Book review: Marque – Michael Patrick Hicks



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.

Pick up a copy from here.

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4 Comments Add yours

  1. Nice review! I liked this book, too and I’m a big fan of the length too. He told the story he needed in the pages given. No need for flourishing words explaining what every single grain of dust or slime looked like. Leave it up to your imagination and it’ll do the work.


    1. Absolutely, I’m a big fan of Mike. Nice guy and a very solid writer.


  2. LizScanlon says:

    Aliens! This sounds positively interesting… Going by the cover- is it kind of Western-y at all? You know, like the Cowboys and Aliens movie? Or am I going way off mark here as you say futuristic?
    Anyway, you have me intrigued- going to add to TBR pile…

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  3. It’s only a quick read too. Most enjoyable!


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