Michael Patrick Hicks has once again delivered a fine story indeed with Marque. Marque is a futuristic sci-fi thriller in which the world has been taken over by aliens! I sometimes struggle a little with science-fiction but Hicks had me onside from the outset with his conflicted protagonist, Darrel Fines and the delicate situation he finds himself in. Fines is stuck between a rock and a hard place. He lies at the mercy of the Marque-the alien invaders who now rule-and is despised by the remaining survivors as he is branded a turncoat.
Marque is a quick read but hugely satisfying. The story reminded me a little of the tv show, V, which is a good thing as I have great memories of it (not so much Mark Singer’s very tight denim pants though!). The action is frequent and Fines is a very good character, one who is well-developed and believable considering the stories short format. A word about the ending: excellent! Gruesome, but really, really good!
As with his other stories, Black Site, Let Go, Revolver, Preservation, Hicks shows just how good a writer he is. His descriptions are vivid without being unnecessary to the story and his characters always shine. These novelettes/short stories are a great way to introduce yourself to Hicks’ work. Few writers consistently churn out stories this good. You should definitely be reading Michael Patrick Hicks if you enjoy horror and science-fiction.
4/5 breeding farms from the Grim Reader.
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