Stories - Reviews
© Mårten H at Amazon
books contains several stories that do not qualify under the
title "In uniform".
The first story "For Queen and Country" is really
well written and a really good read.
most of the rest of the book is more or less filling, so I
price was a bit steep for this uneven collection."
Excerpt © Sirius11214 at Amazon
review) (October 2010)
you loved "Her Majesty Men" by Marquesate and her
other stories, I strongly recommend that you should get this
one for the longest and IMO the best story in this anthology
"For Queen and country" written by Marquesate. I
love the theme of brothers in arms finding love together which
makes the harsh conditions of serving the country easier to
bear together. And if those brothers in arms are at first
being well, not very pleasant to each other, well I love it
even more. And it was hot too."
of Honour in I Do - Anthology In Support
of Marriage Equality
in paperback (366 pages) or as ebook. ISBN13 9781934531716
Copyright © Marquesate 2008.
Excerpt © Indigene (full
is a gem of a short story.
are familiar at all with Marquesates work you will recognize
the style immediately writing that is passionate, meticulous
in detail, rich, textured and multi-hued. You will also recognize
the ability to write and communicate a multi-dimensional character
(Sgt. Roux) all the while ascribing an economy of dialogue
to him and through the point of view of another (Joe). Sgt.
Roux is a man of few words, yet he is not hidden from the
reader. He jumps off the page and the words he does speak
deliver a powerful punch.
I wanted to be someone.
Roux: Someone who was tough and an elite soldier, or
someone who wasnt a fag?
are using gem stones as an analogy for the quality of this
story, then enigmatic Sgt. Henri Roux is a sapphire
deeply rich in colour, exuding elegance and demanding respect.
Despite his taciturn exterior he houses a wealth of emotional
depth that is slowly revealed to us.
of Joe is not in the least overshadowed by Roux he
is a diamond-in-the-rough. The most precious of gems. He does
not chip and break easily and holds his own in this story.
He may be young and inexperienced on many fronts, but he is
also intelligent, courageous and is willing to take chances
in order to experience, learn and grow. As a reader, it is
very easy and natural to feel compassion for Joe. It is also
not difficult to want Joe to have everything he needs and
deserves in life and this most definitely includes
his Sgt. Roux.
has done it yet once again!!! A wonderful short story that
has a richness and depth usually found in a full-length novel,
yet masterfully achieved in some 30 pages that, without doubt,
leave the reader wanting more!!!"
Excerpt © Elisa Rolle (full
review) (Jan 2009)
and Roux, legionnaires and lovers, show that once a soldier,
you are always a soldier, even in your private life. And so
Joe, that is Roux's subordinate, at first follows Roux's rule,
like a good soldier, but it's not love since the day that
Joe will learn that, in love there are no rule. Joe is young
and not so steady on his feet; he has a lot to learn, not
only as a soldier. Roux is more experienced and willing to
share his knowledge with Joe. Maybe at first it's only lust,
but with time, both men will discover that also for them there
is a change to be happy and in love."
Excerpt © Val Kovalin at Obsidianbookshelf.com
review) (Jan 2009)
is already a strong character with his innocence and honesty
and yearning for closeness. Because of his strength as a character,
the story would have been satisfying as a simple coming-of-age
tale with Sergeant Roux as a background element in Joe's overall
military experience. But then Roux starts to reveal his deeper,
more complex nature to Joe (and us). He leads Joe in a complex
dance of provocation and reaction that forces Joe to examine
what he really wants and what he's willing to stand up for
(as well as put up with).
Roux says his line on page 155 (that begins, "Because
you were young
"), it explains his behavior and
persona and gives us a look at his real personality. Reading
it, I just about swooned over the manuscript. It really is
one of those rare "Wow!" moments in fiction."
Fire in Special Forces: Gay Military
in paperback (244 pages) and on Kindle. ISBN13: 9781573443722
Copyright © Marquesate 2009.
the anthology was received less favourably, Friendly
Fire generated very positive reviews.
Excerpt © Haywire (full
review) (Nov 2009)
one, lonely exception, the story Friendly Fire by Marquesate,
the contents of this collection of so called gay military
erotica are sloppily written at best and just about unreadable
Excerpt © C.L.Walter (full
review) (Nov 2009)
of the stories in this collection really stand out. Friendly
Fire by Marquesate was my favorite. Just the right mix of
sex and romance. My purchase was justified by this one story."
Excerpt © Kassa at Rainbow
anthology starts out well with the humorous "Wild Blue
Yonder" and continues with the entertaining, well-written
"Friendly Fire" and hot, sexy fluff sex of "Between
Shots Fired." Each of these stories show sex in its raw
form between military men who know they could die at any moment.
They manage to make connections, however fleetingly, and enjoy
the brief release and pleasure before the fear of death creeps
in again. These stories are entertaining with a strong thread
of erotic detail woven into the different settings."