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Near the end of the 21st century, the murder of her husband and daughter by terrorists drives Ebriel Serique to venture beyond her charmed life to confront the truth about the world. And while she never would have suspected it, Ebriel discovers that she has the courage for anything—even violence.

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Near the end of the 21st century, the murder of her husband and daughter by terrorists drives Ebriel Serique to venture beyond her charmed life to confront the truth about the world. And while she never would have suspected it, Ebriel discovers that she has the courage for anything—even violence.

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The author of The Glass Harmonica offers a literate, musically informed story of personal courage and fortitude in the face of evil that will appeal to all who root for the underdog. In the late 21st century, the world of Parisian flutist Ebriel Serique turns upside-down when terrorists kill her husband and daughter after their yacht supposedly crosses the Line of Partition, which separates the industrialized haves from the third-world have-nots. Convinced that her loved ones would never have strayed across the Line, Ebriel stages a dramatic protest when she's unable to gain satisfaction from the despotic government. The ruler, George Glass, has Ebriel restrained in a mental institution, where she's rescued by members of the Chain, a rebel group that saw her protest. Although the Chain wants her to teach music to the third world children they save, Ebriel can't bring herself to do it-the music inside her died when her family did. Instead, the Chain teaches Ebriel to fight as a maquisarde, and Ebriel swears revenge against Glass. Ebriel slowly finds herself, and her music, as she learns more about her own nature and the realities behind Glass's propaganda. Point-of-view shifts between Ebriel and two other characters diffuse the novel's dramatic impact, and the plot wanders, but Marley's writing is lyrical and persuasive. (Dec. 3) Forecast: The isolated image of a gray-haired, youthful-faced woman on the jacket signals single female protagonist and ought to whet the curiosity of casual browsers looking for SF with higher than usual emotional content. The Glass Harmonica was a co-winner of the 2001 Endeavor Award for Outstanding Achievement in Science Fiction or Fantasy. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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When Parisian flautist Ebriel Serique loses her husband and daughter in a terrorist attack, she seeks justice from InCo, the global agency that rules the civilized world, only to find her protest rewarded by imprisonment in a mental institution as part of a government cover-up. After a group of resistance fighters rescues Ebriel and introduces her to a movement known as the Chain, she discovers her true goal in life-the liberation of her world from a tyranny of politics and technology. The author of The Glass Harmonica weaves a complex tale of one woman's struggle against a corrupt regime. Set in the near future, this fast-paced, thought-provoking novel belongs in most libraries. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780441009763
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/3/2002
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Lousie Marley, a performer of classical music, is the author of several novels including The Terrorists of Irustan and The Glass Harmonica, which was the co-winner (with Ursula LeGuin’s Tales from Earthsea) of the 2001 Endeavor Award for Outstanding Achievement in Science Fiction or Fantasy. She lives in Redmond, Washington with her husband and son.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2003

    A Vision of the Near Future?

    What would happen if the temporary bans, quarantines and travel restrictions that took place with the SARS scare and regional terrorist attacks became permanent? What if there were physical barriers and military divisions in place to enforce a physical separation throughout the world, so that the 'have nots' could not trouble the peace of mind or threaten the economic and physical welfare of the 'haves'? What if food, medicine, medical personnel, and travel were placed out of reach of whole continents? What if the Third World were stripped of hope and of the resources that would allow them to defend themselves, and then left to die? This is the world in which the central character of The Maquisarde lives. Ebriel Serique is a professional musician, a flautist, living in relative luxury with her husband and daughter. She takes the rightness of the Line of Partition for granted and is not really aware of what occurs on the other side of the Line. And then the yacht on which her husband and daughter are sailing, on their way to the villa owned by her husband's parents, is reported attacked by terrorists after having illegally crossed over the Line of Partition, an event that Ebriel knows could not have taken place. As she asks for official help, she finds none. Only what appear to be lies, a massive cover-up, and escalating attempts to silence her. Her attempts to confront the global organization entrusted with protecting the 'haves' lead her eventually into the underground resistance movement. Ebriel becomes a maquisarde, a resistance fighter. The world in which Ebriel lives is richly drawn, and the people are deep, complex, and passionate in their pursuit of right and justice--or power, domination and self-justification. Within the covers of this book, you will find humor, love, pettiness, frustration, and ordinary people turned hero by necessity. It is a real world with no fairy-tale endings. There is a reality, a power in Louise Marley's vision of the global society that draws me to re-examine the world around me, to look at motivations and consequences and ideals, and to examine the actual outcomes of government policies around the world. Fine words are one thing, but justice and compassion for all people may be entirely another. It is possible for preservation of a privileged way of life to come with too high a price.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2003

    A n intriguing story

    This book is a story of the metamorphosis of a woman. She is moved by tragedy from a privileged life of renown to an underground revolutionary. Ms. Marley writes the story with art, passion and clarity. In a future world ruled by mega corporation and military might, this one woman sets out to bring down the leader of the group. A riveting tale of revolutionary struggle, a woman's growth and a new found love. A "hard to put down" book. J. Campbell

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Strong futuristic tale

    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

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