The Maquisarde

The Maquisarde

by Louise Marley

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Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780441011070
Publisher: Ace Books
Publication date: 04/27/2004
Pages: 400
Product dimensions: 4.32(w) x 6.72(h) x 1.12(d)

About 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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Maquisarde 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
plappen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Ebriel Serique is living a life of luxury in late 21st century Paris. That is, until her husband and young daughter are murdered on the family yacht, supposedly by terrorists. It was in the Mediterranean, allegedly on the wrong side of the Line of Partition. Parts of the world have been ravaged by various biological plagues, so no chance are taken. The yacht is destroyed, and the bodies are cremated.After another worldwide economic collapse, the International Cooperative Alliance (InCo) rules what has been called the ¿First World¿ (North America, Europe, Russia and Japan). The rest of the world is on the other side of the Line of Partition; no contact is permitted between them. Ebriel abandons her life of privilege and goes to InCo headquarters in Geneva to see General Glass, the InCo ruler. She is forced to publicly dig out the ID chip in her wrist, that all InCo citizens have, to get a chance to see General Glass, who treats her like an insect. She is sent to an isolated, but luxurious, prison, where she is sedated most of the time.Ebriel¿s outburst is shown on the underground news nets, not on the official ones, and is noticed by a man named Ethan Fleck and a group called The Chain. Suffering from advanced multiple sclerosis, Fleck and others live on what was to be an orbiting hotel. They keep out of InCo¿s way by giving any inventions or bits of technology they develop. The Chain is a resistance group whose purpose is to pick up young people from the poor part of the world, bring them to the hotel, teach them things like proper hygiene and nutrition, then send them back home to teach others. Ebriel agrees to join the Chain for the express purpose of killing General Glass. Later, when she gets her chance to do it, she finds that she just can¿t pull the trigger.James Bull is a Blackfoot Indian from Montana, and a loyal member of InCo security. He is part of the security detail the day that Ebriel almost kills General Glass. Knowing that she isn¿t a real terrorist, James does some digging in the InCo archives and finds that the official story concerning the deaths of Ebriel¿s husband and daughter has little to do with the truth. They fall in love and he saves her life, more than once.This book is excellent. It¿s a tale of one person finding out what they are made of on the inside. It¿s interesting, and plausible, and really well done.
jshillingford on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In the 21st century, The Line of Partition literally divides the advanced nations from teh third world nations. Ebriel Serique sees nothing wrong in her world, until her husband and daughter are killed when their yacht crosses the line. But, did it really cross or were their deaths part of of a government comnspiracy. In her grief, she joins with the Chain, a rebel organization trying to overthrow a despot. A great furturistic thriller.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
harstan More than 1 year ago
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