Mercury Striking by Rebecca Zanetti
Series: The Scorpius Syndrome #1
Also in this series: Shadow Falling, Justice Ascending
Published by Kensington, Zebra
Publication Date: January 26th 2016
Genres: Science Fiction, Fantasy
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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 Mercury… Danger has never looked quite so delicious…
A bacterium has hit the world and people are dying right and left. The doctors at the CDC try their hardest to find a cure or prevention so that they can save the lives of millions. The bacterium creates a fever and then a coma – if the patient survives they could be ok or they could turn into what they call Rippers who are basically serial killers as the bacteria messes with the person’s ability to empathize with…anything. America is not a safe place to be.
Jax Mercury survived the fever and still has his head on straight. Lynn Harmony, a doctor from the CDC seeks his help in trying to find a hidden research facility in the LA area. From the moment that Jax sees Lynn he’s attracted to her but he doesn’t exactly trust her. She just walked into their area and sought refuge and he thinks there are hidden motivations. She’s wanted by the government, supposedly because she’s highly infected with a new strain of bacteria, but that’s a lie told by her boyfriend to get her back.
Jax agrees let her stay because he wants the cure that she may be able to find but he doesn’t plan on falling for her like he does. She certainly doesn’t plan on falling for him. What starts out as just some sex to pass the time turns into so much more and it may the death of both of them.
I read Rebecca Zanetti’s Sin Brothers series and liked it a lot. When I saw this one I knew that I had to snap it up because her writing and story-telling is always intriguing. I wasn’t wrong. This story was fast paced and definitely a different take on a post-apocalyptic world.
Jax was one tough man. He had been a gang member and then entered the Army rather than go to prison. He ended up being a man with principles and when the Scorpius bacteria hit he was one to help and protect others. He was a nurturer at heat even though he wasn’t afraid to kill if necessary to save his people. He was always thinking of others and I loved that about him.
Lynn was definitely a quiet woman but was incredibly smart and she wasn’t afraid to go for what she wanted. She was targeted by her ex-boyfriend and lived in fear of him but she still powered on and traveled across the states to try and find a cure. I loved her tenacity and her understanding of Jax and his true self was pretty cool. The two of them together was incredibly hot and refreshing respite from the world that was falling apart around them.
I really liked this book! I liked the main characters, the secondary characters and the whole premise and plot. I’m curious about the character, Raze, as he’s such a mystery and can’t wait for the next book, which is his, to find out what’s up with that man. If you like post-apocalyptic stories, or even if you like a good action story than this one is definitely one you won’t want to miss.
Rating: 4 out of 5