When I read "Prisoner of Conscience" I was absolutely blown away. Why did I Find this character and this universe so compelling? These people are brutal, and the descriptions of their brutality are graphic! I should be repulsed by this stuff! But I could not tear myself away and look forward eagerly to each new installment. "Hour of Judgement"is a marvelous addition to this series. I don't want to live in this universe, and I'm still not sure if I even like Andrej Kosciusko. But I sure enjoy my visits. When is the next one due out anyway?!