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…
The DelightRebecca 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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