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Markram Battles: Genesis of an Uprising (Part I) [Kindle Edition]

M.C. Muhlenkamp
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Book Description

Markram Battles is a serialized collection of short stories.

Life has changed. An alien race of evolved humans with supernatural abilities has taken over our planet, as the most recent annexation of their empire. Earth is now a sector where recruiters, also known as unit leaders, come to conscript female survivors into their combatant regiments; battle divisions intended to fight and die in an arena for the entertainment of the masses. The rules of the Battles are simple. Fight. Win. Or die trying.

Seven, a unit leader trained in the Imperial Army with the sole purpose of fighting in the Battles, refuses to die in his pursuit of freedom. But when Thirteen, his new female recruit, defies the rules, she threatens to destroy everything he has worked so hard to achieve. Thirteen won’t give in. Not to him. Not to the system. Not to anyone. Except in order to live, she must.

These are the stories of the beginning. The stories of them who fight, without any possibility of escape.


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  • Print Length: 39 pages
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00E5TKLQ0
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5.0 out of 5 stars Can't wait for the next installment! August 1, 2013
By Madre
Format:Kindle Edition
I have to admit that I always considered myself more of a fantasy reader than science fiction. Lord of the Rings are my favorite books to read. After reading Markram Battles: Genesis of an Uprising (Part 1), I'm going to have to reconsider my thoughts on science fiction stories/novels. It is a great read, and I can hardly wait for the author to write the next installment of stories! I believe that I like the last two stories better than the first, only because that is usually what I experience in most readings that I begin. Without giving anything away, the stories start off with emotions of anger and resentment, but in the last two stories not only is there an action packed battle, but a little touch of romance in the air! I like that! Overall, I would recommend these readings to all science fiction readers and fantasy readers alike!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! September 18, 2013
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These stories were mesmerizing! They were so full of detail and energy - I felt myself pulled into the character's experiences. I love to read and I enjoy all different genres. I have read some sci-fi and fantasy here and there, and these stories are right up there with the best. They remind me somewhat of the Uglies Trilogy by Scott Westerfeld. I can't wait to read more!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well done! September 8, 2013
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I kept on pushing off starting this book since a. I was very limited in reading time and b. while I do read science fiction, it is not usually my first choice. Having said that, I have to confess that once I started, I was hooked and read it through. This was a very quick read, I'm not sure if due to length or due to the fact that the stories caught me up immediately and totally engaged me.

I loved the way the three stories progressed from the commander's viewpoint, to Seven's and then to Thirteen's. It was a wonderful choice and broadened our perspective immensely. While each of the stories can be read on its own, the three together complement each other and paint a great picture of a bleak, futuristic world. It does a great job of setting the stage.

The stories are well-crafted and leave us awaiting more. Go for it, and keep us posted when the next one's out.

disclaimer: I received a free copy of the book from storycartel.com in exchange for an honest review.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I want more!! September 4, 2013
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After reading the Markram Battles: Genesis of an Uprising (Part 1) you will be completely hooked and asking for more! After I started reading the first page I read it from beginning to end non-stop. The story will captivate you and connect you to the characters right from the start. Don't miss the chance to read it. I recommend it 100%!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazingly surprised September 4, 2013
By Gannie
Format:Kindle Edition
I'm usually not into science fiction, but these short stories were amazing. From a story line perspective it keeps you engaged and wanting to know more and more about the characters and where the story will take them. Also, the editing is impeccable making for such a fun and easy read. The author has great ideas but also a talent for writing them and keeping you interested and entertained.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Start for a Series August 30, 2013
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I found the world of the Markram Battles fascinating and the characters full of potential. The story line is ripe with tension and excitement. I'd love to see the series continue and hope the author writes more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Fight to the Finish August 18, 2013
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M. C. Muhlenkamp has created a series of stories featuring strong, compelling characters. Markram Battles: Genesis of an Uprising (Part 1) introduces us to an alien race of humans with supernatural powers who have taken over earth. They capture and train females to fight to the death so they can battle each other in an arena just for the amusement of the masses.

There are three stories, each told by from a different character's point of view.

In Broken, the Commander does his best to convince the Major General that his unit leaders are ready pick their fighters. The Major General is cold and brutal. She demands that every unit leader be broken "until there is nothing left in them but hatred and blood thirst." Her motto is "Courage in battle and honor in death." They all seem to be compliant, except for the one identified as Seven. He is a fighter, but doesn't let the battle own him.

We learn more about Seven in Rise of a Warrior. Seven is the best of the Commander's unit leaders. He has picked thirteen women to train as fighters One woman, known as Thirteen, is rebellious. She refuses to fight and is beaten by Seven. He eventually convinces her that she can control her destiny by seizing "your opponent's weaknesses and exploit them."

Thirteen enters the arena in Sands of Glory. Seven gives his team instructions on how to get ready for to battle the Kiveras. He tells them "Courage in battle and honor ... in life" instead of honor in death. Thirteen interprets this to mean she should defy his orders and fight as she sees fit - to control her destiny.

The author paints a stark picture of Earth that is overtaken by aliens whose only pleasure is to see teams of women battle each other to the death.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Qucik Fantasy Read August 18, 2013
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A small collection of short stories, they set the scene of a dark future. The story quickly grabs hold of you making you want to continue reading. Very interested in reading Part 2!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling Quick Read
A compelling quick read. I have so many questions. I hope the next installment makes its debut soon.

Well written and detailed created imagery and excitement. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Michelle Call
3.0 out of 5 stars Great futuristic thriller
The Markram Battles: Genesis of an Uprising (Part 1) offers three character perspectives of a futuristic world where humans are hunted by an advanced race with super sensory... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Sarah Freeman
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a Great Introduction
It was well-written and an exciting read. It introduced the characters very well and painted a picture of an interesting world with challenges that intrigue me. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Lita
4.0 out of 5 stars You'll want to know more!
After finishing the book, I wanted to know more. I have thought about the character's and what was in store for them, so I know the story was engaging to me! Read more
Published 11 months ago by Beca Lewis
4.0 out of 5 stars Waiting for more!
Although I am not into science fiction I found Markram Battles series very intriguing....The way the story is written captivited my attention with all the striking caractertisitics... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Aquakleen
4.0 out of 5 stars Vivid prose to leave you a little afraid to go to bed
These three connected stories will chill you to your bones. Only the last of the three gives us any hope for the future of humans. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Ann Stanley
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More About the Author

M C (Melissa Carolina) Muhlenkamp was born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela. She left Venezuela to attend Brigham Young University in 2003, where she met her husband and graduated with a degree in Latin American Studies. As a postgraduate, Melissa and her husband moved to San Francisco, where she began writing her first novel. She started writing the Markram Battles series during a writing course, outlining the plots for each collection and finishing the first installment of short stories. She currently resides in Sacramento, California, with her husband and their two young children.

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