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3.77  ·  Rating details ·  292 ratings  ·  35 reviews
From the Aurealis Award-winning author of A Crucible of Souls.

Inquisitor Angel Xia, former mercenary turned detective, is used to being the hunter. But on another routine murder investigation the bodies begin to pile up, and Angel finds herself a target of sinister powers determined to conceal the truth.

The hunter has just become the hunted.

Betrayed by those she trusted mo
Paperback, 300 pages
Published June 12th 2015 by Createspace
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Apr 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
To Inquisitor Angel Xia, it was just another corporate killing on a backwater planet. But as the bodies begin to pile up and she finds herself a target, she realizes she’s stepped on one toe too many.

Barely escaping attempts on her life by powerful agents with seemingly limitless reach and influence, Angel senses even her co-Inquisitors can’t be trusted. But as the web tightens, she receives a cryptic message from a computer program claiming to be a little girl in desperate need of her help. Sh
Aug 03, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
I've been meaning to try one of Mitchell Hogan's fantasy series for a few years now but decided to give him a go by reading this short stand-alone sci-fi story instead. It worked out OK for me as while I was not blown away by what we got in this tale it was an entertaining enough read.

Inquisitor Angel Xia found herself sent to a backwater planet to investigate a local corporate killing. She soon found herself caught up in a crazy situation as the bodies started to pile up and it became clear th
Julia Sarene
I read the Sorcery Ascendant series and really liked it, so I bought this completely different book on a whim.

This is a SciFi Thriller mix, and therefore can't be compared to his high epic series at all.
I am a sucker for non human characters, so I had an easy time getting into this one. I really enjoyed all the characters, and especially the main two protagonists. Could have done without the kitschy end after the end - but it was just a few pages, so it didn't really bother me much.

The story was
Jo  (Mixed Book Bag)
Dec 05, 2015 rated it really liked it

Inquisitor is an interesting take on an AI. Charlotte looks like a young girl but she is the aviator for a very powerful artificial intelligence. When Angel Xia saves she finds herself in a whole lot of danger.

Many things are not as they seem and the longer Angel and Charlotte are on the run the more secrets they discover. I liked the story and how the plot developed. The back story and the world building are tied in nicely. I did wish that the book had been more carefully edited. There were se
Jul 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Reviewed on my blog - Books by Proxy

I received this book as part of the Goodreads First Reads scheme in return for an honest review.

4 Stars

I had never come across Mitchell Hogan before entering the Goodreads giveaway, but after doing a little research and reading some of the brilliant reviews for his Sorcery Ascendant Sequence, I was convinced this would be a cracking read. Inquisitor flows so easily that really I should have finished it much sooner, but I’m quite relieved I took my time to sav
Aug 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Engaging action & AI elements! My rating 4.25.
Angel is a prestigious Inquisitor, a space detective licensed to hunt down criminals. She is known for her excellent investigative skills and quick reflexes which keep her out of trouble… well not out of trouble but safe through it. She likes her newest partner, Viktor, and hopes he will make it, unlike prior partners. Angel and Viktor are pursing Genevolves who are humans who have been part of gene experiments and then discarded due to flaws. Though
Mark Gardner
Nov 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016
I really enjoyed Inquisitor, by Mitchell Hogan. The story started out with action and continued to escalate throughout. The story has plenty of twists – some predictable, but most not. I felt that the author focused on the depth of character of the AI, and, unfortunately, didn’t flesh out Angel as much as I’d liked.

I was taken in by the sci-fi cover when I saw it on NetGalley, and the story kept me yearning for more. I’d definitely be interested in a continuation if only to read about the afterm
Christopher Toon
Oct 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is an an exciting new work from the versatile Mitchell Hogan. A future universe spanning multiple systems populated by humans locked in a battle for supremacy with our genetically modified brethrens. In among the chaos of corrupt corporations which rule entire planets comes a new breakthrough which threatens to disrupt the balance. Riveting. I very much hope this book will be expanded into a series.
Jul 25, 2016 rated it liked it
Not sure about this one. If the audience was young adult (which it might be based on the grammar complexity) then it could work. If not, then the story skirts around but doesn't solve the fundamental issue of its world view, "What does it mean to be human?", in a world of 'normal' humans, genetic modified humans, genetic enhanced humans, machine augmented humans, human augmented machines, and human-like machines. Maybe its all in the sequel. ...more
Apr 23, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: scifi
A little disappointing. Not as engaging as Crucible of Souls. The AI ideas weren't fleshed out very well. I didn't care about the characters that much and felt a little jerked around by the plot.

Wow, that all came out sounding worse than it was. Solid three stars: I liked it.
David K
Aug 04, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2017
I received a free copy of this book through Hidden Gems ARC Readers in return for an honest review.

I marginally enjoyed the book, but probably would have put it down half-way through if I hadn't promised to review it (I almost always finish a book).

There was too much repetition in the interaction of the main characters that wasn’t quite believable for the Angel’s more hardened background and experiences. There were also a couple of scenes where the physics were simply extremely unbelievable such
Aug 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
“I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book”

I liked it. By the end I had sort of come to think of it as that summer blockbuster- there were explosions and epic battles and it wrapped up in a tidy ending.... Or did it? And just like finding out there will be a sequel to the blockbuster and you think I'm in for number 2. I'd definitely be interested in reading more in this series.

