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Mercy (Short Story) (The Mercy Series Book 0) [Kindle Edition]

C. C. Marks
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Charlie’s true identity is a secret, but her very presence places everyone around her in danger. With no other choice but to remain where she is, she stays with a community that might not be as benevolent as it appears. In this short dystopian romance where a friend might be an enemy and an enemy might be a friend, seventeen-year-old Charlie must protect her baby sister and herself from grotesque monsters outside the community as well as human ones inside. Will the truth she discovers about her protectors save her or ultimately doom her to a fate worse than death?

Around 9800 words. Part of a larger work titled Edge of Mercy, also by C. C. Marks


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About the Author

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.

Product Details

  • File Size: 206 KB
  • Print Length: 31 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Timbercreek Press (January 2, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008NU5EKK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,477 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars mercy August 7, 2012
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This is a fast paced short that starts to build a world we envision character in. A world of bunkers to protect from the nefarious outside the "fortress."

This is a story of "Charlie" who is safehoused in a facility among a group that protects those within and that does not allow outsiders among. She was allowed in six short months earlier with her mother. A tragedy leaves this young girl the head of her small family (sister and self) with desire to safeguard a very important secret about self. This short allows world building glimpses and character fleshing and some colony secret knowledge that allows the reader to know the full of what the colony is and what Charlie is up against for the future.

Charlie comes to colony knowledge via a mistake she and a pal make. While awaiting sentence, she stumbles upon some information that will (likely) be known by reader in future installments. After sentencing she and her pal listen to further colony "court " decision that allows her know the full of her potential peril within as much as outside the colony.

It is like nothing I have read before. It is well written and a fast read (less than half an hour) that many will enjoy. While this installment can be viewed as a stand alone (in some measure), it really is foundation for series (as stated in title) and I will give another a read. But, if it is a serial type (it may NOT be - but feels like it to this reader) I won't go beyond that as I prefer stand alones. Though, many like the serial types, and will be pleased in new type offered with this promising start.

Christine
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Quick read, great preview to the full length book! January 6, 2014
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This is a short story and as long as you understand this you go into the read your expectations should be right on track with the sudden and abrupt end to the story. I like short stories and am coming to learn that there are two different types (maybe more). The first type are those that begin and end within the read. They give you a sense of accomplishment and closure. The second type are those that are meant to continue from a previous book or introduce you to the next in the series. Okay, I guess there are three because there are also those that are meant as in between from one book to another, not really meant for stand alone books. I guess they are something the author gives to their fan base who need more.

This short story was the second type. It is an introduction into Cherie Mark's new world of Draghould (her own version of a zombie like monster) and the new dark world of humans. At only 30 pages I felt that Cherie did a wonderful job drawing me into this world and begging for more. I do have to admit I was screaming at my kindle when I realized I was at the end of the short story! This is why I gave it a rating of 3 stars. The ending was just too sudden for me. I have already picked up the next in the series Edge of Mercy which is the first book in the series with 220 pages that I can get lost in.

So this story, like I said, introduces us to the Draghould who are zombie like creatures that are driven to infect and tear humans apart. For some scary reason they are extra sensitive to women and go ape shit crazy when women are near. In comes Charlie, a 17 year old girl, who is hiding her identity from the rest of the men in the community and pretends to be a boy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars i want more! June 10, 2014
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This story held my attention. I cared about the characters, and wanted to know what happened next. good writing, edge of your seat story.
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4.0 out of 5 stars short story May 12, 2014
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Mercy is a short story in the Mercy series, and I was really excited to read it. Until I started, and realized it was only three chapters taken directly out of the book Edge of Mercy. So, although it’s a great read, it’s the same material.
If you haven’t read Edge of Mercy, delve into this and get hooked on the series. If you’ve already read Edge of Mercy, maybe not so much. The story is about Charlie, and his fight for survival at the end of the world. He’s faced with the harsh reality of life as it is in the complex he and his baby sister have taken refuge in. There’s death and horror and fear, all swirling through his head.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed the read October 7, 2013
By Ann
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I really enjoyed the reading of this book. I like the main character, "Charlie" and her attempt to hide her idenity.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! May 23, 2013
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C. C. Marks is a great writer! This short story is very good. It's an amazing idea, too. If you get the chance, check this story out. It's a fast read but be warned, it leaves you wanting more.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good so far February 1, 2013
By Tessa
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This short is good so far, so I bought the full story. Tho it says it's part of a series, there is only the one book. I'm a little up set by that, but I guess some small time authors don't care.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Kept me engrossed in the story. January 21, 2013
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..Wonderful use of descriptive language in this short story by C. C. Marks. I enjoyed the style, and I was engrossed in the story telling. But I really wanted it to be just a tad longer to conclude itself. I look forward to reading more from this author.
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More About the Author

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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