Mercury Striking by Rebecca Zanetti

Posted in Advanced Reader Copy/ Military/Paramilitary/ Netgalley/ Reviews/ Speculative Fiction/ Urban Fantasy 7th December 2015
Mercury Striking by Rebecca ZanettiMercury Striking by Rebecca Zanetti
Series: The Scorpius Syndrome #1
Published by Zebra on January 26th 2016
Pages: 384
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four-stars

With nothing but rumors to lead her, Lynn Harmony has trekked across a nightmare landscape to find one man—a mysterious, damaged legend who protects the weak and leads the strong. He’s more than muscle and firepower—and in post-plague L.A., he’s her only hope. As the one woman who could cure the disease, Lynn is the single most volatile—and vulnerable—creature in this new and ruthless world. But face to face with Jax Mercury…
Danger has never looked quite so delicious…

A meteorite from space was all it took to change the world that we know. Ravaged by a hardy strain of bacterium called Scorpius, humanity now lives in fear and in clusters of zombies (the infected, a.k.a. Rippers) and humans (yet untouched). Months after the plague, Lynne Harmony comes in search of Jax Mercury, the hard soldier who has secured territory of his own – for protection and a kill, in exchange for vital information that could very well change the tide of war.

While I wasn’t entirely enthused by the relationship developing between Jax and Lynne – there were near-schizophrenic moments of fiery accusations, shades of dominance/submission, campy lines, spanking and sex – I did like Rebecca Zanetti’s world building of a post-apocalyptic future peppered with flesh-eating zombies that I could see myself getting lost in. There’s a backstory that’s still unfolding, villains who are on the run and cliffhangers moments waiting to happen, all of which are hallmarks of a potentially good series – and these are nothing less that what I would expect from good post-apocalyptic fiction that pushes human nature and desires to the extreme. I wasn’t entire convinced that ‘Mercury Striking’ was sufficiently thought-provoking, but it definitely provided hours of entertainment and time in a ravaged world that Zanetti has brought to life. Already, there’s a good setup for the mysterious Raze’s own book, which is way too long in coming.

four-stars

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