I will say there were a few spots I had trouble suspending disbelief. I tried not to think too hard on
Patrick Taylor
Jan 03, 2017 rated it it was ok
I enjoyed a crucible of souls, so I thought I'd enjoy this. While it did zip along, it didn't really work. There was supposed to be a tension between how human Charlotte was, and whether she was good or bad, etc., but I didn't get that tension. She'd do something bad, Angel would admonish her, and they'd move on. At times I felt like entire chapters were cut out because the pacing was so weird. ...more
Aug 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an action pack sci-fi story that's relatively fast to read. There is tons of action and suspense. Our female heroine is a strong woman who fights to solve crimes on planets in galaxies far far away. Good storyline and interesting characters. There is an ending that leaves an opening for more adventures. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book ...more
Sep 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Scifi adventure story of a female detective sucked into a dangerous conspiracy tied to a mysterious computer personality. Nothing spectacular, but short and reasonably interesting.
Sep 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this. Some parts are a bit predictable but overall an enjoyable light read. Ending is open but I don't see a sequel to it. Too bad because I'd read it. ...more
Mike Heyd
May 26, 2016 added it
Shelves: first-reads
Inquisitor is a fast-paced tale of intrigue and suspense set in a future where interplanetary travel is routine and genetically modified humans, the Genevolve, are outlawed because they have tried to supplant normals. Angel Xia, a detective in the somewhat mysterious Inquisitor organization, sets out to solve several murders but finds herself immersed in a far greater mystery that may determine the future of humanity. Xia's investigation leads her to one of the immensely powerful and autonomous ...more
John Purvis
Dec 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
"Inquisitor" eBook was published in 2015 and was written by Mitchell Hogan ( This is Mr. Hogan's third novel.

I received a galley of this novel for review through I categorize this novel as ‘R’ because it contains scenes of Violence and some Mature Language. This Science Fiction Mystery novel is set in the far future. The primary character is Angel Xia. Xia is an Inquisitor - which is a special criminal investigator. Xia, and most people in th
I’m not a huge sci-fi fan. The majority  of the time, the science side of things is so far beyond me that I simply can’t enjoy the story – I don’t understand enough about the theory to know what’s going on. So, when I find something that isn’t just understandable, but enjoyable, well I just cling to that book like the world is ending.

This is one such book.

I really enjoyed how it moved through several genres as the story progressed and developed, but without losing its way. It kept the plot fresh
Aug 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I reviewed this book for NetGalley.

Mitchell Hogan has revitalized and invigorated the so common themes of: 1) the good cop (protagonist Angel Xia), framed and targeted by the venal and corrupt powers; 2) future where old humans are in conflict with the new humans(Genevolves); 3) Artificial Intelligence and 4) a futuristic galaxy chock full of human occupied systems and really cool technology, in his new novel, "Inquisitor." He blends these themes so effortlessly into an intriguing, provocative a
Natalie Murnane
Jul 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
I had trouble reading this but only because my son took it for a read and I had to wait to finish it. At just 8 it's the first book this size he has read and he was full of questions.. which had to wait till I got my turn. I found the smaller group of characters refreshing. It had so many turns I wasn't expecting it kept me interested right through. For just a few characters the story was very large but the way it was written made it quite easy to follow. There was plenty of action and the genet ...more
Jan 14, 2016 rated it liked it

The Inquisitor by Mitchell Hogan is evidently his first foray into science fiction. He is best known for his fantasy series.

Angel Xia is an Inquisitor whose cases involve hunting down Genevolves. Her new cases turns her into the hunted when she is betrayed and marked for assassination.

When she receives a call for help from a young girl, Xia's life becomes even more complicated.

Fast action and interesting view of Artificial Intelligence and genetic manipulation.


SciFi/Crime. 2015.
Leigh Wright
Dec 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Inquisitor is a great, compact, sci-fi adventure, filled with action, intrigue, and cool near-future concepts. More of a novella than a novel (listen on Goodreads as 300 pages, but showed as just over 200 "pages" on my e-reader), this story is perfect for the format, concentrating on a very small but well defined cast of characters, most of them women. A splendid introduction to a world and characters that I sincerely hope we get to read more of in the future! ...more
Jul 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
The world Hogan has spun is fantastic... the story and characters were also great.

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Ricky Kimsey
Hunter Becomes Hunted

This novel about a corporate assassin who becomes targeted for assassination herself didn't exactly grab me. There some story elements that made the plot unfocused for me so I can't really recommend this.
Sep 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Really more like 3.5. Predictable and not quite the caliber of his other books, but enjoyable in a fluffy sort of way.

I don't get how she's a detective though when she's so willfully dense sometimes.
neal mirin
Jul 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

There is a lot of mystery in this storyline. Will we see this happen in 10 to 100 years from now? We are working towards this know. A very good read ,
J.   ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Jul 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
I enjoyed this book. I felt like the story came to a satisfying conclusion and yet I would like to have explored more of this universe.

The narration was well done.
Nov 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved the book

What a great story. I hope there is a sequel. Or not. I don't know how the author could top this one. It's all you could want in sci-fi and more.
Mar 19, 2016 rated it liked it
This was a fun action romp. I really enjoyed the first 60% or so. Once all the major mysteries were revealed I was less interested in the finishing chapters of the book.
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