Bench Intelligence Specialist Garol Vogel is one of an elite few chartered by the Bench to uphold the rule of Law by any means he sees fit, to rewrite policy, assassinate corrupt officials, and topple planetary governments at his discretion.<br><br>His most treasured achievement was the amnesty he brokered for the Langsarik rebels. But someone is raiding depot stations in the Shawl of Rikavie around Port Charid, torturing and murdering with unprecedented savagery. Vogel knows the Langsariks are innocent, but who could be to blame, and how can he prevent a Judicial crime of horrific proportions?<br><br>Garol Vogel finds the answer on the wrong side of the Judicial order he’s served faithfully all his life, and once he sets foot on a path of subversion and sabotage there will be no going back for him, forever.<br><br>At the publisher's request, this title is sold without DRM (Digital Rights Management).<br><br>A chilling and engaging novel of false accusation and the power of personal responsibility.<br>-<i>Booklist</i><br><br>The structure of Angel of Destruction is part mystery, part thriller. The reader knows early on who’s responsible for the raids…but the suspense comes from Vogel’s need to put the pieces together and uncover the real culprits in time to save the Langsariks. Matthews...has a gift for evoking empathy…[and] has a deft and subtle touch with political implications…Family loyalty, ethics against duty, secret conspiracies, politics, honour, characterization: Angel of Destruction hits so many of my narrative kinks it’s not even funny.<br>-Liz Bourke, columnist for Tor.com
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The Langsarik fleet was powerful, trustworthy, and cemented in their loyalty to one another, making it very difficult for the Judiciary to hunt them down. The Langsarik were pirates whose own home planet refused to recognize them so eventually their leader, Walton Agnes negotiated with Garol Vogel to seek decent terms of surrender. The five thousands members of the Langsarik fleet were put on probation and forced to live on land in Port Charid, a space port dominated by the Dolgrukij Combine. After a certain amount of years they would be allowed into space once again as law abiding citizens of the Judiciary. However there is an element on Port Charid who hate the Langsarik and is willing to stage bloody raids on other ports to get the Langsark¿s probation revoked. It is up to Vogel, who has put together a last ditch desperate plan, to see that justice is carried out. ANGEL OF DESTRUCTION is space opera of the first caliber. The tale is fast paced, with plenty of action and adventure and the various sub-plots add depth to a very complex story line. The characters are three-dimensional so that the readers can truly understand them and their motivations even if they don¿t approve all their actions. Susan R. Matthews is a fine storyteller who is not afraid to meet social issues heads on. Harriet Klausner