Book Review: Marked by: Alex Hughes

Rating: 5/5

Publisher: Roc

Publication Date: April 1, 2014

Origins:  From Author for Review

Book Links:  Amazon / Barnes & Noble


Freelancing for the Atlanta PD isn’t exactly a secure career; my job’s been on the line almost as much as my life. But it’s a paycheck, and it keeps me from falling back into the drug habit. Plus, things are looking up with my sometimes-partner, Cherabino, even if she is still simmering over the telepathic Link I created by accident.

When my ex, Kara, shows up begging for my help, I find myself heading to the last place I ever expected to set foot in again—Guild headquarters—to investigate the death of her uncle. Joining that group was a bad idea the first time. Going back when I’m unwanted is downright dangerous.

Luckily, the Guild needs me more than they’re willing to admit. Kara’s uncle was acting strange before he died—crazy strange. In fact, his madness seems to be slowly spreading through the Guild. And when an army of powerful telepaths loses their marbles, suddenly it’s a game of life or death.…

Series: Rabbit Trick (.5), Clean (1), Payoff (1.5), Sharp (2), Marked (3)

Review: Adam Ward: Level 8 Telepath, junkie, and police consultant. He’s doing his best to stay on the straight and narrow, even though there will always be temptation. He’s trying to keep his partnership with Cherabino, while hoping to one day have a relationship with her when he’s ready. Kara, Ward’s ex, summons him with utmost urgency to help her after her uncle dies under mysterious circumstances. So he drops everything and joins the investigation – but no one wants him there. This makes him the perfect person to ferret out the truth behind the madness…

MARKED strikes me as a big turning point for Adam and the path his life will take. I also hope the events in MARKED show Adam he can’t keep running every time Kara snaps her fingers. I’ve never liked Kara and what happened definitely cemented that feeling. The mysterious madness afflicting Guild telepaths is a tricky one and has tentacles which spread out into an ongoing federal investigation. With his usual style, Adam works his way through the dross to find the awful truth behind the madness and save a few lives in the process. With a twisted mystery, a flawed (yet somehow endearing) protagonist, and a blossoming romance, MARKED is an excellent story. This author has an exquisite knack for creating characters with whom I connect and care about. The events in MARKED strengthened that bond and I am anxious for Adam’s next adventure.

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