By Susan R. Matthews

ISBN-10: 0380789132

ISBN-13: 9780380789139

A promising younger doctor, Andrej Koscuisko has come, with nice reluctance, to check at an army orientation heart adrift in black area. opposed to his will, he'll teach right here to function a "Ship's Inquisitor" -- a vocation that runs counter to his inner most ethical convictions.

During his tenure, Andrej will earn the devotion of his own slave. he'll achieve the grudging admire of the Station management. he'll make a dangerous enemy of his fellow scholar. he'll research a daunting fact approximately himself. And finally, he'll be pressured to sacrifice all that he holds dear...

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Blanco put his flayed hands around her neck. “Cross me up, I’ll snap you like a twig,” he said. 9 Ever since her family had died in such sad ways, ever since she herself had disappeared from official view, Toby had tried not to think about her earlier life. She’d covered it in ice, she’d frozen it. Now she longed desperately to be back there in the past — even the bad parts, even the grief — because her present life was torture. She tried to picture her two faraway, long-ago parents, watching over her like guardian spirits, but she saw only mist.

There must be others. But friends or foes? If she sees one, how to tell? She’s prepared. The doors are locked, the windows barred. But even such barriers are no guarantee: every hollow space invites invasion. Even when she sleeps, she’s listening, as animals do — for a break in the pattern, for an unknown sound, for a silence opening like a crack in rock. When the small creatures hush their singing, said Adam One, it’s because they’re afraid. You must listen for the sound of their fear. 2 REN YEAR TWENTY-FIVE, THE YEAR OF THE FLOOD Beware of words.

Toby’s father said that was okay with him: by this time it had become a matter of principle. He thought the world was still the way it had been fifty years before, thinks Toby. He shouldn’t have been so stubborn. Already, back then, the CorpSeCorps were consolidating their power. They’d started as a private security firm for the Corporations, but then they’d taken over when the local police forces collapsed for lack of funding, and people liked that at first because the Corporations paid, but now CorpSeCorps were sending their tentacles everywhere.

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