Quis Custodiet (The Administration, #5)
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Quis Custodiet (The Administration #5 )

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Where are all the good guys?

No protests, no bombings, no subversion. Is it possible that in one part of the European Administration at least, almost all the citizens are happy with their lot in life? It seems unlikely. When the numbers don't add up at the Athens branch of the Investigation and Interrogation Division, Para-investigator Toreth is sent there from New London t...more
Paperback, 1st Edition, 247 pages
Published October 1st 2009 by Casperian Books (first published 2002)
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oh, i do so hope boycop is watching! i would love to be scolded on teh internets again for how lame and boring my sense of humor is. come to me, boycop, i have read the fifth volume of the administration series, and am eager for your judgment of me, please! here - i will repost your own review of this book here so i can refer to it more easily. i need to know what is the most acceptable form of review for books in this series.

As the title implies, the plot is mainly about the political machinati...more

1 star – A Carnac sighting!
1 star – Paul (but let’s get real…Paul is worth 5 stars on his own) How FANTASTIC is HE?
1 star – jealous Toreth…love me some jealous Toreth
1 star – patient Warrick; I love him more and more the more and more he puts up with Toreth
1 star – I found out that Sara is Asian! How did I miss that before?! My peeps!
1 star – Paul…oh, wait…I gave him one already right? He's hysterical!
1 star – brilliant writing

Oh dear, I’ve given out too many stars!

Toreth – as I mentioned, I do...more

I should probably discuss the frustration and anger this story pulled out of me with the twisting & turning mind games, deception, omissions, jealousy, paranoia, and CARNAC! Carnac all dressed up in his slimy charm and treachery brings out a very scary, insecure Toreth to play and sets my nerves on edge. I mean teeth grinding anger edge! But all I have in my eyes and heart right now are stars….

“More stars than he’d seen in his life. More stars than he’d ever imagined existed. Even the gaps b...more
To be honest, this story deserves more than five stars. I won't start on how much I love Toreth and Warrick and about the quality of the writing.

BUT. Yes, there is a but.

I'm so mad at Warrick right now. For hell's sake. The man had you followed. That's how much he trusts you. He embarrassed you in front of your colleagues and friends and endangered the future of your beloved company. He also keeps fucking around (note: someone please shoot that syrupy guy, Paul, for me. I would be eternally gr...more
My review is for the book Quis Custodiet, which included Quis Custodiet, Ipsos Custodes, Gratuitous Kink, Then and Now, Friends in the Right Places, Smoke and Cameras, Sunday Game, and Paws for Thought.

Proceed with caution, mild spoilers ahead.

As much as I love the Administration series, this book was, for the most part, a complete miss for me.

While I thoroughly enjoy seeing both Toreth and Warrick in their working element, I more thoroughly enjoy seeing them together. Working on...each ot...more
5 stars

I enjoyed this book a lot more than I thought I would.

1. It was nice seeing Toreth back in his element even though he had to go to Greece alone to do it. I was starting to get tired of Toreth acting like a sex addicted 10 year old...and that's disturbing. Toreth has the smarts and this book showed it.

2. Now I'm going to retract my last statement. He was a raging moron for putting a PI on Warrick and Carnac. He has no right to be that possessive of Warrick when he screws a different perso...more
I guess it was okay. Paul was a nice colourful distraction, up until ...well yeah, not hard to guess what comes next huh?

Toreth is just such hard work and Warrick, well...

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I just don't know what to do with you.

I'm getting tired of their drama now...
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Manna Francis does it again - she's a captivating writer with great insight into her characters and spellbinding writing. Great stuff, very much recommended.
It feels kinda indecent to be so fascinated by them.
I accidentally deleted all that I typed for the first three stories in this 5th book and can't be bothered to retype everything! I wish there were an auto-save feature in GR:(

This is one story you'll have to read to fully appreciate Toreth's talent for getting into the shits with Warrick.

As we have come to expect, Warrick forgives Toreth, of course, so it's 'back to business' as usual and where Toreth is concerned, that means back to fucking and lying and more fucking and more lyin...more
It deserves a lot more than 5 stars.

Quis Custiodiet - Well, I liked it enough. And I hated Carnac, still hate him. It was exotic to see Toreth in such a scenery, Greece etc..

Gratuitous Kink - I loved how Warrick played Toreth. And it was damn hot.

Then and Now - It started with some jealousy Toreth-style (How many men have you fucked?, but it appeared more than that - it hurts to read about Toreth's past. Even if it suits him.

Friends in the Right Places - I love the way Toreth works. But I've sai...more
This. The first two stories in this book were hell to read, but not because they're bad - it's just that in this story universe, there are easy things to read and difficult things to read, and stories that have Toreth do things that endanger his relationship with Warrick are difficult to read. It's all good, though - despite the fact that it is disturbing to root for a character as Toreth. Sometimes it's like I don't have a choice. This is very well done. I know I'm repeating myself, but it'd be...more
..."What the fuck is real-time spline reticulation?" Don't worry Toreth, Warrick isn't laughing at you, he is laughing, er...with you...

Quis Custodiet (don't worry, I had to google it too...) is the 5th novella in The Administration series. Though it is not the fifth story I have read in the series, it follows along nicely with Manna's suggested reading order.

