, in her peacetime job policing the Galaxy. Scientists studying the ruins of a pre-industrial civilization find buried plastic. Could this be evidence that the evil Plastic Aliens, who engineered centuries of warfare among humans and other space-faring species, also interfered in this ruined civilization? Mercenaries with a shadowy backer take the scientists hostage, demanding the scientists search the ruins for a weapon capable of destroying the P ...more
Sep 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: aliens, series
This was a fairly quick read that was enjoyable but didn't have the same impact as previous books in the (Confederation) series. I enjoyed spending time with Torin again and this world but I will admit I got fairly confused with which alien was what and I was with Arniz, the hostage-takers rationale made no sense and as such the overall plot suffered from it.

This definitely felt like a filler story and a way to showcase the newfound tentative peace with the Primacy and the backlash being seen i
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Other books in the series

Peacekeeper (3 books)
  • An Ancient Peace (Peacekeeper, #1; Confederation, #6)
  • The Privilege of Peace (Peacekeeper, #3; Confederation, #8)