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Prisoner of Conscience Mass Market Paperback – February, 1998
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About the Author
After earning an undergraduate degree in psychology, Susan R. Matthews was commisioned into the United States Army, where she was the operations and security officer for a combat support hospital specializing in nuclear, biological, and radiological warfare. Currently working as an auditor for an aerospace manufacturer, Susan lives with her partner in Seattle, Washington.
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I just finished reading several Stephen Gould books over the last few weeks ("Wildside", "Jumper", "Reflex", etc) and some of the "Ender's Game" series by Orson Scott Card before that. I think this fits in VERY well with those books - even in some of the concepts such as the obedience 'governor' that is implanted in some of the characters. Very comparable, and if you liked Card or Gould, I think you'd love this.
The story is well developed as are the characters and concepts. I haven't looked to see what else this author has written yet, but I hope there is a sequel - if not, there should be!
This is a wonderfully crafted book. The sentences range from short, and straightforwarded, to carefully formal and elaborate. The vocabulary, especially the newly created words, is inspiring. The point of view changes from character to character. This last technique is done quite brilliantly, especially compared to other books whcih have been ruined by this method. This book is easy to read and reread.
Exchange of Hostages was horribly innovative. It had a new and repellant government, with thoroughly harsh and ruthless institutions. The shock has worn off by Prisoner of Conscience. This novel is now concerned with how people live within this government. Everyone in this story from the Fleet officers, to the rebels, the prison guards, the prisoners, the torturer and his flunkeys, the prison commander and his, are all trapped within the system. Some of the people choose to become monsters, others choose not to, some defy the strictures that bind them, others obey them, and still others enforce them.
The people are throughly enjoyable, well enjoyable isn't the right word. Some of them are throughly rotten. The main villian, Geltoi, is a greedy, ruthless, self centered bigot who needs to be surrounded by sycophants. Even our hero has his putrid side. Andrej Koscuisko, describes that aspect of himself as " monstrous and unholy". All of them are very well drawn, distinct and individual. There are so many of them too. Belen, chief sycophant to the villian; Kaydence and Code and Joslire, part of Andrej's guard; Chief Warrant officier Caleigh Samons; Fleet Captain Irshah Parmin; Bench Captain Vopalar and her officiers; Robis Darmon, rebel and victim, as well as the main hero and villian.
In conclusion, this is a very good read. I highly recommend it and its predecessor. It has a believable but nasty society, and very believable villians. Some of the villiany is squashed, and some of the good guys are rescued; but enough remains to provide another book, or two or three.
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