i-doCode of Honour received three great reviews. Indie’s is fascinating – and I say fascinating, because it made me think about the story and gave me insights into the characters that I hadn’t had before. I’m the author, but that doesn’t mean that I know everything – far from it. It is often the readers, who open my eyes to the nuances and the layers. Elisa Rolle and Val Kovalin review the full I Do anthology, taking time to review each and every of the stories.

Review © Indigene (full review) (Jan 2009)

“This is a gem of a short story.

If you are familiar at all with Marquesate’s 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.

Joe: “I wanted to be someone.”
Roux: “Someone who was tough and an elite soldier, or someone who wasn’t a fag?”

If we 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.

The character 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.

Marquesate 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!!!”

Review © Elisa Rolle (full review) (Jan 2009)

“Joe 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.”

Review © Val Kovalin at Obsidianbookshelf.com (full review) (Jan 2009)

“Joe 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).

When 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.”

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  1. […] you all know, I have the French Foreign Legion Code of Honour short story about the two legionnaires, legionnaire Joe Evans and Sergent Roux in there, and lately […]

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