This was probably one of my favorite stories so far in the series. While I was terrified of a Carnac reprieve; his part was quite limited...more
Crazy love
It is offical..they are madly in love. We Begin with a lovely bedroom scene. I adore the tenderness that has formed between them. Toreth slips an "I'll miss you" which deserves an award in itself. He doesn't want to go on his out of town business trip, only because of Warrick awwwww and wants to wrap it up as quick as possible. Then he plans on staying loyal to Warrick while he is away. I KNOW RIGHT??
Suddenly there is a kink in his plans and not the good kind. A surprise visit home to...more
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This one left me unsettled for the future of this series. Not in the quality of the writing, not at all but in my concern for the well-being of the characters. Warrick being too forgiving, Toreth being too Toreth and The Administration being too involved. It's interesting to find that nothing changes. As per the title of the story, who is in control indeed.

I found this satisfyingly twisted, complex and tantalizing. The ending left more questions than answers yet didn't annoy with a cliff han...more
Nov 13, 2012 Marina rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2012, m-m
Totaly, completely loved it!

First of all it takes place in Athens (that alone deserves 5 stars)!!!!

Second I loved Toreth!!! My sweet maniac I really love you!
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This review is for the story Quis Custodiet, not the book, which includes other stories as well. This is one of my very favorite Administration stories. Toreth is so patheticly jealous in this one and Warrick as icy as he gets, it is beautiful!
This book carried a lot of punch. There were several lines of interest developing and each intense.

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Toreth, Warrick and I seem to have a weird relationship. I absolutely love them, truly I do, but I need some breaks in between. Maybe they're just too intense for me, or it's the fact that they're really hard work, complicated people that can be hard to stand at times and easy to love at others.
Suffice it to say that I wanted to hug and kill Toreth during Quis Custodiet equally. He's so damn insecure about himself and his standing in this relationship with Warrick (even though he'd never call i...more
Toreth is up to his usual crazy antics, each one more unbelievable than the previous. Warrick is patient beyond all belief. The first and second stories are the same chapter in their lives, from their respective POVs. Great idea, enjoyed it immensely. The rest of the shorts were very good at providing perspective in the progression of their relationship. Things are heating up and getting serious, Toreth is now unable or unwilling to push away thoughts that confirm it. Warrick starts to show, in...more
As the title implies, the plot is mainly about the political machination of the Administration, but with enjoyable insights into Toreth's inner demons.

Manna's writing is once again excellent. The characters are alive and believable, but also broken and incomplete (as humans), but the writing never perpetrates into sentimentality or easy solutions.

Internal Investigations, Athens, and Toreth trying on chastity for size (nope, still doesn't fit!).
I'm not sure how to rate this story. First of all, it came as news to me that English is the main spoken language in the Administration. I'm not sure where I was supposed to have picked that up before, but--because of the impracticality of the concept--it made for a few "that's not logical"-moments.
Also, was it me or was the whole 'Internal Investigations coming in'-plan hard to follow?

Second of all, I'm not sure how I feel about the character development.
This story underlines Toreth's troubl...more
Camilla ~ ♥ Sterek ♥ ~
This is the 5th book in this series, and it has 1 longer story with 7 shorter ones..

The first story is Quis Custodiet, and its a long one.. Well, compared to some of the other shorts, at least..


This is a story about Toreth going of to Greece, to do an internal investigation at the I&I of Athens.. It ends up being a bit more complicated than that..

While he's away, Carnac comes back to do something for SimTech, and Warrick and Carnac have dinner. On a weekend home from Athens, Toreth se...more
Another great book! I love it when a story/series gets to me emotionally then I start to have physical symptoms from the result of my emotions. Like today, Toreth gave me a pounding headache (from my blood pressure going up) due to his inane antics (hiring a PI) and his hypocrisy about fidelity (or lack of it in his case.) I haven't been able to eat because my stomach is so upset over them! I doubt I'll be able to sleep well knowing what's coming up in Book 6 which I will start tomorrow. Sigh. T...more
This may just be my favorite series of all time. The quality of writing never diminishes. Mind Fuck, Quid Pro Quo, Games & Players, Control and Quis Custodiet (and soon to be book #6!) are all equally good. One of my absolute favorite themes is dystopian future & totalitarian governments. So I am in heaven with this story! The characters of Torreth & Warrick are amazing. I love them both equally & that is rare for me as I usually have a favorite. The secondary characters are just...more
Some thoughts, in no particular order, sorry.

Hmmm, who is Paul and what's his deal?

Vulnerable Toreth has to be one of the best, most brilliant things in the world.
Ornella (Nyx)
Dec 22, 2013 Ornella (Nyx) marked it as never-finished
3.5 Stars

Yes! An actual plot now. Too bad Toreth's learning curve for relationships is so damn slow.
May 01, 2013 shuya rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: m-m
I liked the addition to the novel "Quis Custodiet" : "Ipsos Custodes" which is basically what Warrick was up to while Toreth was in Greece. It include a lot of technical talk about the sim and anti-Administration thinking, but it involves Carnac, and well, Carnac is always to be enjoyed even though he is so infuriating. I love the way he talks and is unable to mind is own business. That aside, this short story triggers what happens in "First against the Wall", and we get to understand more of Ca...more
I enjoyed this book which was similar to the previous four in the series in thst it started with one long story and had a few shorter stories that followed that were somewhat related...mostly in the continuation of the complicated relationship between Val Toreth and Keir Warrick. For me, Val Toreth remains a most interesting and complicated character. His mind was obviously messed up when he was pretty young and whatever happened to him has affected every personal relationship that he has had. A...more
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