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Friends In The Right Places (The Administration #5.4)

really liked it 4.0  ·  Rating details ·  203 Ratings  ·  22 Reviews
Another short story in The Administration series.

We get a look at I&I from an outsiders point of view.
17 pages
Published May 20th 2009 (first published March 11th 2002)

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Dec 20, 2012 rated it really liked it

Manna Francis once again surprised, seduced, and enchanted me by showing a different look at Toreth and his world. We all tend to look at people, actions, and life with our own set of ideals and vision. But it will never cease to amaze me how one book, word, person or event can be seen in so many ways. How I see Toreth is not necessarily how you will see him. But come on, how can you not love Toreth? ;)

Friends In The Right Places is told by Greg, a political “resister” Toreth picks up to interro
Dec 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manna-francis, m-m, bdsm
I've been raised in resistance worshipping and I'm feeling more and more indecent... Unsettling, awe inspiring, thought-provoking : brilliant.
I liked this one. Not a nice story but I got to see Toreth through the eyes of an outsider, someone who meets him for the first time. It reminded me what Toreth does for a living; I conveniently keep forgetting it.
I try to never go too in depth when reviewing TA short stories, because the temptation to peek under spoiler tags is hard to resist - I would know *snort* - and I don't want to ruin them for anyone, but I need to mention one thing, because this story twisted my brain around in a dozen different ways and left me bereft.
[Going on tangents seems to be a hobby of mine.
I've started doing this thing lately where I can't help but give in to the temptation of opening spoiler tags, but I read them ready
Oct 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: short-novels

Toreth at work.

It was interesting to observe him doing his job.

Nov 24, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: f-r-e-e, manna
Toreth at work, doing what he does best. boring
Brief look at why his job is necessary. yada yada
Missed Warrick....
Oct 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Toreth in action--good short story
Nov 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Wow. This is one of my favorite stories in the series. It's short (7.5k words) but awesomely written, first of all, but that's not exactly what sets it apart from the rest of the series. Its special qualities have more to do with the fact that it's told almost entirely from an outsider's POV, and this is the first time that that's happened in the whole series. I wish it had happened earlier, in fact, because I&I looks sooooo different from the outside, and from the perspective of someone who ...more
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I & I raided the university and arrested a bunch of students who put up anti Administration posters. Toreth arrested Greg, the richest students, and Alison, his girlfriend. Toreth showed an interrogation to Greg to teach him a lesson. But it was his father who asked Toreth to give Greg this lesson. Toreth promises to Greg to help his girlfriend to get away with her arrestation, saying that one day he (Greg) will be important and he can help Toreth some day. Toreth promised to do so. But in f ...more
Second read: Oct. 29, 2013


First read: Sep. 28, 2010

A great scene with more of a focus on the political, dystopian world, building that up a bit more for the larger novels to come. We see Toreth in action as a Para-Investigator (although I'm not sure that being a Para is that much better than one of the other two I's.)
Oct 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: the-precious
One of my top favourite stories in this verse. It is only a proof of the amazing world-building and the atmosphere created by the author, that a short story which doesn't even feature one half of the pairing is just so good on its own.
May 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: online-reads
This is a short, from a resister POV. Again, strange when its a newcomer POV, but hey, at least we got a little bit of Toreth too. And got to see him from someone elses point of view.. Interesting indeed.
Aug 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Again, a really good short story from Manna. Surprisingly emotional towards the end.

It is perhaps not worth all five stars, but there are be some minor details that cross over to my own life, which really made an impact on me.
Oct 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
I am going to be incredibly bummed when I get to the end of this series.
First read on December 20, 2014.
Re-read on July 11, 2015.
I just love watching my man work...
Feb 08, 2013 rated it liked it
Not too interesting but we see Toreth from someone else's POV.
Manna Francis is whispering me: Don't you dare to forget...
Sep 16, 2015 rated it it was ok
Meh, I didn't care for this one.
Aug 09, 2015 rated it liked it
Hmm I was a bit wary of this one 'cause I'm not a big fan of Toreth's interrogations, but it wasn't that bad.
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I'm the author of The Administration Series, a near-future SF dystopia published by Casperian Books. You can find the series in paperback, e-book, or (partly) on line at the Mannazone website.

I've been writing original slash since 2002 — or homoerotic fiction, m/m romance, yaoi, as you prefer. Original slash is my personal term of choice because I feel it best represents my writing in terms of sty
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Other Books in the Series

The Administration (10 books)
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  • Quid Pro Quo (The Administration, #2)
  • Games & Players (The Administration, #3)
  • Control (The Administration, #4)
  • Quis Custodiet (The Administration, #5)
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  • For Certain Values of Family (The Administration, #7)
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