Angel Of Destruction
Copyright 2001 by
I first read this on the 29th January 2002.
This novel is set in Matthews "Judiciary" universe.
Bench Specialist Garel Vogel negotiated the surrender of the rebel
Langsarik space fleet. During these negotiations he has come to respect
the Langsariks and in particular their commander, Fleet Captain Walton
Agenis. Vogel has endeavored to implement a workable and fair
agreement. The terms of surrender are hard for the Langsariks but
after eight years of servitude their parole will be over and they'll free
once more. If the terms are not met, the penalties for the Langsariks are
very severe, indeed horrific.
So Vogel is surprised and disbelieving when after only one year, he is
sent to investigate infractions of their parole, including piracy and
Are the Langsariks really so foolish as to risk their freedom, or are
they being framed?
With help of the Langsariks, Vogel investigates.
Characters from Matthews other "Judiciary" novels make cameo appearance:
Andrej Koscuisko floats around a little in the background and
Secretary Verlaine and Mergau Noycannir pop up once or twice. What's
sad is that these guests are the only ones worth mentioning in this dire book.
It's clearly written for the juvenile market, but something's terribly
wrong with the writing. There's not tension, no mystery. The Langsariks
officers are supposedly highly-professional commanders of a major space
fleet yet have clearly been brain-wiped. I can find no other explanation
for their total lack of professionalism, intelligence and initiative.
It's either brain-wipes or bad writing.
Matthews introduces two special organisations: the 'Malcontent' and the
'Angel Of Destruction'. These are badly-conceived devices to add some
depth and breadth to the plot but are so without merit that they simply
drag the book down further. I read this with a growing sense of amazement
that this could be so different from her other work.
Don't read this, but do read Matthews' other books, they're
great, albeit somewhat violent.
Loaded on the 17th February 2002.