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The Maquisarde [Hardcover]

Louise Marley


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Louise Marley, a former concert and opera singer, writes stories of the fantastic. Sometimes set in the past, sometimes in the future, and often in a curious present, her novels tend to be feminist, often musical, occasionally dark, but always with compelling, colorful, and complex characters. Louise is in demand as a teacher of writing workshops for adults and young adults.

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Ebriel Serique hurried, swabbing her flute, uncoupling its black and silver sections to fit them into the embossed leather flute case. Read the first page
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Amazon.com: 4.3 out of 5 stars  9 reviews
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Description doesn't do it justice 2 Jan 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
When I first read the publisher's description of this novel, I was afraid it would be depressing, but it's not. It's a great story about an unforgettable set of characters whose voices kept returning to me after I finished it. And the future world seems so possible . . . as if it's just a heartbeat away. A great read, and a fast one. Highly recomended!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars colder and nastier future than Dickens worse nightmare 16 Dec 2002
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
When the fossil fuels were used up, the world fell apart. Some countries used nuclear weapons on their neighbors while other places used biological weapons. The stock markets crashed and international trade was severely crippled worse than what happened during the Great Depression of 1929. The American and European polities along with Todakai (Japan and the Koreas) joined together in the International Cooperative Alliance, an isolationist organization that has quarantined all nations that don't belong to their organization.
Commander General George Glass of Security Corps rules the alliance with an iron fist and he is the person that Ebriel Serique blames for the death of her husband and child. She is determined to kill him and joins the international resistance movement to achieve that goal. When the time comes to kill her enemy, she finds she cannot do it but she is determined, with the help of some powerful and invisible allies, to see that his regime is toppled from power.
This is the story of a woman who undergoes a metamorphous from an elitist into a revolutionary, a person who comes to symbolize to the world that there is a change needed in the world order. Louise Marley has an uncanny ability to make the reader feel that the events in THE MAQUISARDE are really unfolding sort of like turning the pages of the Neverending Story. The heroine makes mistakes, learns from them, and gets a second chance at happiness. Readers will admire her grit, determination, and courage, but mostly appreciate Ms. Marley's ability to paint a picture of a world turned much colder and nastier than Dickens worse nightmare.
Harriet Klausner
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Timely Nudge 1 Jan 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Once again Louise Marley presents us with a timely subject and nudges us to consider the possible outcome of fanaticism. The Maquisarde begins with an act of terror which is so easy to identify with after 9/11! Ebriel Serique is a fully-realized character who leads us through an emotional journey of loss, grief, rage, and finally a search for justice. Underlying all of Ms. Marley's stories, as in this one, is the reminder of how precious a resource are our children. A good, thought-provoking read!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Some of Marley's best work to date--a fine sci-fi novel 16 Sep 2004
By Joanna Daneman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I actually liked "Maquisarde" better than "Glass Harmonica", Marley's award-winning novel. The premise, a resistance against an evil corporate-government entity is not unique, but this is a well-handled rendering of the subject. The novel is in some ways reminiscent of Marge Piercey's "He, She, and It" though without Piercey's richness in creating a future world.

Ebriel, a French flutist, loses her family in a shocking event which is covered up. She goes on a heroic quest to bring the perpetrators to justice, and her personal experience of persecution and her resulting rebellion are really the core of the novel. As usual, Marley brings her own knowledge of music to provide detail and context to her work, a nice touch as always and gives a flavor to the writing that I enjoy. I just couldn't put it down.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars What resistance? 12 Sep 2005
By kallan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The Maquisarde is the story of Ebriel, a woman who loses her husband and daughter in a supposed terrorist attack. Distraught with bereavement, she is offered the opportunity to join the Chain, a self-styled "resistance" movement. Running parallel with her story is that of James, a military officer with a troubled past of his own, who begins to doubt the integrity of those he serves. And then their paths finally cross . . .

I wanted to like this book better than I actually did. I found the setting problematic. The International Cooperative Alliance, where Ebriel and James begin, is made up of first world countries who have formed a protective alliance to establish a quarantine between them and other regions, which are supposedly racked with war and disease. But this setting is never delineated clearly enough to give the story a really solid background and highlight the differences between InCo and everyone else. Was InCo lying about the need for the quarantine or not? The bad guys are cartoonish, the good guys are undoubtedly heroic - there are few shades of grey in this story. Everything is resolved far too easily at the end.

However, the biggest problem I had with the book was Ebriel herself. For a character who supposedly embodies resistance, she's remarkably passive. She never questioned her life in InCo. The Chain found her, not the other way around. She contributes no great ideas, no special talents - she just exists to get sent on whatever mission comes next. It's James who saves her life and finds the evidence to destroy her enemy. This book is also emotionally hollow. How can we grieve with Ebriel for her husband and daughter when they are barely mentioned and her life with them is not described? How can we lament the loss of her old life when she seems to have no trouble adjusting between that old life and the new? Why bother making her a musician when music plays so minimal a role in the story? Ebriel goes along with whatever is happening then suddenly decides to do something different, but when we see no gradual change in her thoughts and feelings over time (and the passage of time is hard to pick in this book) - we are just told she now feels different about something.

I was disappointed with this book after the glowing reviews I read. It's a competent adventure/romance tale, with a minimal science-fiction element. Louise Marley does a lot of telling, but not much showing.
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