Synopses & Reviews
THREE CRITICALLY-ACCLAIMED EPIC SCIENCE FICTIONNOVELS TOGETHER FOR THE FIRST TIMEfrom theUnder Jurisdiction series by John W. Campbell award finalist Susan R. Matthews. THE SECOND OF TWO SERIESOMNIBUS VOLUMES following Fleet Inquisitor. This volume includes series entriesHour of Judgment, The Devil and Deep Space, andWarring States.Fleet Renegadewill be followed bythe new Under Jurisdiction novelBlood Enemies.
Hour of Judgment
Burkhayden is a subject colony, leased by the Bench to a Dolgorukij familial corporation for economic exploitation. When a Nurail woman from the service house is brutally raped and beaten, Andrej Koscuisko - Ship s Inquisitor on board the Jurisdiction Fleet ShipRagnarok - is called upon to render services under contract.Before one fateful night is out Andrej Koscuisko will put himself under sentence of death by doing what he realizes at last he should have done from the beginning.
And Port Burkhayden will burn.
The Devil and Deep Space
Andrej Koscuisko, theRagnarok s Ship's Inquisitor, is going home on leave. His ship of assignment is participating in training exercises, and when an observer station unexpectedly explodes.Andrej will have to fight Fleet itself to bring theRagnarokthe only thing that can save the ship and crew from destruction - a single piece of evidence with the potential to change the course of the history of Jurisdiction Space forever.
Chilleau Judiciary s senior administrative officer has been murdered in the very heart of Chambers. Bench Intelligence Specialist Jils Ivers has been unable to ferret out the perpetrator, and that means she s the Bench s prime candidate for execution - so that justice may be seen to have been done, whether or not she is guilty.
Andrej Koscuisko means to take this opportunity to execute a daring theft. And if he is successful, the rule of Law will be rocked to its very core, and the fundamental nature of the Bench will be changed forever.
"Starting withAn Exchange of Hostages, IdevouredSusan R. Matthews 'Koscuisko' novels all six of them when they first appeared. Books with this much courage, clarity, and empathy are rare.The Under Jurisdiction series is a remarkable and unprecedented accomplishment. Stephen R. Donaldson, New York Timesbest-selling author of the Thomas Covenant series.
More praise for Susan R. Matthews:
Matthews] brilliantly uses science fiction s freedom of creation to make a world in which she can explore deep moral conflicts. Denver Post
. . . hasa dark energy . . .an extremely compelling read. New York Review of Science Fiction
A chilling and engaging novel of false accusation and the power of personal responsibility. BooklistonAngel of Drestruction
A tightly woven space opera full of grand heroic gestures and characters strong enough to sustain all the action. BooklistonThe Devil and Deep Space"