THE PRIVILEGE OF PEACE
The final book of Huff’s Peacekeeper trilogy wraps up events from previous outings and is not a stand-alone tale. While there is background for new readers, those familiar with the characters will be pleased to see how they’ve developed over the course of the series. The fractured English and creative pronouns aren’t quite as off-putting as they were in past outings, but the vast number of alien races is confusing at times. The presence of the media during a confrontation is a nice nod to contemporary events about the truth of the news.
The dormant sheet of plastic that Torin Kerr and her team found is suddenly thrust back into the spotlight when Presit, who is now running for political office, sets up a high profile gathering to view the sheet before the military gets involved. But the plastic isn’t dormant and sends a signal into space. When the larger plastic returns in its spaceship-shape, Big Yellow, demanding the sheet be returned, Torin is “requested” to resume her Marine duties as the military plans to take down Big Yellow once and for all. The Humans First movement gathers speed, covertly encouraging others to rebel, and Torin is number one on their hit list. When a warlord takes over a space station, Torin splits the team, sending Craig with the military to meet Big Yellow. As his team secretly tests the sheet, they get surprising results. Not only is it sentient, but it has information that the younger races don’t know about the H’san; information that may connect with the weapons stash they uncovered on a previous mission. (DAW, Jun., 352 pp., $26.00)