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10.3 - Ministry of Peace

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Reviewed By: NannaSallyReview Date: 1/2/17 11:47 pm
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This final episode from Volume 10 opens with an annoyed Servalan having to tell the office of the President that Speranza has fallen to the rebels. Ironically, the effort here was called Operation Hope!!!

Lots of adventure and action in this episode, a beauty well worth listening to more than once.

Now, the new government is having trouble getting the community organised and under control – civil war is definitely brewing. Blake, Avon and Cally have teleported down to meet the new Interim Leader who is asking Blake for help to reorganise – a task more difficult than they had imagined.

Avon and Blake are out and about go to visit Bellis, the previous Work Coordinator, who is in prison waiting for a Show Trial, though she claims she has been working against the Federation from within. She seems less afraid than either of them would expect under the circumstances.

After offending Cally, Avon follows her out to try and talk further. They are abducted, sedated and awake in a prison – the last place they could imagine being found. And most shockingly of all, they seem to be guarded by Federation Troopers.

How did this happen? Who are all these people? Why do none of them seem to know about the victory of the Rebellion? How will they get out? And why is a certain chemical formula being produced when the need for it should no longer exist on Speranza.

This is particularly well written. Some of Avon’s lines are among the best in the whole Liberator Chronicle series – snide, derisory and caustic humour – great fun. Servalan’s lines are also really good – probably my favourite reading of her character in this series
overall. Particularly when she is talking to her staff, who keep trying to correct a perceived error on her part.

The sound effects continue to be very good, but again I found the music a bit distracting and intrusive.

Paul Darrow is superb (rarely is he other) and voices the extra characters beautifully – his Lev Emmett – the leader – sounds a lot like CD from the Strangerers, another great Paul Darrow part. And Jacqueline Pearce is very good, a mixture of strength of purpose, and posed concern.

Overall one of my favourite relistening episodes out of all the Chronicles.

This story points out that even after victory, a disparate group of people may not necessarily come together happily to start a new government system, and the upshot can easily be Civil War and perhaps reoccupation. And at the end, Avon asks a serious question - is anything really worth fighting for if it means a lot of deaths, hurt and more? And he does not have the answer...

Thanks again for reading
Nanna Sally Nelson