Review: Marcus (Hell Squad #1) by Anna Hackett

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Hell Squad #1
Anna Hackett
Science Fiction Romance
April 19th 2015


In the aftermath of a deadly alien invasion, a band of survivors fights on…

In a world gone to hell, Elle Milton—once the darling of the Sydney social scene—has carved a role for herself as the communications officer for the toughest commando team fighting for humanity’s survival—Hell Squad. It’s her chance to make a difference and make up for horrible past mistakes…despite the fact that its battle-hardened commander never wanted her on his team.

When Hell Squad is tasked with destroying a strategic alien facility, Elle knows they need her skills in the field. But first she must go head to head with Marcus Steele and convince him she won’t be a liability.

Marcus Steele is a warrior through and through. He fights to protect the innocent and give the human race a chance to survive. And that includes the beautiful, gutsy Elle who twists him up inside with a single look. The last thing he wants is to take her into a warzone, but soon they are thrown together battling both the alien invaders and their overwhelming attraction. And Marcus will learn just how much he’ll sacrifice to keep her safe.


Marcus is book one in the Hell Squad series by Anna Hackett.

This was a great start to the series. I wasn’t sure if I’d enjoy this title, because I’m not a big fan of the post-apocalypse world, but I soon found myself engaged and entertained.

The world was invaded by dinosaur-like Aliens and not the friendly type. These aliens almost killed off humanity and now what is left are banding together and trying to find a way to end the invaders. It’s war. Humanity’s last chance.

Marcus is the leader of Hell Squad. He’s ruff, tough, and scared on the inside and out.

Ellie was a society girl. She was sheltered, sweet, and innocent until the invasion. Now she’s running communications for Hell Squad.

I liked the introduction to everyone on Hell Squad. Hell Squad is a crazy bunch of people. They take on the most extreme missions. All are hardened warriors/soldiers. I liked the believable dialogue and loved the teasing and banter amongst Hell Squad.

Ellie and Marcus dance around each other, but after a mission that she goes on with Hell Squad, Marcus took action. I liked that we got both Ellie and Marcus’s POV’s. It was fun reading the tough Marcus and seeing his feelings about Ellie. At times his thoughts and words were almost poetic. I also enjoyed the sex scenes. They were well written, placed well, and added to the story.

I also liked that we got some chapters in Gabe’s POV to help us see into him and get ready for his book.

Hackett is a wonderful writer and storyteller. Her characters and world are believable and make me just fall in the story from beginning to end. I can’t wait to read on.

Rated: 4 Stars

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10 comments on “Review: Marcus (Hell Squad #1) by Anna Hackett

  1. Oh… I have this one and still haven’t read it. I really like this author. Thanks for the great review!
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    • You are welcome. She is a good author to read and I was surprised how much I liked this post-apocalyptic.
      Enjoy whenever you get around to reading.

  2. I could easily like this kind of scifi romance. Excellent review! And it turns out I got this one as a freebie too in 2016. lol
    Anne – Books of My Heart recently posted…Audio: Ninth House by Leigh BardugoMy Profile

    • Hope you enjoy! Happy Reading.

  3. This sounds right up my alley! Thanks for steering me to the series. It’s right up my alley!
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    • Hope you enjoy! Always glad to help a fellow book lover find something new.

  4. Excellent review Angela!!! Shared on my socials!!????

    • Thank you! This is the book that had me discovering Hackett. She’s a great author.

  5. i recognize anna hackett’s name, but i’m not sure if i have read any of her work. this does sound like a great series and i’m glad you enjoyed the first book
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    • This is my first taste of her and I really enjoyed Hackett. I’ve read some of her other sci-fi books and love them too. I really recommend this author. She’s got a lot to choose from. Thank’s for visiting!