An Exchange of Hostages [NOOK Book]

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Under Jurisdiction torture isn’t about truth. It’s about terror.<br><br>The Jurisdiction’s Bench has come to rely on the institutionalized atrocities of the Protocols to maintain its control of an increasingly unstable political environment. When Andrej Koscuisko, a talented young doctor, reports to orientation as a Ship’s Inquisitor he will discover in himself something far worse than a talent for inflicting grotesque torments on the Bench’s enemies. He will confront a passion for the exercise of the...
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An Exchange of Hostages

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Under Jurisdiction torture isn’t about truth. It’s about terror.<br><br>The Jurisdiction’s Bench has come to rely on the institutionalized atrocities of the Protocols to maintain its control of an increasingly unstable political environment. When Andrej Koscuisko, a talented young doctor, reports to orientation as a Ship’s Inquisitor he will discover in himself something far worse than a talent for inflicting grotesque torments on the Bench’s enemies. He will confront a passion for the exercise of the Writ to Inquire whose intensity threatens to consume him utterly.<br><br>As he struggles to find some thread of justice and compassion under the Law, as he fights to hang on to what remains to him of his sanity, he will make powerful enemies who are eager to use his knowledge, his empathy, his passion against anyone who challenges the Bench.<br><br>At the publisher's request, this title is sold without DRM (Digital Rights Management).<br><br><b>Advance Praise for An Exchange of Hostages:</b><br><br>A grisly and absorbing work -- a truly disturbing exercise in psychological inquiry. Susan R. Matthews has envisioned her future society well....Matthews’ greatest achievement may well be the empathy she wins for both the avid abhorrence with which Koscuisko contemplates his own actions and the stricken loyalty with which the slaves assigned to him view himself. Other writers have approached these themes -- Gene Wolf and Elizabeth A. Lynn leap to mind -- but none to my knowledge have plunged the reader so deeply into them. Susan R. Matthews simply doesn’t flinch. In that, An Exchange of Hostages can stand comparison to Dostoyevsky’s The Possessed.<br>-Stephen R. Donaldson<br><br>A very intense novel. An absorbing and frightening character study...the more you learned about the situation these people were trapped in, the more horrifying it became....An extremely talented writer. I can’t wait to see what she does next.<br>-Martha Wells<br><br>Powerful, insidious, and insightful -- a singular accomplishment for a tenth novel, let alone a first.<br>-Melanie Rawn
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940148296959
  • Publisher: Baen
  • Publication date: 1/15/2014
  • Series: Jurisdiction Series , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 493,483
  • File size: 497 KB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2001

    Disturbing, yet undeniably a compelling book.

    This was a very interesting book that I found hard to put down. The main character, Andrej Koscuisko, is an aristocrat and doctor forced into the profession of torturer. While learning his new trade, Andrej is horrified to discover that he does, in fact, enjoy causing others pain. However, he feels that the entire system is wrong, thus setting up a psychological dichotomy. Unlike seemingly everyone else in the society Susan Matthews creates, he also sees the human men behind his assigned 'bond-involuntaries' (read 'slaves'). I was aphrensive throughtout the book. His fellow student plots against him and aches to bend him to her will. I worried about the ultimate fate of his slave, and about Andrej's own fate. It was very absorbing, albeit in the way people find a horrific crash on the freeway fascinating. The ending was slightly sinister and made me want more. The book was well written, although sometimes the phrasing was odd and I had to reread a sentence. If you're looking for blazing guns and heroic space adventures, this book isn't for you. If you're looking for an intense yet subtle psylogical thriller in a science fiction setting with tantalizing glimpses of alien cultures, check this novel out. As for me, I'm going right out to buy the sequels.

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