Prisoner of Conscience

Prisoner of Conscience Andrei Koscuisko is an Inquisitor for the Bench federation of worlds It is his duty to root out quickly efficiently quietly anyone who would threaten the ruling order Andrei has been posted to the p

  • Title: Prisoner of Conscience
  • Author: Susan R. Matthews
  • ISBN: 9780380789146
  • Page: 464
  • Format: Paperback
  • Andrei Koscuisko is an Inquisitor for the Bench federation of worlds It is his duty to root out quickly, efficiently, quietly anyone who would threaten the ruling order.Andrei has been posted to the penal facility at Port Rudistal Here hundreds of prisoners traitors who dared dream of freedom and self rule await interrogation They know an Inquisitor s judgmeAndrei Koscuisko is an Inquisitor for the Bench federation of worlds It is his duty to root out quickly, efficiently, quietly anyone who would threaten the ruling order.Andrei has been posted to the penal facility at Port Rudistal Here hundreds of prisoners traitors who dared dream of freedom and self rule await interrogation They know an Inquisitor s judgment is firm and unassailable Yet there is a line that even he may not cross.Although an Inquisitor is not supposed to feel outrage, weakness or pity, Andrei is, above all, a man of honor And now he must risk his career and perhaps his life exposing the truth that lies behind the black walls of Domitt Prison.A riveting novel of one man s courage in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds, Prisoner of Conscience again showcases one of the most promising voices in contemporary science fiction.

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    1. The first book in this series had potential - it was contrived and disturbing, but the writing was good enough to sustain a kind of horrified fascination with the protagonist. I was actually hoping that this second book would be similar to the first one: a small-scope character study where Kosciusko attempts to balance his duties as a medical officer with those as an Inquisitor on board a ship.The opening scenes were promising - in content, at least; it was immediately obvious that the writing q [...]

    2. The Jurisdiction series really heats up here as Andrej is pushed to his limits by both personal tragedy and evidence of genocide. The tension is high and the characters are all compelling.I am struck by what seems like an odd discrepancy in worldbuilding: all the characters so far seem to come from cultures where women are honored and respected, where they pass on knowledge, etc. And in the Jurisdiction Fleet, free women serve as military and security officers. But somehow all the male Bonded sl [...]

    3. In the second installment of this series we see on a larger scale the effects of a regime that accept torture as a means to keep order. It is a captivating read, but I feel that the author is taunting me by creating a kind of miniature happy ending that casts our anti-hero as a force for good, while we actually know that the immoral laws are still in full force and no one is within hailing distance of overthrowing the evil Bench government. But can one really call the ending "too little, too lat [...]

    4. Trigger warning NON CON M/F SEX. And it's the Good Guy who does it with a slave. Repeatedly. And the slave woman involved is not happy. Although by the end of the book somehow they are besties and she climbs into his lap while he tells her his plans for her future. GROSS.Also, this is pretty much a holocaust book. Plus all the slaves adoring our hero the sadist torturer. Because no idea at this point.

    5. watching the author's gymnastics through moral dilemmas is quite stirring, but at times the prose seems more informed by romance novels than is bearable and at other times is painfully overwrought. still, a book worth reading, and maybe the second best in the series.

    6. Alright I've got some major beef with this book. Usually I try not to use any spoilers in my reviews, but there was one thing that was just exceptionally wrong about this book: Joslire dies. And okay, I've read Martin and I understand character death is an important part of realistic fiction, but this one doesn't make a bit of sense. Generally when a character dies it moves along the plot or changes the characters involved in some way, but after finishing this last night, I feel as though his de [...]

    7. This is the hardest book in the series for me to reread, probably because the concentration camp imagery seems like a reflection of the Holocaust. The other books have terrible things happening, yes, but in a far-future dystopian way that's much harder for me to see paralleling the real world. Also, there's the assisted suicide of a Certain Character, which never fails to irk me for being so completely out of character. And not one--not two--but three! sexual encounters, all full of piscine allu [...]

    8. This book had been sitting in my to-read pile for (I'm not kidding) ten years. It turned out to be excellent and dark and disturbing. This is a science fiction story that takes place in some kind of militarily aggressive hegemony called "The Bench", where the rule of law is supreme. Our protagonist a torturer, as torture is legal under very specific circumstances. It made me thing of the Nazi's, actually, which made it difficult to read, but the point of the story is that the protagonist uses hi [...]

    9. I loved the first book in the series, and this one was just as good. While it wasn't as much a personal character study as the first one, it was much more that way than many sci-fi books I've (tried to) read, which were just about space ships and blowing stuff up. These two books are psychological, which is definitely what I look for in my sci-fi books.Will be reading the next one soon!

    10. I loved the first book in the series, and this one was just as good. While it wasn't as much a personal character study as the first one, it was much more that way than many sci-fi books I've (tried to) read, which were just about space ships and blowing stuff up. These two books are psychological, which is definitely what I look for in my sci-fi books.Will be reading the next one soon!

    11. I loved the first book in the series, and this one was just as good. While it wasn't as much a personal character study as the first one, it was much more that way than many sci-fi books I've (tried to) read, which were just about space ships and blowing stuff up. These two books are psychological, which is definitely what I look for in my sci-fi books.Will be reading the next one soon!

    12. A study in relationships, underscoring how much the first book was also. Reminds me of Carol Berg. So emotionally fraught that I wanted to cry and couldn't be dragged away from it.

    13. Among the very best sci-fi books I've ever read. The author brings the reader into the story as if you are actually there as an observer. Great analysis of ethics, punishment, and integrity.

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