Mercury Striking by Rebecca Zanetti #Review

Posted January 26, 2016 by Shari in Reviews / 19 Comments

Mercury Striking by Rebecca Zanetti


Mercury Striking by Rebecca Zanetti

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…


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The Delight

Rebecca Zanetti is back with a action back new series where the world has ended, but love will always find a way to survive. While the story was interesting, it tended to drag and lost my interest several times. The hero is a bad boy who exerts his authority in ways I disagreed with while the heroine continued to push all his buttons. It left me both intrigued for more, but also dreading the future.

~~~ Shari the Delighted Reader

Mercury Rising was an different mix of ideas that just left me befuddled more than interested. The world has gone to Hell with a virus that is turning killing people and those that it doesn’t kill it turns into serial killers. 99% of the world’s population is gone. The government is a patchwork of people who have taken over and others that are psychopaths just wanting to rule the world. The story centers around the US so we don’t know how wide spread the virus is nor if another country might be planning to invade. Vitamin B seems to be the only defense the humans have to survive and of course that is in short supply.

We meet Lynne Harmony as she reaches her destination in California. She has two goals: one to find a secret lab and two to kill someone. What makes her unique is that the world believes she started the virus. She has a unique calling card that makes her well known to anyone who sees her. Jax Mercury is going to kill for her or so she thinks. He has other plans.

Jax Mercury set up this small territory of survivors. Gangs roam L.A. and he defends his own. When he sees Lynne, he knows he has an ace in the hole and he plans on leveraging to save his group. He’s hard on Lynne and doesn’t believe he is worth saving. A leader is what he is seen as, but he wants nothing to do with supporting the infrastructure to make it happen. Low on supplies, he is trying to survive while fighting off rival gangs.

For 50% of this book, I was bored. The world building was slow to come out and when it did it felt very contradicting. So basically a virus is released. If a person had access to vitamin B then it combatted the virus and you had a good chance of surviving, but maybe you might have issues. Things like you don’t have much in the way of emotions or empathy. It could get worse to the point it created a serial killer. Or even worse to the point of what I would call a zombie, but they never want to call it that. When someone is eating a body, well, that’s what I call a zombie.

So when they went out hunting for supplies, they had to be on alert for serial killers, zombies and rival gang members. Lynne has an motive to find something that she doesn’t right off share with Jax. Jax comes from the bad streets where he once part of a gang he is trying to kill now. He ends up in the military which ultimately made him into a better man.

The secondary cast is one that drew me in more than the main characters. There is the former NFL player who is like the counselor to the society. There is another military member who is a field medic trying to sew them all back together. There are teenagers falling in love and not being smart. A mother and daughter who scalage for supplies. Ham radio guy looking for a government that isn’t helping them. The secondary characters were more likable than the main characters.

Several times I stopped reading and then had to push myself to continue forward. The world building was complicated at times and the explanations didn’t always ring truthful. The plot was fairly easy in its basic form of man finds woman falls in love and can’t figure out what he feeling. This just seemed to need a little more time to peculate. I am hoping with the facts now out, the next story will be more interesting on fixing the world. So onto the next book while I still argue with myself as to what I found confusing about this story.

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Literary Pickers: Microscope
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I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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Mercury Striking by Rebecca Zanetti #Review
Mercury Striking

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Series: The Scorpius Syndrome #1
Genres: Post-Apocalyptic Romance
Published by Zebra Books
Released on January 26, 2016
Pages: 384
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher

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About Rebecca Zanetti

New York Times 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 is a member of RWA, has won awards for her works throughout the industry, and has a journalism degree with a poly sci emphasis from Pepperdine University as well as a Juris Doctorate from the University of Idaho.

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.

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Shari is the Delighted Reader. Married to her Prince Charming and mother to two Princesses and one Prince. When she is not slaving away as Cinderella she loves to get lost in the pages of a good book. Never without a reading device and a few good paperback books, because she never knows when she might get 5 minutes to read!

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  • I’m reading this one next so I’ll have to come back and see your thoughts soon. I’ve not heard that artist. I got shivers from the song. 🙂

    • Shari Delighted Read

      Good luck. I didn’t know there was a novella that might have helped with all of my confusion. I am hoping book 2 is better for me.

      • I’ll let you know about the novella once I read book one. I really liked it, but we’ll see how it impacts this story. Yeah maybe book one got off slow for you and book two will be more the thing. I didn’t like all her vampire stories equally and I think I remember thinking Shane’s Sins Brothers story was my least favorite and it was the first one.

  • I’m so behind on Rebecca Zanetti. I’m listening to Dark Protectors now. This one doesn’t have an audio version yet. I hope they have Karen White narrate it. I just love her work.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

    • Shari Delighted Read

      I love that you love audio books, but I just can’t get into the audio format as well.

  • He is sure hot looking

    • Shari Delighted Read

      Oh, he is one hot dude.

  • I really want to read this one!

    • Shari Delighted Read

      Read it! Even if I had problems, it was a good start to a new series.

  • Just out of curiosity, since I read and enjoyed this one..did you read the novella? I did and wondered how someone who hadn’t would perceive the world building.

    • That novella was fantastic, wasn’t it Kimberly. I can’t wait to get to this one. I have it up for next after I finish the book I’m on now.

    • Shari Delighted Read

      I didn’t know there was a novella. Now I need to hunt that one down. It might have helped me understand this one better as I felt lost in a sea of crazy people for the most part.

      • Scorpius Rising, Scorpius Syndrome #0.5 The novella is part of an anthology called On the Hunt. When I saw it also contained a novella from Dianne Duvall, it became a no-brainer. It did give me a solid footing into the world. For 1.99 it is worth snagging.

  • I just finished. Yep, the novella would have helped you, I think. Though, to be honest, the complex world would have stayed the same. The novella introduces all this stuff as they figure it out so you get it in smaller doses plus you meet some of the characters earlier.

    • Shari Delighted Read

      I think I need to pull up that novella and read it. Felt like I should have known all about the heroine when I didn’t. Really wish authors wouldn’t put an important story in an anthology. Being the first book it should have done better at explaining things especially if there is a novella most readers wouldn’t even know about.

      • Yeah, I had a talk about that with Anna last night. I think they should have promo’d that prequel more so people realize there was something before this one to start the ground work on the story. I hate that sensation of feeling like I stepped into the middle of something when its not supposed to be the middle of something.

  • I didn’t have trouble with the world building but the bored bit…yep. The first half dragged so badly for me. I’m hoping to click more with book two.

    • Shari Delighted Read

      I heard there was a novella before this that explained a lot. I just felt like I was dropped into a story I was supposed to already understand and everything seemed to be fishy. It was slow to move and left me feeling bored mostly. I am hoping book 2 will go better. Unfortunately, she killed my favorite character in the book.

  • I didn’t have trouble with the world building but the bored bit…yep. The first half dragged so badly for me. I’m hoping to click more with book two.