The Scorpius bacteria remains in survivors after they've recovered, altering them in different ways, some gain enhanced abilities, while roughly half of the survivors turn into killers a/k/a Rippers. There are two types of Rippers: one is methodical and clever like a psychopathic serial killer, the other is confused and demented-likely to tear you apart like an animal.
Lynn Harmony, a/k/a Blue Heart, is the Typhoid Mary of the apocalypse. As the head of the CDC's infectious diseases, she was one of the first to contract the Scorpius bacteria, an alien bacteria that nearly wiped out the population.
On the run from a powerful man who wishes to control her, Lynn crosses the country to find Jax Mercury, a legendary leader. Seeking protection and to find Myriad, a rumored laboratory where researchers were hopefully close to finding a cure for Scorpius.
From the beginning of the apocalypse, Jax Mercury had gathered survivors, scavenging supplies and offering protection from gangs and Rippers. When Lynn enters his life, he takes the chance and offers her the security she is looking for and makes her a promise.
Nothing is safe in the post-apocalyptic world, danger lurks around every corner. Can Jax protect Lynn? Can Lynn find a cure to Scorpius?
OH. MY. GAWD. I could not put this book down. Rebecca Zanetti has created a captivating post-apocalyptic world filled with riveting characters that I can't get enough of. I was transfixed by her powerful story where she blended the danger and adventure of a world run by mercenaries and by people trying to recreate society and keep humanity in a desolate landscape.
Lynn Harmony was a fascinating heroine. She would do anything to find a cure for Scorpius, including binding herself to a dangerous man. Jax Mercury was a ruthless leader. He strived to maintain his distance from everyone, yet it was quickly apparent that he cared about those under his protection.
Lynn and Jax were emotionally complex characters, neither of them were prepared to be attached to another person, both had felt too much pain in their lives. Yet there was no denying the sizzling hot desire they felt for each other. Their fiery passion scorched the pages as they struggled to not fall in love with each other as they fulfilled each others needs.
I found all of the characters of Mercury Striking to be well fleshed out and complex. The layers of emotion were not only conveyed to Lynn and Jax. I found myself caring for the other members of Jax's group and despising their rivals. The protagonists in this book are so well written, that I can't wait to see how they will all evolve throughout the series as they try to rebuild civilization and overcome their obstacles.
I thought that the villains were superbly crafted and thoroughly evil. I liked that they weren't predictable and kept a few surprises up their sleeves.
Mercury Striking is one of those books that I didn't want to end! I am highly anticipating the next book in this series.
From the Publisher:
With nothing but rumors to lead her, Lynne 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, Lynne is the single most volatile—and vulnerable—creature in this new and ruthless world. But face to face with Jax
Danger has never
looked quite so delicious…
USA Today Bestselling author Rebecca Zanetti has
worked as an art curator, Senate aide, lawyer, college professor, and a hearing examiner - only to culminate it all in stories about Alpha males and the women who claim them. She writes contemporary romances, dark paranormal romances, and romantic suspense novels.
Growing up amid the glorious backdrops and winter wonderlands of the Pacific Northwest has given Rebecca fantastic scenery and
adventures to weave into her stories. She resides in the wild north with her husband, children, and extended family who inspire her every day—or at the very least give her plenty of characters to write about.