Rated 4.20/5 based on 5 reviews
Charlie’s identity is secret. Her very presence places all in danger. In this dystopian romantic short story where a friend might be an enemy and an enemy might be a friend, seventeen-year-old Charlie protects her baby sister and herself from grotesque monsters outside the community as well as human ones inside. Will the truth save her or ultimately doom her to a fate worse than death? More
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About C. C. Marks

It all started with an old-fashioned typewriter. When the family brought it home, all those stories and characters rolling around in her head could finally get out. The press and click of the keys satisfied in their own right, but when she pulled out a finished page, she knew this was for her. Since then, she's graduated to a laptop, but the stories still find a way out.

She's a breast cancer survivor, a teacher, a wife, a mother, and from the very beginning--a storyteller. Always a hint humorous and honest to a fault, she loves to make people laugh and smile. Her goal in life is to achieve tact and stop procrastinating. The battle wages on.

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Nick Foxx reviewed on Oct. 8, 2012

Mercy doesn't take long to read but it stays with you. It makes me want to learn more about these characters and the world they live in.
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Nancy Allen reviewed on May 28, 2012

Charlie an eighteen year who lives inside the walls of the community in the middle of The Dead Forest. Charlie and her little sister was sent there by her mother. When her mother sent her there she sent her in men's clothing which Charlie doesn't understand. The community is surrouned by monsters.

The women are used for breeding. Charlie is dertermind to take very good care of her little sister and never allow this to happen to her. She is very upset that they would allow the women to be used in this way. Charlie comes to understand why her mother sent her there in men's clothing and knows she must protect her idenity for as long as possible.

Mercy is a very short story but at the same time is a very good read. I wished that it had been longer and we could have know more about Charile and her little sister where they came from. What reason did her mother send her there to live this kind of life. Who was her mother? Why did they send them outside the walls? I hope Cherie Marks has more plans for Mercy and we can learn more of Charlie's life and the story that she has to tell.
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Marcia Carrington reviewed on May 28, 2012

This is a very good short story, with well-judged moments of suspense, and drama, in a very readable package. The only slight is that the story is not long enough, and would be dynamite if it was lengthened. Any which way, well done.
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Jacqueline Howett reviewed on May 23, 2012

Wonderful use of descriptive language. I enjoyed the style, and I was engrossed in the story telling, but really, it needs to be just a tad longer to conclude itself.
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Janell Loveland reviewed on March 30, 2012

For what story there was, it was very interesting. However, it's almost a tease. Definitely needs to have more story.
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